Daily Archives: March 14, 2010

Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver Launch Today!

Today is the day.  Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver launch today.

The web site for HeartGold and SoulSilver has been updated with a lot of new information about the game, along with some hints of things to be revealed later.

We pre-ordered through Amazon.com, which means that a Sunday launch date guarantees that we won’t get the game for at least a day or two after launch.  Nintendo seems to be pretty strict about shipping early, since it looks like Amazon won’t even start shipping until tomorrow.

That is okay though, a few days delay won’t kill us.  We will have all next weekend to explore the Johto region.

STO – Season One Updates Coming

I’ve been playing Star Trek Online at a rather relaxed pace so far.  It does seem to be designed to let you drop in for a quick mission or two.  But that does not mean I have not been paying attention to the game.

Still on the press release mailing list, this fell in my inbox today:

Season 1: Common Ground Fact Sheet

Our latest content update, Season 1: Common Ground, is releasing shortly. Here’s just a bit of the updates we have headed players’ way.

Lifetime Subscriber Perks

We’ve put together a special thank you package for our Lifetime subscribers:

·         Classified Access Codes – A free C-store item.

·         The Captain’s Table – A special social area exclusive to Lifetime subscribers, available to both Federation and Klingon captains.

·         Special In-Game Title – “Career Officers” are those who’ve joined Starfleet or the KDF for the long haul.

PVP Updates

·         Wargames – Federation players can now participate in PvP against one another to better prepare for the dangers of the battlefield.

·         New PvP Map – Explore “Shanty Town,” a brand new Ground Assault map available for both Klingon and Federation players.


·         Off-Duty Uniforms – Experience Risa in style! Starfleet officers will have the option to change into off-duty outfits to enjoy more casual attire.

·         New Stances and Hairstyles – Further customize your Captain by changing his or her hairstyle, or adopting two brand new stances: Stern and Relaxed.


·         A New Klingon Battle Cruiser – The K’Tanco Battle Cruiser has been made available to Klingon Lieutenant Commanders.

·         Klingon Ship Customization – Use the ship tailor to customize your Bird of Prey or Raptor.

·         Respec Is Here – Unhappy with your Captain’s loadout? Use the respec tool to change things up.


·         New Fleet Actions Everywhere!

o   The Big Dig – Available in Romulan space.

o   DS9 Under Siege – The True Way has attacked and boarded DS9. Repel the invasion to save the day.

o   Klingons Can Play, Too – Klingon Captains may now access the Crystalline Entity, Big Dig and Breaking the Planet Fleet Actions


·         New Skill: Starship Attack Vectors – Improve your ship’s accuracy and critical hit chance.

·         New Skill: Combat Maneuvers – Improve your ship’s evasion and turn rate.

·         New Skill: Starship Battle Strategy – Improve your ship’s critical hit severity and damage resistance.

In The C-Store

·         New Bridge Variants – All new ways to update your Bridges’ look, available for a low price in the C-Store for both Federation and Klingon ships.

·         Federation Ship Variants – New takes on your old favorites, available for a low price in the C-Store.

I’m glad to see something in there for the lifetime subscribers as well as the option to respec.  And maybe there is something on the list I can spend my C-Store points on, like a ship variant.

There is a slightly different list of items for the “Common Ground” update over at the STO site that shows a few different items, like additional playable races.  You can find it here.