Star Trek Online: Summer Festival 2017
The Star Trek Online Summer Festival 2017 or Risa annual Lohlunat Festival to give it its proper name has been running for over a week now. It started on the June 8th and is available through to 20th July. Although many MMOs have festival and seasonal activities, STO’s Summer and Winter events are outstanding, being accessible, enjoyable and very rewarding. Not only are cosmetic clothing and pets available as barter items, the game also offers kit modules and bridge officer skills as rewards. Then of course each event always allows players to earn a new Tier 6 ship. This Summer it’s a Vorgon Ryn’Kodan Carrier.
What I especially like about the Summer event in STO is it’s setting on the vacation resort Risa. Holidays are typically about, sun, sea and surf and Risa has that in spades. You can also dress accordingly with a variety of beachwear and other cosmetic items. The use of Floaters and Powerboards in several events is great fun. The addition of the Biathlon this year combines both in a single race. The transition from one mode of transport to the other can be quite challenging and there are still the odd bug to be worked out. I like the fact that despite being a “race” the winner is determined by the claiming of a flag. It helps level the playing field for those with slower internet connections. Half the fun is listening to players carp in chat about how they came first but overshot the flag and lost their placing.
Then there’s the Dance Party. Although it’s just a question of hitting the right emote when it’s called out by the Dance Instructor, the catchy music and the player interactions on the dance floor, really adds to the atmosphere. As for the contest itself, rather than click on individual emotes or type the necessary command in the chat window, you can simply pin the list of dance emotes to your UI for easy access. STO actually has quite a variety of dance emotes, the majority of which are available by default. Then there are a few extra that can be unlocked by specific quests or purchased using various barter currencies.
I’m sure that gamers may well claim that similar fun and larks can be had in other MMOs and that these also offer similar bespoke events. But STO has one remaining trump card up its sleeve that no other games can compete with. Gorns. Gorns in Bermuda Shorts. Gorns on Powerboards and Flaoters. Gorns tearing up the dance floor. Yes, Gorns in party mode are a thing of beauty as the gallery below shows. They are the embodiment of grace and style. So, if you have a STO account and haven’t played for a while, log in to the game and get your ass to Risa. Get out on to the dance floor and bust a move. Still not sold? Here’s the Dance Party tune, the Risa Calypso, for your edification.