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Trivia: Star Trek Online
  • Executive Meddling: Popular discussion among the official forums by both the players and developers is that there some things that the developers want to add into the game that they can't do unless they have CBS's permission to do so, because they own the intellectual property rights to the entire Star Trek series. For example, adding Tier 5 refits of lower level ship designs. They kinda need CBS's approval before they can touch any ship class that was shown in the series, like the Constitution or Akira class ships.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "Boff" / "BOff" / "BOFF" for "Bridge Officer" (AKA your Bridge Bunnies). Likewise, some variation of "Doff" for "Duty Officers", the Redshirt Army who run your Lower Decks.
    • Among others, KDF players are Klinks or Klanks, spiral wave disruptors are pissbeams, the Caitian Atrox Carrier is the catbus, and the Jem'hadar Attack Ship is the bugship or Jem bug.
    • "Rainbow boats" or some variation thereof for a noob mistake of not making your weapon types match up, because of the resulting beams being in all colors of the rainbow. As one guy on the forums remarked on one of these who used cannons, "every time he fired it looked like a pack of Skittles exploded."
    • The forums use so much shorthand for builds and abilities it's practically a second language you have to learn.
    • The new Obelisk carrier has also been dubbed the "Obisek" carrier, noting how close it was to the well-known Reman character of the Romulan storyline.
    • "T'Its", or some variation thereof, for the nameless Vulcan lady with plentiful cleavage that graces a lot of the promo art. By the same token the pretty Romulan who was on the Legacy of Romulus art got dubbed "So'Hott" until she was revealed as Commander Tiaru Jarok, the Romulan Republic's flagship captain.
    • In a similar vein, "Handsome Phaser Guy" for the unnamed white male human Starfleet captain on the box art pointing a phaser out of the cover.
    • "Grinderversary", a derogatory name for the fourth anniversary by some because of the fact that the ship released for this event could only be obtained by grinding.
    • "Fake Majel" to refer to the actress who has replaced Majel Barrett in death as the Computer/Tutorial voice. The actress is Lani Minella, same person who voices Admiral T'nae.
    • "Tacscorts", a portmanteau of "tactical" and "escort", is exactly what it sounds like: tactical officers flying escorts heavy on tactical boff powers.
    • "The Great Content Drought", a span of of time from February 2011, when the "Cloaked Intentions" Featured Episodes were dropped, to December 2011, which was the release of Season Five: Call to Arms. During this time, no major content was released due to Atari's mishandling of the game and the uncertainty of PWE's buying.
    • "Dread-Not", "Dreadnot" or other variations refer to the Galaxy-X Dreadnought Cruiser by PVP-based players who put down the ship after its recent updating.
    • "DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM" or some other variation referring to players crying that STO isn't how THEY want it and threatening/are leaving and thus the game is dying.
    • The Clicky Aliens for the Solanae.
    • "Bortascrew" has been used as a derogatory term by those who see the Bortasqu'-class as a Tier-Induced Scrappy.
      • "Spaceball-1" is used for the flyby of the ship during the 2014 First Contact Day/Day of Honor/Republic Day.
    • "DOH" for the Day of Honor, more used in a hilarious derogatory manner (as in Homer's trademark "annoyed grunt") due to the fact that the Bortasqu''s tactical officer has a Cannon skill and the ship has no cannons.
    • "Junior Officer Unappreciation Weekend" for a weekend event comprising both a doff XP boost and an "opportunity" to grind for doffs at the respective academies. The former was appreciated, as was the free unique doff (although the fact that there was apparently supposed to be a unique Romulan version for whom the quest target was never added has been thoroughly savaged), but the grind, coming as it did not long after the Mirror Invasion grind and the Grinderversary, has pissed off the forums to no end.
    • "Veterans", a title used by certain older players, used in the effect to as to why Cryptic shouldn't change X for the new people.
    • "What's your beef with X?", used by players who want to know why Cryptic "hates" a certain ship/race/etc. Made popular by the ongoing "What is your beef with the Galaxy Cryptic?" thread which players have been discussing at great lengths the importance of having the Exploration Cruiser made better BOFF-wise.
    • "Slapped in the face", used by players who felt insulted by certain moves by Cryptic.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • Zachary Quinto, a.k.a. Neo-Spock, now provides the voice for the EMH Mark VI, and will provide some narration for the tutorials.
    • Leonard Nimoy as the general narrator. He'll be Mr. Freakin' Spock, too. (The very first thing he says is to explain why that makes no damn sense, since the major changes he exposits happened after he left the main timeline.)
  • I Knew It: When Cryptic told fans that the "Sphere of Influence" mission was being held back, fans had assumed they were adding voices. When people took notice that Worf's model had been revamped to look like how he was in the series, but older, people figured that the reason had to do something with Michael Dorn.
  • Missing Episode: Of the stage variety. Season 8.5 removed "War is Good for Business" due to the fact that the stage was incredibly tedious. The current TRIBBLE build seems to suggest that "State of Q" is being removed in Season 9.
  • No Export for You: Like any other Perfect World-published game, if you live in the former Soviet Union (say, in Glorious Mother Russia), you cannot play the game.
  • Older Than They Think: The Doff mechanic of randomly-combined names, job specialty and personality traits is reminiscent of the first Star Trek Collectible Card Game released by Decipher in the mid-90s. (Sample card.)
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Largely averted, mostly because the game's older content largely un-voiced, but since James Doohan had passed away well before production of the game started, a replacement voice had to be brought in for The Guardian of Forever, and his accent slips through quite often.
    • When the game does feature VO for established characters, the devs go out of their way to get the old actors back to help. Denise Crosby and Chase Masterson are good examples, and in season 8 Michael Dorn voiced Worf to much acclaim from the fanbase.
    • Majel Barret was ready, willing, and able to provide the voice for various combat notifications and alerts, but she has since passed on, and a replacement had to be brought in for the announcements at Prison Facility 4028 during "The 2800" episode. Her replacement manages to sound almost exactly like her though.
  • Name's the Same: Elisa Flores, the characterized tac boff the Starfleet Player Character gets in the post-Season 8 tutorial, has the same last name as Marissa Flores, the child who helped Picard decades ago in TNG: "Disaster" (and not the horrible Mary Sue she spawned into), there's no evidence that she's related to her yet.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Cryptic is allowed to use anything from the TV shows and prime timeline films because CBS owns the licenses to them. However, the JJverse is off-limits (they were allowed to use the story details up until the Jellyfish and Narada left the prime timeline, since they appeared in the Countdown comic series), and anything from the Star Trek Expanded Universe has to be negotiated for. Cryptic also had to negotiate to use the Guardian of Forever at the end of the "Klingon War" storyline, since the rights to that episode belong to a different copyright holder. CBS has also put at least three ships off-limits to be used or given major upgrades, the confirmed ones being the Enterprise-J from Star Trek: Enterprise's Temporal Cold War episodes, the Constitution-refit from the filmsnote  and the Star Trek: The Original Series Warbirdnote 
  • Schedule Slip: Perpetual Entertainment's original Star Trek Online turned into vaporware. The company never seemed to make any headway (and were rumored to have taken on the project for less than savory purposes), and finally went bankrupt. The project was transferred to Cryptic, who opted to start over from scratch. It was six years between announcement and release.
  • Trolling Creator: The devs are known to be this. From causing Borg invasions during live podcasts in game, making fun of their own bugs and lots of easter eggs.
    • One that they had to explain because people were getting angry was about a lockbox on top of a stack of crates in the Starbase Incursion fleet event. Since the mission takes place in your own fleets starbase, the joke was about the fact that everyone had stashes of lockboxes tucked away.
      Tumerboy/Tacofangs: The idea for this map had been set, but it's flavor had not been. The visuals for this map went through a few revisions on what it could be (i.e. lab, computer core, etc.), on the drawing board before it was finally decided on storage/cargo bay. Someone said to fill it with crates. With all of the lockbox debates going on, and all of the people declaring that they just collect, but never open any of them, in my mind, this is the storage bay in your starbase where everyone dumps their lockboxes. I figured every crate was filled with lockboxes. It was meant as a little nod, a wink, a joke. Perhaps in poor taste, but that's all it was meant to be. Originally I had the holo-crate in the center be a lockbox, but figured that was too blatant, so I moved it off to the side, out of the way.
    • One that caught everyone off-guard was the "Sphere of Influence" mission. With the talk of Season 8 and the Dyson Sphere, players were convinced that "SoE" would lead to the first encounter to those inside, especially the Voth. Instead, players get a first hand look inside the Iconian Gateway System and learn of the Iconians' plans. Only a minor action sets you on the path to Season 8.
    • After people found out they could fire weapons on the first beta build of the new Earth Spacedock, the devs decided to land 50+ Elite Tactical Drones, 150 Dahar Masters and a Borgified Gorn on the testers for blowing holes in their new shiny (as a prank). Cue an ass-whooping on the beta testers for about half an hour.
  • Troubled Production: The game was original set to be released by Perpetual Entertainment, but while they had a lot of interesting designs, they did not have any actual code suggesting actual gameplay. Furious with the lack of progress, CBS yanked the licence and gave it to Atari and Cryptic, who was able to get it out in time before they lost the licence. However, Atari proved incredibly inept at managing an MMO and it was only when Cryptic and the game were bought up by Perfect World Entertainment that the game started flourishing.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: A mysterious Twitter account has been posting mysteries and riddles for players to solve (though directed at one of the community posters). Many people suggest that it has to do with the Augment plot that was mostly dealt with in the beginning of the Federation storyline, but no one has come forward about it at this time. It should also be noted, PWE and Cryptic have said its no one in their office and recent posts have had the Community Managers biting back at them. Odds are its a Troll or worse. In the end, it turned out to be a contest with small prizes by STOked.
  • What Could Have Been: The Romulan PC was second choice for the Romulan flagship RRW Lleiset. Seriously. The player could have been the Romulan equivalent of Picard! They ultimately decided on the player keeping their ship so they're not bound to do the boring flagship stuff its mandated to do.
  • Word of Gay: According to a bio written by Cryptic's lead writer Kestral in Star Trek Magazine, Commander Samuel Winters, XO of the Enterprise-F, is gay. This never comes up in-game.

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