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.
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* Tactical consoles that boost a particular energy type provide greater increases than ones that boost a weapon type; and making your weapon types match up makes it more likely you'll be able to score a proc (think Standard Status EffectsIN SPACE!) when attacking., 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."note Season Eight's Fleet Spire Tactical Consoles have made doing this more viable, but it's still looked down upon by most players for being a newbie mistake.
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.
"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.
"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.
"Captain Whiny B*tch of the IKS Whineatyou'" turned up after 90% of Koren's lines in "Surface Tension" consisted of her harping that Starfleet was only able to send two ships (USS Voyager and the Fed player character) to defend Qo'noS from a full-scale Undine assault. This after she was present for much of Starfleet's reserve forces getting trashed defending the Sol system from what the Undine considered a diversion.
"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.
"Gozer the Iconian" is a derogative one towards the first appearance of an Iconian by detractors.
"Aux2Bat" is the nickname whose ships utilize a build that centers around the BOFF power "Auxiliary to Battery" which, if players time it right, can grant a ship's beam weapons full power without losing power to weapons.
"Aux2Dulmar" is the nickname that uses the Aux2Bat in coordination with the DOFF Marion Frances Dulmur, which increases a player's attack power even more when using a certain skill.
"MUH IMMERSHUN!" is a derogatory name towards the reasoning people hate certain aspects of the game or why a certain thing should or shouldn't happen: ruining one's immersion.
"Craptic", a derogatory term slung at Cryptic itself, mostly when they alter a portion of the game that anger players.
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.)
Chase Masterson returns as Leeta (Well, a hologram of her anyway, but still), Michael Dorn reprises his role as AmbassadorWorf (See I Knew It below), Denise Crosby makes a comeback as Lt. Tasha Yar (and as Empress Sela in Legacy of Romulus), and Tim Russ comes back as Tuvok.
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.
Meme Acknowledgment: Borticus, one of the devs, has as his signature "Kurland here." He's the guy who voiced Capt. Kurland, and admitted later that it wasn't his best work.
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. Season 9 removed "State of Q" and "A Light in the Dark", replaced "Fluid Dynamics" with a radically different version with a new story and reason behind it, and consolidated "Asset Recovery" and "Collateral Damage" into a single episode ("A Gathering Darkness").
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.
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 While there is a Constitution-refit ship in the game, it's only Tier 2 and CBS refuses to allow them to make a Tier-5/Fleet variant. and the Star Trek: The Original Series Warbirdnote In about the same manner as the Connie refit — the Romulan player actually starts with one, but this is Cryptic's explanation for why there is only a Tier 1 version of it.
This also extends to non-canon ships. While the game does have novelverse ships, including the Vesta-class and the Luna-class, Cryptic has gone out of its way to state that the legal red tape is such a hassle that they'll just be making their own ships once canon ones run out.
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.
Troubled Production: It started out being owned by Perpetual Entertainment and was given a set schedule for launch. However, two years into development, they had plenty of pretty conception work, but no actual gameplay and it's been said that Perpetual was only doing this for shadier reasons. Either way, CBS was angry at the waste and gave the license to Atari and Cryptic, who forced the companies to rush out the game (though it was thankful that Cryptic had the easily compatible engine from Champions Online to use). However, even that wasn't enough as the game was bleeding players as Atari used the money the game brought to pay off their massive debts. It wasn't until Perfect World Entertainment bought Cryptic that the game would flourish.
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.
Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: The aforementioned "What's your beef with the Galaxy Cryptic?" thread? Got shut down after over a year after players started attacking other players and Cryptic after the Galaxy revamp clearly did nothing to fix the problems the players had with it, namely that it wasn't "competitive." A mod made a new post a while later and told them if they did it again, the posts would be shut down and people would get banned.
While it's possible that they are currently working on the second expansion and dealing with other games, the sudden silentness from the devs and Community Moderators certainly has shades of this as the playerbase on the forums have gotten to the point where a thread there can't get far without calling Cryptic/Perfect World the devil.
During recent streaming events, Community Manager CaptainSmirk had been giving away codes for freebie items. After he come to find out that the freebie codes were being distributed onto the forums, Twitter accounts and the Reddit /sto/ board, he mentioned that those things will be kept closely guarded more often.
Word of Gay: According to a bio written by Cryptic's lead writer Kestrel in Star Trek Magazine, Commander Samuel Winters, XO of the Enterprise-F, is gay. This never comes up in-game.
Written By Cast Member: Inverted to something like Voiced by Writer. Christine "Kestrel" Thompson, the lead writer for the game, also voices Lieutenant Kyona, the Enterprise-F's tactical officer.