Thankless Answers - 19th Feb 2010
Using our highly advanced and perhaps even slightly futuristic (I have a hunch it might be derived from alien technology recovered from Roswell) tracking back-end, we are actually able to see a list of things people typed into Google and found this here website in the results, and actually clicked through looking for information. It is with a heavy heart that I must admit that I think that a few of these people left without the answers they were looking for. This makes me sad. I mean we do what we can, but we can't write down everything we know, it'd take ages.
So to try and make up for our failings, we are launching a new feature, Thankless Answers. We will consult the loom of fate into which is woven all the search phrases, and pick one to answer. We don't expect any thanks from the original asker, they probably got their answer elsewhere. We do this for the similar minded folk who may one day ask the very same question. So without further ado, here is the first Thankless Answer!
Question: can i play star trek online offline?
Star Trek Online is an online game, which can be purchased online or offline, but can only be played online. From what I understand of the structure of the game, it wouldn't be that much of a stretch to make an offline version. The crew members you recruit are basically AI party members that you take with you instead of real players. It's a bit like how Guild Wars worked if you remember that. The party members will be way less effective than most real players, but less likely to leave in the middle of a dungeon to pick up their kids. They are also way more effective than some real players.
I imagine the reason why they force you to play this game that could perfectly easily be played offline, online is because it's easier to justify making you pay a monthly fee this way.