While the temporal anomaly crisis has wreaked havoc throughout the Alpha Quadrant, it doesn’t explain why holographic characters are able to exist outside of holodecks. This calls for Doctor LaForge and Detective Data!
“The Game’s Afoot,” is the first in a new type of in-game events: Expeditions. While on the surface Expeditions are much like away-team missions, you’ll be forced to develop all-new strategies, level new crew, and use all of your wits to solve these puzzles. In Expeditions, your crewmembers replace the “tired” debuff with “exhaustion” after completing a mission node, meaning that their stats will not reset after resting for a node. Succeed at your attempt, and your crew will only become a little exhausted; fail, and your crew will become much more exhausted.
Expeditions are longer than traditional Away-team missions, so picking the right crew with the right combination of skills is critical to mission success - and an Expedition consists of several missions, playing through all of which constitutes a single "attempt." You’ll find that you need a balance between crew that can complete the mission, and holding stronger crew in reserve for the Elite and Epic missions. Exhaustion persists through the entire attempt. Completing a mission will not reset a crew member's stats, so plan accordingly!
After you’ve finished your missions, you can either wait for your attempt to end, or end it yourself. Your crew will refresh, and be ready for the next attempt!
In order to help you along your way, crew members Doctor LaForge and Detective Data (available in the Time Portal) will receive only half of the debuff that other characters receive. Your other versions of Data and LaForge will also resist debuffs better than the rest of your crew, so pile them in.
Like other events, you’ll unlock more prizes and compete for ranks by completing missions to earn victory points. The harder the mission, the more victory points you’ll earn.
Unlike other events, rather than spending one event ticket to make one mission attempt, Expedition events cost one ticket for two hours of unlimited play. Captains who complete all the normal missions during this two hour window will be given the opportunity to vote on which crew member will be the next one added to STAR TREK TIMELINES. You vote is weighted by how many Stars you earn in your missions, so make sure to run epic and elite as well.