Slowly but surely the frosty touch of winter is dissipating from the Northern hemisphere. The warmth of the sun is again touching our faces, and this can only mean one thing: it is spring once more! This makes for a perfect opportunity to board your starships and traverse our Milky Way Galaxy in the sweet company of your fellow Fleeties in search of that perfect photograph. Whether you’re swooning to get a superb screenshot with Sela, or posing for the perfect picture with a Pakled, your Department of Fleet Morale is here to challenge your skills at making screenshots!
As a part of #SGNSpring, you can participate in the Stonewall Screenshot Challenge to win lots of Stonewall Credits and other amazing prizes. But most importantly, you will have a chance to spend precious, memorable time and a good laugh with your fellow Fleeties in order to get that perfect picture. The event will start on Friday 19 April 2019 at 11:00 UTC1) when a list of challenges will be posted behind the link below:
The Complete List for the Stonewall Screenshot Challenge
There will be sixty (!) challenges divided into three difficulty levels. Thirty of the challenges will be labelled as easy, meaning that a single participant can perform one challenge within several minutes. The fifteen challenges with a medium difficulty can sometimes be performed by a single participant, requiring a little more effort, but other times a medium challenge requires a bit of coordination between you and another Fleetie. Now, for those who truly seek to be put to the test… there are also fifteen difficult challenges, which will need a lot of preparation and coordination between you and multiple other Fleet members!
The points awarded for completing each challenge will be scaled with the difficulty level of the challenge, and the goal is to earn as much points as you can before the deadline of Sunday 5 May 2019 at 18:00 UTC (check the deadline for your timezone here) The Fleet Morale Department is not expecting that any of the participants will be able to finish all the challenges, but it would make for an awesome surprise if you could indeed pull of that amount of cooperative fun!
We’ll be awarding the following prizes for the contest winner and the first four runners up:
1st place – 6 Stonewall Credits
2nd place – 5 Stonewall Credits
3rd place – 4 Stonewall Credits
4th place – 3 Stonewall Credits
5th place – 2 Stonewall Credits
Stonewall Credits can be redeemed for in and out of game merchandise by visiting the Stonewall Credit Store!
Moreover, some of the challenges will not only require a screenshot, but will also challenge your creative side. The most creative entries of these tasks will be rewarded with very shiny extra prizes such as Lock Box Master Keys, or even a Ferengi D’Kora Marauder!
Even if you were unable to win any of the above prizes, you will still be rewarded for your effort though! Every non-winning participant will be given a special Duty Officer Requisition Pack as a thank you for your participation!
You can participate in the event by performing as many challenges as you can from the list before Sunday 5 May 2019 at 18:00 UTC (check the deadline in your timezone here). You should make a screenshot of each challenge you performed and name the file in the following manner:
[Challenge number]_[your handle].jpg
For example, Chipz416 makes a screenshot for Challenge 34. He locates the file and renames it to: 34_Chipz416.jpg.
Save and bundle all the images you made so that you can submit them all in one go before the deadline of the event. When you’ve finished making all the screenshots you could, upload them all to https://wetransfer.com/ for delivery to SGNMoraleDept@gmail.com. Remember… submissions should be in the mailbox of the Department of Fleet Morale before Sunday 5 May 2019 at 18:00 UTC! (check the deadline in your timezone here)
You don’t have to do all the screenshots with just one character! In fact, some of the challenges can only be performed by KDF Warriors, Starfleet Captains, or members of the Romulan Republic.
In general you are not allowed to photoshop the screenshots except for a few exceptions. You are allowed to crop, rotate, resize, and/or mirror the image. You are also allowed to add little bits of text to the image… in fact some challenges will even need you to add text in order to qualify for bonus points or additional prizes! It is also allowed to make use of features such as /renderscale, and /setregionfov.
Making screenshots can either be done by pressing the [PrtScr]-button on your keyboard, by using Demorecord2), or by entering either of two in-game commands in the in-game chat window:
/screenshot_jpg – This will save a JPEG-file in your default screenshot folder without displaying the game's user interface.
/screenshot_ui_jpg – This will save a JPEG-file in your default screenshot folder while displaying the game’s user interface.
Screenshots in STO are by default stored in the following folder:
\Star Trek Online_en\Star Trek Online\Live\screenshots
For example for me they are installed in the folder:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Star Trek Online_en\Star Trek Online\Live\screenshots
If you use the [PrtScr]-button on your keyboard, the screenshot without the user interface is also stored in the above folder. If you would like to show the user interface as well when using [PrtScr] you can just paste the image made by the [PrtScr]-button to your favourite image editor like Paint, Photoshop, or whatever suits your fancy!
If you need any technical assistance in making the screenshots, or if you have any other event-related questions, don’t hesitate and ask your nearest friendly neighbourhood Fleet Morale Department Member; Balduranne, Caijamin, Chipz416, or SaintPlazma! We will be more than happy to help you out!
1)11:00 UTC is the same as:
4:00 AM PDT (Los Angeles)
7:00 AM EDT (New York)
12:00 BST (London)
13:00 CEST (Amsterdam)
2)VietHai has produced a very helpful tutorial for those of you who would like to learn about Demorecord: