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dustyhayes 10-28-2012 10:13 PM

Ships for Sale
 
I've noticed a trend lately that really makes me wonder what the developers reasoning for it is. There are several good ships in the Z-Store, but why not make all of the ships, Ferengi, Cardassian, Jem'Hadar and the new Temporal ships, available through the Z-Store as well? To get the necessary amount of Lobi Crystals from unlocking all of those stupid lockboxes, I could potentially purchase the lifetime membership at it's regular $300 price tag.

The reason I bring this is up that you can purchase spiral wave disruptors in the dilithium store, even though you get those when you are lucky enough to get a Galor-class cruiser. I can understand if it is a new promotional item just fresh out (like the Temporal ships and the Chimera destroyer), wait a while before moving it over to the Z-Store, but there are some players (I believe) that would like the chance to Z-Store the ships and give them a try.

Anyone else feel the same way?

salty8967 10-28-2012 10:32 PM

I would like to see lock box ships in z-store as much as you. But then you would see everyone flying the same ships all the time. Plus as you mentioned you could spend as much as a lifetime membership for 1 ship. And that is what PWE wants. I believe that LTS's should be able to open lockboxes X amount a day.

nynik 10-28-2012 10:37 PM

If I am not mistaken, while you can see those weapons in the store, you can not actually buy them unless you have already unlocked a galor ship. Maybe thats changed since they were brought in though.

khayuung 10-28-2012 10:39 PM

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Originally Posted by salty8967 (Post 6300341)
I would like to see lock box ships in z-store as much as you. But then you would see everyone flying the same ships all the time. Plus as you mentioned you could spend as much as a lifetime membership for 1 ship. And that is what PWE wants. I believe that LTS's should be able to open lockboxes X amount a day.

LTS can open 4 boxes a month for free.

kagurazaka77 10-28-2012 10:49 PM

The reason they aren't on sale in the Z store is to ensure rarity.

Though theoretically, they are.

You can buy them for EC on the exchange. (70-80m last time I checked.) At the max, 80m, that's about 57 lockbox keys for about 1.4m a pop.

So that's 6,500 Zen (using 5X 10packs and 7 loose keys). Pop those up on the exchange and BINGO!

You just (indirectly) bought your lockbox ship for Zen.

rinmorinkasi 11-03-2012 05:03 PM

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Originally Posted by khayuung (Post 6300381)
LTS can open 4 boxes a month for free.

Sorry , im relatively new, how do i open boxes for free ?

metalkoreking 11-03-2012 05:22 PM

by using your monthly stipend

red01999 11-04-2012 06:57 PM

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Originally Posted by dustyhayes (Post 6300161)
I've noticed a trend lately that really makes me wonder what the developers reasoning for it is. There are several good ships in the Z-Store, but why not make all of the ships, Ferengi, Cardassian, Jem'Hadar and the new Temporal ships, available through the Z-Store as well? To get the necessary amount of Lobi Crystals from unlocking all of those stupid lockboxes, I could potentially purchase the lifetime membership at it's regular $300 price tag.

The reason I bring this is up that you can purchase spiral wave disruptors in the dilithium store, even though you get those when you are lucky enough to get a Galor-class cruiser. I can understand if it is a new promotional item just fresh out (like the Temporal ships and the Chimera destroyer), wait a while before moving it over to the Z-Store, but there are some players (I believe) that would like the chance to Z-Store the ships and give them a try.

Anyone else feel the same way?

There are two reasons for this.

First, CBS does not want it to be overly commonplace for Starfleet officers (and presumably KDF officers) to be flying around Ferengi and Jem'Hadar ships. It's really that simple, considering it causes a lot of disruption to the motif. As such if you see 100 D'kora hanging around DS9, and only one or two of the old saucer-and-nacelles ships that look more like they're ready for the scrap yard than to scrap Borg, you've got problems.

Second is money. You're asking them to drop 90%+ of the profit they get from this. This is not going to happen, since the lockbox sales are a large part of what keeps the lights on for STO. Even if the game is financially in the black if they dropped them all tomorrow, a lot of what PWE allocates resource-wise depends on what they think they can get from STO, so more income likely leads to a better, more stable STO. People don't like this, and often try to ignore it in their angry tirades, but it's the truth.

khayuung 11-04-2012 07:04 PM

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Originally Posted by rinmorinkasi (Post 6394481)
Sorry , im relatively new, how do i open boxes for free ?

You need a lifetime sub and use that stipend, which... unless you did not enable your title, I think you don't.

redstarswe 11-04-2012 08:05 PM

If the lock box ships end up on the c-store they could never re-use lock boxes or like in this case do the reinforcement pack promotion. Besides, why ever open a lock box if the ships are coming to the c-store anyway?


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