Tier x.5 seems to be the new way to go.
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Join Date: Dec 2007
08-19-2011, 11:31 AM
There are no less than 16 new ships inbound that are all variants on existing ships at different tiers. Some will say that each one is more powerful than the base model, and others will not - but the design is that each of these new ships has a power that is new and adds new strategies to the game - because we are a game and we will continue to evolve.
Once we have converted all marks/badges/honor/emblems into the new "time" currency (probably Dilithium) - then we will also hook up all the new missions that allow you to earn Dilithium at all levels on a daily basis. So everyone will be earning Dilithium throughout their career (your previous currencies will be converted to Dilithium as well).
Then you'll be able to directly trade Dilithium to other players for C-Points and then you can get the Rhode Island or any other ship out there. And if you are worried that people won't have c-points to trade, there is an enormous vault of unspent c-points awaiting to be traded.
And for those who love to speculate about STO going F2P, if that ever happens, then I'm certain STO would give stipends to all subscribers/lifetimers just like Champs does. I'd also imagine STO would reprice many things in the game just like Champs did.
All the economy changes are going live Sep 22, so if you want to wait and trade emblems for it then, that is your perogative. But do keep in mind, STO needs to continually add new items to the C-Store to stay on track financially.