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# 5
11-12-2012, 10:02 AM
Originally Posted by borticuscryptic View Post
"Overall cost" refers to a mostly-internal metric we use to measure the relative value of different items within the Holdings system. Every Project is assigned a target "overall cost" and the Design team determines what requirements to place on the Project in order to meet that cost.

For the recent changes, the value given to a White Doff in these calculations was increased to about 166% its previous value. Green Doff relative value went up to about 133% of its previous. But at the same time, we shifted most quality requirements down to White. Since a Blue or a Purple was previously (and still is) valued higher than a White, the number of inputs required had to increase in order to meet the targeted "Overall cost" for the projects that were altered.

Does that clarify at all? Sorry, haven't had my coffee yet.
Clarifies what is meant by cost, but still doesn't really say what it is. So white's are now 166% of their previous value; ok, I get that. So how many whites=1 green, or 1 blue, or 1 purple, etc.

Although Purples may be valued higher in your metrics, even if you only change the project requirements to the direct substitution, (let's say 10 whites to 1 green kind of value), the result will make white DOffs that much more desirable, expensive, and increase the likelihood of paying dilithium for general recruitment cadres and zen for doff packs. So... I see the logic from the business standpoint, but I don't think many players have really thought about what this could mean.

Can you share any or all of the following?
  1. The metric itself in terms of DOff's values (10 whites = 1, 1 green = 10 blue, 1 blue = 10 purple?)
  2. For the starbase project requiring 100 blue non-civilian DOffs today, how many common DOffs will it be tomorrow?
  3. For the starbase project requiring 15 purple civilian DOffs today, how many common DOffs will it be tomorrow?

So, brew another pot of coffee and get back to me when you've finished. I can't do percentages without my first pot of coffee - and I'm just finishing mine.
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Last edited by blackjackwidow; 11-12-2012 at 10:21 AM. Reason: Corrected 'either or both' when referring to 3 choices. Need more coffee...