Well, since the other thread apparently crashed and burned after I went to bed (note... NOT discussing moderation in the slightest), I thought it would be beneficial to have less of a discussion based thread and more of a "agree"/"disagree" thread to more succintly help Cryptic understand community sentiment.
The Game is Painfully Unfinished, Why Invite People Now?
Why would you want us to invite people to the game as it is now? With the current repetitiveness of the game, lack of proper crafting, an exploration system that is slightly embarrassing, and an entire faction that is hardly fleshed out (klingons), with there still being bugs in the game, and an extremely linear gameplay due to lack of content... why would you want people to see this?
I think it is a bad idea. It may help with short term goals with immediately boosting subscriptions, but those people might ultimately cancel their subs after reaching level cap like so many others have done. And these people are likely to ever give STO a second chance. You are hurting this games long term sustainability by trying to achieve short term goals. If anything, you should have waited till season 3, or season 2 at the very least when a flood of more things will supposedly be added.
The Galaxy X was a poor choice as a reward for the RAF reward system
Under the assumption that you do read the forums, you should know that the Galaxy X from "All Good Things" was something that people have wanted and asked for to be in the game. Another member sums this up more succintly:
Originally Posted by Lt.Expendable
Frankly, shilling the Galaxy X like this is basically a confession on Cryptic's part that STO can't stand on it's own merits.
Here's a ship design that a lot of people have said they wanted. So what do they do? Put it on the c-store? Make it a vet reward? Make it an upgrade for in-game merit? No! They dangle it in front of us like a carrot from a stick and tell us to not only convince 5 people to try the game, but to badger them into making at least a one-month sub.
"If you were REALLY my friend you'd put down the money so I can get a Galaxy X!"
Voice your opinion whether you agree or disagree and try to be mature and respectful of one another (Including Cryptic).
I object to it simply because this is basically nothing more than a ~$200 cash grab designed to artificially inflate the subscriber numbers without actually increasing the number of players.
The majority of the people who get these rewards will be purchasing the accounts themselves. This is how this exact same scheme has worked on SOE games (not surprising, since Cryptic's CEO used to be in charge of this sort of thing at SOE).
The best way to market this game is to fix the glaring lack of content problem. We lack almost completely anything meaningful for a RA5 character to do. Fix this problem FIRST before trying to bring in more players, else, why waste the effort, we won't retain any of them!
A misunderstanding! Those are all great ideas, and would enhance the game remarkably.
It's just that the majority of recent new game mechanics (Deployable Phaser Turret, EMH Science Station, Radiometric Converter, Galaxyamato cannon ) are only available to folk who pay extra post-launch. And folk with the regular game just get the same old same old with higher numbers.
Age of conan, they just want money, I wish they would listen to their customers, I'm going to play
DnD Online, they just want money, I wish they would listen to their customers, I'm going to play
LOTR, they just want money, I wish they would listen to their customers, I'm going to play
Champions Online, they just want money, I wish they would listen to their customers, I'm going to play
****, they just want money, I wish they would listen to their customers, I'm going to play
STO, they just want money, I wish they would listen to their customers, I'm going to play...............
Don't expect anything different for the next 10 MMO's
agreed and the thing is we will pay, and real in the age of 5buck cups of coffe who cares it like the salesmen for the million buck car if you have to ask the price son you cant afford it. if we the game player has the money and are willing to pay why would anyone care but us. and unlike many games STO dose not sell item that give you any real advantage ingame so why dose it bother people so much?