I don't think it's going to be a good idea to force players to log in everyday in order to progress. I'm not going to comment on the cost of things, but just the simple fact that with this system, unless I log in every day I am going to lose progression time.
That's irritating to no end, a game should not be made to feel like an obligation, but with this system unless I log in and refine my dilithium every day, I'm going to fall behind.
For subscribers, perhaps making the dilithium auto refine every day even if they are offline, or having no refinement limits would be a huge incentive to subscribe, and would also not force loyal subscribers into making STO a part time job.
We all have lives outside of the game, and some days it's more important to spend time with family than to log in and refine ore, some of us also have occupations that don't give us daily acess to the internet, or are even at home. If I have to start working in a quick log in daily to get my character the gear I want, STO is not going to remain on my hard drive for very long
You know I could hit a new rank, spend a few hours in one day doing Exploration and be on my way. Subscribers are getting hit with this nonsense? This *is* beginning to look more and more like a perfect world game.
Guys don't petitition this, just request it, devs in many game companies frown upon these things. I am in agreement, Gold members should be alotted a larger refinement per day or no limit. The 8k limit is bad enough to be honest with 18 days required to gain a single Mark XI weapon.
Mark XI equipment is faster obtained through Crafting and PvE content on difficulty settings.
As this is the first testing-pass on the "refinement" model, I'm sure that it's far from the final conversion numbers. I'll bet that they're starting low and will work upward, as they cannot go the other way (without setting false expectations and upsetting people).
....But seriously, it has to. Because the minimal amount of refinement and the expense of equipment just won't fly at all. :p