I just want to say I am really upset at the loss of 250 emblems for the 500 day Vet reward. I was really looking forward to this. Or the equal amount of dilithium. To say that now you will get a VA ship token, UNLESS you already had and spent one is a rip to those of us who haven't yet hit 500.
So it breaks down like this:
Over 500 days before removal of 250 emblems with VA ship token spent. When the new reward goes live to holodeck. these people will get the amount of dilithium equal to 250 emblems.
Over 500 days after removal of 250 emblems with VA ship token spent. When the new reward goes live to holodeck, these people get squat!
I am one of the latter and I gotta say, I could care less about a stupid VA ship token, I rather have the dilithium. I think they either need to give us both, or the choice. Its not fair that now because I had an account active before they took away the VA token and emblems, that now the way the got it, I will not recieve either. And I mean on all my current toons, not new ones. I wouldn't have had to roll a new toon to get my 250 emblems, in fact I would have had to have a VA toon just to get the emblems.
Now when I hit the 500 days, I get a big nothing. No emblems/dilithium, no VA ship token. Like I said, I could less about the ship token, but is it fair to take away emblems that I would have gotten had Crypitc not changed the rewards, and replace it with nothing!!! (I am not talking the title and other stuff, just the emblem loss)
I had figured it was a no brainer, when I saw they took the 250 emblems away, I assumed it was because they were replacing it with an undetermined amount of dilithium. (To be determined when they figured out the 1 emblem to x amount of dilithium ratio.) But now I get a useless ship token I cannot even recieve in its place!!!!
I'm ****ed about this!! I am SURE Cryptic will change this for this is very unfair to those of us who are not yet 500 days, but were looking forward to it. Why should we get LESS of a reward than the people before us.
Cryptic, you can ADD the VA ship token to 500 day reward, but you cannot take away our 250 emblems/dilithium!!! C'mon!!!
I hit 500 days less than a week after they took away the 250 emblems.
I already have two Vice Admirals, and one who is about to hit VA(who will also get a free VA token, since we haven't moved to F2P yet). I have an admiral of each career. There is no use whatsoever for the free VA tokens for me.
They should give us an extra VA token. Regardless of whether we claimed one or not. Or, they should change it where an earlier veteran reward is the free VA token(since those who don't have 500 days, but have still be loyal subscribers for quite some time, shouldn't have their content taken away).
Either way, I feel screwed. They need to either give us that stock of Dilithium, or something equivalent. One person has suggested they give us Dilithium, but flag said Dilithium as untradeable, that way the concern of people flooding the market with free Dilithium isn't an issue.
Edit: Another perk I'd take: Give me the equivalent of the dilithium in C-Store points. Or, to make it easier, give us enough C-Points to buy a VA ship token. Then, we can decide what we want to do with them.
I agree this seems fixable in so many ways aside from simply taking it away, that whatever reason they come up with is just hollow excuses/misdirection.
They could gate it so it's say 1 per month per account or something, that would stop (or severely limit) the exploiting. They could flag the dilithium as untradable. They could withhold the award until you reached a certain level, or meter it out as you level (10,000 at spawn, 10,000 at Lt Cmdr, etc). so you couldn't just spam new characters and then shuffle the dilithium off via the exchange, etc.
It's just that taking it away for everyone is the easy/lazy way out since it requires little to no programming, and it also furthers their goal of controlling the economy, creating a scarcity of dilithium so people pay in the Cstore to hop on the currency exchange. Convenient that.