Lt. Commander
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# 1 Why Lockboxes are not tolerable
08-21-2012, 01:24 PM
Ten reasons why they are a scam and PWE are taking you for a ride: http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/05...out-lockboxes/

Also I don't really care that someone has thrown money into these things and won a ship. Stop spamming my screen with messages. Thank you.

Also I'd like to draw your attention to http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2005/19/section/173 since you have UK customers. I pose this question to you PWE, do you hold a valid Casino Premises Licence or a valid Betting Premises Licence since reading this in the Gambling Act 2005 implies that you need one or the other to operate virtual gambling schemes?

I await your response...
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# 2
08-21-2012, 01:30 PM
They get around the law by throwing some paltry stuff in to the Box that you are guaranteed to get so they can get around the gambling laws with a technicality.

Personally, I've never opened a lock box and delete every one I pick up.
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# 3
08-21-2012, 01:32 PM
Branflakes just told me the notifications can be disabled in the mini-map drop-down. (Thank you for being so quick Bran!) No public answer on licencing though.
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# 4
08-21-2012, 02:10 PM
Sorry to put it this way , but welcome to a couple months ago, Buddy.

Since this article was posted on massively, Cryptic has done a poll which was accesible to all players of the game via an online link. The poll/survey was all about lockboxes and how to make them more tolerable, etc etc.

AND surprise ... they actually listened. The latest lockboxes , the Tholian ones, are a thousand times better than even the Ferengi ones were , compared to the earliest iterations of the lockboxes , these new ones are downright cool.

We are playing a game that is F2P. Cryptic and PWE need to do something to be making money, and dozens of people can post and screech on the forums about how they have the perfect way to make it happen, but at the end of the day, the lock box promotion is a tried and true source of a whole lot of income for MMOs. They would be morons not to use it.

We should be thankful that the Devs of our preferred game care enough to survey us and try and make them better.

Yes, lock boxes suck, for any of a thousand and three reasons discussed at length elsewhere in the forums. Regardless, the lockboxes are here to stay.
Live with it.
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# 5
08-21-2012, 05:05 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by rikev View Post
Branflakes just told me the notifications can be disabled in the mini-map drop-down. (Thank you for being so quick Bran!) No public answer on licencing though.
Though I don't mind the lock boxes themselves, I do mind the rate at which they get dropped.
I had rolled up a new toon, and for kicks started him on the Azura mission, the first four drops by NPCs were lock boxes

But, all in all, I don't mind. i either leave them there or pick them up and hold onto them for whatever.

I would be interested in knowing how to turn off the announcements that someone has won a Tholian this ship, or a Tholian that ship.

Thanks!
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# 6
08-21-2012, 05:08 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by rifter1969 View Post

I would be interested in knowing how to turn off the announcements that someone has won a Tholian this ship, or a Tholian that ship.

Thanks!
drop down menu on the lower right of the mini map.
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# 7
08-21-2012, 05:24 PM
Thanks, that helps!
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# 8
08-21-2012, 10:44 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by rifter1969 View Post
Though I don't mind the lock boxes themselves, I do mind the rate at which they get dropped.
I had rolled up a new toon, and for kicks started him on the Azura mission, the first four drops by NPCs were lock boxes
Sure they get dropped, but remember, and this was said by the devs themselves (I can't find the quoted post): The lockboxes do not and will not take the place of regular loot.

Lockboxes operate on their own, separate loot table that exists independent of your regular drops. You are gaining lockboxes, not losing loot.
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# 9
08-22-2012, 09:22 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by unangbangkay View Post
Sure they get dropped, but remember, and this was said by the devs themselves (I can't find the quoted post): The lockboxes do not and will not take the place of regular loot.

Lockboxes operate on their own, separate loot table that exists independent of your regular drops. You are gaining lockboxes, not losing loot.
Please don't get me wrong... I don't mind them in the least. In fact, I do like opening them on occasion and seeing what's inside. Feels like Xmas.

If I get something I don't like or need, I'll usually sell it on the exchange. I really want the DOFFs and point increases. Lobi's... eh I can take them or leave em.

Tholian ships, do not want them. Galor, Ferengi marauder, do want either.

That's just my outlook on them...
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# 10
08-21-2012, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by tdon7 View Post
They get around the law by throwing some paltry stuff in to the Box that you are guaranteed to get so they can get around the gambling laws with a technicality.

Plus, the law specifies gambling as a game which awards money, or "money's worth".

It doesn't pay out in real world money, so, I guess it depends on how much the Crown of the United Kingdom values imaginary spaceships.
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