"Oh evil Cryptic... how dare they put a small chance to win a nice ship in a little holiday party"
Honestly it's like nothing can make you people happy..... At every step, at eveyr turn of the road you see nothing but evil master plans devised to screw you!!! If anyone is being abused... It's Cryptic.... they are the ones I feel sorry for.. God forbid they try to do anything and get burned at the stake for it.
I second this. And the OP.
I don't necessarily care either way about these boxes. I, like many people, choose how to spend my money and do it responsibly. I'll probably buy some boxes too - But I'll buy them knowing there is no guarantee I'd get the ship. Therefore I won't be upset or disappointed.
Also - it's a game. I'm actually enjoying my time on STO, even through the changes. If it keeps our game alive, then I'm all for it.
Just my 2 cents