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Title says it all. I can't even play any other $15 a month MMO because STO's C-Store used it all. Yes, I could of just not spent the money on CP's for items. But then if I didn't, there would be no reason to play STO as it would be a empty box basically. Plus, if I just played for 100% free, how would this game survive with no one paying for it? F2P makes no sense. Nothing benefits the end-user at all. And I have no idea how a few bucks here and there in the C-Store beats a $14.99 monthly fee or even a 3, 6, 12 month package.

With that nonsense out of the way...

What are the odd's of re-adjusting player rank please? Any way we can make all V.ADM's just Captains? I don't care about Trek Canon. Yes, I'm a Trekkie/Trekker but I'm not that firm on things. What makes no sense is the future, what the heck are we going to be called when there is a level cap increase? Were already pretty high on the rank scale, only thing left is President of The Federation. You re-vamped skills, knock back ranks too. Just re-adjust the names please. Give us room to grow. I mean, are we going to be super vice admirals hunting down the latest very rare Mk XXX gear or something?

Anything above Captain could be achievable by a combination of CXP, STF XP and Accolade points only.I want to EARN things again, not BUY them. Why even have to put up with the headaches of STFs with the current game model? Just put the gear in the CStore already...Fine, make it 2000 CP's for a set of XII MACO or OMEGA, we just dropped 1800 for Bajoran junk. Whats another 200 CP's...

CXP? Yes, every good Captain or above knows how to effectively use their crew. (Heretics new DOFF UI looks amazing BTW)

STF XP? Yes. Add a new XP, the more STFs you play, the more STF XP you get. This also solves new players from jumping into STF's a bit too early. Combat experience is a major factor of Captains and above.

Accolades? Yup, not only do you get passive bonuses, it assures that you have played certain races to a degree and have seen every energy type, every exploration cluster, every little nook and cranny of the game. Attention to detail is a major factor of Captains and above.

Sorry if it's tl;dr.
Yes, I necro'ed a dead horse. Has to be done sometimes.
Lt. Commander
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# 2
02-19-2012, 06:41 AM
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Originally Posted by optyk View Post
Plus, if I just played for 100% free, how would this game survive with no one paying for it? F2P makes no sense. Nothing benefits the end-user at all.
Just because you're playing for free doesn't mean everyone else is. They've made a fortune on these lockboxes, enough to make Scrooge McDuck cry I bet.

And I feel like I'm benefiting. I have the time, but not the spare money, to play this game. Now that it's free, and I haven't spent a dime on it... I'd say I've benefited. It's letting me play a game I enjoyed in the early months at no cost to me.

It'd be nice to have a new ship at VA rank with an overpowered console, but... it's not needed. I can complete the game in my run of the mill escort and even compete in top of the line PvP and PvE just fine. I'm not missing out on missions or awards by not paying anything. I'm just not getting a few cosmetic things and a few weapons.

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what the heck are we going to be called when there is a level cap increase? Were already pretty high on the rank scale, only thing left is President of The Federation.
There's still Admiral, then Fleet Admiral. After that, we'll theoretically just grow in level rather than rank. This page has a comprehensive list of ranks we can have (aside from the stuff below Ensign).
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# 3
02-19-2012, 06:56 AM
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Originally Posted by optyk View Post
What are the odd's of re-adjusting player rank please? Any way we can make all V.ADM's just Captains? I don't care about Trek Canon. Yes, I'm a Trekkie/Trekker but I'm not that firm on things. What makes no sense is the future, what the heck are we going to be called when there is a level cap increase? Were already pretty high on the rank scale, only thing left is President of The Federation. You re-vamped skills, knock back ranks too. Just re-adjust the names please. Give us room to grow. I mean, are we going to be super vice admirals hunting down the latest very rare Mk XXX gear or something?
I believe one of the Devs posted that the next Ranks would be Fleet Admiral and then just Admiral. So, as far as expansions, we would probably have 5-10 levels at Vice Admiral, then 5-10 levels Fleet Admiral, then go into Admiral. I think most of us will probably be dead before this game gets another 20 levels.

I know that many people only want to be Captains - I am one of them - but I don't know if this is something Cryptic has control over. CBS makes the decisions as to what goes into the game. At best Cryptic can only ask - though I don't know if they have or not.
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# 4
02-19-2012, 07:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Cosmic_One View Post
I believe one of the Devs posted that the next Ranks would be Fleet Admiral and then just Admiral. So, as far as expansions, we would probably have 5-10 levels at Vice Admiral, then 5-10 levels Fleet Admiral, then go into Admiral. I think most of us will probably be dead before this game gets another 20 levels.

I know that many people only want to be Captains - I am one of them - but I don't know if this is something Cryptic has control over. CBS makes the decisions as to what goes into the game. At best Cryptic can only ask - though I don't know if they have or not.
The rank of Fleet Admiral is higher than the rank of Admiral, just so ya know ;-)
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# 5
02-19-2012, 08:01 AM
Right now, Starfleet consists of 90% Vice Admirals. If tzhis number increases to Fleet Admirals who the hell cares? I think you may just abandon any hopes of Trek feel in this game. It's space shooty online and its good at that. It certainly fails as Star Trek Online, but it gets the job done until STO2 comes out

Btw: I paid for gold prior to F2P. then F2P came and they threw it in my face that they don't want me to pay any more and go F2P instead. I did. But I don't buy anything from the c-store and I'm doing fine The only thing really worth a consideration is the EC limit and one +1 ship, but I can grind dilithium for that. Right now, I can hardly play more than 2-3 STFs a week, I'm in no hurry
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# 6
02-19-2012, 08:11 AM
There is only one person in starfleet that handled every crisis that was in the episode list, yours and yours alone from the story viewpoint. There are no other VA's doing that stuff because you did it. The storyline is a personal one where you are the hero, the other folks from that point of view are just extras, normal ordinary captains. I'm the extra in your story, you are the extra in mine. Stop worrying about what the other guy's tag says, he didn't stop the Doomsday machine, you did. He didn't venture into fluidic space, you did. He didn't destroy the lab where the borg were assimilating the Undine, you did.
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# 7
02-19-2012, 08:51 AM
I'd be very surprised if this game ever gets another level cap raise. It's not really part of the F2P model they now have.
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# 8
02-19-2012, 09:00 AM
I wouldn't be so sure. Champions Online has two level cap increases planned, and we still need to fight the "Demons of Air and Darkness".
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# 9
02-19-2012, 09:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Pansapien
I wouldn't be so sure. Champions Online has two level cap increases planned, and we still need to fight the "Demons of Air and Darkness".
Last I checked in on Champs, it didn't utilize the PWE model quite as much as this game. Plus this game's development is far more locked into ships and +1 ships. Champions is just kind of different there. Much of Champions' F2P matrix is different than this game's approach.
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# 10
02-19-2012, 09:56 AM
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The rank of Fleet Admiral is higher than the rank of Admiral, just so ya know ;-)
By the time I'm a Fleet Admiral I want to be able to sit at ESD and command other ships to complete my missions, and entire fleets to respond to borg alerts. That's what they do. Leave the ship captaining to captains
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