I have all the ships/outfits I want, I also have hundreds of millions of ec. I'm on the other side of the f2p endgame, the only way to make money off of me now is the LTS.
What I meant was that we are around the midpoint of the games life, IMO of course. I don't see it going much longer than three more years, it can even end much sooner depending on the profits (or lack of) STO generates.
From a strict ROI viewpoint - at $300 for the LTS; (unless you have a LOAD of alts which in the long run offset some other C-Store costs); at the rate of the 500 Zen monthly stipend, it would take you 60 months (5 years) to effectively recoup that $300 inventment. After that you've 'saved' some cash (assuming you continue to find items in the CStore or Dilithium Store is you covert the Zen - that you want to obtain.)
I'm also one of the folks who's been LTS since day one in 2010 when trhe game launched; and I still like the game, so I have gotten a ROI at this point. That said, were I looking at an LTS today, I do not think I would find it worth the money. You'll get better enjoyment just buying what you like as they release it - and would still be supporting the game.
In the end though, the choice is yours.
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I want to support STO too, but right now i can't justify even going Sub. There is just no incentive for me to spend $15 a month to gain access to the game that I can get in for free. I can then use that $15 to buy Zen and that stuff, that is 75% of the way to a new ship. Where as, if i went sub, I would have only 400 zen in 30 days... and a bunch of other perks I can upgrade and buy on my own.
I suppose you think that you won't keep playing that long?
I'll be here until they close the doors.
Since I am already a lifer, it doesn't matter to me.
If I were purchasing now, I would just get a one month sub, and convert to F2P after the month. The 100+ day rewards aren't worth the money.
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14$ a month ver's a life sub hmm i would rather save up for a life sub be cause for one you can unlock the Borg Officer two you get the 500 stipend per month and the date you bye your lifesub and three no more paying for the game other then the Z points.