it'd be interesting to know if anyone has ever lucked out first time and got a dreadnought carrier out of their first ever box..
I haven't, but while opening CO lockboxes to sell the contents and earn enough to buy a grav bike, I got a good tank on box 6, and the exact grav bike I wanted on box 14. And then got rich off the sales of the tank and all the junk.
There should be some form of buffer that prevents opening too many boxes without rewards - say, if you opened a maximum of 200 boxes, you are automatically rewarded the ship.
I know a fleet-mate of mine who opened 301 boxes - the 301st box gave him the JHEC.
Hmmmm.. that would be interesting but would be harder to code I think (also chance for bug that people will get ship every X boxes)
So loot should be
Common - mining certs and Lobi
uncommon - DoFF/BoFF
rare - weapons, rare ships
super rare - ships (like carriers and escort carriers etc etc)
So lets say super rare is 1% (I don't know the number so I'm making it up)
each box you open increase the chance of super rare by 0.05% upto 50% (or whatever percentage cryptic wants) ONCE you get a ship, it drops back to 1%
This will increase people buying keys to unlock because the chance of getting ship increase for each box you open.
Growing old is inevitable. Growing up is optional.
I get keys when I can, off of the Exchange, and almost every time, I'm selling off what I got in the box to fund the next key. Then I sell off whatever I get after a few runs for fleet marks. I'm shooting for something, but I need a lot of Lobi to get it.
Lock-boxes are for suckers or people w/ massive amounts of disposable income who know they're probably not gonna get anything for their 'investment'.
Now I'll admit I fall under neither group (sucker or rich person), but every new lockbox I buy one 10-pack of keys when they are on discount in the C-store and never get anything good. I'll try my luck to a point, but I'm not going to toss a ton of good money at a 0.00001% chance at something I can get for 75M EC on the Exchange a couple weeks later.
Dom lockboxes... my best thing was 6 Rich Dil mining tickets.
Sometimes I think I play STO just to have stuff to rant about on the forums!