Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 1 Veteran Rewards Options
05-23-2010, 02:49 PM
As much as I am glad for the gifts Cryptic will be handing out. Somehow they feel a little flat in how they contribute to the overall game experience and my own experience in other MMOs in the same regards.

My reasons:
  • I'm already commander and I'm already past 100 day mark. This completely voids the need for the XP bonus to LtC5. Now if it affected me permanently at all levels... That's entirely different.
  • If memory serves I already have something like three or four character slots, of those I only plan on using 3. one Fed, one Klingon Faction and maybe if they come out One Borg Faction. So the extra character slot from vet rewards is pointless for me.
  • Even at 400 days I already have access to the Captain table already.
  • Options are always nice
For those familiar to Ultima Online this may look a little familiar with my suggestions but other suggestions from others would be welcome.

My first suggestion is that with each veteran reward interval the player say choose one of these rewards along with what they would already get after X days.

100 Day Reward Options
  • Ship Material's Package - Gives the veteran the ability to select from other hull colors, from Bird of Prey Dull Green, to Snow White to Ebon Black. Nothing bright or flashy, stick to pale metallic colors. We don't new Donald Trump's Golden Galaxy Class Ship flying around or the Dog's Pimping Purple Denube Class Runabout.
  • Trained Assault Animal - A ground only BO which will beam down on your away missions as an extra officer with the rest of your standard team. Think Klingon NPC War Targs.
  • Deed for Bank or Inventory Expansion- The Veteran may choose their inventory or their bank and expand it by a certain amount of slots.
  • XP Bonus- Allows the player to gain a single +5% bonus of their accumulated XP added back into to their pool.

200 Day Reward Options
  • Rarity Item Upgrade- For the veteran they can use this reward should they choose it from their options to select a single item and upgrade it to purple level as well as what attributes are upgraded.
  • Medium Inventory and Bank Upgrade- Selecting this will grant the veteran the boon of a large upgrade to both their inventory and their bank's vaults size allowing them to hold more.
  • Small Crew Compliment Upgrade- This particular upgrade will grants the veteran a 10% additional crew compliment buff.
  • Skill Cap Expansion Expands their skill cap enough to accommodate another 9 levels of a single admiral skill.

300 Day Reward Options
  • Veteran's Tactical/Engineering/Science Consoles- The veteran has been around for nearly a year and these consoles grant them the boon of a decent bonus to energy outputs or their stationed officer's skills.
  • Free C-Store Token - Allows the Veteran to choose one item from the C-Store for free
  • Tricobalt Tribble Grenade and Ancient Tribble Package- Especially useful for weakening or finishing off a large horde of baddies. With a decent knock-back, radiation/fire debuff, it finishes off with being an exploit attack. Comes in the form of a tribble personal device.
    The second Tribble is the Ancient Tribble, it will provide a very random buff to the player for either ground or space use. counts as both a Ship and Person Device. My other suggestion is that Ancient Tribble would be effective buff for the upcoming diplomacy system.
  • Free Custume Slot: Duty or Off-duty- With this reward the player unlocks an extra duty or off-duty costume slot. May go well with any new clothes.
  • BO Rarity Upgrade- Allows a player to upgrade one of their BO's traits or skills as well as the BO's overall rarity to purple level. And if they wish, change their race.

400 Day Reward Options
  • Red Matter Reactor- A higher more functional version of the red matter capacitor which also grants a small short term buff after each use.
  • Luck Bonus- A permanent bonus to a person's ability to on a chance gain loot.
  • Character Promotion Equalizer- Grants the ability to raise a single character up to the same exact level as one you already have XP wise.
  • Weekly Single Skill Respec- This particular reward allows a person to clear out a single skill once a week and gain back its points to use however they wish.

500/600/700+... Day Reward Options
  • ???- ????
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 2 rewards
05-23-2010, 06:42 PM
it syas i just got a stalwart for my 100 day reward what is that and how do i claim it please mail mre in game with the answer
Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 3
05-23-2010, 08:16 PM
100 Day Reward Options

* Ship Material's Package - No
* Trained Assault Animal - Might be a good idea
* Deed for Bank or Inventory Expansion- More bank space is always good
* XP Bonus- no


200 Day Reward Options

* Rarity Item Upgrade- No
* Medium Inventory and Bank Upgrade- Sure
* Small Crew Compliment Upgrade- No
* Skill Cap Expansion - No chance


300 Day Reward Options

* Veteran's Tactical/Engineering/Science Consoles- No
* Free C-Store Token - That might be a valid option, doubt Cryptic will allow that = Less money.
* Tricobalt Tribble Grenade and Ancient Tribble Package- No
* Free Custume Slot - More costume slots fair enough
* BO Rarity Upgrade - No


400 Day Reward Options

* Red Matter Reactor- No
* Luck Bonus- No
* Character Promotion Equalizer- No chance
* Weekly Single Skill Respec - No Chance

More Emotes - Cryptic will do that
More Titles - Cryptic will do that
More ships slots - Cryptic will do that
More Character slots - Cryptic will do that
More Ban space - Makes sense
More Costume slots - Makes sense
More BO Slots - Makes sense

As for your suggestions:

Cryptic rule of acquistion #1: We only give stuff to people who pay extra.

Cryptic rule of acquisition #2: All customers are equal but customers that pay more are more equal than others.

In the off-chance Cryptic even care about making the Vet program more rewarding. I would do the following:

100 Day

Free Title
Free Respec
Free Exta Uniform slot
Free Extra Bridge officer Slot
Free Extra Bank Space
Free Extra Ship slot
'Exclusive Costume Piece Badge'
10% Skill Bonus to next level

200 Day

Free Title
Free Respec
Free Exta Uniform slot
Free Extra Bridge officer Slot
Free Extra Bank Space
Free Extra Ship slot
Free 'Exclusive Costume Piece Uniform'
Free Ship "Firework" emote.
20% Skill Bonus to next level

300 Day

Free Title
Free Respec
Free Exta Uniform slot
Free Extra Bridge officer Slot
Free Extra Bank Space
Free Extra Ship slot
Free Ship costume piece - Veteran Logo
30% Skill Bonus to next level

400 Day

Free Title
Free Respec
Free Exta Uniform slot
Free Extra Bridge officer Slot
Free Extra Bank Space
Free Extra Ship slot
Free Access to Captain's table
40% Skill Bonus to next level

.... and so on.

1) The Captain's Yacht should be earnable ingame via accolade NOT the Vet program because frankly I find the Vet program should reward the players with somethign USEFUL that will give them more life in the game.

2) By providing more slots people can get more life out of the game because they now have to fill those slots.

That means finding more officers, training them and getting to fill your ship with a truely distinctive crew. Filling your ship slots with different varients for a full collection.

Bonus points if at a later point you can have a 'museum' or 'history' tab of each ship that lists when it was commissioned, decommissioned and what it went through.

3) After 400 days of being in STO... I think a higher boost is more appropriate since by this point players are likely to have multiple characters and know there way around the start quite well. Bigger bonus = they can get out into the better parts of the game faster rather than slogging.
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