So is this exploit and bullying the reason I've gotten Purple deflectors and engines? Could this be why I've gotten a purple tetryon rifle? Could this be also why I now have a Photonic BO?
This is just pot luck. There is no way to alter what other people get. When you initially play in the fountain and the list pops up, if you don't like what the fountain gives you then there is a way round this
1. On some instances, you can cancel the playing and wait a few seconds and play again and be offered something different
2. If this dosent work, if you change your instance and go to the fountain again you will certainly be offered something else
Even the devs have acknowledged the exploit so it is true. Sometimes you do get what you see only because no one beat you to it. Maybe it's just me but it feels like I've noticed an increasing number of mk1 stuff which would back up claims of people rolling new toons. I've only seen the targ pop up and cub though people have claimed everything from the preorder rifle to holo bo's and tribble (though someone had to be silly and say the delta flyer).
The system was terrible idea and despite getting the targ for 2/3 fed toons that's not the point I really don't like this system of giving away random items which incldue the c store and items which are restricted so even if you've boguht it you can't get it from that toon or where it can be exploited. Giving a unique item to everyone or a class specifc choice or nothing but the party popper and skill bonus would have been fine. Maybe lessons will be learnt for next year...