What's needed is an item which can only be purchased for dilithium which will become a crafting component.
This item would obviously have to be unbound and otherwise worthless (no EC value, only usable for crafting, and probably unlistable on the exchange).
Then have it where it requires multiples of the item for each Mark/Rarity level, so they could get the surcharges in for crafting "the good stuff".
I can't wait to see the Academy (Klink style that is- fully ridged)
◦Bird of Prey Refit: Norgh Class
◦Bird of Prey Refit: Kiítang Class
◦Nausicaan Escort: Vandal Destroyer
◦Nausicaan Escort: Scourge Destroyer
◦Gorn Science: Phalanx Science Vessel
◦Gorn Science: Dragus Support Vessel
◦Orion Cruiser: Flight Deck Cruiser
◦Orion Cruiser: Corsair Flight-Deck Cruiser
◦Kítinga Refit: Koroítíinga Class
■T5 B'rel Retrofit
■Added Science Console Slot (No item added).
■Gorn Varanus Fleet Support Vessel
■Deploy Repair Platforms is not a Console Item.
■Added Engineering Slot. Repair Drones greatly Improved and Platforms now have a PBAoE Mask Energy Signature.
■Varanus is not accessible at Brigadier General.
■Marauder is now a Flight Deck Cruiser Class and comes with 1 hangar slot.
■Interceptor power has been removed. Ship now comes with Marauding Force Hangar Item (effectively an AoE Boarding Party).
■As a Flight Deck Cruiser, the Marauder can now also equip all small hangar items including the To'Doj Fighters, S'kul Fighters, Nausicaan Siphons and Shield Repair Drones.
■Marauder is not accessible at Brigadier General.
■Nausicaan Guramba Siege Destroyer
■Guramba is now a Destroyer Class.
■Added Engineer Console slot.
■No console Item added.
■All Carriers and Flight Deck Cruisers can now equip the To'Doj Fighters, S'kul Fighters, Nausicaan Siphon Pods, and Shield Repair Drones. Bird-of-Prey and Fer'Jai Frigate hangar pets remain exclusive to the Vo'quv Carrier and Kar'Fi Battle Carrier respectively.
■All Carriers and Flight Deck Cruisers will now come with 4 Pet Ai command powers to give orders to your pets - Attack, Escort, Intercept and Recall. These command powers are still in early development.
■The UI for this should be coming next week. So you know itís here but canít use it yet. (Sorry)
■There are no longer Port and Starboard carrier hangar pets. All hangar pet items fit in any slot.
Adding a Dilithium cost to crafting is poopy.
AND you took away another mission that gave Dilithium.
If you're going to have Dilithium cost to almost everything, like the trend seems to indicate at this time, then we need more ways to earn Dilithium.
Grinders are still gonna get large amounts of Dilithium no matter what, casual players will probably not...and probably not be very happy about it. I know you're hoping they'll go to the Cstore instead, but, that's a lot of hope.
Oddly enough I have no real problem with even MK goods costing dilithium, well, on two conditions...
1. The percentage cost in dilithium is no more than 5% of the shop cost at the right tier OR you can use dilithium ore for crafting.
2. That you start giving more repeatable ways to earn dilithium outside of the damn dailies. I don't know how many times I have to keep saying this, so lets try with a bigger font, capslock and red colouring.
YOU ALREADY HAVE A HARD CAP ON THE AMOUNT OF DILITHIUM PRODUCED PER DAY DUE TO THE REFINEMENT CAP. WHY DO YOU NEED TO CREATE A SECOND HARD CAP BY BLOCKING THE MAJORITY OF WAYS TO EARN DILITHIUM BEHIND DAILIES AND/OR EVENTS?
Come on guys, lets take the limiters off here. Things like exploration, PvP and Fleet Actions should be giving dilithium outside of dailies. Every time you complete a pvp match, complete an exploration wrapper mission or beat a Fleet Action you should earn some ore, just like these things used to give merits/honour/marks/emblems/badges. If you still want dailies to be involved, then sure, dailies should give a significantly higher amount (once again, like marks/badges/emblems/etc), but there should still be ways to earn as much dilithium ore as you like.
Please, let people earn however much dilithium through the gameplay style they like instead of forcing them to do game modes they don't enjoy and/or logging out once the dailies dry up.
As a crafter who doesn't run STF's i'll not be able to create the gear i need to remain competitive in PVP..
Also, the defiants are getting another buff to there consoles while my intrepid gets shafted..
If i choose not to do the daily mission grind, there's really no point in doing any other missions since the rewards can't be used to by quality stuff. This now even includes the data sample collecting i used to do while chatting and helping other players.
Couple that with the deminished conversion rate between my existing currency and your new Dilitium currency and i'm just about out of luck all around.
At least tell me that i'll be able to buy all of my MKXII gear outright from the c-store.. i bet that's not a problem, right?
Anyhow, i'm going to go mourn for STO for awhile...
I don't think I can constructively list all the things in this update that are just plain bad. Though you going ahead and completely ruining crafting has to be at the top of my list of reasons to take you off of my Christmas card list. Crapping up all the ships my VA toons use would run a close second.
I just feel bad for all the people who don't have lifetime subs, since if they actually stick around (which remains to be seen) they'll have to pay you to continue screwing up their game.
We will be bringing the Tribble server down for maintenance to apply a new update.[*]T5 Excelsior Retrofit
Now comes with an Advanced Transwarp Drive Coil console mod.
Console grants Transwarp (but no longer to Sirius, Regulus, or Pi Canis), but also grants a passive bonus to Weapon, Shield, Engine, and Aux Performance Stat.
Why? Transwarping to sector blocks is useless in combat, and this is the only ship with a non-combat power. It's bad enough to use it means either leaving it to take up a valuable equipment slot on our ships (at leas the power stat boost helps in this regard) or constantly swapping it in and out, but why are you forcing players to swap consoles to get to different destinations? And as long as your fiddling with the Transwarp options, why can't we get the newer sector blocks added? (Deferi space, Gamma Orionis)
Also; I paid for the original T5 Excelsior for the full Transwarp package. Am I now going to have to buy a T3 Excelsior on top of that C-Store purchase to regain these options?