Quote:
Originally Posted by Marcellus
With the F2P changes, the prices have been increased, but the 400 CP stipend neatly covers that (with a few exceptions), so I don't have to include either factor in my calculations.
In the Dilithium economy, the maximum amount of Refined Dilithium that can be earned per day is 8000. The equivalent of 1 Emblem is 480 Dilithium, as far as daily mission rewards go. So, if the price of a 1200 CP item is now 500 Emblem, then the equivalent of that would be 500x480=240k Dilithium. Divided by the refinement limit, 8000, this is exactly 30 days' worth of Dilithium grinding. So, if we want to get 1200 CP in 30 days, the exchange rate would have to be 240k / 1200 = 200 rD/CP (as others have noted).
Thus, in the new system, the equivalent options for that 1200 CP value would be:
1. Buy 1200 CP for 15$
2. Subscribe for a month for 15$ and grind NO LESS THAN 8000 Dilithium on average, AND buy CP for NO MORE THAN a 200 rD/CP rate.

If the typical exchange rate goes considerably over 200 rD/CP, then NO MATTER HOW MUCH TIME someone spends grinding, it becomes mathematically impossible for them to get that value in a month. In that case, I'd get more value out of my 15$ if I skipped a month of subscription and bought Cryptic Points with it instead. That's right: the Dilithium Exchange could create a situation where NOT PLAYING FOR 1 MONTH brings you CLOSER TO A NEW SHIP THAN PLAYING FOR 1 MONTH.

CORRECTION:
In the above analysis, I've considered the stipend as a compensation for the CStore price increases, treating it as a bonus instead of including it in the cost of the subscription fee. While this interpretation does have some merit with comparing buying power between preF2P and postF2P, it doesn't accurately represent the values gained in the new system. So, if we take the postF2P situation
asis, without regards to the price changes, then:
The 15$ monthly subscription fee includes 5$ worth of CPoints. So, the Dilithium gained over the course of a month should be compared to 10$ worth of CPoints (800 CP), not 15$ (1200 CP). Which means that the exchange rate where you ACTUALLY break even is 240k / 800 =
300 rD/CP.
So, including the value of the stipend the subscription fee, the correct comparison is:
1. Buy 1200 CP for 15$
2. Subscribe for a month for 15$, getting 400 CP and grind NO LESS THAN 800 Dilithium on average, AND buy CP for NO MORE THAN a 300 rD/CP rate.
CONCLUSION:
While buying CPoints for a ship at over 200 rD/CP would still be a bad deal for me compared to the preF2P situation, it's only at 300 rD/CP where I'd be better off buying CPoints with my money instead of a subscription.