PWE/Cryptic seems to be operating under the assumption that Silver players (actually, nearly all players) will be logging in every day and slogging through as many of the Dilithium granting missions as possible, getting *at least* 8K Dilithium per day, and see adding an auto-refine feature as an added value for a Gold Subscription.

The thing is, that's a horribly, negligently ignorant assumption.

*Nobody, not even a free player, is going to log in every day to do the exact same things over and over and over again, no matter what kinds of rewards they give give for it.*

Honestly, lets think about this hypothetical grind-happy Silver Sub PWE/Cryptic envisions (all done using the math and numbers from the current Tribble Build):

They logs in every day, and they do the same repetitive niche missions and dailies every single day, once they hit the cap and have all the Dilithium granting missions available, they make more than 8K Dilithium per day which they refine every day, without fail.

What will they use all that Dilithium for? Gear? OK, Purple Mk XI Ship Weapons cost 22,620 Refined Dilithium each, Ship Shields, Deflectors and Impulse Engines are 43,350, Consoles are 11,350, Ground weapons are 11,350, Ground Shields and Armor are 7,555, their ship is geared up, their Away team and Captains are all geared up with Mk XI Purples, and all it took was 511,570 Refined Dilithium, and about 64 days of doing the *same repetitive crap* day-in, day-out, but PWE/Cryptic is assuming that's OK, so for the purposes of this hypothetical, we will too.

What then? Ships and C-Store stuff? Ok, they grind, and refine, and grind and refine, and grind and refine.. And eventually, after *10 days of that*, they have 80,000 Refined Dilithium, which can be traded (at the best-case scenario rate of 50:1) for the 1,600 C-Points they need for their VA/LG ship. (OK, I admit, that didn't turn out to be as horrific as I thought)

Of course, as I said, this is the best case scenario, if the exchange rate goes the other way, with C-Points being hard to get and expensive, they'll need *800,000 Refined Dilithium*, which will take them *more than three months* (100 days) to accumulate.

Unless, of course, they fork over real-world cash,as PWE/Cryptic obviously hopes they will do.

For free players, this will not be a game, there's *nothing* fun or entertaining about logging in for a *minimum* of 74 days of the *same thing* just to be equipped at the cap with less than top rate gear (you don't want to see the numbers for getting Purple Mk XII Gear).

Silver players, welcome to STO, the grind or pay. I hope you have Q-like patience or a bottomless bank account, you'll need one or the other.

Gold players, here's your numbers: Assuming you use your entire Stipend to exchange for Dilithium, at the best possible Exchange rate for you (which, by the way, is the worst case Exchange Rate for Silvers) you will be able to exchange your Stipend for 200K Dilithium per month, enough to outfit an Away Team, *or* almost enough to equip a Ship, on one character. I have six, that means, if I want to equip everyone and everything on all six characters with Mk XI Purples (as the Silver player above) without grinding, it's going to take me *one year, four months.*

Now, if a Gold Player does the grind *and* manages to exchange their Stipend at the best possible rate, they'll accumulate 448,000 Refined Dilithum per month, *almost* enough to do both your Away Team and your Ship, but still, sadly, not enough.

Oh, and all these numbers assume the player only uses one Away Team of four Boffs, and is using a Science Vessel (or Science Vessel equivalent) with a 3/3 Weapon, 3/4/2 Console set up, if you fly anything with seven or eight weapons, or have different Away Team for different situations, you'll need significantly more.

Now, realistically, Silvers *aren't* going to get the best Exchange Rate, and neither will the Gold Subscribers, so this is really the *best*-case scenario for both, *these are the optimistic numbers people.*

If the Devs think people aren't going to see this Economy for the Grind or Pay it is, they're sorely mistaken.