Kati, from my perspective, I can't even log in for 20 minutes and feel like I have incentive to play. I'm a gold account sure, but doesn't seem as if it helps.
Maybe I can physically by the numbers level an alt faster, but I have no incentive for that alt to want to train in crafting, due to the fact I am stuck by the "unreplicatable materials" (aka dilithium) at advanced levels of crafting.
Next, I have to do all the missions in some order that is laid out to me like a school lesson plan, and it feels completely forced.
Then when I hit RA/VA, I can do the STF's over and over and over just to get a simple armor set and new ground weapons.
Add in the fact that there are no new story developments, and I'm playing the same stuff all the way through.
Frankly, it sucks...as a veteran player there simply isn't the "fun" factor to things anymore, nor replay value.
As far as the skill tree, I'm glad it was consolidated some, but again, it seems haphazard because some of the skill categories are head-scratchers.
In summary, STO isn't just listing anymore, she's sinking. Fast.
I hate this. Really, I do. People think you absolutely have to have one of those fancy VA ships to compete at VA, when this is totally untrue.
The so-called VA ships are balanced against the RA ships, and are all T5. There is no T5.5. You do not need them. You are not screwed without the token.
Jexsam, I appreciate your intent, I do, and I even agree with you (on the "need' for VA ships vs RA ships), but that's not the kind of discussion I'm looking for in this thread.
If you hadn't noticed, I'm trying to inject as little opinion into this thread as possible, to avoid the "opinion vs opinion" problems present in so many threads, for which I have no small amount of guilt myself.