The "Delta Flyer" and some other ships that were attainable in game through Emblem grinding have also been C-Store ships the whole time. The game version on Tribble currently has these ships as C-Store only and relies on the bigger picture Dilithium economy (which should show up in the next blog) for acquiring these in-game.
I don't know about you, but I remember way back when Cloaked Intentions came out. There was a little mission you could do. It was a little grindy -- you had to go around star clusters and scan anomalies, I think a total of twelve over the course of three or four days. It was a daily mission. At the end of it, though, you were given a schematic and sent to Memory Alpha, and there you could craft your very own Delta Flyer.
It was just a shuttle: A dinky little thing, not much more than a high-performance speedster, couldn't even really do in a stand-up fight. A T1 Miranda could take it down. But I crafted it, I built it, and even if I unlocked it for my entire account later, that shuttle was mine and I had a strong attachment to it. It was Speshul in a way that no other ship really was. Because I had built it.
I found the Delta crafting mission to be surprisingly rewarding and enjoyable. I was saddened to read that the current plans are to make the Delta C-Store-only. It isn't a RAEG ALERT issue, but it is disappointing. I have a very fond memory of that mission. And I still have the shuttle. And I was looking forward to crafting the Peregrine for my Tac captain. (And perhaps someday, the mission scout ship for my sciency captain.)
I would like to encourage Cryptic to please reconsider this. Please let the Delta remain a craftable ship, and make the Peregrine and the mission scout ship (if it ever enters the game) also craftable in-game. It's not like people are going to be pwnzoring the game with shuttles. And if the focus in the C-Store is on starships, how much will it really hurt the bottom line to allow people to craft these?
If the PTB are adamant that the Delta be in the C-Store (even after having been available through crafting) then perhaps a different shuttle of some kind? Perhaps the above-mentioned mission scout ship, or even the rather sleek shuttle from Insurrection, without much if any mechanical difference from said shuttle. Just something visually different from the standard shuttlecraft, something that a person can do a mini-grind for, to get the above sense of accomplishment and involvement... if that makes sense.
So please keep the Delta craftable when the game goes F2P, Cryptic.
I like the Craft a Delta Flyer mission, I'm bummed that it isn't available on Tribble. Though, the option is still there on Memory Alpha, even though there's no way to get the schematic. I'm hoping that means there's a possibility that it will return, but I'm not holding my breath.
BTW, it's a 9 to 10-day mission, you have to do 10 shuttlecraft dailies, where you scan 12 spatial anomalies in a shuttle or other small craft and you have to wait 20 hours for the mission to repeat. I can see where some people would rather get the Delta sooner by just buying it in the C-store because it's better than a Type 8 shuttle and comes in handy for the mission "The Vault," but with the new linear mission layout, there's no point in rushing things. You have plenty of time to do the shuttle dailies before you get that mission.
So, +1 for bringing back the Craft a Delta Flyer mission for F2P.
Last time I was on tribble the Delta Flyer crafting mission was still available at Memory Alpha (2 days ago).
If they did remove the Delta Flyer crafting mission, would adding in a different shuttle to craft be acceptable? (e.g. Danube, Type 8, or Yacht) Or does it have to be the Delta Flyer?
The mission wasn't available at Memory Alpha on Holodeck the last time I played it, you had to get it from Commander Wildman at K7. I can double check, but I looked for it in both places on Tribble and I didn't find it. The Delta Flyer is still available under "starship devices" in Memory Alpha but, without the mission, there's no way to get the schematic. Unless it's offered as a mission reward later in the game.