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# 1 From anger to pity
06-16-2012, 06:14 AM
I started a new account f2p to see what it is like to be one of them. the experience was eye opening. To play the game with absolutely nothing was weird to say the least. So I thought to myself 1st thing to do is join a fleet. When I recruit and someone joins my Beautiful Orion fleet always give them 50,000 credits. When I talked to recruiters they kept telling me to grind missions and get credits no one was willing to give up any cash. I logged into my gold account and sent my f2p 250,000. This enabled me to get the kind of gear i wanted to be successful grinding missions. There is real pressure to purchase c-store points when playing f2p because the beginner ship looks like a trash can, one white bo's, ground and space gear all sucked. I therefore change my mine about f2p accounts and my anger has changed to pity.
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# 2
06-16-2012, 06:33 AM
not that anybody would need a connie right from the start, or 250k to buy weapons. It's cool to have but not really a necessaty.
And looks, and beauty lie in the eye of the beholder. I kind of dig the miranda or centaur design.

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I logged into my gold account and sent my f2p 250,000
not sure how you accomplished that, since EC can't be send.

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There is real pressure to purchase c-store points when playing f2p because the beginner ship looks like a trash can, one white bo's, ground and space gear all sucked.
well not really in my opinion...maybe in endgame you need c-points to purchase another ship to stay competitive, but not really even that. Fleet escort, Advanced escort, assault cruiser and even star cruiser are cool ships and sufficent to play the game successfull even in PVP. Sure the stuff you can buy is cool and more or less worth spending from time to time, but not necessary and you are nowhere forced to get them.

And i also fail to see how it is necessary to buy equip to grind missions...those are super easy even in lower tier ships.

I don't know how you came to your conclusions that f2p accounts are pityfull. I can't agree on a single one of them, sry.

PS: well one, orion females are beautyfull...but more in a slutty sense in my opinion.
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# 3
06-16-2012, 06:55 AM
Being an F2P and only an F2P, I've never felt any pressure to buy CP points. My Miranda I was given at the start of the game was a nice little ship, as was the connie refit (though this just a matter of personal taste). Not having much kit at the start just means you play the game and gradually build yourself up, as you normally do in games of this nature.
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# 4
06-16-2012, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Triangulum_Phoenix
I started a new account f2p to see what it is like to be one of them.
One of us! One of us!

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To play the game with absolutely nothing was weird to say the least.
*GASP!* It's just like a video game!

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So I thought to myself 1st thing to do is join a fleet. When I recruit and someone joins my Beautiful Orion fleet always give them 50,000 credits. When I talked to recruiters they kept telling me to grind missions and get credits no one was willing to give up any cash.
After this hardship, I'm shocked you didn't quit this experiment. You must have uncommon courage for a keyboard jockey!

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I logged into my gold account and sent my f2p 250,000. This enabled me to get the kind of gear i wanted to be successful grinding missions.
I can understand that. It's a nightmare having to spend that extra ten seconds vaporizing those BoPs with the regular gear you get. And having to pay that 20EC for a new Boff on the Exchange?! That makes me want to become a communist!

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I therefore change my mine about f2p accounts and my anger has changed to pity.
You're like this Pulp song, but real life! Wowzies!
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# 5 Pity
06-16-2012, 08:39 AM
There myself. Most hard core Star Trek fan left this game a long tome ago.
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# 6
06-16-2012, 08:43 AM
Hate to mention them again, but I think the constant lockbox spam is the big sadness for new f2p'ers. To a new player these damn things must be confusing and waste so much inventory space.
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# 7
06-16-2012, 08:45 AM
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not sure how you accomplished that, since EC can't be send.
Just trade directly. I have a F2P account and I just invited my other character to my bridge and traded as I would with another player.
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# 8
06-16-2012, 08:52 AM
You went from anger to pity?

That's a coincidence, I feel the same way about you.
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# 9
06-16-2012, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Triangulum_Phoenix
I started a new account f2p to see what it is like to be one of them.
Wish more people did this

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Originally Posted by Triangulum_Phoenix
the experience was eye opening. To play the game with absolutely nothing was weird to say the least. So I thought to myself 1st thing to do is join a fleet.
Ah, you see you're playing a F2P character, but you're not playing in a F2P mindset. The first thing you do isn't try and join a fleet, it's see what you can do in this great big game you've just entered - so missions, basically

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Originally Posted by Triangulum_Phoenix
When I recruit and someone joins my Beautiful Orion fleet always give them 50,000 credits. When I talked to recruiters they kept telling me to grind missions and get credits no one was willing to give up any cash.
This is quite typical, none of the fleets I've been in have had any kind of bonus incentive to join. Beautiful Orion are quite generous!

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I logged into my gold account and sent my f2p 250,000. This enabled me to get the kind of gear i wanted to be successful grinding missions.
This is the point where I think you've effectively given up your experiment

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Originally Posted by Triangulum_Phoenix
There is real pressure to purchase c-store points when playing f2p because the beginner ship looks like a trash can, one white bo's, ground and space gear all sucked. I therefore change my mine about f2p accounts and my anger has changed to pity.
To be fair, a F2Per doesn't know their gear sucks or their ship looks like space debris, they're busy going "OMG I'm playing Star Trek! And firing Photons! and I can even customise my ship weapons and have an away team, how awesome is that?" - it's only in retrospect you can look back and go "What the hell am I doing with this crap?"

While being a F2Per is a grind, and not many people have much sympathy it's not quite as bad as you think it is, the missions are there to guide people through the levels, and they scale very well - your white starter equipment doesn't seem so bad if it's still taking out klingons and romulans effectively. You probably didn't want to grind missions because you'd played them before - as a F2Per I played every single mission in order (except the Ultimate Klingon, which glitched the first time I tried it), which got me most of the way to Rear Admiral while still giving me new content, it was only after that when I thought about joining a fleet or participating in group activity.

Don't get me wrong, being a noob sucks, but it's not absolutely terrible - waiting for endgame content after you've maxed is far worse
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# 10
06-16-2012, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Triangulum_Phoenix
I started a new account f2p to see what it is like to be one of them. the experience was eye opening. To play the game with absolutely nothing was weird to say the least. So I thought to myself 1st thing to do is join a fleet. When I recruit and someone joins my Beautiful Orion fleet always give them 50,000 credits. When I talked to recruiters they kept telling me to grind missions and get credits no one was willing to give up any cash. I logged into my gold account and sent my f2p 250,000. This enabled me to get the kind of gear i wanted to be successful grinding missions. There is real pressure to purchase c-store points when playing f2p because the beginner ship looks like a trash can, one white bo's, ground and space gear all sucked. I therefore change my mine about f2p accounts and my anger has changed to pity.
Unless you bought the game somewhere with a promo, say Gamestop for the Connie as I did, subscribed first characters began with the same white Boffs and the same ship at the same level. The moment you funded your "welfare" character from your gold account your experiment failed as it essentially became an alt of your gold rather than a stand alone character as a toon on a different WoW server would.

Also, the beginning missions are so easy you could practically set auto-fire and go afk. They're tuned to be easy so that new players, whether gaming pros new to the Star Trek genre or players new to gaming in general, do not get frustrated and turned away. There's no reason to be worried at all about gearing the first rank.

But honestly the only purpose I see for your "experiment" of slumming around STO is to stir up trouble on the forums. I pity you.
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