I'm sorry, but this is simply not true. I was completely unable to use my original handle, even without capitalization.
Ditto. In fact i had to come all the way down to using my real name to get an account. Last time I did that was back in AOL days. And I have a very long list of possible account names in the back of my head. (I'm a former hacker who used to "teach" hacking and wrote tutorials way back when)
Everything that I came up with was either already taken or didn't get back their filters.
I made a forum-only PWE account and still play with my Cryptic acc. Will they eventually shut the "Cryptic log-in" in the game launcher down?
According to the 'Linking' FAQ...
Account linking will soon be non-optional. If you have a Cryptic account and link now, you can claim a special item in Star Trek Online. Also, the sooner you link, the better chance you have of getting your preferred account name and display name.
I believe there's 5000 Dilithium as well as one of those boxes that generate a random level-appropriate weapon. I remember I got a Rare quantum torpedo launcher as a result, but I don't remember if there was anything else.
"Don't let them promote you. Don't let them transfer you. Don't let them do anything that takes you off the bridge of that ship, because while you're there... you can make a difference." - James T. Kirk