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# 241
01-23-2013, 10:45 AM
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Originally Posted by usscapital View Post
is the new ship for the 3rd year event still coming ? , or is this lockbox ment to change/delay that ? . not much detail is coming about this event as of yet and it is not that far off
Anniversary event is probably coming the first week of next month. This is separate and should not be affecting that.
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# 242
01-23-2013, 10:47 AM
I'll consider buying more lock box keys, when you change Lobi crystals to account bind, instead of character bind. I paid for the damned things, I should have the right to decide which toon I want to buy things for with them.
Join date is wrong, I've actually been around since Beta.
99 little bugs in the code, 99 little bugs.
Take one down, patch it around.
127 little bugs in the code...
Former PWE Community Team Lead
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# 243
01-23-2013, 10:50 AM
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Shouldn't this be "Lieutenant Generals"?
Yes; it's been updated.

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Brandon "BranFlakes" Felczer | Former Community Team Lead for Perfect World Entertainment
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# 244
01-23-2013, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by khamseenair View Post
I'll consider buying more lock box keys, when you change Lobi crystals to account bind, instead of character bind. I paid for the damned things, I should have the right to decide which toon I want to buy things for with them.
yes it would be nice if we had a legacy unlock account wide for gold and lifetime
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# 245
01-23-2013, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by f2pdrakron View Post
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Ya, you're right. It's pointless to try to debate unfairness and op-ness in a game that should be named 'starfleet online'. This continual power creep and money grabbing is doing nothing for my diminishing enthusiasm for the game as well as destroying any hope I have for creating and maintaining a neutral PvP environment. I'm sure some future bugfix will open up an exploit that'll rebalance the game if only for a few days.
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You're gonna upgrade my Chel Grett for FREE but charge me $30 to upgrade my Kamarag ?
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# 246
01-23-2013, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by khamseenair View Post
I'll consider buying more lock box keys, when you change Lobi crystals to account bind, instead of character bind. I paid for the damned things, I should have the right to decide which toon I want to buy things for with them.
Yes Please. Stop EXPLOITING me and change this system so that I don't have to purchase 250 Lobi on each character where I want something since the items are not account bound. This is essentially what you are doing.

Does PWE work for the FCA?!
Honestly, who does this to their customers?
Commander
Join Date: Jun 2012
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# 247
01-23-2013, 11:16 AM
My 2 cents:

New stuff? Cool. Maybe even a federation carrier with frigate class hangers, cool. Annoying you have to have a Jem'Hdar fighter already to use them.

Team centric consoles. Cool.

A little ticked everything a escort or escort-hybrid. (50% of the community is a tactical captain, but I think that's a balance issue or feedback loops. That is people leaving science and engineers not because they want a tac, but because other issues just pile up.)

A little ticked there is _another_ carrier and all the old carriers still have their issues outstanding. I groaned about my Atrox being a cracked sawdust brick a while, but not because I really wanted a escort-hybrid. I despise how easy a time escorts have taking it out that not many even bother to try hard. (Either you pop like a balloon, or have to tank so hard kittens have a bigger bite so you can be safely ignored. Edit: No middle ground, and it is those extremes.) I kinda wanted the scales fixed, not tipped more.

Last edited by resoundingenvoy; 01-23-2013 at 11:25 AM.
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# 248
01-23-2013, 11:46 AM
would be nice on ships and consoles this stuff cost alot to get if you have bunch of toons like me
another lifetime perk should be cheaper lock box keys
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# 249
01-23-2013, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by jaturnley View Post
If they could make more money that way, they would probably be doing that, since as you point out the CBS restriction is obviously not as bad as has been previously reported. I am betting them make a LOT more money on them than you suspect.

I think you also underestimate the impact the lockboxes have on the game. They not only are used to insert ships, Lobi and special items into the game from a direct cash resource, they are also the only real way to directly convert cash into ECs through key sales on the exchange. There are a lot of players who would rather funnel money into the game rather than spend their time grinding, and these give them the option to do so.

Of course, they could introduce new ways to do all of this, but I am betting that the direct buy prices would have to be a lot higher to break even financially, and that they have done all kinds of market research to find the psychological break point for people directly buying virtual items to find out that $25 is the ideal number. Just look at the forums every time they introduce a new ship in the CStore - the crapstorm that arises is usually bigger then the one that happens when they announce a new lockbox. Now imagine that crapstorm if they raised the price of said ships to $40. At that price they would likely sell a lot less ships, and the outcry from the community would be much higher - a scenario where nobody wins.

In the end, the lockboxes are a way to circumvent the psych barrier that direct pricing creates. It's easy to spend a buck and a quarter on a lockbox once in a while, and the Dilith to Zen conversion to do so is one that people feel comfortable that they can easily reach. This, in turn, puts more dilith into the market for people who have cash to buy. If someone had to convert enough dilith to buy 4000 zen to get their reward, they would often just give up and the whole thing would collapse. This is one of the reasons they drove the market changes that completely changed the D2Z conversion rates with S7; it encourages people to put more dilithium into the market.

Basically, economics is never as simple as it looks. PWE spent a LOT of time working out the interdependent pieces of STO's economy, and they're pretty careful to make sure that things not only make them money, but that the players feel like they are able to achieve goals they set without too much frustration. It's a fine balance in which nothing is done without reason.

I make my ec's without selling keys. It would be wrong for me to on the one hand say how wrong this system is, but then profit myself on the very thing I am against...

I just don't get how people can be so naive to the fact that they litterally being robbed of hundreds in money for pixels they do not own.

It really isn't simple as you said....
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# 250
01-23-2013, 02:38 PM
Our FAQ for the Dominion Lock Box is now live here. It also confirms that it will be released tomorrow

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