Probably spent about $20 total on boxes, it already felt like too much. But the Dominion ones are nice because they have the not-hugely-rare mining claims that at least help you recoup your losses after a set of snake eyes. I've saved a pile, if I ever crack boxes again it'll probably be these.
I know this is going to sound really stupid and may be purely circumstantial, so please hold off on the flames. I have been a casual lock box user ever since PWE implemented them. I have tried countless times trying to get the jem'bug with zero luck... and have pretty much given up on it. For that matter I've never received any lockbox ships.
That being said, when PWE release the Dominion set I really wanted the Jem'Hadar Dreadnaught. I had roughly 390 saved up in Lobi from previous lockbox attempts and went ahead and purchased $75 in zen thinking that should be enough for the extra Lobi. That evening I bought several 10-pack key sets sold on the cryptic store, again gunning for enough Lobi for the Jem'Dread purchase. So around 8:30 in the P.M. that evening I opened my first 20 boxes, i.e., zero ships, zero rares, zero rare doff's, just crap drops and around 110 in Lobi.
Getting side tracked with family life that evening, i.e., playing Mr Mom with a sick 6 year old... I wasn't able to finish my venture in opening the 50 lock boxes in waiting. Here's where it gets interesting, please bare with me. Around 3:30 in the A.M. that following morning, I had to get up and attend to my sick daughter again. About an hour into playing Mr Mom, finally getting her to go back to sleep and roughly 2 hours before I have to get ready for work. I figured what the hell, take a 5-hour energy, log on and finish my quest to obtain 800 Lobi before going to work. At 4:30 A.M. here is what I got within 20 minutes of opening various lock boxes I have saved up;
- 2x Mirror Universe Advanced Escorts (back to back)
- 1 Mirror Universe Patrol Escort
- 2x Wells Temporal Science Vessels (within 10 minutes of each other)
- 1 Jem Heavy Escort Carrier
- 11x Temporal boxes containing 25 Lobi per box
I was completely freaking out, I never have this type of up luck... ever!!! As stated earlier, I never in the past acquired any lock box ships. The only thing that I can equate is that I opened these lock boxes in "off time" in my region/zone. Again, I don't know if this was the case, or pure and simple ridiculous luck! All I know is the next time I try for another lock box ship, I'm doing it early in the A.M. in my region/zone. Thought I'd share my story.
...and I finally obtained enough Lobi for my original goal, purchasing the Jem'Dread!
Usually I throw them away after they bottom out in sells on the exchange. But I do want a Jem ship. So I been stockpiling them as I get them. Soon as I get my other purchases out of the way. I will start opening them up. Either I get the Heavy Escort or the Dread, I will see how that goes.
I think I should point out that 50-100 boxes does not a sample make.
the odds are so low that you can't rely on such a small sample size to tell you anything useful. And we do know that the chance is calculated on a per box basis, so opening many many boxes, or opening boxes during peak hours shouldn't make a difference