Yea, pretty much when it comes to money driven things like PWE, if you want something from them, you have to appeal to their greed by showing them how they can make more money by doing what you want them to do. If this is not something that can be done, then your idea generaly gets ignored.
It would nice if they just did away with lobi, and instead offer small sums of zen from lockboxes. This way all the lobi store items can be sold in the C-store for unreasonable prices, but than people would say what is the point in buying keys if I can get the goods from the C-store? Well first off the goods that can only be purchased by lobi will be the only items offered in the C-store, so items only obtainable by boxes still require boxes to be opened. Also the cost of those old lobi items will be offered at a high zen price to more match the lobi profit difference and the fact that boxes and the dilithium market is a viable way to get zen in the first place. This in a sense would stimulate the market for zen more by people paying more for zen to get the goods from the store, also spur purchases of keys for boxes to be opened because now you get zen which is account bound, and aids the dilithium market for those willing to sell zen (dilithium sellers might find it not to their liking, but all depends on market prices as always). The only possible drawback would be if they made items purchased from the C-store that were originally goods from the lobi store account or character bound which is what they might or might not do. If they still allow for ships to be sold on the exchange after buying them from the C-store than it could have a huge impact on the EC market, but only if they allowed such a thing to happen. Otherwise if they are a bound item than it's not a terrible thing as it still encourages people to go for the big ticket ship by lockbox only, all the while giving you some zen and other goodies to use for the C-store even if you don't land a jackpot prize ship. Again this is only an idea and would still need some kink worked on before approval!!!
If you have come to the forums to complain about the AFK penalty, than it is WAI.
Actually there was a response to this by the devs, there would a possibility of exploits. My solution, get rid of the lobi from the featured episode replay, its only a max of 5 lobi per series and there is always a couple that are bugged.
Works for me. Dump the free Lobi we so can get it account bound.
Dinosaurs with frickin' laser beams in STO? It's more likely than you think.
Character Locked Lobi is just a greedy Nickel and Dime move by Cryptic IMO.
Agreed. My fleet, and probably every fleet out there, came up with a variety of solutions to counter concerns about exploits i.e. reasonable and honest problems. Account lobi is completely doable. Cryptic just doesn't want to. And the reason they don't want to is because having an insufficient amount of lobi spread uselessly across all your characters forces you to get even MORE lobi any time you want to actually buy something with it. The fact that half the stuff in the lobi store is per-character non tradable gear ties into this as well. It's a means of making everything in the lobi store cost more. And since lobi is inextricably bound to real money... it's a cash sink. A halfway subtle one, but still a nasty bit of profiteering.
The real solution, as with almost everything in grind-heavy MMOGs, is to not want things. If you have lobi to buy something, great. If you don't, then forget it exists.
As everyone I would also like this but 2 reasons will keep it from ever happening. Might just be opinion but possible exploits really have no influence on this matter if you ask me
1) everyone wants it and we all know what cryptic does with things the community wants.
2) it might cost them a few pennies, people might spend more to get the movies on the different toons when their is no other way. That being said their are a lot of people with a few lobis taking up inventory space that will never be used. In that respect might also cost a few pennies but hey it's their game so whatever
It's some pretty repressive game play. It is like this with Lobi as well as the reputation system, mark selection, dillithium in everything, etc.
Look, if there is something that Cryptic could do to make your game play better and it makes sense, then you can bet that Cryptic is going to prohibit it and exploit you to make a dime.
This was the exact same reason that they pulled all the different currencies out of the game to simplify everything, so they could back two years later and add more than they have ever had in the past. Poor management and lack of vision.