Cryptic is slowing down Starbase Development and Reputation Advancment , and they are telling you that they are doing this for YOU !
There has been a lot of talk lately about the Anniversary Event -- and while I agree that that is important , I am quite saddened to see that real , long term issues (unlike the come & gone Anniversary deal) get so little acknowledgement from the players .
Please observe what we leave behind with Season 8.5 :
THE BONUS MARKS EVENT
This event was something that you got to play 2-3 times within a 24 hour period if you were a hardcore player , or once or twice a week if you were a casual player .
And no matter how you look at it , this gave you extra Fleet Marks and extra Reputation Marks .
By Cryptic's New Plan(tm) , to get any kind of bonus Marks (even bigger bonuses then now) you have to wait for a designated Weekend by Cryptic , that will come around ... in what , every few months ?
And if you miss one of those because gods forbid you have a life , you will not get bonus Marks for .... 3-5 months , maybe more ?
If Cryptic's mission was to achieve slowing down the building of Starbases and Fleet assets -- consider this : Mission Accomplished !
- Now let's go look for a reason for this .
Is Cryptic not happy with the progress large or small Fleets are making on Fleet Projects ?
Is Cryptic not happy with the speed with which you finish a Reputation ?
Not likely , since they just given us a Token system to speed that up .
So what is it ?
It's the 'Lever' . Or that's how I started calling it at least .
Once upon a time , when Cryptic made FE's regularly they "pulled a lever" on Saturdays and the mission would become available and happy players would flock in droves to play the new content for 4 weekends in a row .
Now we're getting a variant of that :
We are suppose to flock in droves for Mark Bonuses .
The small problem was , we already had (smaller) bonuses that we did when we felt like it (with the Hourly Event's Calendar) .
Not good enough for Cryptic .
So they took away those minor bonuses , all the while singing about how this is really for us ... .
Ecxept for this one little slip :
Captain Gecko on Priority 1 , time index 29:50
" The Hourly Event's Calendar , the design with that was the hope to get ppl to stick around for maybe an extra hour , 'cause of that extra event that's coming up that they might want to stick around to , but because it was so common , the amount of awards you could get was so limited , while what happens on a Weekend , it's meant to cause a huge boost for that time period , and that huge boosts turns into a lot of numbers for us , then when those numbers go up , the money goes up as well . "
So in short , they took away your Bonus Marks , just so they can give them back to you at a later time (when they need a cash infusion) and you should just deal with it .
What happens with all those Fleet Projects that get less and less FM in the meantime (for months and months) or don't get started at all ?
If you're lucky , you'll be distracted by all the new ships and lockboxes .
If Cryptic's lucky , you won't quit in disgust .
The Grind just got worse for everybody -- and I mean EVERYBODY , even those who will flock to the Bonus Weekends yet to come , and the small fleets that didn't see the end of it .... , well they might as well ask Cryptic for a telescope .
Too much instant gratification in this busted ass game. I say take away the double xp rep tokens first, followed by giving leaver penalties to private groups, followed by tripling the amount of everything a starbase needs and giving a player account a hard cap of 10 character slots
Im sick and tired of 1 man fleets, literal armies of alts, and qq on the forum about it.
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Sadly I have to agree with you OP, few nights back, at my fleet we were talking precisely about this issue, we are a smaller fleet and will take us months to be able to fabricate fleet ships, kind of a big let down and no I don't want to go to a big fleet, they treat new players like some kind of stinky fish.
Rep marks (except for Omega) are stunningly easy to get hold of via the Nukara/Dyson/New Romulus ground zones. A couple of hours in each gives me about a weeks worth of marks, with Dyson giving a very large pile of Dilithium to boot.