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Posted: Oct 7th 2011 9:19AM Shadanwolf said

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Does anyone know where I might get a buddy key. I really want to try this game.

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 9:19AM dudes said

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So if you pay it will be automatic, but f2p has a chance only.

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 9:23AM dudes said

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The dilithium looks completely earned during play but other currencies like gold pressed latinum are there too. Interesting.
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Posted: Oct 7th 2011 9:49AM xilr said

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I've been testing the F2P. Here is a quick observation: Before F2P goes live, STO is a fully functional quality game you can get for $15 a month. After F2P goes live, $15 a month will not even be CLOSE to enough to have a fully functional quality game. Each piece of gear ranges from 30,000 to 150,000 dilithium and they are capping PAYING players (gold accounts) at 8000 per day. On the live server when you get a new ship you can spend 3-4 hours in exploration missions to get enough badges to gear up. On the F2P test server there are captains and admirals running around with mark 1 gear and tier 2 ships. No one can get their ship properly geared, and this isnt a problem AT ALL on the live server. They are creating serious artificial problems that spending money above and beyond a gold membership will have to solve.

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 10:22AM Chiren said

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@xilr

ugh, Cryptic is the Uwe Boll of MMOs.
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Posted: Oct 7th 2011 11:27AM WonderPenguin said

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@xilr This. I rolled a character to play on tribble, and learned exactly what the hubbub was all about. Couldn't believe how broken the dilithium system is at the moment. I know its just an "early build" aka "lets see how much we can get away with", but its still just awful.

They need to re-work it so that gold = current live system and silver = pay up sucka.
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Posted: Oct 7th 2011 12:14PM Saker said

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@Chiren Ha! Made me laugh! Great comment! :)
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Posted: Oct 7th 2011 12:17PM Saker said

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@WonderPenguin "lets see how much we can get away with"

Unfortunately that's what it sounds like! When the money-men are involved that's what you get... Sounding more and more like the pay-to-win mentality prevailing.
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Posted: Oct 7th 2011 12:39PM Seldra said

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@xilr
I unsubbed STO about 2 months ago, I was actually planning on resubbing for a while when updates come, but if what you say is true. I'll wait and see if it's as bad in live as it is in test.
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Posted: Oct 7th 2011 1:24PM smartstep said

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@xilr

Well it is no surprise as most f2p and especially freemium are more expensive than p2p.

Freemiums keep subscription option , but for this subscription you get less than in p2p game.

That's why I stopped playing and I'll not play games with this business model again (and I've tried with Lotro and AoC. )
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Posted: Oct 7th 2011 10:46AM The Grand Nagus said

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@Shadanwolf I'll be happy to send you a buddy key but I need an email.

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 11:01AM Lucid Renegade said

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Expecting an announcement that you can buy dilithium @ the Cryptic store very soon.

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 11:42AM dudes said

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@Lucid Renegade lol, aye indeed. Spider sense tingling ells me p2w incoming.
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Posted: Oct 7th 2011 12:19PM StClair said

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@Lucid Renegade
Definitely.
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Posted: Oct 7th 2011 11:24AM Gryphmon said

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What a stupid idea. The only real incentive for leveling in the first place is to get new ship. Is it too early to predict Doooom?

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 11:25AM dudemanjac said

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So this morning i randomly beamed to starfleet acadamy and there was an event that let you trade in items for dilithium. I guess since i'm only lt. comm i don't know the horrors that await me, but it seems like if you only do standard missions and criuse through the story, that won't be enough to upgrade. You'll have to do extra stuff, and not all of it is hard. I but three of my duty officers to work for 30 minutes and they gave me a rare personal shield. There was another one there for a rare pistol but i saw it after i had already put my doffs to work on other stuff. It really seems like you are still doing less grinding that you would in any other game to keep up. I'll have to see what happens when i get my next ship

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 2:52PM gandales said

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If it is mainly time what makes the difference between gold and silvers then I can really get into the game even supporting it(moneywise).

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 7:02PM JuliusSeizure said

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I wonder how long it'll be before the announce the even more spectacular (and exploitative) Trilithium currency?

Posted: Oct 7th 2011 9:22PM (Unverified) said

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Is this why Dstahl left?

Posted: Oct 8th 2011 11:46PM (Unverified) said

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I wonder if as a Champions Online Gold member I'll only be half screwed by this.
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