It’s recently come to light over the weekend that Cryptic has updated Tribble to include a stipulation: all tribbles and pets previously purchased or awarded that were account wide will now be per character. Every time you want the Tribble, you will have to pay real money to claim it, and if you discard or lose the tribble, you will need to pay real money again to RECLAIM it.
This is an unprecedented and outrageous violation of our trust in Cryptic to deliver us a product fairly and reasonably. To make matters worse, its been discovered that each Tribble is a one time purchase. You can only buy the Tribble for ONE character: players that have logged into other toons and looked for it within the C-Store after purchasing it on one, cannot find it in the C-Store on their other characters. It’s gone forever. This is intolerable.
And this is only the next, in a long line of F2P transition changes, that have crapped on, insulted, or plainly disadvantaged players of Star Trek Online, from making ships per character purchases, outrageous dilithium requirements that destroy the concept of fleet crafters, and ultimately pay 2 win items in the C-Store. Additionally, the Foundry has been widely ignored for over a year, decaying and broken from unrepaired bugs, and they want us to start paying for slots on top of all of this? NO MORE.
As a community, its up to us to stand up to this and make it known that in the USA, this kind of underhanded and unfair tactic is NOT what MMOs are about, and not what we will put up with in Star Trek Online. I’m calling on all Star Trek Online players, all Starbase UGC users, to put your foot down and pledge that you will make Perfect World and Cryptic LISTEN to us this time, with equal and opposite reaction. If they continue to push changes, ask what we think, ignore us, and move ahead in ways that can ONLY be described as TROLLING, then we will treat them like trolls. We have a moral obligation to vote with our wallets against actions we dislike. Hence, I’m calling on everyone to BOYCOTT THE C-STORE. If they want a game structure that needs C-Store purchases to survive, then we will SHOW THEM that we won’t put up with mistreatment and items we don’t believe are morally okay for the game. WE ARE Star Trek Online, we determine whether this game lives or dies, and if they want to alienate us to try to rip off a new base of players, we can’t stand for it.
I believe we are OBLIGATED to warn everyone we can about Star Trek Online. Go to gaming sites, tell people in comments. Warn your friends how Perfect World will take your money if you give it to them and then change the agreement of the item that you purchased! Tell them that playing Star Trek Online isn’t worth their time and their money, if Cryptic/PWI doesn’t listen to what the fans of the game NOW overwhelming want out of Star Trek Online!
Use the forum signature above to show your support. You see? They’ve taken tribbles from Helna. Tribbles comfort Helna. How can you let them do that to her?
Additionally, here are some metaphorical images for your simultaneous amusement and anger.
Tell your friends, tell your fleet, tell your other favorite podcasters that only standing together will we stop Perfect World, a company that has a history of ignoring their fans. We’re not just fans, we’re Starbase UGC. We ARE Star Trek Online, and we’re this game’s community. We have the power to build and create more than just Foundry missions: we can build and create communities, and we are a HUGE part of this game, which will suffer without us. Don’t forget that!