I will start by saying that I just started playing STO at the beginning of this month and I love the game. I have only 1 character, a FED Commander, Tactical DPS Escort driver. Many of the missions are fun including Foundry missions. (Very good work everyone) I am in a level 50 Fleet that isn't around much (It was started when the game started) but I get the benefit of having a Station, Mine, Spire, Research Lab and Embassy and the benefit of all the work that has gone on before I arrived. I want to play the game and do everything it has to offer but I don't like how it is so monetized. I know there are ships you get for free with a Promotion and some you can get for EC and Dilithium. I also even participated in a recent Groupees where I bought all the ships they offered for like $10. Each day after work I logon and see if I can contribute to Fleet projects: Officers and EC Commodites. I Mine Dilithium and do the few Fleet watch missions available. I send my Doffs off onto missions and do the 6000xp crafting quests to try and open up slots. (I should be opening up my 3rd tonight) I have never participated in a Fleet or PVP Mission and Run all missions on Elite. I have looked around the sites. STO Academy and asked questions of my own Fleet but there is still alot of stuff that just isn't obvious to know.
Boffs: I have 4 very rare Boffs that I use in my ship and Uncommon and Rare Boffs I use for ground missions. It seems you get enough of these.
Doffs: EC much? In order to get 'the good ones' you need to use the Exchange? And the prices...Way out of my league. How to get more of these without either having to spend EC or Zen? The Doff interface is confusing and I end up just showing the first officer that pops up into that mission slot.
Dilithium: I do the 1 mining mission from the Ferengi, Doff Missions, Missions and Fleet Mining mission. I think I have around 25k thus far. How to get more of this without Opening Lockboxes and spending Zen?
Ship and personal Equipment/Gear: Doing missions on Elite seems to afford a good mix of equipment. Right now I am in the Klingon Episodes due to my level. I want to go All Energy Cannon/Turret on my Escorts. I've seen several different builds and skillsets for that and i will be trying them as I go. STOAcademy has alot of info on this.
Question: Are there special missions that should be repeated for specific gear that is worth holding onto? I do die sometimes which is fine accept now the repair and medical bills are beginning to stack up.
Fleet Credits and Marks: I know that they are good for some things but something is telling me to hold onto them but for what I'm not sure about. As with most things, unless you have alot I think they are just marginally useful. What am i saving them up for exactly?
This Admiralty system seems very Zen expensive. First, you need slots for ships. Either regular slots or Drydock? Second, alot of the the nicer Admiralty ships require Zen to get.
Membership: $15/month or lifetime $200
Ship Slots = Zen
DryDock Slots = Zen
Nicer Admiralty Ships = Zen
Lockboxes/Lobi? = Zen
I know this is long but after combing through alot of info I still seem to not be as informed as I'd like. And spending resources on stuff that I either don't need or will not be good later on is bothering me. Any help or information is welcome. I wished I was not involved in other games and had caught this one when it came out. It is really fun to play.