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So I just hit 50... expecting a new world to open up...
Then I ran into a brick wall named ZEN.
I had found the game enjoyable when I started, and subbed after 20 hours of gameplay. I then played furiously for another 60 hours, and all the while, though cognizant of the C-Store, I hadn't really looked into it... after all, I was a monthly subscriber, not a F2P leech. Then, after hitting 50, I found I had no new ship options other than to purchase Zen. This and of itself wouldn't be a problem, however after looking into it, the zen prices seem ridiculous to me.
I'll freely admit, I'm new to the F2P genre (having been a player of SWTOR prior to it becoming F2P, then STO. My issue is that I see no way to advance for monthly subscribers with a pittance of a stipend of 500 zen. There is no "generic" vice admiral equivilent ship that I can see. Are there any comparable ships available through in-game means? I don't see the harm in paying for convenience or "bling" but I don't see ships available on the exchange or as rewards as far as I can tell without paying 25 bucks or more a ship.
Am I missing something here? I've got no issues paying a monthly subscription for a service, but BIG issues paying real money for pixels.