Star Trek Online shows off its winter event rewards

    
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ho ho no
In Star Trek: First Contact, Captain Jean-Luc Picard outright states that human beings in the Federation are no longer motivated by the acquisition of money. Star Trek Online makes that a truism because players are not going to take part in this year’s winter festivities for anything so base as money. No, they’ll be taking part in it for all sorts of crazy rewards that cannot be purchased with money, which is completely different.

On the ground, players can acquire new holiday jackets in several styles, new modules, and of course new pets to follow along behind their captains. Meanwhile, players who just want a ship to fly will be able to earn the new Breen dreadnought cruiser, a new Tier 6 ship with a brand-new power-draining trait. The event begins tomorrow, so it’s almost time to start throwing snowballs not for money, but for terrifying new ships. And fun, we suppose.

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mattaui
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mattaui

Greaterdivinity Trek takes place in a largely post scarcity universe, as far as even most luxury items are concerned, but there’s still some things that can’t be replicated (notably dilithium crystals and gold pressed latinum).

Quite fitting that the two currencies in STO are dil and GPL. I view ‘energy credits’ as a form of requisition from within the structures of the Federation and the Klingon Empire, rather than what we think of as currencies today.

mysecretid
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mysecretid

I always enjoy the winter events — since they’re all effectively weird fantasy wonderlands created by the ever-capricious Q, it all works somehow, no matter how strange things get.

JesseGarza1
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JesseGarza1

Greaterdivinity Armsman With replicator technology you can pretty much have anything you want. Wouldn’t make much sense to work long hours at a job you hate just to be able to buy stuff you really don’t need when you can get that stuff for free.

johnmynard
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johnmynard

Peregrine_Falcon Greaterdivinity Armsman Currency is a medium of exchange for items or services of value.  A more accurate description of Roddenberry’s future is that they’ve eliminated poverty.  The unlimited, essentially free energy and magic box in the wall that can make food, clothing, and construction materials for shelter have seen to that.  However, people would still need a medium of exchange for things a replicator can’t make:  Art, complex technology, transportation, luxury items, things the replicator can’t make for one reason or another, ect.  So they didn’t really eliminated money, but the basis of most of the violence in the world, poverty.

RicharddeLeonIII
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RicharddeLeonIII

I was really hoping it wouldnt be a breen ship, but I’ll take a free t6 ship any day of the week.

GoJammit
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GoJammit

Durenas Pashgan 25 days of this??!?

ZenJitzu
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ZenJitzu

CastagereShaikura Negative, they’re being retired per this post: http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online/news/detail/9644853-star-trek-online%3A-retiring-glossy-photos
Basically, from here on out no more saving for the next event (for all events); they want the concurrency from each event, so no saving for the future.

Reesracer
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Reesracer

Peregrine_Falcon Greaterdivinity Armsman However, Texas at one time was a country unto itself. But perhaps this analogy is even more accurate, as everything from credits, to Gold-Pressed Latinum were used as some sort of currency (if not in the Federation proper, then other parts of the Alpha Quadrant). Even in the episode Mirror, Mirror…Kirk was attempting to barter with the Halkans for the right to either mine or acquire Dilithium Crystals.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Armsman Greaterdivinity That depends on who you ask :) Gene was pretty vocal about there was no money or credits in the federation, but… there are many references to it throughout the shows.

I think as much as he wanted it to work that way, people just don’t think or communicate without putting values on things and it just became part of the universe.

Peregrine_Falcon
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Peregrine_Falcon

Greaterdivinity Armsman – Actually, in Voyager Captain Janeway tells Kes a story about when she was with Tuvok and he purchased some mystic doo-dad on Vulcan with money.
So money is still in use in the Federation. Now it appears, in various episodes in TNG and DS9, that the people of Earth don’t use money, but Earth is no more the entire Federation than Texas is all of the USA.