I'm new to the game just started a couple days ago and have a some questions. How long does it take to rank up to the next tier?
Levelling is fast and easy, but don't be in a rush.
Take your time, learn the game, don't rush any decision, especially those concerning valuable assets you might (or might not) obtain.
One of those is Efficient Bridge Officers (some
Saurians for the Feds,some
Letheans for the Klingons), many new players underestimate how valuable those are.
I'm new to the game just started a couple days ago and have a some questions. How long does it take to rank up to the next tier? How far can a free player get without spending any money? How does one go about obtaining enough currency (dilithium I think?) to buy the next tier of starship?
Well, like many f2p games: you can, in theory, do everything and get everything as a free player.
In practice, there are 2 types of ships: free ones and c-store ones.
The free ones you get one at each rankup, at no cost at all. If you want more of those, you'll need 120k dilithium (minimum 15 days of grinding, quite manageable).
The c-store ones, you'll never have. You can convert dilithium into c-points (current rate 305 dil=1 c-point), but there are so many things to buy before thinking of getting new ships:
- A retrain token (400 c-points). By the time you hit max level, chances are you'll want to skill differently.
- Extra BOFF slots (2 for 200 c-points). The standard 6 don't give you any flexibilty and lock you into a single ship. 8 to 10 is more manageable.
- EC cap increase (400 c-points). Might not seem like a big deal when you first start, you can't even imagine getting 10M EC at that point but high-end gear (and DOFFs) sells for more than the cap, so if you want to equip your ship well, you'll have to increase the EC cap.
After that, you can start thinking of amassing 2000-4000 c-points for a c-store ship, but by the time you have the points a new, better batch will be released.
In PvE, it's not too bad, a free ship can handle itself well in Elite STFs; in PvP you have to accept you'll never beat some people.
Someone with an Impulse Capacitance Cell console, for instance: they'll activate it when low on health and bam, you can't catch up and finish them, even with full power to Engines (&Hyper-Impulse Engines), Evasive Manoeuvers, APO and a Deuterium Burst.