There’s an odd little currency that exists in Star Trek Online that tends to sit on the high end of the rarity spectrum. It’s called Lobi, and for the most part, the only place where it can be obtained is by opening lockboxes. There was a time when there were events that ran where doing certain missions could award Lobi, but I haven’t seen one of those in a long time. But when they did run, I was an active participant.
Thus, I had a bit of Lobi to play with, awaiting the next Lobi sale.
Let me back up a moment. If it’s currency, after all, then it stands to reason that it can purchase stuff. The Lobi Store (accessible either on Drozana Station or simply right clicking the Lobi in your inventory) has stuff from equipment to weapons to ships. And uniforms.
Shockingly, a lot of the good stuff is priced disgustingly high. And it’s not like you get a large amount in the lockboxes; they tend to be almost “consolation prizes” when you open a lockbox and it has garbage in it. So, most of them. And back in the day, you weren’t getting a heap of Lobi either through those events. Finally, to add insult to injury, items procured in the Lobi Store were not account unlocks. A ship purchased here was only good for the character making the purchase, and nobody else. (That said: most of the stuff purchased come in a box, which means they can be slapped up on the exchange, for oodles of energy credits.)
Every so often (not all that often), STO throws out a Lobi sale. This isn’t a method of procuring Lobi; it’s a sale on the stuff in the Lobi store. So I’ve been patiently waiting with my small amount of Lobi, looking to buy a new outfit. I’d been looking at the Vaadwaur outfit for a long time; it put me in mind of Star-Lord of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and I liked the look. But it was a bit too expensive by a whisker for my Lobi, and I don’t have the raw cash in energy credits to pull down buying it on the exchange (something to do with blowing energy credits on fleet holdings over the years…). But I knew that the next sale would put the outfit in reach.
So, the next Lobi sale has hit. And…well, I started doing something dangerous. I started thinking.
The Lobi was no small investment, so I wanted to make sure I got the most use out of the outfits. The problem was…I couldn’t justify in on my Starfleet guys, and I couldn’t see it working for my Klingons or Romulans. I could make a new character and new crew (and heaven knows, that’s as inevitable as the sun rising in the morning), but I wasn’t really feeling like it. Suddenly, I was faced with a new problem: if I wasn’t going to pull the trigger on the Vaadwaur, should I purchase something else? Or anything at all?
I toyed with one of the Mirror Universe variants. I have the Mirror Universe uniforms from the Enterprise era and the Original Series era, but those had been available in the C-Store for Zen; the variants in the Lobi Store were 2409 versions, Mirror Jupiter and Mirror Odyssey variants. And that had some appeal; I could see myself making a Mirror Universe character with crew. But…I could also see myself not bothering with that. A lot of the other outfits tended to be alien related, and thus, maybe suitable for one character on a crew. I didn’t really feel I’d get my Lobi’s worth from them.
Until I noted the Wells uniforms.
The Wells uniforms are based on the outfits worn by Starfleet’s Temporal guys in the future-they showed up on Star Trek: Voyager back in the day, as the crew outfits for the USS Relativity. And wouldn’t you know it, I had just finished going through the game with a Temporal Agent who had recently outed himself with a future starship.
The purchase was made. And I outfitted Captain Rick Masters and the crew of the USS Connor with new uniforms that matched his status as a Temporal Agent. And I think they look pretty decent, too.
So my Lobi is now barely in the double digits, and never likely to go any higher-but I have a crew using a uniform that makes sense to me. Maybe someday I’ll find a way to get the Vaadwaur outfits-purchasing Master Keys and putting them on the Exchange for credits I can use to pick those outfits off the exchange is doable-but for now, I’m satisfied with my choice. And best of all, no buyer’s remorse here. Sometimes, in these games, it’s enough.