Y'know, I see a lot of people going on and on about how Delta Rising is the thing that's going to drive off casuals. That it is a money grabbing scheme and that Cryptic is being greedy monsters and all of that jazz.
Lemme tell you something: I'm a casual. I only play an hour a day at least, mostly because I have the attention span of a gnat and other things need to keep my attention. I only started focusing on DPS stuff just before the expansion dropped. I don't have VR DOFFs that I gathered from other locations, I got a couple of Fleet ships and that was because I liked them. I don't have the EC to buy all the neat little shinies on the Exchange, I got plenty of Dilithium, but I didn't use them until now because I'm something of a hoarder and I didn't want to spend everything right off.
I was one of the guys who ran into ISE with just very low-level gear I scavenged off of the Exchange and the like when I got my character to Level 50 and I was excited about a challenge when Delta Rising came out. You know what Delta Rising's release and my first Advanced fight told me?
Not that Cryptic are hacks like everyone and their mother is crying about. It told me I gotten complacent. I was happy with 3-5K. It was "enough". Now, it's not. I guess you can say it's comparable to when the crew of the Enterprise-D first met the Borg. We'd gotten a black eye and it was either time to man up or time to hide.
I'm looking forward to working out ways to make things better for me. I have plans to finally purchase a Nebula or even get a Fleet Nova like I've wanted for so long and learn new ways of handling things that isn't "HULK SMASH!"
I'm quite excited to see what I can do, even if it takes me another year or two to get to that level.