Star Trek Edition: What Grinds Your Gears?

Welcome to our – ‘What Really Grinds Your Gears?’ post – come and share ‘What Really Grinds Your Gears’ with the FG: Tips team!

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Lots of events and content updates have been bombarding us all lately, so there must be something that has ground your gears to dust at some point!

The Star Trek update has been live for a few weeks now, has there been anything in particular that has almost made you tap that uninstall button?!

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We would really like to hear what was grinding your gears – Whatever it is, we would love to hear what has been grinding your gears in the last week!

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58 thoughts on “Star Trek Edition: What Grinds Your Gears?”

  1. I am making a pledge to Tinyco, and hope others will follow.I like the game and wish to continue playing so here is what I will do for them, with one clause. If my game does not crash for 7 days straight in every month I will Purchase one new character with a new box of clams, or one character skin with a pocketful of clams. and to be nice I will not include crashes when I go visiting the multiverse. That’s it I am putting my money where my mouth is.

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  2. First post, because I have to say something. There’s too much stuff in too little time. I have never not completed the main parts of a special event (except the first one, as I started playing the game halfway through :p) and usually with plenty of time to spare. Right now, I am still down several outfits and characters, and I know there’s no chance of making it in the few days remaining. I’ll pay out clams for premium items (Spock, for instance) but I refuse to spend my money because TinyCo made it impossible to complete. Which is a real shame, because if it wasn’t for the feeling of hopelessness, this would have been my favourite even to date.

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    1. I completely agree Nora, this has been impossible for freemium players like myself and I pretty much gave up halfway through of even getting half of the stuff, I’m saving my clams for actual FG characters in the upcoming events 😊

      RyPod

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  3. I am not a free user – I bought carcters like Spock , Q , worf and Gunin and I am still behind – they don’t help me get what I really need to unlock data, I am really behind for only one thing – antivirus software – I barley get 2 of them a day and that is if I work really hard for them – now can’t continue with out data on missions – I know carcters r useless after the event – but usless during the event is a new thing for me …..

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  4. I’ve been playing since the last day of the Halloween event, and this is the first I have not been ready for the update/upgrade on time. I play way too much to be this far behind lol. Barely got one bar on xp level 9 and 168 dilithium. For reference, I got Jesus with three days left on the Christmas event, so I really thought I’d have a good chance to get everything again this time. It doesn’t look like it though 😦

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    1. The bar is a good experience booster if you’re short the next level because it doesn’t cost dilithium to build. Just items! It helped me get to the level I needed to be at plus I have 9 bars total in my town which I might want to hit post event! XD

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    1. Anyone completely freemium and anywhere near level 10? I have stewie and I almost have Picard and the holideck guy and I am on level 9 with maybe 2 bars deep. As a freemium player I cannot do anymore than I have done and it is pissing me off. What is really going to piss me off is I need 12,000 dylithium to unlock those 2 characters and I have 1200 because they cut was back on the Tribbles. Also the away missions even when you use all the characters still says low for 750 dylithium. Really? Send a bunch of premium event characters away and it’s a low chance to get something decent. Also f–K that button that makes you click “awesome” when you are awarded 2xp and 15 dylithium for an away mission. Just another way for tinyco to piss me off. I am astounded anyone spends money on this game esp you people spending hundreds of dollars. At the end of this event if it’s not made right we should all email Google and lobby them to remove this game from the “free” category. If it’s impossible to finish for free it should not be considered a free game. Let’s see what happens. Maybe I forgot to build something that moves you up a level like a dumb flower or something. Oh Yea I also have everything replicated up to Picard, all event freemium building built, bought worf with clams at the beginning so this is BS. If I didn’t have worf I wonder how far behind I would be. Oh and wth do I do with the 3.5 million dollars I have? Rant off.

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      1. Yep. Just hit it. The trick is synthesizing the Ale Bar which gives you a chunk of experience without costing currency. Just 4 yellow, 2 green, and 1 blue for each bar which on the shrunk down version of the leveling progression fills about 1 1/2 blue bars per Ale Bar.

        PS: I will be purchasing my first and only clams ever after the update to purchase Nimoy. I like that part will go to charity and seeing as this is the first time they have done it, I want to support it so that hopefully they continue to do it.

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      2. I am a freemium myself. I am at level 10 (4 bars deep). Got picard , data and all the rest of the characters . Replicated everything and not bought anything with clams yet. I just need a lotion to get stewie’s costume. 7000 crystals for me as well. It will be a challenge getting kirk though. 15000 crystals ain’t easy.

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    2. I found it amusing that they posted on their FB page just as the timer was expiring.

      “The sixth Warp Core upgrade is set to launch in a few hours. We’ll post here as soon as it’s live!”

      Uhm few hours? and couldn’t you have posted that a while ago so the Europeans could get some sleep?

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  5. I had a glitch that made me loose about 14 energy while I was still working my butt off to get the Quagmire skin (before the war bird came out and made getting condoms easier). I reported in game and waited… and waited… over a week and no response. Not even a generic one! I now have my skin, but it took days longer to get because of it. Be my luck it will be like a previous event and they will reply to my problem a week after the event (which last time was over 3 weeks after reporting the bug) stating that the event is now over and they are marking my issue as resolved -_-

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  6. What really grinds my gears is how tinyco mug me off in their replies about issues I have in game, its blatantly obvious that they have not even read my messages, and reply with a copy and paste answer “if your still experiencing this issue try force closing your game and restart device”
    All well and good, but the issues were with one time build items in replicator and not getting the starfleet xp 2 X 800 and a100. When I mentioned this, they replied with ” just be patient, your xp will increase eventually ” and closed the ticket so I cannot reply.
    A few hours to before next warp core upgrade, and still halfway to starfleet level 9. I’m sure 1700 xp would have got me a lot closer to tonights upgrade.
    This whole incident has left a nasty taste in my mouth, and I’m reverting to freemium. Only a Star Wars event, would make me consider shelling out some hard earnt wonga in future.

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    1. I know the feeling. I get the generic copy and paste a lot. Sometimes it is relevant and sometimes it doesn’t have anything to do with my question. Sometimes when you say “no this does not answer my question”, a list on why it doesn’t answer your question, and say the exact same thing in a simple bulleted way they answer the question with an actual answer. Other times not. Just annoying.

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      1. If you are counting on a star wars event do not hold your breath. I seriously doubt Disney will farm out any part of that franchise to tinyco. Disney has its own video games and works with big time game makers. I hope I’m wrong but I doubt it.

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      2. The film will make zillions of money (if such an amount exists lol) it’s without a doubt the biggest film of whatever year it comes out, you’d guess TinyCo would take advantage, they’d be silly not to

        RyPod

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      3. It makes sense what you just said, but we already have Stan lee in the game and technically he’s part of Disney too, since they own marvel. So anything is possible right?

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      4. I’m with you rypod, I saw the originals in 77, had every toy and I am a huge SW fan. I was disappointed with the last 3. Too kid friendly and was shocked when Disney announced jj Abrams would direct. I think Karen this movie can be as good as empire (the best SW movie to date) I’m not a fanboi but I may be in line opening night.

        Oh and to compare Stan Lee to star wars is a stretch that even stretch Armstrong could not do. Stan Lee will show up at your kids bday party for a price and I don’t think Stan Lee owns the rights to anything anymore (shame). Star trek is not on the same level management wise as star wara

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  7. “Spoiler alert” according to Family guy Facespace page Scotty and Kahn should be released soon. Still having trouble with Talosian Stewie too.super hard to get sunscreen. I don’t see how were going to collect for all of this stuff. Unfortunately some is probably overpriced premium content which stinks.

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  8. So I just collected all the items for talosian stewie and when the new character screen comes up and I click ‘freakin sweet’ I get an error message that says “trying to transfer a character that doesn’t exist”. Wtf does this mean and has this happened to anyone else?

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    1. I worked it out and it only happened when I clicked on the al Harrington’s on the enterprise.
      Tip: when creating talosian stewie use the al Harrington in your normal quahog, otherwise you may get the error message shown above.

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  9. Another day-and-a-half gone, another ten attempts, another big fat zero more sunscreens for Stewie.

    This is not ‘a challenge’, this is not ‘giving us something to do’. It is the complete opposite. Riker, Locutus (and Picard), Chris, Geordie, Mort and _seven_ questlines all blocked or treading water because of the non-appearance of sunscreen.

    I know it’s difficult to not focus on the one thing not going right for you – I haven’t had a problem with software, zapping ships or collecting dilithiium or experience. I was relatively lucky and beat Bertram level three twice in a row with only two characters. But all that positivity has evaporated with the prospect of there now being little point upgrading the warp core.

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  10. Having bonus XP in the 100’s not making any difference in the metre yet and XP of 50 filling a full block, telling TinyCo of the issue and being told that small amounts won’t show because they’ve not actually read what you’ve told them. This will be the first event I won’t complete and I’ve playing since it was launched on iOS. Makes me really sad 😦

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    1. Aww 😞 don’t be sad Alison, it’s really tough this event, I can relate as I’m freemium and still have Dr Crusher, Vulcan Quagmire, Q, Kirk, Picard, and Data all to get 😞 sending a virtual hug your way though 😊

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    2. I feel you pain. The only other time that I have not been able to complete an event was the Full Moon event. I wasn’t able to get King Butt. At the beginning of the year, when they had the “special prize” to try and get characters you didn’t get through last year, King Butt was the only one on the list.

      I am at a complete loss. Normally TinyCo normalizes the game when they see an imbalance, but it doesn’t seem like they have done that for this event yet. I am a Star Trek fan and was looking forward to this event. It’s been a grind and I haven’t been able to enjoy the various new aspects of the event. I am considering cutting my losses and quitting.

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  11. The fact that the game is still dropping items for the Stewie outfit even though I have all the nightshirts and cream I need. Because of this I cannot get hyposprays for Dr. Crusher. Not that it matters because I only have enough dilithiam to unlock one more person before the end.

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      1. Strictly speaking it’s a feature not a bug… Stewie’s outfit has been placed in the replicator rather than Al’s so that people who don’t have Stewie yet can still earn it and keep it until they have him. But the Replicator doesn’t stop collection when you reach the requirements as normal items can be built more than once, and items share the same requirements. So it’s a trade off for Tiny Co – do they annoy you a little or prevent all the early stage players from getting the outfit?

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      2. That is a really good point and a sign that TinyCo actually do think about the earlier or recently joined players! You might have actually just made them look nice for a minute there!

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      3. I’m so mad they cut the Tribble way back. I have enough to unlock data and Picard except for dylithium crystals. I mean I still need 700 for data then the 8000 for Picard. That will be impossible. You should not be way short on one item. That means someone designed something wrong. When I choose everyone for the away mission to get a lousy 750 it always says low. I am not sending all these important characters on a mission that says I have a low chance and then I get 15 crystals and have to click that awesome button. Sorry I know I sound like a broken record but tinyco needs to fix it and give us a better chance at crystals.

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      4. It is ridiculous. So much content is lacking from so many freemiums players games. Haven’t seen Zooey around in a while? That’s because she mostly gave up playing for this event!

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      5. Omg sent 3 characters on an away mission and the last 3 times I received 5 dylithium and 4xp. What a joke to tie up 3 characters. What the hell does 5 dylithium do for me when I need 8000 to unlock Picard. It’s been 24 hours since that is all I needed and tinyco is not fixing what is a major problem. I have 2 buildings that pay 1 dylithium crystal each. Are they f’n serious? If it were not for the dylithium crisis with a lot of work I may have gotten kirk as a 100% freemium player but not being able to get Picard means you cannot defeat bertram in the higher levels. I was able to just speak out the 25 reward from him and the next level was mathematically impossible to reach without Picard so now I have to waste a day waiting for bertram to go back to the beginning. If they did not mess with the Tribble counts everything would have worked out but you know they cut them way back just to get people to by the dylithium mine. They have screwed up twice with levels and had to bump us levels so someone figuring out the algorithms is really dropping the ball. I’ll give them a day or 2 more to fix the problem if not I’m putting the game down until this event is over. This entire event has been nothing but stress and I do not play these dumb phone games to be stressed. I think Zooey was the smart one to sit this one out. Too bad. I loved the enterprise being separate from the town and the Tribble were fun before they put them on the endangered species list.

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  12. What grinds my gears is…how difficult it is to get sunscreen, dark matter and dilithium. It’s reached a point where totally freemium players will find it so hard to get items for characters. Hopefully it doesn’t get any harder after the next upgrade.

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  13. Generally just the difficulty of obtaining items.
    For example, we need to be level 10 by tomorrow but I just hit 9 this morning and Xp is hard to get so I don’t know if I will be able to get the new content on time. This is the first event where I haven’t got updates on time which is why it’s been so disappointing.
    Also we need crazy amounts of dilithium, dark matter and synthesiser energy for Picard and Kirk. I hope there aren’t any new characters tomorrow as Kirk already feels like the ultimate prize.
    Also the tasks for sunscreens are too long. Rare items should never be from 8 hour tasks (max 4 hours) or they should be uncommon/common if thy must be 8 hours. 28 av software for data also seems a bit too much. 20 should have been the limit.

    And why do I still have like 10 quest lines??? It’s because the same characters who collect for every costume and character are also needed for every quests, and because the costumes/characters take the whole week to unlock, they can’t be used for quests, so they just pile up. Maybe some I the other characters who we worked so hard to get from other events can drop items so the characters from this event (sf crew, riker, troi etc) can do their quest lines.

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    1. I agree. SO many quest lines waiting to be done because characters are busy getting items. OR I can’t complete quest lines because they require a character that needs 50+ of an item and only way to get it is if your lucky clearing borg or if your lucky collecting on rooms.

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      1. yh, and the worst is when the character’s questline task is for 1 whole day!!!! Ain’t nobody got time for that!!!

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    2. I don’t think we are meant to get Kirk this week. He requires 150 Dark Matter and 15,000 Dilithium crystals. He’ll still be there next week and once you’ve unlocked Bladed Borg Bertram and Cannon Borg Bertram it will be a lot easier to collect Dark Matter. I suspect that there will be new ways to collect Dilithium as well next week. Some of the away missions give up to 750 Dilithium reward as well so keep collecting Transporter Energy.

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      1. If we aren’t supposed to get Kirk this week then there shouldn’t be any more new characters released tomorrow, but I’m not sure that will happen. And the new Borg Bertrams should make collecting dc easier but the last one will probably require too many characters for freemium players like me.
        Away missions are also easier said than done as every character who can do them is busy collecting items for other characters. So as much as I appreciate your reply, I’m still not fully optimistic.

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      2. Very true. Just look at the details for Picard’s Fencing Arena and Data’s Chip Plant in the replicator. They each drop 100 Dilithium every 2 hours.

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  14. Yes, Dark Matter because the higher level bertrum not available yet. What REALLY Grinds my gears is the combination of needing 50+ items for certain characters but only 1 or 2 ways to get those items. I’ve still got less than half of those stupid injector things for dr. crusher. Only 2 ways to get them.. ugh.

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  15. I play via old Ipod using io6 and i’ve been unable to access for several days due to a known fault. This was after Quagmire dissapeared on the Enterprise for a week. I now have no chance of getting the outfits and characters I really wanted.

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