I'm not very vocal on these forums, but here's my 2¢.
For me this game has died. What was a fun experience has turned to frustration and annoyance since P2.0 dropped. When I play video games I don't want to feel a sense of futility. I have just a few hours a week when I can game. I'm a busy person. I pick a game I like and spend my available time on that one game. Dreadnought was that game. I thoroughly enjoyed Dreadnought before P2.0. I enjoyed it so much that I even broke my usual FTP rule (not spending a cent) when I bought the Mercenary pack. I chose to spend money on this game because I saw value here. Hero ships, awesome customization options and some GP to spend. I wanted to support the development of what WAS the best FTP game I'd ever played.
That is over now. If the Devs were endeavoring to create a more engaging/meaningful progression system then they have missed that mark. I know that may be hard to understand for those who are new to the community, but this is not the same game. The grind/reward factor has gone out of control. The imbalance created by tier system is painful. The outrageous devaluation of GP is depressing. Don't even get me started on the free XP racket. The penalty system (see maintenance) is crippling.
It's pointless to wish for it to be undone because the Devs have made it clear that this is the way they want it. The time has come to find something enjoyable to do with my spare time. This is no longer it. Bye