Jun 192012
Whattya mean 'No'?
  Hero: I’d like to run this quest please
  NPC: [Points to red goblet overhead]
  Hero: Aren’t you the quest giver?
  NPC: Yes, yes I am
  Hero: So get on with the quest giving
  NPC: It’s not that simple
  Hero: Huh? Why not?
  NPC: [Points to red goblet overhead]

All of the DNS nonsense is better and I am able to get back in the game. Have since yesterday actually except Mondays are always busy and not really DDO days.

And so I log in today, excited to resume my various projects, but something is still weird. Very weird. I have characters I can’t play, shared bank I cannot access, and NPC quest givers with angry red goblets over their heads, taunting me with quests I can no longer run.

So this is the life of Free To Play.

I found a fraud charge on my debit card last week. I reported it. My bank closed my card and is sending me a new one. It will take about a week.

Meanwhile, guess who chose that exact week to bill me? Ayup, DDO. I am on a 90-days-at-a-time plan so the odds where in my favor. Nonetheless. Odds never like me.

And so, for the first time ever, I am seeing the game from a F2P perspective. Technically, Premium and not exactly F2P, but still.

I am not shut out, not at all. I remain able to play many of my main characters. Lots of quests are either F2P, or were in the package I acquired when I pre-paid for the expansion pack. Even some epics and raids.

It’s not bad at all. Just weird and different.

You know what, if points were on sale right now, I might just buy a batch of them and go F2P permanently.

Such a quandary
Do I go back to monthly?
Or just buy it all?

It will be interesting to see how this week goes.

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  11 Responses to “Back Again – But This is Weird”

Comments (11)
  1. I often think why not go to premium. And the answer is the same. My sons account is premium and i am always forgeting the little things and having to buy this pak or a pass and whatnot. It is a hassle. 30$ every few months is just simpler and hassle free.

  2. Since i don’t have a credit card i was “forced” to go Premium. And i haven’t regretted it one bit. It’s so good to “own” the game in stead of “renting” it.
    And to me it doesn’t feel like a hassle, but that may even be because i don’t know how it is to be VIP. Only one small hassle is open on elite. I can’t, but am lucky to have VIP guildies who don’t mind me piking the elite route with them.
    Guess every deal has something for someone. You’ll know after this week what your deal is.

  3. Ah, those red goblets were the bane of my existence when I first found DDO. I went premium and picked up all of the packs so I would never have to see them again.

    I think there’s still a few areas I’ve never run, but it’s sure nice knowing I can when i wanna ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I started as F2P,have not liked many games you have to pay for :P. I bought a lot of packs, then went P2P. I am at the point where I have the same dilemma. I love the ability to unlock elite asap, but my main can do that soon through TRing, so I am debating too lol

  5. So even if you go back to VIP, think f this as your opportunity to buy all those “little” things you can’t as a VIP…

  6. ๐Ÿ™‚ oh, that sucks. Odds are usually not in my favor either, so I know what that’s like. I played for 2 months are a free player when I started playing last summer, and after that I was so annoyed with it that I chose between quitting or going vip. I wanted to just try vip for a month, but the 3 months at a time was cheaper, so I went with that. Haven’t regretted it one bit.

  7. I held out as a premium for a long time, what swung me to VIP was that at the time a lot of good updates, 9,10,11 and 12 were coming out very quickly. I figured if great content kept getting released that much then VIP for me (not for everyone) worked out better value

  8. Go for it Geoff, I know I’ve said this to your before and apparently more arm twisting is in order. Long term players have little to gain from being VIP. You’ve taken care of the hard part, you know not to waste points on things like Sorrowdusk and Three Barrel Cove and you’ve unlocked all the stuff like FvS. If you get points on sale and then buy content on sale you can become a permanent member for very little. Points are a crapton cheaper than the 10-15USD per 500 ‘VIPs’ get them for and content is released MUCH slower than 1k-1.5k pts a month. Good luck coming to a decision.

  9. I’d have to agree with the move to premium. If at some point I choose not to play for a while (like that’ll ever happen) at least when I come back to it everything will still be as I left it.

  10. Speaking personally, I prefer being Premium. Ive never been VIP on DDO(as I think you know), so I cant say anything positive or negative about it. What I can say I prefer about Premium is that I can buy what I want and have it forever and not worry about losing it just because my VIP ran out. But thats just me. And with me being a Sith and you being a Jedi, we probably have different philosophys on this subject.

  11. Welllll… I was F2P/premium for about 7-8 months when I first joined. Then I went VIP and I’ve never looked back. I have enough RL stuff demanding my money that $30 every three months is something I do have to justify and sometimes scrounge a bit for, but I’ve never regretted it. The shared bank alone has been worth it for me (I’d never bothered to purchase one with points before going VIP). Having access to every pack is huge; yes, I could grind favor for the points to buy them, but there are so many other things I’d like to spend points on as well.

    In the end, it’s a matter of what works for YOU. ๐Ÿ™‚

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