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Posted: Oct 12th 2009 4:01PM (Unverified) said

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Looks like the "free" option is going to win out. Best be prepared to run "heroic" difficulty dungeons to unlock things!

Posted: Oct 12th 2009 4:42PM (Unverified) said

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Dwarf Monk. Oh yeah.

Dwarf Bard is my second choice.

Posted: Oct 12th 2009 4:59PM (Unverified) said

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Looks like that's it! What a pain, I'll email em tomorrow after work then ;)

Posted: Oct 12th 2009 6:53PM JoeOzz00 said

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I'm so glad that DDO won the segment this time around. I've also migrated over to DDO as a F2P and I'm having an awesome time. Pro tip: If you want the truest pen-and-paper experience within an online world, try a permadeath guild. It makes for a much more challenging and fulfilling game.

Posted: Oct 12th 2009 8:57PM nathael said

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Can't wait to see you in game. I hope you end up being a cleric, though. It's hard to find a healer, and you wont have any choice but to heal if my vote has anything to do with it.

Posted: Oct 12th 2009 9:15PM Mr Angry said

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I'd like to know if the same market forces are responsible for pushing up the voting for the paid option.

I'm sure Turbine aren't too keen to see you play for free and not experience the paid content, so I'm sure that has something to do with this.

Posted: Oct 17th 2009 3:38AM kiaria said

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I voted for the fully paid option - just because I'd like to see the full range of benefits of paying for the game. I've only tried the completely free DDO myself and would love to see if it's worth while putting money into it.
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Posted: Oct 12th 2009 10:12PM Ergonomic Cat said

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Mr. Angry: I'd think they'd be thrilled to see someone do the F2P.

There's this constant "The game isn't F2P, it's all a lie" theme that it would be nice to see dispelled. That's why I voted F2P for just that reason.

I love DDO. It's so much better now, with the people, and the quests, and such.

Unless you power through it, I seriously doubt you'll run in to issues with running out of free content.

And I'm certainly up for joining in. I've run Korthos Island so many times lately (I'm up to 14 slots per server) I think I can do it in my sleep.

Posted: Oct 12th 2009 11:19PM agitatedandroid said

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I have to chime in to say that I originally voted for Fallen Earth given that's what I know Shawn was rooting for based on his comments on the podcast. I figured we'd get to them all eventually.

That said, DDO is a great choice. I voted for Free to Play for two reasons, 1. To give Shawn's wallet a breather. 2. So we can get a real take on what the F2P option is like now.

That DDO may have received some extra voting due to a link from Turbine is a positive thing. One, Turbine actually pays attention to the community of gamers. Maybe none of you have noticed but if a Turbine game gets mentioned on Massively then Turbine pops a link up on the respective game's homepage. They do that all the time. Most game companies only bother to link back to Massively when a developer is interviewed and sometimes not even then.

Turbine is a developer that really seems to be in touch with their community in ways most developers aren't. From linking to Massively for the slightest mention to responding to player questions directly.

Oh and since Jerry didn't mention it in his comment I will. DDO has without a doubt one of the best third party podcasts there is in the form of DDOcast.

The cynics that read this site need to lighten up and learn to just enjoy playing games.

Posted: Oct 13th 2009 3:44AM (Unverified) said

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I see one issue with playing only the free to play... Making a guild if you wanted too requires buying a registration form...granted I'm not sure if you can unlock this feature as I've always had a subscription so I can't say.

Posted: Oct 13th 2009 5:30AM (Unverified) said

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I'm happy it's a free to play game, and I'd love if it could be kept as close to free as possible. One of the fun possibilities of this column is not only getting to read about games I don't play, but if it's not a drain on the wallet, to get a chance to try them as well, knowing there will be a set time for newbs to sign on and play together.

I'm hoping to be able to give it a shot if the schedule works out right

Posted: Oct 13th 2009 7:32AM (Unverified) said

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The only problem with Free to Play is that writer may not see some more epic dungeons / raids. In other words, his opinion will be biased to worse because of smaller variety of dungeons.

But, if he played 2 characters, he could earn favor, - so he'd get Turbine points - and then unlock 1-3 areas for the points he got for just playing the game.

My brother unlocked Shan To Kor for free (costs 200 Turbine Points) few days ago, and he's only level 7.

Posted: Oct 13th 2009 9:22AM (Unverified) said

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It is absolutely true that Turbine will jump in and link to any user post asking people to go to a poll or vote like this. I guess you can make a distinction between that and linking to it without fan prompting...

That said, I'm thrilled that you are going to visit DDO; it's my one and only MMO addiction now. I'm a subscriber, but I was just in the one 'free' raid (Tempest Spine) with a bunch of F2P players last night, and it was trip being there with people who are not yet jaded! I'll be looking forward to your reports from the field.

Posted: Oct 13th 2009 9:49AM (Unverified) said

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I'm a returned DDO player that have abandoned my previous characters and started from scratch on Cannith. I have premium (not VIP) account due to having purchased the original box and paying for the game about 2 years ago, but I haven't paid a dollar since that. I hope this will eliminate potential bias.

As a player that knows DDO very well, I know that some paid content is so much better than free content. It's true that a lot of people will try DDO out because of the free play, however you shouldn't forget that a lot of those players will buy at least some adventure packs as they get more addicted to the game. I believe DDO should get the same opportunity to show itself as other games - and have you played other games for free or with subscription?

Furthermore even if you're going for free option, you still can buy some adventure packs thanks to ability to earn Turbine Points in-game. Most free players are going to buy at least one adventure pack thanks to this, but you can't tell which pack which player will choose. Hence you'll miss out on what other free players might have experienced, if you stick to strictly free option.

Because of this I'd like you to consider the subscription option even if it doesn't make the top of the list. Thanks.

Posted: Oct 13th 2009 10:53AM (Unverified) said

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Looking forward to seeing how this plays out :) Enjoy your time in DDO! I will admit as a subscriber, I am interested to see how it would be played as a free to play account. How limiting is the game play at that level of membership? How often do the leveling sigils drop? Would you feel tempted to use the store?

Super looking forward to reading all about this adventure!!!!

Posted: Oct 14th 2009 10:48AM (Unverified) said

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From my experience, the leveling sigils don't drop all that often. I've seen more than a few general chat posts in-game with people saying "I've enough xp to be level "X", but I can't find a sigil". I've not had one drop for me, and had to spend a whopping 50 points on a copper one (levels 5-8).

So I think the choose-my-adventure character may have to spend 50 of their earned turbine points (They should earn at least 50 by the time they reach level 4) on a sigil.
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Posted: Oct 13th 2009 11:14AM (Unverified) said

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You're missing a very important payment option from your poll; Going completely free for the first month, and THEN upgrading for the second month.

I agree that it's important you get a look at what is available for free, as that is what has sparked the resurgence of this game. However, it's important to remember that unlike most other free games, where paying only allows you to maximize your character/power level, but without which you're gimped, in DDO paying won't do much to change the ultimate strength of your character, but you're actually paying for content. Playing DDO without paying a dime is playing a very incomplete game. Sure, it's THEORETICALLY possible to unlock enough free points to buy enough adventure packs to get you to 20, but unless you've got the worst case of ADD known to man you won't enjoy the grind, and you certainly won't finish it in two months.

However, the strength of their model is that you can upgrade or downgrade, and still play without paying. Obviously there isn't much support here for just buying one of the point packs, but starting as free and then paying your 15 for the next month isn't even an option in the poll. I think doing that would give both you and your readers a better idea of what the game is all about. The best of both worlds, so to speak.

Alternatively, if you find an old DDO box in a store or on eBay, you can get the first month of VIP for just the five bucks or so the box would cost you, and then downgrade. Not sure if you'd be able to upgrade an account this way or not, though, and I'd definitely suggest you try free first, as most of the good free content is low level.

Posted: Oct 13th 2009 12:56PM (Unverified) said

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This is a very cool social experiment and I can't wait to see how it pans out. Keep up the good work.

Posted: Oct 13th 2009 3:17PM (Unverified) said

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- if "free content only" wins will you accept guest passes? Part of the free2play model is the ability to have other players guest pass you into area that you do not have access to as f2p so that they can adventure with you. Also, as you gain turbine points please put it vote which adventure packs you will be purchasing.

Posted: Oct 14th 2009 6:46AM (Unverified) said

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You know what...you should split the diff...play for a month Free..and then the second month get a VIP and see the rest of the cool stuff...

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