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Posted: Sep 17th 2011 12:33PM (Unverified) said

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I subbed a few years back right when the Shadow Odyssey came out, and have played on Freeport since it launched. This is how ftp should be done imo, give players access to all the content for free, then as they play they get invested and are more willing to pay for options ect.

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 12:50PM Bhagpuss said

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You won't need anything more than treasured quested or Mastercrafted gear to level to 90. That was the case before the recent revamp, despite the requirements for Critical Mitigation once you stepped into Velious and the fact that there is no treasured gear in that expansion, because you don't need Velious to get to max level.

After the revamp, however, what with the need for Crit Mit no longer so essential on normal non-dungeon content in Velious, and the addition of the stat to post-60 quested gear, as soon as the othmir start asking you to do stuff for them you should be able to do it in what you're wearing, even if you're on Bronze. Some of the new treasured quest reward gear my berserker has from Stonebrunt Highlands is actually better than the Legendary stuff I'm getting in Velious.

It would be unlikely that anyone would get as far as Velious and not drop the one-time payment of $10 to go Silver, though. In my opinion that $10 is the only payment you need to make to get as much entertainment out of EQ2X as any non-raider ever got out of the game on a Live server. If you do raid you can still do it on Silver but you would need to spring for some gear unlockers now and again, which would still run you a lot less than the cost of a monthly sub.

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 1:30PM Gamewench said

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I love it =) I'm a silver subscriber and play when I feel like it. I go in often just for crafting or decorating one of my character's homes and to say 'hey' to guild members =)
I agree the community there is pretty good for a f2p server.

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 1:59PM smartstep said

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Well as SOE is wrong in many ways , then with this two separate types of servers they are good.

I think more game companies should go this way.

Separate P2P only servers and separate freemium / f2p ones.

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 1:59PM Rheem said

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One of the things I like about eq2x is that since you can make accounts for free, you can have an unlimited number of alts. Also, guild recruiting is fantastic. There is a very high member to leader ratio since in order to form a guild on Freeport it costs I think $15. A new guild on a server like everfrost simply would never gain any membership ever, and it took me a month to get the guild up to 30 to get a gh. On Freeport, we got like 10 people within the first 2 day and hit 30 in 5. It is very much its own game because while the p2p servers are sadly dying as they're not getting any new blood, the freeport server is steadily growing. If you're a current eq2 subscriber, I wholeheartedly recomment you spend the $25 to have your character coppied over. Its like if Eq2 had just been released over there, but with today's content/features.

Also for anyone looking for a mature, friendly and helpful guild on extended, please look up Divinity via the in game guild finder or message Rheem, Crystallynn, Torry, or Alexiaw (or if none of those are on, Alexiaw might be on one of her many many alts, do a "/who all Divinity" and send a tell to someone to see if a guild leader is on. It is a very nice steadily growing level 42 guild who just want to have fun, regardless if its are level 9 or level 90.

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 4:32PM Khai mann said

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I we had a paying sub, but then canceled and started playing for free, do we play on the P2P server or does the char get transfered to the F2P server?

I resumed after a few months, but thing I'm still on the old servers.

Posted: Sep 17th 2011 4:38PM Seffrid said

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@Khai mann

Your P2P characters will be on the Live Servers, the F2P ones on the F2P server. You can pay to transfer your old characters to the F2P server.
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Posted: Sep 18th 2011 1:49AM Rheem said

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@Khai mann
Just to add to what Seffrid said,

As a subscriber you are considered a "gold" member automatically until you cancel your sub. At that point, I'm not sure if you're considered a bronze or silver member. Before your character will appear on the other server, it costs $25 to copy it over. Once you do that, you have to log on the the EQ2X client, which is seperate from the normal EQ2 client because it points to a different server set. If you are interested, I would recommend rolling a character over there first to see if you think its worth it. As a subscriber, the only difference between EQ2x and EQ2Live is that for new characters you'll have to buy the race packs for certain races. This doesn't affect your current chars as long as your subscribing. You also get all the classes for free.

Its a copy, not a transfer, and it does cost $25. Your character stays on the liver server after the copy in addition to being in the Freeport server. There are a few restrictions though. None of your money will transfer. Any items that are NOT no-trade or attuned will be lost. This includes harvests, food and drink, and ammo (including quivers). All your bags including in your bank (except shared) will transfer over. All your houses and any items in them do not transfer, including sales crates.

I know that sounds like a lot, but its really not that bad. If you're level 90, just solo OoA off of moors once a day and you'll be fine in no time.

Thee is some danger in canceling your sub. First off you lose some access to your 5th and 6th bag slots. You can't use or put stuff into them, but you can take stuff out. If you have a race/class combination that isn't one of the free ones, you'll have to purchase those to play that character again. I'm not sure if you have to unlock all your legendary/fabled gear or if its automatically unlocked. I think your plat is limited to 30. Keep in mind this is only if you downgrade.
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Posted: Sep 18th 2011 6:17AM Seffrid said

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@Rheem

"As a subscriber you are considered a "gold" member automatically until you cancel your sub. At that point, I'm not sure if you're considered a bronze or silver member."

Bronze.

The other point we haven't made is that you cannot transfer characters from the F2P server to the P2P ones, so if you play the F2P as a form of trial and then decide to sub and play on the P2P servers you'll have to re-roll on those servers (unless you have old characters from previously).
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Posted: Sep 18th 2011 7:59AM pcgneurotic said

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"But it's not a used car; it's a virtual world, and there is a lot more to look at beyond dollars and plat."

...a message I'd like tattooed on the arms of our hyper-business aware, money-obssessed MMOG players the world over.

Also, I didn't read part one yet (going to go now and do it!), but I guess you made a new account for X so you could specifically play as Bronze, right?

Posted: Sep 18th 2011 8:17AM pcgneurotic said

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Ah ha! So that's your game eh? I just read part one - great read, very interesting, and it's really good to hear someone with a strong, contrary opinion (even though I disagree with your stance on the Live/Extended split).

In fact, I wanted to say something in reference to your idea that "It's interesting that it's gone, and yet there's no hue and cry from the Extended community pining for its return." Well, from the get-go, who was making all the noise and fuss? Who was rage-quitting, and drama-queening and knee-jerking? The Live players, that's who! And even then, only a percentage of them.

For the record, I've been an EQ2'er since launch, and I welcomed the Extended move with big, hairy, open arms. And so have a whole big bunch of us. I would go further down this path but it's all been said before and I haven't got time for drama. ;)

Aaany, great read, looking forward to part 3. :)

Posted: Sep 21st 2011 5:59AM (Unverified) said

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I haven't played for a while, but there was a quest in New Halas which gave a mount. It was a slow one, but now that I've entered the game to check movement methods before I post, I saw that it has 130% speed, which is quite incredible.

The other thing that's changed is that apparently the journeyman cloak no longer stacks with the Lucky Wolf Paw that's crafted earlier on. That combination was my preferred method of travel, given that the horse wasn't any better, but with the new horse speed I'm actually tempted to go back to the game and explore some more.

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