Jun 29th 2011 8:54PM I was curious who Mr. Bhatia was and how he has information that no one else in the industry has. Then I clicked his name, and saw that his last appearance on Massively was a prediction back in September 2008 that Warhammer subscriptions would settle in around 250K. Based on that track record, it appears just as likely that the new Blizzard project is a sequel to Darkfall.
May 31st 2011 8:44PM Your experience sounds similar to mine with my Druid (47)/Rogue (42), which I'm playing primarily on the Druid side and primarily as a DOT-based solo caster. I would like to try dual wielding a hammer, but there are very few hammers that aren't main-hand only and I have yet to obtain one. (Also, I do notice a drop in my character's general toughness if I try a staff instead of a wand+shield, which I assume would be as pronounced with two weapons.)
I will definitely be curious to hear more about how you're obtaining this gear (guild dungeon runs? pugs? AH?) and whether your class combination (and/or not having full gear yet) is giving you trouble finding groups.
Apr 26th 2011 7:04PM I'd save them for new contents, shiny new contents. :)
Mar 9th 2011 7:05PM I'll be interested to hear how the game treats non-payers (and/or paying non-subscribers, if they're keeping that option as some other F2P switches have).
Mar 8th 2011 4:49PM @Harley Dude
Orion was scheduled to do a pass through North Downs, like what he did with Lone Lands, but it got scrapped in the free to play transition.
I'm definitely in the camp of those who was not able to find groups to see this content before moving on to Mirkwood. My only complaint is that they still haven't done anything about the Tomb of Elendil instance in Evendim. Solo chains as long as that one should not end in group instances (which I still can't solo at level 65). Even when it came out, it was impossible to find groups for that instance because it's the very last thing left in the zone, so people don't have any reason to hang out there while looking for groups.
Feb 21st 2011 8:13PM Non-subscribing EQ2Ex players actually can in principle buy the expansion box for access to Velious just like EQ2Live players... but Feldon reports that SOE has helpfully abolished "treasured" quest , rewards in favor of having every single quest drop "legendary" loot. This means that silver EQ2X players will have to pay for unlock tokens to use their quest rewards.
I'd originally been considering paying for a character copy over to the F2P server, but I'm guessing that there's simply not going to be any treasured loot going forward. Guess that's $35 I can spend on one of EQ2's competitors instead.
Dec 28th 2010 8:07PM "Lord of the Rings Online, EverQuest II, Global Agenda, Champions Online and Pirates of the Burning Sea all go free-to-play"
CO has not yet shifted over to their new model, Pirates switched over about a month ago, GA swapped immediately after launch because no one was paying their monthly fee, and LOTRO and EQ2 both switched over to their new models about three months ago. I'd say that the jury is still out on whether any or all of the above will end up better (i.e. studio brings in more revenue and demonstrably reinvests some of it into the game) in the long run.
Dec 20th 2010 5:28PM I'd definitely take some SC for my EQ2X account. :)
Dec 13th 2010 6:35PM While I like both games, I prefer the way DDO implements its F2P model. (That said, I certainly wouldn't turn down LOTRO prizes.: )
Dec 13th 2010 6:33PM "It would help CS deal with potential nightmares involving scamming and failed trades."
I would go a step further and say that if you're going to accept real world cash in exchange for virtual goods that you know players are going to attempt to exchange for virtual currency, you incur a responsibility for safeguarding those transactions. If you're not going to provide a secure in-game interface for trades that you know are happening while you "look the other way", you deserve every dollar of additional CS expenses you incur.