Thoughts on EQ2 Going Free to Play, and Age of Discovery #EQ2

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  1. bhagpuss says:

    Age of Discovery has more in it for me than any expansion since Kunark. I’m happy to pay normal expansion prices for it.

    In the recent webcast Smokejumper as much as says that they’d have preferred to offer the various strands of Age of Discovery as SC items and it’s obvious they are better suited to that. I’d certainly have paid 1000SC each for mercs, DungeonMaker and Beastlords but I wouldn’t have bought them all at once. I imagine it’ll be done that way in future. In fact, I can’t see any reason this shouldn’t be the last “expansion”.

    On the Dungeon maker I completely agree with you on Monster Missions. I hated them in EQ1 and indeed Mrs Bhagpuss and I left EQ1 to return to EQ2 at that time largely because of the dominance MMs had. But… we weren’t making our own monster missions. That’s a HUGE difference. I don’t have any interest in playing other people’s dungeons, but I am expecting to spend many, many hours making my own for my own amusement.

  2. Sharon says:

    I’m still waiting on Skyrim to download via Steam (hehe), so…

    I agree that this is probably the best thing for EQ2 in the long run. A while back, I paid to copy over a couple of my 90s to the Freeport server, so I could play with friends who wanted to try the F2P version. Recently, I resubbed to Live for a month, and the biggest difference I noticed between the two was that broker prices on AB were insane. I wondered if that was due to the population of AB being insular, limited and veteran.

    I’m quite happy with some of the additions that AoD is bringing, and as Bhagpuss points out, if I consider how much I’d have paid for each of those things in SC, it doesn’t seem quite so crazy.

  3. John R says:

    A year ago, when we started in on EQ2, we looked at the EQ2X matrix and decided to just go with the classic subscription. While we liked the clear payment plan better, it did mean that it would be more difficult to convince friends to join us. Maybe now they will be able to.