In the beginning
One of my biggest mistakes playing DDO as a new player was thinking premium was a great idea. It might work for some people but it was a mistake for me. I originally started out with the plan to only purchase the content needed to level from 1-20 and nothing more. The idea was to save money in the long-run by not paying the monthly fee of $14.99. I’m sure a lot of new players think the same thing when looking into the option of going premium. After doing the research and asking around in chat, I purchased one low-level adventure pack, two mid-level adventure packs, and lastly one endgame adventure pack (well what was endgame in 2010). What I didn’t realize at the time was it would never be enough.
Making friends and keeping up
So as I continued my path to glory in DDO, I came across in-game friends. Friends with subscriptions that wanted to run content I didn’t own. Content I didn’t want to purchase because it wasn’t apart of my plan. More importantly I didn’t want to get left behind. I wanted to dungeon crawl with friends I met during my journeys so I bought more Turbine points and more adventure packs. I told myself it was fine, I had a good job and plenty of cash to spend. Again, my spending didn’t end there.
That looks classy!!
So now I’m at the point I’ve got a good amount of adventure packs and enjoying my adventures with my friends. My V.I.P. friends, however, are playing classes and races that I don’t own. Classes like Monk and races like Warforged. They did look fun to play but I tried to resist buying them. Then my friends start saying things like, “dude, Warforged Favoredsoul is so much fun!!”. Guess what I did? Just guess! I bought more Turbine points and purchased more playable classes and races.
Expansions and Expenses
As time pasted I continued buying more and more content. More updates and 2 expansions gave me even more reasons to spend. Keep in mind that expansions need to be bought regardless of account status. There were so many more things to buy especially after Menace of the Underdark. Tomes of experience, iconic hero races, and the nail in the coffin…Otto’s IRRESISTIBLE boxes. My spending got out of control. In a single week I put out $120 for Otto’s boxes. That’s over the cost of a yearly subscription.
In September of 2014 I took a well needed break from DDO. I found a need to take a look at Warcaft’s latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor. I played Warcraft off and on throughout the years. Funny how I was completely fine with paying $14.99 a month for another mmorpg. They have no premium option like DDO does. What I quickly learned was simple; I spent a heck of a lot less money having just as much fun. I literally had all that WoW had to offer for one low monthly price. In fact, the Warcraft store only has a handful of items to buy and only a fraction of what is contained in the DDO store. My problem was WoW is not DDO. I love DDO.
So what does paying for DDO monthly have to offer versus just paying for the content?
- 500 free turbine points per month
- 6 additional character slots
- Monk class
- Druid class
- Half-elf race
- Half-orc race
- Warforged race
- All adventure packs
- All challenge packs
- All difficulty levels unlocked
- Free guild creation
- Shared bank
- Priority login queue
- Priority beta access
- 40 seconds additional idle time before getting logged out
- Additional experience boost
- Free weekly gold roll
Honestly there’s probably a few other things but I can’t remember all of them. Premium accounts don’t get these perks. They are in fact great perks.
Sure now that I think about it, I kind of feel dumb. I spent more money than I would like to admit. In fact I was a premium player for over 4 years and bought everything. Now I’m returning to the game after a six month Warcraft break I’m finally going to simply pay for the game. I plan to pay three months out at a time which brings the cost of DDO down to $9.99 a month.
I highly urge any new or a current player not paying the subscription fee to make the change as soon as possible. If you’re going to go with the premium option I have a little advice.
- Pay for epic supported adventure packs only.
- Don’t pay for races and classes that can be unlocked with favor.
-Musk of Argonnessen