In praise of F2P

posted this on May 15th, 2012.
Categorized as F2P, lotro, Subscription, swtor.

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Full link: http://docholidaymmo.com/2012/05/15/in-praise-of-f2p/

DocHoliday's MMO Saloon DocHoliday's MMO Saloon - LOTRO, Secret World, & Rift with an End-Game View

My SWTOR subscription expired last week and I don’t intend to renew it. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the game, on the contrary I had a lot of fun playing it and would like to continue playing it. As a long time single player RPG gamer, starting with Might and Magic in the early 90s and going through to just about every Interplay/BioWare game after that (along with a smattering of Euro RPGs like Gothic and The Witcher). SWTOR really stood up as a solid single player RPG game with the MMO trappings to add that extra dimension. In addition to the obvious benefits of being able to group up for heroic quests and the occasional flasphoint or warzone, MMOs for whatever reason seem to do combat mechanics, class/skill balance and loot progression a lot better than single player RPGs. On the RPG and story side of things, SWTOR was a huge cut above what I’ve experienced of the MMO world. Questing in LOTRO unfortunately is just so bland in comparison, I’m looking forward even less to the level 75-85 grind now.

So why did I quit? The fact that I only had one character which was just level 43 after four months of subscription might give you some idea. The basic fact was I don’t have enough time to play it. I raid in LOTRO typically two nights a week (if I’m free) which leaves me with not that much other solid gaming time in between family, work and social commitments. I’d end up playing SWTOR maybe one night a week, and in April I think I played maybe a total of four hours. But SWTOR is very consciously not devoted to people like me. All of their content updates, from end game instances/raids to the all-pervasive legacy system (which seems to assume that the player base has multiple level cap characters of different classes and factions), are devoted to someone that plays SWTOR exclusively and has a lot of time to do so. I realised that I was paying US$15/month to support the constant production of content which I was never likely to experience, because even if I ever hit level cap then half the content they’d shipped would already be obsolete by their more newly released content. It wasn’t so much the financial cost either, it was simply the fact that I don’t like paying for something that I don’t use, it just doesn’t sit well with me. Which brings me to the actual point of this post.

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Contains Moderate Peril Episode 59: MMO Monogamy

posted this on May 15th, 2012.
Categorized as gaming, lotro, podcast.

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Full link: http://www.containsmoderateperil.com/contains-moderate-peril-episode-59-mmo-monogamy/

Welcome to the 59th Contains Moderate Peril podcast. I’ll try to get the schedule back on track next week, so that the shows get posted on Mondays. In the meantime Brian and I discuss why we didn’t participate in a recent high profile beta event, whether or not there are too many MMOs on the market, are gamers guilty of saying one thing and doing another and why the pair of us started blogging.

  • The Secret World Beta: Turns out this was a beta test too far for the pair of us. We weren’t fortunate enough to get free beta keys and we didn’t feel the need to pre-purchase the game. Are betas really relevant tests anymore or simply an extension of the marketing campaign? [Starts at 02:07]
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Newbie Blogger Initiative – Stats

posted this on May 15th, 2012.
Categorized as editorial, lotro, Newbie Blogger Initiative Stats.

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Full link: http://www.containsmoderateperil.com/newbie-blogger-initiative-stats/

One of the first subjects to come up for discussion on the NBI forums was the issue of statistics and web traffic. All bloggers have a natural curiosity about their readership and exactly how many people are visiting their site. There is nothing wrong with this and it is perfectly reasonable to want to know about your audience. Blogging is after all a two way process.  However, in my experience this thirst for statistical knowledge can be a double edge sword. It is therefore important to ensure that it doesn’t become the focal point of your writing endeavours.

Unless you are starting from a position of already being a known quantity online, all newbie bloggers will have to simply work at building up an audience. There are no real shortcuts with regard to this. Just simply write as often as you can, so that you create up a body of work. Google likes this approach by the way. Publicise your posts using social media. Comment on other blogs. If possible write guest posts for other established sites. This process is similar to gaming and is a bit of a  grind at times.

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Newbie Blogger Initiative – Stats

posted this on May 15th, 2012.
Categorized as editorial, lotro.

Shorthand Link:
Full link: http://www.containsmoderateperil.com/newbie-blogger-initiative-stats/

One of the first subjects to come up for discussion on the NBI forums was the issue of statistics and web traffic. All bloggers have a natural curiosity about their readership and exactly how many people are visiting their site. There is nothing wrong with this and it is perfectly reasonable to want to know about your audience. Blogging is after all a two way process.  However, in my experience this thirst for statistical knowledge can be a double edge sword. It is therefore important to ensure that it doesn’t become the focal point of your writing endeavours.

Unless you are starting from a position of already being a known quantity online, all newbie bloggers will have to simply work at building up an audience. There are no real shortcuts with regard to this. Just simply write as often as you can, so that you create up a body of work. Google likes this approach by the way. Publicise your posts using social media. Comment on other blogs. If possible write guest posts for other established sites. This process is similar to gaming and is a bit of a  grind at times.

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