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I heard about the free-to-play to level 20 thing, and thought 'awesome, I'll try this out again for a while till I have money to pay for more'. I've played on and off since the game began, so I'm not needing to learn to play, and I've done most of the starter quests, but what I was wanting to do was RP.

I get that starter editions can't send out whispers (without first being whispered) or talk in public channels except for say and party for anti-spam reasons, but... it seems like people aren't even seeing our stuff in /say or /e.

Any thoughts/comments? I can talk with my boyfriend, who also started a Starter Edition, and he's talked with other people in-game who've done the same.

If we really just can't contact people who're paying, while we're not... well, that's pretty lame.
07/06/2011 06:45 PMPosted by Sjera
If we really just can't contact people who're paying, while we're not... well, that's pretty lame.

It's to prevent gold spammers from harassing people. If you want the full features, pay for the full game.
Lame?

You're going to have more fun playing 1 - 20 for here free than playing 1- 50 in Runes of Magic any day.
Yeah. Okay, well, thanks.

I get why, obviously, I was just under the impression that I still could talk in /say. Apparently I only can with other starter edition people.
Lame?

You're going to have more fun playing 1 - 20 for here free than playing 1- 50 in Runes of Magic any day.


That is true! I was just kinda psyched to RP for freeeeeeeee. I'm not bitter at all, and think the free-to-play is still an excellent move for Blizz, just a little disappointed since I thought it worked differently.
07/06/2011 06:45 PMPosted by Sjera
but... it seems like people aren't even seeing our stuff in /say or /e.

According to the FAQ, which appears to have been recently updated, you can still talk in /s. So, unless something has changed, and it may have, you should still be able to talk in /s and you should still be able to emote.

You are probably just being ignored. I know I tend to ignore random low levels randomly saying stuff in game.

http://us.blizzard.com/support/article.xml?locale=en_US&articleId=20590
It's the same conditions the lvl 20 cap trial always had, just now there's no expiration date on it.
Thanks for pointing out the FAQ, I was checking it out earlier too and was kinda confused because of this issue.


You are probably just being ignored. I know I tend to ignore random low levels randomly saying stuff in game.


I'm pretty sure I wasn't intentionally being ignored. I was wandering around SW on Wyrmrest Accord realm and like, I'd walk into a room where a dude was RPing, and he'd be like, "Well hello!" I'd try to say hi, and he'd be like, "... helllo! ...hello? Can you hear me?" These people wanted to talk, and saw my avatar but not my text.
07/06/2011 06:54 PMPosted by Sjera
That is true! I was just kinda psyched to RP for freeeeeeeee. I'm not bitter at all, and think the free-to-play is still an excellent move for Blizz, just a little disappointed since I thought it worked differently.

It's not really Free to Play. It's just an unlimited trial account. Same restrictions, same limitations, same everything except that it no longer has a 10- or 14-day time limit.

If it was truly Free to Play, it wouldn't have any restrictions.
07/06/2011 07:03 PMPosted by Sjera
'm pretty sure I wasn't intentionally being ignored. I was wandering around SW on Wyrmrest Accord realm and like, I'd walk into a room where a dude was RPing, and he'd be like, "Well hello!" I'd try to say hi, and he'd be like, "... helllo! ...hello? Can you hear me?" These people wanted to talk, and saw my avatar but not my text.

Hmmm. Makes me want to start a trial so I can see if I can talk to myself.

I mean, in game of course.
07/06/2011 07:08 PMPosted by Icedragon
If it was truly Free to Play, it wouldn't have any restrictions.

Uh, I guess I shouldn't have gotten so excited then? Oh well.


Hmmm. Makes me want to start a trial so I can see if I can talk to myself.

Well, if you did so, I'd definitely appreciate a post on how it went! I imagine I'm not the only person with this same confusion. I also suspect you'll just not be able to see what your starter account says, since that seems to be how it works (and apparently has worked in the trials in the past, I just wasn't aware).

In any case, thank you all for you input and clearing this up. Might be extra nice if Blizz made this a little bit more clear in their Starter Account specific FAQ.


That is true! I was just kinda psyched to RP for freeeeeeeee. I'm not bitter at all, and think the free-to-play is still an excellent move for Blizz, just a little disappointed since I thought it worked differently.


It was working differently earlier or at least it was intended to, but like previously said, thanks to gold spammers, it`s different.
You have absolutely no idea how the mess was back then...
So, ironically speaking, you should thank Blizzard for making you free-life miserable (nothing personnal)
It was working differently earlier or at least it was intended to, but like previously said, thanks to gold spammers, it`s different.
You have absolutely no idea how the mess was back then...
So, ironically speaking, you should thank Blizzard for making you free-life miserable (nothing personnal)


Uh... no, actually, you should be thanking the gold sellers for prompting Blizzard to make those changes so that the paying customers weren't harassed and bothered by these spammers, and so Blizzard wouldn't have to spend resources and time restoring as many compromised accounts (due to all the players falling for the numerous ads/phishes).

Put blame where blame is due.
Blizzard only lifted the time limit from it's trial version. Somehow, many of the gaming sites interpreted that as opening up the first 20 levels as f2p. It's still just a trial to give you the flavor of the game to persuade you to purchase it. A trial is not the same as a f2p game.
Let's not lose sight of the fact there ARE some really nice perks as well. Levels CAN be "granted" under some limitations, you can get triple XP by grouping with the RAF and vet, and best of all (IMO) is for 90 days, the vet & RAF CAN "summon" each other (both directions) even if the RAF has upgraded to Standard edition. Oh, if the RAF ups for 2 months beyond the Standard edition upgrade, the vet gets a 2 person rocket that I have been told, will work as ground transport for 2 until the vet can level up enough to get flying lessons.
07/06/2011 07:22 PMPosted by Harlan
Hmmm. Makes me want to start a trial so I can see if I can talk to myself.


Don't bother, anyone on this forum will confirm talking to you just leads to annoyance.
07/07/2011 08:09 AMPosted by Karamoone
Hmmm. Makes me want to start a trial so I can see if I can talk to myself.

Don't bother, anyone on this forum will confirm talking to you just leads to annoyance.

Awwww. Lovable as ever.
Let's not lose sight of the fact there ARE some really nice perks as well. Levels CAN be "granted" under some limitations, you can get triple XP by grouping with the RAF and vet, and best of all (IMO) is for 90 days, the vet & RAF CAN "summon" each other (both directions) even if the RAF has upgraded to Standard edition. Oh, if the RAF ups for 2 months beyond the Standard edition upgrade, the vet gets a 2 person rocket that I have been told, will work as ground transport for 2 until the vet can level up enough to get flying lessons.

That's only on a Recruit-A-Friend account, not just any random trial account.
07/07/2011 08:17 AMPosted by Harlan
Awwww. Lovable as ever.


I'd give you a /hug, but I don't want to get my shirt caught on your exposed elbow bones again..

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