11/16/2011 02:11 AMMaybe I'm missing something, but how do you know this is a trial account?
Posted by Masarah
The gear/enchanting choices give it away.
11/15/2011 10:02 PMThoughts on trial-twinking? Free-to-play PvP in a competitive, or maybe face-roll, environment sounds pretty nifty to me. Have you experienced any of these such players?
Posted by Weiss
Well, as an avid tinker, I have never actually bothered to make a level 20-24 twink. However, I have done my homework on it, and I know people who have made them. From their first hand experience, they have said that it's fun at times, just like anything else. However, there are a few major problems with it.
There is a movement of 24s that is picking up steam, where players on non trial accounts utilize their access to much superior enchants and gear are making these characters specifically to own or punish these level 20 characters who are twinking on a trial account.
The sentiment is usually that f2p twinkers are ruining the 20-24 bracket for new players by twinking, so anyone who feels that's wrong apparently has the right to punish them for doing so.
The reality of the situation is that level 20 f2p characters are all limited in the same ways. They all have the same exact access to gear, enchants, and are completely unable to receive outside support of any kind on their characters.
So when it comes down to it, a f2p twink character has no real advantage over any other f2p characters, new players included. Not to mention the fact that anyone on a trial account that decides they want to play the game past level 20, is going to purchase the full game and get out of that bracket, completely avoiding the impact any f2p twinks are going to have on them.
From my perspective, there is no real fun to be had from either angle. As a tinker who's looking for a challenge, twinking @ 24 to own f2p characters would not enjoyable because there is no challenge. Conversely, creating a character on a f2p account would not be enjoyable because it's about 15x more work to min/max your stats and the end of it you're going to get steamrolled by some level 24s on their paid accounts.
There is no middle ground and it's possibly one of the most controversial twinking topics out there. It's basically home to the sadists (24s) and masochists (20s) which most sane people avoid.