Currently I have two DDO accounts: one free to play account and VIP account. My VIP account is the same account I have had since I started playing this great game back in April 2006, while my FTP account is at most a couple years old. Originally, my FTP account was supposed to be used for our guild bank, just a couple of characters to stash away some lower level twink or nice gear overall. Well, I knew this would happened, I wound up getting “attached” to those characters as well and eventually that FTP account was upgraded to a Premium account with the use of a gift card. So now I have the unique perspective of playing from both sides of coin.
I recently just put my main character, Erdrique, through another true reincarnation. He has racked up a paladin, fighter, ranger, and cleric life and is currently now working on a barbarian life. Needless to say, over the years, he has racked up a substantial amount of platinum (although he isn’t plat capped yet) which allows me to stock him up with cure potions, lesser restoration potions, remove blindess potions, etc. Not to mention, Erdrique is my main Cannith Crafter as well, so he can easily twink out gear as he levels up.
Erdrique fighting in the Catacombs.
Well on my FTP account, I had just recently rolled up a cleric named Containment. And I couldn’t help but notice how dramatically different the resources were between my two level 1 characters (Erdrique is actually level 4 now but Containment is still level 1). While Erdrique had a plethora of in-game funds to purchase potions, potential gear, and hirelings…Containment literally had nothing. For right now, Containment needs to earn everything he has from scratch and can’t rely on past adventuring to sustain him through his current campaigns.
This type of thing just helps me understand the perspective that newer players are going through and how well off many of the “vets” are. Which, I hope, makes me more sympathetic to players who are obviously new to the game and to help them out when I can.
Containment in Heyton’s Rest with his starter gear, although not as well supplied as Erdrique, still just as fun.
It also makes me smile when I remember the days I couldn’t even afford a cure serious potion with Erdrique….those days are long gone now for him. And even after a few runs in Korthos, Containment quickly accumulated enough wealth to start buying hirelings and some wands but it will still be a while before he can find something other than his starter heavy mace to take on his incoming foes. But that is what makes adventuring fun!!