Yeah, I guess I didn’t understand that whole quest pack unlocking mechanic. My brother tells me that without shelling out, everything in our level range becomes a grind alone. Basically at this point, to continue playing Lord of the Rings Online, I would have to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $15-$20 dollars. For the next half dozen levels – and then I’d have to shell out more. Rinse and repeat. And if I were to start from scratch, I could play to level 20 or so, and then I would have to start paying just as I would if I kept my current characters.
Maybe I’m a bit jaded by EQ2X’s system and the way it parses things. If I wanted to keep my character there – it would be a $35 flat fee. If I elected to start from scratch, as I have, it will cost me nothing. I know this is in some way apples to oranges. But I don’t think quests are an optional component of the game these days, as much as I wish they were, or were at least reduced in quantity and magnified largely in quality. Bag size, number of character or storage slots – thats helpful but not necessary.