Posted on June 20, 2009,

Dungeons and Dragons Online: Forging Ahead of Curve

ddo_08_mod_ruins_of_threnalI recently had the opportunity to chat with Adam Mersky on Dungeons & Dragons Online‘s shift to free-to-play. According to Adam, the decision to convert DDO is based on the trend sweeping across the globe from the East. Gamers are moving to free-to-play models with stores offering optional content through micro transactions.Turbine intends to anticipate the move with DDO rather than play catch up.

DDO is an MMO that players can get into quickly and play for hours if they have the time, but unlike Turbine’s other licensed MMO, Lord of the Rings Online, it can be enjoyed in smaller more digestible bites as well. If players only have ten or fifteen minutes, they can log on DDO and still have a good time.

Turbine is working diligently to get the new free content for DDO: Eberron Unleashed out complete with several new features which should get players into the game faster than ever before. Adam mentioned that one day you should be able to create a new character and be adventuring in two minutes. The new DDO download manager will stream content for installation and updating while you’re playing. For any of you who haven’t ever checked out the Eberron setting or want to know what’s new, take a look at the latest Analog Gamer: Robots and Airships for details on the D&D 4.0 update.

The DDO store is opening soon assuring that gamers will have their pick of any must have items. Careful consideration has gone into the offerings as far as balance. Turbine wants to make sure that the biggest wallet doesn’t equal win. You’ll be able to earn points while you play the game or purchase them.

More details on the DDO store follow the break.

DDO is a licensed game based on the Dungeons & Dragon pen and paper RPG. The store will offer additional adventures for you and your companions just as TSR and Wizards of the Coast have offered adventure modules like “Temple of Elemental Evil”, “Queen of the Demon Web Pits” and “Against the Giants” over the years.

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You also be able to buy prestigious classes and races like the Monk, Drow and Warforged.

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There seem to be a few character customization items as well. It look like the DDO Store links nicely with the traditional D&D RPG. Our parties are always shopping for new gear. Expect to see more details coming out for DDO: Eberron Unlimited by the end of the month

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13 Comments on Dungeons and Dragons Online: Forging Ahead of Curve

jamesb

On June 20, 2009 at 4:55 pm

free to play huh? looks like more competition for WoW.

TooK

On June 30, 2009 at 12:38 pm

intresting used to play ddo and ill probaly pop back in have a look around on the new content was one of the better mmo:s ive played.
it was one of the many mmorpg that was realsed to early with huge bugs and never recoverd completly, maybe the f2p model can finaly fix that.

im very curious how a broader user base is going to like DDO, and even more curious how im going to like this new updated version.

wonder if i can use my old account as my f2p?

walt

On June 30, 2009 at 1:23 pm

It’s been stated that turbine never deletes old accounts. So if you remember your old log on and password you should have no problem converting to the F2P version when it goes live (still in beta testing right now).

DDO was only buggy if compared to smaller (less complicated) games. I’ve played a few MMO’s in the early days and all had there little glitches. Other than small lag issues on very heavy server days in very high end (and monster populated) quests the lag is almost gone. Game play is very smooth,glitches that leave quests unfinished are rare, getting stuck is ultra rare, most complaints are from lost items in the mail system ( i think folks loos track of where they sent what).

DDO advertises 20 levels. Unlike other games though each of those levels has four Distinct ranks, so it is equavalient to an 80 level game. race and class choice is very good. Weapons and raid loot are varied. Most quess have scalable difficulty so they can be played solo or in group. The most fun is had in group play, most quest up to 6 members raids up to 12.

Juggernaut

On June 30, 2009 at 2:26 pm

this is gonna be the peak of all mmo’s i played this game in 07′ and it rocked i got my account that i recovered and my god character metakadeez who is a warforged level lik 14 or 15 toon and hes a wizard so yeah look me up guys and we can duel sometime or raid together later this summer i also have drow unlocked man i cant wait to get my game on once more all hail dungeons and dragons =)

Eva

On June 30, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Once the NDA is lifted I’m sure you’ll hear much more…

Stormanne

On June 30, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Yes, you will be able to use your old account to play F2P. You’ll have some restrictions, but still be able to play.

Minnesota

On July 1, 2009 at 7:50 am

I just started playing after getting an email about the game. I have a quad core athalon with running with 64 bit vista and just a 32 bit video card and 8 gb of memory. I at first couldn’t get it to run and now it just started to. I think it was after I install service pack 2. The game is awesome. Extremly detailed and smooth with my setup. I do not seem to get motion sickness unlike other mmorpghs. Finally I have been spending hours using player made character generators to see what my character will look like at level 16. The char gen is just that interesting and good. I think I will spend alot of time at this game even though my primary focus is text muds. The documentation and forums in this game are excellent.

Alido

On July 8, 2009 at 7:14 am

Warforged now have to be bought? What’s gonna happen to my Warforged Barbarian?! :(

Eva

On July 8, 2009 at 12:48 pm

This only applies to free play not VIP subscribers. The monk and warforged are gratis for them along with lots of other good stuff I’ll be detailing in my article later today.

Jones

On July 8, 2009 at 6:40 pm

If i reinstate my old account, but want it to be f2p, will i have to buy warforge and drow in order to play my old characters? Will i have to buy the other char slots that are filled? I’ve been looking all over the forums for this, and finally google, this is the closest i’ve gotten >

Eva

On July 8, 2009 at 7:15 pm

I’m trying to get an answer for you. I’m sure there are many other DDO fans who need to know as well. I’ll let you know when I find out.

Nikorr123

On July 22, 2009 at 5:04 pm

NDA is lifted – I played a quite a bit all the way up to the end boss of the new raid (beat all the other new content in one night)

For the elite gamer – this game is a waste of time with each progressing update (to include the business model change) the target the elite game society and are continuously dumbing down the game.

Decent concept but with poor customer service – highly moderated forums so communication is limited within the community – and lack of content make DDO:U a thumbs down in my opinion.

Dane

On July 29, 2009 at 4:08 am

Can U give me the website so i can go and play ddo