In case this helps DDO market better, otherwise, its just me venting and you can please feel free to move on to more important things. But, I'll keep it short. This is much cheaper than therapy and much healthier than drinking.
It's about the expansion. Do I buy it? Do I spring the extra 40 bucks just for the perm hireling that isnt as good as the panther? (I solo a lot, the panther essentially saved the game for me.)
Is it just the two expansion packs (that I should have been getting for free as VIP) and tomes, and iconics? Or will there be other aspects either not mentioned or I wasn't expecting (like the wildernesses are HUGE or have special features, etc.)
I've been trying to decide when/if to buy it and whether to downgrade from VIP at that time so I can justify the cost?. I've got a lot going on in my life money wise, about to buy a new PC (I hope), eye operation, etc., and want to be sure I can and should afford it.
So I wait, I don't buy it right away figuring I can anytime, but now there's apparently a beta, fine I knew that was coming. There's apparently dev discussions? There's apparently contests? None of these were mentioned.
Now I begin to feel like a second class DDO citizen, and rather than being enticed into buying, I'm really feeling like if I'm not a big spender, I don't matter to Turbine. This is all about the Benjamins, and that's one of the things I try to get away from by escaping into online gaming. I wish them all success and profit, within reason. If I want my feelings hurt there are AMPLE places I can go for that.
So bottom line is: I have no clue if I buy now what I will have access to and when, what I will be eligible for and when, and I have no clue if the $40 hireling will also be available after release or what any of the post-release offerings will be.
That's my ramblings for this morning. The whole thing makes me not wanna log into the game today. I'm going out into the Real World and see what devils and demons await me outside.
(And P.s. for anyone reading who wants to flame me for having feelings, being emotionally astute is something I'm proud of. But don't assume that means I am not keenly aware of where I am and what the state of everything around me is.)