I grew up playing Nintendo and loving the action style of and expansive play of Metroid, Zelda and all those other great hits along the way. I gravitated to PC gaming as I aged due to the increased complexity of possible actions, but never really entered the MMO world. I had tried a brief stint of WoW during a free trial but the cookie cutter builds that are all basically the same with little only a change in the graphic for each action was boring. Also the needless hampering of speed, requirement to stand still when performing actions, limitations on jumping, etc were a bit frusterating to me. But to each his own.
Then I found DDO with, what seemed like endless customization at the time (well 20 hot bars is as close as it gets in an MMO). The content was fresh. The combat style unique. I started F2P when leveling stones were in vogue, and quickly bought a VIP subscription.
Things were great for about 2 years. I leveled 20+ toons on 2 accounts to 20. TRing was introduced and I started over adding new lives to old friends. Somewhere in the last 2 years, however, this game has become more of a job and less fun. Raiding (the primary reason to have 20+ toons leveled and flagged so that I could fill pretty much any roll in any raid) has gone the way of the Dodo. The grind for epic gear, now obsolete, was replaced with the grind for challenge mats and dragon scales. Challenge mats, now obsolete has been replaced with a grind to get an additional 6.6 million xp to cap (on top of the 4.3ish for a 3+ life TR) which has resulted in many of the toons I like getting dropped by the wayside as impossible to keep up.
I have not raided since god knows when. I run VON 3, rusted blades, and the deal and the demon on a couple toons to get my 100K xp per day, hit the daily dice for a pitiful reward more likely ending up in a <15 roll than seems possible in a random distribution, and mourn over the lack of LFMs for anything fun.
Now the "easter egg" of last week has pretty much made 4 years of grinding obsolete. My mark is hit. I have gone from a "semi-have" to a "have not" in the space of a week and I find myself just not caring.
The epic TR impending changes hold nothing but trepidation as I look at a 10M+ xp grind for each new life when the only real content I run is boiled down to quests I can count on one hand. Sure that is my choice. I could run other quests, but they are the same stuff I have seen before, either ridiculously easy rote memorization runs (EN), annoying-random-DW'ed-mobs-making-me-dot runs (EH) or not-going-to-survive-a-second-encounter (EE) content I have seen before and don't really get anything different from running.
SO the final button has been pressed. A buggy, nerfed, overpowered, could-be-great game has been ruined by lack of QA, rushed releases, and a vocal minority of forum users who are PO'd because a wizard/sorc can keep up with their kill count (ahem .. sounds exactly like "shade").
I go searching for something other to put my time/money/energy into.
And no you can't "has" my stuff because it is a pittance now and I learned long ago that premium is a better choice than VIP in the long run. Plus if raids every do make a comeback, or Turbine develops a brain for how to retain business I may want to peek back in. (Here's to hoping hell freezes over )