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Hey all. I've been playing MMOs for years (I started around age 8 or so with NWN on AOL) and have never looked back.
I'm planning on picking up Star Wars: The Old Republic when it releases or I get into the beta, and will probably play the living hell out of that game. In the meantime I've cancelled my WoW subscription as of a few months ago (Cata wasn't my bag, after awhile) and have been jumping from F2P to F2P games since then. I've started getting a bit antsy, and I guess I'm looking if anyone has any suggestions or advice for finding the right game for me. I currently play:
Battlestar Galactica Online - I was a beta tester and while I enjoy the game, it lacks the depth of a full-blown MMO. It's good for a few hours here and there, but falls short on my "I could play this for hours!"-meter.
LotR Online - I tried this when it went F2P awhile back and just picked it up again. The "pay-to-win/pay-to-ride/pay-to-actually-play" bugs me, as I don't want to spend a lot of cash without at-least short-term dedication. This seems the best of the F2Ps that I've seen, though.
DDO - Level progression is slow as snails (thanks 3.5!) and the content has already gotten repetitive by level 3. I've been playing on-and-off for a few years, now, and can't seem to get into the game.
Maplestory - Yeah. Not my thing.
Anarchy Online - Rolled a character, but can't seem to get too into it. It may just be too old.
In short, I don't want a monthly subscription, but I don't mind spending a touch of cash here and there in-game if I stick with it (mount in LotORO is an example). I'm more interested in progression, soloing (or playing with a friend) and story than end-game or anything like that. This really needs to last me, I hope, only 6-9 months until SW:TOR is released (okay, maybe it'll be longer).
I've never tried Guild Wars, might that work? Shelling out $20 for the game is a cost I'd be happy to pay. My understanding is that it's more PvP focused, which isn't really what I want. Runes of Magic seems interesting, but I have yet to try it out.
Any suggestions? I'm looking most heavily at LotRO as it seems the most fully-featured of the various F2P games out there, but I'm hesitant to drop cash on in-game stuffs without becoming more involved in the game.