This ended up being longer than I expected, but here you go. In case any new/returning players are wondering about the ins and outs of free-to-play, look no further.The Free-To-Play Question-O-Rama and Also Hyphens
Specific details are slightly hard to come by, so here is everything that I could piece together through the SWTOR website's information (http://www.swtor.com/free
mostly), the test server/patch notes, and developer responses on the forum.So what's this free-to-play thing, then?
Starting on November 15, new, returning, and current players will have the option to play the game without a subscription fee. You'll be able to level to 50 and experience basically the entire game, but with certain limitations. Also of note, if you want to start playing right now, the free trial (play up to level 15) still exists and all trial accounts will be converted to free-to-play ones when it launches. http://www.swtor.com/trialDo I have to buy the game?
Nope!What are these limitations?
Spoilered for long.
Slower XP gain after level 10.
Limited races at character creation (only human, cyborg, and zabrak).
A cap on how many credits you can have. Increased cap for preferred status, unlimited for subscribers (or whatever the cap was for them before free-to-play launched, anyway). Extra credits you earn after the cap are placed in escrow, which is given to you if you subscribe/buy a month of game time (or 150,000 of it is given to you if you go up to preferred status).
Two ability bars. Suscribers get six.
Cannot do operations.
Five warzones per week. Unlimited for subscibers.
Three space missions per week. Unlimited for subscribers.
Rewards from only three flashpoints per week (can do them as many times as you want, just can't get item drops from them after the third).
One crew skill. Three for subscribers.
Can only gain access to the cargo hold and additional tabs with cartel coins. Subscribers have cargo hold access by default and can use credits or cartel coins to buy additional tabs.
Can only increase inventory with cartel coins. Subscribers have the option to use credits.
Longer quick travel cooldown.
Limited number (5) of field revives. Subscribers have unlimited field revives, though the increasing cooldown still applies.
No priority status for login queues.
Cannot use most artifact (purple) gear.
Cannot use the hide head slot or match color to chest piece cosmetic options.
No access to the guild bank.
Cannot display titles or your legacy name.
Almost all of these can be allieviated with cartel market purchases (either one-time permanent authorizations or weekly passes for operations/warzones/flashpoints/space missions), with the exceptions of the credit cap and login queue priority. If you want more than just a few, though, it'll probably be more cost efficient to subscribe.What's this about Preferred Status?
If you've ever subscribed in the past, or you purchase $5 or more on the web store (cartel coins or the physical security key or whatever; more about the security key in a bit), you get Preferred Status, which has a few perks over a regular free to play account. This status is permanent: once you have it, you'll never go all the way back to the base free-to-play account.
Preferred status perks
Sprint ability at level 1
So what was that about security keys?Information about security keys
Access to your cargo hold
Access to secure trade
Ability to send mail, including one attachment
Increased allowance for chat message frequencies in public chat channels (such as /general)
Increased Credits cap
Access to the Who list (player search)
Three additional sale slots on the Galactic Trade Network, for a total of 5 slots
One additional Crew Skill slot, for a total of 2
Reduced skill point respecialization costs
Increased server queue priority
Okay, so if you've played in the past, and you have the mobile security key attached to your account, you can continue using it even after going free-to-play/preferred. You can't, however, attach a new one to your account if you're free-to-play/preferred. If you have the physical key fob thing, nothing changes. You can continue using it, and if you're a new player, buying it on the web store will also give you preferred status since it's 5 bucks. It's been said that attaching a new one will not be available at day one of free-to-play launch, however.If I'm currently subscribed, or have in the past, or do in the future, what do I lose/keep if I switch (back) to Free To Play?
Look over the free-to-play limitations, add in the preferred status perks (since if you've ever subscribed, you'll only ever get bumped down to preferred, not free-to-play), and that's what you'll have. Some things are slightly more complicated, though.
If you've created more than 2 characters, you'll still have access to them all (regardless of whether they're free-to-play races or not) at the start of free-to-play launch. If you delete any, however, you cannot create more until you have one or less characters. Notice I said, "at the start of free-to-play launch"? In a patch soon (how soon, they have not said) after it launches, you'll have to choose which 2 will be your active ones. It is unknown at this time if you'll ever be able to change your active characters, or if there will be a cooldown on how often you can change them if so.
Any artifact (purple) gear you have that is bound to you is still able to be equipped, though any future drops will require the one-time artifact gear authorization. Any extra cargo hold tabs or inventory expansions you previously purchased will be kept. Legacy unlocks and perks (including species unlocks) will be kept.So what are these cartel coins?
These are the currency used for the cash shop; think microsoft points. If you're a current subscriber, you'll be granted some at the launch of free-to-play (http://www.swtor.com/free
shows how much for what, and http://www.swtor.com/user/cartelcoins
shows how much you, personally, will get). You'll be able to buy them on the SWTOR store, though currently it is unknown how much they will actually cost.So this cartel market. What can you buy on there?
You can buy a handful of one-time authorizations or weekly passes. At max level and want better gear? Get the artifact gear authorization and you'll be able to equip purple quality gear from that point on. Only really care about warzones? Buy a pass for unlimited warzones for a week. You'll be able to use your cartel coins to upgrade your inventory/add extra cargo hold tabs (it is not advised to buy the base cargo hold access, since any purchase of $5 or more will give you preferred status, and thus automatic cargo hold access). Even as a subscriber some of these have value, since inventory upgrades (and most of the one-time authorizations if you ever want to go F2P for a while) have the option to be account wide. They're usually a little over double the cost of the per-character cost, and apply to your entire account: even characters you make on other servers will have them.
There are also consumables like temporary XP and Valor boosts, Fleet Passes, and medical probes (for in the field revives). There are sets of level 31 artifact (purple quality) armor, and level 15 and 43 single chest pieces. They're about the same quality as equivalent level artifact drops you might find rarely on enemies, but the main draw is that they are adaptive, which means the amount of armor matches the highest type of armor you can equip and everyone can equip them, opening up cosmetic choices that were previously only available to certain classes.
One of the main draws will be the vanity items, such as unique speeders, vanity pets, and toys (like the carbonite chamber or rancor holo-replica). Additionally, there will be cartel packs for sale, which can contain items only found in the packs. For example, the Crime Lord's Cartel Pack contains: two rare bonus items with a chance of a super rare, one XP or social point boost consumable, one type of crafting material (how much I got seemed to depend on the quality: 10-20 for blue, 5 or so for purples), and one companion gift. The rare/super rare items can be mounts, vanity pets, empty adaptive armor, or toys like the sith meditation throne, etc. If you want these items but don't want to spend money/cartel coins to get them, don't despair! Whenever an item is bought on the market or found in the cartel packs, it has a cooldown during which it is bound to that person; after the cooldown is over (which is 3 days for free-to-play players and 2 days for subscribers), the item can then be sold on the galactic trade network or traded to other players.
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**This OP is a huge work in progress and is far from complete.** I just blatantly ripped this off from Shambler Milk wanted to have this thread available because I feel it's long overdue. If anybody has any additional info to add to the OP, or would like to make any corrections/additions to the Roster, please send it my way via @ or PM.
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Original Guild Roster:
Guildmaster & Officers:
Lord Dave – Brittasta - Mercenary [Head Britta in Charge] / Fectious - Sith Assassin
Bogey – Annie – Sniper / Giada - Sith Sorceror
Eclipsed Planet - Knowp - Sith Sorceror / Montina - Operative
Javen – Hajeek - Sith Assassin / Javen – Sith Juggernaut / Jorven – Bounty Hunter / Teskolo - Imperial Agent
Metacortex – Nobargon – Operative / Rinte - Sith Marauder / Zinn – Sith Assassin
Naphtali – Cylia – Imperial Agent / Naphtali – Sith Inquisitor / Tyche – Sith Warrior
Radius – Kyira - Powertech / Zoella - Sith Assassin
Rhylith – Eliria - Operative / Rhylith – Sith Sorceror
Rock Lobster – Eits – Sith Sorceror / Havalina - Powertech / Suf'jan - Sniper
Yukira – Feb’leria – Operative / Yukira – Sith Juggernaut / Zorriya - Mercenary
Zucchini – Thero – Sith Sorceror
A dabble of Thelonious - Talonious - Sith Marauder
Alecthar – Alecthar – Sith Marauder / Amanur - Sith Sorceror
Angry – Dust - Sith Assassin / Em'eph - Sith Juggernaut / Mode – Mercenary / Womp – Sith Marauder
Aphostile - Aphostile - Sith Sorceror
Arete – Su’rial – Sith Juggernaut
Arete’s friends – Kajiind – Sith Assassin / Kaj'ind - Mercenary / Kobei - Mercenary / Kobex - Sith Marauder / Valreak - Sith Marauder / Vallee - Sith Sorceror / Val'tarosh - Mercenary
AsmodeusLore – Itriigaanda - Powertech / Jezebeth – Sith Sorceror
Blankzilla – Blankzilla – Imperial Agent
Bucketman - Wraaith - Powertech / Zerv - Sith Sorceror
captaink - Knut - Sniper / Tisiphone - Sith Sorceror
Cilla Black – Casma – Sith Juggernaut / Machiavel – Imperial Agent / Nehushtia – Mercenary / Urdelphin – Sith Sorceror
Clawshrimpy - Ryaff - Operative
Cornell002 - Cornell - Sith Assassin
CowShark – Cae – Sith Sorceror / Temei – Sith Juggernaut
Day of the Bear – Da’tar – Imperial Agent / Erao – Sith Marauder / Vona - Sith Sorceror
Day of the Bear’s bro – Boba’fat – Powertech
Day of the Bear’s friends – Dat - Operative / Khura – Sith Assassin / Protagonist - Sith Juggernaut / Radbeard – Powertech / Sefris – Sith Sorceror
Depressperado – Dwyer – Sniper
Der Waffle Mous – Nada – Mercenary / Sayla - Sith Marauder / Sconnery - Imperial Agent
Der Waffle Mous' bro - Ti'av - Sith Sorceror
Dirtyed & Mercwolf’s friend – Adikema – Mercenary
End – Sedge – Sith Warrior / Sobask – Bounty Hunter / Zaleiria – Sith Sorceror
End’s friends – Kalos - Sith Sorceror / Letum – Imperial Agent
Fahren’s GF – Doll – Mercenary
Geebs – Fargo - Powertech / Funkasaurus - Sith Assassin
Goose – Branta – Sith Juggernaut
GRMike – Stalfros – Sith Warrior / Borrock - Mercenary
Houk – Miso - Sniper / Si’mon – Sith Juggernaut
Houk's friend - Loreena - Sith Assassin
Humble – Feist – Sith Marauder / Humble – Mercenary
I Win Swordfights – Bellamy - Sith Assassin / Louvre - Powertech / Narnia - Sith Sorceror
Janson - Su'gara - Imperial Agent
Jeffy - Amalockh - Powertech
JohnHam - A'sala - Mercenary
Joshofalltrades - Josu - Operative
Just Bri Thanks - Five-Four - Operative
Karrde1842 – Aleran – Sniper
Kragun - Lev - Sith Assassin
Lord Dave's bro-in-law - Jenew - Sith Juggernaut
Luvthemonkey – Sieria - Operative / Thalis – Sith Marauder
Mamoru – Radrela – Sniper
Man of the Waves – Reisz – Powertech / Sevrina - Powertech
Minor Incident - Minor - Sith Marauder
Misix – Fitzgerald – Sith Assassin / Misix – Sith Juggernaut / Skillet - Sniper
Montina's coworker - Shakezoola - Powertech
Moriveth – Mo’riveth – Mercenary
Mr. Defecation - Eniia - Operative
Munkus Beaver – Vimes - Powertech
Nikolai - Huggins - Operative / Vostok - Sith Assassin
PiptheFair – FarbToner - Imperial Agent / Grobyc – Sith Sorceror
Radius’ Friend – Fahren – Sniper
Reginald – Charlieday – Operative / Grumsh – Sith Juggernaut
Rhylith’s Friends – Dirtyed – Sniper / Dirtyninja - Sith Assassin / Dirtysorc – Sith Inquisitor / Mercwolf – Sith Marauder / Mojax – Mercenary / Mug – Operative / Mugs - Powertech / Therus - Sniper
SabreMau – Charvanek - Powertech / Nexaya - Sith Assassin / Reeloi - Operative / Tresjyn - Sith Marauder
Slow - Deluxe - Sith Assassin / Slowbro - Sith Juggernaut
Smart Hero – Smar’thero – Mercenary
T4CT - Miike - Mercenary
Terrendos - Pyrrhus - Sith Sorceror
The Cow King – Evosin - Operative
TheLawinator – Aldric – Operative / Calphas – Sith Sorceror / Ashara - Sith Marauder
That Dave Fella – Dafella – Bounty Hunter
Uriel - Ferrex - Powertech
Vargas Prime – Vargys – Sith Assassin / Varylia - Imperial Agent
Weaver - Bastogne - Sniper / Sehra - Sith Sorceror
Xehalus – Xehalus – Sith Inquisitor
Yukira's friend - Kaerin - Sith Marauder
Zay - Zayder - Sith Sorceror
??? - Asmodei - Sith Sorceror
??? - Brunner - Powertech
??? - Dracono - Sith Assassin
??? – Fireman – Sith Marauder
??? - Gylera - Operative
??? - Rayn - Sith Marauder
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is the best fix in the whole patch.
sat at ohhh a good 200+ pages of pissed off angry responses
why are you so bad at handling fuckups, bioware
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should I be relogging or something
Never give up the thread Bogey
Never let them ruin it
My total take from those four missions? Just under 15,000 credits.
Either my luck is stunning, or they un-nerfed Slicing.
I missed out on that initial rush and my counselor needs some scrilla.
Fight for your right to make a thread.
first it's you making the thread
then it's bucketman making the thread
and then it's just anarchy
it seems to handle it less well than it used to
on the plus side for this patch, warzones seem a lot more responsive to me now
if that's all gone I will be INCREDIBLY SAD
ps. whats the bet that come saturday they lower the server limit so they dont have to look at every single server with LIGHT status
Jack is one of the Alcatraz escapees. Not only that, he's Jorge Garcia's character's dad!
Is this an EU only thing? I literally just looked at the server select screen and saw only Standard and Heavy, with a few servers as Very Heavy. I do see Light servers, but only in the morning on the east coast.
@Bogey Kobex is another Kobei alt, same friend of mine. Though I am pretty sure that Kobex is his main now, got to level 25ish with his merc and decided he preferred melee.
One last thing, for those level 40 and up, what is with none of the commendation vendors having any good tank mods (the small mod that cost two comm)? Up until level 36/38 I was able to get some good guardian mods, but the vendors for taris and hoth didnt have anything like that.
Just submit a ticket. They'll fix it.
ps. here is a list of keywords to use if you want customer service to process your ticket quickly
Character Restoration request – keyword: Scooby
Item Restoration request – keyword: Seesaw
Mission Issues – keyword: Hedgehog
Crashes – keyword: Bandicoot
Lost Modifications – keyword: Fridge
Unable to retrieve patch data issue, with a launcher log error “ERROR Patch manifest state error in patcher: DownloadFail (8)” – keyword: Giraffe