I re-checked Istaria’s knowledge base. Remembered how it started: from one nice day when free players were forced to access their istaria.com user account once a month “to show they are active”. Then, at 2017, it came level 15 cap for free players (but hey, you could pick any race) – after that, no quests, no new levels. Then, public storage buildings could not be accessed by free players (“due to thef”). Ony recently they told “grandfathered accounts” (created when only f2p limitation was human race) would be able to access.
Free to play in Istaria became actually a demo version, I could not consider it actually free.
Lord of the rings online
Stormsong was active. Mordor dailies were quick and efficient, was lucky to meet some players who were farming same camp – so that things went good and quick. Picked few quests in N.Mirkwood.
Naktieskarys was inactive. A pity, missed few Mirkwood dailies and Festival tokens.
We talked about past mmos. I told about Istaria. My first Western mmo, where I learned to fight and craft, to grind, ask for help and help others, my first Guild, first raids in end-game content. I wished to reinstall Istaria…but with such limitations I had no wish. Folks calmed me down: you cannot return to what game once was. Alas, they are right.
We shared thoughts about several games, including ones I played: Guild wars 2, Age of Conan. Almost nobody played Secret world legends. And other games…well, I could not live in them, could not find suitable class/race to play.
The day has ended, a really short one. Not so effective token wise though.