Pathfinder Online adds free trial system in latest ‘early enrollment’ build

    
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Oh, so many trials.

The business model of Pathfinder Online‘s current testing phase is odd, since you have to pay a box price and a subscription fee to take part in the testing — at least, you did have to, before now. The game is revising that in two important ways, starting with a removal of the box price. Testing is now as simple as paying for a month of time and starting to play.

You also don’t need to even do that to get a sense of the game, as free 15-day trials are now available for everyone to experience. While the buddy system remains in place for existing players to get more time off of converts, new would-be players no longer need to seek out passes to try the game out. They’re welcome changes with the most recent Early Enrollment patch, which is primarily a patch for polish and quality of life fixes.

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Llokki
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Llokki

I gave the free trial a shot. While it wasn’t quite as bad as I was expecting…it’s not something I’d be willing to pay for. What confuses me is why they went with the weird convoluted mechanics that they did. Maybe I’m missing something, but surely they could have made it more similar to the actual PnPRP game it’s based on, rather than this feat/role/’keyword’ business :-
Also, as others have mentioned, the focus on PvP rathe than PvE kind of defies the spirit of Pathfinder (and most PnPRP games for that matter), so I can’t see many Pathfinder fans jumping on board.

WandaClamshuckr
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WandaClamshuckr

Tridus Sigbjorn Yes, the negative outpouring from the community (from their prospective customers) coupled with a truly frustrating level of communication from RSDancy really soured my perspective on this project.  If anyone is at all interested in what I mean, MMORPG.com has a couple lengthy threads in the Pathfinder forum that will clearly illustrate what has been going on.  It’s mind-boggling.

eLdritchMD
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eLdritchMD

Midgetsnowman eLdritchMD Liandreth CrowingOne shak77 that sounds vaguely sexual and *rolls* the vines snap. you still die. hand me your sheet *makes eye contact and slowly tears character sheet in half*  :P

I am not a benevolent DM :D

rsdancey
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rsdancey

Happy to answer any questions anyone may have! It was an extraordinary weekend with a HUGE surge in players, so my guess is that some folks reading this may have questions from thier time in game!

dorn2
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dorn2

I’m a big supporter of crowd funding but MMO’s are too expensive.  I hope it works for them but I’m not going to fund an online game.  Something like Shards Online where they’re focusing on player run servers makes more sense to me.

Tridus
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Tridus

RicharddeLeonIII That’s where I am too, along with everybody I know who plays PF or 3.5. Those are largely not played as PvP games, although they have PvP in them. They’re actually designed as mostly cooperative PvE games where PvP can happen, and that aspect is missing here.

Tridus
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Tridus

Sigbjorn Not really. The previous business model of “buy a copy and pay for sub time for what amounts to an alpha” was stupid. It’s not like they’re doing this because they’re altruistic. It’s a business decision given that they had mostly negative response to the previous one.

RicharddeLeonIII
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RicharddeLeonIII

I wish it had a stronger PVE element, but I understand the reasons they have for making it mostly a pvp sandbox.  As a 3eDND/Pathfinder fan, I prefer a more cooperative pve environment like the pen and paper game.  I doubt even making it free will entice me to give it a chance :(

Midgetsnowman
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Midgetsnowman

eLdritchMD Midgetsnowman Liandreth CrowingOne shak77 …..I use my ancient oath magics to catch the rocks with vines!

eLdritchMD
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eLdritchMD

so a 15 day free trial for a game that’s basically in alpha testing which you otherwise have to buy a boxed copy and pay a subscription for after they kickstarted the whole shabang?

*sigh*

No yeah it makes total sense… I’ll sign up immidiately and buy one of those 200$ houses I’ve been hearing about.