Dungeons and Dragons Online fans break down Ravenloft pre-order packages

    
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Dungeons and Dragons Online fans who find themselves scratching their +2 noggins over the different Mists of Ravenloft pre-order packages now have an ally in their decision-making process.

DDOcast broke down the contents of each of the three expansion offers and assigned a store point value to each item, coming up with a points-per-dollar ratio at the end. It does bear out that the costlier expansion packs offer a better bang for the buck, provided that the customer wants everything in that bundle. Additionally, the crew compared Ravenloft’s packages to the previous expansion’s pre-orders, finding the Shadowfell Conspiracy a better deal on the whole.

But here is one thing that everyone can get for absolutely free: the new Mists of Ravenloft wallpapers. Standing Stone Games posted a series of Strahd wallpapers in different formats for both desktop and mobile backgrounds.

Source: WallpapersDDOcast. Thanks GumpsGang!
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donvweel

I think it mostly hinges on hw much you like cosmetics and pets. If you do, the top tier is right for you. For me I would lean towards the middle pack as I like the gold seal hirelings, I already have the two panthers and the scarecrow has more hitpoints would make a nice decoy for solo play. Also Vistani knife fighting tree is pretty important to me. I am still debating on waiting to buy with turbine points later or go for it.

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Jason Clearwater

Go for it. March 2018 is too long to wait, and you won’t get the permanent hirelings if you buy the expansion for “SSG Points.”

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Wakkander

The Vistani Knife Fighting tree will also be unlockable for favor, so unless you just cannot wait, you could get it for free once the expansion is available for points.

I wanted the scarecrow to go with my panther and owlbear, but that alone isn’t enough to justify it for me.

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Phil Chandler

That’s right. If you are interested in everything or mostly everything the bundles offer than the price is reasonable. If you look at it using DDOCast point pricing for what you actually want from the bundles than it could be overpriced. For me, the Ultimate Bundle is $130 of which there is $60 of stuff I actually would want. The rest I don’t care about. However, the basic package is about $5 less and would be a good deal for me, but if I wanted any of the things offered in the other bundles I would have to pay separately. Hard for me to justify buying any of the bundles.

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hurbster

Nice to see Strahd taking a break from being Emporer of Nilfgaard.

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Wakkander

I feel like prior expansions offered more universally useful items and bonuses. I cannot honestly justify any of these packages, and I was ready to buy the ‘best’ (highest) one right up until I saw that it had very little of interest to me.

Cosmetics are cool I guess, but not what makes me eager to open my wallet.

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Jason Clearwater

The Base bundle for $40 that includes the expansion content and the Aasimar Premium race is completely reasonable.

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Jaymes Buckman

There’s an entire race based around soothing binaural recordings of whispering?

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Wakkander

I’m a VIP, so getting the Aasimar doesn’t help me much since I already get it, so it means I’d be paying extra for content I already have access to. They themselves in the FAQ place the expansion itself at 2500 store points, which is closer to the $30-$25 range, depending on if there is a point sale.

And honestly until its released I’m not super confidant that the quests alone is worth 40 bucks. I didn’t care for ToEE or Against the Slavers too much, and since thats the best comparison I can make I’m not willing to roll the dice on it without an incentive. Given the Aasimar padding to the base copy and being VIP, they actually give me the opposite.

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donvweel

The base pack includes more than quests. There is one raid with a second promised for later. There is a new wilderness area to explore and two public areas plus a saga.

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Jason Clearwater

The second raid will most likely happen on December 5th now.

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Wakkander

Didn’t they also promise an additional raid for MotU, was it ever released?

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Wakkander

Which doesn’t change anything if the core of the content, the 12 quests the sagas are tied to, and which are probably required to flag for the raid, are on par with Against the Slavers and ToEE. If it is, its something I’ll run once or twice and never touch again. It would need to be a helluva great wilderness area then to cover the rest, and I don’t particularly care about public areas.

The fact it has unique quest hubs isn’t exactly a big factor here. Imagine if WOW sold an expansion with one of its top features being listed as new npcs with exclamation marks over their head.

The raid might be nice, if I raided regularly as well. But I don’t.

Were back to square one: There isn’t enough there to sell me on paying an inflated price for the base edition, and not enough value in the upper tiers to lure me there either. Sad because I own the collectors editions of the last two expansion, and was eager to buy into this one before the reveal.

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Jason Clearwater

I put the wallpaper on my desktop and also my mobile phone.

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J

I feel like Standing Stone is desperate for cash influx since their separation from the bust of WB. While I have no love for WB, they sure are asking a lot for their ailing and dated titles. All two of them.