The Daily Grind: What’s the biggest MMO impulse purchase you’ve ever made?

    
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One holiday season, I was playing Star Wars: The Old Republic. There was a sale for cartel coins running. I decided to buy in (there was a more elaborate reason at the time, I’m sure, but I can’t recall what it is) and figured the best use of these was to do some stronghold unlocking. After all, I’m going to be playing this game for a while! This is a good chance to set up roleplaying hubs!

Turns out that isn’t what wound up happening. (They were good house layouts, though.)

Obviously, this was not a huge purchase; we’re talking something like $60 down the drain on a whim rather than Star Citizen-style used-car prices. But the point isn’t the size alone so much as the fact that it was an impulse purchase. I hadn’t planned on it, but it happened just the same. So what about you, dear readers? What was your biggest MMO impulse purchase? Was it a set of in-game items, an entire game, or even Kickstarting a title you might later have regretted?

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Robert Mann

I don’t impulse buy. I consider, and purchase if I so decide.

This is why ‘flash sales’ aren’t a good tactic to get into my wallet. They are generally over before I would buy anything… unless I was already planning to buy it.

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George Wilson III

Spent over $120 in the Adventure Quest 3D kickstarter because I wanted the shadow wolf sprint. I know it was a lot but I still play the game so it was worth it to me. I also get all the Lifetime subs I can. Wish I had gotten LOTRO.

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Orenj

I think it was $150? On the TSW Grandmaster (lifetime sub) when they were selling it for half price for the last time. Kind of an odd purchase for me; I’ve always had a like/dislike (not strong enough for love or hate) relationship with the game and never made it very far in, but I wanted the option to remain available and you’ll remember there were concerns about Funcom’s finances at the time, it felt like a decent way to throw them some cash and get something special out of it.

I’ve switched over to SWL despite the whole bait-and-switch with that release, but it’s still mostly just a play-during-events game for me. I still don’t know if I’ve got 10-months-of-$15-sub value out of it yet, but hey, the game is more or less available and likely to stay so for the foreseeable future, so Mission Accomplished?

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Alberto

BDO those damn expensive outfits it was like 40 bucks!

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Nephele

With RL money, a lifetime sub for LOTRO long ago. $200, but did I ever get my money’s worth.

In game, I spent about 25 million credits in SWG (live) for a gunship that I then fitted out but never really used because finding 6 people to man the turrets proved harder than I thought it would.

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Allwynd

I had some spare money I felt like spending on an MMO and was thinking between Project Gorgon and Reign of Darkness and got the latter. No regrets.

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Zero_1_Zerum

Back when I still played LOTRO (when it was still Turbine behind it), a new DLC came out, so I bought that and every DLC leading up to it. I bought it on a whim, figuring I’d be playing the game for a long time. It was around $80, maybe more.
But, it wasn’t long after that I got so bored with the game, I found myself logging in less and less.

I realized I wasn’t even having fun anymore, I was playing because of the $80 I dropped on the game, and wanting to get my money’s worth.
I stopped playing, accepting I’d wasted my money on a game I just wasn’t enjoying. Oy vey.

Now, I play ESO, and I only buy new DLC when I’m pretty close to being done with the one before it, and I know I’m still looking forward to logging in and enjoying the game.

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Fred Douglas

I’ve bought a “go to max level” things in various games that I didn’t really like. I should’ve bought my cat a fancy water fountain instead.

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Mewmew

I blew over a few thousand on gun draws and re-rolls on Fortnite (now Save the World) when it first came out and didn’t have the tools to tweak the stats on weapons like you do now. It was the height of my out of control lockbox drawing. I stopped keeping track of what I was spending at one point so I don’t even have the total amount in mind (and don’t really want to add it up), but it was a lot in a short time and over a few thousand.

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Ardra Ventax

I’m very surprised that none of the posts below mention buying a pixel ship in Star Citizen.