Dungeons and Dragons Online gives everyone 46 free quest packs, posts hardcore season leaderboard

    
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Just in case you missed seeing this the other day, Dungeons and Dragons Online is making a huge bulk of its content completely free to everyone who takes the time to log in and grab it. Standing Stone Games posted a code — DDOfreequests — that can be used in the game store to unlock 46 quest packs to keep forever. This code needs to be claimed by August 31st, so don’t dawdle forever, OK?

Dungeons and Dragons Online is also going to be putting its first two expansions, Menace of the Underdark and The Shadowfell Conspiracy, up for sale for 99 DDO Points apiece. However, through the end of summer you’ll be able to play all of the expansions for free, so if you move quickly, you can get through the new stuff without having to buy them at all.

In other DDO news, SSG posted the final leaderboard for the second hardcore league server, which recently wrapped up its run. One player was able to net 6315 favor during his or her adventures on the time-limited permadeath shard, which is pretty dang impressive.

Source: DDO. Thanks DDOCentral!
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David Goodman

Honestly the free code is why I am back into the game right now. At least for a little while. The biggest problem I had with DDO is that I didn’t feel like i could catch up in content packs without spending far too much money – and this basically let me play catch-up. I have everything but Sharn, which is currently playable as part of the “all-content-until-august” thing they’re doing.

Having a good time of it so far.

I also downloaded LOTRO and used the code for that game too, but i’m less interested there; it doesn’t help that i’m just not that big of a Tolkien fan, so the names and locations mean very little to me- and I never did get over my human burglar being called a “Man Burglar” – but the price was right, so who knows.

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Castagere Shaikura

I tried to get into LOTRO years ago. But all the deed farming was just annoying to me. I wish they would just get rid of it.

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Bruno Brito

I’m enjoying LOTRO a lot, it’s really relaxing to me.

Even tho the game is mainly you screaming at mobs.

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rk70534

I have been playing DDO a bit on the side in these last few months, and it has aged badly in my opinion in comparison to LotRO. The latter is pretty good for a game of its age, all concerned, but DDO seems like a blast from the past. Not as much of shock as Ultima Online when I tried it (which seemed inferior to my nostagic memories of Ultima VI & VII) but everything in DDO seems to echo its age. From graphics to UI to interfacing with NPCs.

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styopa

Fwiw the lotro one was pretty damned generous too, Iirc 12+ regions, each with “100+” quests (which ok, in lotro-speak means actually about 75 quests* but that’s stilla crapton of free content).

* lotro has a habit of giving quests to take quests, like “go over there 15m away and take that dudes quests” and then that dude a has 4 quests that are each to go somewhere a little further and take some other people’s quests (they each have 4-5 ACTUAL quests) = “more than 20 quests!”

But griping aside, they’re still giving us FREE STUFF which is cool. Anything else is quibbling.

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Pandalulz

I’m guessing you have to actually install the game to get to the store to use the coupon code?

I always meant to give this game more time, and while I wait for FFXIV 5.3 to launch, maybe it’s a good time.

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Bruno Brito

Yes.

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Castagere Shaikura

I’m struggling whether I should get back into this game. All those free quest packs are hard to resist though. Can anyone tell me if the two expansions for 99 points are also worth getting? Someone please let me know.

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Ben Stone

It’s better to pick those expansions up on special from elsewhere in my opinion. I got them for <$10 each a while back. What they offer for those 99 points are just the quests. Getting the actual expansion from a retailer will get you the druid class, epic destinies, greater tome of learning (permanent xp boost) and a stash of DDO points to unlock other stuff.

But if you don't plan to spend any RL money the 99 point offer is definitely better than nothing and the 99 points are super easy to get.

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Castagere Shaikura

That’s a lot more free content than LOTRO too. So I found my old account and I have a level 4 War priest. I remember that he was fun to play but I left because of all the quest pack crap years ago. It will be fun learning to play him again.

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losludvig

if you’re only level 4, then these offers will be hours upon hours of content

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Castagere Shaikura

sweet

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Ben Stone

Ravenloft and Sharn are just ‘nice to have’ as well. There is plenty of alternative content you can use to level through those levels. They are important if you plan to max out a character though rather than keep reincarnating.

Also they are unlocked right now until the end of August. So you can see if you like them enough to buy them after the promo period is over.

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Sixuality

Awesome.

My altitis may take a hit though from this amazing offer. Now that I have it the temptation to start a new character to run Keep on the Borderlands is almost irresistable, seeing as my introduction to RPGs was the purple box edition of D&D that included that module.

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Dug From The Earth

So the big question is…

What all does this leave left to buy as far as gameplay content goes?

I know that things like classes, races, inventory, etc are still unlocks you can buy

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kvlt_vonnegut

From what I’m seeing it’s only the Ravenloft and Sharn expansions – both of which are excellent btw – that are excluded from the coupon. Also this post is a little unclear as to the MotU and Shadowfell expansions, as the quest packs for those xpacs are available for 99 points but the related expansion content isn’t. That’s not a big deal for Shadowfell since it was basically a glorified quest pack anyways but it leaves you with a separate purchase for the Epic Destinies component of MotU, which is not optional if you’re going to play thru the higher levels. It’s available for points tho, and Destinies by themselves aren’t that high a climb to grind out F2P now that you have basically the whole game to farm favor from.

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Ben Stone

On top of what Kvit said, you wont be able to play some races / classes. You can unlock some of them through easy gameplay on your first life (favoured soul, drow) and others you get from either being subscribed or grinding some DDO points. FYI, with all the stuff they have given away for free, you can easily get the ball rolling on reincarnations. Every time you reincarnate you earn about 400 points, so you can unlock another race or class every 2nd life or so if you want to be truly F2P.

Sharn you can live without, but I think levelling without Ravenloft would be annoying. You can buy both Ravenloft and Sharn with DDO points you grind. Also Ravenloft is by far the best quests and area.

The games cash shop looks worse than it is, but really with this free quest pack the biggest hurdle is already removed. You could easily jump in and never pay a cent. Subscribing does make it easier though.