Dungeons and Dragons Online is releasing its own ‘mini-expansion,’ Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh, this summer

    
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The anniversary festivities aren’t the only thing en route to Dungeons and Dragons Online: Standing Stone Games’ Rob Ciccolini just dropped a letter from the producer bright and early this morning with a teaser for the future too.

Let’s get the eyebrow-raising news out of the way first, and that’s the revelation that SSG is bringing the first “mini-expansion” to the game. That’s a bit of a trigger word to MMO gamers’ ears since SSG took a tremendous barrage of fire last year for releasing a paid “mini-expansion” in LOTRO that was actually just a basic patch making an end-run around lifetime subbers, to the point that less than a week ago Ciccolini that it had “learned a lot of lessons” from that debacle, a phrase he’s repeating here. Apparently one of those lessons wasn’t that the word mini-expansion has become toxic. Anyhow, that one’s coming in the summer:

“This summer will see the release of the first ‘mini-expansion’ in Dungeons & Dragons Online in the form of the Classic Adventure: The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh! An evil Alchemist’s mansion stands alone on a cliff and mysterious lights and hauntings have kept people away despite rumors of great treasure. What is the secret? Debuting alongside this classic adventure will be our next Universal Enhancement Tree called Horizon Walker, which focuses on marking and neutralizing extra-planar and other enemies with a bow. As we get closer to the release of Saltmarsh, we will have more information about what to expect from a DDO mini-expansion, the lessons that we learned from The Lord of the Rings Online’s first mini-expansion last year, and plans to give more value to VIPs.”

In the shorter-term, of course, players have to look forward to the musical Dryad and the Demigod raid and the finale of Fables of the Feywild, then the first hardcore league season of 2021 and the Indiana Jonesy update 49 (and bow overhaul) in the spring. By fall, expect “a set of new adventures and a raid revolving around the Wild Hunt as well as a significant update to our Epic Destiny system.” DDO players should really give the whole thing a look as it’s surprisingly detailed for something from SSG.

Source: Producer letter. Cheers, DDO Central.
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Bango on Laurelin

I could be tempted to play this MMO when that is released. SSoS is a fantastic module and one of my favourites from when I used to play AD&D back in the mid 80s when I was a teenager.

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GumpsGang

I flip between being VIP and just paying for a segment of content in DDO. The mini x-pack may fit better into DDO than it did for LOTRO as it a very different story/design/leveling. It will all come down to value. It’s much easier in DDO to skip a pack until the price is right as I normally don’t feel like I’m missing out. You can build your character around what you have available easily enough. (In LOTRO, missing out on an update feels like you are missing the story/gear/level need to catch up).

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GumpsGang

Just listened to the Q&A on Twitch. Sounds like they are trying to improve the value of the content release and looking to find a way for VIPs/subs to get a better value.

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MolleaFauss

“learning a lot of lessons” = “we did screw up big time and we are tryint to understand how we designed such idiot process/products, point is no one wants to change them”

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Bruno Brito

Mini-xpacs are their way of monetizing patches without adding them to their VIPs.

Goddamn it, SSG.

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Dro Gul

Is it sad that I am old enough to remember when that module came out originally?

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Harry Koala

Nope. I have fond memories of playing that back in the 80s too.

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Dug From The Earth

So is that what the big “2” picture was all about?