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Updated with Answers: Free-to-Play Questions? Ask them in this thread

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Updated with Answers: Free-to-Play Questions? Ask them in this thread
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ZeroPlus
10.27.2012 , 04:04 AM | #111
One of my friends, who is planning on trying out the game when it goes F2P, just asked me about the character slots limit.

As far as I can determine the currently available information states:
- F2P gets 2 character slots.
- Subscribers get 10 more slots (for a total of 12. The current amount we all have.)

My friend currently plays LOTRO where he also started out with 2 character slots as F2P, but over the years he was able to purchase additional character slots.

As far as I can tell, there is currenlty no unlock on the Cartel Market to purchase additional character slots.

My questions:
- Is there currently a "Character Slot" unlock opton on the Cartel Market (and I just missed it)?
- If the answer to the above is "no", could someone from the BioWare team let me (and others I'm sure) know if there are plans to introduce a "Character Slot" unlock at a future point (even if only to the current 12 character slot limit) or will the only way to have more than 2 character slots be to subscribe?

Thanks in advance.
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CitizenofArathor
10.27.2012 , 08:30 AM | #112
I've never subbed to this game. From late december last year till now, I've continuesly payed with Game Time Cards and plan to continue to do so for financial flexibility as swtor isn't the only game I play (although I must admit I've not touched any other game since swtor launch haha).

Once froob-mode goes live, am I being shoved off to automatically become a F2P-Prefferee and loosing a number of options and abilities I have long since obtained, only to re-aquire them with Cartel Coins?
Does using Game Time Cards (and 1 month subs) no longer give you subscriber status as they do now?

In short: Do you have to bind yourself to this game for 6 or more month to continue as you have done before, whitout any hassle?

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ZeroPlus
10.27.2012 , 09:52 AM | #113
Quote: Originally Posted by CitizenofArathor View Post
I've never subbed to this game. From late december last year till now, I've continuesly payed with Game Time Cards and plan to continue to do so for financial flexibility as swtor isn't the only game I play (although I must admit I've not touched any other game since swtor launch haha).

Once froob-mode goes live, am I being shoved off to automatically become a F2P-Prefferee and loosing a number of options and abilities I have long since obtained, only to re-aquire them with Cartel Coins?
Does using Game Time Cards (and 1 month subs) no longer give you subscriber status as they do now?

In short: Do you have to bind yourself to this game for 6 or more month to continue as you have done before, whitout any hassle?
You are a subscriber and will continue to be a subscriber.

Just because you have been paying (and will continue to pay) with a game card and not a credit card doesn't make you "something else" .

See these official links:
Will Game Time Codes still be available to buy once The Old Republic goes Free-to-Play? - http://www.swtor.com/support/helpcenter/6545
Will I need a credit card to play? - http://www.swtor.com/support/helpcenter/6523
(taken from http://www.swtor.com/support/helpcenter/6449).
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CitizenofArathor
10.27.2012 , 10:25 AM | #114
Quote: Originally Posted by ZeroPlus View Post
You are a subscriber and will continue to be a subscriber.

Just because you have been paying (and will continue to pay) with a game card and not a credit card doesn't make you "something else" .

See these official links:
Will Game Time Codes still be available to buy once The Old Republic goes Free-to-Play? - http://www.swtor.com/support/helpcenter/6545
Will I need a credit card to play? - http://www.swtor.com/support/helpcenter/6523
(taken from http://www.swtor.com/support/helpcenter/6449).
Thank you for your reply, ZeroPlus. I'm still not entirely convinced as http://www.swtor.com/support/helpcenter/6545 was posted before Bioware introduced "Preferred Player status" - the 3rd playing/payment option.
I smell something fishy and it ain't me. I'd like an official response on this.

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Moorqueen
10.27.2012 , 11:05 AM | #115
People who have entered a game time card at any time or formerly subsribed players through other payment options are preferred players, if you continue to use cards or subscribe you will remain a subsriber. It all seems fairly consistent and easy to understand.

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CitizenofArathor
10.27.2012 , 12:10 PM | #116
Quote: Originally Posted by Moorqueen View Post
..if you continue to use cards or subscribe you will remain a subsriber..
That "continue" part you use in your sentence is my whole gripe.

If I want to continue to remain a subscriber to have subscriber benefits, I may just as well pull out my credit card and shackle myself to a recurring subscription.

I don't want to pay for times I don't play swtor. I don't want to be a F2P or F2P prefferee with accompanying limitations either.

There should be checkboxes in the account section.
[ ] Subscription - allows full access
[X] Game Time and 1 month subscription - allows full access, but the game is not accessible when your time is up
Nothing changes in-game while your account is frozen
[ ] F2P Preferred status
[ ] F2P

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Mevan
10.27.2012 , 12:26 PM | #117
Quote: Originally Posted by CitizenofArathor View Post
That "continue" part you use in your sentence is my whole gripe.

If I want to continue to remain a subscriber to have subscriber benefits, I may just as well pull out my credit card and shackle myself to a recurring subscription.

I don't want to pay for times I don't play swtor. I don't want to be a F2P or F2P prefferee with accompanying limitations either.

There should be checkboxes in the account section.
[ ] Subscription - allows full access
[X] Game Time and 1 month subscription - allows full access, but the game is not accessible when your time is up
Nothing changes in-game while your account is frozen
[ ] F2P Preferred status
[ ] F2P
I really don't see what it is you can't get your head around. Game cards are fine.

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Uluain
10.27.2012 , 04:58 PM | #118
Quote: Originally Posted by Mevan View Post
I really don't see what it is you can't get your head around. Game cards are fine.
This ^

Game Time Cards = Subscriber status. I use nothing but and my Cartel Coins are waiting for me.

What is changing is that when you do run out of time, you can still play under "preferred status". And then, when you care to add a new time card, you get back everything you had as a subscriber before. You lose nothing. You gain the ability to pop in for a day or two if you get unexpected or limited free time, without having to pay for it.

Where's the problem?

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Merwanor
10.28.2012 , 05:46 AM | #119
Jedi Knight players have been asking since release about a hood toggle, and now with the cartel store you have introduced lots of armors that we can buy. One of these sets is the Destroyer set which has a hood down model, and there is another red looking robe available for purchase with the hood down model. You would think that this would please Jedi Knight players, but it does not. As these are Sith robes, and will look so out of place on a Jedi Knight. Don't you think it will be wrong to see lots of Jedi Knights now running around looking like sith warriors?

We have been asking for hood down robes for so long, and specifically for robes like the Battlelord set or the set in the character creation screen. Why is not a set like this available on the store? Trust me, if you made a set like the one on the creation screen available for purchase, you would sell lots and lots of those sets.

We allready know you have models of robes with the hood down in your database or wherever you store these files. Since they are shown on NPCs and in trailers.

http://www.swtor.com/info/media/trailers/jedi-knight

http://www.swtor.com/info/media/trai...-bounty-hunter

So why wont you do something about this issue when it is such a easy fix to just add 1 or 2 armors for JKs with the hood down?
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Mevan
10.28.2012 , 09:28 AM | #120
Quote: Originally Posted by Merwanor View Post
Jedi Knight players have been asking since release about a hood toggle, and now with the cartel store you have introduced lots of armors that we can buy. One of these sets is the Destroyer set which has a hood down model, and there is another red looking robe available for purchase with the hood down model. You would think that this would please Jedi Knight players, but it does not. As these are Sith robes, and will look so out of place on a Jedi Knight. Don't you think it will be wrong to see lots of Jedi Knights now running around looking like sith warriors?

We have been asking for hood down robes for so long, and specifically for robes like the Battlelord set or the set in the character creation screen. Why is not a set like this available on the store? Trust me, if you made a set like the one on the creation screen available for purchase, you would sell lots and lots of those sets.

We allready know you have models of robes with the hood down in your database or wherever you store these files. Since they are shown on NPCs and in trailers.

http://www.swtor.com/info/media/trailers/jedi-knight

http://www.swtor.com/info/media/trai...-bounty-hunter

So why wont you do something about this issue when it is such a easy fix to just add 1 or 2 armors for JKs with the hood down?
Battlelord set is available with the hood down on the Legacy vendor, with a slight color change. And pretty sure Bioware have said they are working on a hood toggle? It's not just Jedi Knights who want to pull their hoods down...