That’s It For Paid Subscriptions

At least for a while. Earthrise is due shortly, and SW:TOR is due later this year I think.

Unfortunately, my business hasn’t been doing all that well lately. I lost a lucrative client, and haven’t had any successful quotes of recent. Christmas also sucks for getting new work, noone does anything until the holiday season ends, usually after Australia Day (26th Jan.) So, I find myself on the other side of the freelancer feast or famine cycle.

All which means I have to do some belt-tightening. I canceled the SOE Station Access sub earlier in the month, and that expires in the next day or so I think. It’s not a big deal because I have been so busy I haven’t spent any time in EQ2 for months. Still, it’s a bit odd not having that subscription safety net there in case I get the urge to log in.

And there are no other MMORPG subs going. The six month period for Fallen Earth expired some time ago, and I canceled Star Trek Online and Champions not long after I bought them. Mate, that would have to be a while ago now. Eve was canceled after the third or fourth attempt to get something going also early in the year.

And World of Warcraft. Aside from a minor itching to play a Worgen (I think there’s a powder for that,) I have no desire to go back into the Warcraft world.

I think the last time I was sub free for any extended period was between 2002 to 2005. I moved to the US for work and had finished up with Anarchy Online just beforehand. I did buy and subscribe to some games during that period for limited times. WoW for a bit, EQ2 until the constant lag became too much, but it was sketchy until I returned to Oz and resubbed to WoW in late 2005. And from then on, I haven’t been without  a MMORPG subscription. I feel nekkid.

Still. I do have the lifetime subscription to LoTRO, even though that has now been converted into a full access to the free to play LoTRO. And, there’s DDO which I’ve enjoyed, not to mention other FTP games out there.  So there is still some MMORPG goodness out there to enjoy.

And, I’m not sure I’ll be able to resist Earthrise when it comes out in the next month or so, I think. And SWTOR… well, enough said there. I’ll have to scrape my pennies together I think.

Having said all that, I’m also finding myself attracted to some of the single player and indie games that are available.

There’s no shortage of gaming fun if I need a fix.

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  1. Longasc

    First, sorry to hear about your business situation!

    I will not give up trying to convert you to Guild Wars. It is free and very fun. If you would like to give it a try, I would gladly like to help you get into it, even if time zone differences will be a problem. But we will never have the problem to be on different servers, a definite plus of GW.

    Sins of a Solar Empire + expansions are sold for little money and are definitely worth a look.

    I am hesitant to recommend STO, it has issues and is not for everyone, but I am still playing it, so it must have something! 🙂

    My best holiday greetings to Australia!

  2. Stropp (Post author)

    I actually do own a copy of GW. I only have the first release, and none of the expansions. I also have Sins of a Solar Empire, but it was a little flakey and prone to crashes when I first bought it. I was thinking about getting Gratuitous Space Battles… Anything with Gratuitous in the title has to be good.

    I did play STO for a while. Liked the space combat, hated the ground combat, but it just didn’t feel Trek to me.

    A couple of weekends ago I finally knucked down and completed Fable 2. I’ve been thinking of pulling together a few old games I never liked and seeing if I can trade them in for Fable 3.

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