We need to put together a DDO guild here sometime... Being a meat-wall without an access to a walking bandage is really a detriment to my dungeon diving.
Hmm, I could always get a hireling or 4, if I want to spend the money for the upgrade.
Oh, can I ask something Megazell? Have you/Ever considered dipping into your wallet and pay for cash-items for the MMO's/microtransaction games that you play?
I'm thinking about doing that for DDO since I see it as supporting the developers and such (that, and I'm an impatient bastard who needs some XP boosting potions NOW!). Thought about doing the same for Dragonica when I was heavy into that, and seeing as Crime Craft has one of the cheapest monthly subscriptions I've seen in an non-kiddy mmo, might even toss a month or three of basic service.
I donate to causes, institutions and free products that I believe warrant it. It is rare of me to do so.
For example, every year on the same day since I was about 14 I donate money to the NYC Public Library. I use it quite often and the service is excellent. I get latest DVDs, Novels of interest and business information on a weekly basis. Add to that, my children and wives use it all the time. You can even stream movies from their website off of your library card. So they deserve the support and money.
Some developers make a game so good that I feel I have to support them.
IMO, DDO is one of those games. Have I done it, yet? No. I have not had time to play the game in a long time but the world, storyline, game mechanic and xp/drop ratio is excellent...Even better then some Pay 2 Play MMOs.
I'm willing to give it another spin...Just know that I will only devote 30 to 45 mins top to the game...I also like to read so if we do a quest that is new...I will stop to read everything...quite annoying for some...but I am great at strategies and finding non-exploit/cheating ways of taking a long event/mission and finding a quick way to do it. That's kind of my thing in MMORPGs.