By all accounts, Turbine’s been doing well with the new free to play DDO Unlimited — enthusiasm for the game is up, new players are streaming in, Turbine’s raking in loads of moolah with their store, and they’ve gotten a huge chunk of free media out of it all.
I highly recommend checking out this helpful thread over on the DDO forums, where the author compiled a list of all of the free adventures (79 total), sorted by level. The highest density of quests (dungeon adventures) are levels 1-8, with only 10 quests from levels 9-12 and an unknown, if any, amount past that point.
He also tallied up the TP cost for all the adventure packs in the game: 10,675. So how much would it cost to just straight out buy all the adventure packs and basically unlock the entire questing content of the game (for now)? Let’s crunch a few numbers. For Turbine Points (TP) and the exchange rate, I did a few calculations based on what they were offering in the store as of this week (price could vary, including specials that they run on occasion):
- 400 TP for $6.25 US = $0.015/point
- 900 TP for $11.99 = $0.013/point
- 1500 TP for $18.99 = $0.012/point
- 3300 TP for $38.99 = $0.011/point
So pretty much a penny or two a point, with better deals when you buy them in higher quantities. This means that unlocking all of the adventure packs would cost somewhere between $117 and $160, depending on what exchange rate you got.
Of course, most experienced players would tell you that unlocking everything is kind of silly for a new player — several of these quests are not liked very much and groups form for them infrequently, while others (like Tangleroot or Delera’s Tomb) are immensely popular. Here’s a great thread that reviews the paid adventure packs, to help give you an idea of which ones are worth it.
Between my previous VIP status, my beta bonus, and whatever I favor I had accumulated with my characters, I netted around 2000 free TP to spend, and bought around 900 more. So what did I get?
- One large collector’s bag – A terrific space-saver, since you’ll be picking up collectables all the time (or at least, should be)
- One large quiver – Great for ranged classes, since these DDO store quivers can hold a massive amount of ammo
- Pink hair dye for my bard – Shell pink! She’s adorable now.
- Unlocked Favored Soul – Haven’t really played it yet, but it’s on my to do list. Looks like a fun class.
- Unlocked Three-Barrel Cove – This was on sale for 1/2 off when I bought it, and it’s a good level 3-7 questing zone.
- Unlocked Tangleroot Gorge – Everyone always loves Tangleroot: great XP, great loot, pretty enjoyable to run.
- Pirate bananas – +10 to haggle when worn, which is incredibly useful, especially for characters who don’t invest in haggle as a skill. Plus, piratey!
I’ll probably snag the Delara adventure pack next, since that’s a fairly popular and often-run quest chain.