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Old 12-09-2011, 12:00 AM   #61
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This is great news. I wish I knew this info yesterday, just before deleting most of my characters - including the warden and shadowknight!

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Old 12-09-2011, 12:05 AM   #62
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Official discussion thread for "Grandfathered" characters (more free stuff!). The original thread can be found here: http://forums.station.sony.com/eq2/...topic_id=510914. Please remember to keep your posts constructive!

When is this going to happen?  I signed in today (12/8/11) and the character I created with a full subscription about a year ago was still locked out!  Not to mention all her goodies are not available!

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Old 12-09-2011, 12:09 AM   #63
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Even though this doesnt affect me, I'm happy to see you doing this for folks who choose to go f2p-it was very generous of you guysSMILEY I will continue to be a paying subscriber though, because even with the grandfathered class race unlocks, the other restrictions i'd have to unlock would cost way more, and then theres the fact id lose my station access perks, my extra slots, etc. Anyway, i still think it was nice of you to do this for those that used to play, wanted to come back, but couldnt afford it, you certainly didnt have to do it, and i think you have a lot of very happy customers nowSMILEY

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Old 12-09-2011, 12:41 AM   #64
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While some people will have a lot of characters due to slot restrictions or what-have-you, this is WOWSERS.  Um, carry on and well done Smokejumper, if that is your real name.  *suspicious looks*

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Old 12-09-2011, 12:45 AM   #65
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Awesome change.  Smart and kind.  

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Old 12-09-2011, 01:00 AM   #66
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Doesn't really affect me, since I plan on staying gold... very cool move though!

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Old 12-09-2011, 01:03 AM   #67
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Awesome news! I have a question from friends thinking of coming back. What happens to skills that were already mastered?

All skills stay at the level you had when you were a subscriber. So if you are all mastered out and decide not to pay, you'll still be all mastered out. They DO NOT remove your skill/spell levels.

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Old 12-09-2011, 01:04 AM   #68
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Woohoo!  CS fixed my locked slots SMILEY

If any of you think you are missing slot allotments due to having toons on both live and extended, just submit a ticket - worked for me...

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Old 12-09-2011, 01:04 AM   #69
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This is the most amazing "Frostfell" gift yet - many, many thanks! SMILEY

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Old 12-09-2011, 01:05 AM   #70
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Thanks.. Great solution... Very responsive ( I was mid discussions with support right at time this was announced SMILEY and seeing as how its free mostly anyway.. I have no complaints.... Now just need to wait for A of D to go sale somewhere ( ie like 20 bucks SMILEY Thanks Dave!

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Old 12-09-2011, 01:07 AM   #71
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This is really absolutely fantastic news guys!! Thanks so much for listening to all of us and being awesome   It was difficult staring at my old toon the past day or so and thinking it would be a while before I could afford to play her, so this was a nice suprise!

Really loving the EQ2 team (and game) right now! Keep on rocking!!

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Old 12-09-2011, 01:38 AM   #72
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[email protected] wrote:

TheNecroFiend wrote:

[email protected]_old wrote:

Mikoooo wrote:

How about the slot retriction? If we created 6 characters before 12/06/2011, are they all playable or only 4 of them?

It's still a 4 slot restriction, so only the last 4 that you logged in will be available.  But if you bought any additional character slots in the past, they will be available as well.

I see this as a huge problem. There should be some mechanism in place that allows players to choose which of their 7 characters they can play. Whats the point of being able to play your old toons if the one character you really want to play, wasn't one of the last four toons you logged into years ago.

If you log one of your available characters in the game, you should be able to /camp charactername from there.  Then, no matter which four characters show up on the characters show up on the launch pad, you *should* be able to get to your others.  This might require testing.

Well, they closed that loophole a long time ago (shortly before they started selling extra slots I believe)  Seems some people who had the 10 slots for the all access subscription were able to still play all 10 even after they dropped down to the regular 7 slot standard sub.

However, it may work again.  I'll have to try it in the morning.

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Old 12-09-2011, 01:43 AM   #73
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Any idea when this will go live?  All my toons are still locked.  Been a long time sub player and looking forward to this.

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Old 12-09-2011, 01:46 AM   #74
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Any idea when this will go live?  All my toons are still locked.  Been a long time sub player and looking forward to this.

Looks like with tomorrow's patch.

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Old 12-09-2011, 01:47 AM   #75
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[email protected]_old wrote:

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TheNecroFiend wrote:

[email protected]_old wrote:

Mikoooo wrote:

How about the slot retriction? If we created 6 characters before 12/06/2011, are they all playable or only 4 of them?

It's still a 4 slot restriction, so only the last 4 that you logged in will be available.  But if you bought any additional character slots in the past, they will be available as well.

I see this as a huge problem. There should be some mechanism in place that allows players to choose which of their 7 characters they can play. Whats the point of being able to play your old toons if the one character you really want to play, wasn't one of the last four toons you logged into years ago.

If you log one of your available characters in the game, you should be able to /camp charactername from there.  Then, no matter which four characters show up on the characters show up on the launch pad, you *should* be able to get to your others.  This might require testing.

Well, they closed that loophole a long time ago (shortly before they started selling extra slots I believe)  Seems some people who had the 10 slots for the all access subscription were able to still play all 10 even after they dropped down to the regular 7 slot standard sub.

However, it may work again.  I'll have to try it in the morning.

Ah, I wasn't sure.  A couple of weeks ago I had an odd bug where, for some reason, I could only see four out of my bajillion characters at the character login screen; it was the same four every time, no matter what.  I tried the login-/camp character thing and it worked for me.  A few days later, all my toons magically reappeared at character select.  Not sure what was up, but I do know that the camp was working as of at least two weeks ago.

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Old 12-09-2011, 01:52 AM   #76
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Smokejumper I want to give you a hug. Thank You! Now can we discuss buying a lifetime unlock for all spells and armor/weapons and I will be very happy.

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Old 12-09-2011, 02:11 AM   #77
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Thank the gods of Norrath!! I hope this cuts down on a lot of the whining (even if I've done my small share).

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Old 12-09-2011, 02:22 AM   #78
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[email protected] wrote:

Thank the gods of Norrath!! I hope this cuts down on a lot of the whining (even if I've done my small share).

Now you are dreaming.  

Any official word on when this goes live?  As of ten minutes ago my characters were all still locked and my SC spent yesterday to unlock stuff had not yet been refunded.

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Old 12-09-2011, 02:29 AM   #79
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Great plan to make all characters playable for pre-existers! 

Questions:

(1) Is this regarding ONLY characters' classes & races for silver/bronze accts?  OR.... does it include the slot problem?  i.e., characters created after the 11.10.2011 cutoff that meet the class/race but were "locked due to beyond slot allotment", are they now playable?

(2) if it does include the slot dilemma, then is it safe to delete OR when you delete will that slot be lost forever?  (i have slot counters and i really dont want to level testerfive, extraone, etc.)

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Old 12-09-2011, 02:31 AM   #80
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Hmmm, a solid move, I might DL the game and look around.

1. I had more toons than Silver has slots, what decides which will be the unlocked ones?

2. I have a ton of plat, if I log in and it is on my character, what happens.. in the bank?

3. I had a 5 room sexy house, any changes to it or how I can use it?

4. I had a house from LoN that was free, will it be there?

5. All my gear was fabled.. so I will be naked right?

6. I had a ton of vet rewards, are those all gone?

7. I bought all games up to and including Sentinal's fate, what won't I have acees to?

8. Lets say one of my locked toons is a race that is not free, is he still grandfathered in once I unlock his character slot through SC?

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Old 12-09-2011, 02:38 AM   #81
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[email protected] Bayle wrote:

Hmmm, a solid move, I might DL the game and look around.

1. I had more toons than Silver has slots, what decides which will be the unlocked ones?

2. I have a ton of plat, if I log in and it is on my character, what happens.. in the bank?

3. I had a 5 room sexy house, any changes to it or how I can use it?

4. I had a house from LoN that was free, will it be there?

5. All my gear was fabled.. so I will be naked right?

6. I had a ton of vet rewards, are those all gone?

7. I bought all games up to and including Sentinal's fate, what won't I have acees to?

8. Lets say one of my locked toons is a race that is not free, is he still grandfathered in once I unlock his character slot through SC?

1. The order you last logged in.

2. You keep it, you just can't get any more until you go below the limit for free accounts.

3. No change

4. It's still there

5. Yep. You can buy unlockers thought, Last I checked they were 150 SC for 5 charges.

6. Nope. All still there.

7. The only content you won't have access to is the expansions you have yet to buy. You don't have to buy quests or zones like LotRO.

8. If they were made before the date specified they are grandfathered. As soon as you unlock the slot you can play them. Hint: Don't buy a slot until you use all your free LDoN booster packs. I got two free slots in those as well as a few other goodies.

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Old 12-09-2011, 02:43 AM   #82
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Love, love, love that this is going to happen!   Thank you so much!

Having been laid off recently, dropping from Gold to Silver is the only way I can still get my EQ2 fix until I can afford the subscription again.  This will at least unlock 3 of what's left of my characters -- I had to delete the other 3 today (Dec. 8th) just to get an open slot to recreate something I can play since all of my characters were locked because of race/class combinations. 

If there's some way we can be granted a choice as to which of our several characters to set as the four available to play, then it may be worth it for me to pester CS about restoring the 3 I just deleted, since they were created several months ago and would have qualified to be grandfathered in.

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Old 12-09-2011, 02:49 AM   #83
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[email protected] Bayle wrote:

Hmmm, a solid move, I might DL the game and look around.

1. I had more toons than Silver has slots, what decides which will be the unlocked ones?

2. I have a ton of plat, if I log in and it is on my character, what happens.. in the bank?

3. I had a 5 room sexy house, any changes to it or how I can use it?

4. I had a house from LoN that was free, will it be there?

5. All my gear was fabled.. so I will be naked right?

6. I had a ton of vet rewards, are those all gone?

7. I bought all games up to and including Sentinal's fate, what won't I have acees to?

8. Lets say one of my locked toons is a race that is not free, is he still grandfathered in once I unlock his character slot through SC?

1. The order you last logged in.

2. You keep it, you just can't get any more until you go below the limit for free accounts.

3. No change

4. It's still there

5. Yep. You can buy unlockers thought, Last I checked they were 150 SC for 5 charges.

6. Nope. All still there.

7. The only content you won't have access to is the expansions you have yet to buy. You don't have to buy quests or zones like LotRO.

8. If they were made before the date specified they are grandfathered. As soon as you unlock the slot you can play them. Hint: Don't buy a slot until you use all your free LDoN booster packs. I got two free slots in those as well as a few other goodies.

Clarification on #7:  All pre- DoV content is now included for free, for everybody.  Most (ish) new content will be DoV content for the next year (ish,) so you would need DoV to play through that content as well.  Some stuff, like the new Freeport, is considered base content and available to everybody.  The in-game store price for DoV was recently lowered to 1499 SC.

Comment on #8:  So incandescent is my rage that it would set you afire.  I've been burning through LoN boosters trying to get the Freeport house and I haven't gotten anything but junk.

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Old 12-09-2011, 02:53 AM   #84
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[email protected] wrote:

TheNecroFiend wrote:

[email protected]_old wrote:

Mikoooo wrote:

How about the slot retriction? If we created 6 characters before 12/06/2011, are they all playable or only 4 of them?

It's still a 4 slot restriction, so only the last 4 that you logged in will be available.  But if you bought any additional character slots in the past, they will be available as well.

I see this as a huge problem. There should be some mechanism in place that allows players to choose which of their 7 characters they can play. Whats the point of being able to play your old toons if the one character you really want to play, wasn't one of the last four toons you logged into years ago.

If you log one of your available characters in the game, you should be able to /camp charactername from there.  Then, no matter which four characters show up on the characters show up on the launch pad, you *should* be able to get to your others.  This might require testing.

Not anymore they fixed that exploit sometime last year IIRC

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Old 12-09-2011, 02:54 AM   #85
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Well done, SOE!

Of course, we had to ignite a firestorm to get your attention but at least it brought in the Smokejumper.

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Old 12-09-2011, 03:13 AM   #86
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I have, in the past, been consistently unimpressed with many of the decisions made by SOE regarding customers and things like this.

This time, I've got to hand it to you.  This was well done, and appreciated.

Of course from a business standpoint, its a good idea even if you lose out on a few unlocks.  Trying to get word out and bring people in, you need the people here to be positive about it.  And people coming back for this great new 'free' game dont want to log in and see a long list of 'Locked' characters.

It's a very good choice, and well done, I'm impressed.  SMILEY

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Old 12-09-2011, 03:29 AM   #87
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uhm all of my characters are still locked an they were all created before dec 6 ? so when are they gonna unlock them

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Old 12-09-2011, 03:32 AM   #88
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[email protected] Bayle wrote:

Comment on #8:  So incandescent is my rage that it would set you afire.  I've been burning through LoN boosters trying to get the Freeport house and I haven't gotten anything but junk.

Lol.

Then you will really hate me when I tell you that I got not one but two Blades houses, two mounts, two character slots and about a half dozen useless pets.

In fairness I did have 68 packs to go through, and most of my stuff came in the last 20 so maybe you will get lucky. SMILEY

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Old 12-09-2011, 03:35 AM   #89
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i cant log in on Seliri & he was made 5-24-2010 :{

pls fix :{

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Old 12-09-2011, 03:35 AM   #90
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Thanks for this I will actually log on again and see how much unlocking my gear and whatnot is going to cost me before I decide whether to stay or not.  I applaud this move.  It's hard these days to justify throwing money at something you've already paid for several times over in expansions etc, huzzah!

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