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Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited Preview of Module 9 and Free to Play Mode

by: J. Edward Casteele ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

The release of Module 9 of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimted was delayed for ten months and module 10 won't be far behind because of the delay. We'll give you a brief preview of some of the changes the free to play mode will bring to the experience of playing Dungeons and Dragons Online.

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    Dungeons and Dragons Online

    Dungeons and Dragons Online Eberron Unlimted a new free to play MMO 

    Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimted is the name of the newest Dungeons and Dragons Online MMO by Turbine. Turbine has decided to change directions with this edition of their popular and successful MMO, by implementing a free-to-play model, instead of a player-based monthly subscription format. Turbine is taking a huge step by heading down this road. If they're successful in actually increasing their profits using an innovative and industry altering free-to-play model, we could be seeing the beginning of a trend in the industry.

    Dungeons and Dragons Online has always had the aura of a different kind of MMO. Their granting of XP points and treasure after an adventure, rather than on a per kill basis. In addition to an authentic recreation of D&D rules and the world of Eberron, has distanced them in a way from more traditional MMOs. The changes Turbine makes to Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited are going to have to give the gamer something different to experience, if they want to be successful with their free-to-play model.

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    Does a Free Account Get You Access to Everything?

    Dungeons and Dragons Online Eberron Unlimted is supposed to breath new life into this entertaining MMO 

    Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimted is free-to-play with the click of a button but a free account doesn't have access to all the benefits available on the site. There's still a class system of sorts in play, you can be a DDO VIP member, a Premium member, or a free member. You're a Premium member if you purchase a Turbine points bundle, purchased the Stormreach edition of Dungeons and Dragons Online, or are a subscriber. You get a few more perks being a Premium member but even these are limited in a few important ways. A DDO VIP member has better and quicker access in a few important areas of the game that does create a class system that free members will notice. Free members have limited access in all areas of the new game that I looked at, so purchasing a Premium or DDO VIP membership definitely has additional benefits.

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    Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimted: Free to Play Mode & Module 9 Changes

    Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited Free to Play Mode 

    Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimted has a number of interesting and enhancing changes coming down the line with the implementation of the free to play mode. We'll talk about five important and significant changes Turbine is making, how they change the game and the community aspects of Dungeons and Dragons Online.

    In Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited gamers will have access to an in-game store called the Dungeons and Dragons Store. Here you'll be able to access account services and useful items in conveniences and cosmetic items.

    The Dungeons and Dragons VIP program designates subscribers as DDO VIPs in Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron. DDO VIPs will find their experience is almost identical to their current subscription. DDO VIPs have access to all the content and almost the all of the features avaible for gamers in the game. Accept for a few that must be unlocked while playing Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited. DDO VIPs are given a month stipend of Turbine Points they can use in the DDO Store and will have access to a shared bank. The shared bank allows gamers to quickly transfer items between characters on a given server. In addition, DDO VIPs have priority use of the game world and the use of 10 character slots on each server.

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    New Content, Features and Game Enhancements in Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited

    Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited enhancements 

    Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited is adding a ton of new content to this new Dungeons and Dragons Online experience. They have included a high level adventure package and a low level one that will be free to DDO VIPs and for purchase in the DDO Store for free players. They are including several new adventures which are free to all gamers. You can adventure in a large wilderness on Shavarath, the Plane of Battle, and in story-based, hand-crafted adventures.

    Turbine is lifting the level cap to 20, the original Dungeons and Dragons limit for edition 3.5. They claim that their levels are so deep, detailed and loaded with features that they this should be equivalent to 80 levels in more traditional MMOs. They have added a nice assortment of new spells in levels 17 through 20 and a few to the lower levels as well.

    The game play of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited has also been polished and they have made a few smaller game play enhancements. The updated combat targeting and feedback system changes they have made are of particular note. The updated combat targeting system changes result in a monster, NPC, door or level immediately appearing in your focus orb as your soft target. The combat feedback changes have altered the visible appearance of overhead damage notifications. Buffs and debuffs applied to a character appear over the characters head, along with damage and healing numbers. Damage to monsters will be displayed over the monsters head and using different colors will indicate the damage types each monster is vulnerable or immune to.