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  • Free Accounts now available for Ironclaw!

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm please to announce that we've made Ironclaw Online Free to Play!

    Please note: This is a trial. If the number of paid accounts drops too sharply, we will return to only paid accounts being able to log in.

    This means that you can now play on free accounts - there are still advantages to having paid accounts, and hopefully we've balanced things correctly so that paid accounts are worth the cost, free accounts are still fun to play on, and both paid and free accounts enhance the RP of everyone involved.

    Please bear in mind that this is tricky to balance because:
    - Paying players keep the game running. Without paid accounts, Skotos wouldn't be interested in maintaining and upgrading the game.
    - Players create roleplay, and we need activity, roleplay, and other players for the game to be fun. So free players make the game more enjoyable both for other free players but also for paid players.

    To get a free account, just sign up for a trial account (or continue using your normal account) - when it expires at the end of the month, you can continue playing Ironclaw on the expired account.

    We hope that this new option helps everyone - people who are happy with paid accounts can continue as they were and hopefully will have more PCs to RP with - people who run into a financial dry spell can continue to play without the pressure to pay for their account - and people who can't justify the cost of an account can still participate in the game.

    Cheers,
    SH Azrael


    Rules/Restrictions
    • Only one active PC per account. If a trial or paid account drops to free, they will select one character to “unlock” and the rest will remain “locked” - if they wish to switch the “unlocked” character they will need to either upgrade to a paid account or pay storypoints to reselect which “unlocked” character they want.
    • Only one free account per IP. We will track the IP that free accounts log in from, and block them from logging in at an IP that is “already in use” by another free account.
    • It is be acceptable for players to have both a paid account and a free account - but staff will “link” the two accounts, and treat PCs on both accounts as alts.
    • PCs on a free account can only learn new skills from other PCs (not from NPCs or other sources)
    • PCs on a free account cannot become the leader of a house, church, or other VP group. If a PC is already leader and they drop to free, they would retain their position until the next election.
    • Free accounts cannot create a new Guild
    • Free accounts will have a lower daily cap on the number of learning points they can earn.
    • Free accounts will have a lower “daily income”
    • Free accounts will require more influence points before they can accept a promotion.
    • Free accounts will not be able to accept promotions above armigerous gentry. They may upgrade to a paid account, accept the promotion, then drop back to free while keeping that promotion.
    • Free accounts will have a reduced list of @events they can hold.
    • Free accounts may be denied access to some areas of the gameworld.
    • Paid accounts may be given some perks, items, or access to events that free accounts do not receive. (For example, on halloween, paid accounts might have more mask options available for purchase.)
    • Staff will not transfer Storypoints to or from a free account.
    • Staff will not transfer PCs to or from a free account.
    Mea squints at you, "For a magical nudist he sure is carrying lots of pie."

  • #2
    What would happen, theoretically, if an account had used STPs to buy an extra character slot, but then dropped down to a free account? Would that account have access to two active slots?

    Likewise what happens to a paid account with 6 slots? Does the system recognise the extra character slot?

    ...I'm asking for a friend
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    • #3
      The system recognizes the StP paid slots.
      Az will have to answer the free to play part.

      So if you paid to have one extra char slot, you will have 4 available on normal and 6 available on premium.

      Cheers.
      Last edited by SP Goddess Eos; 04-27-2017, 10:07 PM.
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      - her tears create the morning dew - she's the mother of all the stars
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Fips View Post
        What would happen, theoretically, if an account had used STPs to buy an extra character slot, but then dropped down to a free account? Would that account have access to two active slots?

        Likewise what happens to a paid account with 6 slots? Does the system recognise the extra character slot?

        ...I'm asking for a friend
        I can answer this for you. I had a premium and had five slots. With the free account I could play all five, which I did. But now that they've activated it fully. you would have four frozen and one active pc. If you pay for basic sub, you get three out of the five I have and I assume with premium, you'd get all slots active and not frozen.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Fips View Post
          What would happen, theoretically, if an account had used STPs to buy an extra character slot, but then dropped down to a free account? Would that account have access to two active slots?
          Free accounts only get 1 slot.
          They're limited to 1, even if you paid storypoints for extra character slots.

          This is the current situation, but since this is a trial to see how it impacts our paid account numbers, everything is up for future review.

          I'd much rather give new stuff instead of taking stuff away, so it's 'safer' for me to give 1 character for expired accounts (while before players got 0 characters) and maybe later add the STP slot, rather than give the STP slot and later have to take it.

          Originally posted by Fips View Post
          Likewise what happens to a paid account with 6 slots? Does the system recognise the extra character slot?
          Yes it does. The system will count the number of extra slots you bought, and add that to the normal tally. The only exception being for expired/free accounts which are set to 1.

          So Premium accounts get 5 slots, basic gets 3, and free gets 1.

          If you had bought 2 extra character slots, then your premium account would have 7 slots, basic would have 5, and free would still have 1.

          If you had more slots and dropped down, due to switching from premium to basic, or from your account expiring, your characters will be "frozen", and you'll be able to select a number of characters to "unfreeze", based on how many slots you have remaining.

          Characters who aren't played for a while might also become frozen - but that's fine, you can just unfreeze them as soon as you want to play them, or you could unfreeze a different character, if you'd prefer to play one of your other frozen characters.
          Mea squints at you, "For a magical nudist he sure is carrying lots of pie."

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          • #6
            That makes sense, thanks for the clarification
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            • #7
              Oh boy. That is -alot- of negatives for a free account. Don't get me wrong it -might- be beneficial on the player base but it literally turns this into a Pay2win kind of situation. A limit on amount of max LP one can attain? That means they won't need to play as much as everyone else and being online isn't character-wise beneficial. Then the Character Lock for premium down? So you literally have to keep paying more just to play your extra characters? Thats steep. Real steep. I had thought of coming back and trying to reinvigorate all my characters but I simply don't have the money for that. I don't know. Guess we'll see how the game flows. As you said its just a trial and I'm just throwing my concerns. As it stands I definitely prefer the old system. (not saying I don't understand the necessity of increasing the player base because I know its been rough the past few years)
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              • #8
                I'm down to my free account, so I had my only alt shelfed to see how it goes. My first impression when I saw the announcement was similar to Nix's, but I'm holding off on a definite opinion to see how it actually plays out in practice.

                My general feeling is that limiting character slots and promotions to nobility is "penalty enough" for those of us who just can't dish out the credit card just yet. Though at other times I feel that character promotion is an IC consequence of IC events, so perhaps it's unfair to put a limit on characters due to OOC circumstances, but I understand in the end it's a business and there should be tangible perks for paying customers.

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                • #9
                  Please bear in mind that the "current system" was that if you don't pay you can't log in at all.

                  Even with harsh limitations on free accounts (and I don't think the limits are that harsh) you've still got a new option that you didn't have before.

                  If you can't log in, that means zero learning points, zero promotion possibilities and more importantly - no RP.
                  With free accounts, even if the learning points and promotions are reduced from what a basic account gets, it's still more than nothing.

                  I don't think it's fair to say this is "pay to win" - I'd say it's "pay to play", like it always has been, but now with an additional option of "free to play, but with reduced benefits" - in a head-to-head competition a free player might have difficulty competing with a paid player, but that's no different to a new paid PC having difficulty competing with an older, established PC. And an older free PC may well be leagues ahead of new paid PCs.

                  I think the solution is also still the same - make in-character alliances and friends, and work as a team to achieve what you're after. This is a social, political game and free accounts aren't restricted in who they can socialise with. So they all have full access to the 'real' core of the game.

                  Give it a try! If you hate it, you can still pay for a basic account like before and pretend the free option doesn't exist.
                  Mea squints at you, "For a magical nudist he sure is carrying lots of pie."

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                  • #10
                    I do not mind many of the restrictions except for the one that states that free accounts can only learn from pcs....what happens if you want to learn something or possess a career that no other player has in the game? (particularly career) Then you are kind of out of luck and can't go beyond your current skillset no matter how long you play. Like the career Acrobat. You can choose it at the start, but there are, as far as I know, very few, if any, people who ever actually choose it. (Thankfully there are (apparently) plenty of healers and a couple entertainers still playing for me to learn from, but still.)

                    I would suggest that rather then preventing outright, perhaps increase the cost of LP, coin and any combination there of to learn from an NPC teacher.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Eyriel View Post
                      I do not mind many of the restrictions except for the one that states that free accounts can only learn from pcs....what happens if you want to learn something or possess a career that no other player has in the game? (particularly career) Then you are kind of out of luck and can't go beyond your current skillset no matter how long you play. Like the career Acrobat. You can choose it at the start, but there are, as far as I know, very few, if any, people who ever actually choose it. (Thankfully there are (apparently) plenty of healers and a couple entertainers still playing for me to learn from, but still.)

                      I would suggest that rather then preventing outright, perhaps increase the cost of LP, coin and any combination there of to learn from an NPC teacher.
                      As I understand it, only learning individual skills from NPCs is limited in a free account, not careers.
                      Last edited by Callais; 05-09-2017, 10:52 AM. Reason: Writing is hard

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                      • #12
                        I know of at least on if no two master acrobats in the game.
                        As for learning careers. Is it really the end of the world not to be able to learn a career?
                        If you can't play then you won't learn anything at all.
                        So why not save up in money and LPs and buy a month's subscription and that way actually support the game and indirectly support the volunteers who are making the game work so that you can play.

                        I really don't this feeling of entitlement that is here.

                        The game can NOW be played for free. You don't have to pay at all to get awesome RP with other people.
                        You have been given a gift!
                        How can anyone complain about an unexpected gift?
                        I certainly hope you won't complain about a surprise gift from your mother or loved one.
                        It's a bit like getting a free coffee at Starbucks and then complain that there's no free cake with it...

                        If you don't like the gift. Then you're welcome to buy the upgrade. :-)
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                        Founder of di Silvi Academy
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dasha di Silvi View Post
                          The game can NOW be played for free. You don't have to pay at all to get awesome RP with other people.
                          You have been given a gift!
                          How can anyone complain about an unexpected gift?
                          I certainly hope you won't complain about a surprise gift from your mother or loved one.
                          It's a bit like getting a free coffee at Starbucks and then complain that there's no free cake with it...

                          If you don't like the gift. Then you're welcome to buy the upgrade. :-)
                          What Dasha said. I only just got back myself because the accounts are free. I don't yet have the spare cash to dish out on a game I still don't have much time to play! But for nostalgia, I want to dip in now and then.

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