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One word (well maybe two depending on how you look at it)...Everquest 2
2nd worst free to play conversion from a pay to play MMO. The 1st being Age of Conan
Take the best free to play conversions
Ryzom, truly free (to a point)...with a few restrictions, but you get almost the whole game for free
Aion, the true free to play conversion...get TONS of stuff for free and don't even have to pay a dime
Then runner ups...
LOTRO and DDO. You can pay money to unlock things...however...you can earn in-game coins or whatever its called and pay in-game to unlock items. Sure it takes a while, but you can truly play for FREE. LOTRO has the same problem as EQ2 though, very limited bag space.
Then take Everquest 2. Very very limited bag space (kind of like LOTRO, but way worse, because EQ2 has a lot more items)...the most boring classes are only available for free. Which is the same problem AoC has. And you can't actually earn anything in game to play for free, like you can for LOTRO and DDO.
EQ2 isn't even free, nor is AoC. They are a scam. Its like saying "free icecream!" but you have to pay for the cone...
LOTRO, DDO, Ryzom and Aion are truly free games...and still have things to offer if you pay.
However, I like Vanguard enough that I'll ignore the cash shop and pay monthly like I used to do. Only reason I stopped playing was December came...SWTOR and Skyrim were released...and the game was so dead that even the trial isle was a deserted island. So hopefully enough people come back, that its worth the 15 dollars a month.
And if there is no monthly fee, guess I just won't play. Which would be sad, as VG is my favorite MMO. But no way am I going to be nickle and dimed for a bunch of cash shop items...I would rather just pay the monthly fee.
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PvPers that gank newbies, are carebears. They don't want a challenge (like a carebear), they just want easy mode (like a carebear) and a no challenge combat (like a carebear).