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I thought I'd post about this because I've seen quite a few people take a pass on the opportunity to try AC2, based on the belief that you have to pay to try it out. At first, I thought that's how it would have worked too (going by the wording that Sev used on the AC forums), but after starting up a 14 day AC trial and logging into the AC2 client, I realized that the trial counts as an active sub.
One important detail though - it is required to use a debit/credit card to actually get the trial going, but rest assured, they won't charge unless you forget to cancel before the free 14 days is up.
Anyway, just wanted to bring this info to light. If any of you are on the fence because of the sub price, just give the trial a go, and see how you like it first.
Edit: Since the trial page has been redirecting to a "maintenance" page, for the last few days, you will need to use the method discovered by JCBN in order to get it going (thanks again man!) Here's the link to the explanation video - http://www.townportal.dk/how-to-play-asherons-call-2-for-free/
Basically, you just need to type in the trial link as it normally appears, "trial.ac.turbine.com" and then put a period at the end of it. Once the page opens up, type your e-mail in the first open line available and hit the clickable button under it (it should say "Submit Query"). Then put in the captcha code, and you're done! Check your e-mail and then follow the instructions there. Quick and simple.
Edit 2: I just wanted to add that unfortunately, it looks like the method above no longer works for enabling a free trial either. I guess for now, the only way to try AC2 out is to subscribe to AC1. It's only around 13 dollars though (or 10 if you buy a copy of AC1, I believe), so it's definitely worth a shot if you have a little to spare (keep in mind though, it's still in beta state, so you'll likely experience crashes and lag from time to time, among other things.) In any case, sorry everyone .