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Quite a lot of starters find that the restrictions on chat and trading make them feel isolated, unless they join a legion where they can chat with guild mates only they are limited to whisper at lvl10 and cannot trade at the broker.
Gameforge EU will say it has been designed to prevent gold seller spam but what they really want is for players to purchase a gold pack in the cash shop.
Fair enough, they have to make an income but they seem to be stubborn about announcing their declared high priority path for starters to get veteran status which unlocks nearly all the Aion features..
So is the game free-to play for starters? well in-fact it is if you are prepared to lvl your character up to lvl40+ that can take some weeks or months because starters are allowed to purchase gold packs from the broker for just under 10kk kinah.
Making enough kinah to purchase gold packs only becomes easy at lvl50, that's a high lvl to obtain for a starter.
Is it not easy to enjoy playing a starter long term as getting enough kinah is a grind at early levels, some will do it many will give up or wait for NA to release on April 11th.
The Gameforge business model is very risky if many leave for truly F2P NA, they could end up with empty servers.