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post #11 of 17
WoW never deletes anything. In fact they have like 100 backup copies of everything going back for years to the beginning. A friend of mine got a Level 25 Hunter back he deleted after the first two weeks of WoW came out.

Sure you run short on names I guess but it just forces you to be more creative than naming a character "Nelfhunter" or "undeadlock" (I see those names a lot...)
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Could be far worse.

If you quit FFXI for over three months Square/Enix deletes your CD key.
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post #13 of 17
Isn't that standard?

I lost my FFXI characters after three months (according to FFXI ToS) after canceling (too expensive for me).

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Could be far worse.

If you quit FFXI for over three months Square/Enix deletes your CD key.
That's new to me.
Besides, after not being logged in for a year/not subscribing, I was able to login again (Playonline that is)--or something... I'm not quite sure what I did, but I didn't create a new account.
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Did any of you guys play Asheron's Call (the first one) back when it was new? They actually did an inactive character wipe about 9-12 months into the life of the game. This was back when the game was popular and had even higher subscription growth than anyone expected. It was also the start of a long line of Turbine screwups. They gave like 2 week's notice before doing the wipe, knowing that many people never checked the email they registered to the account because at the time you were forced to use a Hotmail/.NET passport to subscribe. Not only did they lose potential returning players, they caused a large portion of the player base to lose any loyalty they felt for Turbine. I mean, if I'm gonna stick with them for a year, paying $10 per month, the least they can do is hold on to my toons if I decide to take a break for a month or 2, right?

I can't remember for sure if they only did the one or if they did it twice. I seem to remember that they did an inactive account wipe because of an exploit in a ranking system. Guilds had a pyramid scheme configuration where the more followers you had, and the more your followers had, gave you a higher ranking that allowed you to equip certain items. It was a good idea except for the fact that they were also offering free trials and only asking for an email address as an abuse check. People were making dozens of hotmail accounts each, using them to get trial accounts, and swearing in these disposable characters to boost their main character's rank.

I believe that the message you get when you unsubscribe from LotRO is simply a CYA type move. The stunt they pulled with the first AC hurt them bad and they don't want it to happen again. This way you are guaranteed to get the message that if you leave, you may not have any toons when you come back. In my opinion, they are justified in deleting any character, for any reason, at any time. They do own the equipment the character is stored on. However, I also think it would be a very bad PR move to just delete at will any time someone takes a couple of months off.
 
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Turbine is not going to delete your character just b/c you cancel. IF for some un forseen reason they need the extra space they will start making room by deleting characters that are currently not being paid for.

I fail to see how that is a problem, personally I would rather them delete an inactive accounts character then an active one.

Anyway I actually play LOTRO, I have also played SWG, EQ, EQII, WoW, EvE online and Vanguard. Never in my life have I seen such a smooth start to any MMO period. LOTRO is a great game and Turbine really derserves alot of praise so far.

As I said before it is like people are just looking for a reason to bash something about the game itself or the games makers. And this one is a HUGE reach as it has not even happened yet, no one has had their characters deleted. When they do, then come to me, then make this post.
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Turbine is not going to delete your character just b/c you cancel. IF for some un forseen reason they need the extra space they will start making room by deleting characters that are currently not being paid for.

I fail to see how that is a problem, personally I would rather them delete an inactive accounts character then an active one.

Anyway I actually play LOTRO, I have also played SWG, EQ, EQII, WoW, EvE online and Vanguard. Never in my life have I seen such a smooth start to any MMO period. LOTRO is a great game and Turbine really derserves alot of praise so far.

As I said before it is like people are just looking for a reason to bash something about the game itself or the games makers. And this one is a HUGE reach as it has not even happened yet, no one has had their characters deleted. When they do, then come to me, then make this post.
I'm not saying they will either. In fact, I think it is highly unlikely based on the facts I mentioned above...Turbine has done it before and it caused a PR nightmare. I'm saying that this message is an attempt to shield themselves if they ever decide to delete inactive characters for some reason, nothing more.
 
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I agree with you 100% Mojo. My post was basically just geared towards this entire thread in general.
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