As established previously, my experience with MMOs has been rather limited. There is, however, one additional trait I’ve recently noticed in myself: I absolutely love getting special unlocks.
Some strange, obsessive part of my psyche likes to get ‘unique’ items. This usually requires I throw away money, but like I said – obsessive.
Exhibit A) Star Trek Online
- Wrath of Khan Admiral’s Uniform
- Star Trek Online – Preorder
- Star Trek Online Lifetime Subscription
- Star Trek Online Del Taco Promotion A
- Star Trek Online – Retail
- Star Trek Online – Digital Deluxe
After thinking about the matter long and hard, I decided that a Borg Bridge Officer would be a better long-term investment than a Constitution-class starship, so I pre-ordered from Amazon.* Then, I decided that for the first and only time in my life, I’d go to Del Taco and get the dumb little Shuttle that can follow around your spaceship.
And then, with just hours of playtime under my belt, I decided that a lifetime subscription was in order, and I got my Liberated Borg character. Later, Cryptic sweetened the deal with The Captain’s Table – which is completely awesome, and also deserted.
So far, no real psychosis.
Then I realized Trill were sorta sexy (and here!), and also that the Joined Trill trait was awesome (anything for better Science powers! Anything!), and also that I wanted The Original Series uniforms, and also that a point-defense laser would be nice. So I bought the Digital Deluxe Edition when it was on sale for ~$30.
Guys, because I’m a lifer, I didn’t even get an additional month of playtime.
Exhibit B) Age of Conan
This hasn’t developed into full-scale delusions of grandeur yet… but my mind is furiously trying to figure out which combination of awesome signing bonuses I want from The Rise of the Godslayer expansion – I mean, the possibilities are nearly endless.
This is in addition to the bonuses I already have. I upgraded to the full game from the trial at the time FunCom was offering some sort of “signing bonus” – right now, I’ve got bonus Bag of Holding, a Bag of the Mammoth Rider (WTH?), a Blue Snow Mammoth, a Hyrkanian Headguard (which use to only have a 2% EXP modifier, but now has a 10% modifier CRAZY), as well as a starter weapon of my choice.** On top of that, when I subbed, if I went in for six months or more, I got the game client (ostensibly $20, but it’s selling on Amazon for $5) for free. So I did that.
Back to the matter at hand – getting the expansion. As GeeCee has pointed out, the ‘Loyal Kappa’ preorder bonus is fugly as all fugliness. The Puma – sight unseen – seems like it might be a better choice, if only because there’s a chance that it wasn’t ruthlessly beaten by the ugly stick. And, the Puma comes with the hard copy, which would be a nice asset to have handy.
Thankfully, I don’t have to choose – I can have them all. The pre-order from Amazon comes with the Loyal Kappa (whose ugliness might grow on me yet), the Puma, a reworked Snow Mammoth (I have a Huge Mammoth, is that the same?), aannnddd the Tortage Survival pack.*** MWAHAHAH To be fair, the Amazon version of the game is $5 more expensive than the digital version – though the Tortage Survival pack is valued at $25.
But, remember, I said that I’m obsessed with unlockables, right? So, when I ordered my copy of The Rise of the Godslayer, I also got the Collector’s Edition of the original game. Because, you know, I want a drinking cape.