StargateFanGirl wrote: We really need TWO threads, not one. There is some significant differences between recruit-a-friend (brand new players), compared to returning players. Now, for some comments in response to "StargateFanGirl" You were playing when AoD was released (based on your comments). So not only were you here during the existance of "EQ2Xtended", you were here when the whole game transitioned FTP. You should be well aware of the system. I can only hope it is obvious to everyone, that EQ2's "FTP", is mostly a glorified extended trial of the game. The entire design of it revolves around lowbies, getting people into the game with little overhead... But as the characters progress the associated need to invest cash into the account, increases. SOE wants your money, especially if you play high level characters. With such, the model is designed so that the higher your level, the more "reason" you are given to pony up the cash. So one way or the other, if you want to be logging in high level characters with legendary/fabled gear, you will be paying for it. If you do not want to pay for it, roll a new lowbie and forget about your 90+ characters. It is not in SOE's financial interest to let someone who quit yesterday, to log in today and still be wearing everything they had on. You effectively fall into this category. If you're so happy to unload $300+ in one month, to EA for Sims3 fluff content, why not just pay up the $15 a month for EQ2, and see the end of all the issues causing you greivance? While you can indirectly imply that if SOE made it only cost a few dollars for you to fully unlock your max level toons, that you would THEN be happy to spend hundreds of dollars on trivial fluff, the fact remains that the core of your entire post, revolves around wanting a system that facilitates playing higher level, fabled-equipped characters, for much less than maintaining a gold sub. While this nice for the player, SOE has to make the money from somewhere. Edit to add: The inventory dump which can occur on former subscribers, who return as FTP, does need to be improved. If someone quit just the other day, or week, or month, I think the gear strip is entirely justified, but it should not create an overflow nightmare.