I’ve always thought ArenaNet have been excellent for making such an awesome MMORPG that’s buy to play, where you purchase the game, and then play for free, meaning no monthly subscription. With the first expansion launching soon, they have gone a little further and made the base game free to download and play completely. This allows people who are new to the franchise a chance to try the game, and also, they don’t have to invest a huge amount of money to get the full experience. (They will only have to shell out for the expansion)
There are of course some limitations to free accounts;
- Fewer character and bag slots.
- Map chat is disabled, but whisper and local chat are still available.
- These players can buy and sell on the market but can’t mail gold or items directly to other players, trade gold for gems, or access guild vaults.
- And, to quote ArenaNet directly “free accounts have some restrictions to prevent them from skipping ahead to places where they could be used to disrupt the game. They must play to level 10 before leaving the starter zones, to level 30 before using LFG, and to level 60 before using World vs. World. They can play PvP immediately but must get to rank 20 before using custom and unranked arenas.”
If you have always wanted to give the game a try CLICK HERE to register and start playing. If you’d like to join me, I play on the Aurora Glade EU server.
Within the FAQ, ArenaNet provide a handy table detaling limitations, depending on what content you have purchased, on This page.
This is a Final Fantasy VII pattern by Cloudsfactory, stitched with DMC threads on 14 count aida. I like Cloudsfactory designs for their simplicity, and have only put this down due to starting the piece below.
This is the piece that has been receiving all my attention of late, it’s The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery‘s, Story Time Sampler. I am super behind in terms of deadlines, as this is a stitch along with another small section being released every month, but when you stitch for only a couple of hours a week, what are you going to do? These borders are driving me crazy, they take so long, but I adore the finished product and just keep that in mind when I put the aida down to make my 5th cup of tea that day! (This is stitched on a piece of 16 count aida from Chromatic Alchemy)
After investing in the Alleria hero skin, I decided that my second class to play as in Hearthstone would be Hunter, I like how quick games with a deck that focuses mainly on hitting the other hero’s “face” can be, and enjoy the different play-style, when compared to Rogue (this is less about combos.) Pictured above is the deck I am currently using, the only ones not pictured are 1 x Tundra Rhino and 1 x Savannah Highmane. It has served me pretty well so far, but I’m still new to the class, and so will tweak and update here when necessary.
This is The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery‘s Cherry Blossom sampler, stitched on 14 count aida with DMC threads, although i did swap around the colours, so that there is less red, and more purple!
This is a Lord of the Rings pattern available via the Jodyri Designs Facebook group, stitched on 14 count aida in Ashardalon Breathes by Chromatic Alchemy fabrics…I adore her fabrics, so they come highly recommended. The thread is DMC perle in 310.
This is unfortunately how far I have got on New Year Fairy by Mirabilia, it is stitched on 32 count linen, and it’s just too much of a struggle for me that I really lack the motivation to stitch on it, I’m considering changing fabrics as the threads for this are Crescent Colours and I really love the finished piece.