Discussion elsewhere is contemplating discount Free Form slots as a solution for population erosion.
Have you bought one of these slots and stuck around long enough to talk about it?
I bought it with $45 of the money Cryptic gave me for Q hour, Alerts and
Kevin Poe after playing for free for a year. I figured it was their money anyway
and I'd satisfy my curiosity when I ran out of other things to spend virtual money on.
I barely play the free form out of my large roster of characters.
The higher I level the less luck I have finding players to team.
This in turn pretty much kills all my desire to subscribe.
I can imagine the taste of being 'ripped off' must be heavy for someone who
spent $50 in real cold hard online credit transaction.
I used to say $10 free forms for all! But even that isn't much of a draw.
The situation would be very much like "This sandwich is only $10, you can reconfigure the tomatoes under or over the lettuce ,add or remove the onions, and toast it to seventy levels of crustiness! Or, you can just have it the way our high school drop out cooks made it for free!"
Free lunch tastes better and you don't feel bad about not finishing it.
Sometimes they spit in your food though.