On Friday July 18th, the Lab launched the latest off of its Premium Membership discount offers, together with a new Premium Membership gift.
These seem to be run around July / August each year, and also in November. As usual, the offer is 50% off of membership for those upgrading, but only if they opt for the Quarterly billing plan, and the discount is applied only to the first quarter billing period. The offer runs from 08:00 SLT / PDT on Friday July 18th 2014 through until 08:00 SLT / PDT on Monday August 4th, 2014. The usual Premium Benefits are part-and-parcel of the offer.
I’m a Premium Member; I re-upped several years ago after having been basic, and I find it moderately useful – for I time I lived exclusively in my Linden Home and didn’t find it that bad; admittedly, I managed to land on my feet with the one I had, but I did spend a fair amount of time mulling things over and settled on the exact style I wanted ahead of time and then dallied until it came around on the booking page (not all variants of the various styles are available all of the time). I was then very lucky that the first one I saw was in a location I liked – however, moving between Linden Homes is relatively simple, providing you follow some simple rules. So if the first one you are assigned doesn’t fit the bill, location-wise, it’s easy to hop around.
Even so, I’m still (as always) irked by some of the stated benefits that come with Premium, and wish the Lab would clean-up some of the wording – “More Land and Privacy?” – how, exactly? Basic members get to enjoy both of these as well; not as cheaply, perhaps, but they can have them. I’d also like to see more thought given to the benefits in general. some of the gifts are fun … but none of them are that inspirational.
Which brings me to the latest Premium gift itself. The gift on offer this time is a “new interactive pirate airship, the Linden Marauder.”
Pirate, eh? All I can say is avast … land impact goes into this vessel; 502 in fact (although the physics weight is admittedly only 18-ish), so it’s not something you’ve going to want to keep rezzed out somewhere. It’ll sit a number of people – Captain (owner) at the helm, who must board first, then the “First Mate” and then passengers (or “scurvy crew”, if you prefer and keeping to the piratical theme. Flight controls are the usual :
PAGE UP and
PAGE DOWN to ascend / descend,
LEFT ARROW and
RIGHT ARROW to turn.
UP ARROW and
DOWN ARROW to accelerate / slow down. A nice touch is
SHIFT LEFT ARROW or
SHIFT RIGHT ARROW to run-out the port or starboard cannon on the gun decks and fire a broadside.
Handling-wise the airship is OK, firing the guns at another passing airship can be a bit of a giggle – the first time. Other than that, I don’t have anything to say on it, other than when it comes to the idea of Premium gifts and offering something of value and which is likely to be of real benefit, this kind of offering leaves two words floating inside my head: “missed” and “opportunity”
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Really. After all the suggestions we have made about easily adding REAL value to premium membership this is all they can come up with? Depressing.
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+1 at “Missed opportunity.”
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When I joined SL in April 2014 I didn’t realize I could play for free and I went ahead and purchased a year sub my first week. When I did the math it made sense at the time, the stipend, bonus lindens, and free house all made it worthwhile for this newbie and the promise of exclusive areas and gifts were tempting. Well since then I have quickly outgrown my linden home (my friend lives there now) and my two hosting jobs, and store more than pay for what I need including my 4096 sqm 1218 prim land. So in just over 3 months my sub is now useless to me. There is nothing in the premium member areas that is worth seeing the only gift before this ship was a Christmas decoration pack that was pointless for me since well, I joined in the spring. I do enjoy getting my stipend, it feeds my fennux, but other than that there is no reason for me to resub that I can think of.
I was interested in the building under the premium gift in the email. Is that possibly an upgraded Linden home?
I’ve not seen the e-mail, so afraid I can’t comment.
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