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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

An in depth look at the Crowns vs Membership debate (Pirate101 and Wizard101)

So, there is often the question, "Do I pay for areas or just buy a membership?" This is debated since its different for everyone. I'm here to look at the pros and cons of each and offer situations where either would be acceptable. I do have several max pirates and a max wiz, and for the part where I go over maxing I am not including finishing the story. So lets begin!

1. My overall view:

First, Pirate101. I know this game well and can say without a doubt in any situation, buying areas is the way to go. In total the entire game costs about 95k crowns, or 130 dollars US (assuming you buy the 80k crown bundle) It seems like a lot, and it is. But in reality for Pirate101 it fits since it doesn't get much new updates requiring a member. You can max 1 or 2 pirates in a month and then have to buy a few more members to max every class and to farm but in the long run, buying areas is the way to go. If you only want to max one class though I suggest a membership. Plain and simple. Now for the hard game, wiz...

Wiz is different. It can take a month to max if you have lots of time but if not it may take a couple memberships. Now lets assume you do have a lot of time, want to max one class, and have friends. One membership is all you need, But again, here I recommend to pay as you go. Wiz costs a lot of money to buy all of it. However it is worth it since wiz is a game where you need to grind for good gear. Sure maxing may be slower but at least you can grind for gear while you wait.

part 1 summary: overall its better to pay as you go.

2. The pros and cons of membership and crowns in both games.

1/2. Pirate101 membership
     
      a. pros:

  • Quick to max
  • Teleporter can be used for gold
  • More friend list and backpack space
  • Member events
      b. cons

  • Can't spend as much time farming
  • You can always buy backpack and friend list space
  • You only get a limited time to do everything
  • Membership runs even if you are logged off meaning if you get grounded thats money down the drain.
  • In the long run its more expensive
2/2. Pirate101 crowns

     a. pros
  • Unlimited access to the game forever
  • You have unlimited time to do what you want
  • No worrying about when your member runs out
  • Not much is worth spending a member on every month
  • You can buy a few member benefits either way. 
  • In the long run its cheaper
     b. cons
  •  Have to spend 1000 crowns on a quick port to a new world.
  • It can take longer to max your first Pirate.
1/2. Wiz membership pros and cons

      a. pros
  •  Tournaments cost gold
  • Quicker to max
  • Member events
      b. cons
  •  It's not really worth it unless you want to max quick and need very specific stuff. 
2/2. Wiz crowns pros and cons

     a. pros
  •  Have access to the whole game forever
  • You can do pretty much everything a member can without much hassle 
      b. cons
  • There aren't really any besides you will max slow and pvp will be limited.
Part 3. What situations is it better for a member or crowns?

In both games, crowns to buy areas is usually better. However the only situations membership is really good is if you can only afford a member once a month. Thats really the only time you should buy a member.

In conclusion, pay as you go offers about the same as a member but a bit more long term. In the end its up to you to decide but in my opinion memberships are becoming less and less a priority and more and more optional. They don't offer much extra to the table compared to pay as you go. Again in the end its up to you, but I would look at everything before you decide. Cya in the spiral!

-Jack

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