Was happy to find the game somewhat cheap and figured the sentence:
"This Activation Code entails 30 Days Gametime"
Means I can play 30 days after I register the key..
If you donīt want to submit any personal banking data like me, then you need to buy a GAMETIME CODE on top of your gamebox to get your FREE 30 days.
I EFFIN HOPE!
Didnīt come that far yet in my Cryptic MMO experience.
Maybe anybody else successfully subscribed with game and GTC only?
NOT dumping anymore money in this until I know this works as the following text on the ADD SUBSCRIPTION page confuses the hell out of me.
Enter your Game Card key in the box below. Game Card keys are different than your Retail key and can be purchased separately. The below field will only accept Game Card keys. You can add a second retail key to your account after you complete the subscription process.
I really don't get why people come around here and magically expect Cryptic to be different. This has been a standard practice in the industry for over 10 years now, and Cryptic is no exception. Further, if people would actually bother to READ THE FREAKING GAME BOX before they bought, after they bought it, as they opened it, or even after they noticed they didn't magically get automatic access to their promotional time, then they would notice that it says a credit card or other payment source is required to play.
Well, it's pretty typical for MMOs to want some sort of payment data on file, even if you don't actually use it. That said, I can understand why you wouldn't want your stuff on record with Cryptic.
Here's some solutions:
1. Some folks have reported luck with using test credit card numbers that are available on the web. These are dummy numbers used to test online retail systems. No money will come out from them, obviously, but they will register as valid. I haven't done this myself, but I'm told it works.
2. You can punch in whatever details, and then delete them from your account records afterwards. Note this is separate from cancelling reoccurring subscription billing, so cancelling the sub and deleting the card details are two different steps.
3. Use a game time card, as you've suggested. It does work, but then you have to spend money for an extra month or two, which you might not wish to do.
OP here is the deal. all MMO ( that I have played, and I have played a lot) take a credit card up front. it does not charge you until after your free time is up. at anytime you can remove your card after you put it in the first time, and lastly all pay to play MMOs do this, so it is not an evil money grab, it is how things are done in the MMOs market.
Basically what the system does when you put in credit card details... is automatically sign you up on a reoccuring subscription plan.
This means that someone registering with a credit card is automatically signed up for a subscription as well.
That said, it signs you up for the subscription, it does not actually charge the credit card yet...and will not, until the end of 30 free days.
This is pretty typical for MMOs nowdays. I'm not sure why they do this. Perhaps they think players are too stupid to realise they need to pay month by month, and want to make sure you do. Maybe they want you to commit from the outset. I dunno.
That's just me trying to make sense of the business practice. I strongly disagree with this system, but I can kinda see the twisted logic. Or maybe they're just vampires that want our money. Whatever. Depends on how charitable I'm feeling, I guess. I've never seen anyone official explain why the registration system is designed this way, though there's been plenty of posts on how it works.
But yeah, using a Game Time Card removes any need for a credit card ever. They HAVE to do that, particularly for folks who don't HAVE credit cards; a lot of MMO gamers rely exclusively on store-purchased time cards, and Cryptic knows that.
Hence that's acceptable in lieu of signing up for a subscription plan.