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Posted: Jun 4th 2010 11:12AM nathael said

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OMG NCsoft, please look at this and bring back TR as free to play! You stupid money grubbing lowlifes, you can make money off all that beautiful code that lord british made for you!

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 11:15AM (Unverified) said

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I second this. I always wanted to play Tabula Rasa, but I never got the chance because the game was shut down before I could try it out. Returning it as a F2P game might be an excellent idea.
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Posted: Jun 4th 2010 11:14AM (Unverified) said

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Oh my god, this is quite some news. I have always been moderately interested in LotRO, but was initially turned down by the subscriptions. But if this game goes F2P, I really have to check it out some time in the future.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 11:24AM (Unverified) said

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Heck yes! I think i'll be checking this out.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 11:33AM Enikuo said

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I can't believe all the positive responses to this announcement. I was under the impression Massively readers despised F2P. Where's Beau Hindman? He's gotta be tickled by all this.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 11:33AM Rubi said

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Beau is running the streets of his city in a bathrobe, with wet hair, and with a toothbrush sticking out of his mouth, singing the Hallelujah chorus at the top of his lungs. We've sent someone to retrieve him.

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Posted: Jun 4th 2010 11:37AM HackJack said

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Stupid people that don't read everything and don't use their damn brains shouldn't be allowed to comment here.

Subscribers won't lose anything at ALL as long as they keep their subscriptions active except ONE character slot it seems (if you have Mines of Moria purchased): from 8 to 7. BUT! They may actually GAIN a slot if they qualify as "Purchasers of the LOTRO Adventurer's Pack" (and I think they do) that "get 2 extra character slots and 20 slots of shared bank storage across all characters on the same servers"... so from 7 to 9.

Turbine is a serious bunch o' people and so they don't do half-arsed stuff.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 5:50PM Trodomir said

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Exactly.

Lifetimer's (like me) make out like bandits. This is sweet.
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Posted: Jun 4th 2010 11:41AM Wensbane said

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Now THIS is what I call perfect timing!
Believe it or not, I had JUST cancelled my LotRO subscription, before reading this, because I simply couldn't find an excuse to pay for two MMOs right now - the other one being EvE.

Now I can keep both and just purchase the parts of LotRO that I want!
Since I have absolutely NO interest in raiding or anything related to gear-gated content, I can only assume that I won't have to spend that much, per year, in order to keep enjoying this beautiful game.

Well done, Turbine. You've just gained another client.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 11:43AM (Unverified) said

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I'm glad to see the MMO community, as a whole, is deciding to move away from the 15$ a month subscription fee. First we see DDO, and now LOtRO, throw APB's pricing model into the mix, and you have a well-rounded group of MMOs without a month sub.

I'm hoping the next game to get added to this list is WAR. I believe that something like this could really breathe life into a game that is almost out of it.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 11:51AM Samael said

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Anyone know how the game will play for VIP members, will it be the same as the current one? I have a LT sub and was just wondering what it would be like? I know I get VIP status without having to pay a monthly fee and everything. But for those that play DDO and have the VIP sub, know how much you need to spend in the store to enjoy the game? Or do you not need to pay anything in the store if you do not want to and still have fun in the game like right now?

I am heavily confused about this one.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 12:15PM (Unverified) said

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The only question I can think to ask is will the game Engine be different? When I played the Original DDO than gave the new f2p version a Try it looked, well, just a Tad cheaper in the Graphics department, as though visualy it had been dumbed down. One of the things LotRO has going for it is that it's a Beautiful game, maybe the most Beautiful before Aion came along, and if the Title is going the way of DDO, right down to a beta where-in the original game is, in essecne, *recreated* will it even look like the same Game?

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 2:06PM pcgneurotic said

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In all honesty, I think you're imagining things dude. In fact, DDO has had gfx upgrades *since* going F2P. :)
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Posted: Jun 4th 2010 5:05PM Arkanaloth said

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actually no.. in fact they are planning to patch DX11 support into LOTRO in the future, I've not heard those plans being put aside. So believe it or not, it seems it's the F2P games that are leading the visual charge, so to speak, with respect to MMO's at least.

http://community.codemasters.com/forum/lord-rings-online-general-discussion-424/399975-lotro-dx11.html

link for your reading on it.
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Posted: Jun 4th 2010 12:23PM Toggit said

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I think it's fascinating. This is the first time I've seen an MMO doing well elect to go free-to-play. I really do think the future of MMOs is heading from a subscription based model to a micro-transaction based model.

I loved LOTRO before I moved to f2ps because of the need to scrimp money. I'll pick it up again when it goes free to play.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 12:56PM (Unverified) said

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I just recently downloaded the trial to maybe play a bit with a couple friends, but couldn't really get into it, just seemed like the same ole thing. But I had thought about buying it before I played the trial, then I thought maybe I would play if the trial was longer... now I guess I'll probably end up playing it some when it goes F2P.

The concept of having more control over what you spend real money on in a game is attractive but for me all of these games have a looooong way to go before "F2P" is a trustworthy model. Everybody says DDO DDO DDO they so awesome, and I just think about that "offer wall"... I guess they are all still trying to find where the tipping point is, how much sleeze can you get away with? and how many people have 25$ to spend on a pony... disturbing trend to me.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 1:24PM (Unverified) said

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DDO is awesome... compared to the rest of the F2P-s present at the moment. All is relative. Sure, with F2P model the dark side of the Pony-lure gets very strong. The trick is... not to succumb to it too much. As for "how many people have..." - that's their money. As long as nothing truly game-breaking sold in the shop, I'm fine. Some purists will say that even the least fashion item is Game-Breaking... well, that's their mental problems. The goal of any Business is, after all, money and more money. So, as long as ponies and fluff generate a lot of money - devs will do it. Consumers are, after all, the king. And a very gullible one, if you ask me.
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Posted: Jun 4th 2010 1:30PM spartanthetriviumorg said

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Yeah, I recently read that on the forums. The apparent "catch" is you must login at least once a month. My concern is with what items and things that will be made available via the store and how many points they will cost. If LtS people dont get enough points to get everything (access wise) it would kind defeat the purpose.

I do however trust Turbine to do what is right and I'm happy for them getting bought out recently. I guess I'm feeling a little jilted in some regard.

Posted: Jun 4th 2010 1:33PM Controlled Chaos said

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I think I'll actually play this now.

Have to love the free to play model. Finally allowing players who have better things to blow their money on per month to play. That and, without the monthly fee, no pressure to get enough play to make it worth your while.

Positive move.

Posted: Jun 5th 2010 6:48AM Anique said

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Great news. Been waiting 4 this. Only thing to see is whether its good or a disappointment like DDO

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