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Posted: Jun 16th 2010 3:13PM oxlar said

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I quit LOTRO about 6 months ago. I felt that the game totally changed into and after Moria. Its like all the different flavors all got homoginized into one bland glob. Quests became meaningless, rewards became meaningless, skirmishes is such a huge chasm of wasted effort and resources. People loved the pre level 50 game. Then you get to the end and the game is bland. Its not because there were not enough people on. The quality of the game and the direction of the game sucked post 50. I have been on hiatus waiting to see if they can change directions and make the game more like pre 50. This however is in the wrong direction. I've gone from hiatus to buh bye, not comming back. I had a whole roster full of alt crafters that I used frequently. Now I would have to pick a few of them to keep. I don't think so. F2P sucks. Item stores suck. Sure it may be a good gimmick to get people to try the game, but it just completely cheepens the rest of the game. I really hate the direction games have gone of late. Even non-mmos are using dlc item stores. Its pathetic. And now we are moving into a trend where people can't even own the game they buy and resale it because of some required license or drm attached to it. There needs to be some regulation in this industry because people are losing their rights of ownership.

Posted: Jun 16th 2010 3:17PM (Unverified) said

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Pick ones to keep?

Right now you have no access to your characters if you aren't paying mopnthly. With f2p you will have access to some characters if you aren't paying and all characters if you aren't paying. I don't know how that is a problem!

Your other points remain valid concerns.
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Posted: Jun 16th 2010 3:19PM (Unverified) said

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Ooops. Typos in my comment above!!

Under the current system, you have no access to characters if you aren't paying monthly, complete if you are paying monthly,

Under F2P you will have access to a limited number of characters for no price, access to all characters with a monthly fee!

Posted: Jun 16th 2010 3:30PM Mr Angry said

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In unrelated news LOTRO will feature scaling of instances so you can replay at any level, Ranger play in PvE, 4 new dungeons (solo content) and also they have also mentioned that....

Rohan will be an expansion and will feature mounted combat.

My source

http://www.tentonhammer.com/events/e3/2010/lotr-heads-south-at-e3

Posted: Jun 16th 2010 5:33PM Wisdomandlore said

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I'm very excited about the level scaling for dungeons. That's a sign that Turbine is still listening to the community, as that's been an oft requested feature since MoM. It will add a ton of content to the endgame. That's 18 more group dungeons if I'm remembering everything, and 4 more raids.


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Posted: Jun 16th 2010 9:07PM Mr Angry said

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Tempes, a bit premature I think. You have no idea how much content is actually coming out, and given the content update is eight months after the last patch, there isn't much to tell people, they still have had a considerable wait and will continue to do so. The fact isn't that we will have to wait when they launch F2P, there has already been a considerable wait, and will continue to be up until Autumn.

Your example of content drives business can not be applied to the example of WoW sparkle ponies which made a huge amount of cash without new content to purchase, again, you just don't have anything substantial to back up the points other than mostly conjecture and your own hunches. If you are refuting what people say, you need much more empirical facts to work from, otherwise it's just one guess vs another.
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Posted: Jun 16th 2010 5:18PM Lateris said

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@Barinthos- thanks for pointing that out.

Posted: Jun 16th 2010 5:42PM Dblade said

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The thing that I wonder about is the house maintenance fees listed. 20 points for house and guildhall maintenance. Can someone mention how that would work in game, if it exists now? Because to me it looks like paying an lease on personal and guild housing, which would be a lot more necessary than a fluff item.

Posted: Jun 16th 2010 6:17PM Wisdomandlore said

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Currently ingame you have to pay a maintenance fee on player housing every week. The store option merely lets you pay with your money instead of with ingame gold.
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Posted: Jun 17th 2010 12:57AM aurickle said

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You really can't go by any prices shown in the screen shots.

A) Most screen shots don't even show values. They just have placeholder characters.
B) All prices are subject to change as beta testing proceeds. Turbine is going to be data mining and watching feedback like crazy to determine final launch values for any item in the shop.
C) The price of LotRO Turbine points has yet to be announced. We know what they cost for DDO, but as DDO and LotRO points are not interchangeable the price of those points may be different for each game.

All that said, it is good just knowing that there is an option for payment through the store rather than solely with game gold. It will be especially beneficial to people at the Free and Premium levels since they will have gold caps, limited inventory space and limited auctions to deal with. They'll be wanting to use their gold for other things like gear and training. The store option means that F2P could actually help make the housing zones a little more lively.
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Posted: Jun 16th 2010 6:16PM (Unverified) said

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Lemme in!

Posted: Jun 16th 2010 6:24PM Graill440 said

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With only one server in LOTR of any substantial population what will be done to increase pops on dead servers? Will the influx of people, once they find out they cant play monster play unless they are paying members drop before they even move up? And what happens when they find they cant access the good areas, even with gameplaytime like in ddo? F2P you say?

As for the Myth that is F2P which actually means "free to pay" people or businesses calling a game free to play are so ignorant looking, a fact not unnoticed by people with common sense.

I see the lotr money model will be the same as ddo, you will buy weps and armor, there is no reason to think they would change anything between the two. Ddo had a spike in numbers, it went back down, so this stands to reason lotr will have a spike and it too will go back down but those players caught in the paying for extra weps and healing pots, stat uppers, etc will no doubt make the store profitable, addiction is that way.

Hell, if they give my warg some way to finally level on a dead server i would pay, that or get a free or close to free transfer to a more populated one. as it stands i dont play enough lotr to substantiate the cost of a transfer, a couple hours every six months or so.

Posted: Jun 17th 2010 12:59AM aurickle said

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Actually, it's "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." :)
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Posted: Jun 17th 2010 4:05PM (Unverified) said

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I want that HELMET HELMET right now!! House Denieth is my favorite ebberon house so I can't wait to help them expand their business in Middle Earth.

This is obviously a work in progress and people who complain about the screen-shots not being absolutely perfect are nit-wits who, not to cast aspersions or anything, have small genitalia.

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