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Posted: Oct 29th 2010 1:49PM pcgneurotic said

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Sounds great, but now I'm faced with the dilemna of having to level US and EU characters. :D

Posted: Oct 29th 2010 2:09PM Controlled Chaos said

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It was the lack of expansions for free players before that kind of kept me a little bit leery about starting things up. I hated the idea of getting a little ways in then basically being told, "Ah, sorry! You have to buy more to satisfy any more interest in playing the game. The store is that way..." I tend to like a good amount of play, ensuring that I rather like everything, before I fork out cash.

Sounds like this might be the time to give it a whirl.

Posted: Oct 29th 2010 2:18PM (Unverified) said

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I subbed back in 2007 but haven't become VIP and have only spent about $13 US and gotten enough content to get to 50 (out of 65). If you are thrifty and plan it out you can open up the majority of the content for no cash money but just an average amount of time investment to earn turbine points.

Definitely worth it if you end up liking the game, which you should be able to figure out in the completely free content offered (up to around 20-25 for completely free).
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Posted: Oct 29th 2010 7:26PM (Unverified) said

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@Breltar
But then isn't 13$ amount You could buy a monthly sub? And get 500 points on top of it? Premium can be very nice option but imo to a very limited number of players. For majority it'll be just needless grind with close to non existent(if at all) savings.
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Posted: Oct 29th 2010 2:15PM (Unverified) said

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Hopefully this is a good sign we will see more patches and even content in the near future. I am very glad about the quick travel but I wonder if someone like me (subbed in 2007) is counted towards the 'VIP one month'.

Posted: Oct 29th 2010 2:47PM aurickle said

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Yes. If you ever subbed to the game, the characters that you played will come back in with fast travel, all bags, no gold cap and all traits. Characters that you might have created but never actually logged into the game with will not count. Nor would characters that have only ever been played as a Premium player. (You will never be a fully F2P player for the simple reason that you have previously subscribed.)
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Posted: Oct 29th 2010 2:54PM Harley Dude said

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I'll be curious to see what they do with the Hobbit starter area. IMO this is currently God-awful. Sooooo many long FedEx runs...

Posted: Oct 29th 2010 3:42PM (Unverified) said

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The Shire is great and stands out because it is different. If you don't like its style, you can always level up in Bree or Ered Luin.
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Posted: Oct 29th 2010 3:55PM Ocho said

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But this is the beauty that is the Shire! As the polar opposite of Mordor with all the violence, the majority of quests in the shire are collection and delivery quests, hide and seek, finding rocks, pies, mail... the things the peaceful inhabitants of the area see and worry about in their day to day lives. In other words, the worst possible thing in their day is that the pie they just ate was terrible. As opposed to Bree where the local thugs are murdering people... look at the Shire as a zone where things are mostly peaceful, and you see the zone from a new light.
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Posted: Oct 29th 2010 3:59PM Ocho said

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So basically, play the entire game for free (or throw a few bucks their way to open bags and stuff), then when you reach the top levels, sub for one month, and all the Fast Travels and traits unlock. As far as pricing goes, I don't know if the $15 would be worth it, but its a lot better than the option not being there at all...

Posted: Oct 29th 2010 5:40PM wondersmith said

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Every time I hear about that new Warden skill, "Never give up, never surrender!" goes through my mind. I've obviously seen Galaxy Quest too many times.

Posted: Oct 29th 2010 5:42PM (Unverified) said

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returned after a short spell last year, and really glad to see all the improvements made since
on my 1st attempt i went back to wow after a month or so, but now its ALMOST up to that lvl of functionality generally, and lore-wise it always have been miles ahead of wow
i play in EU but dont mind the sub - since now i feel i'm getting something for my euros:)

Posted: Nov 1st 2010 12:47PM (Unverified) said

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Awesome, I could do without the new influx of wankers in /ooc and /advice around bree/shire but if this patch is anything to go by F2P is already paying off for longtime subs like me.

I think the biggest problem going forward is that the last few book expansions have been super samey they really need to do more for the next zone than just reskin some monsters and make a new set of bronze/silver/gold tokens to collect.

Especially the music, there is some great music in the first 40 levels, Moria fits the zone but gets old fast and the new zones are just random notes and wooshing sounds.

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