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Old 09-12-10, 03:24 AM   #1
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Default Lord of the rings is now Free!

Well I downloaded the super deluxe uber client last night and was able to sit down to it for a few hours this night. This is coming from an old time mmo player whos been playing since EQ started, but primarly jumped from eq to WoW/Guild wars.

So far, its ehh, ok, but imo they really could have done better considering they did alot of things just to make this game free. First and formost, they locked out 2 of the classes. I didn't hear anything about this and when I saw EQ2 do the same I thought it was probably one of the worst things you could do. In Lotro, turbine has disabled the rune master class which is a class that can swap between range dps, and healing.

One thing none of the MMOs have been able to get around is the healer/tank drouts. They just generally don't have the appeal to people as dps classes do. So why does turbine want to ruin their server balances by a huge influx of dps/tanks but no healers? Also when the idea is now getting people hooked onto a class they like to play so that they can shell out some money down the road, restricting unique classes that someone would prefer to play over the others is a good way to lose said person because he dosn't like the other classes. I actually happen to like healing, so I was pretty bummed when I saw it locked.

So I logged in and started a lore master, aka mage...with a summoned pet. Unfortunately the first 30-40 minutes is spent in a zone that you are alone in. You run through some tutorial quest and a small event before you are transported to the noobe zone. I didn't like this at all, and for good reason. I had questions to ask, and no one to ask them too. Both WoW and Guild wars drop you off in populated zones where I can immediately do a zone wide message asking such and such. Still having more difficulty? maybe someone will invite you to group. Both games have an easy to understand part and chat system... lotro does not. I mean, ok I could prolly right click someone to invite.. but I opened the social window and it was cluttered with all kinds of crap. You have like 8 different chat channels, 7 of them are not needed, and everyone in the zone had no idea how to use them or why. I asked questions on several of them like OOC (I knew this one from my eq days) and advice, but didn't get a single reply despite many new players running around.

I was thinking this would be a cool free game to get my brother or my dad into MMOs, but I think wow and guild wars have it much better. I know Lotro is not WoW, but that dosn't mean they can't copy the good things over, especially when it comes to noobs. Less is more, and WoW's initial basic interface, popup help boxes, and starting you off on simple task (your level 1... there is no saving the world for you yet son) is the best way to do things.
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Old 10-01-10, 04:23 PM   #2
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Default Re: Lord of the rings is now Free!

Unfortunately this update to f2p also got us a lot of code changes that have nothing to do with f2p and that I don't like. Layers, zones, aggro radius, respawn radius. Broken instances.

Plus as a subscriber I find that the stuff I thought I would actually buy in the store is way too expensive now that I see the prices.
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Old 10-08-10, 02:51 PM   #3
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guess they doubled their revenue since going f2p, 52% of players have bought items
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Where's that number from? "Bought" mean spend real-world money on Turbine Points or means spent points on items?

If those 52% canceled their subscription and then bought a $5 quest pack one time that doesn't get them very far.
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Default Re: Lord of the rings is now Free!

did they also change the game "style" D&D online seems to have gotten a bit more cartoony when it when free, did the same thing happend to this game?
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did they also change the game "style" D&D online seems to have gotten a bit more cartoony when it when free, did the same thing happend to this game?
The looks are still good.

Except that people can now freely buy riding goats, skeleton horses, pirate gear, hare mask and other annoyances that previously was limited to people who did hardcore grinding or happened to have bought some pack at the right time.
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