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Turbine: LotRO revenue tripled since going F2P {Massively}

Jan 7th 2011 7:44PM @ArhK: you're welcome. Glad to be of service.

Ta,

Turbine: LotRO revenue tripled since going F2P {Massively}

Jan 7th 2011 6:58PM @ArhK: you're welcome. Glad to be of service.

Ta,

Turbine: LotRO revenue tripled since going F2P {Massively}

Jan 7th 2011 9:42AM @ArhK: Sean is blatantly misrepresenting the system. Nothing has changed about being a sub pre and post F2P. There are just more things available, some of which were only available to those who bought certain upgrades before F2P. Now they are for a price which you can spend either time or money on. IF you want to grind out the points you can do that, if you want to spend money and conserve your time that's available as well.

The numbers he's banding about are for optional shared storage space between toons. If you have multiple toons to shuttle gear between then you also have had multiple opportunities and time to grind out the TP's through normal play to pay for them on top of your monthly stipend.

What Sean is complaining about is that he feels as a VIP he should have full access to all of everything at all times. I disagree with that.

I have 5 active toons and make do with only 2 shared storage upgrades and 1 wardrobe upgrade and have never spent a dime beyond my sub fee. For having been a sub for 15 months when F2P happened Turbine gave me over 2000 TP's for my past patronage,. After 3 months of regular play (and buying a number of things in the Store) I have nearly 1500 TP's available to spend right now. I pay on a 3 month sub fee of $29.97/3months or $9.99/month. I'm banking points now b/c I may decide to unsub at some point in the future (to sub to DCUO) and would like to keep full functionality. It's a fair system that rewards people who play the game, not those who complain about it.

How much more steak do you want with that free sex?

It amazes me how entrenched the sense of entitlement that exists in people's minds.

Ta,

Turbine: LotRO revenue tripled since going F2P {Massively}

Jan 7th 2011 9:24AM @Sean D: C'mon. Why would you buy vault upgrades with TP when you can spend in-game gold on it? You get 500 TP/month plus whatever you earn in game, and if you actually play it's hard not to earn 200/month just through doing things. I can see if you're at max level and and OCD deed completionist before the F2P switch being an issue, but then you would have gotten 4000 points back in September to buy the things like Shared Storage and Wardrobe space.

No 500 TP's doesn't go very far at the store, but it represents functionality you didn't have before the F2P conversion, ie. deed accelerators and buying off virtues. They also added in a lot of the new stuff to the list of things you can buy with destiny points, like accelerated XP from kills and Skirmish Mark accelerators.

Ta,

Updated: On the first day of giveaways, Turbine gave to me... {Massively}

Dec 13th 2010 9:26AM Having played both games, LotR:O for me is the game I want to play. DDO is a very cool idea and I spent a few months there playing through different classes and dungeons, but I eventually decided that it wasn't for me.

LotR:O is just a fantastic game that has me reconnecting with old friends who've moved away as well as those I haven't gamed with since the early days of WoW. The F2P change allowed for my wife to try the game without having to fear wasting money which has given us a way to spend time together when I'm away from home.

Both are excellent values but LotR:O is the clear winner for me.

Ta,

The Daily Grind: What's your favorite starting zone? {Massively}

Nov 17th 2010 8:38AM I agree about The Shire. I think making my first hobbit (and my last, a warden) was what finally got me hooked on Lotr:O. I'd tried the other zones and classes and was having a problem with grokking the game or why anyone liked it. The minute I went to The Shire, though, that changed. Now, it's the only starting zone I'll do on a new toon, regardless of race.

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Video: Crazy machine rolls out brick roads like it's laying carpet {Autoblog}

Nov 16th 2010 4:31PM And without the entrepreneur getting the money together and taking the risk, the engineer sits in his drawing room with a great idea, a patent and nothing else.

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LotRO Veteran's Day sale slashes expansion costs in half {Massively}

Nov 11th 2010 9:51AM Then why post here? This is great news, especially for me as my wife is playing with me on a free acct and is unsure about subbing. Being able to get these at 50% off today is a great opportunity.

Ta,

Turbine revamps LotRO crafting window, simplifies Farmer recipes {Massively}

Nov 10th 2010 10:30AM No, it means that the previous system was stupid and a time-sink as opposed to being fun.

Farming and cooking are really annoying. The other crafting professions are reasonably fun in comparison.

Ta,

Turbine revamps LotRO crafting window, simplifies Farmer recipes {Massively}

Nov 10th 2010 10:28AM Disagree. With the simple change of allowing crits while leveling up from proficiency to mastery within each tier it is now very possible to craft yourself the very best gear available at your level.

Before that change, I would agree with you 100%, but now? No way. The rate at which you acquire resources comes close to matching the gear you want to wear/wield.

My champion is 38th and a metalsmith and I made her after the switch and have tested this out. At every stage of crafting I've been able to craft her what she wanted at every sub-tier and keep her well-supplied.

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