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#1 AdvOfJet   Brotherhood of Darkness CAGiversary!   1609 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

Posted 11 September 2010 - 03:12 PM

To clear up some space on the main deals thread I though I would move things over to the PC forum to try and get a group together of new players since LOTRO has moved to F2P.

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Sales

Double Bonus Points On the Largest Bundle - Through 7/4
6,900 Turbine Points - $49.99

Store Sales - 7/8 - 7/14
Monster XP Boosts - 79-900 (20% off)
Skill Deed Boosts - 40-360 (20% off)
Slayer Deed Accelerators - 60-360 (20% off)
+25% Legendary Item Experience Tomes - 17-72 (20% off)

Summer Sale Week One
Spoiler


Summer Sale Week Two - Through 7/14
July 8 - Rune-Keeper Class - 597 (25% off)
July 9 - Might Stat Tomes - 222 (25% off)
July 10 - Virtue: Determination - 207 (30% off)
July 11 - Trait Slot: Class - 67 (30% off)
July 12 - Simple Rally Horn - 48 (50% off)
July 13 - 5 Addition Auction House Post Slots - 72-147 (25% off)
July 14 - Black Dye - 60-270 (40% off)

Get Ready For Isengard Sale - Undetermined End Time
All Quest Packs & Expansion - 20% off
Legacies - 20% off
Battle Potion of Restoration - 20% off

Pre-Purchase Isengard Expansion - Through 9/26
Legendary - $49.99
- Rise of Isengard Expansion
- 3 Rohirrim Style Mounts
- 3 matching Rohirrim Cosmetic Armour
- In-Game Title "Guard of the Isen"
- Access to Trollshaws, Eregion, Lothloerien, Moria, and Mirkwood Quest Packs
- 1,000 Turbine Points
- A 25% experience boost for all future and current characters up to level 65
- 3 Cosmetic Cloaks matching the colour of your armour and mounts

Heroic - $39.99
- Rise of Isengard Expansion
- Choice of 1 Rohirrim Mount
- 1 matching Rorirrim Cosmetic Armour
- In-Game Title "Guard of the Isen"
- A 25% experience boost for all future and current characters up to level 65
- 1 Cosmetic Cloak matching the colour of your armour and mount

Base - $29.99
- Rise of Isengard Expansion
- 1 Red Rohirrim Mount
- In-Game Title "Guard of the Isen"
- A 25% experience boost for all future and current characters up to level 65
- 1 Cosmetic Cloak matching the colour of your mount


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Our Current Server - Riddermark

Kinship Name - Citizens Against Gnomes
Kinship Website - http://cag.guildlaunch.com/

If you want to join feel free to post and let us know. The more the merrier!

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CURRENT MEMBERS
CAG NAME - CHARACTER NAME / CLASS - ALTS
* = Officer (PM for invite to the Kinship, or post in this thread)

* Kaltic -
Kalorin / Dwarf Champion.
Kaligard / Human Warden, Keladrian / Elf Rune-Keeper
* Draekon - Sorcha - Elf Rune Keeper, Brosco / Hobbit Burglar, Sorial / Elf Hunter, Draekon / Human Warden
* redline - Buvo / Hobbit Minstrel
* AdvOfJet - Quantus / Human Lore Master
* DarkonJohn - Darkon / Dwarf Champion
Nirvana92 - Conuiron / Captain
hustletron - Hustletron / Human Captain
Megiddo_CAG - Gatsby / Human-Champion.
DukeEdwardI - Rodhir / Elf Hunter
Megazell - Megazell / Human Guardian
LifesBane -
m_d_amore - Bigpar / Human Loremaster
halfbent - Zym / Hobbit Guardian
MBENNE - Stryn / Hobbit Hunter
I LIEK CHOCOLATEMILK - Sufjan / Human Guardian
AK85 - Legionarius / Elf Hunter
volt1up - Vanmurdergood / Human Champion
crystalklear64 - Wasp / Human Burglar, Gheed / Dwarf Hunter, Jams / Hobbit Minstrel
Logg - Loggjaw / Runekeeper
nuromutt - Tjinn / Hobbit Minstrel

Edited by AdvOfJet, 01 October 2010 - 10:01 PM.

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#2 Droenixjpn   The Waiting Gamer CAGiversary!   1381 Posts   Joined 9.4 Years Ago  

Droenixjpn

Posted 11 September 2010 - 03:37 PM

I'll join probably! Still need to setup an account and download the client again... I used to play back when LOTRO was first released and was P2P.

#3 JeriKu   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   147 Posts   Joined 8.4 Years Ago  

Posted 11 September 2010 - 03:49 PM

So..

Is this game any good? Is there any PVP or end-game PVE? How does it compare to the "other Juggernaut"?

#4 AdvOfJet   Brotherhood of Darkness CAGiversary!   1609 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

Posted 11 September 2010 - 03:57 PM

I played it initially for a little while when it first came out. At the times I was coming off a year or so of WoW and I enjoyed LOTRO much more. At least in my opinion the main story line in this is vastly superior.

However with the base game being F2P now you can always just check it out and if you don't like it... nothing wasted or lost.

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#5 Droenixjpn   The Waiting Gamer CAGiversary!   1381 Posts   Joined 9.4 Years Ago  

Droenixjpn

Posted 11 September 2010 - 04:00 PM

Well I know there is PVP. But when I played you couldn't play as any of the Evil forces, only the Good forces. That was the PVE though, however the PVP was when you could only play as The Forces of Mordor.

As how it compares to WoW, I'm going to say it was not as Commercially successful, and might only be interesting to those interested in the Lord of the Rings universe.

#6 ryushe   Dopey Otaku Assassin CAGiversary!   508 Posts   Joined 9.3 Years Ago  

Posted 11 September 2010 - 04:01 PM

Still downloading....

Oh, and can USA players play with EU players?

I have a few friends with an EU account I've wanted to play with and just want to know if it's at all possible.

#7 Droenixjpn   The Waiting Gamer CAGiversary!   1381 Posts   Joined 9.4 Years Ago  

Droenixjpn

Posted 11 September 2010 - 04:02 PM

I'll be downloading/installing later.

#8 Draekon   Kung-Fu Panda CAGiversary!   5450 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  

Posted 11 September 2010 - 04:07 PM

I just want to throw out there for people who played with a subscription at one point, but are now marked as Premium. Every zone except for the three racial starting zones cost a fee if you want to unlock them. So lets throw out some math...

Points  Zone            Levels   Instances   Raids
350     Lone Lands      22-32    1           0
595     North Downs     18-40    1           0
795     Angmar          40-50    3           1
695     Enedwaith       65+      0           0
695     Eregion         45-50    2           0
595     Euindim         32-50    3           0
595     Forochel        39-52    0           0
695     Misty Mountain  39-50    1           0
595     Trollshaws      30-50    0           0

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5610   All Zones
If you subscribe monthly they're all unlocked but are taken away when you go back to Premium. Expansions like Mines of Moria and Mirkwood you keep. Of course you keep other things from VIP status such as unlimited gold, 5 bags, etc.

To gain points in the game you get around 5 for basic deeds, 10 for advanced, and 15 for the next tier. In the three starting zones alone if you take the time to do everything (it takes a while) you can make at least 500 points per character (I'm doing a rough estimate). As for the cost of points (not including deals):

Points  Cost
420     $6.50
1550    $19.50
2500    $29.50
5000    $50.00


#9 Kaltic   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1573 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

Posted 11 September 2010 - 04:28 PM

However buying Mines of Moria (Price rose from $8 last night to $9.50 this morning) gets you all the content and a 30 day sub which counts as VIP. Because of this you get 500 turbine points for that month. Also for the next 30 minutes you can get the VIP starter pack from D2D for $5 which can get you a total of 1500 turbine points (because of the 1000 automatic and the 30 month VIP access). That is easily enough points to get Angmar, Lone Lands, and North Downs (which will level you up quite a ways). Along with that you will left with roughly 350 or so which is fairly close to another quest pack

Anyway onto the subject at hand. How we going to get this group up and running? Post in-game names or something? Because I am totally up for playing with a group of CAGs (even though I will be busy with Halo Reach from the 14th on).

#10 DukeEdwardI   Whose Queens? CAGiversary!   2176 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

DukeEdwardI

Posted 11 September 2010 - 04:35 PM

I'm going to go ahead and throw out some info from the thread in the main deals forum that was helpful to me.

It's not too hard to find the Collector's Edition of Mines of Moria Complete for only a few dollars more, which includes:

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  • Unique premium book packaging
  • 3 in-game item tokens that can be used to pick from 8 different in-game items
  • 22” x 22” premium quality cloth map of the Mines of Moria
  • Special gold-plated replica of The One Ring complete with chain and pouch
  • Mines of Moria poster
  • Middle-earth map
  • The Lord of the Rings Online Art and Music Collection with the official Mines of Moria Soundtrack
  • Full color Collector’s Edition Starter Guide
  • Online Community Badge for LOTRO forums
  • Includes the 2007 PC MMO Game of the Year, Shadows of Angmar, all content updates, plus the Mines of Moria expansion.
  • 30 Days Free Game Time
  • Quick Reference Card
  • Product Key Card
  • 14–day free Buddy Key Cards (3 Keys)
  • Starter guide
  • Manual (pdf)
  • Entry into the $25,000 The Treasures of Moria Instant Win and Sweepstakes (probably expired)
It's backordered on Amazon for $9.99 (shipping eta 2-3 weeks), but eBay, local Gamestops, and other places will be around $10-12. Definitely worth the few extra bucks.


I managed to find a copy on half.com for $11.42 shipped! That ended up being cheaper than ordering the standard edition off Amazon and paying the standard shipping there (didn't really feel like spending $25 to get free shipping).

Also, you can find 60 day pre-paid cards from 3rd party sellers on Amazon for as low as $13 shipped. (Link) That's $6.50/month for VIP access and you get 1000 points over those 60 days!

#11 Kaltic   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1573 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

Posted 11 September 2010 - 04:37 PM

So..

Is this game any good? Is there any PVP or end-game PVE? How does it compare to the "other Juggernaut"?


Well I know Monster Play is exclusive to VIP members, which costs a monthly subscription of $14.99. Monster Play is the evil side of PVP. I don't think it says if you can or can't play the good side as a free or premium user though. But I have done enough searching and digging around for info last night. I am finally going to play.

#12 nattybohman   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   57 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  

nattybohman

Posted 11 September 2010 - 04:45 PM

One thing to remember is that nothing is really locked or blocked off to Free to play players. The areas are all open, you just won't get any side quests in the areas outside the starter zones. The "Epic Storyline" quests are available throughout the game for free.
(Of course at a certain point to get to a high enough level to complete those quests, you'll probably need to kill a lot of wandering monsters since you won't have the xp from side quests.)

The PvP is called Monster play and is unlocked at lvl 10 for VIP members. You can play as a monster from that point on in PvP. If you want to play as a hero in PvP, your hero needs to be lvl 40 I believe.

Also, I'd like to make the point that because a game is commercially successful, doesn't necessarily make it a better game.

The Petz series of games have sold 17 million copies.

The graphics in LotRO look MUCH better than WoW and a storyline based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy series has a lot more to work with than one based on an RTS.
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Get your own Gamercard Sig.

#13 Kaltic   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1573 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

Posted 11 September 2010 - 05:56 PM

Anyone else notice that you have (or at least I do) 2 character slots? F2P people are only supposed to have 1 and I haven't used my VIP starter kit yet (and even with that the slots would be higher).

#14 Draekon   Kung-Fu Panda CAGiversary!   5450 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  

Posted 11 September 2010 - 07:01 PM

You're suppose to have two per server as a "Free" player. Go re-check the comparison chart.


EDIT: I'll also restart on Riddermark I guess. I have a level 35 on Meneldor but it's not really a big deal. Here's hoping that it's not too much of a pain to get points to buy quest packs. I went ahead and spent $5 at DirectDrive for the 1000 points since it's not much and I figure I might play this longer than I did before. Will post my character name(s) and their classes shortly.

By the way, each race starts in different areas for the most part. You start in a solo instance and work your way to the "newbie" instance (Dwarf/Elves or Human/Hobbit) and from there you unlock your home zones, which is the normal open world. It's not too difficult to get to the same starting area at that point I think.


EDIT 2: I'll stick with this for the moment on my characters

Sorcha - Elf Rune Keeper (My main character most likely)
Brosco - Hobbit Burglar
Sorial - Elf Hunter
Draekon - Human Warden

Edited by Draekon, 11 September 2010 - 07:23 PM.


#15 Kaltic   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1573 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

Posted 11 September 2010 - 08:14 PM

Odd that the character slot thing is the ONLY thing changed between the beta comparison chart and the actual game comparison chart. It is also annoying that no other website than LOTRO has the new comparison chart. I say that because the LOTRO website is crap. Try and find a FAQ (without already knowing where it is)... I dare you....

EDIT: Anyway I am Kalorin - Dwarf Champion on Riddermark. Level 8 or something. I won't be on much this evening (probably nearer to midnight I will be on).

#16 Draekon   Kung-Fu Panda CAGiversary!   5450 Posts   Joined 12.3 Years Ago  

Posted 11 September 2010 - 08:47 PM

Looks like once you finish the newbie instance you can get a Special Writ of Passage that'll allow free travel to wherever for a short while (in your mailbox). Guess it isn't as difficult to group up once you finish the newbie instance.

Anyhow, I don't really play late night so don't expect to see me on during that time. Also, don't try and start a kinship until we have at least 8 players that we can add to the kinship within the first 24 hours or else it will auto-disband.

#17 DarkonJohn   Growing backlog CAGiversary!   941 Posts   Joined 10.4 Years Ago  

DarkonJohn

Posted 11 September 2010 - 09:43 PM

I noticed that today-only they LOTO is offering 6,900 Turbine points for $49.95.

Compared to time cards going for $13 which give you 1,000 points (500 per month), it would cost about $91 in time cards to get the same number of points. Of couse, those time cards would also give you 14 months of VIP play time.

But if you buy the 6,900 points for $49.95 with this deal, couldn't you just buy most of the extra content you get as part of the VIP subscription?

Not sure if this is a good deal or not, but am tempted to buy it since the deal ends today.

#18 AdvOfJet   Brotherhood of Darkness CAGiversary!   1609 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

Posted 11 September 2010 - 09:45 PM

I wasnt able to find the collectors edition but I did pick up the Standard Mines of Moria Complete for $5.00 at GS after using a $5 gift card I had laying around. Entered it in and it did add an additional month of VIP access to my account which means another 500 points again next month. Not to bad then its like buying the points and getting the expansion free.

So my total out of pocket for the game so far has been $10 for 2 months VIP access and 2000 points. Not too bad. I'm sure I can get at least that amount of enjoyment of out the game over the next few months.

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#19 DarkonJohn   Growing backlog CAGiversary!   941 Posts   Joined 10.4 Years Ago  

DarkonJohn

Posted 11 September 2010 - 09:57 PM

I wasnt able to find the collectors edition but I did pick up the Standard Mines of Moria Complete for $5.00 at GS after using a $5 gift card I had laying around. Entered it in and it did add an additional month of VIP access to my account which means another 500 points again next month. Not to bad then its like buying the points and getting the expansion free.

So my total out of pocket for the game so far has been $10 for 2 months VIP access and 2000 points. Not too bad. I'm sure I can get at least that amount of enjoyment of out the game over the next few months.


I'm in the same situations since I picked up the D2D deal and ordered the Mines CE from Amazon for $9.99 (backordered, but I'm thinking it may ship sooner).

Does anyone know if they offer deals on the Turbine points on a regular basis, or is the $49.99 for 6,900 points a rare things due to the Free to Play launch?

#20 Nirvana92   CAG Veteran CAG Veteran   33 Posts   Joined 10.5 Years Ago  

Posted 11 September 2010 - 11:46 PM

Started playing LOTRO over the summer, currently a "premium" player with both Moria and Mirkwood unlocked but no way to get there =D. I know a decent amount of the game (obviously not endgame) and I rerolled a captain on Riddermark to play with some fellow CAGs. Names Conuiron, looking forward to seeing you all in-game :lol:

#21 Megazell   Linux Gamer CAGiversary!   5388 Posts   Joined 8.4 Years Ago  

Megazell

Posted 12 September 2010 - 01:12 AM

I'll make a new character for that server.

My game time for this game will be Wednesday 10:30 PM EST to 11:30 PM EST.

I post the name and such when I log on next Wed.

Megazell's Free and Legal PC Games!

http://freeandlegalpcgames.wordpress.com/

It's free or Fuck it!


#22 DarkonJohn   Growing backlog CAGiversary!   941 Posts   Joined 10.4 Years Ago  

DarkonJohn

Posted 12 September 2010 - 01:32 AM

To clear up some space on the main deals thread I though I would move things over to the PC forum to try and get a group together of new players since LOTRO has moved to F2P.

Currently we are looking at the Server :

Riddermark

If you want to join feel free to post and let us know. The more the merrier!

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CURRENT MEMBERS

CAG NAME - CHARACTER NAME / CLASS - ALTS



Kaltic - Kalorin / Dwarf Champion

Draekon - Sorcha - Elf Rune Keeper, Brosco / Hobbit Burglar, Sorial / Elf Hunter, Draekon / Human Warden
Nirvana92 - Conuiron / Captain



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Once we get at least 8 people playing on the same server we'll go ahead and get the kinship setup.


DarkonJohn (CAG) - Darkon / Dwarf Champion (Riddermark)

Just starting out so my toon is only Level 5 at the moment. Also started a toon on Dwarrowdelf (Darkon/ Human Champion/ Level 7) before finding out that CAG was going to be on Riddermark.

Interesting that you can have two toons per server (not per account), but I'm not complaining.

#23 AdvOfJet   Brotherhood of Darkness CAGiversary!   1609 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

Posted 12 September 2010 - 01:38 AM

I cant seem to stay connected tonight for anything. I play for about 30 seconds and then lose connection and just sit there. Seems things are definitely a little overloaded in the starter areas at least.

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#24 DarkonJohn   Growing backlog CAGiversary!   941 Posts   Joined 10.4 Years Ago  

DarkonJohn

Posted 12 September 2010 - 02:25 AM

I cant seem to stay connected tonight for anything. I play for about 30 seconds and then lose connection and just sit there. Seems things are definitely a little overloaded in the starter areas at least.


I've had a couple of disconnects, but not too bad. I guess the F2P newcomers (which include me) are loading up the servers.

#25 Kaltic   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1573 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

Posted 12 September 2010 - 04:10 AM

So should we just start adding people as friends or wait until we have enough to form a kinship?

#26 DukeEdwardI   Whose Queens? CAGiversary!   2176 Posts   Joined 12.0 Years Ago  

DukeEdwardI

Posted 12 September 2010 - 04:12 AM

Ok, sorry folks but I haven't had time to play yet. I've been busy all day and am probably not going to start playing until tomorrow. Once I get a character rolled though, I'll post it here and maybe we could get a kinship going on (is that basically a guild?).

#27 Kaltic   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1573 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

Posted 12 September 2010 - 04:22 AM

I decided to make an alt (Because there are only 2 classes I want to play that are non-Mines of Moria... which I don't have yet). Kaltic, Human Minstrel.

So you should know all my names will start with the letter "K". Don't ask it is just my thing.

#28 LifesBane   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   10 Posts   Joined 7.9 Years Ago  

LifesBane

Posted 12 September 2010 - 04:59 AM

Hmm, I may try and join up as well. I had been thinking about giving this game a whirl (I only got to play it for about an hour during early beta), so this might be a good place to start. Let's see if it runs on the laptop... *downloading to try it out*

#29 AdvOfJet   Brotherhood of Darkness CAGiversary!   1609 Posts   Joined 13.7 Years Ago  

Posted 12 September 2010 - 05:07 AM

Yeah the kinship is the same as a guild in other MMOs.

I've added everyone as friends to try and see if anyone pops on. It actually shouldnt be too long before we are able to start the kinship. Once we have enough I'll buy the charter and get it put together.

Any ideas on a name ?

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#30 Kaltic   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   1573 Posts   Joined 8.8 Years Ago  

Posted 12 September 2010 - 05:24 AM

Ok, sorry folks but I haven't had time to play yet. I've been busy all day and am probably not going to start playing until tomorrow. Once I get a character rolled though, I'll post it here and maybe we could get a kinship going on (is that basically a guild?).


Didn't you say that you added the VIP starter kit already? If so did you already receive your 500 VIP points? Since you are supposed to within like 2 or 3 days of starting the month subscription.

As for a name to the kinship... i'm not sure. Is the game ok with ass? Because if not than almost anything CAG related is thrown out (unless it is CAG). Anybody know this?