From: San Diego
I also thought about trying out that LoTR MMOPG one Christmas holiday season. Does anyone know it? Do you have any overlap with the real ring quest in that game? Seems the regions and addons come out very slowly, and they really try to milk players for each little thing and adventure pack? I never understood or liked the idea of buying special weapons, levels and skill with real money, that kind of eliminated the sporty and challenge part to keeps me addicted. Might be worth waiting until the maps are completely done and released in a few year, if ever so?
I have been playing Lord of the Rings Online since its release. It was an anniversary present - something my wife and I enjoy doing together (as opposed to WitPAE - which is a personal interest of mine she does not share.) We have been adventuring together for these five years.
I play on the Landroval server - which is "role-playing encouraged". (If any are familiar with the place, you will know me as Meadowlarke Sweetweed.)
As was said earlier, the events in the game overlap the events in the War of the Rings. Your low-level character will encounter events consistent with the start of the Fellowship of the Ring - Frodo leaving the Shire. As you go through the game, you will encounter the Fellowship in Rivendell, in Lothlorien, and then again further down the river.
The are still building the game. In the most recent release, we got Rohan (and mounted combat).
Given the size of each region, the pace of the release seems quite reasonable. In year 1, they started with the Shire, Bree, Rivendell, and the lands west of the Misty Mountains. Year 2 brought Moria. Year 3 brought Lothlorien and the wood elves. Year 4 gave us the Gap of Rohan and Isengard. Year 5 brings Rohan.
There is a player-versus-player region for those who like competitive gaming. However, most of the world does not allow players to harm other players. It is a cooperative game - which, to me, is a good thing.
You do not have to pay for anything. Everything can be acquired through the game. (There are a couple of exceptions, but none of them essential to play). By paying a standard subscription rate, one can get a monthly allotment of "Turbine points". Of course, if a person wants a lot of storage, cosmetic clothing, and a more rapid progression of levels and skills, one can purchase them as well. Or, one can earn them through the course of playing the game.
I quite enjoy the game. I particularly enjoy the cooperative nature of it. I enjoy the fact that it is something my wife and I can do together that does not involve competing against her.
I am in the Nimrodel server. My main's name is Nymphonic. I started playing waaaaaaaay back in April 2007 on launch day and have played ever since.
After 16 years, Civ II still has me in it's clutches LOL!!!
Now CIV IV has me in it's evil clutches!