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One Month Later: F2P Success

Free to Play has now been live for a month. And so far we have all managed to survive!

The biggest fear of the long standing community prior to the release of F2P was the death of the oft-touted ‘most mature MMO community’. People were afraid that new comers from other MMOs would come to our beloved LOTRO and soil it with their potty mouths.

At first, there were some problems in OOC chats in the starter areas. Many people came to the forums to complain about F2P’ers spewing vulgarities into the chat channels. From my personal experience on Windfola, I have not seen anything of the sort. Sure there have been some annoying behaviors, but nothing so bad as to bring out the report button, I feel.

The one marked difference across all servers though is the population boom. I have never seen so many people on Windfola as I have in the past month. That’s even taking expansion releases into account. People have been tracking these changes across the servers. The populations of each server have changed drastically. Some that were in the top population wise have dropped and, surprisingly, the newer servers are absolutely booming. See this thread for info on individual servers: Choosing a server (A Guide).

My opinion is that so far, F2P is a big success for LOTRO. A huge increase in population bodes well for the game. Not to mention all the threads on the forums from new players explaining how they fell in love with the game and have already subbed up in a short amount of time. The increase of funds to the game is bound to bring in more updates at a faster rate than we have seen in the past year.

My.LOTRO Blogs Down

I and others seem to be having trouble accessing our own and anyone else’s my.lotro blogs. Everyone seems to be getting the same:

The blog you have requested is not installed properly. Please contact the system administrator.

According to Duwis, the head of the web team, they are looking into it.

So if you are having a problem, don’t fear!

Community Involvement: When to Report and When to Ignore

Senior GM Jesenne posted a very helpful thread today on the forums that outlines the circumstances in which you should ignore or report people.

With all the hulabaloo lately along the lines of “OMG, F2P is ruining my game because they are all 12 year olds with potty mouths!”, this is a great post. I had tried to post something similar, however because people took it off in a random direction and resorted to name-calling, it got closed.

But here’s Jesenne’s thread.

I think my favorite line is:

“Ohmahgoose, did you hear what they just said?!?”

New Layout, New Goals

I should hope you have noticed the new site layout I just installed.

I’m taking LOTRO Weekly back to its roots in an attempt to jump start my interest in posting to it again.

I won’t be posting lots and lots. I will simply focus on putting out good, solid guides when I want to. Which, to me, is how it should be.

I had kind of forgotten the reason I started LW: to help out my kinmates.

So, I am going back to that idea. And if I help out other people along the way, then awesome!

Captain Changes

In this post I will be going over the changes that have occurred to the Captain class in the F2P beta, specifically the trait line changes.