Posts Tagged 'Free-to-Play'

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.

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?!?”

LOTRO E3 Round-Up

With E3 having come to a close this year, I’ll re-cap some of the exciting news and sneak-peeks that LOTRO showed the press these past few days. Maps, store views and more!

How Many Points Will I Recieve at F2P Launch: Calculator

All current subscribers get a certain amount of Turbine Points for different qualifications they meet. Want to know how many points you’ll have at launch?

Community Reactions Summation

Obviously in the past 24+ hours, the LOTRO community has exploded into a frenzy. Here, I’m going to summarize the ideas and reactions that the community has been experiencing the last 24 hours or so.