As stated in the US server:
Is this the same model you used with DDO?
It’s very similar in a large number of ways. The basic structure is the same with some changes made to support LOTRO’s different game world and wide-open environment. Customer levels, the LOTRO Store, and other aspects of LOTRO Free-to-Play are all very similar to those of Dungeons and Dragons Online®: Eberron Unlimited™.
So what happens in the DDO:
As of September 9, 2009, DDO can be free to play in the USA, with an available micro-transaction store;
There are five DDO servers for the North American market (merged from the original 14), named after geographic aspects of Eberron. For the European market there were initially five servers, named after Eberron deities. After a server merge in early 2007, two remain.
What does this mean:
As we all noticed during the last months and Kaska was shouting from the beginning of the year this game is dying. Practically this is its obituary. Allowing people to play for free will stop people from joining the EU under subscription servers. Plus when something is for free there are no expectations for quality expansions, new things etc., etc.
This is simply an easy way out for Turbine to avoid law suits from people who spent money and TIME in this game. I was mistaken when i assumed that Mirkwood was an intermediate step till Rohan (a Moria like) region would appear. I expect nothing more from now on from this company. It was our mistake we trusted Turbine since they did exactly the same with DDO a year back. Instead of trying to improve themselves and become more competitive they just took as much profit as they could (tried to convince us that SoM is a new expansion although same size in content as some of their previous books) and now they 'll move to something new. I am pretty sure in a few months Turbine will announce a new MMOPG coming out.
Rest assured i ll not make the same mistake twice...
Brinion: yo guys where are you all??:) tierd of being only one online in kin all the time:D. The record is up at 4 persons online at the same time. really nice. But we need to beat that so get online !!!!! :)
Brinion: For me cancelling forum is ok. But if you guys come back and raids starts again, are you going to open it again then??
Kaska: Guys, last forum post was over a week ago, previous one 2 weeks agro, we are only getting one shout every few days and no event organized for weeks already... I am cancelling the hosting of this forum, unless somebody else wants to take care of the payments... drop me a message if so, I ll wait a few days before cancelling
petrinimli: hi guys i am in a greek kin now , but i have to say that with you had better communication, think that i'll come back soon
Brinion: Kin is going great atm:) only me and isx online:D
Brinion: haha :P hmm i wonder where mirk are?? he hasnt bin online in like 7 days:P
Laolos: Lol. It is america. Whats the betting someone ACTUALLY DOES go to the Turbine office and start a shoot out :p
Brinion: if i would have the money to do that i would have done it kaska:)
Kaska: What you need to do is go to the USA and kick ass in Turbine's offices instead :P
petrinimli: kaska come back or i'll come in spain adn kick your fat as s
petrinimli: really dont care if i do 100-500 or 1000 times the dn or bg , its not for raid its for fun
petrinimli: petrinimli left but i'll be back when all come back
Kaska: I was about to say something similar. Nothing to do with the kin, it's got to do with the game itself. You can't ask a guild to thrieve on a dying game.
Ava: brin relax. dont u see that ppl bored of lotro? There is nothing to do in this game now. 100x time dn run? 100x damn bg? or more grind grind farm grind farm? enought of this rly
Brinion: I am in Laolos. I really want myself to see this kinship start raiding again and over all having a good time. Atm ppl are bored and dont have much to do just joining pug fs and raids and hopes that its as good as kin fs/raid. COME ON GUYS wake up. we all want action we just need ppl to come online more so we can get some action!
Kaska: What's a real shame is that they sold lifetimes just before going f2p. Wth, they are still selling them!
yiorgolas: Just saw it as well, what does it mean? And are these loyalty rewards have any true meaning since i made the mistake to buy the lifetime account?
Kaska: Lotro has gone free to play
Laolos: Guys if people come back and actually sign up tio raids the i will lead raids. I am very competant at leading DN. I lead it for my other kin. Im not so great in BG but i can only learn. People stop leaving for god sake and we can make a go of it !
petrinimli: all left or dont play. nice !!! send me your symbols please.