I’ve been researching options for the Free/Premium player to get the maximum bang for their buck on entry into Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO). Whether it’s cheaper to buy items now while the physical game boxes and special offers last, or waiting and buying it in the LOTRO Store when you are ready for the content. In the end, this decision will depend on you, your interest in LOTRO and of course your real life funds.
Points values for items in the beta store are still adjusting and changing and should be recognized that there is the possibility this number could change. That being said, I still think there is some merit to looking at all the options and finding out what might fit you and your budget best to give you some VIP access or extra content for a bit cheaper.
The Lord Of The Rings: Shadows Of Angmar
$1.99 at Amazon
Now let me be clear that Shadows of Angmar will be a free download to everyone. This is the same client as the F2P version and does not grant you any extra content.
However, buying SoA does come with a 30-day product key code which means you are paying $2 for one month of VIP access. Note that you will only be able to apply one SoA 30-day code to your account so don’t go crazy buying these as if they’re game time cards.
This is pretty cheap way for a brand new player to try VIP for a month however I believe our next deal gives more for the price as it not only would include a free month but also a lot of content.
If you are a Premium (returning) player you most likely already have a SoA product key attached to your account and wouldn’t be able to use this for VIP access. You can check this in myaccount.turbine.com
Note that I’ve seen links to this same $2 sale on other links but since I wasn’t familiar with some of the web sites I didn’t include them to make sure I wasn’t inadvertently pushing people to unsecure sites.
The Lord of the Rings: Mines of Moria
Standard Edition: $7.99
Collectors Edition: $9.99
Current price for this expansion in beta is 2495 Turbine Points (which of course is subject to change!) The guestimate on points value based on DDO points is roughly 100 Turbine Points = $1. We really won’t know this for sure until live so understand it is an estimate. If true would place this expansion to cost almost $25 from the store so the $8 price tag is a deal.
This will raise your level cap to 60, grant you 2 extra character slots, give you all of Moria and Lothlorien content and will give you the two premium classes, Warden and Runekeeper. Sure you may not use the content or level cap part for a long while but this really is a lot of bang for $8. You need to consider that things like character slots and the premium classes are sold separately in the LOTRO Store and buying this early on will give you a bunch of goodies at once.
This also will include a 30-day product key code as it is a “complete edition” when upgrading from SoA account. See this FAQ for details on the 30 day free time granted.
Also see Hobbitmeister’s comment on the Downgrade Information post for tips on how you could maximize this 30-day key. He has it all planned out on when you should activate Mines of Moria for maximum free play time!
To be completely fair we have no idea how great a deal this is because when we looked in the LOTRO Store on beta this morning, Siege of Mirkwood was not to be found (although we all know it will be there!). As a result I do not have a Turbine Point value to compare this to.
Update: We have been able to look up that Mirkwood is 1995 Turbine Points in the store. This makes it the same price as the expansion only listed above and therefore no difference if you purchase it online or in the LOTRO Store.
Mirkwood was a digital only expansion so you will not be able to find boxed copies of this for sale anywhere. This offer is being hosted by Turbine on their web site.
The expansion alone is listing for what it retailed for at launch last December so I believe this is not a real deal but if you know for a fact that LOTRO is the game for you and this is where you want to be buying it flat out for $30 and getting the Moria goodies plus the Mirkwood content is not a ton of dough and a great start into LOTRO.
Note that this does not include the Adventurer’s Pack (which is also selling for $19.99) that includes 2 character slots and shared storage. We can look into if these extras are a deal later on as it could be added on at any time and not under any sort of “sale” that could end.
The complete edition also will include a 30-day product key code that will only work if upgrading from Shadows of Angmar. Upgrades from Mines of Moria to Mirkwood do not include any free game time. See this FAQ for details on the 30 day free time granted.
The Lord of the Rings Prepaid 60-Day Game Time Card
$14.99 at Amazon
As a final offering of experiencing VIP at a discounted rate, Amazon still has 60 day game time cards on sale.
With monthly subscriptions costing $15 a month, this game time card reduces the cost of VIP access to $7.50 a month. This is even less than what the multi-month or founders with their special pricing are paying.
It will not come with any additional content and is not available for purchase in the LOTRO Store but it will give you two months of VIP access and there is no limit to using these unlike the 30 day key offers listed above.