Turbine looks to be setting LotRO up to offer the same sorts of deals that DDO does in its store. Thus far, nothing much of interest (to me) has been on sale (well, except the shared bank, which I couldn’t afford,) but as of today, Lone-lands is marked down 20%, from the normal 350TP price to 280.
Now, if I can just figure how to buy Lone-lands on an account that’s VIP right now…
Anyway, thanks to Syp for the heads-up. I’d also like to call the attention of LotRO free and premium players to this post on the LotRO forums, discussing just how many Turbine Points are available via Deeds, and what unlocking everything that a VIP gets costs to unlock.
The short end of that story is that, yes, you can get everything in the game for free. There’s enough points there with lots to spare, even including the extra bag unlocks and such, and without doing something like running characters through the first three zones, getting all the Deeds, then deleting them and starting over, or farming Deeds on multiple servers.
All that said, while it’s possible, it’s looking like a pretty merciless grind from where I’m sitting. I’m sure there are folks who’ll do it, but I shan’t be among them – at some point I will shuck out some money for points, if not for more VIP.
I did manage to play a little bit yesterday, and got started finishing up Bree-land quests and Deeds in preparation for moving on to the Lone-lands, which I should get to tonight. A mount speeds progress up tremendously – in finishing stuff in the Barrow-Downs I racked up another bunch of TP, and should now be able to pick up at least two zones with what I have already. I also did some scouting in the Lone-lands, and managed to fall off of Weathertop (!), learning in the process that you can die from falls in LotRO.
I’m wondering if my extra bag slots (gained via the MoM VIP) will go away upon reverting to Premium. My guess would be that they do, although I know you keep the extra character slots. (UPDATE; On the plus side, extra bags bought through the store apply to the whole account, not just to the purchasing character.)