Lord of the Rings Online officially goes free-to-play today . Well, provided you don’t live in Europe. How does Warner Bros., the game’s publisher, make any money? Like most of these free-to-play games, the game itself is free, but you can purchase all sorts of extra bells and whistles from the game’s LOTRO Store.
There’s also a VIP program whereby you pay a monthly fee to get access to the whole enchilada, as it were.
Or, gamers can level all the way to level 50 for free; anything higher requires cash money.
I have to say: I’m a sucker for in-game events. I think my absolute favorite in-game event is World of Warcraft‘s Brewfest. I bring this up because in LOTRO there’s something called the Harvest Festival, and it sounds fantastic.
When the days shorten and the nights begin to cool, itâ€™s time to celebrate the bounty of the harvest. All the races of Middle-earth celebrate this time and gather at the Bree festival grounds for the Harvestmath events that include bobbing for apples, pumpkin picking and much more. This yearâ€™s festival features a brand new event located in the new Haunted Burrow, a haunted hobbit Fun-house!
That seriously sounds like a bunch of fun. Thank God the game is free now, maybe I’ll swing by and bob for apples.
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