The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar – Founder’s Plan Announced

[The Lord of the Rings Online] Turbine has announced some interesting benefits for pre-ordering The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar.

Special membership pricing of $9.99 a month or even an option of $199 for lifetime access. Lifetime access… that reminds me of something. Oh yeah! Long ago, I won a free lifetime account for Asheron’s Call 2. You know, the game that is no longer available? Yeah.

Anyway, down in the details: Founder pricing valid for so long as game is in service… Got that problem all taken care of so no worries.

I just noticed this part too: …the commercial launch of The Lord of the Rings Online (currently scheduled for April 24, 2007).

– Ethic

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I own this little MMO gaming blog but I hardly ever write on it any more. I’m more of a bloglord or something. Thankfully I have several minions to keep things rolling along.

10 thoughts on “The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar – Founder’s Plan Announced”

  1. tres cool:
    1) monthly lower subs
    2) immediate Beta entry
    3) *transfer* Beta character into Live!
    4) newbie modded gear
    5) start March 30, nearly a month before GM

    not a bad deal

  2. That seems like a lot to offer for a pre-order. Personally, that worries me. What is happening that they need to give away that much to get pre-orders?

  3. Well at least gives value to eBay an account for the price of a lifetime membership :P

    From what I’ve heard the beta is not horrible, but it is nothing ground breaking. It isn’t super high epic fantasy like the actual LotR books, but it supposedly does a good job of letting you play around in Middle Earth.

    IMHO the game sounded better when it was Middle Earth Online and lost major geek cred when it changed to a mile-long LotR name.

  4. “Lifetime access… that reminds me of something.”

    Well, ‘lifetime’ depends on the lifespan of the thing… like, a fly, or a tortoise?

    Looking in my magic 8-ball, I suspect the lifespan to be on the order of…field mouse. Just a hunch.

  5. Do we have the normal monthly cost? It was not in the FAQ. It would not be hard to work out the break-even points between normal cost, pre-order $10/month, and pre-order lifetime, although you will need to assume that you know now whether you will want to be playing in two years. If you know that you will want to play at least 20 months of the game ever, then the pre-order lifetime subscription is not a bad deal for you.

  6. Normal monthly fee is $14.99. If you cancel your $9.99 per month account and then later decide to renew you have to pay $14.99 per month.

    Honestly, this pre-order is something that will make me choose to play or not right up front. I can’t see myself buying the game later and having to pay the full monthly fee, knowing I could have been paying $9.99 per month. I’m starting to lean towards never playing this game now. Huh.

  7. “That seems like a lot to offer for a pre-order. Personally, that worries me. What is happening that they need to give away that much to get pre-orders?”

    My guess? WoW:BC.
    I pity da’ fool that is scheduled to release a fantasy MMORPG in Q1/Q2 (*hrm* EVERYONE *hrm*). Though April 24th may be a good date for picking up subs from people who went back to WoW to play BC, realized it hadn’t changed, and go on looking for something new to play.
    And seeing how it seems LOTRO isn’t anything new either, July 24th may be a good date to launch Warhammer, or Conan, or something. ;)

  8. Honestly, this pre-order is something that will make me choose to play or not right up front.

    Ditto. Either I pay $250 to start and have a lifetime subscription or I never play, and right now I don’t know why I would pay $250.

  9. Knowing I could be paying 10.00 instead of 15.00 is a deal killer unless the game is really good and I had to take a break from it. Lots of mmogs and other non mmog games are hitting desktops this year. I already have a huge backlog to play through so I would rather spend 250 on other various games to increase my library than one mmog I’d end up playing a few hours here and there.

    Has the nda been lifted yet?

  10. I’m currently playing in the Beta Stress Test this week-end, and so far I like the look and feel and pace. I might actually give it a try and pre-order.

    If I do, it’ll be the 9.99$ a month. I pay a yearly subscription with EVE already and I don’t see myself investing most of my precious gaming time in a new MMO.

    Might be for the change of scenery and the aura of the setting.

    If I do I’ll let you know.

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