Lord of the Rings Online Anniversary Brings Some Great Deals

lotro-witch_king_logoI don’t know how many of you have tried out Lord of the Rings Online yet. To be fair, I wasn’t all that impressed with the game when I played it during the beta test. Shortly after Moria came out; however, Shawn coerced me into giving it another chance. I’ve never really thanked him for that.

Besides gaining me as a player, 2008 was an awfully good year for Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online MMO. It won top honors from sites like MMORPG.com, and its Mines of Moria expansion released to critical and commercial success. Now it’s 2009, and LotRO is celebrating its second anniversary. Turbine is offering up some sweet deals for subscribers to cap this celebration.

Most impressively, new players who want to play LotRO can now pick up a complete copy of the game digitally or delivered for only $9.99. That complete copy includes the full game, the Mines of Moria expansion, a couple of in-game items, and 30 days of game time for about ten bucks.

But that’s not the only thing they’re offering up.

If you’re a current subscriber you can grab game time for only $9.99 a month during this event, a savings of about five bucks monthly. You can even buy a year of time at that price, which is a nice offer.

In addition to the game time deal, players will receive an in-game item called a ‘Writ of Passage,’ which allows players to receive a 20% discount from all the stable masters in the game. Since travel is one of the biggest recurring expenses in the game (especially for lower level characters), this is something that I am looking forward to getting my hands on. Current subscribers will also receive a special in-game gift at the end of the anniversary celebration, although it isn’t said what this gift will be.

It’s not a bad deal at all if you’re looking for a new MMO to call home, or if you’re thinking of going back to LotRO. If you haven’t tried it yet, you can even grab the free trial for a free sneak peek.

If you’re interested in any of this anniversary news, you can get all the details at the official LotRO site.

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2 Comments on Lord of the Rings Online Anniversary Brings Some Great Deals


On April 26, 2009 at 6:26 pm

The woman and I received some two week trail codes at PAX but the account restrictions (no trading = no crafting) kept us from seeing enough to warrant a purchase. This price point however is more than enough to get us in the door.

…and to think I was at one year clean.


On April 27, 2009 at 7:19 am

One thing that went through the news cycle while we were not publishing is that for returning folks the game has seen some pretty interesting tweaks at this point – including the starting quest lines for the Elves and Dwarves. The game also condensed the experience needed to get rolling into the later areas of the game a bit to keep leveling at a good pace. If you left for any of those reasons.. it might not be a bad time to reconsider.