Slow down. Enjoy some Lembas. ~ DJ
[dropcap style="font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;"] E [/dropcap]very time I log into Lord of the Rings Online I am impressed at how many of my Kinship mates are all at end game. Typically most people want to blast through the content and areas and get to the end game content, which might be very good, but I won’t know for quite some time. You see, I enjoy the slow grind. I enjoy getting lost in the Lone Lands sight seeing while battling off orcs that are strong enough to overwhelm me. In all my gaming I have gotten to the point where I love a good challenge and if I am overpowering an area/level/boss fight I am bored. My days of popping in a Game Genie and setting myself in God-Mode are less and less. Even simple things like grinding out a slayer deed can provide hours of entertainment if you are in the right mindset. It’s all about using your imagination and enjoying the distraction from real life, where you can’t run around killing 180 warg. Well you could I suppose but they would come take your weapons away and give you a hunting fine.
[one_third]Reader: “DJ, do you ever want to actually make it to Mordor?“
DJ: “Eventually“[/one_third][two_third_last]So I am making a multi part blog series on how to take your sweet time getting to Mordor. I was a long time fan of Casual Stroll to Mordor because of their underlying declaration that they are casual players of the game. Now, listening to their podcast made me realize that they were a lot more hardcore than I am at Lotro, which made me laugh when I tried to compare how casual’er I am. Its like I am the Nintendo Wii to their PS4 when I compare the two. Still, their podcast and site is a fantastic guide for everything and should be thoroughly explored.[/two_third_last]
Step 1: Become a cheap ass and stop paying
No really. If you want to play Lotro for years and years, don’t pay for it monthly. This goes without saying for any game mind you. I love Turbine to death and support their games, but paying VIP for an entire year taught me an important self realization: I hate paying monthly fees. So sit down and really do some math and figure out for yourself if it is easier to just pay for the content you want to play outright vs playing as a VIP.
Lets break this down shall we:
Assumptions: You are like me, want to take your time, play all quests, do little to no raiding, are open to role play, and LOVE grinding and exploring!
[one_half] 3 years of VIP[/one_half][one_half_last] 3 years of Premiumish[/one_half_last]
[one_half]Description: Pretty simple: you buy 3 years of premium VIP. You get everything including the kitchen sink as well as VIP perks like a flashy character portrait border I think. [/one_half][one_half_last]Description: Pay for 1 month of VIP to unlock all of the static perks like riding, extra bags, increased purse, quick travel, all trait slots, and all the starting presents PERMANENTLY. Then as sales present themselves purchase stuff like the “All Quest Pack”, “Mithral Edition” if you can find it, Stone of the Tortoise, Steam Triple Pack, RoR etc.[/one_half_last]
[one_half]Pros: You don’t have to think about stuff. You just play the game and keep paying like a sheep. Baaaaahh![/one_half][one_half_last]Pros: Money. Its nice to have it. Plus you get to explain complicated reasonings and mathmatics to justify how you play Lotro. You can also continue to buy stuff in game with free earned TP if you are a deed grinder like myself![/one_half_last]
[one_half]Cons: You are a faithful servant of the ever watching eye of Turbine and Warner Bros plus out more money over the long haul. Long term if you choose to stop paying you will lose the ability to backtrack and do tons of questing in some fantastic zones like Evendim, North Downs, Misty Mountians, etc.[/one_half][one_half_last]Cons: Lets be real, you don’t want to pay for this all at once. Also it gets a tad complicated looking up what you can and can’t do, but I will try to remedy that in this blog(you are welcome). Also if you want to do everything including raiding and such you are going to start making it more expensive! Remember: slow down and enjoy the Lembas[/one_half_last]
[one_half]Costs: Ok if you pay one full year at a time:
$99/ yr x 3 years = $297 total
If you are a typical gamer and can’t blow that much at once:
$9.99/month for 3 months x 3 years = $359.64 total
If you are suicidal and pay monthly:
$14.99/month x 3 years = $539.64 total GAAHH!
(fuck that noise!)[/one_half]
[one_half_last]Costs: Let me begin with this:
[box type="warning"] ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS BUY SHIT ON SALE[/box]
- Pay 1 month of VIP: $14.99
- The Steam Triple Pack (Steam sale) 50% off at $19.99
- Riders of Rohan (Steam Sale) 50% off $9.99
- Helms Deep (Steam Sale) 50% off $19.99
- In game:Stone of the Tortoise – (Wait for 25% off sale) 371 TP or USE your first 500 free TP from VIP duh… $FREE!!!
- The motherload “All Quest Pack” – $79.99 – adds all extra zones which are FANTASTIC! Don’t skip them!
Total cost: $144.95[/one_half_last]
As you can see the cost savings is incredible when you wait and shop for these items on sale. Steam offers most of this stuff 50% off multiple times a year. I HIGHLY suggest you start as the VIP and add the items in your Steam wish list. When the sale starts you will get an email telling you that something in your Steam wish list is on sale. Note: The Steam store sells you the expansion packs and just simply gives you the code which you must apply over at your Turbine account page to be valid in game.
In the next few posts I will continue to expand upon how one uses this mythical Stone of the Tortoise to take your sweet-ass time getting to Mordor! Stay tuned.