I figured I’d take a few minutes to go over my journey to this point so far.
Overall it’s been a very positive experience. I really think that new players get a good idea of the content, quality, and excitement of lotro in the first 30 levels or so before deciding whether to upgrade to VIP or purchase some turbine points to become premium. Major kudos to Turbine for that!
The lower levels went by so far for myself, but I’ve experienced the game before, so for a new player it might not go as quickly. I earned enough points to get a few things like riding and the auction house to speed things up. Bought a house in game to get more storage rather than using TP for shared storage or more vault space. After all, vault space can be purchased with in-game gold. Up to 2 or 3 more times even if you don’t remove the currency cap (2g).
I’m not surprised with the slow down where I’m at, and if someone is determined enough, it can be overcome. There is still lots to explore and see, even without purchasing points. But purchasing points does make things easier. 🙂
As of today, I’m about half-way through 39. So far I’ve been trying to run both skirmishes daily, do my task turn ins, then run the epic instance with Legolas. Actually, what’s nice is I get my task turn in items from running that instance. Doing the Gurzmat Book 5 quest has been a little tougher solo so I’m waiting until 41 to try it again. After that, I can continue through that line and also work on the Book 6 line.
Time to make it happen!