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Lord of the Rings Online Preorders

Turbine and Midway Unveil Revolutionary Pre-Order Founder's Program for The Lord of the Rings Online(TM) provides details on the preorder program for Turbine's upcoming Tolkien-inspired MMORPG. Word is that in addition to typical incentives, this program will offer a discounted subscription price:

This exciting Founder's Program rewards all players who pre-order The Lord of the Rings Online with special $9.99 monthly subscription pricing, early access to the game (beta version), character roll-over and unique in-game bonus items. Players can become a Founder by pre-ordering the title at or at retail stores nationwide beginning February 1, 2007. This limited-time offer is exclusively available to pre-order customers.

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14. Re: Turbine... Jan 25, 2007, 15:24 Kxmode
Screenshots remind me a lot of D& I'm going to wait for a free beta or just pass.

As someone in the closed beta I can tell you that LOTRO is so not D&DO. Its takes the best parts of WOW and runs with it. Unfortunately there are a few items that could harm LOTRO's success.

First, the server lag is unbearable. Perhaps this because the entire beta subscriber base plays on one server and there are about 250k beta testers. As a result many zones like Bree are crazy lagged; even becoming slideshows even for high-end gaming rigs. Second, LOTRO also has something called Monster Play, which, as the name suggests, allows players to control monsters (orcs, spiders, so forth) in a Battleground's like PVP arena. The problem is this is the only area "PVP" is allowed. PVP is not allowed outside of this area. Third, if you had your heart set on playing a Troll, Orc, or Uruk-Hai, you're out of luck. There's only one faction and four races: humans, hobbits, dwarves and Elves... take it or leave it.

This comment was edited on Jan 25, 15:30.
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