LOTRO and DDO extend free questing through May 31 – and toss in bonus goodies for subscribers

    
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It’s generally agreed that Standing Stone Games’ promotion this past month to offer free questing (including all expansion packs) for both Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online has been a huge hit with fans. Happily, the studio’s going to keep the free ride going, as it has announced that both titles are extending the promotion through May 31st.

What’s even better is that both LOTRO and DDO are giving free goodies to anyone who’s subscribed during the month of May. LOTRO players will get a picker box (of the player’s choice) of medium caryalls and a greater morale potion, while DDO fans are going to get 10 extra slots of shared bank space and a Siberys spirit cake.

Last week, LOTRO released Update 26: Mists of Wilderland along with its 13th anniversary celebrations, and DDO released Update 46: The Lost Gatekeepers. So that’s tons of new content to play, for free, for the next month. Get to it!

Source: LOTRO, DDO
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Vincent Clark

What is quite telling is what little they have done (during this promo/giveaway) for their subscribers/VIP.

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sophiskiai

Yay! Played an absolute ton of DDO when the promotion started, then burnout set in and am back to only playing occasionally, with another month I’ll probably get a second wind.

I highly recommend checking out the new quest arc added last week (can be played at either level 3 and level 32, available in the new Gatekeeper’s Grove just off the Harbor), as in my opinion it’s some of the best content in the game.

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Castagere Shaikura

Why don’t they just bite the bullet and get rid of those quest packs? They are lame and just make the company look greedy.

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Louie

Completely agree. I love LOTRO, but no amount of love can justify $140 for all the expansions ($40 for the first 4, $20 for Helm’s Deep, $40 for Mordor, $40 for Minas Morgul) on top of needing to subscribe/purchase packs for a lot of the zones in between as well.

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Castagere Shaikura

My account has 6 or 7 expansions on it yet I still have to pay to quest in some low-level zones. It’s just greedy and they need to be called out on it. No other MMO does this.

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Bruno Brito

just make the company look greedy.

Their HQ must have a huge saying on the wall: “This ship has sunk already.”

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losludvig

Remember when they “went independent” and people thought the monetization would improve…
It’s a shame. Both games deserve better

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2Ton Gamer

I hope this is somehow helping them to see the steep entry point to LOTRO as being the #1 barrier keeping people from playing. Some sort of price restructuring is in order after this freebie is over.

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Giggilybits

Wow, that’s really, really good of them. Nice to see a company not all about money. I know what the statement implies but think about all of the money they are leaving on the table.

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kvlt_vonnegut

Never played LOTRO but one of DDO’s big barriers to entry is how expensive it is to actually unlock the full game, even with a subscription there’s must-have stuff locked behind expansions. I wonder if the numbers they’re seeing are telling them its time to scale back the a la carte content model. One can hope.

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Ironwu

It is even worse with LOTRO. Still costs upwards of $100 to get all the content, even with the special pack that includes 4 parts. Pretty expensive for a game that pretty much also requires a subscription AND cash shop purchases if you don’t want to spend a lot of time grinding.

Wish they would spend some of their cash on fixing the performance issues. :/

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Bruno Brito

Uh…what? Sorry, friend, but this is the same as “giving a free sample”. Selling quest packs is one of the most disgusting monetization schemes there are for F2P games.

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Bruno Brito

Depending on the DLC, content is bigger. If the DLC is a quest pack, it’s disgusting.