LOTRO’s and DDO’s freebie content codes are going live today [Updated: They’re here!]

    
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Fun fact: Our story on how Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online were going to be extending their content promotion and essentially giving away formerly pay-to-play content on a permanent basis was one of our biggest posts last week, proving once again that controversial content really isn’t always the type that gets the most attention here in MMO world.

That said, the promotion has been pretty confusing for players and press on the ground. Standing Stone Games told everyone last week that we’d be getting a coupon code for LOTRO that would include a bunch of zones that aren’t traditionally part of the discounted expansions. Apparently, then someone at the studio published an unfinished version of the code yesterday that went viral and added to that confusion when it didn’t work. In any case, SSG says it won’t be long now.

“The code will be live within a few hours here,” SSG’s Cordovan told forumgoers this morning. “A work in progress page was briefly published yesterday that included the code, and someone spotted it and distributed the code over Reddit and elsewhere. In general, it is not advisable to try to redeem a code that is not yet live, as it has the potential to cause issues for you. However, in this case, things look ok, so if someone did redeem the code before it went live, they should be fine.”

We discussed the promotion on yesterday’s MOP Podcast; MOP’s LOTRO columnist Justin Olivetti surmised that the cost of playing the entirety of LOTRO now is something on the order of five bucks, excepting the most recent pair of expansions, making it an obvious pick for a summer destination for those still practicing social distancing or subject to stay-at-home orders during the pandemic.

Update
MOP reader Adam points out to us that there are some cheap bundles on Amazon, specifically the Samwise bundle, that would give otherwise-F2P players a solid boost up. (This is not an affiliate link.)
Update
And it’s live. Apparently it’s one code that you can set in your account: LOTROFREEQUESTS

Update
SSG has released the code for Dungeons and Dragons Online as well – it’s DDOFREEQUESTS. Thanks to DDOCentral for the heads-up!

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Kanbe

Can’t say for LOTRO but DDO has the Underdark and Shadowfell expansion quests in the store for 99 points. Hard to find though, you have to check in the “New to store” section.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Thats surprisengly generous

Snax
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Snax

The game is not worth it even if went completely F2P.

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Castagere Shaikura

I haven’t played DDO in years. But I remember really liking it. The quest with solving puzzles was really unique back then. I do remember why I quit though. It was all those quest packs you needed to buy and my character was basically stuck. I think they have more of them than LOTRO.

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styopa

Whew, them server download squirrels are getting a workout today. 8 mins to d/l 500 meg update, LOL

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Castagere Shaikura

DDOFREEQUESTS works in Dungeons and Dragons online too. Get codes for both games.

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Sleepy

Damn, that unlocked a lot of content!

Apridise
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Apridise

This is the code that everyone has been distributing: LOTROFREEQUESTS

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Fisty

Yeah, same code as they social media’d out, so I could’ve just used it earlier.

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Java Jawa

Wow that’s awesome! That was one of my biggest barriers to re-entry.

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trekfangrrrl

How do we actually GET the code? Do we just have to log in, is it in an email? Do we have to redeem it somewhere? Where are these details?

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Fisty

Haven’t figured that out yet either. Twitter makes no mention, patch notes made no mention. I guess they really meant a few hours.

stege99
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stege99

Just log into the game and go to the store.
There click “Redeem Code” and enter: LOTROFREEQUESTS – then hit “Apply”.

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=8012411

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2Ton Gamer

if you dont have the game installed, you will need to do that, from there you can access the store from the character selection screen. I am doing the same thing for DDO to get those in case I ever feel like it playing it.

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Fisty

Fantastic news.