Lord of the Rings: Online is Being Set Free

I was never bit by the MMORPG bug in the way most people are.  I tried World of Warcraft for a month or two, but eventually got tired of paying a monthly subscription fee just to grind a character.  I only started World of Warcraft in the first place because there was a promotion for a free week of play, and I wanted to see what all the hubbub was about.  Since that time, I haven’t touched another MMORPG.  There are titles I would love to play, but I just can’t get past paying a monthly subscription for the current state of MMOs.

News reached me today, however, that may signal the end of my life as I know it.  Lord of the Rings: Online has announced that, this fall, they will become a Free to Play MMORPG.  The game will be free to download, and there will be no subscription fee.  Lord of the Rings: Online has received phenomenal reviews since its release in 2007, and placed sixth in GameSpy’s Top 10 Games of 2007 list.  As an individual who has many times over the course of his life wished that he could have lived in Middle Earth, I have no choice but to immerse myself in this game fully once the free price point activates.  Now I can keep my principles and banish evil from Middle Earth!  I have already signed up for the beta, starting June 16th.  Why not sign up and join me in the Shire as a Hobbit?  How about in Minas Tirith as a Man, Khazad-Dum as a Dwarf, or Rivendell as an Elf?  HOW ARE YOU NOT AS FUCKING EXCITED ABOUT THIS AS I AM!?

More details are available here.

Now all I need to ruin my life is free access to Star Wars: The Old Republic and Star Trek Online, as well as completion of (and free access to) a fantastic Firefly MMO.

-[insert THE DARK FIRE WILL NOT AVAIL YOU, FLAME OF UDUN! here]

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