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For those of you about to join us in Middle-Earth, welcome.
Make sure you download the client as early as possible to avoid the expected onslaught on release day. This is a huge download (10 gig+) so don't think you're going to download and start to play in one session. This game has proven to be extremely stable on new release days. Having said that, they are opening brand new f2p servers (we voted on the names) or allowing you f2pers to join an established server. Whichever you choose, expect long queues to get in. So don't flip out.
You will most likely find the existing community to be more mature than you may be used to. That also means it is the most helpful. That also means we tend to be less tolerant of "this sucks" or using z to end verbs type of chat. People tend to be quick on the old "ignore" button.
For translation purposes we call them fellowships rather than groups or parties. Standard form for looking for a group is "lff ." Also, we call them kinships, rather than guilds or supergroups.
If you like the lore, or just like fantasy MMOs, I think those of you who haven't played yet, are in for a treat.
I invite other subscribers to add to this welcome as you will. Please do not spam this thread with arguments over the merits of LOTRO going f2p.
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