Welcome to Middle Earth! Before you buy anything, know that the software you are downloading is all the software you will EVER need. When you "buy" stuff, what it really does is flag your account to unlock the whatever it is you have purchased.
Originally Posted by Tavack
You don't need to buy anything in order to play the game, level to the cap (85 now), travel to every zone (once you meet the level and quest requirements) and do the Epic quests in every zone. Going VIP (subscribing) gets you all the non-Epic quests and deeds in every zone.
Free players get the "quest packs" (non-Epic quests and deeds) for the Shire, Ered Luin, Breeland, and the Lonelands. These are the starting regions for every race plus enough content to get you to about level 30.
There are 4 expansions:
- Moria: level 50 - 60
- Mirkwood: level 60-65, but there are other zones where you could get those levels
- Isengard: level 65-75
- Rohan: level 75-85
You don't need to buy expansions in order to get to level 75, but right now Rohan is your only choice for level 75 - 85. However, they all have some interesting content and I recommend them Moria, Isengard, and Rohan highly. Buying all 4 along with VIP gets you all the quest/deed content in the game... until they release another expansion!
If you decide to go VIP, you can choose to save up your 500 TPs/month and buy expansions with them when you get to the level when you need them. So there is really no need to decide right now what you want to buy. Play the game for a while and decide later.
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