Yesterday Turbine announced that their Founders and Lifetime members would receive a free horse that can be used at level 25. Normally horses are a level 35 (expensive) requirement and a necessity in LOTRO. The Holiday Horsey isn’t as fast as the level 35 one, but it’s something.
If you’re neither a founder or a lifer you may be wondering, “Is there anything in your sack for me Turbine?”. To which they would reply, “Why, of course there is! Here at Turbine we always think of every one of our players! Not only can you still buy your own horse at level 35 but you get a special offer to pay $9.99 if you subscribe for 3 months at a time!” … Ignoring the fact that this isn’t much of a discount at all considering 3 months at a time gave a discount already, you might as well have received coal in that stocking of yours. I feel for you normal subscribers. I guess Santa is skipping your house this year.
I nearly choked from laughing so hard when I read this in the FAQ:
I’m not a Founder. Can I have a horse?
Regular players can still have a horse at level 35. We are offering a different holiday promotion for our non-Founder and non-Lifetime accounts (click here for more information). Additionally, keep an eye out for our player rewards program, which will launch in early 2008 and offers ways to earn great perks just by subscribing to LOTRO!
Good times. I’ll give Turbine credit for being almost as gimmicky and sly as a used car salesman. If I were to make an assumption I would say that LOTRO isn’t doing so well right now. Turbine’s subscriber antics have increased lately and each time I hear about some new special offer I feel like I need to take a shower. It feels dirty. I stopped paying Turbine a few months ago so none of this affects me at all. I am however feeling bad for the paying customers who are receiving nothing special for the Holidays. If anything you would think that the ones who haven’t already given you that chunk of money are the ones you want to take care of the most. They are the ones who you need to hang on to the longest in order to get the most out of them.
To be fair, Turbine did say something is “in the works” coming in 2008 where all subscribers can earn perks. I can’t help but feel skeptical that this will just be more gimmicks.
To those of you who got a horse, grats. To those who didn’t… I got nothin’ for you either.