I bought LOTRO online when it first came out. I was even in beta. I had originally ordered the collectors edition, but when it came time to deliver the game they had not made enough of them for everyone. So I ordered the lifetime version. This is the version you get the lifetime subscription from. I have to add though I am happy about NOT getting the collectors edition because it was nothing like they promised. The rings they promised were not put in the boxes, the maps were paper and from what I was told from others who bought the collectors, it was not worth the money spent because the collectors edition was nothing like it was suppose to be.
There were little problems here and there. The normal things that usually pop up with new games. But LOTRO seemed to be regressing with each patch, not getting better.
I once even had a CM give me hell over my in game name of Jordi. He said it was too close to Geordi from Star Trek and he said I had to change it. I was like huh? The spelling was not even the same. So me and my guild sent many petitions and messages till we got them to listen and they left my name alone but said if I used the last name La Forge.. then they would have to change it.
Well now we come to the worst of it. When I bought the game I was living in Italy teaching English. Then I moved to China a few months after I bought the game to teach English here. Now they have recently blocked people from China playing here because they say Chinese people are what is known as "Chinese Farmers" People who collect items in game to sell for real money trade. They are also called RMT. Just for the record I'm not even Chinese but still, it is unfair to all people who live here who have bought the game and even paid for a life time subscription like I did.
We had no warning of this either. We had no idea what was going on when it did happen. Our friends had to tell us.
So because some people in China do this they think they must block all Chinse people and anyone else living in China from the game. It almost sounds racist. They are banning all Chinese for something only a few do. And it is not just done in China but all over the world. Doing this will not stop anyone from selling items from in the game. What's really bad is the Chinese people can use proxy servers to get around it I've heard (which I've tried but not succeeded). Codemasters is well aware this can work. Yet they still block everyone?
People who sell items from the game online for real time money are not just from China. Other people from other parts of the world do this as well. Eventually they will have to ban other countries too.
I petitioned them with many emails, my friends have as well. I sent them pictures and proof of who I am. My friends even petitioned them in game. They refuse to unblock the ips and said too bad. After many emails to them begging them to unblock my IP and them
Sending me a few this was their final response, (Keep in mind they are well aware of the fact I am not Chinese though that should not really matter, and that I am a life time membership holder):
Thank you for submitting your recent request to Codemasters Customer Services concerning RF Online.
We have blocked a number of IP addresses that fall outside of our operating territory. We have also blocked IPs associated with suspicious activity. If you are unable to connect after the last emergency maintenance and are trying to connect from outside our operating territory, you will no longer be able to play the game, unfortunately.
This changes will remain in place for the foreseeable future, and we will not respond to any appeal emails I'm afraid, as these changes are not reversable.
We are very sorry to have been forced into this action, but this action is absolutely necessary. The in-game economy and the commercial viability of the game are both threatened and action has to be taken to protect the future operation.
Rumors have it they are planning to release an Asian version of LOTRO.... No idea if this is true or not, just rumors. And Rumors say it is very possible this is also why they blocked the IPs. Well I can't read Chinese and even if I could I would rather play with my friends to be honest and I am NOT paying for another game AND another life time membership thank you very much.! I'll never support anything from Codemasters again.