It appears a new starter pack has arrived in the LOTRO Market. The Samwise Gamgee Starter Pack is priced at $9.99 USD and includes:
- The Bay Steed & Riding Skill
- 4th Inventory Bag
- Currency Cap
So this really is something aimed at those just starting LOTRO and wanting to start out with some niceties.
Value of this Bundle
Turbine claims this to be a bundle worth $25 for $9.99 so lets break things down.
The horse is a regular 62% speed horse you’d buy at Hengstacer Farm in Bree-land. These sell for 695 Turbine Points in the store so technically that is it’s value but personally I think anyone who spends $7.00 on a standard horse is silly since this can be easily purchased in game for 500 silver (after that you’ll get a discount making other steed purchases 200 silver).
It may sound like a lot to someone new to LOTRO but personally, I think you can reach this easily and save yourself the TP. There are of course other ways to get a 62% steed such as through festivals so I wouldn’t consider this particular steed a “must buy” for every character especially given the in-game options. Its nice that it is added but I wouldn’t call the horse the major draw of this bundle.
More casual or those unable to keep any coin in their pockets (*coughMerric*) may see the adding of the horse to this bundle as way more convenient than trying to earn 500 silver.
A must purchase for any new player to allow you to skip using the starter steed and start using the sturdier and faster steeds. VIPs can earn this with an in game quest at level 20 but for impatient folks like myself, the low cost of this item is worth buying early.
This is valued at 95 Turbine Points per character. This package seems to be an account wide unlock of this trait which is pretty flipping handy. The savings on this will add up if you are an altoholic like Merric.
Buying this package would make you premium giving you 3 character slots so we’ll multiply this by 3 since if you were to use all your character slots, each would end up buying this.
4th Inventory Bag
With Rohan these bags saw a cost jump to 995 Turbine Points as an account wide unlock. This alone is nearly the value of the entire $9.99 purchase price. No way to earn this in game, it’s a purchase or not purchase item from the store.
This sells for 395 Turbine Points as an account wide unlock. While not be something you need right away as a new player, I can definitely see the appeal in having access to all your gold at all times. No way to earn this in game, it’s a purchase or not purchase item from the store.
- Bay Steed – 695 TP
- Riding Skill – 95 TP * 3
- 4th Inventory Bag – 995 TP
- Currency Cap – 395 TP
= 2370 Turbine Points or roughly $24 USD.
It is close enough to a $25 value if you didn’t catch a turbine points sale or something to count, I think.
Take out the more optional item of the bay steed and the total value is 1675 TP or about $17 USD so the $9.99 is a good price for what you are getting regardless of the bay steed.
A simple and basic package for a new LOTRO player. Might also make a nifty gift to someone just getting started.