Steam announced today they now offer the LOTRO Mac client for download and play through their system. There should be no difference at all between this client and the Mac client Turbine released a while back but if you are one who loves using Steam, I thought it might be worth mentioning.
New Starter Pack: Steely Dawn Pack
Steely Dawn Pack
Cost: $19.99 USD
Included in the Pack:
- Steely Dawn Cosmetic Armor Set: Prepare yourself for adventure with the Steely Dawn armor set. This cosmetic set pairs bright white armor with dark grey trim for a very cool look.
- Evendim Quest Pack: Explore the ruined city of Annúminas on the shores of Lake Evendim and aid Aragorn in re-forging Narsil, the Blade That Was Broken!
- Five 100% XP Boosts: Build your legend even faster with these five boosts that grant you 100% additional experience on quests, monster kills, and more for 60 minutes.
- 500 Turbine Points: Customize your experience in Middle-earth with 500 Turbine Points. Buy cosmetic gear, rare mounts, experience boosts, buffs, and more.
This is not client specific and you do not need to play LOTRO through Steam to buy and use this package. Buying this package through Steam will grant you a key code you apply to your LOTRO account.
Steely Dawn Cosmetic Armor Set
Our friend @rwfrk on twitter shared the following screenshots from in-game of the set (thanks Crell!) It is a five piece set: helm, hauberk, gloves, shoulders, & boots. The sets are not able to be dyed.
Ketani has sent in these photos of someone a little taller. She adds that the outfit would look nice with the Steam horse from the previous starter pack.
Value of the New Bundle
Let’s try to look at the value of this set using roughly $1.00 USD for 100TP. These are approximates and your mileage may vary based on how/when you bought your Turbine Points but it can give us a ballpark.
- Evendim Quest Pack = 595 TP ~ $6.00
- Five 100% XP Boosts = 600 TP ~ $6.00
- 500 TP ~ $5.00
Approximate total: $17.00
Now I didn’t include a value for the cosmetic set. These items won’t be in the store so I don’t have a value to give them but let’s try to find something similar. It has five pieces (no cloak) so lets go with the Annuminas cosmetic gear set they sell for 1495 as a comparable item.
That would bump up the value of the package to a value of approximately $32 USD if you cared to include the cosmetic value (or needed leverage to get your spouse to let you buy it).
- I’m not super hot on the cosmetic set but that could just be my personal tastes
- Evendim is a great zone and I do suggest it is something players pick up but you can buy it separately without this pack.
- You really don’t need XP boosts. Especially as a starter pack as those early levels go by pretty quick.
- Turbine Points is always nice. Might have been a more attractive bundle if a bigger pot of points.
Overall, I’m not super impressed with this pack and I do not plan to pick this up nor do I think I would be recommending this to friends of mine wanting to start up in LOTRO.
Old Starter Pack Gone
The old steam starter pack which was introduced just in June of last year appears no longer available which is unfortunate as that 68% speed account wide horse is awesome. Hopefully you had picked it up already!
It was more expensive than the new pack so perhaps they’re trying out a starter pack with a lower price point. I know I only picked up the steam starter pack when it was on sale for 50% off.
Still it was way more attractive a starter pack than I think the new $20 pack is!