So, I'm one of those penniless peasants who's primary interest in LOTRO is that it's free to play! ...or can be, at least. After playing for a week or so, it's not hard to see how mountains of cash are probably being made by selling Turbine Points...
As much as I'd love to contribute to that mountain of cash, and really put my money where my mouth is when I say to the devs "well done" (and seriously, well done! LOTRO is a beautiful game!) ...the circumstances of my life are such that putting money into a video game is pretty much out of the question, regardless of how nice a break from reality that game is.
So, the question is, what's the best way to get these turbine points without actually denting the bank account? I did find a nice trick on my own, which I'm sure is common knowledge among those who've actually been playing for a decent amount of time, and that's the quest "A little extra never hurts" (or something like that) that can be completed once per server, and offers 10pts per completion; so I rolled an alt on every server, ran it to the that quest, and got enough points for mount training and some extra inventory space... but that source of points is now exhausted for me, so I must turn to another.
I'm willing to bet the answer lies with class deeds; get a toon passed the intro, do a few deeds, scrap it, repeat. ...the question is which starting zone (race) and class combination provide the biggest bang for our buck? ...or rather, fastest bang for our time; the 'buck' is busy with other frivolous things like food and rent.
Now, I know this isn't really the kind of question to be posting in a forum, since it's usually met with any variation of "Google it, you lazy <insert profanity here>!" ...but the thing is, I did Google it, and the result was quite surprising: there are actually TONS of guides explaining the best way to get free turbine points!! ...the issue is that "the best method" changes every time you switch to a new guide... *headscratch* ...so, my real question, to those of you who have actually explored some of these methods, is: Which one actually offers the best point-to-time ratio?
That is all! Thank you for suffering through my wall-o-text!
This isn't bad. Personally, I'd be more inclined to take it further, but because theres a lot of low-hanging points until 30 or so and the time differential isnt too bad at that point; and it comes in waves and you get more characters progressed that way.
In terms of straight TP-per-minute, I think the fastest option is the one described in detail in the link Crell posted. Don't forget to keep opening your gift box, and be sure to use everything that pops out of it - especially the 24 hour horse and the deed accelerators!
But I would take a step back and work out what your primary focus is. If you're someone who wants to race to end game then this is a good approach - grind out TP with throwaway characters so you can afford new quest packs for your main character and progress them.
If you're someone who enjoys the journey, I think that method would get very frustrating and boring very fast. If you're that type of player I think the better option is to create alts you actually want to level, and play them through the game. Try to take quests that you didn't do with your main and explore the different classes and races. Playing the same quest with a Burglar and a Hunter is often a very different experience.
Playing a character through all of the free areas and along the way completing most slayer deeds, some class and racial deeds, all exploration deeds, your gift box TP quests and gaining full rep with Bree will bring you enough Turbine Points for a quest pack. Plus you end up with a much better understanding of the advantages and limitations of other classes, which is a huge advantage when grouping.
you dont even need to scrap and repeat. Keep making new toons on different servers for the extra 10tp per server, level em up to 10 or 12 and do the starter slayer deeds in the shire, ered luin, and bree-land (but skip the slugs in the shire, its a pain) I find the quickest toons to level are champions and hunters. After you level 1 or 2 youll start to be able to level a toon to 10 in an hour or so and crank out the slayer deeds fast. I started totally free to play and did just this to unlock the zones i wanted to level in first and kept going back for more toons as i needed extra TP if my main wasnt quite getting enough to move on to the next zone. I also highly suggest getting a boxed copy of mines of moria or getting RoI in some form and getting 1 month of VIP. With MoM boxed copy you get a month free VIP which gives you swift travel, all traits and bags, runekeeper and warden, and of course moria quest pack. Its just a shame you dont get the free month of VIP with RoI.
I know you are against denting your bank account, but consider this:
If you do nothing more than buy the smallest pack of Turbine Points (roughly $7, the cost of a big-mac meal) you get about 500 points, one extra character slot per server, and your gold limit raised to 5gp.
With those 500 points, and your third slot, it's possible to level all of your characters to 65 on the same server with very little grind grind grinding of newbs on other servers. Here is a good nearly free path some have successfully taken:
1st. Make a TP grinding alt on each server to get the 10 quick points for doing so.
2nd. Buy your tiny pack of points (get 500ish points)
3rd. Play your main character up through Lone-Lands, don't forget to finish as many deeds as you can long the way!
4th. Play an alt up through Lone-Lands, finish all deeds you can, and try starting from a different area, with this one, and also a complimentory profession.
5th. Repeat 4, with your third character, with the last starting area and another complimentary profession.
At this point, you now have 3 characters all hovering around level 30, with a set of professions that interconnect, and have experienced the three different opennings to get the broadest sense of the story in LotRO... Now you can continue to cap
6th. You should have more than enough to buy a couple of Quest Packs, most people will recommend Evendim, for sure.
7th. Play your three guys though the new quest pack, completing all the deeds you can.
etc... As you continue to play three guys through each quest pack, you should be able to complete enough deeds to buy other quest packs as you go.
The main point is, the difference in ease of play at the expense of a big-mac meal is Huge (which is exactly the point...)
Now... assuming you are truely broke, and can't afford $7 (which is legitemate) here is how to do something similar to above:
1. Make 1 character on each server for the free 10 points.
2. Make your Main on your preferred server, play through LL.
3. Make your second and reapeat through LL.
4. Play some throw aways to get enough points for a third character slot (if you wish to have all three characters on the same server to compliment professions.)
5. Play all through LL, do all deeds
6. Buy next one
7. Play through it with all three, do all deeds,
8. repeat 6-8... If you find yourself a bit short, then grind out a lowbie or two for a Point injection.
This method of levelling up three people together has the benefit of being not as mind-numbingly boring as repeating Erid Luin starting area for the 100th time for Points. But, if at all possible, spend just $7 on the tiny pack of Turbine points - it's extreamely worth it for one starting out.
Last edited by EtherDragon; Aug 04 2011 at 12:35 PM.