Well first thing i bought with my tp when i came to the game about a year and a half ago was the Cloak of the Windsinger.
Yes i know, stupid thing to buy but i wanted to look nice XD
Anyway, don't do that.
I suggest you save up your tp and buy Evendim quest pack, it will help you lvl from lvl 30 to 40ish.
After that you will already know all the things you need to know and you will be able to plan your purchases alone
The first thing you should buy honestly is the Ride skill (IIRC it's 95 tp) so you can ride your horses/goats as you acquire them, it's not nessecary but it's a heckuva lot quicker than walking everywhere. I would also see about investing in extra item bags with tp.
Other than that as a f2p, do like I did, quest normally (I did a mix of Epics and Landscapes) and accomplish any and all deeds that aren't too time consuming to do on-level while you quest.
I would do as much of the free regions as possible to get as many deeds and as much tp as you can and start buying quest packs. If done just right, you should be able to get enough tp to get a few extra not-free regions quest packs (Or buy a bundle ) and as you quest through your newly bought regions the tp will accumulate and enable you to buy more quest packs until eventually you either have them all, or at least the ones you want.
I started as f2p and if I hadn't gotten a few months VIP and some box sets and such for Xmas from my bro, the above mentioned method is exactly what I would have done. The idea in my above method is to help you get as much as possible on your main character without having to grind tp on any alternate characters you might have to create.
1)Bree, Ered Luin, The Shire (Depends on where you start and such these go to level 15 or so iirc)
3)Evendim or North Downs (I offer an "or" because these must be bought and depending on your play style, you could accidentally waste tp buying the "wrong" one, depends if you like to play solo or if you like to group or some mix of the two, Evendim is very solo friendly, ND is not)
4)Forochel, Angmar, or Trollshaws (Angmar being not very solo friendly)
12) Rohan in september
but that's just my opinion is all hope this helps ^_^
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If at all possible (I know it isn't possible for everyone), invest in one month of VIP. This will unlock the extra bags, get rid of the gold cap, and unlock all of the virtue slots for any character you create during the one-month window that you're VIP. This will save you a ton of TP grinding down the road, as well as make it a lot easier to level your toons. If you're close to level 20, you can also quest for the riding skill when VIP instead of spending the 95 TP to get it. There's so much that you get for having the one month of VIP under your belt, that unless it is really impossible, it's almost a no-brainer to do so.
Riding and at least one extra bag are a must. If you wait for sales you can even get them at a discount. Really wait for sales on any purchases if you can.
Running around on foot wastes a great deal of that could be better spent having fun.
The bag reduces the frequency of trips to a vendor to make space to go quest/deed some more. This becomes a particularly big deal if you are doing deeds for TP since you might well be out in an area and need to kill 300 of something. Those extra trips to town to empty bags become a real pain.
As far as what to buy quest wise. My 2 coppers says get evendim and skip north downs. Most of the levels for north downs are covered in Lone lands which you got for free anyways. Also the sheer number of group quests makes for some sticking points in north downs.
After you have bags and riding and your next quest pack think about either another bag or removing the gold cap. The money you earn over the cap is NOT gone. Think of it as a savings account you can't touch. When you remove the gold cap you can touch it. Everything you made over the cap will be there waiting for you.
The riding skill is a fairly trivial purchse at 95 points, and will help out a lot.
If you think you might subscribe for a month or three, hold off on bags, gold cap, etc. If you log a character in at all while subscribed, that character gets to permanently keep:
All trait slots unlocked (virtue, class, legendary, racial)
Gold cap removed
5 auction hall slots
So don't spend points on those things unless you can't or aren't going to subscribe at all.
Mostly you're going to need content, in other words, quest packs and expansions. You get the Shire, Bree, Ered Luin, and the Lonelands for free, and that will take you to level 30-32. You can build up a good stash of points deeding in those areas as well, especially if you have an alt or two (use a different server if you need to - all TP goes into the same account).
If I were not going to sub at all, I'd probably first purchase riding skill, the Evendim quest pack (but wait til you finish Lonelands and watch for sales!), probably in the 30s or 40 is when you're going to want to remove the gold cap and maybe get an extra bag. But to experience the game world, you really need quest packs and the expansions.
That depends on how fast you level, though, and how much you don't mind running around (for instance, the level 15 champion class quest is one big advert for 'buy the riding skill now, save running 15,000 metres').
Most class quests aren't that bad. But running around the Lonelands and/or Evendim on foot is tiring, and it makes more sense (to me) to go VIP at around 40 - that's when things start to get crazy. You'll have a quest to get pages for your legendary traits, and those can be found in five zones, 4 of which are level appropriate, so you can get some questing done there. Your class quest at 45 involves either spending gold or skirmish marks to get items, or running Carn Dum and/or Urugarth in Angmar. I happen to love Angmar, but many folks hate it - still, the instances are great either way.
And having access to Eregion before you hit Moria is nice, too. A lot of people complain about the lack of content for a few levels in the early 40s - it's a lot easier when you can jump around at will.
Plus it's a good try before you buy - if you want to bring up alts, you'll know which areas you're most likely to enjoy questing in.
But lots of people prefer to get the riding skill at 20 for free instead, and there's certainly merit in that argument, too.
I was running on foot til lvl28 or so, til I went VIP for three months (but at that time the riding skill cost way more than now, and mount/dismount was slower).
I think the first 20 levels are easily managable on foot, since you (at least i did) actually are exploring the area, taking in the scenery, fighting mobs along the way instead of dodging them via the horse etc.. for alts and of course later on past level 20 you really need the horse.. rivendell on horse is slow, can't imagine what its like running there..
Are there any recommendation as to what I should buy as a new F2P player?
Much depends on your playstyle. If you like the RP end, you may want the Shared Cosmetic Wardrobe. If you have (or are planning to have) many alts, a good early buy might be the Shared Vault. If you like working the economics, access to the Auction House is cheap (and server-wide for all characters!) Riding is cheap at 95 points and SO much faster!*
(* I have 2 primary characters, 1 horsed, and one not. Riding is SO much better, and probably saves a big chunk of that 95 pts just by time saved not running = more gaming = more points earned in less time.)
But - as mentioned above - do try to spend while things are On Sale, and you save 20% or more. Sales happen often enough. So, either save up ~300 pts or so for ''next week'' (or the week after, or the one after that...), OR, if you have the temperament for it, consider the following...
Originally Posted by Varkan
Is there also any advice you could give me on where to quest and if there's anything I should do while I level my toon?
Turbine Points are not that hard to earn, and it's fairly easy to grab 100 or more if you are willing to dedicate an evening or three to a new character on a different server, altho' ''point farming'' is not for everyone, admittedly.
I recommend you finish the advanced version of any Slayer Deeds you are close to (hit "L" (shift+L) to see your Deeds, choose the ''Eriador'' tab at top, then the appropriate area tab at bottom left). In Ered Luin, goblins are an automatic 15 pts if you do the quest chains; wolves, brigands (Dourhand dwarves) and spiders are all heavy on the target list too, and hendroval are thick near the hunting lodge. At 15 TP/advanced Slayer Deed, that's 75 TP right there, and 75 again in The Shire (90 with slugs...).
I also recommend you finish out any easy Exploration Deeds - 5 (sometimes 10) TP just for sight-seeing, and another 20-35 for doing enough quests in any area (75 for the last tier of that in The Shire is a lot...) The Wiki is invaluable to help finding obscure locations ( Lotro Wiki: Deeds_by_Region ).
If you do this in Ered Luin, The Shire and Bree, and toss in some Reputation and Class Deeds you'll grab by accident, you'll be ~Level 20-25 and have earned ~300-500 TP per character, enough for Evendim, Riding and a few bells and whistles.
There's a guide here I like because it gives you actual directions, and not just co-ordinates, to all the exploration deeds in Ered Luin and the Shire - helpful for those who lack a sense of direction. It also gives you a pretty good levelling in Ered Luin guide.
I tend to throw in the first 15 quests in the Shire (another rank, and many of them are leader quests to places you can do the slayer deeds), and another 15 quests in Bree, as well as brigands, orcs, and spiders in Bree (very easy slayer deeds).
That gets you to 20, when you can open your gift box again and get another 20 points just for popping up to Trestlebridge and down to the Forsaken Inn. It's easier to do all of that once you know the game world, though.
But the f2p guide is good, both for maximum points, and simply for knowing where to go for levelling up to 16 or thereabouts.