LOTRO will be going Free-to-Play later this year. There’s been a lot of discussion on the subject since the news was announced last week, but there is a FAQ about what this means, and a chart of the benefits for VIP players.

I was a little apprehensive about this in the beginning (ok- a lot apprehensive), but it appears that as a founding lifetime member, all this will mean personally is that I get 500 Turbine points a month free, and a stash of Turbine points to start out with. At first I thought this might mean that LOTRO was not doing well, but apparently DDO is doing well under this model, so they decided to add LOTRO to the mix. If this is truly the case, and it spurs more players, then I’ll be ecstatic.

But as of now, I’m cautiously optimistic…