Daily Archives: March 4, 2008

Farewell, Gary Gygax

One of the fathers of Dungeons and Dragons, Gary Gygax, passed away today.  (news report here)

It is hard to overstate the influence that he and his game had on games, game design, popular culture, and a generation (or more) of young people.

Certainly every fantasy MMO I write about here is literally suffused with his influence and vision.

Now I’m going to be thinking about D&D campaigns gone by and the settings I enjoyed most for the rest of the day.

Happier days in Forgotten Realms.

9 Keys for Mortal Men, Doomed to Subscribe

Turbine has a referral program going for Lord of the Rings Online. Most games like this do.

But Turbine has a special benefit for those who get referred by founders. Each founder gets 10 referrals that allow the person using them to get the founder’s pricing plan, which is $9.99 a month or $199 for a lifetime subscription.

The last time I mentioned this, somebody wrote and asked for a referral, which I sent them. He actually subscribed, so I have nine left.

How Does This Work?

You have to provide me an email address. I enter the email address in an online form and Turbine sends you a ten day activation key along with instructions.

There are, of course, rules about who can be referred, where they must reside, and other stuff that lawyers write. Please read Da Rules before you ask for a key.

To get a key from me, you can either leave a comment on this post asking or use the form on the About page to drop me a note directly. You must include an email address. If you ask via comment, just put your correct email address in the form where it asks for it, that way only I will see it.

Of course, there are more complications. While I have 9 referrals left, I can only refer 5 people at one. So, should I get more than five responses, there will be a wait while the first few people either subscribe or run out their time.

How Long Will This Offer Last?

It will be “first come, first served,” until I run out of founder referrals.

What Does Wilhelm Get?

Every time somebody subscribes, I get a 30-day time code for LOTRO.

But I have lifetime subscription for LOTRO, so an extra 30 days is sort of “infinity plus thirty!” They do me no good.

So I will come up with some sort of contest to give away any time codes that I end up with.

I am open to contest suggestions as comments as well!