In a rather annoying twist of fate, my desire to return to LOTRO, if only for a spell, has run aground on two fronts. Firstly, I still have the old disks from when the game was under the stewardship of Codies, and, sadly, upon trying to get around a massive download by installing from the disk and then updating to the current version.
The Powers That Be have conspired against me, and the launcher no longer connects to any servers, as the Codies servers are permanently and irretrievably down for this particular game. Happily, there is in fact a solution to this, but, annoyingly, I only found it after downloading the entire high-resolution client. Still, this did not deter me, and I eventually found myself the somewhat frustrated, but nonetheless happy, owner of a new high-resolution client, courtesy of the much maligned Pando Media Booster (which wasn’t actually that bad, to be fair).
However, despite this rather large annoyance, I found myself in a predicament that would take rather more effort to overcome. In a nutshell, Turbine decided that, as my account had somehow fallen into the hands of a misbegotten third-party (although my password remains unchanged, so whether this actually took place is largely speculation on my part) it was worthy of a permanent ban until I contacted their customer service. Oh dear. I say oh dear, just their customer service seems to have an average wait time of 2 to 4 days, which, as you can imagine, is rather vexing, especially when I’m not even sure the account was ever accessed by anyone other than myself.
But, so be it. The client is downloaded, customer service are contacted and I do want to get back in and see whether or not my lifetime subscription has brought in a monster harvest of Turbine Points. We shall see.
Oh, Turbine? I’m still a little vexed that you decided to ban my account.
Edit: I was unbanned. Very prompt response time, which is gratifying.