One way or another you will pay, no matter what the marketing tries to tell you. As a "f2per", you'll need to get TP to use in the store to open up quests, etc. You can get TP either by buying it, or by grinding deeds. Overall, this update/release has been pretty crappy so far. Many bugs and lots of unhappy people. If you do try the game, I would be cautious at this time about spending any real cash on it (via subs and/or lotro store). There's just too many bugs in this area alone that need to be fixed before I'd be handing over any money. In the game itself, it's been quite busy from what I've seen. Lots of people online and even queues to log in. I expect this to drop off a bit in a couple of weeks as the "land rush" settles.