Turbine and Midway did a press release announcing a Pre-Order Founder's Program for the Lord of Rings Online, which is scheduled for release on April 24. The program has two interesting features, one being that you can create a character in the open beta starting March 30 and keep that character after release.
The other interesting feature is that they are offering a Lifetime Membership for $199. Now that sounds interesting. If something similar would exist for WoW, it would have saved me a lot of money. But even more importantly a Lifetime Membership allows you to play the game on and off, without having to cancel the account if you get bored by it. No more hassle with resubscribing once your interest rekindled because of an expansion or something. If this Founder's Program exists for LotRO Europe as well, I'm very tempted to sign up for it.