Unfortunately they still want a month fee to play MonsterPlay which is the only truly unique thing about LoTRO! Rest of the game is just a restricted Tolkien setting. Sadly I stopped playing because Turbine never did any support, expansions or did any effort for Monsterplay. Once a year on April fools day you got to chase chicken players and splat them which was vastly amusing the first time. What other game can you play as a real monster (4 legged warg, 6 legged spider, etc) against other people?
Wonder if research has been done into some sort of saltwater based plant. Kelpy? Freshwater being a major concern for crops and all. Plenty of low lying saltwater marshes and salt evaporation plantations.