FWIW, I've kept an eye on the game for years now because one of my friends was a developer for a while.
I have been curious about one thing mentioned in some of the comics. Wren is often shown to be somewhat obsessively collecting 'glowies'. (the term used in the comic if my memory serves) I was curious if the Rift sparkling artifacts are a similar mechanism to what Wren was collecting.
My friends are going to be on Faeblight. (PVE-RP) I've got my CD digital download updated and ready to fire up tomorrow. I went with the 6 month sub as well because I'm confident I can get that much fun out of the game, at the very least. Glanced through the posts here and didn't see which server OTG was going to join. I was figuring it was one of the two PVE-RP servers, but wasn't sure. I'm curious though.
They did post the list of headstart server names and it looked unchanged from the beta list.
(and yes, I've pretty much abandoned LotRO at this point.)