Will I still be able to play and enjoy the game without buying items from the LOTRO Store, or is that my only option for gaining weapons, armor, potions, and other goodies such as premium loot?
The purchase of items in the LOTRO Store is entirely optional. While items in the Store are designed to immediately enhance your in-game experience, premium loot and rare gear are the rewards of adventure and are only obtainable through gameplay.
You cannot even ride a mount, if you don’t spent on the store.
Quote from http://lotro.mmorsel.com/2010/02/guide-to-lotro-mounts.html
Before you can own a permanent mount, you’ll need to get the Basic Riding Skill. Anyone can purchase the Basic Riding Skill from the LOTRO Store as soon as you finish the Introduction (get your map and the passive “Novice” trait).
There is not way to get that skill other than the LOTRO Store for a F2P player!
Ridding is not optional in most of MMORPG game play.
No, You can’t catch up or even quest with others, with 50% moving speed.
of course they did’t list that up on their list
Liar – Shame on you LOTRO
Epic Fail on marketing and plan.