Continuing the trend from LotRO, pre-order customers get into the game 15 days before general release and get to keep their characters subject to a level cap at 20. With a player driven economy, this is probably a very good thing.
Pre-orders also get a nifty special sword, music soundtrack and best of all, an in-game pet! The Captain’s Best Friend:
No word that I’ve heard on a collector’s edition, etc. At last word, PotBS is expected to launch January 22nd, 2008.
In the interim, you can sign up for the beta stress test which starts today and runs through Monday, November 19. Details here. My timbers are already shivering.