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The Lord of the Rings Online

2 months ago

EverQuest & H1Z1 company Daybreak suffer more layoffs

Daybreak Game Company, the H1Z1 and PlanetSide 2 mob formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment, have laid off an unconfirmed number of staff. It's the second wave of layoffs at Daybreak this year, and a real tough time to be laid off. It's the usual "optimising our structure" sort of reason. Daybreak say they'll continue to run their current and are working on new games…

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3 months ago

Lord Of The Rings Online launches throwback ‘Legendary’ server

Things were better in the old days, you'll have heard if you were born within the past four millennia. Children were more respectful, rulers were more divine, gods were more merciful, and expansions hadn't changed your favourite MMORPG. Reader, you can go back. You don't even need to hop in a DeLorean and drive to a Hot Tub Time Machine, as more MMOs are now…

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2 years ago

LOTRO does not simply walk into Mordor

The Lord of the Rings Online was due to finally add Mordor in its new expansion today, over a decade after the MMORPG first launched, but memesters will know full well that walking into Mordor is a difficult feat. The doorknob is at troll height, for starters. So it's no surprise that developers Standing Stone Games announced at short notice that, contrary to plans, the…

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LOTRO walks to Mordor this month in sixth expansion

It takes a long time to travel to Mordor. 10 years, apparently, because a decade after MMO The Lord of the Rings Online [official site] released it's getting its sixth expansion, transporting players into the shadow of Mount Doom. It's a big one, too, adding more than 300 new quests and a new allegiance system through which you can align yourself with one of the factions trying…

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MMoh: Asheron’s Call closing, D&D Online & Lord of the Rings Online leave Turbine

Oh! One newsbit we missed over Horacemas is the changes afoot at Turbine. The MMORPG specialists announced that they're closing down Asheron's Call, after seventeen years, and its sequel. Meanwhile, the teams behind Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online have started their own new studio, Standing Stone Games, and taken the games with them. That leaves the remains of Turbine…

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5 years ago

7 years ago

Wizard: LOTRO Rise Of Isengard Shots & Info

Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard is out at the end of this month - the 27th to be dangerously precise - and that means anyone who was on the beta can talk about it. Except I wasn't, as I have this full time job. However, it does mean a bunch of new details have been revealed, along with some new screenshots revealing…

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8 years ago

Nice Dwarf, But Is It Art?

Crikey. This man is travelling 2000 miles in a box at the beginning of next month and the only thing he says he will do while inside is play Lord of the Rings Online. Jordan Wayne Long is a performance and video artist who, from July 7, plans to travel from a town called Bald Knob (hehe) in Arkansas to Portland, Oregon in a specially…

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LoTRO’s Third Expansion Detailed, Trailered

MMORPG Lord of the Rings Online may have gone free to play, but that doesn't mean Turbine have to stop making pay-for expansion packs. The third, Rise of Isengard, now has a date- September 27th. It'll bring with it three new areas (Isengard, Dunlan and the Gap of Rohan), a level cap increase up to 75, a new 24 player raid and more. I'm continually…

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Lord Of The Rings Euro On The Move

Lord Of The Rings Online is to be entirely taken over by Turbine, Eurogamer reports. Until now the European servers have been in the hands of Codemasters, who seem to cling on to existence via their Codies Online Gaming hosting MMOs. But from the 1st June, the developers will be operating all their servers worldwide. Why tell you? Because if you're a player you're going…

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Here’s Free Stuff For LOTRO EU Newbies

Codemasters have provided us with a fancy newbie code for Lord Of The Rings Online (EUROPE EDITION!) One code can be claimed per person, and can be used when creating a new account. It gives you free stuff! This is the free stuff: War Cloak of Isildur (a cloak) – Provides 34 Armour & +120 non-combat morale regeneration, The Guiding Star (a pocket Item) -…

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Free Makes Money: LOTRO Revenue Triples

Free to play, but you're also free to pay! That's my clever motto. Here's some good news. Lord Of The Rings Online, since going free-to-play (which annoyingly abbreviates to FTP, which is already used up) has tripled its revenue. That's madness! Free things make money?! It turns everything in the world all topsy-turvy! Next they'll be saying piracy encourages sales! Which way is up? Develop…

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Europeans! Win LOTRO Money

The free-to-play launch of Lord Of The Rings Online in Europe is upon us, and to celebrate Codemasters have provided us with a number of 500 points (roughly £5) vouchers of in-game cash tokens, which you can spend on trinkets and treasures from the game's item store. Want one? Then email us here with your best idea for the name of an ent. The best…

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Lord Of The Rings Is FTP (Except For Us)

No, it's not Turbine being particularly vindictive to RPS. While the free-to-play reboot of the MMO is kicking off in the rest of the world it's been delayed in Europe. Why? Codemaster's Michael Rowland says to Eurogamer: "Given the complexities and challenges faced in the preparation and implementation of the new store to work within our infrastructure, we feel more time is needed to deliver…

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9 years ago

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Lord of the Rings Free2Play Beta Impressions

Kieron: Hello Phill Cameron of the land of the north. How are you today? Phill: I'm fine, although I'm still recovering from chicken-apoplexy. Kieron: The chicken is the angriest of the fowl. I too have been thinking about Chick... wait a sec. Have you been playing Lord of the Rings Online's Free-to-play Beta? Phill: I have! Or, as I like to refer to it: Watership…

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Lordy: Turbine Talk Free LOTRO

It seems that after the success of Dungeons & Dragons Online going free to play, Lord Of The Rings Online is to adopt a similar model. We found out a bit more about what that means by talking to Adam Mersky, Director of Communications at Turbine, and Kate Paiz, Executive Producer for the project. They explained how they see this new model as the logical,…

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Lord Of The Rings Online Goes Free-To-Play

Gosh. No room for a rubbish gag in the headline. This must be what being Jim feels like. Anyway - Turbine's actually-really-rather-good MMO is going free-to-play from fall this year. The game's funding seems to be via micropayments via the Store (From the expansion packs and premium content to stuff like character customisation, character slots and utility items like potions) or become a VIP (Which…

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WIN: Lord Of The Rings Online

It's competition time again! In celebration of the release of the Mirkwood expansion Codemasters have given us three triple-pack key sets for Lord Of The Rings Online, so that includes Shadows of Angmar, Mines of Moria and Siege of Mirkwood, and we're giving them away to you. Head south of the click for details. (This is a UK-only competition, I'm afraid, but stay tuned, because…

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LOTRO: The Shpiel Of Mirkwood

A little while back, I attempted an interview with Turbine's producer Jefferey Steefel about their reliably successful MMO Lord Of The Rings Online. It was intended for a preview of the upcoming expansion Siege Of Mirkwood, and for another publication. I wasn't, ah, entirely illuminated by the answers I got, so I sent some follow-up questions intended to further solicit his thoughts on the extent…

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Running Rings Around: Siege Of Mirkwood

Lord Of The Rings Online doesn't seem to be getting a huge amount of press these days, but it's nevertheless trundling onwards, with Turbine seeming to put a huge amount of work into expanding the game. The attitude of the few LOTRO players I know seems to reflect that: they're not talking up their game to any great degree, but they seemed pleased enough with…

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