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The Lord of the Rings Online

8 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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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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9 years ago

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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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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10 years ago

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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Beorn-Again: Siege Of Mirkwood

How do you besiege a mirky wood? Expect to find out shortly, when Turbine release its Digital Download pack for Lord of the Rings online. It's a digital download pack rather than something you can buy in the shop, and features... oh, lots of stuff. Raised level cap. Jump-in Skirmish Feature (Which sounds a little like what Warhammer does). Kicking over Dol Guldur, which is…

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LoTR Online: speak friend and enter your username

It's really the silly season. A week after the latest expansion to Azeroth, Lord of the Rings Online's Mines of Moria has been released (And EQ2 too). We interviewed Jeffrey Steefel about it a couple of months back when I had a play on the closed Beta code. And while I enjoyed it, the season being so packed, I haven't had a chance to go…

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11 years ago

Interview: Jeffrey Steefel on LOTRO: Mines of Moria

We've spoke to Turbine Producer Jeffrey Steefel before, but with the forthcoming Mines of Moria expansion, we grasped the chance to do so again. Coming fresh from hands-on with the Beta code in the game, we sat down to talk about how far LOTR:Online has come, the importance of Moria to the RPG, the really novel Legendary Weapons system (which will be the feature which…

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LOTRO To Open The Mines Of Moria

Pipe-playing simulator Lord of the Rings Online has had its first expansion pack unveiled. Appropriately, it's allowing those enthusiastic hobbits into the Mines of Moria. Codies are calling it "Volume II", which implies a fairly hefty chunk of new game, but we'll have to wait until Autumn to find out the full details. In the meantime we know that it will, "let players explore the…

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