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7 years ago

Feature: Free 2 Flay

The MMOnitor: Dungeons & Dragons Online

Whilst we were down in the RPS dungeon, thrashing kobolds for copper pieces, we stumbled upon a group of MMO developers coming the other way through the Underdark. Sitting down by the light of our magic auras, we made a nice cup of elf-leaf and talked to Fernando Paiz, Executive Producer on Dungeons & Dragons Online (married to Kate Paiz, the executive producer on Lord…

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Feature: Late Developer

Interview: DDO’s Menace Of The Underdark

Turbine (now part of Warner Bros, so essentially run by Bugs Bunny) has just announced the long overdue first expansion to Dungeons & Dragons: Online, Menace of the Underdark, six years after the game was first released. We've got more details below, excerpted from the coming Sunday's MMOnitor, but here's the stuff really worth noting: they're introducing a new class, new epic classes and moving…

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8 years ago

Orc, Thanks! Says Rise Of Isengard

Speaking of MMOs, Turbine send word that LOTRO's expansion, Rise Of Isengard, which sees the level cap raised to 75, and adds some familiar locales and characters to the line-up, is out today. Free-to-play adventurers can now adventure freely in Dunland, the Gap of Rohan, and Isengard itself. Fun times are to be had with Saruman The Betrayer, Grima Wormtongue, and other unpleasantmen. There's also…

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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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9 years ago

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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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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10 years ago

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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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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Free Realm: Dungeons & Dragons Online Is Gratis

Turbine might be challenging their publisher Atari to a bout of fisticuffs about the fate and funding of Dungeons & Dragons Online, but such conflict has not delayed the re-release of said formerly underpopulated MMO as a free-to-play affair. Dungeons & Dragons Online: Eberron Unlimited, as it's now known, can be had for the princely sum of no-pennies from here. There is, of course, a…

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Neverwinter Online vs D&D Online Argy-Bargy

Something is rotten in the state of pretend online roleplaying universes. Atari, or at least what's left of it these days, remains license holder for most videogamilial adaptations of Dungeons & Dragons properties, most notably Forgotten Realms titles including Baldur's Gate and Neverwinter Nights. They also publish the Turbine-developed Dungeons & Dragons Online, which is shortly to be relaunched as the free-to-play DDO Unlimited. Only…

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Dungeons & Dragons: Still Online, Also Free

Have we ever posted about Dungeons & Dragons Online before? It's not an MMO that ever seems to make the headlines and, let's be honest, most of us either thought it was already closed or was living on borrowed time. In a fairly audacious move, it's instead gone free to play - rebranded as DDO Unlimited, and pitching itself as "the world’s first free-to-play MMO…

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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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LOTR Online: Hitting On The High Elves

So yesterday I popped along to have some hands-on time with the forthcoming first expansion pack for Lord of the Rings Online, The Mines of Moria, as well as chatting to Turbine producer Jeffrey Steefel. I'll write more about it in the next few days, but using the provided teleport tags I jumped around the world and found myself near the Mirror of Galadriel with…

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