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Last night I poked my head out of Moria and into the woods around Lord of the Rings Online's Lothlorien for the first time. This was significant not only because of my Tolkien fandom but because Moria was as far as I'd ever gotten in Turbine's fantasy MMORPG. The recent announcement of Helm's Deep...

September 30th 2013 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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In the words of Frank Sinatra, 2011 "was a very good year" for Lord of the Rings Online. Executive Producer Kate Paiz and Director of Communications Adam Mersky sat down with us to talk about the future of the game, but before they got to the juicy details, they wanted to give a quick recap of th...

January 25th 2012 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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One of the probably-not-very-interesting things about me is that I'm somewhat of a video game soundtrack aficionado. Ever since MP3s became all the rage, I've been collecting my favorite tunes from console and computer games, often replacing the in-game score with my own personal soundtrack. MMO...

July 8th 2011 at 6:00pm 0 Comments
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Last year, I spent a column giving my reflections, thoughts, and observations on the entirety of Volume 1 of Lord of the Rings Online's epic storyline, and today I'd like to do the same for Volume 2. Since these stories are at the center of LotRO's player experience, it's important to see how the...

May 6th 2011 at 2:30pm 0 Comments
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When I first left Lord of the Rings Online, it was early in 2008 and we were constrained to Eriador and Eriador alone. Angmar was the most dangerous spot on the map, level 50 was the cap, and getting your legendary traits was an almost inhuman feat. When I returned in 2010, I discovered I had mis...

April 8th 2011 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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With so many well-known, picturesque locales in Lord of the Rings Online to choose from, some players might have trouble picking which one of myriad places is their particular favorite. Not so with today's One Shots contributor, Floisorin Shattershield, who feels that the beauty of this golden, e...

April 7th 2011 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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It happened far sooner than I'd hoped. I tried to put it off, to ignore the creeping bar, to spend my days in frivolous activities instead of fighting evil -- but to no avail. It was a simple quest turn-in somewhere deep in Mirkwood, and with only two elves to witness the event, a stream of white l...

January 28th 2011 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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This past week I took a break from kowtowing to the haughty elves of Lothlórien and their super-secret elf club to start up a couple alts. It was ultimately a good decision, as I ended up both digging my new lore-master and getting to sample first-hand the many changes that Turbine made to t...

September 24th 2010 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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There's something really exciting about a new set of patch notes, especially when it's for a fantasy MMO like Lord of the Rings Online. Turbine have just released the latest patch notes for the Bullroarer test server for volume 2 of book eight. These notes will hit live servers -- barring the usual...

May 22nd 2009 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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For those Lord of the Rings Online fans in Europe who have eagerly and patiently awaited the new Book 7 content, you can now rejoice in the fact that the Book 7 patch has finally gone live on the EU servers! That's right, no longer will you press your longing face against the front window that reac...

April 2nd 2009 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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Finding safe passage below the leaves of Lothlórien is no easy task, especially when it requires you to earn the trust of the Galadhrim. So it's a very good thing indeed that LotRO Life has you covered with a very well put together guide on this very subject!Trust us, you really want to comp...

March 31st 2009 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Turbine has announced (via Twitter!) that the Volume 2, Book 7: Leaves of Lórien content update for Lord of the Rings Online will go live this Tuesday, March 17, 2009. But you can get your hands on the update files now. Turbine is giving North American, Australian and New Zealand players an...

March 14th 2009 at 4:00pm 0 Comments