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The Road to Mordor: Riders of Rohan pre-launch guide


The other night in kin chat, I said how I'm just not mentally ready for Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan. My Captain may be prepared to saddle up and venture forth, but the notion that we're on the verge of one of the most significant expansions this game has ever seen is taking me a little while to absorb. Fortunately, many of my friends assured me that I wasn't alone in this.

With just two days to go until players can head into Rohan, we're running out of time to prepare, and I'm not just talking about pre-purchasing the game (although that too). Riders of Rohan contains a host of content and changes, not the least of which is the new mounted combat system. I don't know about you, but I hate heading into expansions completely blind, so I decided to spend this week putting together a big roundup of everything you need to know about LotRO's fourth expansion.

Read well, my friends, but get your rest as well. You may not get it this coming week.

The Road to Mordor Riders of Rohan prelaunch guide
Official Riders of Rohan resources
  • Riders of Rohan website -- Including images, videos, and behind-the-scenes documentaries.
  • Pre-order options -- If you want to snag all of the bonuses, make sure you pick one of these up before the expansion goes live. Otherwise, the expansion will be available both through the Turbine store and eventually the LotRO store.
  • Official Riders of Rohan forum -- A great place to hear about the expansion from all of the beta testers.
  • Mac client confirmed -- Apple gamers, rejoice!
Hands-on, guides, and opinions
The Road to Mordor Riders of Rohan prelaunch guide
Classes, skills, and craftingLore and land

Gallery: LotRO: Riders of Rohan | 245 Photos

Mounted combat
  • Hytbold dev diary -- Find out what the new endgame will be for many of us: rebuilding a sacked town.
I'll see you all in the game on Monday! Until then, forth! Down fear of darkness! Arise! Arise, Riders of Théoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered! A sword day... a red day... and the sun rises! Ride now... Ride now... Ride! Ride for ruin and the world's ending! Death!

When not enjoying second breakfast and a pint of ale, Justin "Syp" Olivetti jaws about hobbits in his Lord of the Rings Online column, The Road to Mordor. You can contact him via email at or through his gaming blog, Bio Break.

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