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Community Events: July 28th-August 3rd

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017

Community Calendar: The Department of Harmony and Song celebrates their 3rd anniversary by taking the hobbits to Isengard featuring the hobbit who started it all, former Community...

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LOTRO Players Polls – What’s The First Thing You Will Do When Mordor Is Released?

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017

      Mordor is upon us, and we just had to ask   What Is The First Thing You Will Do When Mordor Is Released? The Epic Story! The Black Book Of Mordor Side...

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Seeing LOTRO

An Interview with Ted Nasmith On LOTRO.COM

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017

  There is a wonderful interview up over at LOTRO.com with fantasy artist, Ted Nasmith.     For those that do not know, Ted Nasmith is a Canadian artist,...

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Beyond LOTRO

Middle-earth Shadow Of War Mobile Coming This Fall

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017

  Warner Bros announced today that it’s bringing Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, a free-to-play real-time RPG, to mobile this fall. The game will follow the adventures of...

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Community Events: July 28th-August 3rd

Community Events: July 28th-August 3rd

Jul 28, 2017

Community Calendar: The Department of Harmony and Song celebrates their 3rd anniversary by taking the hobbits to Isengard featuring the hobbit who started it all, former Community Manager Rick Heaton (once known as Sapience).  Speaking of famed quotes/memes, the Rangers of the West will simply walk into Mordor on release day, July 31st, at 9pm on Gladden.  Take...

Middle-earth Shadow Of War Mobile Coming This Fall

Middle-earth Shadow Of War Mobile Coming This Fall

Jul 28, 2017

  Warner Bros announced today that it’s bringing Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, a free-to-play real-time RPG, to mobile this fall. The game will follow the adventures of Talion (the hero of Shadow of Mordor PC game) through Mordor, and will feature all kinds of familiar characters from both the last PC game and, of course, The Lord of the Rings. Expect...

LOTRO Players Polls – What’s The First Thing You Will Do When Mordor Is Released?

LOTRO Players Polls – What’s The First Thing You Will Do When Mordor Is Released?

Jul 27, 2017

      Mordor is upon us, and we just had to ask   What Is The First Thing You Will Do When Mordor Is Released? The Epic Story! The Black Book Of Mordor Side Quests Simply Walk Into ........ Other (Leave Comment) View Results  Loading...

The Family Line Part 145 – Namaarie

The Family Line Part 145 – Namaarie

Jul 27, 2017

Part 145 – Namaarie Still dark as the sun had not even set its beams of light on the horizon yet, the three started their journey further east. Not wanting to waste any time, they quickly got to their horses and left before any but the half-asleep sentries were awake. With their quickened paces, the three travelers reached the last bridge in only an hour as...

An Interview with Ted Nasmith On LOTRO.COM

An Interview with Ted Nasmith On LOTRO.COM

Jul 26, 2017

  There is a wonderful interview up over at LOTRO.com with fantasy artist, Ted Nasmith.     For those that do not know, Ted Nasmith is a Canadian artist, illustrator, and architectural renderer. He is best known as an illustrator of J. R. R. Tolkien’s works — The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion. Sample from the interview...

Mordor beta 5: Release date pushed or not?

Mordor beta 5: Release date pushed or not?

Jul 25, 2017

Don’t know if you noticed, but I have skipped ‘Mordor beta 4’. The first reason was that there wasn’t really that many changes or remarks I hadn’t already made and the second reason is that I was bringing you: Release date and pre-order: The story behind the disappointment, Crafting Developer Diary – What it should have...

LOTRO Players News Episode 212: The Emperor’s New Armor

LOTRO Players News Episode 212: The Emperor’s New Armor

Jul 24, 2017

This week we discussed the newest build on Bullroarer and had a guest. http://lotroacademy.com/lotroplayers/LPN212.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (20.8MB) Game News Bullroarer Build 5 LOTRO Beacon   Store Sales 20% off: Milestone Skills Hurried Traveller and Returning Traveller Advanced Riding Traits Rally Horns   Free Sample Of The Week +5...

Critters Journey [62] Stocked upon party weather

Critters Journey [62] Stocked upon party weather

Jul 22, 2017

Months had passed since the battle for Critter Tirith. Critters and humans had returned to their homes waiting for the call for battle. That call was here. The call for Mordor. The eagles had made their rounds and everyone willing to lend their hands was making their way. The forces of western Eriador had one final party planned on Weathertop. They are all...

The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

Jul 21, 2017

I have had great feedback on the article I written about the story behind the disappointment. You all have been a great support. Even disagreeing with some of you in a constructive manner was one of the better things to share with you and not just you reading or even not reading what has been written. Thank you for that. But it has been pointed out to me that...

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Shelob Makes Her Debut

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Shelob Makes Her Debut

Jul 21, 2017

  San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing, and with that comes all the panels, and the news that comes with them.  Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions have released a new trailer for the upcoming Middle-earth: Shadow of War online revealing that the infamous spider Shelob will appear in the game. Developed by Monolith Productions,...

Weatherstock & Community Events: July 21st-27th

Weatherstock & Community Events: July 21st-27th

Jul 21, 2017

Weatherstock IX: The time has finally come for the biggest event in LOTRO.  Weatherstock is a spectacle like no other, with hundreds of people gathered together on the summit of Weathertop.  Landroval’s the Lonely Mountain Band plays host to this enormous event and 18 performers will be there to entertain the crowd, as well as a super band formed from the...

Allegiance: Pimp my dev interview

Allegiance: Pimp my dev interview

Jul 20, 2017

This article is satirical in nature and does not represent the official developer interview allowed by the SSG… The original interview has been used and built upon to provide you with more information. The facts about Allegiance are accurate.   Hello, everyone. This time we are bringing you an interview with our developers UnfriendlyCat (UC), DrHashtag...

The Family Line Part 144 – The Road East

The Family Line Part 144 – The Road East

Jul 20, 2017

Part 144 – The Road East Early in the morning on the next day, Theomin, Eleswith and Sylderan left the village of Bree to head eastward. With them, one more wanted to join. Magla had to wanted to join the journey east with the three travelers. His destination was Ost Guruth, by no means a short journey. It was to take the entire day to reach those ruins, hence...

Crafting Developer Diary – What it should have been

Crafting Developer Diary – What it should have been

Jul 19, 2017

This article is satirical in nature and does not represent the official developer diary allowed by the SSG… Sadly.  The facts about crafting are accurate.   Hello, everybody, I am UnfriendlyCat and I am the developer for the crafting in Mordor that is coming out with the update 21, our most recent expansion, and I would like to share with you a thing...

What’s behind Mordoor 6.3 – Before the door opens- Getting the edge

What’s behind Mordoor 6.3 – Before the door opens- Getting the edge

Jul 19, 2017

You’ve gotten rid of the old and prepared for the new. But you still got some time left for Mordor hits. What can you do to get that edge over the other players? Mordor is meant to level the playing field and lay the foundation for a revamped balance. As such, I feel there isn’t a definitive edge you can get. But there surely are several ways to be...

What’s behind Mordoor 6.2 – Before the door opens- Prepare for the new

What’s behind Mordoor 6.2 – Before the door opens- Prepare for the new

Jul 19, 2017

Where 6.1 focusses on making getting rid of the old. Not everything old will be bad. In 6.2 we’ll give you some tips on what to keep or even get more of.  We’ll focus on items and character traits in this article since gear will all be replaced (*A bug in beta #4 with Ettenmoors scaling might invalidate this). Gear (*bug beta #4) I’ve told you...

What’s behind Mordoor 6.1 – Before the door opens- Out with the old

What’s behind Mordoor 6.1 – Before the door opens- Out with the old

Jul 19, 2017

The Mordoor will open soon, but what can we do to prepare for the grand opening? Every expansion and level increase means some parts of your character become obsolete and some items skyrocket cause everyone will need it. But there is more than you might think of you can do to come out on top or better than sitting still in Bree waiting for the final...

Poems of the Pine: Interlude in the Old Forest

Poems of the Pine: Interlude in the Old Forest

Jul 19, 2017

As we wait for Mordor, let’s take a walk in the Old Forest. Interlude – The Old Forest Deep in the dark And dangerous wood A hatred hampered Four hobbits on a quest Their path did twist To push them south To the Withywindle Where willows slept   By the foulest tree Frodo was snared As his friends were trapped In a frightful grip. As Frodo’s...

Erebor & More – New Mordor Allegiance System Preview

Erebor & More – New Mordor Allegiance System Preview

Jul 18, 2017

The new Allegiance System coming with the Mordor Expansion introduces four new Allegiance Halls.  Each allegiance has its own story in and outside of Mordor proper. The various allegiances each have a description in the new UI that hints at what players can expect to experience. One of the goals of the new Allegiance System seems to be to add story to...

Release date and pre-order: The story behind the disappointment

Release date and pre-order: The story behind the disappointment

Jul 17, 2017

For three weeks now I have been reporting on the news from Mordor Beta builds, mentioned some bugs and posted a few videos and screenshots. This fourth week I have started with an announcement of the pre-order and the possible (not likely) date that the expansion will be released – July 31st. And that article was very mild if you have followed any of my other...