Behind the Mordor War Door

Behind the Mordor War Door

Apr 1, 2017

  I just came back from a surprise visit to the Standing Stone Games office up in Boston. We are excited to share with you some of the early concepts bouncing around in the idea room (located catty-corner to the vending machines, which, unfortunately, had no Coke Zero). Note that these are in an early-mid stage of development, and may not all survive to...

Passage to Mordor Discovered in Shire

Passage to Mordor Discovered in Shire

Apr 1, 2017

Michel Delving, Eriador — Residents were shocked Mersday to discover a passageway to Mordor, the Land of Shadow,  tucked way in the depths of a Shire dwelling. This revelation was made by Tobias Featherbottom of Brockenborings, upon scouring the basement of the Mathom House for some liquid refreshments. “They sent me over to Michel Delving to pick...

Guide: Restoring Regular Map Size with JRR UI Skins

Guide: Restoring Regular Map Size with JRR UI Skins

Sep 20, 2016

User Interface (UI) skins are a neat way to spice up the look of your game and give it a fresh coat of paint. Because MMOs will require many hours staring at the screen, some of the colors or look of the various bars and windows may start making you a bit weary/sick. By setting up some new UI skins, you may find it feeling like a whole new game (even though...

Dev Diary: Imbued Starter Areas

Dev Diary: Imbued Starter Areas

Apr 1, 2016

Please note: The following post was an April Fool’s joke and is not real. Hey there, Aries “Dummcile” Rammicus here, content designer for Lord of the Rings Online, and today I’d like to share with you one of our exciting new projects in LOTRO. While browsing the forum one day, I kept coming across threads and comments about favorite zones in...

LOTROfication: Summer Nights in Middle-earth

♫ Tell me more, tell me more – like does he have a mount? ♫ Hello, and welcome to another installment of LOTROfication, where we capture footage of what the Free (and not so free) Peoples of Middle-earth are doing when they’re not busy being an NPC. Early this summer, I attached several GoPro cameras to trained carrier pigeons, hoping they’d...

Super Unofficial LOTRO Update 41.15 Patch Notes

Please note: The following post was an April Fool’s joke and is not real.   *Of Special Note* Epic Battle: Halt the Hobbits Some lands have had their greatest keeps threatened by the will of Saruman, while others have had their coastal cities invaded by the men from the southern lands. There is no threat too small that could bring potential terror and...

Lalia’s Market Closes, Town Celebrates

Please note: The following post was an April Fool’s joke and is not real.      BREE, Eriador – The folk of Bree woke up Elenya morning to find that Lalia’s Market had closed and gone out of business. The door was barred and windows shuttered, with piles of trash and junked cosmetics strewn about. A search had gone out around town for Lalia, but she...

LOTROfication: Middle-earth Comic Book Covers

Inspiration can come from many sources. In my case, I took inspiration for this edition of LOTROfication from none other than a sentence in World chat, which inquired if someone could port them to “Rivendale.” Having read several issues of the Archie comic, this struck a humorous nerve. As such, I decided to take a look at some possible scenarios of...

MMOGames LOTRO Starter Pack Giveaway

MMOGames is currently offering a free LOTRO starter pack as part of a giveaway. The duration of this giveaway will be dependent on remaining keys available. By creating or logging into your MMOGames account, you are able to redeem for a code that can be applied to your account via the Turbine account management page. Your starter pack will include: Chestnut...

Level Restrictions Now on Consumable Reputation Items (see updates)

UPDATE: It appears that they either implemented this change incorrectly, or reverted changes. You can still currently use any reputation on any level character, even with a newly-created character. If this is an error on their part, I would expect a correct fix and implementation to this system either real soon, or just after the holidays. Update 2: Frelorn has...

LOTROfication: Middle-earth’s Needings and Season’s Greetings

With the holidays upon us, it’s that time of the year to think about others. We have several individuals in our corner of Middle-earth that could use a hand with some of their troubles, but how can we ever help all of them? Surely it’s an unrealistic order to fill, so I figure the next best thing is to start small. Let’s try giving a dozen or...

ALTerations: Rejected LOTRO Movie Posters

On my last visit to the Elrond’s Last Homely House in Rivendell, I noticed that our favorite stationary elf was standing on a rather disheveled floor tile. After applying a blowtorch to Elrond’s soles and prying his immobile body from the locked position (he’s fine, other than experiencing some movement sickness), I removed the tile and made a...

ZAM LOTRO Starter Pack Giveaway

UPDATE [9/16]: The giveaway has ended, no keys left to claim   ZAM is currently offering a free LOTRO starter pack as part of a giveaway. The duration of this giveaway will be dependent on remaining keys available. By creating or logging into your ZAM account, you are able to redeem for a code that can be applied to your account via the Turbine account...

Obscurities of Mordor: The “Other” Wraiths

Well, we’ve seen plenty of news lately involving Shadow of Mordor, an upcoming action RPG set to release on September 30th (October 2 for the PC). This game will take place between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (almost said “Flies” there – boy that would have been a hoot handing Piggy a Ring of Power). The story will...

Reputation Exploration: Gondor Factions

  After scooting ourselves through the Paths of the Dead, we have made it out the other side, and have left the massive region of Rhovanion behind. Our first stop is the kingdom of Gondor, a massive land ruled by Men. As a costal area, we see other forces (including the sea-faring corsairs) attempting to overthrow the land. In prior articles, we have...

Fun Places, Fun Loot: Wildermore

Hey all, Thelouise of Dale here. I’d like to tell you all about my recent trip to Wildermore. It all started one day when I was outside demoralizing the local vermin, and felt the heat a tad excessive. After taking a peek around to make sure Smaug hadn’t returned once more to pillage my village (worst part about the last time it happened was losing...

Update 14 (Build 1) Live on Bullroarer

Update 14 is now live on Bullroarer for testing! The U14 Build 1 patch notes can be read here. Information on downloading the Bullroarer client can be found here. Please note that all patch notes and changes are PRELIMINARY AND NON-FINAL, and anything is SUBJECT TO CHANGE.   Of Special Note RUNE KEEPERS PLEASE NOTE: We’re removing the Rune-keeper skills...

The Fellowship Tribune: Spring Festival Special Issue

While the dwarves belch comfortably in the dark caverns of Moria, we at the Fellowship Tribune are risking a nasty bout of allergies to find you the latest scoop from the ongoing spring festivities held in Eriador. Our field reporters have made several discoveries – we now take you over to an ongoing investigation in the northeastern fields of the Shire....

Hobnanigans Active! (May 9th – 11th)

Have you ever attempted the chicken session play, only to run afoul inches from the target? Wish to plot your revenge on that chicken you spent so much time trying to protect? Well, now you can grab a stick (don’t worry, it’s padded) and spend time thwacking that doodle-doo around! Hobnanigans is currently active from now until May 11th. This sport,...

2014 LOTRO Players Council Announced

Sapience has posted the participants who have been selected to take part as members of the 2014 Players Council. They represent many play styles, countries, and walks of life. We look forward to hearing their feedback and suggestions. The list can be viewed in its entirety on the official announcement thread. Sapience also remarked on those who participated in...