What is wrong with Update 20?

What is wrong with Update 20?

Mar 28, 2017

U20 is the 2nd jubilee of some kind for LOTRO – a twentieth update. Yet the team has never announced it as being significant as such, other than saying we are getting to a very important part in the story. The first one, the more important one for LOTRO, is the tenth anniversary and we are impatiently waiting to see what it brings. Before I set out on a...

LOTRO Players News Episode 195: We’ll Talk Later

LOTRO Players News Episode 195: We’ll Talk Later

Mar 27, 2017

This week we discuss update 20 in vague terms to avoid spoilers and talk about our week in LOTRO. http://lotroacademy.com/lotroplayers/LPN195.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (12.2MB) Game News Update 20 to be released on Tuesday, March 21st   Store Sales Free Sample Of The Week March 24th – 30th +5% Attack Damage (90 min) x1 Use Coupon Code...

LOTRO Academy: After School – Episode 14

LOTRO Academy: After School – Episode 14

Mar 26, 2017

LOTRO Academy: After School is our monthly live show where we talk about what each of us have been up to during the month and answer questions from the live chat. Thanks for listening. http://lotroacademy.com/cast/ep/as14.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (43.1MB) LOTRO Academy: After School is recorded live on the last Friday of the month and posted...

New steed: Steed of Elessar Host

New steed: Steed of Elessar Host

Mar 24, 2017

There were some pictures of an alleged new reputation steed, which didn’t look at all like a steed of a king. More a steed of  a princes. So since I haven’t seen any of these yet I am bringing you some pictures of it. There are also some random flying items in the new area. And to quote Cordovan You will no longer see any mobs above level 105 (until...

Battle of the Black Gate First Impressions

Battle of the Black Gate First Impressions

Mar 24, 2017

Update 20 starts by covering the fears of the Host of the West as they make their way toward Mordor. The story quickly moves into what I think is the best session play yet.  Not only do we get to play as Gollum, but we get a really cool foreshadowing of the dangers to come. While the Epic Story starts strong, the side quests are not really anything to write...

Community Events: March 24th-30th

Community Events: March 24th-30th

Mar 24, 2017

Community Calendar: This listing of featured events is only published on Fridays, but our Google calendar is kept up to date throughout the week and includes details on many more activities.  Take a look at this week’s agenda for upcoming events around LOTRO and copy some or all events to your personal calendar.  You may add events or post corrections in...

LOTRO Store Sales 3/24/17 – 3/30/17

LOTRO Store Sales 3/24/17 – 3/30/17

Mar 24, 2017

  Free Sample Of The Week March 24th – 30th +5% Attack Damage (90 min) x1 Use Coupon Code EXTRADMG 1/Account       Monster Classes and Appearances Monster Traits Monster Skills 100% Infamy/Renown Gain Drac Says – PVMP Players will enjoy this sale this...

The Family Line Part 127 – The Cold Winds Blow

The Family Line Part 127 – The Cold Winds Blow

Mar 23, 2017

Part 127 – The Cold Winds Blow The morning was bright and busy were the workers all about. Waving goodbye to the travelers heading out was Herion. The travelers were the Warriors of Eriador and it was the day they departed from Annuminas. As they departed, Herion waved goodbye as he had a sudden feeling of the weight of the entire city of Annuminas on his...

Update 20 to be released on Tuesday, March 21st

Update 20 to be released on Tuesday, March 21st

Mar 20, 2017

Hear ye, hear ye! In last weeks Twitch stream Cordovan did say that since they had a release candidate version of the build this weekend will probably not see the build. Also, the update was, for some difficulties they encountered, moved to not-Monday. Now the update is announced to release tomorrow, Tuesday, March 21st. You can read the downtime announcement...

LOTRO Players News Episode 194: Nazgul Repellant Spray

LOTRO Players News Episode 194: Nazgul Repellant Spray

Mar 20, 2017

This week we discuss mitigations and LOTRO news. http://lotroacademy.com/lotroplayers/LPN194.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (16.4MB) Game News LOTRO Beacon   Store Sales Free Sample Of The Week March 17th – 23rd Regeneration Food x1 Use Coupon Code NOMNOM 1/Account 20 % OFF Expansions & Expansion Quests Skirmishes & Instances...

Community Events: March 17th-23rd

Community Events: March 17th-23rd

Mar 17, 2017

Community Calendar: Happy Bullroarer Took Day to you all!  We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a LOTRO spin this weekend.  Friday is a Green Bullroarer Took Friday on Laurelin, a special edition of the weekly Green Dragon Friday.  Saturday is Landroval’s A Day at the Greenfields, with genre-themed music from 11 bands from 11am to 10pm.  Sunday...

LOTRO Store Sales 3/17/17 – 3/23/17

LOTRO Store Sales 3/17/17 – 3/23/17

Mar 16, 2017

  Free Sample Of The Week March 17th – 23rd Regeneration Food x1 Use Coupon Code NOMNOM 1/Account     Expansions & Expansion Quests Drac Says – Always good to see these on sale! Skirmishes & Instances Drac Says – Just Remember To Skirmish Responsibly Enhanced XP Supply Drac Says – Very Good If Your Working On Alt’s Token of the...

Antipodean Writer: The Paths of the Dead

Antipodean Writer: The Paths of the Dead

Mar 15, 2017

They come! They come! The Dead they come! With flickering banners, muted drum Armoured in fear, The Dead draw near! By Erech’s Stone, here they atone Remembered oath, eld days when loath Isildur’s summons they refuse Today by Erech they must choose To obey summons. Rest in peace! At last Isildur’s curse will cease. They come! They come! The Dead are come! With...

March of the King Fully Voiced

March of the King Fully Voiced

Mar 13, 2017

The March of the King update added a large amount of story beats for players to experience and enjoy.  From remembering the fallen at Pelennor Fields to sneaking into the towers of The Black Gate, March of the King is a journey players will remember for years to come.   The Start March of the King starts off with what might be the most epic collection...

LOTRO Players News Episode 193: Pineleaf’s Angels

LOTRO Players News Episode 193: Pineleaf’s Angels

Mar 13, 2017

This week we add a new member to the LOTRO Players News team. http://lotroacademy.com/lotroplayers/LPN193.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (10.3MB) Game News Update 20 beta 2: Recent Changes, Cosmetics and Pets LOTRO Beacon   Store Sales Free Sample Of The Week  March 10th – 16th Dye: Evendim Blue x1 Use Coupon Code IMBLUE 1/Account  ...

Update 20 beta 2: recent changes, cosmetics and pets

Update 20 beta 2: recent changes, cosmetics and pets

Mar 11, 2017

A second beta version is out on Bullroarer now and we have received some changes based on player feedback on the forums. Some positive, some a little bit less, depending on the player. The changes since U20 Beta 1 Tybur: Notable Changes Since U20 Beta 1: Minor adjustment to Chat UI so that text doesn’t get cut-off at the bottom. In response to feedback,...

Embers of Hope Chapter 3: Days of Plenty

Embers of Hope Chapter 3: Days of Plenty

Mar 10, 2017

A week later Zaradanoric felt able to travel again. He had spent much time while he was waiting with Katherine Oaklane, the intriguing lore-master. Partially, this was due to the manner of his wounds, which required expert skill that she had the knowledge of. After that night on the cliff fighting the possessor spirit, the two had grown closer as friends and...

Community Events: March 10th-16th

Community Events: March 10th-16th

Mar 10, 2017

Community Calendar: We’ve now reached this event planner’s least favourite time of year: the US, Canada, and a few other places in North America will go on Daylight Saving Time on Sunday while most of Europe will go on DST on March 26th.  This means that some events on the European servers will generally take place at a different time than Americans...

The Family Line Part 125 – The Blood Path

The Family Line Part 125 – The Blood Path

Mar 9, 2017

Part 125 – The Blood Path The air was thick and sinister. A feeling of dread hung heavy in the atmosphere at the threshold of the path toward the Bonevales. No bird chirps could be heard for quite a while before coming to the edge. Only wind blew through narrow pass before the steps into the stone laden valley that connected the southern part of Enedwaith to...

Screenshots from U20

Screenshots from U20

Mar 8, 2017

If you’re a person dreading spoilers and want to be surprised and amazed, this is probably the point where you don’t click here and instead go read What to do when U20 hits live. And I am pretty sure that this story and reflection on what has happened by Eladan and Elrohir will amaze you as much as it did me. But I also seen something else in this....