LOTRO Players News Episode 208: It’s Mordor-y

LOTRO Players News Episode 208: It’s Mordor-y

Jun 26, 2017

This week we had two guests and talked about our initial impressions of the Bullroarer preview. http://lotroacademy.com/lotroplayers/LPN208.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (29.7MB) Game News Bullroarer First Look at Update 21 LOTRO Beacon   Store Sales Free Sample Of The Week Now-June 29th Dye: Yellow x1 with the Coupon Code MORSOL   25 %...

Mount Doom, Barad-dûr, Cirith Ungol & More! – Mordor Beta Videos

Mount Doom, Barad-dûr, Cirith Ungol & More! – Mordor Beta Videos

Jun 26, 2017

This week Standing Stone Games released the first round of the Update 21 Mordor Beta. The Mordor expansion will bring players 5 new regions of...

What awaits us in Mordor?

What awaits us in Mordor?

Jun 25, 2017

If you were to describe Mordor by comparing it to any old area of Middle-Earth, it wouldn’t do it justice. The area is huge, you can find these evil-looking statues all around and sometimes it’s a little bit of a maze. So, the best way to compare it would be to say that it’s a combination of Rohan and Angmar, but on a much larger scale. And...

What’s behind Mordoor 3 – Sorry we’re not home

What’s behind Mordoor 3 – Sorry we’re not home

Jun 25, 2017

We came, we saw and we started to slowly conquer Mordor. The gates have been opened and pineleafs were spotted as with a gazillion orcs and weird cows. But when we looked for some things there was an under construction sign. Sauron wasn’t home anymore. What else wasn’t there yet? Based on bullroarer U21 beta #1 and the preview stream by Cordovan we...

Community Events: June 23rd-29th

Community Events: June 23rd-29th

Jun 23, 2017

Community Calendar: We have several great special concerts to start this week.  This year’s Festival of the White Lady, always a much-anticipated day on the LOTRO calendar, will be taking place on July 8th.  The Weatherstock Concert Series, as well as Weatherstock itself, is also coming up in July.  Find out more about these events below! This listing of...

The Family Line Part 140 – To Ered Luin

The Family Line Part 140 – To Ered Luin

Jun 22, 2017

Part 140 – To Ered Luin Morning came, bright and early. It was four days since the revelry of the nighttime party. Business went back to normal in the cool dawn of Annuminas. The small number of wardens remained on Tinnudir to finish cleaning the party grounds, mugs, empty barrels of ale, food thrown on the ground were all removed from the island as a new dawn...

Poems of the Pine: March of the King

Poems of the Pine: March of the King

Jun 22, 2017

It is time to March towards Mordor. Book 7 – March of the King Our rest was brief When the battle was done As the hale must heal The hurts of the wounded. The captains took council On the course to take And chose to march And challenge our foe.   We sounded the trumpets As our troops set forth Into Gondor’s glorious Garden – Ithilien. There we...

What’s behind Mordoor number 2 – Rating system update

What’s behind Mordoor number 2 – Rating system update

Jun 21, 2017

Stop hitting yourself! No worries i’ve my mits capped.  Only for tier 1 ratings though. Now it’s time for some serious talk, cause this change in the Mordor update is what could impact you’re gameplay the most (hopefully). What does “Rating” do? Rating is the math the game does to connect all your stats and gear to actually how...

LOTRO Players News Episode 207: A Well-Dressed Killing Machine

LOTRO Players News Episode 207: A Well-Dressed Killing Machine

Jun 19, 2017

This week we discussed the relative value of the Beorning and described how we use our skills. http://lotroacademy.com/lotroplayers/LPN207.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (20.7MB) Game News Bullroarer to Open June 23rd for Update 21 Beta LOTRO Beacon   Store Sales Free Sample Of The Week June 16 – June 22 +100% Mark Acquisition (90 min) x1...

What’s behind Mordoor number 1

What’s behind Mordoor number 1

Jun 19, 2017

With the first bullroarer build for Update 21  aka Mordor on the shiny slag coloured horizon it’s time to run the gauntlet of what will be in it. This first article will focus on what is expected and a short comment on each regarding new information or rumours we’ve been teased with.  In this series we’ll keep you updated with new information...

Where Do You Want New Housing?

Where Do You Want New Housing?

Jun 18, 2017

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Poems of the Pine: Battle of the Pelennor Fields

Poems of the Pine: Battle of the Pelennor Fields

Jun 17, 2017

We have arrived but there is still a long battle ahead. Book 6 – The Battle of the Pelennor Fields Theoden’s riders Thundered on the field Till the King of Rohan Met the King of Shadow. All fled the menace That no man could kill Till the Nazgûl was slain By the niece of the king.   Then Éomer charged Into the enemy lines So the battle raged At a...

Community Events: June 16th-22nd

Community Events: June 16th-22nd

Jun 16, 2017

Community Calendar: Let me start with an apology–this post will revolve around one event in particular this week, and that event is my baby.  This will be the 4th Shirefest hosted by Second Breakfast and our longtime members are amazed to see the growth of the music community on Crickhollow and indeed throughout the game.  Some scoff at LOTRO’s...

LOTRO Academy: 141 – Vol. 1 Review Pt. 1

LOTRO Academy: 141 – Vol. 1 Review Pt. 1

Jun 15, 2017

Branick, Teriadwyn, Pineleaf, Sanswinda, and Mortumbra kick off a spoiler-heavy discussion and in-depth look at the Epic Story of Volume 1 of The Lord of the Rings Online™. Thanks for listening. http://lotroacademy.com/cast/ep/141.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (41.9MB) Episodes of LOTRO Academy are recorded on Friday and posted when I can get to it....

The Family Line Part 139 – Revelry

The Family Line Part 139 – Revelry

Jun 15, 2017

Part 139 – Revelry Sunset came on the land of Evendim. The lake reflected the burning fire of the sky as all the land was tinted in a red-orange color. The trees of the lands, though green, also gave off an orange color as did the grasses. The clouds reflected the bright color of the setting sun as they painted the sky with an orange topaz look. Evening was...

Antipodean Writer: Fingolfin’s Fall: The Duel

Antipodean Writer: Fingolfin’s Fall: The Duel

Jun 15, 2017

Fingolfin stared upwards into the sky. His breathing hard. Still, once again he’ll try To strike his enemy down! Cold Ringil gleamed Like blazing ice. But every movement seemed To slow so that he moved as in a daze And every thought was trapped inside a maze Of unreality. The Dark Lord? Here? Before the gates of Angband? And so near The realm of pain and...

LOTRO Players News Episode 206: Update 20 Review

LOTRO Players News Episode 206: Update 20 Review

Jun 12, 2017

This week we review Update 20: The Battle of the Black Gate. http://lotroacademy.com/lotroplayers/LPN206.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (37.6MB) Game News LOTRO Hox Fix to reduce most instance mobs to 105 max Note that Cordovan recommends that you save those scraps of paper LOTRO Beacon   Store Sales Free Sample of the Week Free Crimson Dye x1...

What Is Your Favorite Skirmish?

What Is Your Favorite Skirmish?

Jun 11, 2017

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Community Events: June 9th-15th

Community Events: June 9th-15th

Jun 9, 2017

Community Calendar: And we’re back!  Thank you for stopping back by after our week off. Festival season has officially begun.  Brandywine’s Summer Music Fest starts on Saturday at 2pm EDT at the Bree Festival Stage.  Shirefest hits Crickhollow next weekend.  And we now have a date and open signups for Weatherstock on Landroval: band registration...

The Family Line Part 138 – The Missing Lynx

The Family Line Part 138 – The Missing Lynx

Jun 8, 2017

Part 138 – The Missing Lynx Through the remainder of the afternoon, Theomin resumed his search for his lynx friend. The last he saw the lynx he was up in the cliff of Tyl Annun as he attacked Kronog along with the rest of animals that followed along. But the animals that came to Theomin’s aid all were scattered as the drake spewed fire on them. So where did all...