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...

What’s behind Mordoor 5 – Just think happy thoughts

What’s behind Mordoor 5 – Just think happy thoughts

Jul 15, 2017

Well, that happened. Number 5 was meant to be a happy article looking back on the new rating difficulty with Beta 3 sloping the leveling to be a more accessible, but still equally hard at 105. And the dev post that the Beta 3 best armour wont be the best armour at launch (we’ll be having about 20-30% less stats to work with). Or it would focus on what the...

Mordor: We have a date and you can pre-purchase

Mordor: We have a date and you can pre-purchase

Jul 12, 2017

We didn’t expect to see this so soon. I guess we were expecting a little bit later release date of the expansion, so this news was a bit of a surprise to some of us at least. We have the usual three pre-purchase options: standard, as the lowest; collectors edition and an ultimate fan bundle. The date of the release of the expansion in July 31st, but in...

Mordor Beta 3 testing: I reached 115 and shot +Loft

Mordor Beta 3 testing: I reached 115 and shot +Loft

Jul 10, 2017

Welcome to LOTRO Players News, your source of Sleeping Beauty lore. I am never too happy when there is a server wipe and I have to do everything all over again, but I understand that it must be done when some changes need to get implemented and it’s always nice to see the game move forward and develop in front of your eyes. They did fix some things from...

Bullroarer: No wipe this week

Bullroarer: No wipe this week

Jun 30, 2017

While we are waiting on the test server to open I can give you two pieces of information. There will be no wipe this week, so we can continue testing where we left off, but there will most likely be one next week, as per Tybur. The server is still closed, but you can update your client. And second piece of information is that it seems there are no plans to...

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...

I just walked into Mordor…

I just walked into Mordor…

Jun 24, 2017

Someone once mentioned something about walking into Mordor, can’t really recall who that was… Bourne… Boris… Bor… Oh, was it Boromir? And in Mordor… Guess who I have found!

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 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...

LOTRO Players News Episode 205: The Orcs Ate Their Wheaties

LOTRO Players News Episode 205: The Orcs Ate Their Wheaties

Jun 5, 2017

This week we discussed update 20.1.2 and destiny points. http://lotroacademy.com/lotroplayers/LPN205.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (18.7MB) Game News Update 20.1.2 LOTRO Beacon   Store Sales Free Sample Of The Week Skill and Slayer Deed Boost x1 with the Coupon Code SKILLDOR   30% off: Crafting Guild Access Ingredient Packs Crafting...

LOTRO Players News Episode 200: 55 Lockboxes, Still No Skeleton Steed

LOTRO Players News Episode 200: 55 Lockboxes, Still No Skeleton Steed

May 1, 2017

This week we are joined by Cordovan, Arred, and many former LPN hosts in a celebration of 200 episodes of LOTRO Players News. http://lotroacademy.com/lotroplayers/LPN200.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (41.2MB) Game News Downtime Notice: Tuesday April 25th for Update 20.1.1. 7:00am-11:00am Eastern LOTRO Beacon   Store Sales Free Sample Of The...

LOTRO Players News Episode 199: Free the Cosmetics!

LOTRO Players News Episode 199: Free the Cosmetics!

Apr 24, 2017

This week we discuss the 10th Anniversary Celebration. http://lotroacademy.com/lotroplayers/LPN199.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (21.6MB)   Game News Update 20.1 Release Notes Anniversary Event Controversy And Word From The Dev’s LOTRO Beacon   Store Sales Free Sample Of The Week  April 21st – 27th Regeneration Food x1 Use Coupon...

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...

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...

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 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,...

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....