tips: emote shortcuts

I’ve recently made some emote shortcuts for the festival dances and for the emotes which contribute towards a deed.  As I have to look this up *every* single time and thought I can’t be alone…, I thought I’d share the how to and include a handy reference guide to the quickslot numbers 🙂 To make a shortcut for an emote, type: /shortcut XX...

Increasing Hunter Survivability

Over the last couple of years, I’ve read on Twitter and the Forums about people having some difficulty with survivability while playing their Hunters. One mob isn’t much of an issue but when it comes to multiple mobs or an elite, it can be a bit much to handle. Common ways to combat these problems involve getting gear with more morale and armor or creating a...

Lone Lands Travel Routes Diagram

Well, this one’s a bit boring. There are only 2 proper stables in the Lone Lands and one campsite – usable only during certain quests. At any rate, I bring you the return of the travel routes diagrams! In case you were wondering, the Lone Lands is for Leveling from about 20-30. Click on the picture below for a larger image...

Pet Menagerie – The Spirit of Nature

  Welcome to the last edition of Pet Menagerie! In this final writeup, I will be talking about arguably the most unique of the LMs pets, the Spirit of Nature. This pet is also the most recently added to the LM’s zoo(leaving out the War Wolf, which is so inconsequential that it doesn’t deserve an article of its own), at level 70.   Skills...

Pet Menagerie – The Bog-guardian

  And after an incredibly long break; we’re back again! The second to last installment of Pet Menagerie is here, and this time we’re examining the walking moss heap, the Bog-guardian. Of particular note for this article to determining, similar to the Eagle, whether the requirements to use this pet are worth it. The answer may surprise you. Or...

Monster Menagerie – The Wight

Hello and welcome! This is going to be a brand new series of articles, done in a similar way to my Pet ones, but focusing more on the fearsome critters, beasties and other assorted monstrosities you may find and confront in your travels through Middle-earth. Of particular note will be the various abilities each creature can have and use against you. To begin, I...

Ered Luin Travel Routes Diagram

This stable route diagram shows the 3rd of the three starter areas.  Bree-land and The Shire have also been documented to this point. Click on the picture below for a larger image.   — Braxwolf can be found on Twitter at @Braxwolf or on Windfola, disappearing in one place and re-appearing in...

The Shire Travel Routes Diagram

Now you can deliver your mail and pies more efficiently! Click on the picture for a larger image. — Braxwolf can be found on Twitter at @Braxwolf or on Windfola, running around the party...

Bree-land Travel Routes Diagram

This is the first of a series I’m doing on travel in LOTRO. I plan to diagram all of the stable routes for the different zones, starting with Bree-land. Click on the image below for a larger diagram: — Braxwolf can be found on Twitter at @Braxwolf or on Windfola, staring at various stable...

Reputation Exploration: Odds and Ends

  Well, we have reached the end of the journey for this particular series. In this article, I will glance over a couple of systems that utilize reputation as a piece of their respective feature, as well as glossarize (made that word a thing) over some miscellaneous info. Hornblower’s pie will be served at the end – hopefully she got the recipe...

Death by Andang!

I know what you’re all thinking.  The title should be Death by Misadventure but, well, after skirmishing with Spridra, Pineleaf and Andang, I thought he deserved a post of his own. As I get ready for this year’s Fellowship Walk, I find myself often on the Landroval server, levelling characters, farming dye mats, cooking pie crusts etc and I was...

Reputation Exploration: Rhovanion Factions

  Now that we have taken a look at the Eriador factions, let us cross over to the next stage of the journey – the Rhovanion reputation factions. These currently include: Iron Garrison Guards Iron Garrison Miners Galadhrim  (*AtE) Malledhrim  (AtE) The Riders of Stangard Heroes of Limlight Gorge Men of the Wold Men of the Norcrofts Men of the Entwash...

So You Want to be a Hunter?: A Beginner’s Play-style Guide

So, you’ve decided to play a hunter. Great choice! You’ve read all the beginner guides, chosen your race, and have started pew-pewing your way through Middle-Earth. The hunter is a fairly easy class to learn, but there are subtleties in the early levels that are very easy to miss. Maybe it’s because you’re so good at killing things fast, or that...

Logging into the Lord of the Rings Online

So you have a Turbine Account, downloaded the game and have successfully started to launch the game.  The first screen is easy to navigate, put in your username and then your password.  There is a box to tick if you want to go to the server you were last on, but as a new player, you won’t have been to any Server previously, so don’t worry about that...

Character Selection

Congratulations!  You have downloaded the game and logged in only to see a Character Selection Screen.  What do you do now?  Make a character of course. 🙂 Step 1:  Choose a gender to play. Choosing a gender is the easiest option.  You will either create a male or female character. Step 2:  Choose a Race to play. Here you have four races from Tolkein’s...

Reputation Exploration: Eriador Factions

    In this edition, we will be discussing the reputation factions located in the Eriador region. Beginning with the starter areas, the zones include a vast amount of land, generally from early-to-mid level. The exceptions include Enedwaith and Dunland, which span levels 60-75. However, before we jump right into the Eriador factions, let’s take...

Death by Wolf!

Elder Forest Hunter, Large Forest Hunter, Outcast Forest Hunter, Snarling Forest Hunter.  What do all these Hunters have in common?  They are all wolves! These wolves are found in the Old Forest, but there are many wolves throughout Middle Earth.  How do I know?  Because I think I have been killed at some point by each and every one of them. From the earliest...

Pet Menagerie – The Eagle

  Aaand we’re back! Out of the cold, barren, desolate wasteland that is the Sabertooth’s skillset*, and into the bright, warm, soothing glow of the Eagle. The big thing we will be talking about in this edition is this; Is the Eagle worth the legendary trait slot it takes up? To begin, let’s take a look at the Eagle’s abilities....

Getting Started!

After you have an understanding of each of the Professions, what is next?  Next you need to select the vocation which best suits you.  To do this, you will need to visit a Master or Mistress of Apprentices in the crafting areas found in various locations throughout Middle Earth. How do I find the Master of Apprentices? The quest, Outfitting Yourself and Others,...

Reputation Exploration: It’s 101 Primer Time

  Gaining in-game reputation with factions in Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) is not only a great way to get respect amongst fellow Middle Earthenites, but you’ll also find many new goodies unlocked and available for purchase. Whether it be equipment, decorations, recipes, or new mounts (and the list goes on), there are a plethora of things that can be...