An Epic Adventure Begins

By Shayalyn

You’ve more than likely heard the
trite phrase, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
Well, as corny as it is, the cliché is true. I woke up this
morning, stepped out of bed, and set off on an adventure. One blister
and a plate of crappy airline food later, and I’m here in Los Angeles
to join 12 other Ten Ton Hammer editors in covering this year’s
Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).

Just as Samwise trudged dutifully by Frodo’s side in the quest to bear
the One Ring to Mount Doom, it’s my lot to trudge the show floor at the
Los Angeles convention center in order to bring you the latest
happenings from the Turbine LOTRO team. Although, bearing this news
won’t exactly be a burden for me (unless you count the aching back from
lugging a laptop, and the inevitable blisters on top of blisters). I
don’t have to worry about Sauron’s gaze; I just have to worry about not
angering the Ten Ton Hammer gods. It’s my job to bring you the best
coverage I can.

My interview with Turbine comes later this week, but I promise to bring
forth whatever news I can as soon as I have it. I expect the news from
the Lord of the Rings Online camp will be big. After all, today the
LOTRO forums are coming online with a new look, and with all the
previous forum posts wiped. Community manager Meghan “Patience” Rodberg
tells us that the forum revamp is for a good cause.

Some of the LOTRO community are mourning the loss of their old forums.
After all, those who’ve been following LOTRO for a long time have come
to think of the forum, and the people there, as a sort of family. It
may be difficult to see some of the classic posts disappear into the
fires of Mordor (well, electronic fires of a sort, at least), but the
people who’ve made the community what it is are still there. And in
light of the “big” news that’s coming this week, it’s really not such
an awful sacrifice to make.

What’s the big news? It’s not hard to speculate—beta. Perhaps we’ll
finally see something happening with the game we’ve been following, in
one form or another, for a good long time.  And so with high hopes
and expectations, I’ll set out for the media preview on Tuesday with an
eye toward bringing all of you a bit of hope…something to look forward
to while things are unsettled. Change can certainly be a positive thing.

Perhaps, for LOTRO, the journey toward launch begins with one forum
revamp and a major announcement at E3.

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

About The Author

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Karen is H.D.i.C. (Head Druid in Charge) at EQHammer. She likes chocolate chip pancakes, warm hugs, gaming so late that it's early, and rooting things and covering them with bees. Don't read her Ten Ton Hammer column every Tuesday. Or the EQHammer one every Thursday, either.