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LotRO's 4th Anniversary: An Interview with Aaron and Adam

Updated Thu, Apr 21, 2011 by gunky

LotRO's 4th Anniversary: An Interview with Aaron and Adam

With the Spring Festival having just ended, the Free People continue to celebrate their victories against the forces of shadow for the fourth anniversary of the Lord of the Rings Online.  And the devs have reason to celebrate as well - we got Aaron Campbell, Producer of LotRO, and Adam Mersky, Executive Director of Communications at Turbine, Inc., on the phone to talk about the festivities and about what's coming up for the game. In regards to the 4th anniversary of LotRO, Adam said, "It's been a killer 4 years for us and we're real happy to have made it to this milestone, as not many games have. Ironically, LotRO is still the baby in our stable, as we have a title that's turning 12 this year and a title that's just turned 5, but nonetheless we're still proud to be 4."

Beer Brawl in Thorin's Hall

Making its auspicious return for the anniversary celebrations is the Thorin's Hall Beer Brawl - imagine a lively game of beer pong, but you and the other players are the ping pong balls. The goal of the Beer Brawl is to snag the trophy and smash the other players out of your way, or out of the arena entirely, thus making it easier for you to snag the trophy. Sadly, the Glorious Beer Mug housing item is no longer a part of this competition, but players can earn barter medallions for anniversary cosmetics and other housing items. This year, in keeping with the season, they are going with an Easter theme: pastel colours dominate the festival rewards, most notably the Anniversary Steed. Regarding the new anniversary rewards, which can be obtained by trading special Anniversary Tokens at select traders in the major towns, Aaron Campbell says, "(They are) specific to the anniversary, brand new this year. For our 4th, we really wanted to go a little crazy for it. Even though we just finished up the Spring Festival last week, we're really diving in for the anniversary now."

Silken Robe of Golden Splendour

Silken Robe of Golden Splendour

Silken Dress of Golden Splendour

Silken Dress of Golden Splendour

Cloak of the Shining Star

Cloak of the Shining Star

In addition to the robe, cloak and dress, there are windmills for the yard and area maps to hang on the walls of homeowners. Any of these rewards will set you back 20 Anniversary Tokens. 

The anniversary steed has an... interesting look, and can be won in the same way as other festival mounts: win a race for the horse token, collect some barter coins by participating in races or the Beer Brawl, buy the document of mount ownership, ride it out of the lot. The cost of the Anniversary Steed is rather higher than other festival mounts: 3 race tokens and 30 Anniversary Tokens, plus a Document of Mount Ownership. The mount has the same stats as a standard mount (+62% run speed, 100 morale), so the standard on its back is just for show.  "We wanted it to be visually distinctive and make it stand out that way," said Aaron. "It should really be matching up with other festival mounts you might pick up as well."

Anniversary Steed

There are 2 different kinds of tokens for this anniversary event: Anniversary Tokens that can be earned by competing in the Beer Brawls and races, and the tokens that drop from mobs everywhere. The mob-drop tokens are old standards and can be turned in at Keepers of Gifts in the major towns of Middle-Earth to be exchanged for gift boxes, which contain random items ranging from cosmetics to curatives and other goodies.

The Anniversary Festival runs until May 2. And then it will be just a short wait for Update 3 - check back next week to hear what Aaron and Adam had to say about that.


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