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Lord of the Rings Online Features

  • Jeff Anderson Interview Part Two: Monster Play

    MMORPG.com has posted the second part of an interview with Jeff Anderson. Keep reading to learn more about monster play.

    “When you’re in the game,” Jeff said, “and you reach level 10, you then will have the ability to create your monster characters. You do that by going to different places in the world and using the ‘Fell Scrying Pool’. When you use this, you can see beyond where you are to other places in the world, and you can actually go there and into the body of a monster.”

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    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Feb 20, 2007
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  • Lord of the Rings Online Beta Impressions

    IGN.com updated their site recently with a preview of Lord of the Rings Online. Keep reading to find their beta impressions.

    The explanation is quite simple. LOTR lore is infinitely more accessible to people who haven't read the biographies of the founders at Blizzard. There's no doubt that Blizzard's Warcraft series has built up an epic, detailed and loveable back-story - but it's only known by players of former Warcraft games.

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    Features, Previews
    Tue, Feb 20, 2007
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  • Jeff Anderson, the President and CEO of Turbine Inc Shares His Thoughts

    MMORPG.com posted an interview with the CEO of Turbine yesterday that talks about the upcoming Lord of the Rings Online.

    It’s hard to even discuss The Lord of the Rings without bringing up the recent film trilogy from Peter Jackson. That film re-introduced a generation of fans to Tolkein’s world, and was well renowned for having created visuals that were very close to what Tolkien described. This, of course, led me to ask whether LOTRO was based on the books, or the movies and whether or not there was a difference.

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    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Feb 13, 2007
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  • First Look

    MMORPG.com posted their first look at Lord of the Rings Online this weekend.

    My Hobbit Minstrel really became my main character as I traveled through the lands of Middle Earth playing songs to heal the Morale of my fellow party members as well as fighting and doing damage through my shouts. What is Morale, you ask? It is your health bar, plain and simple. In a fight, if you do poorly, you lose Morale (a good take on Tolkien’s theme). A Minstrel has the ability to boost Morale, thus healing players.

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    Features, Previews
    Mon, Feb 12, 2007
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  • Lord of the Rings Online: Hands-On Preview

    WarCry had a chance to get some hands on time with Lord of the Rings Online. Keep reading to see what they have to say about this upcoming MMO.

    The game looks great. However this comes with a price, and that is right now textures will kill your machine if you don't have at least 2GB of RAM. If not, I'd suggest reducing texture detail to Medium or Low. Since the game is still in Beta, I'd expect that this will get addressed before launch. The amount of detail in the environment from waving fields of flora to the water is amazing though. Character and creature models are well done, especially capes, which would give a certain superhero MMO a run for its money.

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    Features, Previews
    Mon, Feb 12, 2007
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  • Preview from Midway Gamer's Day

    FiringSquad had a chance to post a new preview for Lord of the Rings Online.

    FiringSquad has covered Lord of the Rings Online extensively in the past couple of months via an interview and some brief impressions at CES. At Midway's Gamers Day this past Thursday, developer Turbine showed off a build of the upcoming fantasy MMORPG but the big news was the announcement of a special pre-order program where players could either choose to pay $9.99 a month or a $199 lifetime membership if they pre-order the game. We got a chance to chat briefly with Turbine CEO Jeff Anderson about this new venture.

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    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jan 29, 2007
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  • Monster Play and Player-Versus-Player Combat

    Gamespot took some time recently to sit down with Turbine CEO and president Jeff Anderson to get the first details on the innovative new player-versus-player system that will let you play as Middle-earth monsters.

    GameSpot: Could you give us an overview of monster play?

    Jeff Anderson: When we started building Lord of the Rings, we asked ourselves a little bit about the fiction and the franchise. And we said clearly one of the goals of the franchise is to let you feel like you're part of Middle-earth, to feel like you're part of the War of the Ring. And those are two similar but dissimilar objectives. And in doing that, we wanted to make sure like you felt like you could play a hero, and your hero is a dwarf or an elf or a hobbit or a human

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    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Jan 26, 2007
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  • Lord of the Rings Online: CES Preview

    MMORPG.com has put down their thoughts on Lord of the Rings Online from this years's CES.

    At the Games for Windows booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center this year was Turbine, showing off Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. Played on Windows Vista, rendered using Microsoft’s DX10 API.

    Poised to ship in the 2nd quarter of the year, Adam Mersky, Director of Communications was justifiably excited. “We had over 300,000 beta sign-ups,” he said, “and we’ve garnered interest from fans of Tolkien, fans who’ve never played an MMO before.”

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    Features, Previews
    Tue, Jan 16, 2007
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  • More Impressions from CES

    FiringSquad has posted another look at Lord of the Rings Online based on their impressions from CES.

    The demo at CES was fairly subdued; we didn't get to see anything like combat; it was basically just seeing a pre-created character move through the world of Middle Earth (which we will told during our demo is about 30,000 square miles of game space which only a portion will be available to play at the game's launch). The game is looking about as sharp as we have seen it in past trade show with an art style that takes its inspiration from the various fantasy illustrations for the Rings books rather than the film version. You will still recognize various settings from the books, from Hobbiton in the Shire to Tom Bombadil's house (which is up on top of a hill overlooking a waterfall just like the books describe it).

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    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jan 12, 2007
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  • IGN bug Turbine for some updated news plus new impressions.

    IGN brings us their thoughts on what they have seen of Lord of the Rings Online during CES.

    he message we got from our time with Lord of the Rings Online at this year's Consumer Electronic Show was that the developers are looking to create the most authentic experience possible for bringing the piece of fantasy fiction to the online world. Whether they succeed or not remains to be seen, but the amount of detail put into the small amount we saw today was a good start.

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    Features, Previews
    Wed, Jan 10, 2007
    LadySirse
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