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  • Make Your Character All It Can Be With Traits...

    On the Lord of the Rings Online Site today, the trait system was unveiled and explained. Taking more steps to let you make your character unique is always good...

    In The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™, a Trait is an interchangeable ability that alters your character in some fashion. Traits allow a great deal of skills customization, so two characters of the same class and the same level can still be significantly different from each other depending on how their players have used Traits to modify their character's skills.

    Click the link to learn more about this system!

    News
    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Turbine has updated their creature pages with actual models.

    Have you visited the Middle-earth section of our website lately? You definitely should today, because we've updated most of our Creature pages with actual models! Take a look at how closely our production artists captured the vision of the original concept art for creatures like the Rogmul, the Gorthorog, the Dark-water, and others you'll encounter when adventuring in Middle-earth.

    The Creature page is here.

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    News
    Thu, Jun 08, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Honestly, you couldn't follow Elves up with anything other than Hobbits.

    There are few recorded deeds of Hobbits until late in the Third Age of Middle-earth, which is just the way Hobbits would prefer it. They are simple, quiet folks, preferring to dwell in hillside holes in and around the area known as The Shire in western Eriador. Called "Halflings" by some due to their size relative to Men, these small folk enjoy the peaceful endeavours of farming, eating, and gift giving, rather than concerning themselves with the dangerous affairs of the rest of Middle-earth (save the legends of Hobbit bowmen in the wars of Fornost). In these dark days, however, it is the unassuming Hobbits, with their often surprising adeptness of both word and action, that will have the greatest impact in the war between the Free Peoples and the lengthening Shadow from the North.

    From the most modest of beginnings, Hobbits are capable of the grandest of deeds. Their nimbleness and quick-thinking are well documented of course, but Hobbits are not to be underestimated. Hobbits, although small in size relative to the other races, are sturdy of body, determined in their actions, and good with bow or knife (when they have to be). Their small frame belies a toughness and spirit of a capable adventurer in the lands of Middle-earth.

    Classes available to the Race of Hobbits: Guardian, Minstrel, Hunter, Burglar

    Is it just me or is it good to see the true race being represented?

    News
    Thu, Jun 01, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • The official site has the newest in playable races available for your perusal. Evles are the topic this week.

    Throughout the ages, the deeds and struggles of the noble race of Elves have been entwined with the very history of Middle-earth. They remember all too well the devastation caused by the tides of evil that once darkened the land - a shadow which threatens to do so once again. In ages past, the Elves divided into many different groups, and settled throughout Middle-earth, primarily in the ancient forested realms where they yet live. Tall and strong, fair and graceful, Elves have keen senses and a deep affinity for the beauty of the natural world around them. Elves do not "die" in the way understood by Men; Elves often live in the lands of Middle-earth for thousands of years, suffering neither the effects of time nor disease, though the body of an Elf may be struck down in battle. At the end of their days in Middle-earth, the Elves travel to unknown realms across the western sea.

    Long ago, the Elves welcomed the "younger" races of Middle-earth and allied with them when the need was great, but centuries of war, betrayal, and hardship have made them fiercely protective of their seclusion. Now, as the Third Age draws to a close and the War of the Ring is at hand, the Elves are once again stirring from their forested realms and hidden valleys, allying with the Free Peoples of Middle-earth against the darkness which grows from both the North and East.

    Classes available to the Race of Elves: Champion, Guardian, Minstrel, Hunter, Lore-Master

    You know you want to play an Elf.

    Our Lord of the Rings Online Community.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • The E3 Coverage continues with this Lord of the Rings Online Preview at Gamers Info.

    he Lord of the Rings Online allows players to create characters from four of the Living Races: humans, elves, hobbits and dwarves. There's no option to play as a member of Sauron's forces: instead, the focus is placed on the game's narrative, which explores some of the struggles experienced by the Living Races at the end of the Third Age. Stepping on the heels of the Fellowship of the Ring isn't the aim here: instead, the game hopes to explore events in the rest of the world, whilst the Fellowship quest onwards towards Mount Doom.

    You can read the rest of this preview here.

    If you're in the mood for a little Middle Earth, Visit our Lord of the Rings Online Community.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Now we're talkin! Somewhere in the works I became a crafting nut and so anything with this topic gets me all warm and fuzzy inside. Turbine's Nik Davidson tells gives us the juice.

    You've probably heard the joke about how games are like sausage: Best to just enjoy them and not think too hard about how they're made. For those like me, there is no sparing us the greasy intestinal details of design and production. We live it and love it. And like it or not, I'm going to share a bit of it with you. I'm going to tell you a story. A story about a boy, a coffee machine, and a dream. A story about the crafting system in The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™.

    Before I launch into the explanation of our crafting system, I'll share this with you: At a certain point in the game's development, crafting was almost cut.

    Find out more right here.

    News
    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • This in from LOTRO Source -

    LotroSource is very pleased to announce ticket sales for LOTROG II: Lunch of the Rings!
    Join us for at weekend of fun, food and nancing in Providence, R.I. on Friday, August 4th and Saturday, August 5th. Rub elbows and chat with Turbine developers! Come take part in live quests or just chill out in the TenTonHammer hospitality suite with your friends from around the globe. See LOTRO, Win Prizes! Don’t miss out on this annual event!

    If you're in the area or even if you just can't live with yourself if you miss out on this event, you can get your tickets here.

    While you're on your Lord of the Rings Online kick, visit our Community!
    More news on Lord of the Rings Online.

    News
    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Was Midas Chinese?
    LotRO Source has posted an article on gold farming and the repercussions that the secondary market has on MMOGs.

    "Selling gold in the gaming industry is like selling porn on the internet. Everyone claims not to do it, yet millions of real world dollars change hands each year. Game networks like OGaming are owned by companies that not only support this activity, but participate in it. Networks that do not participate in it still take advertising dollars from companies that sell gold. These are lucrative deals that make up much of these networks advertising income."

    You can read the entire story at LotRO Source.

    • TenTonHammer.com is a "No Gold Ads" network. Find out why.
    News
    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Boomjack
  • So who wants to see some beautiful shots of Middle Earth? Yeah I do too. You can find them here.

    These shots are of scenic Archet.

    Want more Middle Earth Goodness? Visit our Lord of the Rings Online Community.

    News
    Wed, May 24, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • European website for The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ goes live with Beta signups.

    Codemasters Online Gaming is today pleased to announce the launch of the official European website for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar at http://www.lotro-europe.com

    As an added bonus, Codemasters Online Gaming and Turbine, Inc. have also announced that sign ups for the European and North American Beta Program will also go live today. To sign up for the European Beta Program please go to http://www.lotro-europe.com/beta.

    The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar European website will be providing content in English, French and German along with localised forums. The striking site, designed to fit within a 1024*768 frame, is a glorious fusion between the bright, rolling hills of the Shire and the dark foreboding wastelands of Angmar.

    The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar is the first and only MMORPG based on the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien and is currently in development at Turbine’s studios in Westwood, Mass. Codemasters Online Gaming will co-publish (with Turbine) and operate the title across Europe. Language support will include English, French and German.

    Ed Blincoe, Product Marketing Manager at Codemasters Online Gaming, commented:
    “Launching the website, complete with the opportunity for our community to sign up for the Beta, shows Codemasters’ commitment to The Lord of the Rings Online. This is just the beginning of a concerted effort to make sure people who are excited about the game will be able to get into the Beta and experience the amazing world that Turbine has created.”

    The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar allows players to discover their heroic destiny in the ongoing struggle for Middle-earth™. Players of all levels can experience and explore incredibly detailed realms and join familiar characters in an evolving and persistent re-creation of the beloved world depicted by Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

    Players can adventure solo or forge their own fellowships online with others, as they face hideous monsters and minions of Sauron, fight epic battles to defend Middle-earth, and immerse themselves in the greatest adventure of our time.

    For the latest news and images from The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, visit http://www.lotro-europe.com.

    Chek out more about Turbine's Lord of the Rings online on Lord of the Rings Online @ Ten Ton Hammer

    News
    Wed, May 10, 2006
    LadySirse
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