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  • There's a new class on the official site. Lore-master hits the stage in a blaze of glory!

    Races: Man, Elf

    'This only would he say, that Imladris was of old the name among the Elves of a far northern dale, where Elrond the Halfelven dwelt, greatest of lore-masters.'

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"

    A keeper of ancient lore and otherwise lost knowledge, the Lore-master uses his knowledge of the lesser and greater powers of the world around him to stave off the advances of the shadow for a time, and to treat the wounds and suffering of his companions. In dire need he can use this knowledge to hurt his foes; but this task being extremely difficult, a wise Lore-master would rarely attempt it.

    The Lore-master will be the class of choice for the player that enjoys using the power of ancient lore to aid their allies and hinder their foes. Steeped in the histories of Middle-earth Lore-masters are able to aid their fellows in recovering from maladies caused by the forces of the Dark Lord. They can also use their knowledge to daze, harm, or hinder their enemies, as well as give of themselves to strengthen another. Some Lore-masters are even said to be able to communicate with animals and request their aid. A Lore-master's combat style is anchored in the power of knowledge and using it intelligently to defeat evil.


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    Tue, Feb 28, 2006
  • We've all been waiting for it to happen. It's now on. Miday has signed a deal with Turbine to co-publish their MMORPG Lord of the Rings Online. What does this mean? It means that Midway will do the distribution for North America.

    Ok anyone want to take bets on who the next major publisher will be to step into the MMO ring? Anyone? Anyone?

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    Thu, Feb 23, 2006
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  • For Lord of the Rings Online Screens Go Here This world is so rich and vibrant. I've come to love the colorful WoW type graphics rather than the realistic brand. They tend look a little washed out. So anyway take a look at the new screens and then....

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    Fri, Feb 10, 2006
  • Will unsupervised ankle-biters make it into your MMOG?

    Will an Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating of "Mature" help keep kids out of Lord of the Rings Online and other MMOGs? And, perhaps more to the point, should it?

    I’ve found that gamers come in all varieties, and age has nothing to do with maturity. I’d much rather deal with 10 pre-teen kids who accidentally KS my giant bats in the newbie zone than one 23-year-old griefer who repeatedly trains my group for kicks. I’ve grouped with very young gamers who play with skill and wisdom. Then again, I’ve grouped with 20-something gamers whose antics could’ve easily landed them a spot on MTV’s Jackass.

    Read Shalayn's editorial at the Ten Ton Hammer Lord of the Rings Online community site and decide for yourself!

    Mon, Jan 30, 2006
  • Turbine has posted a Hunter Class update on the Official Lord of the Rings Online site.

    Woodsman, pathfinder, and master of the bow, the keen-eyed Hunter can use her arrows to devastating effect from a distance. Archery is not the only thing the Hunter excels at, for she can lead her companions through the forest at greater speed than they could on their own, and can set up traps to ambush enemies. The archer is no close-quarters fighter, however, and would generally rather let her bow do the work than resort to her sword.

    The Hunter will be the class of choice for players who enjoy striking a target at range. Clever by nature, the Hunter is known to lure her targets into traps to hinder them, giving her time to use her bow to deadly effect. A Hunter's knowledge of nature also provides skills that help her and her fellows survive in the wild. A Hunter's combat style depends on her ability to injure others while staying out of harm's way.

    Take of your bows and get ready!

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    Fri, Jan 20, 2006
  • There's so much candy going around these days that you'd think it was Christmas all over again. Turbine is the newest gift giver with New Lord of the Rings Online Screenshots on the Official site. Take a look at them and you'll appreciate the power of the... uh.. ring!

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    Fri, Jan 13, 2006
  • OGaming has an interview with Turbine's CEO Jeff Anderson

    OGaming: Why the decision to self-publish your own titles?

    Jeff Anderson : Before joining Turbine I was the executive in charge of production at Origin/Electronic Arts. At EA, I saw firsthand the strength of the publisher model with Ultima Online. There are terrific creative synergies and economies that come from developing and operating a self-published title. I wanted to bring that experience to Turbine.

    What he really wanted to say was "So we could say SCHNEH! to the big boys!

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    Fri, Jan 06, 2006
  • Is it odd that I get the "Piano Man" song stuck in my head every time I think of bards or minstrels? Someone reserve a room at the looney bin! Turbine has posted new information on the Minstrel Class for Lord of the Rings Online.

    Races: Man, Elf, Dwarf, Hobbit

    '. . . in the midst of their merriment and tears the clear voice of the minstrel rose like silver and gold, and all men were hushed.'

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, "The Field of Cormallen"

    With song and tale, a Minstrel brings hope to places thick with gloom. He can inspire those with desperate minds and heavy hearts to great deeds. In battle, he can turn the tide with songs that strengthen his allies and dirges which strike fear into the hearts of his enemies.

    The Minstrel will be the class of choice for players who want to aid their friends, inspiring them to keep going through the darkest of times. With a vast repertoire of tales both fair and foul, a Minstrel restores the morale of his fellows, as well as causing his enemies to despair. Though able to wield weapons, he prefers to let his words, rather than his sword, speak for him. A Minstrel's style of combat is based on maintaining hope no matter what the odds.

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    Fri, Jan 06, 2006
  • The Lord of the Rings Online Official site has updated another of their classes. This time they focus on Captains.

    Races: Man

    'And this I also say: you are our captain and our banner. The Dark Lord has Nine. But we have One, mightier than they. . . .'
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, "The White Rider"

    Bearing her banner into battle, a Captain provides hope and leadership to her fellows, inspiring them to greater deeds. A skilled Captain can rally a party back from the brink of defeat, or seal a victory against many foes. While a Captain is a respected fighter on her own accord, she is primarily driven by her powerful sense of leadership to those fighting around her.

    The Captain will be the class of choice for players who enjoy supporting their fellows while participating in melee combat. With her unique ability to plant banners to increase the battle prowess of those near them, the Captain helps to define where a fight will happen. Her battle cries allow her to take advantage of certain events in combat to aid the morale or combat ability of her fellows. A Captain's style of combat focuses on inspiring those around her to glory.

    This class sounds familiar.. Hmm what could it be?

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