Lord of the Rings Online

  • The Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar Riddle Contest!

    For all of you tricksy folk out there, get your riddle caps on! You could riddle your way into the Lord of the Rings Online beta!

    Think you're tricksy? Our Quest Designers are looking for a few good riddles to include in LOTRO! Winning entries may be used in LOTRO as the basis for quests, or found throughout the game! Send in your riddle today!

    Find out more at the Lord of the Rings Online site.

    Thu, Jun 29, 2006
  • Rick Schmitz Dev Diary - Various Valuable and Unlabelled Things

    Find out what The Lord of the Rings Online's Lead Content Support Artist, Rick Scmitz, has to say in his updated Dev Diary...

    Hello there! Rick "October" Schmitz here!

    I'm the Lead Content Support Artist on The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ (LOTRO). You may be wondering, "What the heck kind of title is that?" Well, it's the sort of title you get when you're crazy enough to work with Content folks and Artists.

    While the majority of the LOTRO Art team is toiling away on all sorts of things you might expect to find in a game based on J.R.R. Tolkien's amazing books (like Orcs, Dwarves, Rivendell, hobbit holes and so on), the Content Support team makes some of the unexpected items that the Content folks dream up along the way.

    Read the rest of this dev diary at the official Lord of the Rings Online site.

    Wed, Jun 28, 2006
  • Happy Tidings for Guilds

    An email was sent out today from Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online inviting guilds to begin applying for beta. But there is a twist...

    As part of a special promotion, we’re going to be sending an additional round of Beta invitations to the top 100 guilds who sign up the most people for the LOTRO Beta. The top 10 guilds will automatically receive up to 100 Beta invites and the remaining top 90 will get up to 20 invites! This special invitation will occur sometime after Beta 1 and is in addition to the Beta invitations already planned.

    Keep in mind that even if your guild isn’t one of the top 100, you still increase your chances of getting into Beta by getting your guildmates to sign up. During each Beta invitation period we’ll be sending out additional invites to people in guilds. So each time one of your guildmates gets invited, you have an extra chance of getting in as well!

    Whether your guild is large or small, with each new sign-up from your guild, your chances of getting into the Beta increase. The best way to encourage guildmates to sign up is to post the LOTRO Beta URL ( on your guild forum or e-mail it to your guildmates directly. Make sure they enter your guild’s name in the appropriate section during the sign-up process.

    Beta, Official Announcements
    Mon, Jun 26, 2006
  • Features Page Updates, New Calendar Pages and Audio Interviews...Oh My!

    Friday was a busy day on the official site for Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online. The Features page has been updated with new descriptions of The Lord of the Rings Online:Shadows of Angmar. The Calendars have been updated with wallpaers for July - September 2006. Last but certainly not least, Codemasters is releasing a 15-clip series of audio interviews featuring LOTRO's Executive Producer, Jeffrey Steefel.

    Head over to the Lord of the Rings Online site to see all of these updates for yourself!

    Sat, Jun 24, 2006
  • Lord of the Hype: MMOGs and the Hype Machine

    We've all been waiting for Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar (LOTRO) for a long time. A very long time! Ralsu takes a look at how companies announce games earlier and earlier these days, and how many mainstream fans have grown weary during the three years of waiting for LOTRO.

    "Turbine and Vivendi first announced LOTRO in May of 2003! Since then, the game that was once one of the most anticipated of 2004 became and exciting prospect for 2005 and a distant hope for 2006. With a projected release in 2007, the buzz for LOTRO has dwindled to just that made by the staunchest Tolkien fans."

    Head over to the">LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer site
    to learn more.

    Mon, Jun 19, 2006
  • 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!

    Thu, Jun 15, 2006
  • The Shire: Peaceful Haven of the Hobbits

    The Shire, pastoral home to the Hobbits of Middle-earth, will undoubtedly be an important zone in Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. Shayalyn takes a moment to explore the Shire, from the Far Downs to the Brandywine Bridge and beyond.

    The Hobbits live a simple life in their rural homeland, which is how they prefer it. Essentially the Hobbits live as farmers, tradesman, and laborers, although a few are well enough off not to have to work at all. There are some poor folk, but their poverty is not extreme. In general, the Shire is agricultural, home to lands that produce mushrooms and pipe-weed. There has not been war in the Shire since the Battle of the Greenfields long ago, and Northfarthing is now better known for its hunting and beer than Goblins and Wolves.

    Discover the Shire at LotRO - Ten Ton Hammer.

    Mon, Jun 12, 2006
  • 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.

    Visit our Lord of the Rings Online Community!

    Thu, Jun 08, 2006
  • When play time is pay time...

    The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar hasn't launched yet, and won't until next year, but one thing's certain--it will have a monthly fee. Shayalyn suggests that online games are good entertainment for the long as they're entertaining. And what makes a game entertaining over the long haul?

    And that’s really what it all boils down to: fun. I’ve played many an MMO, and as long as the game entertains me, I’m more than willing to pay a monthly fee. If the game stops being fun, I log into my account manager and cancel my subscription. I may play a bit longer until my subscription runs out, but when it goes dark I’ll leave without regrets, and I usually won’t look back. The game box and disks for Final Fantasy XI, for instance, now serve as a bookend. (EverQuest 2 is at the other end. And The Sims Online, despite my shame in having ever paid to play it, is somewhere in the middle.)

    Read the rest of the editorial at the
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    Mon, Jun 05, 2006
  • 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?

    Thu, Jun 01, 2006
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