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looks like an actual party at the Party Tree

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Sable Steed.

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one bony pony.

The 2010 fall Harvestmath festival went live today in href=""> the Lord of the Rings
, at the usual locations of the Party Tree
north of Hobbiton,
Bree-town and the Breeland Festival Grounds, Thorin's Hall and
Duillond. This year sees the returns of some old favorites -
apple-bobbing, pumpkin-picking, dance instructions, horse races, and
the unrelenting rivalry between the Inn League and the newly-formed Ale
Association (which started at another festival earlier this year) - as well as a few new tricks and treats .

For those who remember the Tricks and Troves quests from
years, the devs threw a bit of a twist: the old T'n'T NPCs are no
longer participating in such tomfoolery, and new people are filling in
for them. Other than that, it's the same deal as it's always been -
hunt down quest NPCs and use the proper emote on them for barter tokens.

New this year is the Haunted Burrow, a madhouse of chills,
thrills and
wonky special effects. This is a zany maze loaded with twists and turns
and populated by some very weird inhabitants. On opening day, the
Haunted Burrow is very, very busy - lag will probably be an issue for
some people, and it is not helped by people experimenting with the new
cosmetics and practical joke rewards from the festival vendors. Which
are pretty awesome, by the way. The Haunted Burrow has 7 associated
quests with festival token rewards, and completing all 7 gives the
character the title "Burrower."

There are 2 new horses this year. In addition to the old
steed, there is a new Sable Harvestmath horse, which is darker than the
old one and has a new barding design. The other new horse is a rare
drop from the chest in the Haunted Burrow, which can be checked daily.
It is black and has bones painted on it, and looks pretty sweet.

The new festival masks - Boar, Raven, Goblin, Pipe - were
through the LotRO Store for a limited time when they introduced the
dressing room for store cosmetics. Pictures are available here.

This will be a fun opportunity for new F2P players to experience the
lighter side of LotRO, a break from the regular deed and quest
grinding. If history is any kind of indicator, it should last a couple
weeks, so there will be ample time to earn enough festival tokens to
get all the cool new loot.

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the Haunted Burrow, without my hankie.

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016