Fluff: Making LotRo Come To Life
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Tolkien's realms of Middle-earth are ripe with lore: most characters have a detailed lineage; most places have a rich history; and songs and poems have an important place. To some gamers, rich lore amounts to little more than "fluff." But to Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (LOTRO) fans, all that fluffy content is essential to making a beloved fantasy world come to life.
Shayalyn discusses some of the things she's eager to see in LOTRO, and none of them relate specifically to killing monsters or grinding away at levels.
Instead of just rendering killing fields where adventurers go to gain experience by slaying monster after monster, Turbine is charged with the enormous task of making the worlds of Middle-earth come to life. WeÂll be able to wander through the Shire and Barrow Downs. WeÂll be able to experience the ethereal beauty that is Rivendell and LÃ³rien. Perhaps weÂll recoil at the horrors of the Dead Marshes.