Dungeons are a gamer's best friend. Most massively multiplayer online
gamers take pride in the number of dungeons they've traversed and are
eager to tell their friends and neighbors about it. The developers at
Turbine know this to be the case, and to take advantage they've created
the largest indoor space ever designed for an MMOG to be a part of Lord
of the Rings Online
. Not surprisingly, the expansion is named
"The Mines of Moria."
Ten Ton Hammer's Cody "Micajah" Bye had the opportunity to take a tour
of this epic dungeon, and he's crafted his thoughts into an in-depth
set of impression on this upcoming title along with capturing the first-ever
footage of the infamous Balrog
! Broken into a multi-part
series, make sure you stick around to read about every single detail of
the upcoming Moria expansion!
we did to allow our technology to make these huge cavernous
spaces was alter the technology so that the ground players are walking
on is actually landscape terrain and the ceiling above the player is
actually inverted terrain," Steefel noted. "We make two pieces of
terrain and actually put the world between them. This allows us to
treat everything in the world - walls, floors, ceilings - as landscape.
It has physics. It has form. It's not skydome textures."