November Update Goes Live for the Lord of the Rings Online

November Update Goes Live

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Now that everyone is full of Thanksgiving turkey, it's back to
business for the
Lord of the Rings Online
. The November Update is
and Middle-Earth has opened up to the F2P crowd like never before.

From the href="">Official

As part of our continued mission to make The Lord of
the Rings Online™
the best Free to Play game in the world, we’ve now made all epic
storyline quests in the game free allowing players to level all the way
to 65! This grants all players access to all the epic storyline quests
in Moria, Lothlórien and Mirkwood. All players can now delve into the
depths of Moria, visit Galadriel in the Golden Wood and lay siege to
the fortress of Dol Guldur.

Note that while access is free, actual content is not:
players will still have to purchase the relevant quest packs of these
newly-available areas in order to do any questing there outside of the
epic book line. But the cost of these quest packs will be offset
somewhat by the fact that the Lone-Lands quest pack is now free.

This has caused a bit of a stir among players, particularly
the players who recently spent their hard-earned Turbine Points on
content that has since been made free. Also expressing concern are a
number of VIP players who feel that too much of the game is now being
given away for free, making subscriptions seem like less of a value.
There's a discussion on these and other issues at the bottom of the href="">Release

The new href="">Barter
Wallet System was originally supposed to hold all barter
items - festival tokens, anniversary tokens, skirmish marks and all
other such items used to barter for select items - in a separate
vault-type container outside of the player's inventory or regular
vault, where space can occasionally be at a premium. This has been
"slimmed down" for the November Update, and now the Barter Wallet holds
only skirmish marks, with plans to expand upon it in future releases.
Players who had skirmish marks stashed safely in their vault can now
find them in the Barter Wallet instead. 

This update is not completely bug-free. Turbine has identified
a list of href="">Known
Issues related to the update, and plans to resolve them with
future patches.

And, of course, there are some changes to the href="">Lore-master
and href="">Runekeeper
classes. Detailed Ten Ton Hammer guides for these updated classes are
in the works (Lore-master: December 9; Runekeeper: December 23) and
will incorporate these changes.

To read the latest guides, news, and features you can visit our Lord of the Rings Online Game Page.

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