Mines of Moria + Lord of the Rings Online Features

  • More Impressions from CES

    FiringSquad has posted another look at Lord of the Rings Online based on their impressions from CES.

    The demo at CES was fairly subdued; we didn't get to see anything like combat; it was basically just seeing a pre-created character move through the world of Middle Earth (which we will told during our demo is about 30,000 square miles of game space which only a portion will be available to play at the game's launch). The game is looking about as sharp as we have seen it in past trade show with an art style that takes its inspiration from the various fantasy illustrations for the Rings books rather than the film version. You will still recognize various settings from the books, from Hobbiton in the Shire to Tom Bombadil's house (which is up on top of a hill overlooking a waterfall just like the books describe it).

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    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jan 12, 2007
  • IGN bug Turbine for some updated news plus new impressions.

    IGN brings us their thoughts on what they have seen of Lord of the Rings Online during CES.

    he message we got from our time with Lord of the Rings Online at this year's Consumer Electronic Show was that the developers are looking to create the most authentic experience possible for bringing the piece of fantasy fiction to the online world. Whether they succeed or not remains to be seen, but the amount of detail put into the small amount we saw today was a good start.

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    Features, Previews
    Wed, Jan 10, 2007
  • CES 07: The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Impressions

    Gamespot has updated their site today with their impressions of Lord of the Rings Online from CES.

    At CES Turbine showed off mounts for the first time and explained how travel will be accomplished throughout the game. The Lord of the Rings Online will launch with a world that's 30,000 square miles in size, which is humongous. After the first time you travel to a new location, you'll be able to fast-travel to that point, which means you'll automatically ride a mount to that location. If you have more money, you can purchase your own mount and ride anywhere you wish. The mounts thus far include horses and ponies for the tiny hobbits.

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    Features, Previews
    Wed, Jan 10, 2007
  • Suddenly that hobbit fetish you're harboring doesn't seem so shameful

    Gotta love that title! Check out this preview straight from Lord of the Rings Online Beta that was posted over the weekend at Games Radar.

    In the wrong hands, the richly-woven veins of lore and adventure that define J.R.R. Tolkien's books could've proved bridling, and possibly insulting - after all, it has in plenty of previous games based upon The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. But a few dozen hours in the closed beta of The Lord of the Rings Online gives the opposite impression: one of freedom and excitement in a familiar world that's nevertheless brimming with untapped potential, whether you enter it as Human, Elf, Dwarf or Hobbit.

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    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jan 08, 2007
  • Jeffery Steefel Talks With FiringSquad

    FiringSquad had a chance to talk to Jeffery Steefel recently. Keep reading to see what they were able to learn...

    FiringSquad: First, Turbine has been working on this game for a while now. Overall, how do you feel the game is coming along at this point?

    Jeffrey Steefel: The Beta Program is in full swing and the game is looking fabulous. Our team is busy at work updating and polishing the game based on feedback from Beta players. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and LOTRO is definitely shaping up to be an epic game that will satisfy hardcore and casual fans alike.

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    Features, Interviews
    Thu, Dec 07, 2006
  • Ten Ton Hammer / LotroSource's interview with Turbine CEO Jeff Anderson

    John "Methost" Irwin interviews Turbine CEO Jeff Anderson on our LotroSource site.

    "Can you tell me the difference between a CEO for a game company and a CEO or any other company?"

    I think being a CEO of a game company is standing between a lot of different competing objectives, you've got creative talent who are passionate about the art and the work they are building, you've got the technology challenges of trying to get a platform to support customer service and billing and authentication, you've got an
    engineering challenge and trying to get a game engine, physics and all that working, you've got a team of designers and artists who are creating content, you've got the business people who need to be doing distribution deals worldwide. I could describe it as being in charge of making a feature film, where you are designing the camera and the film and the actors all at the same time, so it is a complex business and MMORPGs are at the tip of the spear."

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    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Nov 28, 2006
  • Ten Ton Hammer / LotroSource's premier glimpse into Turbine's Middle Earth...

    John "Methost" Irwin on our LotroSource sister site offers up his first hands-on preview of Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, straight from last week's Midway event in San Franciso:

    Special mention should also be given to the artwork on this game. The stunning visuals had me stopping mid-quest more than once, just to look around. The ground foliage sways in the breeze and the lakes cast lifelike reflections. Leaves flutter from trees and stars twinkle in the night’s sky. Turbine uses the word “polish” when it talks about delays in development. This is what they mean. The end result is eye-popping.

    You can read the rest of Methost's engaging preview at LotroSource.

    Features, Previews
    Wed, Nov 08, 2006
  • Another WoW competitor, but with quite a legacy to back it up. has posted a preview of Lord of the Rings Online.

    LOTRO will indefinitely prove that the rights to a movie license are vastly overrated. Even with only the books to pull from (the core trilogy as well as The Hobbit), Turbine's take on Tolkein's world is as vivid and as stylized as we've seen from EA's titles, if not moreso. Taking into account the sheer, massive size of Middle Earth, LOTRO is currently limited to one region of the world: Eriador. With the other regions of Middle Earth planned to be dolled out in due time, this gives Turbine the opportunity to give each region the type of care it deserves, thus giving off a handmade feel to the world. The region by region nature of LOTRO also allows Turbine enough time to roll out the ongoing story, which is intended to involve players in famous events from the Lord of the Ring series.

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    Features, Previews
    Tue, Nov 07, 2006
  • The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Hands-on

    IGN has been busy getting hands on time with several upcoming games. Today, the posted a preview of Lord of the Rings Online. Keep reading to see what they thought of their time in Middle-earth.

    The game begins, as all others do, by creating a character. Males and females of the humans, elves and hobbits can be chosen along with a male dwarf. I guess females with beards aren't that appealing. After picking a race and gender a racial intro cut shows to give a little bit of background on that particular entry to set the stage for events to come.

    Those unfamiliar with the title up to now should know that it takes place during the events of The Lord of the Rings trilogy of books. This simple fact opens up a lot of questions. Will we get to see the fellowship traveling around? Will we play a role in the events leading up to Frodo dropping the ring into the fire pits of Mount Doom?

    Get clicking to find out what answers they were able to find. Stop by our LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer Community today and get up to date with all the latest news and information!

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Nov 03, 2006
  • Is It Tolkien Yet? -- Art & Design in Lord of the Rings Online

    Gamespy has posted in interview with Turbine. The interview covers Tolkien, good, evil, and the importance of pronouns in Lord of the Rings Online.

    "Tolkien's world is absolutely huge, so you need to focus on what works." The speaker is Cardell Kerr, the game's Design Director. He's one of several Turbine employees clustered around a conference room table. Over the remains of our lunch we've begun discussing the genesis of The Lord of the Rings Online. The game was originally under development with Vivendi Universal as Middle-Earth Online, where it had acquired a reputation as a game in trouble. Turbine acquired all the rights to the game as well as the full-ownership of the assets of Middle-Earth Online in March 2005. Once the company took possession they needed to seriously consider just what to do with it.

    Get clicking to read the rest of the interview. Let us know what you think about this and all your favorite MMOs in our new Ten Ton Hammer Forums. Don't forget that all the lastest news and information is waiting for you at our LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer Community site.

    Features, Interviews
    Tue, Oct 17, 2006
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