Mines of Moria + Lord of the Rings Online Features

  • One diary to rule them all.
    A new Lord of the Rings Online developer diary has been posted, featuring Chris Pierson. He must be an all-around cool guy because he's Canadian.

    Chris Pierson can count on one hand the number of people who have been at Turbine longer than he has. If the hand had six fingers. But still, it's been nine years now. Good grief.

    When he's not making hills or translating Sindarin, he helps the design team refrain from doing anything that would make Tolkien rise from the grave and wade across the Atlantic to wreak the wrath of the living dead upon Westwood, Massachusetts. He is a practicing Canadian, and writes novels and short stories, too. He would like you to buy his books, please.

    And be sure to ask him about Belegurth the Love-struck Balrog sometime. Be ready to duck. 

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    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Sep 30, 2005
  • One developer to rule them, and in the darkness bind them.
    Turbine has posted their Lord of the Rings Online Thursday Insider, posing the question, "
    Would YOU have agreed to be the Ringbearer? Why? " I sure wouldn't have. I can't stand weddings.:

    "Chris "NobOrBob" Foster (Designer):

    I wonder. In many ways, the great courage Frodo showed was in recognizing the immensity of the danger, and the greater danger that would come from passing the Ring to someone else. If I was aware enough of the danger, I think I would take the Ring. The real question is, would I be willing to hear and recognize the true depth of the threat, or would I willfully remain ignorant?"

    You can read the Lord of the Rings Thursday Insider at the Official Site.
    More LotRO information than Orcs in Isengard at

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Aug 05, 2005
  • Dance Party Bree!
    Turbine has released an MP3 to be used in-game for the Prancing Pony. You know, the one in Bree just east of the Chetwood Forest. Okay, so I spent hours of my socially-ostracized youth studying the Tolkien maps, what's it to ya? :)

    " Download Prancing_Pony.mp3 to hear in-game music from LOTRO! "

    Link to the download on the LotRO front page!

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jul 29, 2005
  • Making friends and influencing people in Middle Earth.
    CVG now has a preview of Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar posted. Apparently you'll only be able to craft a character from the free races (man, hobbit, elf, and dwarf). A gleaming white figure on a bright white horse shouted this as he rode swiftly by:

    "Although the developer apparently discussed the idea of being able to play the game as good versus evil, in the end it's decided to let you choose characters from the four free races of the world: men, elves, hobbits and dwarves. Unfortunately, you won't be able to tread the Middle-earth turf as an orc or a goblin."

    Click here for more information, including when you'll see some familiar characters from the epic tale.

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jul 25, 2005
  • "Alas, this camp shall not bequeath another fey beast for another hour and two score minutes!"
    With hundreds of Legolas-variations in character names roaming the countryside of games like Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft until recent attempts to thwart the use of "real" fantasy character names, the role playing aspect of the upcoming Middle Earth MMO was never in doubt. How will the game answer concerns of producing a game as friendly to Gandolfs (role players) as BigNukers (pure gamers)? Turbine Dev Floon Beetle weighs in on the issue:

    "Role-play is entirely a function of players, not code. Role-play is about people connecting with each other, not with bytes of code or icons. It is about turning what might otherwise be isolated imagination into a shared experience. There are no rules or systems that truly make that more meaningful: it is the personal interaction that makes it significant."

    The moral of the story? Give players a world worthy of role-play and see what happens. Sounds good to us! Check out the full article.

    Features, Previews
    Mon, Jul 25, 2005
  • Orcs and Goblins and Wizards, oh my!
    Turbine has posted a look at the Goblins and Orcs of Lords of the Rings Online. I had a dream last night, in black and white no less, that went something like this:

    "Where Tolkien has used both the names 'Goblin' and 'Orc' for the race, we've used the terms in the interest of gameplay to represent different types of Orc-kind. 'Orcs' are larger, brawnier creatures, whereas 'Goblins' are smaller, and the sort that might ambush you in dark caverns underground."

    You can read the entire Lord of the Rings Online Preview at The Official Site.

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jul 15, 2005
  • Please take your hands off of me Mr. Frodo. has posted a preview of Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. We were always confused about who was Sauron and who was Sarumon and so was the guy playing the slots machines who suddenly yelled:

    "Turbine has developed a very intuitive display for character and party status. There is no text onscreen in normal play. Instead, players' two health stats are described in a two-tone bar along the bottom of the screen. The first (and largest) portion of the bar displays your character's Endurance, which regenerates automatically. The left-most tip is another shade, however; it shows the character's Health, which must be healed magically or through resting in a camp or town."

    You can read the entire Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar Preview at

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Jul 08, 2005
  • LotRO Insider.
    The first installment of Lord of the Rings Online Insider is up and alive at the Official Site . Our Legal Department has strongly advised us not to mention that actor Nick
    Nolte was found wandering the streets mumbling the following:

    "Welcome to the first installment of our new series, the Thursday Insider. In each Insider, we'll ask some team members to answer a question about themselves, LOTRO, or The Lord of the Rings. You never know what you'll get from the LOTRO team!"

    You can read the entire Lord of the Rings Online Insider at The Official Site.

    Features, Interviews
    Fri, Jun 24, 2005
  • Big Black Crows with pointy teeth.
    Turbine has posted more creature information for Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. The creature of choice today is the Crebain. There is a fair to slim chance that they wrote this:

    "These menacing black birds from the lands between the Misty Mountains and the dark forest of Fangorn are often controlled by the forces of darkness, acting from above as the eyes and ears of the enemy.  Large and intelligent, flocks of these crow-like creatures darken the skies on their mission of evil.  But be warned – even one Craban is capable of alerting the enemy with the swiftness of the wind. "

    You can read the entire Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar - Creban Article at the Official Site.

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Jun 10, 2005
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