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  • Creatures of Middle-earth: Shades

    Two pieces of concept art, a description of Shades are the focus to the update on the Lord of the Ring Online official site today.

    Throughout the dark places of Middle-earth, there can be found terrifying, bodiless spirits bound to the physical world. These ghostly spirits are the shades of Men of times past. Like the oath-breakers roused by Aragorn on the Paths of the Dead, they are bound to Middle-earth by an ancient curse, doomed to remain on the fringes of the living world until their curse is lifted.

    What are you waiting for? Head over and learn more then stop by the forums at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what you think.

    News
    Thu, Jul 27, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Exploring Middle-earth: The Dead Spire

    Today brings us a new installment of Exploring Middle-earth. The official site is updated today with a look at The Dead Spire.

    The Barrow-downs is a name of dread, but it was not always so. The barrows were originally raised by the Edain, Men of ancient days, and later kept and revered by the Dúnedain of Cardolan. In the Third Age, a great plague swept across Middle-earth, out of Mordor, and the last vestiges of the Men of Cardolan perished. The Witch-king of Angmar sent evil spirits out of Angmar and Rhudaur to stir the bones of the dead and make the Barrow-downs the place of dread and evil it has become.

    Read more about The Dead Spire at the official site for the Lord of the Rings Online. LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer is full of the latest news and information for this upcoming game. Stop by, look around and jump on into the forums and let us know what you like and dislike about the things you have seen so far.

    News
    Tue, Jul 25, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Exploring Middle-earth: The Withywindle

    The Lord of the Rings Online official site has been updated with another entry of what you may find while exploring Middle-earth.

    From its source in the mysterious Barrow-downs and all along its course through the Old Forest, the River Withywindle is a place of strange happenings and of dark and ancient legends. When adventuring in unknown areas within the Old Forest, travellers would be wise to avoid these winding, slow-moving waters, though doing so may prove difficult – The Withywindle has a way of drawing the unwary toward its deceptively tranquil surface and into its dark depths. It is also said that strange creatures of the forest - and even the very willow trees themselves along the Withywindle's banks - are agents of its ancient evil.

    Read the rest of this article and then head over to LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what you are looking forward to seeing in Middle-earth!

    News
    Fri, Jul 21, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Exploring Middle-earth: The House of Tom Bombadil

    Today, the official site for Lord of the Rings Online was updated with a look at more of the interesting places players will be able to explore in Middle Earth. Today's look it at The House of Tom Bombadil.

    In the Old Forest, between Buckland and the Barrow-downs, stands a welcome sight: the home of Tom Bombadil and Goldberry, the River-maiden. Weary travellers will find this an unusually pleasant retreat amongst the ancient and often foreboding forest and the mist-shrouded downs beyond. Tom Bombadil himself is a person who defies specific explanation, though his intentions clearly favor the Free Peoples of Middle-earth.

    Read more about what you might find in Middle Earth and then head over to LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer. You'll find the latest news, interviews and information on this upcoming Turbine MMO as well as a wonderful community, so jump on into the forums and let us know what you're thinking.

    News
    Wed, Jul 19, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Creatures of Middle-earth: Neekerbreekers

    On the official Lord of the Rings Online site, we are given a look at some of the creatures that will inhabit Middle-earth. Today, we are given a glimpse at Neekerbreekers.

    Throughout Middle-earth there are many forms of insect; some mere annoyances, others more dangerous, and some that are a mystery rarely, if ever, seen. Neekerbreekers once fell into the last category. For ages, they were merely a distracting noise in the dark corners of the Midgewater Marshes, but recently a shadow has passed through Bree-land, and they have become more aggressive and begun to swarm.

    Learn more about Neekerbreekers and see what they look like. What do you think of this creature? Let us know at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer.

    News
    Thu, Jul 13, 2006
    LadySirse
  • First Look: Release Notes Twilight Forge Module

    If you're like me, you are counting the minutes until tomorrow's Twilight Forge update. To make your wait easier...ok well maybe just to pass the time...here is a sneak peek at the release notes.

    Long ago, the Restless Isles were a chain of peaks linked by a labyrinth of tunnels and caverns. This natural fortress was transformed into a war foundry by the ancient lords of Dal Quor in their battle against the giants of Xen'drik. Known as the 'Twilight Forge,' this armory created warforged and other weapons for the cataclysmic war that ultimately ended in defeat for the quori and ruin for the giants.

    Thousands of years have passed since then, and the land has been inundated with water from the Thunder Sea. Only the tops of the peaks remain above sea level, but quori-reinforced tunnels continue to link the islands in this mysterious chain. Although the quori have been gone for 40,000 years, their strange architecture survives. So do the wildmen – a race of warped humanoids known nowhere else in Eberron, and presumed to have evolved from servants that the quori left behind.

    Visit Baudry Cartamon’s Shipping Warehouse, Ghola Fan’s Compound, The Shrieking Mines, and The Twilight Forge. Only a powerful party will survive the challenges of the Restless Isles!

    Read the rest of the notes and pass the time until it goes live letting us know what you think about the changes on the forums at DDO Ten Ton Hammer!

    News
    Tue, Jul 11, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Drow Race Revealed!

    The time has come! In preparation of the launch of Twilight Forge, the new module for Dungeons and Dragons Online, the history of the drow race has been unvieled!

    Most Drow choose a life of adventure out of necessity, given the dangers of their homeland. Still, they greatly desire personal power, and many Drow take up the mantle of adventurer seeking to satisfy their ambitions. The majority of Drow follow the evil scorpion-god Vulkoor, though exposure to the cultures of Stormreach has brought a few of them to less malevolent deities.

    Read more about the Drow at the DDO main site.

    News
    Mon, Jul 03, 2006
    LadySirse
  • New Spells for the Twilight Forge Module

    How many features can you fit into an expansion? Well, I think Turbine's DDO team is doing their best to find out! Here is a list of the newly announced spells that they plan to include in the upcoming Twilight Forge Module...

    New Spells for Players

    Niac's Cold Ray
    Shoots a ray of ice at your foes; does 1d10 per caster level, max 5d10 (Reflex save negates) cold damage to a single target. Niac's Cold Ray is a level 1 spell for wizards and sorcerers.

    Knock
    This spell unlocks locked doors and chests as if a rogue with a pick locks skill of caster level + ability modifier (where the ability is int for wizards and cha for sorcerers) was attempting to pick the lock. Knock is a level 2 spell for wizards and sorcerers.

    Dimension Door
    This spell, castable only in dungeons and adventure areas, creates a door of magical energy. Any member of your party may click on the door to return them to the inside entrance of the area (you will be returned to the inside entrance so you won't take an XP hit for exiting the adventure). There is no waiting time, unlike recalling, and the teleport cannot be interrupted by monsters hitting you. Dimension Door is a level 4 spell for wizards, sorcerers, and bards.

    Wall of Fire
    Creates a wall of flames in front of you. Watch and laugh as monsters run into it and burn; don't forget to bring the BBQ sauce. Wall of Fire is a level 4 spell for wizards and sorcerers.

    Teleport
    This spell is usable only in town and is designed to lower your time spent traveling. It lets you pick from several destinations useful to wizards and sorcerers (the marketplace, your class trainers, etc). Please be advised that as per D&D 3.5 rules, this spell has a 3% failure rate. Teleport is a level 5 spell for wizards and sorcerers.

    Get clicking to read the rest of the information!

    News
    Fri, Jun 30, 2006
    LadySirse
  • The Lord of the Rings: Shadows of Angmar Riddle Contest!

    For all of you tricksy folk out there, get your riddle caps on! You could riddle your way into the Lord of the Rings Online beta!

    Think you're tricksy? Our Quest Designers are looking for a few good riddles to include in LOTRO! Winning entries may be used in LOTRO as the basis for quests, or found throughout the game! Send in your riddle today!

    Find out more at the Lord of the Rings Online site.

    News
    Thu, Jun 29, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Rick Schmitz Dev Diary - Various Valuable and Unlabelled Things

    Find out what The Lord of the Rings Online's Lead Content Support Artist, Rick Scmitz, has to say in his updated Dev Diary...

    Hello there! Rick "October" Schmitz here!

    I'm the Lead Content Support Artist on The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ (LOTRO). You may be wondering, "What the heck kind of title is that?" Well, it's the sort of title you get when you're crazy enough to work with Content folks and Artists.

    While the majority of the LOTRO Art team is toiling away on all sorts of things you might expect to find in a game based on J.R.R. Tolkien's amazing books (like Orcs, Dwarves, Rivendell, hobbit holes and so on), the Content Support team makes some of the unexpected items that the Content folks dream up along the way.

    Read the rest of this dev diary at the official Lord of the Rings Online site.

    News
    Wed, Jun 28, 2006
    LadySirse
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