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  • Exploring Middle-earth: The Party Tree

    The official site for The Lord of the Rings Online has been updated today with another installment of Exploring Middle-earth! Today we get a glimpse at The Party Tree...

    In a broad, open field in Hobbiton, not far from Bag End, there stands a majestic tree, taller than any within sight for miles. The Party Tree, as it is called by the Hobbits, is a gathering place for merriment, eating, and storytelling, where all Shire-folk are warmly welcomed. It was here that Bilbo Baggins celebrated his magnificent birthday (his eleventy-first), and it was from this location that some say he simply vanished from sight forever. Few are certain of the Tree's origins, and even fewer actually give its history a second thought. The Party Tree is decorated year-round with bright lanterns and yards of colourful woven streamers, for it seems logical to all Hobbits that a decorated tree is reason enough for a celebration -- why risk missing the opportunity for a feast by bringing down the festive arrangements? Besides, it's far too tall these days for Hobbits to reach the limbs, even if one had a mind to.

    What are you waiting for? Get par...erm I mean clicking... Get Clicking and check this out! When you're done, head over to the forums at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer and share your thoughts with us.

    News
    Thu, Aug 24, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Turbine Releases Alpha Tester Impressions

    The official site for Lord of the Rings Online has been updated with a page dedicated to sharing some impressions from the alpha stage testers. High marks seem to be all round...

    So far, we're very pleased with how Alpha has been progressing. This week marked the largest number of concurrent players on the server since Alpha began, giving us a good starting point for analysis on how the game performs and plays. Despite heavier than expected logins, the servers remained stable and most players reported very few problems creating their character and beginning their adventure in Middle-earth. Even though there was a scarcity of wolves in the newbie hunting area (something that will be resolved in the next Alpha build), Archet was abuzz with excitement and activity.

    We thought we'd take a moment to share some of the Alpha players' comments with you for some insight into what they think so far:

    * Writing is excellent so far, as are the characterizations. The model options are fantastic - giving you a very *real* seeming and very individual character.

    Head over and see all the comments and learn how you can sign up for a chance at Beta! Share all your thoughts on Lord of the Rings Online with us at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer and get to know the growing community better!

    News
    Mon, Aug 21, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Alpha is underway! So many alphas and betas, so little time...

    As you know, LOTRO’s Alpha is underway, and today we’re pleased to share some of the initial feedback comments from our Alpha players:

    With the debut of public Alpha 2, more and more members of the LOTRO community are getting their first live glimpses of LOTRO's Middle-earth. For a chance to get in on the fun, sign up for the Beta Program here (European players, sign up for the beta at http://www.lotro-europe.com)! It's hard to tell who's more excited; the players for the opportunity to experience LOTRO directly, or the LOTRO dev team for the chance to hear what people think!

    You can read more right here.

    In the meantime, Visit our Lord of the Rings Online Community!

    News
    Fri, Aug 18, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Exploring Middle-earth: Bag End

    In the continuing series Expolring Middle-earth on the Lord of the Rings Online official site, we get a look at Bag End today.

    Above the lane known as Bagshot Row in Hobbiton, adventurers will find the former dwelling of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, known as Bag End. An unassuming Hobbit hole, if slightly better appointed than most, Bag End is a series of rooms and corridors build into Hobbiton Hill and entered through a simple, circular wooden door. However, it is not so much the dwelling itself that is of such great interest, but the tales of its inhabitants and what occurred within that are the makings of many a Hobbit legend.

    Learn more about Bag End and then stop by LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer and share your thoughts with us.

    News
    Fri, Aug 11, 2006
    LadySirse
  • EA Mythic Unveils Playable Alpha Build of Epic Fantasy MMO at Upcoming Shows

    EA Mythic releases their plans for this month's convention appearances...

    “Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR),” the next-generation fantasy MMORPG from EA Mythic (formerly Mythic Entertainment), will be playable at two events this month: the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) and the Games Convention in Germany. Fans on two continents will have the opportunity to experience “WAR’s” combat and quests as either a Greenskin or Dwarf in the new Alpha version of the game. Event details for “WAR” at PAX and Games Convention are below.

    ** Games Convention **
    Leipzig, Germany - August 23rd – 27th
    “WAR” will be playable in the GOA booth, Hall 3, D20

    ** Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) **
    Seattle, Washington - August 25th – 27th
    Fans can experience the new Alpha version of “WAR” in booth # 20-21

    Get ready...Get set...Get going to make your travel plans so you can get a look at Warhammer Online. Have you visited Warhammer Ten Ton Hammer yet? No? Get clicking then!

    News
    Fri, Aug 11, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Bog Lurkers Revealed

    In the continuing glimpses of the creatures that will inhabit Middle-earth, Turbine gives us a peek today at the Bog Lurker.

    Found in the forested wetlands of western Middle-earth, the bog-lurker lives a concealed existence in the darkened wilds. To the casual observer, the body of the bog-lurker is seemingly made of root and bramble, its back alive with marsh-plants and its limbs formed of bark and wood. Ancient tales tell of the creature working alongside the mighty Ents of Eriador, acting in their service to assist in the shepherding of the trees.

    Learn more and get a look at the concept art then head over to LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer and let us know what you think of this unique creature.

    News
    Wed, Aug 09, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Overview of the Badlands

    Mythic Entertainment has released an overview of part of the world for the upcoming Wahammer Online. Today we get a look at the Badlands which are situated between the Worlds Edge Mountains and the Dragonback Mountains. This rocky, arid land will prove an interesting testing ground.

    This desolate land is home to some of the most vicious and brutal tribes of greenskins to be found anywhere. These tribes war constantly with one another, and many of the most successful greenskin leaders in the history of the Old World emerged from the Badlands to lead their tribes on a path of destruction and conquest. The harsh environment and constant state of conflict weed out the weak and unworthy. In the Badlands, only the strongest survive.

    Keep reading to learn more about this desolate and harsh environment. When you're done head over to Warhammer Ten Ton Hammer and share your thoughts with the ever growing Warhammer Online community!

    News
    Fri, Aug 04, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Developer Diary: Jared Hall-Dugas

    The official site for Lord of the Rings Online has been updated today with another developer diary. Today Jared Hall-Dugas gives us a tour of the raid system for this upcoming game.

    We've done it! We've discovered the formula for fun: [(x * 2.342) + (y * 2) + z4] / 24 = FUN!

    Um, what? (See? You should have paid more attention in algebra class&I'll come back to this in a moment.)

    Raids...

    Yes, we mean raids. The same raids that weren't originally planned for our game (see "Friends Don't Let Friends Tank Balrogs"). This isn't so much a philosophical change in our game, but rather an additional gameplay dynamic we have decided to include. For some members of our community, this means much rejoicing, but for others, there's a bit more concern, even fear. I'm here to give you a little more information about our raid plans to help alleviate some of those fears.

    Read the full article for yourself and when you're done be sure to visit the forums at LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer to let us know what you think of how raids will shape up.

    News
    Tue, Aug 01, 2006
    LadySirse
  • Quests, TenTonHospitality, Devs and FOOD!

    It's that time again! Time to travel many miles over dangerous lands, fight hordes of monsters and...erm what I mean is it's time to head to Rhode Island for LOTROG 2! Did you miss it last year? Never fear we have all the information for you to get in on all the fun this time.

    Check out the official announcement page for all of the gritty details like where, when and how much. Then head over to
    2356" target=blank>the LOTRO Source forums
    to add your voice to those that are planning to go...or are wishing they could! Lasy but most certainly not least...you simply can not miss the blog that has been started to detail all the goings on! Go on, don't be shy! Give it a click...

    For those of you who are planning to attend, don't miss out on the fun hosted by Ten Ton Hammer in the TenTonHospitality room!

    Friday 4pm to Sunday 12am (or later)
    Cool off with friends in the LotRO-TenTonHammer hospitality suite. You say your friends could not make it? Then gloat at them in front of the webcam! This rooms doors will be open for you and your cravings all weekend long. TenTonHammer is a wonderful host and always provides it's guests with plenty of beverages and snacks!

    Hurry and sign up for all the fun! Don't forget to stop by LOTRO Ten Ton Hammer for all the latest news, information and updates!

    News
    Mon, Jul 31, 2006
    LadySirse
  • 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
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