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  • Honestly, you couldn't follow Elves up with anything other than Hobbits.

    There are few recorded deeds of Hobbits until late in the Third Age of Middle-earth, which is just the way Hobbits would prefer it. They are simple, quiet folks, preferring to dwell in hillside holes in and around the area known as The Shire in western Eriador. Called "Halflings" by some due to their size relative to Men, these small folk enjoy the peaceful endeavours of farming, eating, and gift giving, rather than concerning themselves with the dangerous affairs of the rest of Middle-earth (save the legends of Hobbit bowmen in the wars of Fornost). In these dark days, however, it is the unassuming Hobbits, with their often surprising adeptness of both word and action, that will have the greatest impact in the war between the Free Peoples and the lengthening Shadow from the North.

    From the most modest of beginnings, Hobbits are capable of the grandest of deeds. Their nimbleness and quick-thinking are well documented of course, but Hobbits are not to be underestimated. Hobbits, although small in size relative to the other races, are sturdy of body, determined in their actions, and good with bow or knife (when they have to be). Their small frame belies a toughness and spirit of a capable adventurer in the lands of Middle-earth.

    Classes available to the Race of Hobbits: Guardian, Minstrel, Hunter, Burglar

    Is it just me or is it good to see the true race being represented?

    News
    Thu, Jun 01, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • The official site has the newest in playable races available for your perusal. Evles are the topic this week.

    Throughout the ages, the deeds and struggles of the noble race of Elves have been entwined with the very history of Middle-earth. They remember all too well the devastation caused by the tides of evil that once darkened the land - a shadow which threatens to do so once again. In ages past, the Elves divided into many different groups, and settled throughout Middle-earth, primarily in the ancient forested realms where they yet live. Tall and strong, fair and graceful, Elves have keen senses and a deep affinity for the beauty of the natural world around them. Elves do not "die" in the way understood by Men; Elves often live in the lands of Middle-earth for thousands of years, suffering neither the effects of time nor disease, though the body of an Elf may be struck down in battle. At the end of their days in Middle-earth, the Elves travel to unknown realms across the western sea.

    Long ago, the Elves welcomed the "younger" races of Middle-earth and allied with them when the need was great, but centuries of war, betrayal, and hardship have made them fiercely protective of their seclusion. Now, as the Third Age draws to a close and the War of the Ring is at hand, the Elves are once again stirring from their forested realms and hidden valleys, allying with the Free Peoples of Middle-earth against the darkness which grows from both the North and East.

    Classes available to the Race of Elves: Champion, Guardian, Minstrel, Hunter, Lore-Master

    You know you want to play an Elf.

    Our Lord of the Rings Online Community.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • There are a few updates in the works. The first one doesn't come as a surprise. Everyone has mail in game now. Frankly, I can't live without it.

    The Couriers of House Orien, masters of transport and delivery, have begun a new effort to make inroads into the wealth held by Xen'drik and Stormreach. To that end, they have placed enchanted delivery devices throughout the city to allow citizens, for a small fee, to transport items quickly over short distances.

    These devices will be found in the city wards of Stormreach when the Twilight Forge Module is released. A representative of House Orien will also be available in the city to talk to and answer the questions of those interested.

    Features:

    Send Text Messages

    You can write messages to your friends or other characters on your account and they will be delivered the next time they come online.

    Send Items

    When sending a message, you can attach an item from your inventory to it. The item will be removed from your inventory and wait for the recipient to retrieve it.

    Send Currency

    When sending a message, you can enter an amount of currency that you would like to send.

    Receiving Mail

    You can send and retrieve mail through mailboxes, which are placed across Stormreach in the different City Wards. When you receive a message, you will see a letter icon on your focus orb. Once a message is opened, it will be deleted after three days.

    Dead Letter Office

    If a person on your ignore list attempts to send you a message, it will be returned to the sender. Unopened letters will be returned to the sender after 30 days. If you receive a message that was returned to you, you must open it within 30 days or it will be deleted.

    The services of the House Orien Couriers will provide a complete system for communication and commerce with other residents of Stormreach. It’s never been easier to do business and keep in touch!

    Next on our tour of what's up in DDO, is the weekly development activity. There's a long laundry list so you'll have to go to the Official Site. to see it. However, here's a taste.

    Check out the latest updates to the "Weekly Development Activities." The goal for this feature is to give solid expectations on what you can expect to see in future updates.

    In QA
    These items are in QA and should be a part of the next update.

    Vendors and NPC's

    * The Jewelry and Clothing Pawnbrokers will be moving to the Marketplace Tent. Vendors selling non-magical consumable goods will take their place in the House shops.
    * We will be correcting some of the (now) incorrect NPC dialogue following the recent relocation of several quest NPCs.
    * NEW - Scrag the kobold will be fixed so that he can talk to more than one player at a time.

    Items

    * The variety of Bane/Greater Bane/Slaying arrows and bolts will be significantly increased. Additionally, we will be adding Bane and Greater Bane missiles to the loot tables for chests.
    * Warforged Oil (Drink) will be significantly improved so that it is comparable in effectiveness to similar to non-oil drinks of equivalent cost.
    * The Brooch of Waterbreathing will once again have a 90 second effect.
    * Players will no longer find Slaying arrows that don't have killable monsters associated with them.
    * Hold Person scrolls will now be available for sale with the rest of the level 3 Arcane Scrolls.
    * We are changing the description of some resistance items to help clarify stacking. For example "of resistance" items do not stack with items that give a bonus to a specific category of saves (i.e. will saves).
    * There is the possibility that some items have been created that cast Fireshield. Fireshield has not been fully implemented into the game and does not return damage to enemies that attack a fireshielded character. These items will no longer be created, but Fireshield items already in existence will not be changed. Fireshield does Reduce damage from fire while it is in effect.
    * Holy, Axiomatic, and Anarchic weapons no longer display the Immune message when a player of the correct alignment equips them.
    * The Brooch of Shielding and Raktu’s Trifle will no longer display an alert icon for their Magic missile shielding effects.
    * Any new Docents of Filtration will be properly identified as docents.
    * Any new Thanatos Weave Robes will be properly identified as robes.

    Now, if you're still wanting more Dungeons & Dragons Online goodness, you'll have to visit our Community.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • The E3 Coverage continues with this Lord of the Rings Online Preview at Gamers Info.

    he Lord of the Rings Online allows players to create characters from four of the Living Races: humans, elves, hobbits and dwarves. There's no option to play as a member of Sauron's forces: instead, the focus is placed on the game's narrative, which explores some of the struggles experienced by the Living Races at the end of the Third Age. Stepping on the heels of the Fellowship of the Ring isn't the aim here: instead, the game hopes to explore events in the rest of the world, whilst the Fellowship quest onwards towards Mount Doom.

    You can read the rest of this preview here.

    If you're in the mood for a little Middle Earth, Visit our Lord of the Rings Online Community.

    News
    Wed, May 31, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Ten Days to Try Out RF Online

    DDO, Auto Assault, and now RF Online jumps on the free trial bandwagon. The "RF" stands for "Rising Force," but this newly ported sci-fi MMO doesn't have anything to do with that V1AGRA spam in your inbox.

    The promotion enables new players to experience RF Online’s blend of magical fantasy and futuristic science-fiction action with full access to the game, free of charge, for 10 days. Gamers yet to take their first step on planet Novus and join the most epic battles ever seen in a MMO role-playing game can sign up now on the dedicated micro-site hosted on www.fileplanet.com.

    If you're interested, check out the RF Online trial offer details at GamersMark.

    News
    Tue, May 30, 2006
    Ethec
  • You know, I'm not sure if it's the American in me that will go all out for a freebie, but this could just be, oh I don't know, the bomb?

    So following on from the tremendous reaction we have received so far to the announcement of the ArchLord Beta Sign-up I am pleased to announce a great new competition. As an added incentive beyond the chance to Beta the great game that is ArchLord, we have got together with the awesome guys at splitreason.com to offer one person that signs up for beta a fantastic T-shirt!

    So to the details: anyone that signs up Monday – Friday for the next four week will got into a draw to be awarded a cool gaming T-shirt courtesy of splitreason.com That’s right, all you have to do is sign-up for the ArchLord beta at archlordgame.com and you could win one of these great T-shirts!

    But that’s not all! Not wanting to forget our many loyal guys and gals who have already signed up for the Beta, I have a competition for you too! Design a wallpaper competition. So get those creative juices flowing for your chance to win an awesome T-shirt.

    Similar to the Beta comp, once a week for the next four weeks a Wallpaper will be chosen to win a T-shirt as well as be featured on the ArchLord website! So e-mail your entries to [email protected] with the subject wallpapers, and you’ll be entered into this brilliant competition.

    I wish you all the best of luck and will take this chance to thank the guys at www.splitreason.com

    Who will be the one to win that ONE T-Shirt? Sign up for Beta here. You could be the One.. .

    More Archlord News.

    News
    Fri, May 26, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Now we're talkin! Somewhere in the works I became a crafting nut and so anything with this topic gets me all warm and fuzzy inside. Turbine's Nik Davidson tells gives us the juice.

    You've probably heard the joke about how games are like sausage: Best to just enjoy them and not think too hard about how they're made. For those like me, there is no sparing us the greasy intestinal details of design and production. We live it and love it. And like it or not, I'm going to share a bit of it with you. I'm going to tell you a story. A story about a boy, a coffee machine, and a dream. A story about the crafting system in The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™.

    Before I launch into the explanation of our crafting system, I'll share this with you: At a certain point in the game's development, crafting was almost cut.

    Find out more right here.

    News
    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • It's the first in a four parter. I don't mind saying that it's a good laundry list. But hey, I don't play the game so I could be wrong. Tell me what you think.

    New Enhancements

    Module 2 will be introducing a number of new enhancements (purchased with action points) that will let players further customize and specialize your characters. Almost everyone will be getting some new enhancements to choose from; over the next few weeks we will be posting in-depth descriptions of what these new enhancements are and how they work.

    New Enhancements for Spellcasters

    We have several new lines of enhancements for arcane spellcasters, designed to help them specialize in specific types of spells. With these new enhancements, casters can score spell criticals on damaging spells, similar to the critical hits that the sword-swingers get when they get lucky on an attack. Each enhancement is specific to one energy type, and gives you a percentage chance to score a critical, and a multiplier to damage. For example, a sorcerer with the enhancement "Lineage of Force 3" has a 15% chance of scoring 50% extra damage on their magic missiles; if he prefers to use fireballs he could instead take "Lineage of Deadly Fire" which only has a 3% chance of scoring a crit, but will do triple damage when it does.

    Read the rest here.

    Then go visit our Dungeons & Dragons Online Community.

    News
    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • This in from LOTRO Source -

    LotroSource is very pleased to announce ticket sales for LOTROG II: Lunch of the Rings!
    Join us for at weekend of fun, food and nancing in Providence, R.I. on Friday, August 4th and Saturday, August 5th. Rub elbows and chat with Turbine developers! Come take part in live quests or just chill out in the TenTonHammer hospitality suite with your friends from around the globe. See LOTRO, Win Prizes! Don’t miss out on this annual event!

    If you're in the area or even if you just can't live with yourself if you miss out on this event, you can get your tickets here.

    While you're on your Lord of the Rings Online kick, visit our Community!
    More news on Lord of the Rings Online.

    News
    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Awenyddion
  • Was Midas Chinese?
    LotRO Source has posted an article on gold farming and the repercussions that the secondary market has on MMOGs.

    "Selling gold in the gaming industry is like selling porn on the internet. Everyone claims not to do it, yet millions of real world dollars change hands each year. Game networks like OGaming are owned by companies that not only support this activity, but participate in it. Networks that do not participate in it still take advertising dollars from companies that sell gold. These are lucrative deals that make up much of these networks advertising income."

    You can read the entire story at LotRO Source.

    • TenTonHammer.com is a "No Gold Ads" network. Find out why.
    News
    Thu, May 25, 2006
    Boomjack
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