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Lord of the Rings Online + Otherland News

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Features Page Updates, New Calendar Pages and Audio Interviews...Oh My!

    Friday was a busy day on the official site for Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online. The Features page has been updated with new descriptions of The Lord of the Rings Online:Shadows of Angmar. The Calendars have been updated with wallpaers for July - September 2006. Last but certainly not least, Codemasters is releasing a 15-clip series of audio interviews featuring LOTRO's Executive Producer, Jeffrey Steefel.

    Head over to the Lord of the Rings Online site to see all of these updates for yourself!

    News
    Sat, Jun 24, 2006
    LadySirse
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