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LoTRO Downtime May 5, 0700-1200 ET


May 3 2014 - written by Cormach at 15:15

The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Monday, May 5 from 7:00AM - 12:00PM Eastern (-4 GMT) for an update to the game - Update 13.1. Thanks for your patience, and we'll see you back in the game soon! Patch notes will be available during the downtime.


Check for Pando Media Booster and Uninstall Immediately!!


February 26 2014 - written by Cormach at 10:32

Back before Steam, we had to download the LOTRO install program through the Pando Media Booster application. Other game systems used it in the past as well. Typically you would use it to download your game or patch and then forget about it. 

First you should know that PMB no longer exists. They shut it down last summer, so if you’ve recently installed LOTRO or installed through Steam this should not affect you. You may want to check just in case though in case you have it sitting dormant in the background that you’ve forgotten about. it.

According to a post on Reddit, Pando is popping up as having an update and this update contains the Sweet Page browser hijacker virus.


LoTRO Downtime Tomorrow, January 23, 2014


January 22 2014 - written by Cormach at 22:04

On Thursday January 23 all LOTRO Game worlds will be unavailable from 7:00AM - 11:00AM Eastern time (-5 GMT) for an update to the game. 
Go to www.LoTRO.co  for Update 12.2 Release Notes.


Yule Festival Live!


October 12 2013 - written by Cormach at 20:40

The Yule Fesitval begins today and runs til January 14th, 2014. Check it out!


Helm's Deep Launches November 18th.


September 12 2013 - written by Cormach at 08:51

PREMIUM EDITION – $59.99

Armour of the HammerhandFeatures all Helm’s Deep content, with level cap increase. This edition also grants these great items:

  • Armour of the Hammerhand – an exclusive full set of Rohirrim cosmetic armour
  • +10 quest log slots
  • Crystal of Remembrance – adds one additional legacy to your legendary weapon
  • Helm’s Deep Title – Helm’s Enforcer
  • Helm’s Deep Title – Helm’s Avenger
  • 2000 Turbine points

Steed of the HammerhandShield of the HammerhandPre-purchasers will also receive these items that can be used immediately in the game:

  • Shield of the Hammerhand (Statted Cloak  +25%XP, scales to level of wearer)
  • Exclusive War-steed Bundle (The Steed of the Hammerhand) – an exclusive Rohirrim mount with matching War-Steed appearance

BASE EDITION – $39.99

Hauberk of the HammerhandFeatures all Helm’s Deep content, with level cap increase. Also grants these items:

  • Hauberk of the Hammerhand – an exclusive Rohirrim cosmetic chest piece
  • Helm’s Deep Title: Helm’s Enforcer
  • 1000 Turbine points

Pre-purchasers will also receive these items that can be used immediately in the game:

  • Token of Hornburg (+25% Monster XP and Crafting XP)
  • The Steed of the Hammerhand – an exclusive Rohirrim Mount

Experience the Battle for Helm’s Deep – Fight to defend Helm’s Deep starting as early as level 10, when your character enlists as a soldier in the Battle of the Hornburg, the most epic conflict yet in The Lord of the Rings Online.  Earn rewards for your contribution to the war effort – win or lose, your skill makes a difference!

  • Explore new landscapes across Western Rohan – Explore the Westemnet of Rohan and rally each of the five ridings as Rohan returns to glory. Traverse the capital of Edoras, mysterious Dunharrow, and the fortress of the Hornburg within Helm’s Deep.
  • Advance from levels 85 to 95 – Experience 10 new levels, from 85 to 95, with new skills and completely updated class specializations. Both mounted and un-mounted combat will challenge you as you war against the evil forces of Saruman.
  • Continue the Epic Story – Encounter beloved characters such as Aragorn, Éowyn, and Éomer. Restore King Théoden to his rightful throne while you defend the peoples of Rohan at Helm’s Deep.

Upgrades Available at Check Out

When you pre-order either one of the packages above you are offered the following add-on packs before completing your purchase. These are in addition to the cost of the pre-order you selected.

Legendary Item Pack – $39.99

  • Free Ticket to the movie “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
  • Legendary Item Stat Upgrade (3 Star-lit Crystals)
  • Legendary Item Level Cap Increase
  • Relic Removal Scroll
  • Premium Relic Pack

The free ticket to the movie is only available in the US, unfortunately. Sapience says in the forums they tried to get the same offer for Europeans that didn’t work out.

5,000 Turbine Points – $34.99

  • Items from the store are described as delivering to the account that is logged in when purchased.
  • This is 30% off the normal price of $49.99.

Expansion Quad Pack – $19.99

  • This is their new quad pack offer that includes all the previous expansions. This is 50% off the normal price of $39.99

 


The Bounder’s Bounty Developer Diary 08/25/13


August 27 2013 - written by cynawynn at 09:50

The Bounder’s Bounty Developer Diary
By Aubergine

Well, hello there! Aubergine here, and as the good hobbits have had me quite busy in helping them set up their fundraising campaign, thought I’d take the time to share some of the details with you.
The Bounder’s Bounty will run until the release of Helm’s Deep.  Unlike a more traditional festival, you participate by simply by logging in and playing LOTRO just as you normally do. You’ll just need to include some occasional trips to Michel Delving.

 As you are out questing and defeating mobs, you will find that Bags of Bounder’s Tokens will drop periodically.  You can also obtain Bags of Bounder’s Tokens from festival quests, Hobbit Presents and Locked Loot Boxes.
When you first open a Bag of Bounder’s Tokens, you will be directed to see Meg Proudfoot, the Bounder’s Token Collector, who’s standing by the statue in Michel Delving center.  She’ll be collecting all of your donations of Bounder’s Tokens throughout the event.  She accepts donations in stacks of 50 tokens at a time.
 
Near Meg are two Bounder vendors, the Bounder’s Token Rewards Vendor and the Bounder’s Bounty Vendor.  The Bounder’s Token Rewards Vendor is your personal vendor. When you as an individual donate tokens, you will advance deeds which in turn unlock access to rewards.

The Bounder’s Bounty Vendor, on the other hand, is unlocked only when the server as a whole reaches the Bounder’s fund-raising goals.  You can always check on your server’s progress by mousing over the statue.   Current server collection numbers will be displayed there.

When this goal is completed, all persons on the server will gain the Bounder’s Boon!  This buff will persist until the launch of Helm’s Deep.  

Once the Bounder’s fundraising goals is met, the Bounder’s Bounty Vendor will unlock for all players on the server.  This vendor includes a new premium War-steed and mount bundle. A Hobbit-themed Steed of Michel Delving! You’ll find other great items including  a Tarnished Symbol of Celebrimbor Package, and other select store items. In addition, all items sold by the Bounder’s Token Rewards Vendor are also sold by the Bounder’s Bounty Vendor, but at discounted prices.

When the Bounder’s fundraising goals are completed in full, the Bounders will also take some of the proceeds to upgrade the statue in Michel Delving.  This will stand for years to come as a commemoration of your accomplishment and as a testament to the Bounders’ resolve. The statue will be under construction for some amount of time in the future, but when it completes you’ll find that it will display in perpetuity all those who worked hardest at helping the Bounders with their endeavor.
 
The Bounders thank you for your aid! All of us hope that this provides you all with an additional fun goal to add to your normal play experience and brings servers together to unlock their Bounder’s Bounty vendor.  Which server will be first?


LoTRO Update 11, 5/13/13


May 8 2013 - written by Cormach at 09:42
The epic story continues as you are called to the remote region of Wildermore! This Eastern Rohan area has been hard hit by an unnatural and deadly winter. A Stone Giant named Núrzum, under the control of Saruman, is rumored as the source of this icy tragedy. Throughout Wildermore, villages have suffered ravage and townsfolk have become refugees. Follow in the chilly footsteps of evil as you attempt to restore this once thriving region.
This update includes new epic story and five new areas to explore in the Wildermore region.

Writhendowns

All word from Wildermore has ceased and rumors point to the worst. You must find and aid the town of Scylfig, which suffers from a strangely deepening winter and an Uruk-hai threat.

The Fallows

Uruk-hai invaders have torched the region’s farms, slaying many and driving the survivors from their homes. You must ride into the smoldering remains to help drive out the evil tides of Núrzum’s raiders before meeting with the brooding Reeve of Wildermore.

Whitshaws

As the brutal winter rages, many folk have gone missing, and the small village of Dunfast is in dire need of protection. You must follow in the wake of Núrzum’s destruction, but can you find him in time? Face marauding Warbands as you race to save the people of Dunfast.

High Knolls

The town of the High Knolls, Byre Tor, long held out against the powers of Núrzum, but now has fallen to the beastly enemy. Venture among forbidding crags in search of the city’s hunted refugees, but use caution, for whispers warn that the Knolls are thick with Saruman’s minions!

Balewood

In the unruly, northern expanses of Fangorn Forest, the Darkness has taken hold. In the Balewood, violent Huorns and Wood-trolls prowl and Saruman’s Uruk-hai linger. You must gather young Ents to rally against the growing corruption.

The Wildermore Quest pack is free to VIPs. See below for official screenshots released for these regions.

It also includes mounted combat revamp with new class specific traits, housing changes, the addition of Hobbit presents and what is described as “New VIP Benefits”.

LoTRO Announces Helms Deep coming in the Fall


April 24 2013 - written by Cormach at 08:27
The lord of the rings online™: Helm’s deep™

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND TURBINE ANNOUNCE THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™: HELM’S DEEP™

The Fifth Expansion to the Critically-Acclaimed MMO Launches in Fall 2013

(NEEDHAM, MA – April 24, 2013) -- Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment unveiled today The Lord of the Rings Online™: Helm’s Deep™, the next expansion to the award-winning free-to-play massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) developed by Turbine. Helm’s Deep will continue the Epic Story into the western plains of Rohan, allow players to take a direct role in the battle for Helm’s Deep and advance the level cap to 95.


“With Helm’s Deep, we’re bringing the War of the Ring to players on a monumental scale,” said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer of The Lord of the Rings Online, Turbine. “Our team is thrilled to create another iconic moment in Middle-earth, and put players in the center of the action.”


THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE: HELM’S DEEP FEATURES:

Experience the Battle for Helm’s Deep – Fight to defend Helm’s Deep starting at level 10, as your character enlists as a soldier in the Battle of the Hornburg, the most massive conflict yet in The Lord of the Rings Online. Earn rewards for your contribution to the war effort – win or lose, your aid makes a difference!

Explore new landscapes across Western Rohan - Explore the Westemnet of Rohan and rally each of the five Ridings as Rohan returns to glory. Traverse the capital of Edoras, mysterious Dunharrow, and the fortress of the Hornburg, deep within Helm’s Deep.

Advance from levels 85 to 95 - Experience 10 new levels, from 85 to 95, with new skills and completely updated class specializations. Both mounted and un-mounted combat will challenge you as you war against the evil of Saruman.

Continue the Epic Story - Encounter beloved characters such as Aragorn, Éowyn, and Éomer. Restore King Théoden to his rightful lordship and defend the peoples of Rohan at Helm’s Deep.

Update 10 Release Notes


March 6 2013 - written by Cormach at 10:50
The Update 10 Release Notes are too long to post here, but are available here.

Lord of the Rings Online Producer Letter


February 1 2013 - written by Cormach at 13:47
Hello all!

January has been an exciting month for us on the dev team! We’ve wrapped up our plans for 2013, and I’m very pleased to announce some new big initiatives for LOTRO you can expect in the coming year:

Player’s Council – We are doubling down this year on the conversation between Turbine and you, our players. We are going to start a Player’s Council, a group of players who participate in more regular & structured feedback sessions with the dev group. We want to make sure that as we grow and extend this game, that we are incorporating your likes and dislikes about what we are into what we release. The Community Team will be releasing more information about how we’re going to construct and run the Player’s Council in the coming weeks.


Western Rohan – I am at this moment standing on the parapet of the Hornburg, looking out over Helm’s Deep as devs populate the landscape with hundreds (soon to be thousands) of Saruman’s Uruk-hai & Orcs. We will be bringing you the rest of Rohan in two installments – Wildermore, a northern region between the Wold and Fangorn, will be released this spring, after our 6th anniversary, and later in the year, you’ll be able to see Western Rohan, Edoras, and participate in battles of epic proportions. Much more on this to come…


Housing – I am extremely pleased to say that this year we will be tackling a major revision to the Housing system. In February and March we will be gathering information about how Housing should change, and then we’ll be releasing revisions to the system in the latter half of the year. We look forward to leveraging our new Player’s Council to help shape and guide the extension of this feature!


Class Adjustments – Later in the year, we will be making some significant changes to the skills and traits of the Free Peoples classes. We’ll be pruning out skills that just feel disappointing in play and increasing the potency of others. The end result will be fewer skills, but a more profound impact on moment-to-moment play. How you choose to specialize your class will make a real difference!


There are plenty of other things happening this year, and we’ll be doing more dev chats via Twitter to keep getting the word out, so stay tuned for more details and more news in the coming weeks.

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