LOTRO’s housing changes arrive on Monday

One of the biggest changes to Lord of the Rings Online’s housing system in years is arriving on Monday, giving Hobbit interior decorators something new to do.

Update 19.3 will allow players to adjust housing decor on all dimensions inside of its hook box, allowing for items to be moved around on all axis and grouped together to look more natural instead of being artificially spaced out. Players will also be able to buy premium houses via writs, which do double duty in securing home ownership if a player transfers servers or gives up the house.

Other changes with the update include three new global chat channels, four additional user-defined chat channels, a fix for the /say bug, and a 9,999 gold cap for currency. It should also be noted that starting on Monday, VIP players can get a free mount and warsteed cosmetics by logging into the game.

Source: Patch notes
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Hirku

I wound up buying a house last night to see the old system and the update is definitely an improvement. Housing in this game is nothing amazing but it’s still fun to have a little hobbit hole of my own with a soothing guitar tune playing in the background.

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MesaSage

Just tried the new hooks. The implementation is simple and easy to use. It’s not total freedom, but it’s a nice addition to housing that might make some folks start collecting furniture again.

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Melissa McDonald

I feel like there have been some subtle environmental improvements in the game and not quite sure when it happened. Maybe it’s a Dx11 feature but some of the flora seems more lush and detailed than it used to be.

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Roger Edwards

I like free stuff as much as the next person but a mount is so unimaginative. LOTRO has an over abundance of them already. Having purchased the Journeyman Riding Trait, all my steeds now have +78% mounted speed, which means a new horse has nothing more to offer other than its cosmetic appearance.

Having subscribed to LOTRO for nine years (on and off), as well as buying all the expansions and regularly purchasing in-game currency, I’d like something more tangible as a reward for my “loyalty”.

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BalsBigBrother

um you have nine years (on and off) worth of enjoyment from your mmo or at least I hope you have otherwise why are you subbing. For me personally that is all I ever ask from any mmo I sub to and all the other stuff they give is nice but it is never something I expect or ask for.

/shrugs ymmv depending on your preferences :-)

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Oyjord Hansen

If they removed rent, like ESO, I’d be all over LOTRO’s housing.

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wakkander

I always have a hard time caring about instanced housing. Hooks or not it just doesn’t seem to matter to me. Still, I’ll be happy to add another mount.

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Fisty

Same. The joys of SWG when you could check out everyones house in the world.

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Hirku

Perfect timing, I should be ready to buy a house next week. The free horse is nice, too.

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BalsBigBrother

Been watching a lotro stream this afternoon and the folks there seem more interested in: Flora – Phials of Extract now bind to account instead of character. Not sure what it is about but I understand its an “end game” thing so I haven’t got there yet.

Not too fussed about the housing personally but it will be nice to get a new horse and the cosmetic stuff :-)

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teppic

You forgot to mention UI improvements being needed :)

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BalsBigBrother

Well I didn’t want to be greedy and figured I would let someone else have a go. Thank you for your contribution :-)

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cambruin

The grind in the game would put every Asian MMO out there to shame. It’s without a doubt one of the worst. The phials becoming bound on account somewhat decreases said grind.

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life_isnt_just_dank_memes

Awesome stuff. I remember everyone asking for this stuff in 2008-2010. Better late than never! Hope everyone has a blast with it!

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