Leaderboard: Did you go back to LOTRO for Mordor?

Before we begin, let’s just get the trailer thing out of our systems. It was bad. Really bad. OK? Good. That’s done.

Lord of the Rings Online launched Mordor yesterday, its first major expansion since the transfer of the game from Turbine to Standing Stone Games last year.

And while Justin’s busy diving in and cooking up some impressions of the expansion for us, I thought I’d open it up to the readers in a poll: Was Mordor enough to make you go back LOTRO or even pick it up for the first time?

Leaderboard: Did LOTRO's Mordor compel you to return?

  • I was already playing LOTRO and am still playing for Mordor. (20%, 87 Votes)
  • I was already playing LOTRO but did not buy or am not playing Mordor. (16%, 71 Votes)
  • I was already playing LOTRO but quit since or because of Mordor. (1%, 6 Votes)
  • I am a former LOTRO player who returned for Mordor. (11%, 50 Votes)
  • I am a former LOTRO player who hasn't decided whether to return for Mordor. (20%, 87 Votes)
  • I am a former LOTRO player who will not be returning for Mordor. (20%, 89 Votes)
  • I had never played LOTRO but am playing it now for Mordor. (1%, 4 Votes)
  • I had never played LOTRO and will not now for Mordor. (7%, 30 Votes)
  • No response / elf butts / view results (4%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 443

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Crowe

Returned a couple of months ago and started over on a new server from scratch to play with my multi-game guild. (originally played on a different server and guild hopped but that ended right around the time that Mirkwood launched)

I’ve been enjoying the heck out of the game and the guild. That said, the Mordor expansion is very lacking for what it offers me. Sure, I’d like the new race but it’s not worth twice the price of the base expansion. It can wait until my characters hit 105. Which may very well not be until the expansion is available for points in the shop.

In conjunction with that trailer (gah), this leads me to believe that SSG is lacking in marketing. (as in: no marketing person much less a department) Heck, they should have had a forum title reward for best fan-made trailer and they would have gotten a dozen submissions better than that.

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GumpsGang

Yup … and it’s great. Now back to it!

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Cindy M

I am a former player who returned for the new character models/avatars. Not so much for Mordor itself :p It’s been 5 years and I could hardly remember a thing so I started a fresh Lore Master and am having a blast. Such a gorgeously made game, very immersive.

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Crowe

LMs are awesome now. Actually decent DPS’ers and fine to solo with.

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MesaSage

I’m a regular player and I’ll peek into Mordor eventually. If I decide to get the expansion, it will be with LP.

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Roger Melly

I am a lifer I have one level 105 who is in Gondor at the moment ( and a couple of high level alts ) . I decided long ago my payment to Lotro would be limited to that one payment ( which actually I got for half price ) so I will play my main characters up until the Black Gate and wait for Mordor to be available for Turbine points ( of which I have about 16 thousand at the moment ) .Would have been nice to be able to get in now but it doesn’t bother me if I have to wait till December it will be something nice to look forward to over the holiday period .

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Dreema

It brought me back, but then I always come back for expansions. Saying that, I still have quite a bit of content from the previous expansion to play through so it’ll be a while yet before I get to Mordor.

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Jack Pipsam

The $40 / $80 thing killed my interest.

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starbuck1771

I already play LotRO I do take breaks to avoid burnout and yes I payed for the $130 bundle. Ultimate fan cosmetic armor set standing in front of the door to Mordor. :P

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zoward

I’m fond of LotRO, but mostly for the environment and community. I didn’t buy Mordor. I may at some point but an $80 price point for a new race struck me as crazy steep. If I want throw some money to SSG to keep the game afloat, I’ll probably just buy some points during the next sale, and keep enjoying the world/my alts/the awesome festivals.

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draugris

You can buy it with points when u22 releases during winter.

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mosselyn

Just buy the base $40 version and wait for the HE to show up in the store. It’s rumored to cost 1000 TP, which is a lot less than the extra $40 for the mid-priced xpack.

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Jack Pipsam

But $40 upfront and not getting the race is dodgy.

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Crowe

Agreed.

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hurbster

Crikey, no. I was done when I went to Moria.

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Thomas

Same here.

Mines of Moria pretty much killed my interest in LotRO. I must have 6 or 7 characters still perched on, near, or by the gates of Moria. I really tried to like the Moria expansion, but it was just too tedious to get any of them through it.

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Roger Christie

I enjoyed Moria a lot. It’s one of the few times I’ve seen something of that sort taken from a book to a computer screen and still manage to retain its ability to awe me.

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Crowe

I liked Moria when it came out and I’m still liking it now that I’ve returned. Mirkwood… still no. But I’m bulling my way on past and hoping to run into something I like after. (I had left before shortly after the Mirkwood launch and the red/blue/yellow launch)

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Roger Melly

I loved Moria it is one of the most interesting parts of the game . It used to be quite easy to get lost in there but it is less so now . I just use the goat instant travel between different areas in there .

The part I always find difficult to enjoy is Rohan .

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I play a lot of games of all kinds, but none delivers like LOTRO for me. The older the game gets, and the more I play the newer games, the more LOTRO’s virtues shine. My kin, established during open beta on Gladden, is still active, though we are just about the most laid back kin imaginable. Although I have no statistics, just based on names I see, I think we must be one of the oldest surviving kins, if not the oldest, originally on Gladden.

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Crowe

Yep, go go Gladden! Even with a couple of the /world lore-spammers, it’s still the best server I’ve been on.

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Cindy M

Upon returning I was thinking around the same lines, older games have a charm that newer games have a hard time capturing. For me in LotrO it’s the world building, it’s just so vast and believable.

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Mattaui

Lifetime account holder and I’ve purchased every expansion so far, but I’m holding off on Mordor. I’m not quite caught up and I’d rather use my stockpile of points to purchase it later, if that becomes an option. If not, I’ll just get it whenever they put it on sale. Too many other games to fill my time at the moment.

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Fred Douglas

Former player who returned. The trailer convinced me. comment image

Jokes aside, I actually really enjoy the expansion. It’s super difficult and you definitly get that old SoA sense of accomplishment doing things.

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Halla-Zayeron

As someone who enjoys playing the game (hell I made that guide for the expansion), that trailer was a travesty. Sloppy and rushed, didn’t even capture any of the actual expansion.

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Alex Willis

Dove back in about 6 months ago. Have bought Mordor and will continue to sub. LOTRO scratches that itch for me! Still going strong.

dat trailer tho

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Line

I only played it as F2P.
And as much as I like LotR, it’s just not very fun to play now. It’s like jumping back in WoW vanilla with slightly worse combat.
It has charm, but eeeh…

And more importantly, it’s just way too expensive.
You hit roadblocks almost instantly as F2P, and it’s what? Close to 150 bucks to get all the content?
Hard to justify at this point.

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Coolit

I always loved the visuals of lotro over the years however I could never get passed the combat, it felt dull and abilities had no weight to them. So even though I played on and off I won’t be buying the xpac this time round.

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Veldan

Nah, I’ve been done with lotro for years… nothing except an entirely new game could make me return at this point.

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Denice J. Cook

I’m waiting to buy the expansion and High Elf with my huge cache of Turbine Points. Supposedly I will get this opportunity come wintertime.

Until then, *salute.*

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Sleepy

Likewise. I’d have bought the basic edition if it had included the new race, but I think it was a bit mean to restrict it, so it’ll keep until winter.

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Tiki

I’ve been a LotRO player since closed beta and have two lifetime accounts. I’ve purchased every top tier expansion offered in the past, but I won’t be with Mordor. SSG really messed up with these packages, especially not including the high elf in the base tier. I love playing in Middle-earth, but I can not support these atrocious business decisions. I will wait until December to purchase with LotRO Points. I have plenty to do until then anyways.

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Melissa McDonald

I’ve returned with a buddy of mine who is new to MMOs and is a Tolkien fan, I consider it a bucket list item for Rings fans who haven’t played this marvelous, wondrous, magical game. The harping about prices, models, expansions, blah blah, is mostly immaterial to the simple premise of getting to walk in a detailed rendering of Middle Earth. That’s what brought us there, and what should matter.

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Dividion

I’ve got a lifetime sub, and for the past 5 years or so I’ve only played sporadically, and only keep one character at the level cap. Even though I think mounted combat is clunky, I really enjoyed the Rohan expansions. With Gondor, it was nice to finally see Minas Tirith, but there weren’t any compelling new mechanics to try out. I’m also still a few books behind on the epic storyline.
I’m glad we’ve finally gotten to Mordor, and I expect to spend a decent amount of time checking it out. But even so, this is the first time I haven’t gotten the high-end expansion offering. I don’t think SSG designed those packages very well.
Having said that, I do think it’s a great time for new players to jump in. There’s way more content in the game than what it takes to hit the level cap. The world is huge, and there are enough classes and races that anyone should be able to find something that suits their playstyle. The game has always been about the story, and that story is well worth reading now.

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FreecczLaw

I remember back in the day I tried to play, but just as I entered the game my GPU crashed and when I finally got a new one a few weeks later I had lost the urge to try it. I feel bad because it does seem like it was a good game. I have no idea how it is now, but I feel like it is too late now.

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Melissa McDonald

it’s never too late, until they close the game. Middle Earth awaits you.

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Ailsa Nordstrom

I’d say it’s never too late. With Mordor and the new High-Elf race, there will be lots of people rolling a new toon.

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Alex Hyer

Nope

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BalsBigBrother

Won’t go through all the details again but yeah I won’t be doing any of the Mordor content until later in the year when I buy it with lotro points.

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Tandor

I have a couple of lifetime accounts and dip in and out casually from time to time, but am still only at level 76 and won’t be interested in Mordor just yet.

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Hirku

There is so much about LOTRO that I love. Unfortunately playing the game itself isn’t one of them. No way I’m going back to that miserable hellhole of a grind in that miserable hellhole of Mordor.

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Sashaa

This is the first time I will NOT pay premium for a LOTRO expansion. Guess all my points will finally be of use come December… And LOTRO still remains one of my 3 favorites mmo ever with EverQuest and Star Wars Galaxies. Standing Stone Games and their way of doing business, not so much.

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Greaterdivinity

Have never really played but giving the game a serious try! Made a rune keeper last night and am enjoying myself so far, doubt I’ll buy any expansions for quite some time, if at all, but we’ll see how this plays out.

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Melissa McDonald

the rune keeper is actually fun. a mage that can heal.

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Greaterdivinity

I didn’t get to dive too far in, but I’m enjoying it so far. Mechanically a bit quirky at the start, but that’s often the case with classes added later after launch.

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Crowe

Give it some time. The rune-keeper is awesome. With a few cooldown powers, you can go full heals to full DPS (or vice versa) as needed.

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johnwillo

LotRO is a game that I WANT to play, but am easily distracted from. I think my highest character is around level 40. Every time I come back, I have to start a new character because I can’t remember the details of the crafting and rep grinds. That said, once I can buy the expansion and High Elves with points, I will. And will no doubt start leveling a High Elf. The closest I’ll get to playing a Silmarillion MMO.

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Eliandal

I guess I qualify as a current player…but VERY casual, however because of their pricing, I am not buying Mordor (for cash) for the foreseeable future. They lost my cash purchase by not including High Elves in the base Mordor package. Instead, I’ll be waiting until I can use my (15K+) points for both. Their loss :/

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I am a LOTRO player who was planning to get the expansion, but the pricing scheme (and the fact that the high elves, advertised as being part of the expansion, were only available to the $80 or $120 packages) turned me off completely. If I get it, it will be in December (!!) when they finally make both expansiona and high elves available via the in-game store.

SSG really mishandled the whole thing imo.

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