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LOTRO Legendarium: A trip back through LOTRO’s expansions

Now that we’re in the thick of Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor (which I’m still enjoying very much), my mind has taken a turn back to look over 10 years of gameplay updates and expansions.

It’s bizarre to think back to a time when the entirety of the game was merely eight or nine zones crammed up in Eregion. While there’s still plenty of Middle-earth to uncover and explore, the ensuing decade vastly opened up the game world and took us on a journey that spanned from Bag End to Barad-dûr.

It all starts to blur together after a while, particularly after alternative leveling regions were added, the epic story was changed to be more solo accessible, and the studio experimented with different forms of content delivery. I felt like taking a quick trip through the expansions that brought us to where we are today. Because… why not, really?

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LOTRO Legendarium: Mordor’s pre-order is flat-out ridiculous

Outrageous. Ridiculous. Exciting. Exploitative. Controversial.

This past week’s announcement of Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor’s launch date and pre-order packages set ablaze discussions and arguments among the community, both in-game and without. World chat was streaming by quickly as players debated the pros and cons of the reveal, while the forums blew up with huge posts defending and criticizing the pre-order packages.

While this is not the travesty that some are making it out to be, I definitely agree with those that say Standing Stone Games misstepped with this announcement and needs to take some action to rectify the confusion and value of the upcoming expansion. While LOTRO players seem united in their anticipation for Mordor, some of that enthusiasm has been dashed with how the dating and packages have been handled, and that is a shame.

Let’s break it all down and see what we’ve learned and what pre-order might be best for you!

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PSA: Lord of the Rings Online expansions are on sale

Steam isn’t the only place where you can get a good deal on MMOs this holiday season. Lord of the Rings Online is holding its own sale in the LOTRO Market where you can get many of the expansions for a pittance.

Helm’s Deep, the most recent expansion, has been discounted from $40 to $10. Riders of Rohan, Rise of Isengard, and Mines of Moria are all down to $5 apiece, while you can pick up Siege of Mirkwood for $2.50. Probably the best deal, however, is to pick up the expansion quad pack (all expansions save Helm’s Deep) for $10. So for $20 total, you can snap up every expansion in the game to date and get ready for next year’s trip to Mordor.

Don’t forget that even Saruman was on the lookout for a good deal: “Isengard bids five.”

Source: LOTRO Market

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