Lord of the Rings Online gives players the first taste of Update 18

    
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The next update to Lord of the Rings Online is not here just yet, but it is in its testing stage, and that means players can start exploring the update in its test state. The fine people at LotRO Players have been doing just that, offering players an early preview of what to expect from the new areas, dungeons, and so forth.

Two new regions are included in this update, Taur Druadan and the Beacon Hills, both of which are previewed in videos just below. There’s a promise of more to come as the exploration of the patch contents continues, naturally, but a travelogue seems like the place to start as the game slowly creeps toward its final destinations.

Source: LotRO Players; thanks to LOTRO Fan and Serena Love for the tip!
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ThirteenBlackbirds Karl_Hungus Bluetouchpaper 
I’d love to see some hard numbers indicating the game is doing well instead of anecdotal evidence. I’m not saying the game is going to die next year. I’m just saying it’s a possibility, even if it is making more money than it costs to keep going. We’ve seen it happen before with other games and Turbine certainly hasn’t been doing well lately. 
They had to close down a DComics MOBA a year after it released, in an era when superheroes are all the rage. That’s pretty telling. Turbine has faltered in one genre after the other and now they’re apparently turning towards mobile development hoping to strike pay-dirt? They’re a day late and a dollar short.

Even after the Ring is destroyed and Turbine exhausts all the lore of the aftermath, there won’t be much else in the way of new content to keep this game going unless Turbine starts making group content again instead of this big battle skirmish crap.

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The Silmarillion took place in the First Age. There is much less material available on the Second Age. It’s basically Tolkien’s Dark Ages and would work far better as an MMO than any other Age in my opinion. Of course, you’re right in that Christopher needs to die in order for the bulk of his father’s work to become accessible for new generations, as morbid as that sounds. I just hope whoever inherits the rights next will be more liberal in the licensing.

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Leykis ThirteenBlackbirds Crick actually had a good-sized RP community for a while, although nothing like Weathertop etc.. No idea if that’s still true. I suspect most of Crick’s RPers have taken advantage of the free transfer to Landy.

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ThirteenBlackbirds Leykis I don’t RP but I respect others that do enjoy it. I just find RP servers tend to have a more mature player base and that’s what I like about them. At least that’s been the case in several other MMO’s I’ve played. And yeah, I’m avoiding Brandywine like the plague. 

I haven’t played LOTRO regularly since 2011. I did come back to the game for a couple months last year and then they announced server transfers right after I came back. The Kin I had been in since 2007 was still around but only a few members were still active and they were going to Arkenstone. But I found out lots of the guilds on Windfola were moving there. And then reading on the forums it seemed like Ark was the popular choice among the servers that were closing. I just felt like this was not a good sign and that Ark would eventually end up like Brandy. So, I stopped playing and decided to wait until the dust settled before making a decision on where to go. Reading the forums it seems like Crickhollow is a good choice but I’ve always wanted to participate in the events Landroval puts on. It seems the community is really active and that’s cool players get together for various events throughout the year. Stuff like that makes an MMO feel more alive to me.

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Leykis Crick’s /world chat is usually pretty active, no matter when I sign in. Usually a good sign of health, I guess. Dunno what the kinship situation there is like.

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I need to move my characters off Windfola. Can someone recommend a decent server to move to with a solid community? I’m thinking either Landroval or Crickhollow.

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Feodor Styopa How it could look better if Turbine and Warner Brothers management burned millions of dollars? You contradict yourself. Dev team does everything they could and people have to respect that.

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bryanjturner tobascodagama Rustybladez Effort in cost of what? Content? No thanks, i’ll live with that graphics.

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Feodor Styopa Turbine creates new art assets, for example variags, druedain and their architecture in U18.  May be you should less hate the game then you’ll see new things.

What other assets you want to see? Landscapes? We are still in the same climate zone, wait for the next update when we’ll go closer to Dagorlad and Black Gates. Gondor architecture? Sorry Gondor architecture is Gondor architecture regardless of place. Anyway we had ton of different statues in Minas Tirith, though i’m sure you also miss it.

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Leykis Tandor Shadewalker I think they’re very different games, and it depends on what you look for in a game. I play both as an unguilded solo PvEer and enjoy both. I used to use the auction house in LoTRO but don’t seem to have any need for it these days, and I don’t use the guild trading system in ESO except for a very occasional purchase in the past when it was necessary to buy some provisioners’ recipes for writs.

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Karl_Hungus Bluetouchpaper “This game always had a limited shelf life because they decided to license the LOTR trilogy instead of taking a bolder yet riskier gamble with a game based in the Second Age or something.”

Keep in mind, Christopher Tolkien doesn’t let anybody have the rights to The Silmarillion. Like, literally nobody. He’s keeping it as his own private playground for his crappy fanfic, and nobody else gets to play.

The only reason LOTRO is able to exist at all is that the video game rights to the books were sold off separately some time in the 90s, so someone other than Chris Tolkien holds them. (Saul Zaentz/Middle Earth Entertainment, specifically.) If it were up to Chris, nobody would even get to license the LotR and Hobbit stuff.