LOTRO expands its Mordor FAQ with more pre-order info

    
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One of the qualms that players have expressed over the new Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor pre-order package is a lack of clarity over some of the more expensive edition offerings. It appears that the developers have been listening in part to these complaints, because the official Mordor FAQ was expanded early this week to elaborate on some of the extras.

The explanations covered the new Mordor runes, a creepy teleporting door that you can put inside your house to take you to the land of shadow, how the XP bonus item works, and pictures of the adorable kites that you will no doubt be flying as you vacation in Sauron’s back yard.

Now that you’re armed with more information, will you be dropping upwards of $130 on the expansion or going with the basic package? While you’re mulling that over, check out YouTuber Andang’s new character model update video after the break.

Source: Mordor FAQ
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Greaterdivinity

New models are still pretty rough, but definitely look like a pretty big improvement to me. At least their heads. I wasn’t expecting WoW-level overhauls for the models (though I was hoping!), but they should be good enough not to drive me completely mad next time I try to give the game a spin.

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April-Rain

I would pre-order this, but till we get better performing servers actually based in the EU for the EU then I am done with lotro which is a shame as I love the game, but right now the laggy poor performing servers in New York are just not worth the time to log on to.

It breaks any immersion and just ends up in frustration.

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Crowe

The LOTRO servers can be rough on even the NA folks. I’m not sure how much of this can be attributed to lag and how much to an ancient Asheron’s Call-based architecture and locked to a 32-bit client.

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MesaSage

I’ll walk into Mordor, without the title, and look around. Ship it.

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Tobasco da Gama

I still intend to buy Mordor with my LP stipend unless there’s a dramatic change to the packages.

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BalsBigBrother

The more I look at this the less inclined I am to actually buy the expansion for cash. I may just end up waiting till they get round to turning it loose on the cash shop. I have more than enough points stored up to get the expansion plus the high elf.

From my point of view I have plenty of other expansions to get my teeth into such as Morrowind (which I still haven’t touched) and the Path of Exile one for example, in addition to SWL stuff being trickled out so I am not short of stuff to play. Plus I can still keep casually working on my Beorning in lotro while everyone rushes off to fight through the new bugs … um content.

I am not a raider or dungeon person in lotro so there is no rush for me so I am not really seeing a downside to just waiting, I miss the rush, any bugs will be worked out and hopefully patched.

SSG are not enticing me with their packages and I don’t owe them anything (they are still getting money from me via the sub) so yeah /shrugs

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Eliandal

According to the FAQ – both the expansion and High Elves will be available for points later this year. I’ve gone from wanting to throw actual money at them, to deciding to wait and use my points instead. I haven’t checked (in the past couple of days) but if they do relent, and give the base package the race, then I may still buy in. Doesn’t look promising though :/

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Michael18

LOTRO is an excellent game to take it slow. I was lagging behind for most of my travels through Gondor (because I took a long break after Helms Deep) and never felt as if my experience was affected. It seems in LOTRO there’s a ton of people playing content for the first time long after it was released, maybe because they level very slowly, take long breaks, or for other reasons. Also many LOTRO players are crazy alt-o-holics, lol.

Personally, I spent hardly any cash on LOTRO while in Gondor (bought quest packs mostly with TP I still had), so I’m almost looking forward to throwing some cash at SSG as a small thank-you for all the fun I had in Gondor. But I can also totally understand your reasoning.

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Tanek

I am happy to see they are adding more information on the item details. I still don’t see the value in the more expensive packages, though, especially if I am not interested in level boosting a character or getting a VIP code I can’t use.

I can see why the High Elf is not in the basic package. It and the XP item might be the only things that really interest me in the others and I don’t know that that is enough to sway my purchase.

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Melissa McDonald

The new models look nice. It is obvious the game engine has some constraints to the extent that we can’t expect Black Desert level graphics from it. But I like what I saw.

Hey, give me one of those Gayla Baby Bat kites with the stoner eyes and I’ll totally fly that in Mordor. :)