Lord of the Rings Online publishes patch notes for tomorrow’s Mordor expansion

    
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Swanky.
One does not simply log into Mordor… unless one waits until tomorrow, in which case, one totally will be able to do so.

With Lord of the Rings Online: Mordor releasing tomorrow, Middle-earth fans have a few scant hours to prepare themselves for this momentous occasion. To help with the preparations are the full patch notes of the expansion, laid out for all to see.

Mordor (also known as Update 21) will add five regions of the eponymous country, the new High Elf race, an additional book of the epic story, a level cap increase to 115, the allegiance system, new audio log journals, and three more class trait points. There will also be tons of new quests and deeds, but that comes with the territory (so to speak).

The team indicated that this expansion is only the beginning of the future of the game: “We begin a new story in Update 21 that will continue in future updates. Travel beyond the Black Gate, seek treasure and conquest, and discover what happens when the Free People enter a land of evil and corruption.”

Source: Patch notes
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Alex Willis

I don’t think I realized how excited I was to play this until today. I have a 30-ish level LM that I am going to pick up again and push him through all the game’s epic content. And first up is a visit to the barbershop!

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MesaSage

That’s a lot of fixes. I’m sure it will all go very smoothly.

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Fred Douglas

The best addition was the buff to the /smoke emote.

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DG

I assume this does not include previous expansions?

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Coldin Torrence

LOTRO expansions have been seperate from each other. So you could just buy the Mordor expansion and jump right into this new stuff with the level boost.

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Russell Hunt

I always wanted to try this game but felt like I would just be playing second fiddle to Frodo and company. Does this latest expansion go well beyond the destroying of the One Ring To Rule Them ALLLLLLL!!!?

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Coldin Torrence

Frankly. LOTRO has always been really good at still making you feel like you got your own story. Obviously we’re helping the fellowship but we got our own stuff to do too.

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Alex Willis

I would say maybe 5% of the gameplay and story has you playing second fiddle. The rest is all you. It’s actually pretty well-paced alongside the main events, all things considered.

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Melissa McDonald

It is absolutely not a game where you are merely a sidekick to the iconic characters. The game has zone quests for you to do, which create your own story and persona and give you adventures to experience.

You can also, optionally, choose to do the Epic quests, where you will indeed meet iconic characters and do things that help them, and help Frodo’s quest.

You can absolutely “play your own way” in LOTRO, and PvP is either consensual dueling, or limited to one zone where you can be a Monster class or a player/hero for open PvP.

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styopa

I wouldn’t let that deter you.

I was a latecomer to LOTRO, having just really played it hard over the past couple of years (I was playing other MMOs when LOTRO came out, did the early beta, etc and just never wandered back until recently).

I will say that it’s a very, very pretty game with a pacing that is refreshing after the hyperkinetic current ‘action combat’ games like Blade & Soul, and the amount of smoothing that’s gone on in WoW (et al) in the name of making everything effortless and convenient. It still takes effort to level in LOTRO, but that leaves one with a sense of accomplishment that’s gone from other games.

And, I have to say, while I was finally glad to be done with it at the end, Moria is one of the MMORPG experiences I’ll remember forever. Brilliantly done.

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Tobasco da Gama

Gladden server is apparently holding a “Walk into Mordor” event on Thursday at 9pm server time (i.e., EDT).

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Melissa McDonald

Hm so I wonder if the barber shops will have new avatar choices?

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starbuck1771

Avatars

Avatars have been updated for the Human and Elf. Players can choose to view the older avatars through an Avatar Update Visible check box available in the Options panel.
Body type, Head, Mouth, Eyes, Eye Colour, and Skin Colour can now be modified at barbershops.

Known Issues:
Elf Male and High Elf Male do not display properly in the Barber Shop UI.
Some visual issues remain on new avatars.

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?656569-Update-21-Release-Notes