Lord of the Rings Online welcomes you back to Winter-home with a new elk mount

    
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It’s time to decamp from Mordor and return to the pristine pocket wonderland of Winter-home in Lord of the Rings Online. As of yesterday, the 2017 Yule Festival was in high swing, bringing players together for snowball fights, theater performances, eating contests, and snow sculptures.

While there doesn’t appear to be any new quests this year, the buzz around the town concerns this year’s festival mount. It’s a splendid Winter Elk, a striking mount that offers a change from the horses, ponies, and goats that dominate the mount scene. The mount isn’t too hard to get, requiring perhaps two days of running dailies in order to save up enough tokens to purchase.

You have plenty of time to see the sights and chase those rewards, as the Yule Festival is scheduled to run through January 8th. LOTRO is also selling its Eriador bundle (the entire base game, essentially) for 75% off through December 21st.

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Wanda Clamshuckr

I absolutely adored LoTRO in the 2 years I played it.

They seem to be pushing hard in the last while, or maybe it’s MOP’s consistent coverage. Regardless, it’s working, and I’m tempted to re-visit this winter.

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BalsBigBrother

I must be an odd duck in lotro in that I don’t do the festivals. I think I have one festival pony on my hobbit main but beyond that I don’t think I have ever done one since. Just not what I find to be fun so I will be over here in the dark of Moria questing away as usual :-)

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Melissa McDonald

This meshes nicely with The Hobbit movies’ depiction of Thranduil (king of Mirkwood realm and Legolas’ father) riding an elk rather than a horse.

Edit: Standing Stone games needs to be cozying up to Amazon, even to the extent of discussing a buyout. They should be loudly lobbying to be “The Game” that is tied in to Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings TV show they are planning.

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styopa

Can you imagine LotRO reimagined in Lumberyard?
Moria?

/swoon

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Paragon Lost

And some of us don’t spend the tokens often and have a pile and just outright snag it as soon as it was available without doing any token earning quests from the current festival. I keep forgetting to spend my tokens in other words.

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MesaSage

It’s a quick festival for me this year. I converted a gold token from last year and bought the Winter Elk “pony” for my hobbit hunter. It’s nice, if simple. That rack, though.

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Paragon Lost

(must resist making a rack meme post…must resist making a rack meme post…)

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Chosenxeno .

No lie. I just logged out of Lotro after staring at the VIP button. I want to play it but I simply can’t justify paying 15 bucks while still having to deal with content gates. My issue isn’t the presence of expansions. My problem is the pricing of old expansions. Helm’s Deep is almost 50 bucks and it’s not even current. The others are close to 25(Including Mordor) and some are 15. They have to expand their VIP. Atleast get me to 75 ffs the cap is 115. The VIP only get’s you to 50:/

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teppic

Yeah, it’s too expensive outside of sales and then extremely cheap during — there shouldn’t be such a big difference. Like a lot of people I think they should include everything up to Mordor in VIP but it seems they’re not going to budge on it.

Recently the expansions were on sale and you could get them all except Mordor for $16, and that included 1000 LP, which would be enough to get all of the base game zones on this current deal, so you’d have everything.

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Chosenxeno .

I’m afraid, I can’t budge either.

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teppic

It’s understandable, their pricing structure is really bad for new players.

If you want to avoid VIP, you can level to 30 for free, and then with a bit of grinding you can get enough for the quest packs for the remaining zones before Moria. It’d be best to wait until the quad pack is on sale though as you’d get enough LP included, along with your levelling, to avoid any real grinding.

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Chosenxeno .

There’s a Quad Pack(All expansions?)? Hmm how much does that usually run? VIP I don’t mind. I support it if I like it.

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teppic

The quad pack includes the first four expansions (up to level 85), so not Helm’s Deep or Mordor. It’s $40 at full price but when on sale it’s usually about $10. VIP isn’t very good value any more, but having it for one month at least is a good idea because it permanently unlocks a lot of stuff that otherwise costs LP.

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Chosenxeno .

I just found the quad pack. Why is it on Steam and not in the shop? I just grabbed it.

(For Anyone Else interested in the Quad Pack: You have to search it in the Browser. You can’t find it by clicking “DLC Content” in the Steam App.)

link: http://store.steampowered.com/sub/32775/

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teppic

It’s not in the in game shop, it’s on the website (select Lotro Market from the menu).

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styopa

That’s part of the problem, actually.
The disconnect between the Turbine store, the online store, buying from steam, etc talk about schizoid. Where can I buy things? Why do I have to check 3 places to find the best price, and why can I find many things cheaper on reseller sites, which is ridiculous.

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teppic

Yeah, two days of doing all the quests is more than enough to get the elk mount. And Yule tokens are the easiest to get from all the festivals so there’s no real grind at all to get all the new stuff, or even last year’s on top. Also as tokens carry over, and can be transferred between festivals, a lot of people can just go straight in and grab the new stuff without doing a thing.

edit: here’s a shot of the new mount and the new shirt and cloak too:

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Paragon Lost

Really like how that came together. Nice.