Lord of the Rings Online opens the doors to its first progression server

    
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It’s time to go back to the Shire once again.

Today, Lord of the Rings Online opened up its first “legendary” progression server, Anor. Subscribers and lifetime members have the opportunity to start out in a fresh realm that will initially be capped at level 50 in the old Shadows of Angmar-era zones. Standing Stone Games said that it will be expanding the game map and raising the level cap roughly every four months afterward as the community moves through the game together.

It should be noted that the studio has decided on an XP reduction of 40% on the server to allow for a slower-paced story and progression. If you’re thinking about rolling up a new character on Anor, you might want to check out our six tips on getting off to a good start on this progression server. Additionally, both the forums and unofficial legendary server Discord have advertisements for kinships that are recruiting new blood.

Source: LOTRO
Update
Aaaand there’s already a queue.

Update
Given that the queue has crept up over 4000, Cordovan says SSG is adding another server, though it won’t be ready until tomorrow.

“We are aware that players are experiencing a significant queue to get into the Legendary server Anor. The server has been near or at its available concurrent capacity since launch, so people in queue may experience a longer wait until someone logs out. We are also aware that the queue numbering system is not displaying correctly, but the queuing is taking place as intended. IN THE MEANTIME, we are working quickly to get a second Legendary server ready. Ithil is expected to be available for log-in tomorrow. We know many players want to play with their friends, so we will for a limited time be offering FREE character transfers between Ithil and Anor. These character transfers are not yet available, but will be when Ithil opens. Note that other limitations such as wait time between transfers do apply, as do typical transfer naming rules. We are thrilled and humbled by the overwhelming response today, and are continuing to work hard to maximize server availability.”

Update
Guess they got it ready earlier than expected!

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johnd212

I didn’t have a big issue getting in game. I will note the game is the same it’s just that you can only level to 50 and you level much slower. I think people are thinking this is like LOTRO Vanilla before all the updates and changes. It’s not. It’s still amazing but don’t expect vintage LOTRO. If you like it slower and a lot of players around you then jump it. It’s fun!

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Tamanous

Not going to lie. This is rather tempting.

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Jack Pipsam

I bet they weren’t expecting that.
How’s the lag inside?

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Ryuen

So, made a Dwarf (surprise), name is Isvi.
I’m a total slowpoke in games but feel free to wave when you see me running past

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Ludovic Darkstar

So… if I’m new to the game (missed it the 1st time around – was busy elsewhere) but I’m interested in playing the legacy server…

I’m guessing I just need the free to play client and then sign up for VIP?

What about all the expansion packs? (do I need them for anything, such as access to additional classes? Or just the regions when the progression server advances)

Any advice is welcome!

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Viktor Budusov

On this iteration you do not need any expansions. Though you may want unlock new classes/races.

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flatline4400

You’ll need the expansions at some point though, I assume?

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Viktor Budusov

When they raise a cap i guess.

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Carebear

Got in. Reserves the names i want and i am waiting for things to settle down to play!

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Bree Royce

Updated again – looks like the second server is up early.

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Denice J. Cook

Thanks, Bree! Got right in, after waiting all day for Anor. ;)

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Denice J. Cook

PS/ Don’t you ever quit working, woman?!

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Bree Royce

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Maggie May

Not sure why anyone is surprised at this … I am planning to go vip soon so I will make a new char and maybe play it to see how the community is but I am enjoying my time in Landroval. I will wait a couple of days … not a big fan of queues.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Name reservation would have helped the servers somewhat, I suppose. But this shows you how hungry MMO players are for something . . . new, even if it’s old.

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teppic

The XP reduction seems about right, you’re not out levelling quests and for the first time you can craft some gear that’s an upgrade. Now you’re not out levelling it’s made it a bit harder too, which is nice.

The downside for me is they’ve kept everything in the cash shop, including XP boosts, etc.