Leaderboard: Are you playing on Lord of the Rings Online’s progression server?


So many people showed up to play on Lord of the Rings Online’s progression server Anor yesterday that SSG had to rush to put up another one, Ithil, to beat back the 5000-person queues. That surprised me, given the consternation over whom exactly the server, which isn’t exactly a vanilla experience, was for. I did see some folks arguing that the server was only drawing crowds angling to save their favorite names and that the second server cut back the queues considerably. And yet folks like MOP’s Justin were in and playing happily. We even goaded MJ into taking a peek. And that sub requirement may be a nice perk for a lot of old-school players.

I’m curious whether our readers, who traditionally support LOTRO, are giving it a go. To the Leaderboard!

Are you playing on Lord of the Rings Online's progression server?

  • I'm playing and loving it. (34%, 110 Votes)
  • I tried it but have already decided not to keep on with it. (1%, 2 Votes)
  • I mostly just showed up to claim "Legolaz" as my name. (2%, 5 Votes)
  • I'm still considering giving it a go but haven't jumped in yet. (21%, 69 Votes)
  • I'm playing (or going to play) on a normal server instead. (10%, 31 Votes)
  • Nah, progression servers aren't for me in any game. (6%, 20 Votes)
  • I would have been interested if the prog servers had a different ruleset. (8%, 27 Votes)
  • I'm not into LOTRO and no additions would get me in there now. (6%, 20 Votes)
  • No answer / view tally / high elf butts (12%, 38 Votes)

Total Voters: 305

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As mentioned in some of the other articles, vanilla LotRO was actually my favourite period of time in my MMO history. I loved it! Deep combat mechanics, tons of group content, really lovely community, vibrant and somewhat challenging crafting mechanics and a really cool PvP scene.

None of that is present on this new server.

Every single expansion of LotRO made the game worse in measureable ways. Hell, the dumbing down of content started before Moria even! They kept revamping the original zones to remove group content and make it easier. They revamped crafting to make that easier (instead of hunting rare mobs). Trait lines reduced individualism. Combat changes made all combat trivial. The store seriously screwed with the whole game.

This new server offers absolutely nothing over the existing servers except an artificial level cap. It might be fun leveling up with the pack, but as most group content has been removed, you don’t need other people. Plus, as a highly social player, I always used to level up with other people anyway, so this wouldn’t change a thing. Even worse, the announcement said PvMP is turned off on the new server! Why on earth would they do that? Surely a PvMP reset would be an awesome thing?!

If SSG had reverted back to classic mechanics and content, I’d have been there in a heart beat.


Tried Lotro a few times, but it never clicked with me. pity.


I’ve been playing it and enjoying i t. The slower pace makes a huge difference, having crafting actually worth it transforms it too. It’s great seeing everyone around, people joining fellowships to do more difficult mobs, etc. Just like an MMO used to be. Anyone who thinks this is the same as freezing XP on the live server is just wrong.

There are downsides, the main one for me is the shop and that is some moderately pay to win stuff (like dmg buffs and XP pots). On a progression server with a sub required there’s no place for this.

Christopher Pierce

I am enjoying it but I think I might be too easily entertained by the kind of game LotRO is – the quest hub story heavy exploration MMORPG that we don’t quite see enough of nowadays. Specifically, I am into the competition for resource nodes and the difficulty spike that actually makes levelling interesting. I think I might stick around.

Really wish they’d get rid of the item store entirely, but I am not sure how that would go with the way they tie deeds to the currency system.


A month from now when the population starts to dwindle and people realize it’s exactly the same game as the main servers but with restricted content and a forced subscription people will either quit in droves outright or return to the normal servers…IMO it would have been smarter to improve the leveling experience on the main servers and encourage people to give the game another try.


There is no option that reflects my situation, which is “The game is too expensive for what it offers so I’m playing ESO instead.”, so I voted for “I’m playing (or going to play) on a normal server instead.”


I have the same issue with older MMOs that are showing their age. Sure, they where good in their day, but why pay the same for old when I can have new. I’m looking at you Anarchy Online…

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Christopher Angeles

There was no option ” I’m still downloading the game”.

But seriously, excited to jump in and check it out, but the download takes forever.

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I salute the three honest souls who chose “I showed up to claim my name.”


I’m about to join up, but still deciding on a class, if that’s even what it’s called lol..
Considering Captain, but need to research…unfortunately, I’ve had to work a lot the last few days, so no time to play…

Maggie May

I may jump in to take a peek but I’m enjoying my time in Landroval. Did get a report of toxic behavior from a kinmate who said it was all the bad they hated in mmos … and they were happy to come back. My guess is that at this point there are a lot of players who are there for curiosity sake and will fall away after a while. But I am comfy where I am at this point …