LOTRO’s progression server unlocks Moria this Thursday

    
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A week after Lord of the Rings Online spent several consecutive days in the dark, the Tolkien MMORPG is preparing to send players into a different shadowy gloom.

Standing Stone Games announced today that it will be pushing out Update 23.4 on Thursday, March 14th — and with it, the progression server unlock for Mines of Moria. The Anor and Ithil servers will increase the level cap to 60 as a result and free up other Moria-related content, such as legendary items and skirmishes.

In conjunction with the progression server unlock, the studio is selling a “Reclaim Moria Bundle” on all shards that grant a special goat steed, a pet goat, a Gandalf emote, a couple of housing items, and — we kid you not — 350 Dwarf candles. Presumably a spouse of one of the developers operated a failing candle business and had to offload inventory somewhere. This means that Moria is going to end up smelling a lot like sandalwood and jasmine in the near future.

Source: Patch notes
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Tuor of Gondolin

Say ‘friend’ and enter.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

How do the Legendaries work? Is it how they worked in vanilla or how they work now? I mean, the whole reason they’ve fixed them multiple times was because they were bad at launch. If they are vanilla, I would love for a game to do one of these servers that has all the updated QoL/bug fixes etc. but still trots out expansions slowly. It’d be like getting these games as they were meant to be and not as they were actually.

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Matthew Yetter

It will be how they are now, just like how the deed, trait and virtue systems weren’t rolled back, you don’t have to wait until 20 for a mount, etc. The whole legendary server experience is that the systems remain as they are today, but the content unlocks over time.

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micedicetwice

Meanwhile Rift progression server Prime is closing.

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Vincent Clark

RIFT Prime lasted a year. In my opinion, the LotRO Legendary servers won’t make it past Moria. So, it will probably close around the same time frame.

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Matthew Yetter

I disagree. The legendary servers are thriving and a number of large kinships have made it their permanent homes. Of course this is the from the perspective of someone who’s on Ithil. I’ve seen lots of comments in chat about how Arnor is pretty toxic.

Part of the reason RIFT Prime is shutting down is the change in company ownership. That’s not a factor for LotRO.

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Tobasco da Gama

As long as they’re not from Yankee Candle. Those things smell heinous.