LOTRO announces Stout Axe Dwarves, DDO reveals Alchemist class and permadeath server

    
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Standing Stone Games showed up to Indy’s GenCon this week — and dropped some huge announcements for both Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online.

For LOTRO, the studio revealed that a new race is in the works: the Stout Axe Dwarves. According to LOTRO Players, these Dwarves “refused to return their Dwarf ring, having lived in the far east of Middle-earth. [They are] more grim, taller, and hardened by their captivity. They will have a new starting area.” Word is that this Dwarf race will also include a female version, a first for the playable side of the game. Also, race changes are in the works, although these will be constricted by class limitations.

It’s even more crazy over in DDO’s neck of the woods. An Alchemist class will be throwing flasks and bombs in the near future. What’s more than that, a special hardcore league permadeath server is coming to the game for the DDO subset that seems to enjoy an extra-scary challenge. This shard will go for 90 days and offer special rewards for those who reach certain goals. Players can get a first look at this when it goes into testing next week.

Source: LOTRO Players, DDO Players, official DDO site. Thanks Phil and Wakkander and DDOCentral!

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Neurotic

Permadeath DDO is *exactly* what I need to finally get my butt back in!

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Alyn

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Alyn

Dwarves just simply rock!

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Wakkander

Lukewarm on the DDO stuff at best personally.

Races didn’t ever seem to have much of an impact in lotro, so not sure what is to be excited about, unless like the beornings they are also a class? But with race changes also in the works maybe it will have more impact.

LOTRO has always had female dwarves, you just can’t tell them apart.

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Sarah Cushaway

I dunno, I think it’s pretty cool. I mean, it’s an old game and they have to do SOMETHING to keep it going. A new race and class usually brings at least some people back.

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Techno Wizard

That acronym… Stout Axe Dwarves… S.A.D.

My… sides… :D

“And my axe!”

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Bruno Brito

My sads.

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Vincent Clark

Side note: Does anyone else find it weird that the Exec Producer needs to read some pretty basic info about his own game off his phone?

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Viktor Budusov

Nope, i don’t. That’s ok to read precise lore off the phone.

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Vincent Clark

lol, “precise lore”. smh

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Viktor Budusov

Yes. Because Tolkien lore-nazi will blow up SSG for any mistake :)

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Halla-Zayeron

Hell, Sev got a wave of backlash simply because he said Blacksmith instead of Metalsmith in a Q&A even though he later corrected it. LOTRO Forums is often a dumpster fire.

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2Ton Gamer

Agreed. It’s embarrassing how little about Tolkien he and Cord (their community manager) know, not only the lore, but about the game itself. Anyone who disagrees is simply making excuses for them.

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Wakkander

Cordovan came from the DDO side of things, he has to manage both communities. So he isn’t as knowledgable on the lotro stuff, and that is fine. Severlin, to the best of my knowledge, came from Asheron’s Call before moving to DDO, and then Lotro. So neither are guys who have been with lotro from the start, but they both have put in the work and experience to do their jobs. Not everyone working on the game has to be a obsessed Tolkien fanatic. (Though it certainly can help, also hurt.)

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2Ton Gamer

I know where both came from and Sev being the GM I can get over, but Cord’s lack of trying after so many streams is just flat-out embarrassing and his snooty attitude is insulting. Forgive me for expecting someone given the privilege of that job to actually try a little and learn something relevant to the game he is supposed to be answering questions and managing the community of.

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memitim

I don’t find it weird because it’s embarrassingly common, it does make me roll my eyes, however.

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Wakkander

If I was at a bar drinking, with a bunch of fans, who will take my every word and post it online. Yeah, I’d read it off my phone.

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Uber Noobage

I guess after the Beorning’s they just don’t care about sticking to the lore at all lol. The dwarf rings were either destroyed by dragon fire or claimed back by Sauron by force.

I don’t really understand their need to add classes when the current ones have so many balance issues anyway. Fix what is there and make the server’s playable before considering to add new stuff.

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Viktor Budusov

>claimed back by Sauron by force

Actually that’s the case of Stout Axes. You’d hear details first then whine (if needed).

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Vincent Clark

Hopefully, they don’t pull the same stunt with this new race as they did with the High Elves at the release of the Mordor expansion (i.e. not have it available with the standard edition=greedy cash grab).

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memitim

Erm…why else would they be doing it? It’s obviously so they can put it in the cash shop.

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gelfred

Excited for the stuff in both games. Wonder if a new iconic alchemist will also release with it.
The Perma-death thing should be popular with the majority of the remaining DDO players, not for me, but its a good idea.
Still wish they had a sub that was for both games.