Lord of the Rings Online celebrates Bilbo’s Birthday, hedges on mini-expansion specifics

    
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Lord of the Rings Online celebrates Bilbo’s Birthday, hedges on mini-expansion specifics

Tomorrow is September 22nd, which is a significant date for Lord of the Rings Online players. It’s the date of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins’ birthday, which is the event that kicks off the book trilogy. In the MMO itself, the birthday is a small but fun event that involves solving riddles and getting a “Birthday Girl” or “Birthday Boy” title. This in-game event is scheduled to wrap up on the 23rd, so we’re warning you early since you haven’t got a lot of time to actually play through it.

Speaking of holidays, Standing Stone Games said that it’s rescheduling the always-exciting Harvestmath festival. While there’s no date for that event yet, October’s Durin’s Day event is going to take place from the 15th through the 21st of next month.

Regarding the game’s controversial upcoming DLC, the studio continued to be vague about when the pack would be available to buy for LOTRO points and what would be in both of the pricier editions.

“We’d expect it to be available around the same time other expansions have been available for points. This information is also often mentioned in the FAQ on the sales page, which isn’t ready yet,” SSG’s community manager posted on the forums.

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Raleigh-St-Clair

If the IP wasn’t so intoxicating to players, this MMO would have – rightfully – gone the way of the dinosaur, long ago. People certainly don’t stick with it for the graphics or gameplay. In many ways I find it annoying at the way it sucks the money out players over and over and still delivers an outdated, boring product. Bring on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings game and, hopefully, that will be the final nail in the coffin for LotRO. Much like the Elves, its time is over.

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2Ton Gamer

Dude, just stop… I don’t defend this game (check my replies for the server issues), but saying there is no place for this game or you find it boring is just a subjective opinion that obviously does not jive with those who enjoy it, which is a nice little number for their sustained business needs. I do agree that their practices of pricing is the worst and don’t get me started on their server issues of late, but the game is fun and gives players an old-style feel that is still sought after. If SSG could get their shit together, they might actually realize that they are their own worst enemy. BTW, I am not currently playing and refuse to until they show some form of better judgment and fire Cordovan as their “community manager” and come to their senses about how the players deserve to be included, but I do not wish them to go the way of the elves…

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Raleigh-St-Clair

Just stop? Er, I’m allowed to have my own opinion, thanks all the same. Just as you’re free to defend a game that rips money off people, yet delivers a substandard product. Irony though, that even you refuse to play it. The game was fine back in the day, but is well past its use-by date.

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Joss

“If SSG could get their shit together, they might actually realize that they are their own worst enemy. ”

Well spoken.

I have been waiting for an all inclusive package/offer for new players since years. If a new player first must study for hours how to play & pay, then that’s a clear sign for a bad business solution.

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Raleigh-St-Clair

Agree 100% and yet people flip out if you dare mention the game’s being poorly run and doesn’t really deserve anyone’s coin. Funny old world we live in.

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Joss

“and doesn’t really deserve anyone’s coin”

I spend a lot of coins for LotRO, not everyone has a so negative opinion about SSG and this game like you. I have spoken from the position of a critical consumer. For me LotRO is not the best but a very good MMORPG, I had and will have years of fun with this game. But this doesn’t mean there are no problems, technical and in my opinion especially for interested new players.

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Raleigh-St-Clair

“I had and will have years of fun with this game.”

If a scenario exists, like the one when SWTOR was going to launch, and SWG realised its declining game was going to be hit bad by the new Star Wars MMO on the block so promptly closed up shop, I’d recommend making the most of the game between now and Amazon’s Middle Earth MMO coming out.

I don’t see any way LotRO will survive – on official servers at least – once a modern, AAA Tolkien-based MMO comes out. And it’s going to be free as well. LotRO will be toast. I’ve no doubt LotRO could end up on unofficial community-based servers, although the Tolkien estate can be pretty funny about its IP, so that would be interesting to watch.

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Joss

Amazon’s Middle Earth MMO will never ever have this ultimate athmospheric immersion Tolkien-Touch like LotRO. It’s no coincidence that Justin and Bree cover this game so intense since years. The LotRO-Community is very loyal, cause they know it will never be a second shot like this, with such a big and immersive world in touch to the books. This game has many problems and SSG make some more on top, but it is the black pearl for Tolkien-Lovers.

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Viktor Budusov

It’s good game and best LotR game. Why haters are so ridiculous? You don’t like the game? then don’t play, don’t mind it. Right? No. Haters are jumping and screaming in rage in every Lotro tread…

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Raleigh-St-Clair

Oh I see… it’s “ridiculous” to call a game out for ripping money off people, yet delivering a substandard product. Interesting POV to hold, Viktor.

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Viktor Budusov

I played tens of MMOs. Lotro is one of the best. Personal opinions are just personal opinions. Mine and yours. The problem is that you insist Lotro should die hurting ME and other people who likes Lotro. You also can compare Lotro to other MMORPGs and another problem ill arise – Lotro objectively is good solid game with some features best in genre. So sorry your hatish attacks are ridiculous.

‘Ripping money’ is very funny after 4 months of free access. I also play TESO, it takes more money than Lotro.

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Raleigh-St-Clair

Me wishing LotRO would end “hurts” you? Good grief, you have a lot to learn about the world. Here’s a clue: everything you like… absolutely everything… is hated by someone, somewhere. If you can’t deal with that… man, I don’t know what to tell you. The bottom line is, this is my opinion on the game. It’s not designed to hurt you and it shouldn’t hurt you. If you’re letting it “hurt” you, you’re taking things way too seriously.

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Bruno Brito

I played tens of MMOs

Which ones?

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Bruno Brito

People certainly don’t stick with it for the graphics or gameplay.

Speak for no one but yourself. “People” have nothing to do with you.

YOU don’t like the game, YOU feel offended by it’s existence. I like the game, and i wish it keeps going.

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Raleigh-St-Clair

Go all Internet angry at me if you like; I see you do it here a lot. Seems to be your favourite hobby? But just look at the numbers for the game. It’s dwindling in popularity and it’s poorly run. It doesn’t deserve people’s money, full-stop. And yes, before you retort to tell me this is my opinion as if I don’t actually know that… this is my opinion: The game no longer deserves to exist. It’s simply ripping people off, knowing their love for the IP will keep them ponying up cash for a sub-standard, broken game with appalling Customer Service.

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Zeph

The Lord of the Memes

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Amorey

The face of many Lotro players trying to beat the performance issues in game lately *sigh*

Happy Birthday Bilbo, you old hobbit <3

*hugs Schlag *

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Schlag Sweetleaf

was hoping to see you at the party:) glad you could make it.

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Amorey

Talking about parties, tomorrow evening 8 pm ( UK time) on Laurelin, we are having a big Masquerade Ball to celebrate Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday at the Mathom House in Michel Delving . Everyone is welcome – There will be hobbits, pies, masks, music, poems and fireworks :)

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Tanek

If they aren’t ready to tell us what is in the packs, they probably should not have been ready to announce them.

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treehuggerhannah

Yeah, this is exactly my thought. It makes no sense to announce a price point (especially if it’s a high one) when you aren’t ready to tell the customers what they’ll be getting. It means they’re starting out with customers who are already worried and skeptical – and there was absolutely no need to stir this particular pot. It would have been better to hold off talking price until they were ready to give specifics.

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Kanbe

The only thing I can think of is maybe they wanted to gage reaction to see how much extras they need to pack in the more expensive versions?

But that’s me trying to look for a logical reason to go along with the PR issue they created for themselves once again.

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2Ton Gamer

Maybe they were also seeing interest so they know if they can possibly keep the lights on… I know, that was very doom and gloomish and I am shamed…

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Kanbe

Hey now, they can keep the lights on. It’s the servers they cant keep on XP