Lord of the Rings Online’s Fate of Gundabad launches November 10 – preorders have begun

    
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Standing Stone Games has finally taken the wraps off the Fate of Gundabad expansion for Lord of the Rings Online in today’s big preorder hoopla.

The studio posted an outline of what’s in the expansion, including the Brawler class, the revamped legendary item system, a level-cap increase to 140, missions for folks as low as level 20, an allegiance system that sees players helping the Zhelruka Dwarves and of course, the new zones, in which players will “reclaim the once mighty citadel of Máttugard, uncover the hallowed lake of Gloomingtarn, clear the ruins of Clovengap, and push back the corruption to return beauty to the Pit of Stonejaws,” then “venture beyond Gundabad to the bleak vale of Câr Bronach, where the easternmost marches of the fallen witch-kingdom of Angmar once stood, or to the windswept crags of Welkin-lofts along the western slopes of the mountain.”

“Following the grueling battles and heavy tolls of the initial assault, Prince Durin and his allies now regroup and prepare their final offensive on the mountain-home of Gundabad, seeking to reclaim their ancestral legacy from the corruption of the Orcs, hobgoblins, and Angmarim that have been infesting it. As the great dwarven army musters, tensions remain high between the Longbeards, Stout-axes, and Zhélruka, threatening to break the already fragile alliance before they can recover and restore their birthright. Meanwhile, thought to be fractured and pushed back by the dwarven victories, the host of Orc-Chieftain Gorgar the Ruthless now unites under the true Lord of Gundabad – the fearsome, great dragon Hrímil Frost-heart – who will stop at nothing to bring an end to Prince Durin and his followers. Take on new foes, battle as the new Brawler class, forge new Legendary Weapons, and stand at last against Gorgar the Ruthless and Hrímil Frost-heart in a final, decisive battle. Achieve victory and Gundabad will belong to the dwarves once again, and forever!

The expansion is slated to launch on November 10th, though “in the event of delay, you will receive the expansion items no later than December 10th, 2021,” and as usual, the instances and raids will roll out after launch. In typical Daybreak style, there are three packages on sale ranging from $39.99 to $129.99, all with an assortment of perks, character slots, and supplies. The Brawler class, we note, is part of the standard edition and is playable as of October 13th, but the extra carry-alls, cosmetics, mounts, and level boosts are reserved for the larger packages.

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SmiteDoctor

Why doesn’t it include the past expansions like the mid tier selection for Riders of Rohan? Seriously how hard is it for them to understand that they can get new players if they don’t have to make multiple purchases to get all the content?

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Mark

You can currently buy the first six expansions as a bundle or you can pay 99 Lotro Points for them individually (if you wish to pick and choose).

It would be an absolute doddle to start the game now and get the 600 Lotro points before November 30th just by playing the game.

In fact you could go VIP for one month for $15 and get given 500 of those Lotro points and buy 5 out of 6 immediately.

So basically, you pay $15 and get about 10 years of content… you would have to buy the most recent two separately (Minas Morgul and War of Three Peaks) but both are currently discounted also.
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Mordor Expansion:
300+ Quests for levels 105-115
Instance cluster with raid

Helm’s Deep Expansion:
400+ quests, deeds, and more for levels 85 – 95.
Big Battles access, and Helm’s Deep content access.

Riders of Rohan® Expansion:

Rise of Isengard Expansion:
Over 375 quests designed to support player levels 65 – 75.

Siege of Mirkwood® Expansion:
150 quests designed to support player levels 60 – 65.

Moria:
Over 350 quests designed to support player levels 50 – 60.

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Bruno Brito

This has to be a hell of a xpac if it’s going to be 40 bucks.

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Vincent Clark

It doesn’t even include the prior expacs. For comparison sake, FFXIV Endwalker basic package costs the same thing AND includes Shadowbringers, Stormblood, and Heavensward.

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Erendhal23

Which is kind of a moot point, considering the LOTRO devs are giving away most of their content right now.

And I’d argue the whole model of giving away previous expansions works wonders if you want to keep people subscribed in an almost pure subscription-based model. Hybrid MMOs with a smaller user base have been unsurprisingly wrecked by giving away content. To no one’s surprise: companies need money to make content.

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SmiteDoctor

Since when?

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Bruno Brito

Are we sure is MOST? Aren’t there still xpacs not included on the coupon?

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teppic

Plus new expansions of other MMOs are full of brand new assets, animations, systems, while this will be mostly reused assets and fetch/kill quests no different from 10 years ago.

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Vincent Clark

Well at least they weren’t stupid enough to launch it the same week as Endwalker…just the week before.

Oof, again with the $130 price tag with no physical items. Yikes.

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mars omg

They should iclude a life time membership at $130

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I’ve put LOTRO on hold until the new legendary system comes out. I’ve got my Hunter, Minstrel and Champ at 130, but that’s due to festivals rather than doing any of the content past Mordor. Definitely looking forward to Gundabad.

The rest of my alts I’ve put turtle stones on. There’s just too much content to do, too many virtues to level, too many trait points to acquire, to just keep overleveling all of it, which is what happens, making all the game feel trivial. I cycle through them, catching up their virtues and doing content required for trait points.

Ah, Rohan, you who suck up my time for your 5 traits points and plethora of virtue-rewarding deeds, if only I hadn’t already done you to death half a dozen times.

I’ve got a lot of alt-alts (characters I made to do low level content when LFF needs a tank or a healer for Barrows or whatever) with stones as well. I use them to do missions, which can be done at level 20 without reward gimping, to get motes and legendary items for my regular alts. Crazy, no?

But somehow when I whistle up a mount and gallop through the gates of Bree, adventure before me, it all makes sense.

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Stormwaltz

“Earn… through daily play with new Seasonal Rewards.”

Ugh, does this mean a FOMO reward track like SWTOR?

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Michael18

Nice timing. LOTRO is the perfect game for long, cozy autumn/winter evenings. This will be fun!

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Koshelkin

As always the higher priced packages don’t seem like a good deal. The packs I got before the transition(e.g. Isengard, Rohan) seemed a lot nicer. Maybe that’s just because I was more into the game at that point, though, and SSG makes the old content available for a much cheaper price than ever, with or without questpack coupons. Currently back into the game with my lore-master, slowly progressing through the content around Erebor.

I think I’ll never have alts in this game, it’s just… so much.

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Matthew Yetter

I think this is actually going to end up being the first expansion I don’t buy. I’ve never managed to make it to Minas Tirith with any of my characters. Interest just ends up petering out for some reason. So I’ve already purchased a couple of expansions that I’ve never even done.

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Stilvan

Too funny – I hear you – never finished Rohan myself. I’m going to buy the biggest bundle nevertheless simply because I’m on an ongoing quest to have absolutely no free bag space on new toons :P

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Sleepy

Ah, the Curse of Rohan. Many brave adventurers have vanished into its vast, boring fields, never to be seen again.

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mars omg

Rohan is amazing, it is the second best expansion after Mines of Moria.

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Matthew Yetter

I’m sorry but for me personally I have to disagree. Rohan is when the Lag Monster hits hard and all the rubber banding gets really old, quickly. Even without taking that into account I detest the mounted combat. It takes so much longer to kill anything that it is literally more fun to dismount and attack on foot. But to make room for the mounted combat they had to create vast, sprawling space which admittedly fit the lore but also require you to spend a lot of time simply riding to get anywhere. Add in yet another LI to grind and it just all conspires to create my least favorite expansion of all. I despise the place but there is no way to avoid it.

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Paragon Lost

The rubberband/lag monster of Rohan and the game crash monster of Minas Tirith due to resource issues. A loss either way. ☹

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Slaphammer

I found that a lot of my Rohan lag went away when I reinstalled the client on SSD.

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mars omg

this.

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mars omg

The game up to and after Minas Trilith is amazing. Sadly all of my screenshots are lost from hard drive death and the remaining where deleted when I departed mmorpg/com.

Back in closed and open beta i did a lot of positive pushing on the game and pushed hard with a lot of other testers to making it a more open world adventure instead of pathed.

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GumpsGang

Now I’m starting to get excited. Is the name, Punchy McPunchFace already taken?