lord of the rings online

Official Site: Lord of the Rings Online
Studio: Standing Stone Games, formerly Turbine/WB Interactive Entertainment; published by Daybreak Game Company
Launch Date: April 24, 2007
Genre: Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: Hybrid F2P (Optional Sub, Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

Global Chat: The big question mark of Anthem

What's the biggest gaming unknown for you going into 2019? For MMO blogger Cary at Virtual Bastion, it's whether or not BioWare is going...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 204: SpatialOS spasms

Justin and Bree discuss the Unity vs. SpatialOS showdown, the Destiny 2 Activision split and investigation, Elite's massive event, big updates for Guild Wars 2, FFXIV, and LOTRO, plus our adventures in ESO, LOTRO, SWG, and DDO, and reader mail on games that don't click with you, the MMOs we'd like to see built, and video game eyeballs.

LOTRO Legendarium: A requiem for trait lines

Back in last October when Standing Stone Games announced that it would be launching the legendary server type, one of the most contentious points...

Lord of the Rings Online introduces new raid in Update 23.2, going live today

Today, Lord of the Rings Online is deploying its latest patch, Update 23.2, which is expected to go live by around noon Eastern...

The best Massively OP MMO community polls of 2018

Polls are a quantitative sort of magic that we don’t often get from our other articles - at least when they aren’t being brigaded...

Global Chat: Little things that add up to a great MMO

Ever find yourself running down a list of "little things" that impress you and keep you busy in an MMO when you're trying to...

One Shots: Bullet hell

If you ever find yourself staring down an impossible spray of projectiles and energy blasts flying every which way and you freeze like a...

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs are enjoying a new lease on life these days?

Just because pretty much every MMO peaks pretty early and enjoys those 15 minutes of fame and glory before settling down with a family...

Global Chat: How do we fight early access disasters?

With the year in MMOs ending on a sour note due to the botched rollouts of both Fallout 76 and Atlas, blogger...

Perfect Ten: The best MMO updates and expansions of 2018

A not-inconsequential part of me misses the days when every MMO would pump out boxed expansions. I like buying boxes of stuff I like...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 203: New year, same old loot

Justin, Bree, Eliot, and Chris team up for an end-of-the-year roundtable to recap our massive annual awards rollout, our holiday gaming fun, and the Atlas launch.

LOTRO Legendarium: Eight tips for leveling up in Lord of the Rings Online

Typically around this time of the year, I'll offer up my wish list of features and changes that I'd like to see happen in...
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Perfect Ten: The biggest MMO surprises of 2018

Everyone loves surprises, right? Not always. Even good surprises can be a disruption of our comfortable routines, and bad ones can downright ruin a...

The Daily Grind: What MMO had the best player community in 2018?

One of the informal award type articles we've done every year for the last couple of years is this one: the one sussing out...

The Stream Team: An Asmodian Aion Christmas

With the radically changed layout of Aion, Massively OP's MJ invited folks to jump in with her and start over on the new server....

Battle Bards Episode 134: Halloween and Christmas

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas! And, er, Halloween! Well, the Battle Bards were never much for subtlety, so you must excuse...

The Stream Team: Saving snow forts for LOTRO’s Yuletide

Yuletide festivities are always fun in LOTRO, and that's where Massively OP's MJ is hanging out. There are Frostbluff festivities galore as well

Daybreak’s offering a $300 lifetime sub for its stable of MMOs, and it’ll probably sell out

You had to figure Daybreak was gearing up for some sort of big sub thing, what with SSG doing it for LOTRO and...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 201: Under siege from new content

Justin and Bree discuss holiday events across the MMO world, PlanetSide Arena, SWTOR's Jedi Under Siege, Elite Dangerous, EverQuest, LOTRO, and Pantheon, with mailbag questions on MMO-like communities and ditching MMO quests.

Massively OP’s 2018 MMO Video Game Music Awards

We have been talking a lot about what we've been playing this year and what we're looking forward to in 2019 and beyond, but...