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

The Daily Grind: Do server merges make you worried about an MMO’s health?

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I've been covering the MMORPG genre professionally for well over 10 years now, and a whole lot has changed in that timespan, including the...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 298: The one with the chocobo

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Justin and Bree discuss WoW Shadowlands, LOTRO, Guild Wars 2 Truce, Final Fantasy XIV, and Wizard 101, with adventures in New World and City of Heroes, plus mailbag topics on WoW marketing and our defining MMORPGs.

Global Chat: Are login rewards actually evil?

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What could be evil about game studios giving out daily treats to its players? Settle back, folks, because Going Commando is going to tell...

LOTRO Legendarium: Getting a glimpse of LOTRO’s 2021 plans

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For a good long while now -- years, really -- I've joined the chorus of voices that have been asking Standing Stone Games...

Massively Overthinking: No-thank-you bites in MMO gaming

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One of the things I always try to have my kids do is take a no-thank-you bite of new foods. They have to at...

Huge Lord of the Rings Online Q&A talks Gundabad, River-hobbits, Brawlers, and 2021 plans

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Lord of the Rings Online players have been clamoring for a lot more communication from SSG this year, especially from the game's higher-ups....

Massively OP Podcast Episode 297: Beyond Light

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Hey, Bree isn't here on the podcast today! It's going to be anarchy, fridge raiding, and free love! Or it'll be Chris and Justin...

Global Chat: Don’t look, but Fallout 76 is actually good now

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Even the most jaded opponent of Fallout 76 has to admit that Bethesda has been making progress in bringing the online RPG up...

LOTRO Legendarium: Was LOTRO’s lifetime sub the best deal ever?

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When Lord of the Rings Online ramped up to its launch in early 2007, Turbine offered a tantalizing deal to potential players. If...

Lord of the Rings Online tests a major PvP monster play balance pass

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Lord of the Rings Online's unique PvP scene -- which is called PvMP or "monster play" -- is one of the more underdeveloped...

LOTRO Legendarium: How to make Lord of the Rings Online Classic work

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Twice now this year we have heard from Standing Stone Games' Jeff Libby that, no, a hypothetical LOTRO Classic isn't in the...

The Daily Grind: What MMO really shouldn’t attempt a classic server?

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Back in August, Standing Stone Games told players to stop trying to make a classic Lord of the Rings Online server happen. It...

Global Chat: How World of Warcraft can be peaceful

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A recent article about the revised leveling process in World of Warcraft caught my eye, because MMO blogger Kaylriene spoke about how it's really...

One Shots: Cooking with arsenic

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In the apocalypse, cooking shows are a lot weirder -- and deadlier. But just because your co-host accidentally drank that bubbling green liquid and...

Lord of the Rings Online is seeking a new senior game producer

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The Lord of the Rings Online team is looking to grow by at least one significant role, as Daybreak posted a job listing...

The Stream Team: Halloween happenings in Lord of the Rings Online

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With the Haunted Burrow and an entire Halloween zone, LOTRO really is one of the best places to spend the spooky holiday. Add in...

MassivelyOP’s 2020 guide to Halloween across the MMO world

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Take a pro-tip from a Halloween gaming expert: If you shout "Bloody Mary" three times at any MMO login screen, you'll unlock a secret...

Lord of the Rings Online tweaks War of the Three Peaks, talks more about classic server difficulties

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The first post-release patch for War of the Three Peaks has hit Lord of the Rings Online, bringing a bundle of changes...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 294: Butterfly in the sky, I can game twice as high

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Justin and Bree discuss SWTOR, New World, WoW, City of Heroes, and LOTRO, with adventures in Torchlight III, WoW, and SWG Legends, plus a mailbag topic on working in the games industry.

Global Chat: Which MMO has the best Halloween?

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That's a really good question! While pretty much every MMO has some sort of autumn/harvest/Halloween event going on this month, there are a few...

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