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

Lord of the Rings Online does some more work on the Brawler and LI 3.0

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If you haven't yet gotten an advance look at the new Brawler class and the revamped legendary item system for Lord of the Rings...

Perfect Ten: Shapeshifting classes in MMOs

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After my wife and I saw an X-Men movie a while back, we got into a discussion about what mutant power we'd pick for...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 338: No power in the multiverse can stop Raph Koster

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Justin and Bree discuss Elyon, Lost Ark, New World, Crowfall, LOTRO, and Raph Koster's multiverse, with adventures in Runes of Magic, Fallout 76, and SWG Legends, plus mailbag topics on when leaving an MMO isn't an option and whether WoW is still an MMO.

LOTRO Legendarium: Analyzing the first look at Brawler and Legendary Items 3.0

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Friends, I am genuinely so excited to be a Lord of the Rings Online player these days. It feels like this year in the...

EG7’s acting CEO Ji Ham discusses investment in existing Daybreak games and support of a ‘AAA project’

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Last week we noted that Enad Global 7's acting CEO Ji Ham, who himself was tapped for the position in a surprise management shake-up,...

The Daily Grind: What are your ‘problematic faves’ in MMOs?

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A couple of years ago, our staff did a piece on problematic faves - you know, games or IPs or studios or whatevers that...

Lord of the Rings Online tests Brawler and Legendary Items 2.0, reveals fall expansion name: Fate of Gundabad

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It's as big of a week for Lord of the Rings Online as possible without an actual release. That's because Standing Stone Games finally...

Lord of the Rings Online to preview Brawler class and Legendary Item improvements this week

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Lord of the Rings Online fans are due for a preview of their future this week, as SSG is running a preview test for...
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Battle Bards Episode 200: Battle Bards Bicentennial!

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Can you believe it? The Battle Bards have hit 200 amazing episodes! Join Steff, Syl, and Syp as they take a victory lap around...

The Game Archaeologist: SOE’s many MMO spin-off digital card games

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One thing that I deeply admired about old Sony Online Entertainment was that it strove to experiment, innovate, and take risks. Sometimes those special...

MMO Business Roundup: Clockwork Labs’ sandbox startup, NPIXEL, LOTRO’s community, and more

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Welcome back to another quickie roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent industry news. Business business business! Clockwork Labs: Brand-new indie game studio Clockwork Labs has raised...

The Daily Grind: How long a commitment are you willing to make to an MMORPG?

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During a MOP Podcast back in August, our own Justin noted that he'd lost interest in the Lord of the Rings Online Treebeard server...

Dungeons and Dragons Online seeks out a new producer, improves its grouping tool

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Seeing as how getting a producer has helped to kickstart communication and organization over at Lord of the Rings Online, SSG apparently figured that...

Perfect Ten: MMO character customization options that don’t get enough love

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There are two types of people in the world: those who can't get through the character creation menu fast enough to start playing "LordBladezz"...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 337: Desperation is a good look on you

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Justin and Bree discuss Guild Wars 2, WoW and the Blizzard scandal, Fallout 76, DokeV and New World at Gamescom, Daybreak, TitanReach, and Into the Echo.

Lord of the Rings Online’s super-speedy progression server moves into Moria on September 1

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After just two months of blitzing through Shadows of Angmar content, Lord of the Rings Online's Shadowfax legendary server will unlock the Mines of...

The Daily Grind: What are your fall MMO plans?

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After a brief August lull in the crazy launch cycle that's been 2021, we're looking to ramp back up again with a lot of...

Massively Overthinking: The worst chat in the MMORPG genre

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The first rule of MMORPGs is turn off global chat. Think about that for a sec. This is a genre that is expressly multiplayer...

LOTRO Legendarium: Ranking LOTRO’s Rhovanion zones from worst to best

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A while back, I amused myself by ranking all of the Eriador zones in Lord of the Rings Online. It was a fun exercise...

LOTRO community Q&A asks about closed server transfers, graphics upgrades, and new events

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It's not your imagination: Lord of the Rings Online really has been doing a whole bunch of interviews over past month or two. The...

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