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 celebrates Bilbo’s Birthday, hedges on mini-expansion specifics

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Tomorrow is September 22nd, which is a significant date for Lord of the Rings Online players. It's the date of both Bilbo...

Jukebox Heroes: LOTRO’s Great Wedding soundtrack

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One reason why I keep highlighting Lord of the Rings Online patch soundtracks in this space is that the studio actually makes an...

The Soapbox: The joys of MMO collecting

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I’ve often sat and pondered exactly what it is that I enjoy about the MMO experience. After all, being educated about your own likes...

LOTRO Legendarium: Is LOTRO getting greedy with its fall content update?

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Boars. Beets. Battlestar Galactica. OK, let's talk about one of those things, at least in a roundabout way, because there's no escaping the fact...

Lord of the Rings Online says it’s ‘close’ on re-opening server transfers that have been offline since 2019

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For players who have characters stranded on dead or undesirable worlds in Lord of the Rings Online, the question of when Standing Stone...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 288: ArcheAge again

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Justin, Bree, and Mia discuss ArcheAge 2, TERA, LOTRO, Wizard101, Corepunk, Raph Koster's new MMO, and Star Citizen, with adventures in WoW Classic, SWTOR, Black Desert, Echo of Soul, SWG Legends, and LOTRO, plus a mailbag discussion on the Final Fantasy XI mobile remake.

Missed Lord of the Rings Online’s Weatherstock XII last weekend? Rewatch it here!

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After being delayed from its original July date due to the summer Lord of the Rings Online's server meltdown, Weatherstock XII...

One Shots: When nerfing goes too far

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We've all seen classes and gear hit with the nerf bat from time to time in MMOs -- hey, it's a fact of life!...

Global Chat: Which MMO has the least annoying inventory system?

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Inventory is something we have to deal with in, oh, pretty much every MMO that we play. Some games are far more generous with...

LOTRO Legendarium: The quiet consistency of Lord of the Rings Online

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I want to start this LOTRO Legendarium column today by talking about, well, by talking about World of Warcraft. Like probably many...

LOTRO’s next ‘mini-expansion’ content update includes boar mounts and a $100 edition

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We already knew that Lord of the Rings Online is working on a Gundabad expansion for 2021, but before that arrives, there's a...

Massively Uplifting: MMOs from LOTRO to ESO bring comfort, healing, camaraderie, and charity

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Summer may be ending, but good deeds and uplifting stories aren't! Throughout August we've been surrounded by stories of kindness, generosity, and goodness within...

The Soapbox: Feeling the loss of an MMO community

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Back in 2012, I was almost a year deep into Lord of the Rings Online and enjoying my time both in the game...

Lord of the Rings Online sees more login issues, gives update on race change tokens

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With all of the issues causing game disruption over the past month, Lord of the Rings Online players are understandably sensitive toward any...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 286: Cantha, Shadowlands, and New World

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Justin and Bree discuss Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons, WoW Shadowlands, New World, Elder Scrolls Online, and Final Fantasy XIV, with adventures in WoW Classic, LOTRO, SWTOR, Wurm Online, SWG Legends, and Guild Wars 2, plus reader mail on reviving old zones, recovering from burnout, and Mo himself.

The Daily Grind: Is it ever too late to start playing an MMORPG?

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I'll go first: Nope, it's not. Unless the game is sunsetting tomorrow, it's never too late. It's a video game, folks. You sit on...

One Shots: Chilla with my gorilla

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It's always a parade of fluffy, furry, and feathery friends when One Shots asks readers to share their favorite pets, and today is...

LOTRO Legendarium: Ranking LOTRO’s expansions from worst to best

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Every once in a while, it's a lot of fun to sit down and rank things in your favorite geeky franchises. A while back,...

PSA: OK procrastinators, you’re running out of time to get your free LOTRO and DDO stuff

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Last spring, when the pandemic was ramping up here in the US and states were closing down everything in a panic, MMO studios around...

Global Chat: Is MMO crafting obsolete?

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Tipa over at Chasing Dings recently posed an intriguing question to her friends and readers: Does crafting have any place in the modern...

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