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 Stream Team: Flower picking and other Lord of the Rings Online Spring Festival fun

What is more spring-like than enjoying newly bloomed flowers? In LOTRO, it's picking them -- picking them all! The Spring Festival is back, and...

LOTRO and DDO hand out downtime compensation packages as spring festival begins

Freebies! Who wants freebies? Get them while they're hot! Get them while your inventory still has space! Oh, hello, I see you heard my call....
Oh, hey, didn't see you guys.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 212: Harry Potter, progression servers, and No MMO’s Sky

Justin and Bree discuss the Harry Potter mobile MMOARG; progression servers for RIFT, LOTRO, and EverQuest; No Man's Sky's MMO ambitions; WoW 8.1.5; Blade & Soul's next big thing; and The Division 2's sleepy launch. With reader mail on factional divides, the death of playable races, and staying healthy while gaming.

LOTRO assembles a panel of experts to have a deep lore chat

There is nothing if not a whole lot of lore in Lord of the Rings. Tolkien's Middle-earth is positively brimming with it, after all,...

LOTRO Dwarves delve too deep, progression players rush in to see

Dust off that goat and ride fiercely into Khazad-dûm, for the vast underground kingdom is finally open for business on Lord of...
Big time.

The Daily Grind: Has your MMO of choice ever had a major data loss?

When Justin mentioned to me on this week's podcast the rumor that Lord of the Rings Online's and Dungeons and Dragons Online's...

LOTRO’s progression server unlocks Moria this Thursday

A week after Lord of the Rings Online spent several consecutive days in the dark, the Tolkien MMORPG is preparing to send...
I still love you, robot.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 211: Carrying the Torchlight

Justin and Bree deep-dive Torchlight Frontiers and discuss Path of Exile's Synthesis, the great LOTRO and DDO outage of 2019, the impending end of Kritika Online and the Foundry system in Star Trek Online and Neverwinter, Guild Wars 2's warclaw, Alganon, and a mailbag topic about housing in MMOs.

LOTRO Legendarium: The return of skirmishes in Lord of the Rings Online

Out of all of Lord of the Rings Online's additional features that it has added post-launch, skirmishes have my vote as one of...

LOTRO and DDO are finally back online after nearly four days down

For a moment there, it looked as though the multi-day saga of LOTRO and DDO downtime was finally over. And then everything...

DDO and LOTRO’s one-day downtime is now at three days and counting

What began as a one-day downtime to work on a data center has now stretched into three days of offline status for both

The Daily Grind: What’s the best MMORPG for getting your character super drunk?

Fallout 76's dev blog a few weeks ago about its upcoming brewing and distilling skills - which are actually surprisingly detailed - got...

LOTRO and DDO downtime extends into its second day as datacenter work continues

While we knew that yesterday's extended downtime for both of Standing Stone Games' MMOs was going to be lengthy, initially there was hope that...

Dungeons and Dragons Online teases a new class and adventure packs to come in 2019

With both LOTRO and DDO down for most of today due to server work, there are plenty of MMO gamers looking for...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 210: The spice must flow

Justin and Bree discuss Funcom's Dune, Anarchy Online's prog, Elder Scrolls Online's Wrathstone, Atlas' wipe, Guild Wars 2's layoffs, DDO's Sharn expansion, and Outlaws of the Old West, with adventures in Eldevin, LOTRO, Paragon Chat, Trove, and SWG; a mailbag question on finding laid-back MMOs; and a sponsored segment on Black Desert.

LOTRO and DDO are going offline for a day thanks to server work

Hobbits are taking an extended siesta this week in Lord of the Rings Online. On Monday, March 4th, the game is coming down for...

The MMO Bookclub devotes March to Tibia, Destiny 2, and Apex Legends

If you haven't been hanging out with the folks at MMO Bookclub lately, you may have missed a shift in the format that's...

Battle Bards Episode 139: Return to LOTRO

It has been a good long while since the Battle Bards walked the road that led them from the Shire to Mordor, but now...

LOTRO devs explain the virtue system revamp

For my money, the change from a rigid to a much more flexible virtue system in Lord of the Rings Online is
The most positive statement about anything Daybreak-related I am likely to make all year.

Massively OP Podcast Episode 209: ArenaNet layoffs, Blizzard layoffs, and PlanetSide Arena delays

Justin and Bree discuss the Guild Wars 2 layoffs, Blizzard layoffs, PlanetSide Arena's delay, WoW's allied races, and LOTRO's expansion, with adventures in DDO, SWGL, and Trove, and mailbag letters on ethical studios, ancient MMOs, and Project Titan.