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: How many MMO toons can you juggle at once?

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I may have overdone it with the City of Heroes toons. I'm currently working on a project to level several dozen characters up so I...

The MOP Up: Shooter looter Rift Loopers rolls out in early access

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Experience the multiverse -- and then blow up a small part of it -- in Rift Loopers, a new twin-stick survival shooter that just...

One Shots: Hey Hobbit, what’s ursine?

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Lord of the Rings Online's recent loosening of class/race restrictions is either the greatest or the worst thing that's happened to the game, depending...

Lord of the Rings Online delivers a tour of its upcoming Swanfleet zone

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A whole new beginner experience is heading to Lord of the Rings Online next month thanks to the upcoming Before the Shadow content update....
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PSA: Lord of the Rings Online is once again handing out free permanent quest packs until October 31

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The wheel of the year turns. Seasons change. The weather grows colder. And Lord of the Rings Online hands out bundles of free quest...

LOTRO Legendarium: 23 LOTRO facts I learned from Scenario’s Casual Stroll video series

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Your mileage may vary, but as both a journalist and a gamer, I absolutely love hearing about how my favorite titles were made. It...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 390: All systems go for MMO launches

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Justin and Bree discuss Star Citizen's crowdfunding, Wrath Classic's launch, Dual Universe, Mythic, Ultima Online's 25th birthday, Tibia, and LOTRO Before the Shadow, with adventures in SWG Legends and Truck Simulator, plus a voicemail topic on MMO systems proliferated across the genre.

The Daily Grind: Which MMOs have had the most successful monetization turnarounds?

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Up until the last couple of years, I would've said Lord of the Rings Online's monetization was... not good. In fact, even though plenty...

Lord of the Rings Online solicits feedback on Guardian revamp and studio communication

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With Minstrels on the receiving end of a huge revamp in Lord of the Rings Online's latest update, Standing Stone Games may be turning...

Global Chat: Warming up to story-driven MMORPGs

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Do you play MMOs for the narrative or ignore the story altogether? There's a sharp line dividing the community on this issue, but MMO...

Lord of the Rings Online details Before the Shadow’s challenge-raising delving system

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High risk, high reward, or to paraphrase the IP, delving too greedily and too deeply. That's the line players will have to toe when...

The Daily Grind: What’s the most unloved class in your favorite MMO, and how would you fix it?

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I was trundling around playing on my Lord of the Rings Online server the other night when someone advertised for a Burglar for some...

Lord of the Rings Online opens preorders for the Before the Shadow mini-expansion

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If you're not still grumpy about the whole "mini-expansion" thing, then heads-up because Standing Stone Games has just opened up preorders for Lord of...
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Lord of the Rings Online patch adds nine new class/race combos and sings a new Minstrel tune

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While it's not the big Before the Shadow mini-expansion that Lord of the Rings Online players are anticipating for later this year, today's Update...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 389: Grinding out them dailies

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Justin and Bree discuss ArcheAge 2, WoW Classic Cataclysm, Fractured Online, LOTRO's 2023 ocean expansion, and the Wizard101 hack, with adventures in Guild Wars 2 and WoW Classic, plus meta discussion on how The Daily Grind works and how game studios handle pesky journos like us.

Lord of the Rings Online devs discuss PvMP, Minstrel, and starter experience changes

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The Lord of the Rings Online team has been unusually chatty as the MMO heads toward its upcoming Update 33.2 release. Lead Systems Designer...

The Daily Grind: Is there a mod for an MMO that you just can’t play without?

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I've been back in Lord of the Rings Online a bunch lately, and as part of my return I went through and made sure...

One Shots: Zen and the art of motorcycle flying

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As we all well know, motorcycles are among the safest forms of transportation ever devised. This is especially true if you careen off-road without...

Lord of the Rings Online executive producer hints that 2023 expansion is ocean-themed

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While Lord of the Rings Online fans are still waiting to get a full view of this fall's mini-expansion, Before the Shadow, the studio...

LOTRO Legendarium: LOTRO’s Minstrel revamp is a master class in studio obstinance

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Does anything in this world produce a cold sweat faster than a developer abruptly announcing, "Oh hey, we're going to retool your class?" Unless...

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