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: What’s the 2024 expansion that has you the most excited?

While the launch dates for upcoming MMORPGs are a tricky and uncertain affair, what's more assured is an array of expansions that are on...

LOTRO continues Update 40 testing with underground side quests and bog-guardian shrinkage

Now that Lord of the Rings Online players have spent a half-year getting to know the alleyways and warrens of Umbar Baharbêl, the studio...

Massively Overthinking: Is there a feature or item in MMORPGs you won’t play without?

I was jolted into a near panic earlier this past weekend when I saw a tweet from Lord of the Rings Online in which...

Perfect Ten: Great MMO April Fools’ Day pranks from back in the day

There are two types of people on April 1st: those who are annoyed and indifferent to the tomfoolery going on all around them, and...

LOTRO Legendarium: Looking back and ahead at LOTRO’s 17th birthday

At the start of Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo Baggins famously celebrates his 111th birthday (alongside Frodo's own 33rd birthday). He looks back at...
Sometimes you know there's an ongoing story.

Lord of the Rings Online begins testing Update 40’s load balancing changes

Even as Lord of the Rings Online's 17th anniversary gets underway this week, Standing Stone Games is already laying the foundation for the MMO's...

The Daily Grind: Do alternate and classic servers risk alienating existing MMO fans?

Back in December, Guild Wars 2 boss Josh Davis told fans that "alternate servers and hardcore modes aren’t a priority for ArenaNet," as the...

Lord of the Rings Online patches up ahead of tomorrow’s hamster event I mean anniversary event

It looks as though Lord of the Rings Online is closing a small loophole that allowed players to fish out a legendary tracery by...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 465: Remixing Pandaria

Justin and Bree discuss WoW's Mists of Pandaria remix, new progression servers for EverQuest and EverQuest II, WoW Cataclysm Classic pre-patch, Blizzard's return to China, Blizzard's new mystery game, FFXIV's Dawntrail benchmark, Sky Childreon of the Light, Palia layoffs, and the Stop Killing Games game preservation movement, plus adventures in LOTRO.

Lord of the Rings Online showcases new mount and hamster pets coming with the 17th anniversary

Lord of the Rings Online players are getting a celebratory hamster pet. That's it. That's the headline. We can all stop reading, and I...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO dev deserves sainthood for putting up with us MMO players?

The other day, Justin and I were joking about the Allan "Orion" Maki interview that turned out to be a massive three-hour affair. Orion...

Massively Overthinking: How long should it take MMO players to get to ‘endgame’?

With Throne & Liberty's latest global underway, I want to point back to something Amazon said about the test for our Massively Overthinking discussion...

LOTRO preps T4 Depths of Mâkhda Khorbo, DDO fixes Fred’s First Date

Standing Stone Games traditionally patches its MMORPGs on Wednesdays, so it's no surprise that Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online...

Three-hour LOTRO dev interview looks at the past and future of this MMO

If you got to sit down for three hours with one of the key developers of your favorite MMO, what would you talk about?...

One Shots: Infinity pool of Tamriel

Bree's steamy overdose of hot tubs last week drew out one commenter to share another cool-looking pool in an MMO. If you thought infinity...

LOTRO Legendarium: Lord of the Rings Online’s Corsairs of Umbar is a vacation into the unknown

Those of you who follow this column know that I'm never in a particular rush to plow through Lord of the Rings Online expansions...

The Daily Grind: Are you looking for drama in your MMOs?

The other day in Lord of the Rings Online chat, the topic of guild drama came up and took one hell of a twist....

Almost five years after killing Player Studio, Daybreak wants to revive a Creator Program

It's weird enough to see a Daybreak press release in my inbox, but this one threw me for a loop as it's for a...

Don’t look LOTRO’s free gift horse in the mouth – go get it right now

Standing Stone Games made good on its promises to compensate Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online players for this past...

LOTRO and DDO extend events, promise compensation after weekend outage

After enduring a grueling two-plus days of unexpected downtime, Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online players are curious what the...