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 buffs Burglars on Bullroarer

If you were to poll players across Lord of the Rings Online about which is the most underpowered and least played class, you...

Adventure Academy is an ‘educational massively multiplayer online game’ launching May 1

Adventure Academy is going to mystify the typical gamer: There are no dragons to fight and no lockboxes to fight over. But if...

LOTRO Legendarium: Five fun secrets hidden in Moria

Making your way through Lord of the Rings Online's Moria can be a unique experience -- for both good and bad reasons...

LOTRO announces Rohan housing while DDO is slated to get a 64-bit client

Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online players have plenty to look forward to in their near and far...

Perfect Ten: MMO celebrations that didn’t rip off real-world holidays

Does it ever slightly bother you that in these alternate fantasy and science fiction worlds that we explore there just so happens to have...

Lord of the Rings Online buffs mob health and balances crafted gear

Over in Lord of the Rings Online this week, Sauron gave a pep talk to his forces that increased their morale. It was...

Massively Overthinking: Thoughts on the holy trinity in MMOs

One of MOP's bright new columnists, Tyler Edwards, blogs over at Superior Realities, and he recently brought to my attention his pieces...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 213: FFXIV’s first world problems

Justin and Bree discuss FFXIV's controversial reveals, WoW level squish, Albion Online F2P, Glitch, Age of Conan, and Google Stadia, with adventures in Trove, SWG, Starmourn, LOTRO, and Rock Band, and mailbag letter on feeling perpetually behind in MMOs.

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...