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

LOTRO and DDO’s unexpected server outage goes into its third day [Update: They’re up!]

Update: The servers for both games are now back online. If you're a fan of Lord of the Rings Online or Dungeons and Dragons Online, no...

The MOP Up: Fractured Veil allows for PvE-only servers

Post-apocalyptic survival game Fractured Veil previewed some upcoming features such as farms, new spawn locations, and -- get ready for this -- PvE-only servers....

LOTRO and DDO are still offline after 24 hours, so you might as well watch DDO’s PAX East panel

If you tried logging into Lord of the Rings Online or Dungeons and Dragons Online since yesterday morning, you're in for a bit of...

One Shots: Pollen attack!

There are many ways to kill a man. A dagger in the back. A sifter full of poison. A smothering pillow. A duel at...

LOTRO Legendarium: Middle-earth’s world integrity is an endangered species in MMOs

Back in 2018, Steven Spielberg adapted the popular novel Ready Player One into a film. It seemed like a great pairing: The master director...

Dungeons and Dragons Online has a date with Fred the Mindflayer, LOTRO updates delving rewards

Depending on how your romantic life is these days, a date with a very nice mindflayer may be the swoony highlight of your spring....

The Stream Team: A spring (festival) fling in LOTRO

It's been a while since Massively OP's MJ muddled about in Middle-earth, and she has missed it. With the Spring Festival in full force,...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 463: WoW’s pirates storm the gangplank

Justin and Bree discuss FFXIV Dawntrail, the Riot MMO, WoW Plunderstorm, the state of Cryptic and its MMOs (Star Trek Online, Neverwinter, Champions Online), ArcheAge 2's delay, Path of Exile 2's beta delay, and New World's next season, with adventures in Elder Scrolls Online, LOTRO, The Sims 4, and SWG Legends, plus a mailbag topic on rekindling the social magic of old MMORPGs.

Daybreak’s EverQuest II is archiving its old forums in favor of a new forum system – today

We sure hope you didn't have any important business to conduct on the EverQuest II forums today as they're undergoing major surgery. Today. Daybreak...

Lord of the Rings Online explains the confines of its creative freedom

Fresh off an appearance to fans at PAX East, Standing Stone Games is a little bleary but game for what's coming next to Lord...

One Shots: One corgi to rule them all

Deep in the fires of Mt. Doom, a terrible and mighty creation is being forged. One that if, left unchecked and unpetted, could spell...

LOTRO Legendarium: My 11 favorite zones in LOTRO

This week I put my chin on my fists and thought super-hard about the following question: What column could I write that would be...

Massively Overthinking: What’s the most polarizing topic in your favorite MMORPG?

I was playing Lord of the Rings Online last weekend when my server naturally veered off into one of its favorite discussions: whether Moria...

The Daily Grind: What’s your most-used consumable in MMORPGs?

I've been thinking a lot of about economy problems lately - economy problems in MMORPGs, that is. It's a confluence of discussions, really: my...

LOTRO stuffs lockboxes with more goods while nerfing legacy items

It's a minor patch day for Lord of the Rings Online -- and a slightly unusual one at that. Update 39.1 arrived on Wednesday with...

Perfect Ten: MMOs with live-action media tie-ins

Every so often I think to myself that a video game should get some kind of media adaptation before I come to my senses....

Massively OP Podcast Episode 462: Awaiting Brighter Shores

Justin and Bree discuss EverQuest's 25th birthday, Brighter Shores' announcement, Star Citizen's 1.0 tease, SWTOR's date night patch, Elder Scrolls Online's DLC, and LOTRO's Update 39, with adventures in ESO and LOTRO, plus two mailbag topics relating to the crafting show.

The Daily Grind: Have daily login bonuses ever gotten you to stay in an MMORPG?

Back in February, Lord of the Rings Online kicked off another one of its promotions that I assume is meant to get people who...

LOTRO addresses questions about server transfers, the instance finder, and level bloat

With Update 39 and the Spring Festival pushed to the servers this past week and a meetup at PAX East happening in the coming...

One Shots: Murderhobo and the Moon

Do you ever wonder what the last thing you'll ever see in this world before you bite the big one? I just hope it's...