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spymaster@theonering.net

Aug 18 2010, 7:49pm

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WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™ WILL BE FREE TO PLAY STARTING SEPTEMBER 10, 2010

Turbine and Codemasters to Release Free-to-Play Version of Award-winning Online Game Across North America and Europe

WESTWOOD, MA – August 18, 2010 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that Turbine’s The Lord of the Rings Online™ (LOTRO) will introduce its innovative new pricing model, allowing players to download the game and play for free and purchase expansions, quest packs, items, and account services a la carte from the new LOTRO Store starting September 10, 2010.

Extending its award-winning story, LOTRO delivers the ultimate adventure featuring the massive world of Middle-earth brought to life through state-of-the-art graphics and gameplay, and a rich set of features that until now could only be found in premium subscription-based online games.

“Our LOTRO beta program has been a huge success and we want to thank all of our players who worked with us to get the game ready for launch,” said Kate Paiz, Executive Producer of LOTRO, Turbine. “Our unique pricing model has revolutionized the industry and starting in September, players will be able to choose how they pay for and play one of the world’s best online games and we can’t wait to welcome millions of new players to Middle-earth!”

LOTRO will offer players unlimited choice!

  • Free means Free! – Players will download LOTRO by visiting www.lotro.com and join with millions of other adventurers as they explore the most complete and authentic recreation of Middle-earth ever created and participate in LOTRO’s award-winning epic story up to level 50 for free.

  • Visit the new LOTRO Store! -- The LOTRO Store is loaded with thousands of convenience items as well as expansion packs, premium content, additional character slots, potions, character customization and more! The LOTRO Store is seamlessly integrated into the game and lets the player identify new and exciting ways to enhance and customize their experience using points which can be purchased in the store or earned through gameplay.

  • Be a LOTRO VIP! – Players who elect to become a LOTRO VIP will have unlimited access to all premium content, receive priority server access, 5 character slots, a shared bank slot, and a monthly allotment of points to spend in the new LOTRO Store.


The Lord of the Rings Online is the ultimate adventure. This award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game delivers an interactive experience brimming with life and filled with the familiar people, places and monsters from the most famous fantasy of all time. From the picturesque surroundings of the Shire to Moria, the most fearsome underground realm ever imagined, players will soon experience the world of Middle-earth for free! For more information, visit www.lotro.com.

About Turbine
Turbine, Inc. is a premier creator and operator of massive, persistent online worlds that foster powerful social gaming communities. Turbine is wholly owned by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and has created some of the world’s most popular and award-winning online games, including The Lord of the Rings Online™, Dungeons & Dragons Online®: Eberron Unlimited™, and Asheron's Call®. For more information on Turbine, its products and services please visit www.turbine.com.

About Middle-earth Enterprises
The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises f/k/a Tolkien Enterprises (SZC), is the holder of worldwide motion picture, legitimate stage, merchandising, and other rights in the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. SZC has been producing and licensing films, stage productions and merchandise based on the Tolkien works for more than 30 years. Its headquarters are located in Berkeley, California and its Middle-earth Enterprises website may be found at www.middleearth.com.

About Codemasters
Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of best-selling interactive entertainment products for a global audience across multiple gaming platforms and channels. Established in 1986, the company’s dominant brands include Colin McRae DiRT, Race Driver GRID, Overlord and Operation Flashpoint; the company recently secured the exclusive worldwide video game rights to FORMULA 1. Codemasters is headquartered in Warwickshire UK, with North American operations based in Universal City, California. The company also maintains operations in Germany, France, Spain, Benelux and Malaysia. Codemasters receives over two million visitors to its web site every month, discover why at www.codemasters.com.

About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all current and future platforms, including console, handheld and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS ONLINE™ interactive video game © 2010 Turbine, Inc. and patents pending. All rights reserved. Middle-earth Poster Map © 2007 The Saul Zaentz Company, d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises f/k/a Tolkien Enterprises (SZC), under license to Turbine, Inc. All rights reserved. “The Lord of the Rings Online”, “Siege of Mirkwood”, Middle-earth Enterprises logo, “The Lord of the Rings” and the names of the characters, events, items and places therein are trademarks or registered trademarks of SZC under license to Turbine, Inc. Turbine and the Turbine logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Turbine, Inc. in the U.S. and/or other jurisdictions. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Aug 19 2010, 2:28am

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Ack! They are wearing us down precious... [In reply to] Can't Post

Offering a FTP version of the game is a powerful way to boost membership. Way to go WB!


Legalize_Athelas
Lorien


Aug 19 2010, 2:32pm

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*ala Mr. Burns* Excellent...... [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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aranelthehobbit22
Gondor


Aug 19 2010, 10:53pm

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I may just start playing this! [In reply to] Can't Post

Always been curious and especially in the past few days, can't wait for this!

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"Yet in that hour was put to the proof that which Mithrandir had spoken, and help came from the hands of the weak when the Wise faltered."





Donry
Tol Eressea


Aug 19 2010, 11:24pm

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If you only knew the power of the Dark Side..... [In reply to] Can't Post

Give yourself to the Dark Side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes, your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong.
Make ready to land our troops beyond their energy field, and deploy the fleet, so that nothing gets off the system.
You underestimate the power of the Dark Side. If you will not fight, then you will meet your destiny.
You are unwise to lower your defenses!
You are beaten. It is useless to resist. Don't let yourself be destroyed as Obi-Wan did.
We would be honored if you would join us

What's the matter, James? No glib remark? No pithy comeback?"


aranelthehobbit22
Gondor


Aug 19 2010, 11:36pm

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You're gravely mistaken, you won't convert me as you did my father . . . [In reply to] Can't Post

Just kidding!
I want to learn the ways of the Force . . . . and join the dark side!


(after all, they do have cookies! Smile)

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Donry
Tol Eressea


Aug 19 2010, 11:48pm

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Its a blast of a game... [In reply to] Can't Post

I am completely addicted to LORTO....and am anticipating running into a ton of new characters in the next month or two!

What's the matter, James? No glib remark? No pithy comeback?"


Legalize_Athelas
Lorien


Aug 20 2010, 12:45am

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Cookies, and pies! [In reply to] Can't Post

Fresh hobbit-baked pies ready for you to deliver from Frogmorton to Bywater!

But seriously, play this game.

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Galadhwen
The Shire


Aug 20 2010, 11:19am

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This sounds good [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm really glad about this - I have wanted to play LOTRO for quite some time now but I was a bit miffed at the fact you had to pay for it Laugh

Can't wait for September 10!

~The woods are burning, the ground lies bare. Do you feel it in the earth? Can you smell it in the air? The war is upon you, death moves in the fading light. Are you part of this world? Will you join their fight?~


aranelthehobbit22
Gondor


Aug 20 2010, 4:46pm

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I will! [In reply to] Can't Post

But I'll wait for Sept. 10

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the_argonath
Lorien


Aug 26 2010, 4:24pm

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Good news! [In reply to] Can't Post

I was reluctant to get it because of the subscription too, so this is really cool! It may turn me into (even more of a) recluse though Crazy

~*Haudh-en-Ndengin the Elves named it, the Hill of Slain, and Haugh-en-Nirnaeth, the Hill of tears... the earth beneath which the swords of the Eldar and the Edain crumbled into rust*~



Donry
Tol Eressea


Aug 26 2010, 5:44pm

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I find [In reply to] Can't Post

its not hard with this game!

What's the matter, James? No glib remark? No pithy comeback?"


Legalize_Athelas
Lorien


Aug 26 2010, 9:03pm

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For all newbies looking to start playing LOTRO on the 10th: [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll try to be online here at TORn that day to answer questions, as well as in-game. I can guarantee that there will be many, many people playing that day and the next, and questions will be plentiful. There's also a good chance that there will be more annoying chat going on than normal, so I'll try to be available to answer questions in a respectful, TORn-ish way. (That's the first time I've ever typed torn-ish, btw.) I'll probably start a thread while I'm at work; check it out if you're stuck with something.

I've mentioned before that most of my toons are on the Nimrodel server. I'm also planning on making a starter toon on Landroval (Donry!) just in case folks head over there. I'll list my character names later. Send me an in-game mail or message and say you're from TORn, I'll send you back some goodies! (I'm not trying to sound like a used car salesman, honest!)

In the mean time, I'd recommend downloading the LOTRO client before the 10th. If I'm not mistaken, you can download the game without creating an account, so that when it's time for you to sign up, you'll have most of the files loaded on your machine. For those of us who currently play, servers go down on the 7th and new content is live on the 8th!

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Donry
Tol Eressea


Aug 27 2010, 5:20am

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Great Idea.... [In reply to] Can't Post

Legalize_Athelas! And if in fact, any newbies are on Landroval, the folks there are in full preparation for all newbies! In the Shire there are Bounders and some other folks who are planning on roaming the Shire and Bree with the intent on helping out newbies get on the right foot. Landroval is planning several events to help bring in the newbies. A couple of kinships are devoting several members and several days for introductions (and some recruiting I imagine!) and the such for newbies who need/want help.
I'm online in a small window (1:00 am - 4:00 am) during the week, so I probably won't be a lot of help to anyone.....and Legalize_Athelas has a much better grasp on the game than I do, that's for sure! I'll help in any way I can! Again, great idea!

What's the matter, James? No glib remark? No pithy comeback?"


NestorM
Registered User

Aug 28 2010, 7:38am

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New Players [In reply to] Can't Post

I have a level 10 Hunter on Landroval (just to create a Monster) for PvMP, but my higher-level characters are on Elendilmir. I have a level 65 Dwarf Minstrel, a level 55 Elf Guardian, and a level 39 Human Captain.

From a visual perspective, my favorite areas of the map, as it is so far been created, are the Shire, Ered Luin, the North Downs, Eregion, and the Misty Mountains. The Lone Lands is kind of rough to enjoy, and the best part of it is the excellent Weathertop.

I hope lots lof members here try it out in a few days when Free to Play goes live on 10 Sept.


Donry
Tol Eressea


Aug 29 2010, 12:45am

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hi Nestor... [In reply to] Can't Post

Good to hear from you! I really, really like the Shire....just can't get enough.....Bree is nice too. I completely agree with you about the Lone Lands...ugh....very tough....the Forsaken Inn is fairly drab. Weathertop is a real trip though. I haven't gone to the Misty Mountains yet...my main is only level 31...so its way outta my league at this point...although there are folks willing to do escorts to that area on Landroval. There is a group on Landroval (not sure if you are aware), I think they call themselves 'Ales & Tales' who meet once a week at a pub some where in Middle-Earth to drink, dance, play instruments and tell stories. I think its Monday's at about 10:30 pm eastern???? They provide high level escorts for lower level characters to get to the more exotic locations for the weekly visit.
Thorin's Hall is a great place to hang out for me....just love it there too....

What's the matter, James? No glib remark? No pithy comeback?"


NestorM
Registered User

Aug 29 2010, 1:14am

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The Shire and Breeland [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for the welcome!

The Shire and Breeland are two of the best because they have something that few others have. They are the oldest areas in the game, and they were created without artificial breaks. Also, they have areas that are interesting to explore, but which don't have much to do with the "game", in terms of specific quests and the like. You might find a farmhouse, a castle, or a an old ruin, with no purpose than to add character to the land. The other areas have those too, but those seem to be created to place monsters and quest locations into.

BTW,the Shire has more Inns than you can shake a stick at, most have no purpose other than to exist because Tolkien wrote of them in the books.


Legalize_Athelas
Lorien


Aug 29 2010, 5:33am

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What would we do without Inns? [In reply to] Can't Post

I find the more I play the game, the more I appreciate the landscape just north of the East-West road in Bree Land. The hills, trees and waters are gorgeous. Like you said, there's really no "questy" reason to go there, but the views are worth the trip, imo.

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SwimIrish
The Shire


Aug 29 2010, 10:38pm

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Hey Donry... [In reply to] Can't Post

I just switched to Landroval. I just got the game and had been on Brandywine but figured I'd switch before I got to far with my character. Any suggestions?

"So do all who live to see such times but that is not for them to decide. All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you."


NestorM
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Aug 30 2010, 2:39am

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For a starting area, I liked the elves the most, but maybe because that was my first character. Everyone ends up in Bree eventually, so for Humans, they may not even see Ered Luin. Oh, and the starting instance for the Elves was nicer for me from as it gave a sense of the "history" of Middle Earth.

I haven't tried the "new" classes, Rune-Keeper and Lore-Master, but they seem to be popular. I've tried 4, and for solo play Hunter is pretty good. I love my Guardian, but it's a slow fight solo because of their low damage-per-second (dps).

There's so many factors, and so many things to choose from, and it's hard to know what you'll like about a certain class until you get up to level 20 or so. Getting up to that doesn't take too many hours of play, so maybe you should just try a few and see which one you enjoy the most.

Good Luck, and have fun!


Donry
Tol Eressea


Aug 30 2010, 5:06pm

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Hi SwimIrish [In reply to] Can't Post

Welcome to Landroval! The best place to find out about 'doings' on this server is on the forums. LOTRO.com is the home site, and once there you'll see that on the forums there are a ton of topics. Just find the main Landroval topic and click in there. The Ales & Tales weekly is usually posted there. There is also a newspaper some folks have created, they post there as well (not sure if the paper is weekly or monthly?). There is also a daily chat in this forum, its just the players chatting, out of character and about everyday stuff, not necessarily game related. This post is usually called Tuesday Morning Coffee..or Wednesday etc....So the forums are a great place to find out some of the events coming up on Landroval. Outside of forums, there are a ton of people hanging around outside of the Prancing Pony in Bree. Most often there is a group playing music out front of the Pony. And Michael Delving is the other really popular place for folks to relax and chill out. Bree and Delving seem to be the most populated areas so far. Although I don't see many elves in Bree, they tend to hang out in Rivendell it seems.
Now Landroval is the unofficial roleplaying server. So if your into roleplaying, you've come to the right place. There are many different levels of roleplaying, and you will encounter them all on this server. The heavy-duty roleplayers are often referred to as lore-masters...they are heavily into Tolkien's lore and usually want everyone else to be as into the lore as they are. These folks can be fun, but some seem a bit 'radical' at times. Then there are some roleplayers, who are heavily into the roleplaying, but know next to nothing about Tolkien. They can be a challenge also. I've found the vast majority of folks though are very similar to the folks here on TOR.n. They have quite a good grasp and knowledge of Tolkien and are extremely nice and patient.
So you will have many chances to roleplay on Landroval. It'll be up to you of course how in depth you willl go. There are folks on Landroval who don't roleplay and just quest. And there are those that don't quest at all and just roleplay. So you'll have to get comfortable at whatever level your interested and go from there. Having said that, your level of roleplaying will probably have a hand in your decision to choose a Kinship (or Guild). The Kinships (also on the site under Landroval Kinships) usually advertise what type of Kinship they are...heavy roleplaying, easy roleplaying, questing etc....I'm not in a Kinship yet, I've just about all my quests solo. Some I've had to wait until I'm a higher level to tackle, as they require more than one character to complete. So I go up a few levels and come back to do them solo. I would do more 'fellowship' questing, but I'm online at some odd hours of the morning and there aren't many people on at that time.

So in the end, I would say start at the Forums. Check out some of the events happening, and then get online for some of them. Otherwise, go to the 'hubs' within the game, Delving, Pony, Rivendell, Thorin's Hall...and bump into some folks. Be polite and courteous. Just like in real-life, some folks who are in a conversation don't take it to kindly if you 'butt-in' to their conversation....especially if they are roleplaying an actual planned scenario (which happens all the time on Landroval, folks create storylines and recruit others to follow them). I've heard and been told that the Ales & Tales weekly pub crawl is a fantastic way to meet folks and get into the roleplaying. I'm at work when that event goes down every week, so I've never done it! Anyway, enjoy it.....get off the road every now and again and wander the forests and hills. The scenery of this game is unreal. The are Inn's all over the place, so take time to visit them all there are bound to be folks hanging in them as well. I've run across folks playing instruments & dancing on a bridge in Shire as well!
Ok, well I've babbled on long enough! If you have any other questions feel free to ask. Any of the regular players here on TOR.n will be able to help as well! Pick all their brains for hints to help you out! Enjoy yourself!

What's the matter, James? No glib remark? No pithy comeback?"


ihs
The Shire

Sep 2 2010, 4:37pm

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Welcome to the world of LOTRO! [In reply to] Can't Post


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...I haven't tried the "new" classes, Rune-Keeper and Lore-Master, but they seem to be popular....


Just as an FYI - Warden, not Lore-Master, was the other new class that debuted with Mines of Moria. Smile

They are both indeed fun, but in different ways (I have a 65 Warden and a 55 RK). The RK is great at single target damage, but is quite squishy - if you get a few mobs beating on you, breaking your inductions, you'll go down very, very quickly. The Warden, though, thrives in those situations. I love multiple mob pulls with my Warden; throw some morale leeches out there and watch your health bar remain essentially full. I would still choose Champ as my favorite class, as it was my original, but Warden is a tremendously close 2nd.

Enjoy the game!


NestorM
Registered User

Sep 3 2010, 3:04am

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I should have known that! [In reply to] Can't Post

I haven't tried Warden either, so I get them mixed up...Blush


Legalize_Athelas
Lorien


Sep 3 2010, 2:10pm

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I'm going to give the Warden a shot [In reply to] Can't Post

and level one on Landy for the new TORn kin. I dabbled with one just after MoM came out; they're beasts!

As a minstrel I've run with two types of wardens on Nimrodel: very, very good or very, very bad. The good ones are unbeatable - solid aggro, corruption removal, conviction... they have it all and make healing a walk in the park. The bad ones, however... let's just hope we have a guard in the group to save face :)

Vote for the upcoming LOTRO/TOR.n Kinship name!

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ihs
The Shire

Sep 3 2010, 2:30pm

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and level one on Landy for the new TORn kin. I dabbled with one just after MoM came out; they're beasts!

As a minstrel I've run with two types of wardens on Nimrodel: very, very good or very, very bad. The good ones are unbeatable - solid aggro, corruption removal, conviction... they have it all and make healing a walk in the park. The bad ones, however... let's just hope we have a guard in the group to save face :)


That's been my experience with other wardens, too. It is a difficult class to really master, in that you really do need to have all the gambits memorized in order to play it to the fullest. You always have to think ahead - it's not "What skill do I need right now?" but rather "What skills am I going to need in the next 10-20 seconds?" Then build the gambits accordingly, which is hard to do until you've got them committed to memory. It takes a lot to learn when to switch from healing to buffing to dps, etc.

I would strongly recommend leveling another class first, as I feel my experience with other classes really helped me appreciate all the warden can do.

I've got a long way to go before I'd call myself a good warden, but it's a fun journey, as it's an absolute blast to play. Cool

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