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

You can now buy River Hobbits in Lord of the Rings Online with store currency

Even with Update 39 undergoing testing on Lord of the Rings Online's Bullroarer server, things are pretty quiet for our favorite Middle-earth MMO right...

LOTRO Legendarium: How to walk away from LOTRO (for a while)

Even when you love an MMORPG a whole lot, it's rarely feasible to play it as steadily and at the same intensity over the...

The Daily Grind: Have you ever lost a house in an MMO?

Last week, fellow MMO blogger Belghast wrote a blog post that sent a shot of panic through my own heart: He tells the tale...

Working As Intended: City of Heroes macros and popmenus for noobs

In my first braindump on City of Heroes for this column, I tried to ease superhero fans into the world of modding the 20-year-old...

Lord of the Rings Online U39 hits Bullroarer for Corsairs of Umbar instance and raid testing

Lord of the Rings Online has opened the Bullroarer test server for players' first look at update 39 as of today. The heart of...

Lord of the Rings Online preps Update 39 testing, Dungeons & Dragons Online readies Year of the Dragon

Standing Stone Games' weekend livestreams for both Dungeons & Dragons Online and Lord of the Rings Online have both come to pass, and while...

The Soapbox: Casuals and soloers need challenging MMO content too

In a recent press Q&A around the announcement of Elder Scrolls Online's Gold Road chapter, Zenimax creative director Rich Lambert appeared to dismiss the...

Massively Overthinking: Open world difficulty and puzzles in MMOs

During last week's press event ahead of the Gold Road announcement, Elder Scrolls Online's Rich Lambert said something I thought would turn out to...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 454: MMO roadmap roundup

Justin and Bree discuss the 2024 roadmaps for Lord of the Rings Online, Lost Ark, World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, EVE Online, Elder Scrolls Online, New World, EverQuest, EverQuest II, and Wayfinder, with adventures in LOTRO, FFXIV, and City of Heroes.

Lord of the Rings Online dev stream expands on last week’s roadmap previews

The release of Lord of the Rings Online's 2024 roadmap this past week only seemed to fuel more questions than it did supply answers,...

LOTRO Legendarium: Digging into LOTRO’s 2024 roadmap, from U39 to the Baharbêl expansion

Oh boy -- it's roadmap time for Lord of the Rings Online! As we've been seeing over the past few years, Standing Stone Games...

Massively Overthinking: The slowest and fastest combat in MMORPGs

During a recent podcast discussion about City of Heroes' official revival, the MOP writers were talking about its combat, which - let's be honest...

Perfect Ten: The weirdest weapons from MMOs of yore

Swords. Staffs. Maces. Spears. Wands. Bows. Crossbows. Double-crossbows. Hammers. Wolverine claws. Daggers. Axes. Deadly? Yes. Fashionable? Not so much. A two-handed sword is so...

Lord of the Rings Online’s 2024 roadmap includes an expansion, new hobby, and kinship ‘refresh’

It's Lord of the Rings Online's turn at the roadmap podium as this 17-year-old MMORPG announced its 2024 plans today. While perhaps not as...

Vitae Aeternum: The ups and downs of New World’s revamped story

In the early days, I made the argument that New World's narrative, while minimal, deserved more credit than it was getting. Since then, however,...

The Daily Grind: Do you track your MMO gaming habits from year to year?

Steam's customized "year in review" report captured everyone's attention for a hot minute back in December. All over social media and in my favorite Discords,...

One Shots: Fine dining at the end of the world

When the moon is crashing down into the ocean to cause tsunamis, earthquakes, firestorms, and a mass extinction-level event, what is there to do...

LOTRO Legendarium: Brainstorming new hobby ideas for LOTRO

April 24th, 2008. That was both the first and last time that Lord of the Rings Online added a hobby to the game --...

Dungeons & Dragons Online makes tons of content free or nearly free for the franchise’s 50th birthday

Freeeeeee stuff! Come getcha free stuff! Free stuff in Dungeons and Dragons Online, that is, because Standing Stone Games has brought back its bonkers...

Lord of the Rings Online welcomes back its Ill Omens event with new rewards

The first patch of the year for Lord of the Rings Online arrived on Wednesday, ushering in Update 38.2 and the return of the...