I regret to announce that this is the END: LotRO officially in maintenance mode

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Forewarning: I think I should start out by saying that it’s no secret about what my feelings are for this game. I have been highly critical of LotRO since Mines of Moria. And I think that’s to be expected of any fan of an MMO who has been with it since the beginning. For all intents and purposes, I am still a fan of LotRO, despite how Turbine has treated its community. With that out of the way, I’m ready to give this my one last hurrah. Also, if you just want to read about Update 14, skip the Helm’s Deep and Update 13 sections (there is also a slight tl;dr imgur gallery here if that is more of your speed as well).

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Welcome to the realm of the horse-lords: LotRO enters into Rohan, finally

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Well, after going on a year-long hiatus, I’ve returned. Well, I returned awhile back, actually, in preparation for Riders of Rohan, but that’s neither here nor there. Instead it’s time for me to be my usual hyper-critical self and draw upon the pros and cons of the new Lord of the Rings Online expansion and get doom-and-gloomy about the future of the game. Are you teeming with unimaginable excitement as much as I am? I thought so!

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TOR goes F2P: So what?

The development team for Star Wars: The Old Republic has announced that they mean to switch to F2P by fall of this year. The announcement has led to widespread “sky-is-falling” comments from detractors, saying that this is “proof” that “TOR is dying”. Me? I just shake my head, as usual. What was that bit about history? Ah, right. We’re doomed to repeat it over and over again.

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New LotRO Low: Update 6 (and then some)

That’s right sports fans, Mr. Doom and Gloom isn’t quite finished with this ride just yet. While I did plainly spell out in my last writeup on LotRO of how I felt about the game and how I was no longer putting my time into the game, I still like to keep tabs and make an effort to at least try to see what has happened since my hiatus. Funnily enough it wasn’t Update 5 that brought me back, but the glimpse of someone’s “favorite cosmetic outfit” on the forums wearing what looked to be a Ranger’s outfit. As someone who has been doing his best to mimic such an outfit since 2007, I was immediately intrigued. As you can guess, this obviously led me down the path of Update 5 and some more fun tidbits I had missed in my previous observations of the state of LotRO. So, shall we continue to a point where you find one thing wrong with this writeup and then attempt a blanket statement that everything I say is untrustworthy? Good, then let’s continue!

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Gibbets and crows: Rise of Isengard and the state of LotRO

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If you are unawares, you’ll probably want to know that my feelings on LotRO haven’t really been that nice. At least, that is to say that I’m less and less impressed with the things Turbine attempts to do in trying to continue developing for LotRO, an MMO that has drastically changed in one short year prior to its four years running. Once again we find ourselves waiting for what seems like eons (six months since Book 3—or, if you’re a true defender, I suppose you’d say five months because of the Rift coming back in June) for scraps from the master’s table. At the very least Turbine is still operating under their previous year’s update schedule, which essentially means they are only able to release one Book update before then spending the next seven months working on an “expansion.” Was it worth it? Has F2P actually turned the game around to pave the way for Turbine’s way of success?

The short answer: no.

The long answer: If by ‘success’ you mean ‘greed’, then yes.

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One does not simply buy his way into Mordor: LotRO now F2P

Lord of the Rings Online, a Turbine MMO (Asheron’s Call, Dungeon & Dragons Online), followed suit in its call to turn its current MMOs over to the Free 2 Play business model on September 8th. For those of you not familiar with the F2P model, this essentially means everyone is now privy to a glorified unlimited trial to the game until about LV20, at which point you would need to buy quest packs to unlock for further zones into the game in order to level up. Or you could not be a total freeloader and just subscribe to the game, at which point all access to the game would be opened up to you. Your call I guess. Then again, would it be worth to do so, especially considering F2P has brought along a slew of new changes to the game?

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The quest stands on the edge of a knife: LotRo goes F2P

Obviously this is not my first time talking about Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online. By this time you should know some basics about where I am coming from, specifically being a lifetime subscriber and as someone who has played the game since open beta. I’ve seen it all and was there for the best and the worst of it. Recently I’ve been bestowed the title of doomsayer because of my critique of Siege of Mirkwood as a poor expansion pack, calling it the sign that production has been slowing down. But I love the Tolkien mythos, and I like role playing in his world, so I was hoping I was wrong. Sometimes, however, it’s not all that great to be right all the time, as much was proven when Turbine announced that LotRo was going to switch over to a F2P model.

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