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

The Daily Grind: Which MMO do you spend the most time modding?

A few weeks ago, MOP's Andy pinged me and asked for recommendations for Lord of the Rings Online, knowing how persnickety I am about...

Lord of the Rings Online boss is ‘very psyched’ about possible big lag fix

Everybody's number one complaint with Lord of the Rings Online is, of course, server performance and lag. And it's to this end that Standing...

The Daily Grind: Are there MMO cash-shop offerings you refuse to buy?

I know I've spent a nice stack of cash on Lord of the Rings Online in the last couple of years. Two of my...

Perfect Ten: MMORPGs as Jell-O flavors

During last year's April Fools' Day, I wrote about the important topic of MMO NPCs as muffins. At the time, I felt my work...

The Daily Grind: Should MMOs limit how many characters we can roll?

I know, this is a hard question for someone who loves alts - including me. But it's relevant because of Embers Adrift's inbound hybrid...

Massively Overthinking: When an MMO has everything and so much of it

Last week, when No Man's Sky released its native Mac client, MOP's Chris and I fell into a discussion about the game being so...

LOTRO Legendarium: A breezy trip through King’s Gondor

It was only this past spring that I took my level 100 Minstrel through the lands of Gondor in Lord of the Rings Online....

Lord of the Rings Online fixes fishing, lifts Treebeard’s level cap, and preps Midsummer

Today's Lord of the Rings Online patch is a small one, chiefly tweaking last week's Gondor Renewed release. Standing Stone Games says it's fixed...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 424: Blue Protocol, red Diablo

Justin and Bree discuss Diablo IV, Elder Scrolls Online Necrom, Blue Protocol's delay, Swords of Legends Online's sunset, WoW Classic's WoW Token, PSO2 housing, Tarisland CBT, and Embers Adrift's new model, with adventures in LOTRO, plus MMOs for families.

Lord of the Rings Online welcomes its Midsummer Festival this week

Most weddings are good for a single day of celebration and entertainment, but when it comes to the union of Aragorn and Arwen, it's...

LOTRO Legendarium: Is level boosting in LOTRO worth it?

While I make my way through the new King's Gondor zone in Lord of the Rings Online -- impressions coming next week, hopefully --...

Lord of the Rings Online says hello to King’s Gondor, farewell to Shadowfax

It's been a week of transitions for Lord of the Rings Online. The fantasy MMO said farewell to the speedy Shadowfax server following its...

Here are the full patch notes for tomorrow’s Lord of the Rings Online Gondor Renewed

It's really happening, and it's happening soon: Players return to the refreshed Gondor aka King's Gondor in tomorrow's Lord of the Rings Online Update...

Lord of the Rings Online takes us back to Gondor this week with Update 36

After only two and a half weeks of testing, Lord of the Rings Online's Update 36 is bringing us back to Aragon's homeland this...

The Daily Grind: Which MMO has the best skybox?

A while back, I was playing Lord of the Rings Online when a player in chat remarked that he had spied a specific constellation in the night sky. How often do you look up?

Global Chat: How insistent are MMOs that you group up?

In a recent essay over at Inventory Full, the author looks back at a couple decades-plus of MMO gaming to recall how fast and...

The Daily Grind: What do you hope Amazon’s LOTR MMO does differently from LOTRO?

In the comments of our pieces on Amazon's second go-round with the Lord of the Rings IP in the MMO space, multiple MMO gamers...

Lord of the Rings Online raises legendary item level cap, says three more updates are on the way for 2023

That shiny, glowy super-weapon that you've been lugging all over Middle-earth is about to get even more powerful than before. Lord of the Rings...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 423: The Overwatch MMO we’ll never get

Justin and Bree discuss Amazon's LOTR title and shade for LOTRO, Overwatch 2's PvE debacle, Worlds Adrift's return as Lost Skies, and delays for Nightingale, Ashfall, and Wayfinder, with adventures in LOTRO and Torchlight II, plus mailbag topics on character build freedom and the natural and unnatural ends of MMO characters.

An investor group is trying to mangle Daybreak’s EG7 for shareholder payouts

Just a week ago, we covered EG7's first quarter financial report, and you know what, it was good. Like real good. Like record-setting for...