:siren:Alright, first off I want to make some things clear. Read this before posting in this thread!:siren:
[list][*]Do not post here claiming that 'this or that is better'[*]Do not post here saying that LotRO is a WoW-clone[*]Do not post here just to say "I didn't like it", explain why. WoW-clone is not a valid reason.[/list]
Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar is a MMORPG that have been out for over a year now. It is almost completely based on the lore, hence no PvP:ing across the lands. All the of the PvP (or in LotRO's case, PvMP (Player versus MonsterPlayers, I'll explain later)) is set in certain areas. At the moment it's held in Ettenmoors, but it will come a new area with The Mines of Moria update later this summer.
Is The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) based on the movies or the books?
Turbine owns the rights to produce massively-multiplayer online games based on the written works, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Where does the game start?
Humans begin the game in the town of Archet, on the edge of the Chetwood Forest. Hobbits begin in the Shire town of Little Delving, Elves begin in Celondim, in the Ered Luin, and Dwarves begin their adventures in Thorin’s Hall, also located in the Ered Luin.
Will we be able to meet some of the characters from The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit?
While adventuring in LOTRO, you will encounter many of your favorite characters from the books. At times they will be directly part of your story! What's the Prancing Pony without Barliman Butterbur? The Old Forest without Old Man Willow? Thorin’s Halls without... Thorin?
How large is the game world planned for launch?
The approximate size of Eriador at launch is 50 million square meters.
Which races can we play?
Players may choose from Humans, Elves, Dwarves, and Hobbits.
What about the evil races? I want to play as a Uruk!
Of course you can play as a evil character. Look further down for "PvMP".
What classes are there?
Currently, we plan to have seven cardinal classes: Champion, Captain, Guardian, Hunter, Minstrel, Burglar, and Lore-master. But with Mines of Moria there's going to be two new; Runecaller and Warden.
Do I need to grind to get XP?
No! My questlog is almost always full. There's always things to do. There's a bunch of solo-quest if you're shy but also plenty of groupquests
I've heard something about "Fellowship maneuver", what's that?
The Fellowship Maneuver (also known as conjunction) is when someone breaks the defense of an enemy character. This will open up 4 buttons on the screen; red for direct damage, yellow for DoT, blue for power, green for morale/health. If the members of your fellowship make a special combo with this conjunction you will unleash powerful attacks or mighty heals/restoration. If you do it right you can even summon spirits to fight alongside you.
What's a 'deed' and 'trait'?
Once you get to a new area there will be some unlockable deeds for you. May it be kill x amount of orcs, scout all the famous ruins in Trollshaws or even use-this-attack/skill x amounts of times. You don't need to do them at the same time, you can advance in them without thinking about it. Once completing a deed you'll gain a trait. There are 20-25 (can't remember) of traits in the game with 8 levels each (not counting all the class/racial/legendary traits). Once you've unlocked a trait you can go to a bard and equip them. Traits will enhance certain abilities so you can customize your character to fit your needs.
What's the levelcap?
Currently it's 50 but after the expansion it's 60
How often do you update the game?
Every 10th week there's a big release called "books". These can include new areas and major updates to the system and other yummy stuff. Most recently were book 13 with the new Forochel area. And once every year they will release an expansion.
Session play is a new system that allows you to temporarily play as a character other than your normal character. These characters do not have permanence, so you don't keep them like you do your Free Peoples or monster play characters. You can play in a session as a Ranger, Troll, or Chicken (yes... chicken!).
What's so great about it? I mean, the evil dudes can't roam freely all over the map disrupting the peace and totally ruining the lore. As far as I can remember Orcs never captured Bree, why can't we do it now?
Speaks for itself doesn't it? They don't want to ruin the feeling for other players.
The evil guys, also known as Creeps, can start as 6 different characters: Weaver (spider), Warg, Reaver (Orc cannonfodder), Defiler (Orc healer), Blackarrow (Uruk archer), Warleader (Uruk).
Creeps start at level 50... INSANE DON'T YOU THINK. OH FUCK, THAT RUINS THE GAME, THEY'RE OVERPOWERED FROM THE START!
Not really. As a new creep you have no rank, kinda low health/power, not so many skills and you suck all the way through. By joining other players to take keeps (there 3 keeps; Lugazag, Tol Ascarnen, Tirith Rhiw) and strategic points (Isendeep Mine and Grimwood Lumbercamp) you gain something called Destiny Points. These act as a currency for buying new skills, traits (yes, you buy them here) and increase health/power/evasion/armour and even new appearances. You also gain Destiny Points by completing quests for the different tyrants spread over Ettenmoors.
If you're lucky enough to help killing Free Peoples (Freeps) you'll gain Infamy. Once you gain enough you'll climb in ranks, unlocking more skills, traits and such. Max rank is 15 for both Freeps and Creeps.
What about me?
I'm playing on the European server Snowbourn as the youngest member in The Last Alliance (aka The Grumpy Old Gits). Before I joined the youngest member was 28. We have lots of people in their late 30s and even some guys over 50. They're a great bunch of guys.
My characters are Uldun and Novelin. My Creeps are Svorrh, Svergmell and Siemesh (or something like that).
Forochel by night.
Drinking adventure in our Kinshiphall. Notice the textbox at the top of the screen.
This is where I woke up. My cousin (Gilegar) ended up outside the entrance of the biggest raidinstance currently in the game.
Some random PvMP-screenies
One of the keeps, Tirith Rhiw
A skirmish outside Elf Camp
Restless Creeps between Lugazag and Tol Ascarnen. (excuse my low graphics, had computerproblems back then)
Defending Tol Ascarnen, chasing the Freeps back.
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