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by Elantine on May 10, 2017 at 07:55 PM
Mordor should be on Bullroarer mid June, with a release date mid-late July.

A High Elf can be a Captain!
by Elantine on Jan 21, 2017 at 10:17 AM
Wow, there is so much news! And so little time in my life to organize and write it. So here's what I've heard recently:

  • Update 20 will be out soon, taking us to the Black Gate
  • Mordor will be an expansion (start saving those TP!) and be out late spring!
  • New Character models - you can keep what you have or make major changes
  • New Race - High Elves
  • Lots of quality of life updates

Seems like the dev team has gotten super energized, and I'm really excited to see the results!
by Elantine on Dec 23, 2016 at 10:13 AM
These changes are planned to be available in our next patch.

North Ithilien
The quest “Assisting the Herbalists: North Ithilien”, will now reward a "Pouch of Ithilien Essence Fragments", the same item available by completing the Yule Festival dailies.
The North Ithilien repeatable quests introduced in 19.2 will award a Forager’s basket.

Ithilien-infused Essences
The chance for an incomparable Ithilien-infused Essence to roll a Legendary instead is 10%. We will be increasing this value.
We will add an option where a Legendary Ithilien-infused Essence is guaranteed.

So don't make your Essences yet! Save up for the better change for Gold.
by Elantine on Dec 04, 2016 at 06:08 PM
In Update 19.2, rumored to be "before the Holidays", we will be getting a complicated grind for ever better essences.

According to this post:

  1. Special Craft Ingredients will drop in FI, Throne, Forager Baskets and (yes!) the Yule festival. They are not bound, so please share within the Kin if you don't need one.
  2. All Anorien tier crafting will get a new recipe (which calls for yet another Universal Solvent) sigh
  3. The resulting "wild" essence can be traded for a pick your favorite regular essence box.
  4. But wait, there's more - the output of the box is a clickable which usually gives a Teal essences, but rarely will give a Gold one

Seems overly complicated to me ... and perhaps we should start a regular Throne run for those wanting the best essences.
by Elantine on Sep 04, 2016 at 10:11 PM
The rumor mill is rife with talk of An Expansion next year for LoTRO. Given we'll be going to the Black Gate before the end of this year, there really is only one place to go.

Mordor. The book even points to how to write in a LoTRO story - the orcs are convinced that Sam is a mighty elf warrior sent to spy on them.

I know a lot of mighty elf warriors who fit that description. And a few men, dwarves and, of course hobbits. Think of the possibilities!
by Elantine on Aug 30, 2016 at 11:18 PM
It's been hinted pretty clearly that we will be going to the Black Gate in the next major release. Well, probably not quite like this Black Gate, but something with equally epic instances.

I'm hoping for a spectacular Henneth Annun, Faramir's base in Northern Ithilien.
by Elantine on Aug 26, 2016 at 09:33 PM
I've been looking for a place to put interesting news that isn't headline worthy. I'll try this Journal format and see how it goes. Please tell me what you think!


Change to be made to Update 18 Epic Story!
If you were like me, one of the most unsettling NPC deaths during the Battle of Pellenor Fields was a sudden one-shot kill of a Ranger we've known for years. Apparently I wasn't the only one who felt that his death was rather meaningless. MadeOfLions, the author of most of the wonderful stories in LoTRO, has said he's changing the way the character dies to make it feel more significant. It will be rolled out in a future update.