|The Lord of the Rings Online|
|Publisher||Turbine, Inc (North America and Europe)|
Codemasters (Europe, untill 2010)
IT Territory (Russia)
NHN Corporation (South Korea)
Sakura Internet (Japan, untill 2009)
|Release date||April 24, 2007|
The Lord of the Rings Online
- Main article: The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar
- Main article: Mines of Moria (volume)
- Main article: Allies of the King
- Main article: The Strength of Sauron
Quests and taks
Instances and raids
Reputation and factions
Economy and currency
After reaching level 15, the player is able to buy a personal or kinship house. There are four homesteads for every race.. Every homestead has its own distinctive architecture and environment based on the racial base of the area. Homesteads are divided in 250 instanced neighborhoods, each with thirty houses (4 kinship houses, 10 deluxe personal houses and 16 standard personal houses). Besides houses, every homestead also has a local gathering area - where players can organise meetings and events -, a Vault-keeper and several vendors. Players can only possess one house per server, which is shared by al the characters. Houses can be visited - if allowed by the owner - by other players aswell. Prices and upkeep vary, depending on the house sort. If the player fails to pay the weekly upkeep, the house is locked for the player untill he pays the rent.
Players can customize and decorate their houses and yard. These decorations can be archieved through crafting, shops and finishing certain quests. Decorations vary from paintings and trophies to furniture and trees. The number of decorations that can be placed in a house depends on the house type: in standard houses contain the least possible number of decorations, whilst kinship houses cost the most. Each house also includes a mailbox. This system has often been compared to The Sims.
Kinship leaders can - as soon as their kinship is three months old and has reached rank 7 - buy a kinship house. Kinship houses function as gathering halls for kinship meetings, events and other social activities. Kinship leader can grant other members the permission to decorate the house and pay a share of the upkeep.
Each house also includes a housing storage, consisting of up to eight chests. The housing storage functions as a shared storage for all the player's characters that have access to the house. Housing storage in kinship houses is open to all the members of the kinship. Players can quickly travel from and to homesteads by nearby stable-masters or swift-travel to their houses from any point in the game by the Travel to Personal House skill.
- Main article: Middle-earth Online
Shadows of Angmar
Mines of Moria and Siege of Mirkwood
Discrepancies from source material
All American servers are hosted by Turbine.
All Russian servers are hosted by IT Territory.
The majority of the dialog in the game is textually based, but there are some characters with spoken dialog. There are also some characters that will speak a line or two of the dialog, but the rest of the dialog will be text.
|Sandar / Chef Vraz / Warg Rider Goblin||Mike Vaughn|
|Additional Voices||Brian Talbot|
|Additional Voices||Neil Kaplan|
Since 2006, Turbine has periodically released trailers demonstrating various aspects of the gameplay and revealing the characters and locations. All video links are to YouTube, and times are in minutes:
|The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar (trailer)||1:05||15 December 2006|
|The Lord of the Rings Onilne - Official Trailer 1||1:36||29 January 2007||First official trailer of LOTRO; coverage of major charactors and action shots|
|LOTRO European TV Commercial||0:32||10 April 2007||European TV commercial, featuring several real-life persons taking up LOTRO-themed weapons|
|The Lord of the Rings Online Trailer||2:23||18 June 2007||Cinematic trailer; exploration of the storyline and the Witch-king, the game's primary antagonist|
|Lord of the Rings Online - E3 Trailer||1:20||Trailer shown at the Electronic Entertainment Expo; coverage of major characters and locations|
|The Lord of the Rings Online - Shores of Evendim||1:37||Summer 2007||Trailer of Book 9: Shores of Evendim, the game's first free update; exploration of Annúminas and Evendim, the new region|
|Developer Diary: Continuing Content||1:20||Developer Diary shown at Entertainment Expo. Jeffrey Steefel speaks about the addition of free content and the new region of Evendim|
|The Lord of the Rings Online - The City of Kings||2:00||22 August 2007||Trailer of Book 10: The City of Kings; exploration of Annúminas|
|The Lord of the Rings Online - Book 12||1:43||21 August 2008||Teaser trailer of Book 12: The Ashen Wastes|
|LOTRO: Shadows of Angmar Cinematic Trailer||1:01||1 October 2009||Trailer featuring blurbs from reviews and fragments of the 2007 cinematic trailer|
|The Lord of the Rings Online | Trailer (2010)||1:32||6 September 2010||New Free-to-Player trailer, featuring fragments from previous trailers|
Releases and subscription models
- Unlike the other European servers, Withywindle was created in 2010 after The Lord of the Rings Online went free-to-play.
- William Dobson, "Lord of the Rings Online launches in Korea and Russia" dated 23 April 2009, Massively (accessed 2 January 2012)
- Karl B., "Turbine eyes Japanese market for LotRO distribution" dated 22 September 2006, qj.net (accessed 17 March 2012)
- "Japan Server Shut Down" dated 30 September 2009, Casual Strolls to Mordor (accessed 17 March 2012)
- "Turbine's LOTRO Service Goes Global" dated 24 April 2011, A Casual Stroll to Mordor (accessed 2 January 2012)