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Posted: Sep 13th 2008 9:49PM (Unverified) said

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Sounds EXACTLY like the traditional lightening-bolt mage they've feared to me. When is Turbine going to realize that re-packaging a tired old mage class is the last thing Middle-earth (and its hardcore Tolkien following) needs?

Posted: Sep 14th 2008 12:23AM (Unverified) said

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Oh Shawn... did you not notice that the Runekeeper from PAX was shooting lightening bolts? It even says in the diary that this is EXACTLY what it's supposed to be -- a "glass cannon" class. Lore fans were furious over this. Did you even read the diary yourself before you wrote this article? >

Posted: Sep 14th 2008 5:26PM wjowski said

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Honestly, so long as it's fun I don't really care how outraged the Tolkien-purists are.

Posted: Sep 16th 2008 5:24PM Jesspiper said

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Well, I'd consider myself a lore purist and I really don't mind the addition of the Rune-Keeper. I consider it a clever solution to Turbine's dilema: LOTRO lost many "would be" players because there was no magic class and needed one, yet Tolkien Enterprises calls the shots and there are no more than 5 Wizards in all Middle-Earth.

Enter the Rune-keeper. A clever and respectful way to enter a magic nuker without breaking the lore. Sure it's bending the lore, but so is swimming in full plate, being able to store 10 Suits of armour in my backpack and travel on foot from the Shire to Bree in 20 minutes. Turbine treats the lore with respect as much as they can for an MMORPG (in my opinion at least) and have done a far better job being faithful to a lore-based MMORPG in comparison to its competitors.

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