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Posted: Nov 12th 2010 5:18PM (Unverified) said

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That might be the best youtube video I have ever seen.

Posted: Nov 12th 2010 5:21PM Lenn said

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I think LotRO might see more players when the Hobbit movies are released regardless of whether any of the storyline is integrated into the game or not.

Personally, I would prefer Turbine focusing on getting us closer to Mordor. There's still quite a way to go. We have barely even scratched the surface of The Two Towers. Once the ring is destroyed, and people are still interested in the game, they could start putting time and energy into filling in all the empty areas, including the Hobbit ones.

Posted: Nov 12th 2010 6:17PM Liltawen said

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It's probably inevitable. Those big companies love cross platform synergy.
When the movie stalled out Turbine started the whole Enedwaith thing, now that they are back on again I imagine they will have a Central and Northern Mirkwood / Lonely Mountain / Dorwinion ( the 'Land of Drunk Maidens'-I can't wait!) / Rhun (navy battles?) expansion.
What I wonder about is the designs-will LOTRo incorporate movie designs or vice-versa . The movie will probably have Dol Guldur (according to del Toro the film will be going there)-will it look like Turbines or not? Will there be 'movie-set instances' for people who liked the films?

Posted: Nov 12th 2010 8:38PM madeleen said

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Where did you dig up that old advertisement pic?

If I had broke out a HOBBIT game at one of my childhood parties it would have ended with that board game being banged across my head. The Hobbit was definitely not cool when I was growing up.

The Hobbit was nothing the 70/80's kids thought about until High School or College.

Narnia...well Narnia was something else entirely.

Posted: Nov 13th 2010 4:21AM DiscoJer said

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Thanks to the D&D fad of the 70s and early 80s, The Hobbit and LOTR was more popular than ever (until the movies).

Heck, that's when the animated movies were (The Hobbit and Return of the King. I guess that boardgame is a tie in to the former).
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Posted: Nov 12th 2010 9:24PM Justpotatoes said

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This whole article is just an excuse to link that Leonard Nimoy video, isn't it? ;)

Revisiting _The Hobbit_ would work well, and session play would be perfect, though I have agree with Len. I'd rather Turbine take us closer to Mordor. I wouldn't mind a flashback to the earlier events Moria-style, but I'd really like to see the story progress forwards first.

Posted: Nov 13th 2010 12:05AM Space Cobra said

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Sheesh! Now I want to play a Rankin and Bass MMO with those same character drawings! :)

Heck, even their holiday stop-motion specials had the same look! Let's make an MMO out of those! :D

Posted: Nov 13th 2010 3:43AM pcgneurotic said

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"...Gloin and Dwalin are still putzing around the world..." I laughed so hard I can't think of anything intereting to contribute, other than I like the idea of using session play to do a Hobbit run. In fact, I'd even happily pay for an EQ2 adventure pack or 'mini expansion' of that story.

Posted: Nov 13th 2010 4:16AM DiscoJer said

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I'm honestly surprised people are still hopeful about this game.

It's been 3 1/2 years and we aren't even through the first book of the trilogy yet. Okay, at the end, but still, at that pace Turbine is going to finish the trilogy around 2017-2018 or so. And that's probably being over ambitious, as we got Moria in the first 18 months, then almost nothing since. 2020 is more likely.

Posted: Nov 13th 2010 10:06AM jh3141 said

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You don't think that perhaps the fact that since the F2P launch their continued revenue basically depends on people buying expansions means we might see them more frequently in future...?
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Posted: Nov 13th 2010 8:14AM Kitsune23 said

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Well, another consideration is there is mention of Lonely Mountain, Lake Town, and the Elves of Mirkwood being attacked during the course of the the War in the appendices of LotR. Turbine has taken from this material for other areas already such as Forochel. No reason they couldn't send us to some of these other battles in iconic areas. There was alot more to the war than just where the fellowship went, we just never saw it directly/

Posted: Nov 13th 2010 4:28PM (Unverified) said

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They've already (sort of) confirmed that they'll be doing something with The Hobbit when the movies come out. There's this interview at Eurogamer, where they say as much in answering the first question:
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/the-lord-of-the-rings-online-siege-of-mirkwood-interview

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