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Not So Massively: Of Hobbits and space ships

David Braben released a new update on the development of upcoming sci-fi sandbox game Elite: Dangerous, while the success of the game's Kickstarter campaign still remains uncertain. Star Citizen's developers revealed several of the game's ships; developer Chris Roberts made the bold claim that th...

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The Road to Mordor: Six wonders of the newbie world

As I reported last week, I've recently rerolled as a Hobbit Minstrel in an effort to refresh my attitude toward the game, to get a different perspective, and to continue my series in which I go through all of the single-player quests in the game. It's been, in a word, smashing. Having been ...

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The Road to Mordor: Baggins of Bag End

It's hard to believe that it's been 10 years to the month since The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring came out in movie theaters. It's even harder to process that Peter Jackson will be bringing us back to Middle-earth with the two Hobbit films starting a year from now. The Jackson trilogy...

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The Road to Mordor: 10 things to do in the Shire before you die

A couple of weeks ago I decided to embark on a long-planned project to play through the entirety of Lord of the Rings Online -- or at least a whole heck of a lot more than I ever have previously. My thought was that in the rush to level and progress, I had been skipping much of the content that m...

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The Daily Grind: Where would you vacation in an MMO?

MMOs are often the place we go to get away from the routine of life, where we can explore exotic worlds and cull all life from them in pursuit of the almighty ding. Even though this virtual exploration is fun, from time to time the locales call to us strongly. "Come!" they say. "Visit us! Ignore ...

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PAX East 2011: Delving LotRO dungeons deeply

Right now, Lord of the Rings Online is in a brief respite between the insanity of PAX East and the upcoming March 21st release date for its next big update, Echoes of the Dead. To say that there's a lot coming with this update is a vast understatement, so it was great to get a sneak peek at the f...

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One Shots: There and back again

Say the words "there and back again" to any Lord of the Rings fan, and you'll likely immediately conjure up images of the Shire in his mind. It is one of the favorite areas of several Lord of the Rings Online players we've spoken to, and it's the very spot we see in today's sunny One Shots. This ...

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The Road to Mordor: Rating Eriador

Lately I've been playing world traveler with my level 43 Lore-master as he's bouncing all over Middle-earth in what used to be the high-level zones of the game: Trollshaws, Angmar, Forochel, Misty Mountains, and Eregion. Once again, I'm struck by just how cohesive this place feels -- it's not a c...

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Massively's Community Detective, Issue #6: Lord of the Rings Online

If you've been playing MMORPGs for any length of time, or you keep up with the latest happenings around the industry, you're probably familiar with Lord of the Rings Online's Landroval server. In addition to being the "unofficial" roleplay server for Turbine's Tolkien-based MMORPG, Landroval is c...

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One Shots: A great day for a walk

We're huge fans of breaking away from the computer and going to have fun under that giant fiery ball in the sky. We know it sounds weird, but sometimes you just can't resist when the weather is nice. Of course, when it's too hot and yucky outside, that's when we're all for staying in and enjoying ...

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