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LOTRO Legendarium is a Lord of the Rings Online column by Justin Olivetti. [Follow this column’s RSS feed]

LOTRO Legendarium: Making sense of LOTRO’s virtue system

If you look at how your character gains power and progression in Lord of the Rings Online, you'll see four major categories. There are...

LOTRO Legendarium: Is the Burglar LOTRO’s least-loved class?

In most MMOs that I play, I confess a certain attraction -- if not affinity -- for seeking out the least-played and -loved class...

LOTRO Legendarium: Eight features I’d love to see added to LOTRO

Opinions, as they say, are like social media accounts: Everyone's got at least one and probably a dozen ready to ruin your life. This...

LOTRO Legendarium: 16 more fun places to visit in LOTRO’s Minas Tirith

Last week we began our thorough tour through Lord of the Rings Online's largest city, Minas Tirith, combing through the first three tiers in...

LOTRO Legendarium: 17 groovy places to visit in LOTRO’s Minas Tirith

Minas Tirith: The White City and the bane of server-side lag. The place of a thousand side quests and of a thousand-and-one times that...

LOTRO Legendarium: Six unpopular opinions about Lord of the Rings Online

Just because you're a fan of a particular franchise or game doesn't mean that you always concur with the larger groupthink. It's always a...

LOTRO Legendarium: Why flying would have ruined LOTRO’s Middle-earth

Despite the title up there, this column isn't really about flying. I'm just getting that out of the way right here. I actually have...

LOTRO Legendarium: Nine Lord of the Rings Online items with fun and helpful abilities

One of my favorite acquisitions in any RPG or MMO is an item that grants a special ability that adds a fun effect or...

LOTRO Legendarium: Reacting to LOTRO’s 2023 roadmap

Do you remember the years of the past when we'd be waiting well into March or even later for a Lord of the Rings...

LOTRO Legendarium: 10 more tips to improve your LOTRO experience

A while back, I put together a list of 10 tips to enhance your everyday Lord of the Rings Online play experience. It was...

LOTRO Legendarium: A look back at Lord of the Rings Online in 2022

Holy cow, are we already wrapping up another year of Lord of the Rings Online? I've been writing this column since 2010, and I...

LOTRO Legendarium: Why the new class trait system changes are a bigger deal than you’d think

Greetings and salutations, fellow Lord of the Rings Online adventurers! I know I previously said that my next LOTRO Legendarium column would tackle the...

LOTRO Legendarium: Exploring Before the Shadow’s new starter area and skirmish

You know that agonizingly delicious sensation of encountering an MMO drop that has so much stuff to explore that you hardly know where to...

LOTRO Legendarium: What class should you pick in LOTRO?

Hunter. Thanks for coming to the column! See you in the next one! What, you want a bit more than that? Sheesh, fine. I'll stop amusing...

LOTRO Legendarium: 10 reasons to get psyched about Before the Shadow (that aren’t the new zones)

Standing Stone Games went and pulled a classic case of misdirection on all of us -- and I'm not complaining. While the studio had...

LOTRO Legendarium: Four options for character leveling in LOTRO

One of the unsung benefits of maturing MMORPGs is that they generally offer far more options for leveling and adventuring than what was present...
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LOTRO Legendarium: Are LOTRO’s missions a little too good?

When Before the Shadow arrives in Lord of the Rings Online next month, it will bring both an additional set of missions and a...

LOTRO Legendarium: 23 LOTRO facts I learned from Scenario’s Casual Stroll video series

Your mileage may vary, but as both a journalist and a gamer, I absolutely love hearing about how my favorite titles were made. It...

LOTRO Legendarium: LOTRO’s Minstrel revamp is a master class in studio obstinance

Does anything in this world produce a cold sweat faster than a developer abruptly announcing, "Oh hey, we're going to retool your class?" Unless...

LOTRO Legendarium: Will Before the Shadow evade the mini-expansion stigma?

With the announcement this week at Gamescom's Devcom of Lord of the Rings Online's "mini-expansion," Before the Shadow, we now have a pretty good...