Lorien “Ramen” Carney, Community Relations Specialist for The Lord of the Rings Online writes: Last Friday kicked off our public Open Beta program, giving players the opportunity to join the LOTRO World Tour and preview the game for free. Needless to say, things have really been ‘hopping’ ever since, and Open Beta was one of many topics discussed at last night’s Stratics House of Commons dev chat. Check out the chat transcript for the latest on the LOTRO music system, the economy, and future content plans!

We’ve also just posted a new game systems overview introducing LOTRO’s Fellowship Maneuvers system, the cooperative skill system that allows group members to discover and execute powerful team attacks on their foes! Game Systems: Fellowship Manuevers: Learn some of the finer points about LOTRO’s cooperative skill system for fellowships. [More]

This overview joins our ever-growing Game Systems section, where new players currently enjoying our World Tour or Fournder’s previews can learn the basics about LOTRO game play.