Rick “Sapience” Heaton, Online Community Specialist for Turbine, writes: Greetings! Here’s the latest round up on everything LOTRO for the week ending 2/5/2010!

Volume III, Book I Live on Bullroarer
Bullroarer, the LOTRO public test server, is now live with Volume III: Allies of the King, Book 1: Oath of The Rangers! Be the first to try the new Duo Skirmishes! You will need to download the Bullroarer client to access the server. Read the preliminary release notes to learn more. More..

Book I: Oath of the Rangers Developer Diary
Volume III: Allies of the King will bring us to new lands, new threats, and new adventures, and as we explore this new chapter, we’ll find the tide of destiny pushing us ever onwards into danger. (http://www.lotro.com/gameinfo/devdiaries/609-developer-diary-volume-iii-book-1-quest-notes)

Volume III, Book I Screenshots
The first set of screenshots for Allies of the King are now available on lotro.com.

Podcast Interviews with the Dev Team
This week our development team took time out of their bust schedules to sit down with a pair of podcasts. Turbine Developers Brian “Zombie Columbus”, Joe “jwbarry”, Tim “Raskolnikov” sat down with A Casual Stroll to Modor (http://www.casualstrolltomordor.com/2010/02/episode23/) while Live Producer Aaron “Rowan” Campbell gave LOTRO Reporter the story on Volume III: Allies of the King (http://lotroreporter.wordpress.com/2010/02/03/lotro-reporter-episode-024/).

Turbine LOTRO Dat File Defragmentation Tool Now Available.
Thanks to a couple team members, we’re making a public a command line tool to be able to address the internal dat file fragmentation (vs. external fragmentation which regular disk defragmenters address).
What this will do for you?
– Speed up game loads
– Speed up teleports
– Reduce hitching (not all hitching…. just load related hitches)

Before Downloading the tool we strongly encourage you to read the full knowledge base article!

Tell The Community Team
Have you ever wished you could revamp the LOTRO interface? Maybe there is a feature you’d like to see added or revised. If so, be sure to add your comments to the current installment of Tell The Community Team! (http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?p=4389182)

Featured Player
Ian aka Gilithernil aka Mines_of_Moria is the first Featured Player to have his his forum persona nominated. His nominator says, ” I think that Mines_of_Moria does a tremendous job in providing support for both new and old players alike on the forums.” We couldn’t agree more! Read more about Ian at my.lotro.com.

If you’d like nominate yourself (or someone else!) to be a featured player, send us a quick email at lotro@turbine.com. Make us laugh, make us cry, and tell us why you (or they) should be in the spotlight!

Featured Thread from The Bird and Baby Fansite Forum
Recently we added a new forum to the official LOTRO forums. This is reserved exclusively for our fansites. If you cannot access this area (it is hidden until you log into your LOTRO Forums account) please let me know and I’ll see to it you’re added to the list!

Once you’re in, check out the “How can we help?” thread (http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?t=315801) and let us know what assets or information we can provide that will make running your fansite easier.