Standing Stone Games shares a peek at the new Lord of the Rings Online expansion Before The Shadow which dives into tales from the past. After 15 years, LOTRO is bigger than ever!

Prepare for the latest expansion to the long-running Middle-earth MMO game Lord of the Rings Online (abbreviated LOTRO) with these early images from Before The Shadow‘s in-game engine. Two new areas to venture through: the reedy fens of Swanfleet and the moors of Cardolan. Features include:

  • Questing from levels 1 to 32 in addition to four new Books for new characters 
  • Two new regions: Swanfleet and Cardolan
  • A new Six-person Instance  
  • A new Skirmish  
  • A new Delving difficulty system: Higher level characters can increase the difficulty of new missions to earn great rewards!
  • New Themed Missions Wrapper: Earn rewards by completing daily and weekly rotating Missions!

The developers of the latest update will join us for TORn Tuesday tomorrow, Nov 15, at 5pm PT / 8pm ET.

First up have a look at Cardolan!

The new Swanfleet area!

Tune in on YouTube for a chat with the development team this Tuesday 5pm PT at Be sure to Subscribe and turn on notifications for when we go live!

While security-related incidents haven’t been as common in recent months as they were earlier this year, when we learned about games and game-related websites being hacked on what felt like an almost daily basis, these things do still happen. Turbine has notified The Lord of the Rings Online players that the official forums may have been hacked recently and suggested they take precautions to minimize the potential impact.

In an email sent out to users last night users were told, “Turbine is concerned that a third-party recently may have attempted to access forum account information.” It says it doesn’t believe accounts were modified or compromised; regardless, it would be wise for users to change their LOTRO forum passwords to one that isn’t used elsewhere. (That’s a tip which should be followed with every password you make, especially in light of how many things have been hacked this year.) It sounds as if this incident took place on or prior to October 11, as it notes that if you’ve changed your password since that date you have nothing to worry about. More..

Today, Turbine has released a new batch of screenshots from The Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard, the upcoming expansion to the award-winning MMO, which will launch on September 27th. The new screenshots provide a closer look at the continuation of the epic story! If you will be attending Gamescom and/or PAX Prime and would like to set up an appointment with Turbine, or if you would like to preview the expansion and get access to the Rise of Isengard beta, please feel free to contact me!


Explore Three New Regions! — The time has come for you to turn eastward, toward the vale of Isengard. Where ancient forests once flourished, a corrupted waste of metal and wheels suffers under the thrall of the traitorous wizard Saruman. Here, in the shadows of the tower of Orthanc, gathers an army of Orcs and Uruk-hai, toiling to make ready for war. Forge ahead into these devastated lands and uncover new quests, skills, and traits as you strive to thwart Saruman’s ambition. Continue reading “LOTRO: Rise of Isengard Expansion – New Screens of the Epic Story!”

Today, Turbine has released new concept art from The Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard, the upcoming expansion to the award-winning MMO. The new concept art piece depicts Draigoch, one of the most powerful creatures in Middle-earth, and the boss in the new 24-player raid coming with Rise of Isengard, which launches on September 27th. Continue reading “LOTRO: Rise of Isengard Expansion – New Concept Art”