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Lord of the Rings Online: Update 9 - Against the Shadow - Goes Live

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,649MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Turbine is reporting that the latest patch for Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan is now live. Called "Update 9: Against the Shadow", the patch brings the first half of the Riders of Rohan instance cluster online as well as the final part of the Mines of Moria revamp.

Key features include:



  • Road to Erebor – the first half of the Riders of Rohan instance cluster


  • Moria revamp – the final part to the revision of this iconic location


  • Fan-favourite Dol Goldur instance cluster now scales to level 85


  • Open-tapping (XP for all!) and remote looting technology from Riders of Rohan now applied to all landscape areas.

Read more on the Lord of the Rings Online site.

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  • kevjardskevjards carlislePosts: 1,463Member
    great..new content..will save that for christmas day .nice to see turbine banging out the content.
  • cyber7chinkcyber7chink Farmington, MOPosts: 58Member Common
    Ok, what is open tapping?

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  • KroxMalonKroxMalon swindonPosts: 409Member
    Originally posted by cyber7chink
    Ok, what is open tapping?

    Its like frakking but on horse back :)

  • CoolitCoolit FalkirkPosts: 468Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by cyber7chink
    Ok, what is open tapping?

    Even if you didn’t hit a mob first as long as you hit it once you’ll get quest credit. They have the same system in RiFT and it’s routinely abused by people hitting you’re mob once then leaving you to do all the work and kill it while they get credit.

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,222Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Coolit
    Originally posted by cyber7chink
    Ok, what is open tapping?

    Even if you didn’t hit a mob first as long as you hit it once you’ll get quest credit. They have the same system in RiFT and it’s routinely abused by people hitting you’re mob once then leaving you to do all the work and kill it while they get credit.

    Funny because it's also used in GW2 and encourages a lot of interaction in overland content.  I round the bend and see someone fighting mobs and start laying into them and help them out.  If there is a local event I'll stay and help them through that too.

    So what if someone does a drive by and only does 300 damage?  For one it's more damage than nothing and for another we're all on the same team so why wouldn't I want that person to get some xp and loot?  I lose nothing by their drive by.

    Don't blame selfish anti-social community behavior on a good game mechanic that promotes more social play.  It's not going to fix that.  Hopefully over time the LotRO community opens up and becomes a little more friendly.  They could take a lesson from the in game communities in both rift and GW2.

    edit: For once Turbine is actually improving the quality of their game and that should be encouraged and complimented.

  • KanylKanyl a cold placePosts: 246Member Uncommon
    Having a blast in LOTRO right now! Rolled a Warden Elf and fell in love at the starter place (compared to Bree). Much easier and more fun! Will be glad to experience Moria later on!
  • Po_ggPo_gg Twigwarren, WestfarthingPosts: 2,727Member Uncommon

    As a festival-goer, Frostbluff changes made me a sad panda... I mean there was a discussion here on mmorpg about STO's winter event grind (log in at least 25 days and do the ice race to receive a pretty great ship), well, that's an easy walk in the park compared to Frostbluff's golden tokens :I

    Open tapping is nice, I think it will make the slayer deed grind much easier. The big thing in it is not the "xp for all", as op said, it's the "loot for all" (rare drop to everyone), and "counting to all" (advancing quests and deeds to everyone who's tapped).

    Moria revamp part2 is great, I will send an alt through it to see the new quests.

  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,462Member Uncommon

    I'll be honest I'm not having such a great time.

    I'm at a place in the main story where I'm runnign around to the locals and "helping them" in order to get their trust. It's beyond tedious.

    I carried a box of apples and THEN carried the basket back. I went across a lake and back to get some sort of carcass, I painted a symbol on armor and now I'm hunting frogs (frogs!) and picking grass.

    I'm a bit deflated.

  • DeeterDeeter SO. SF, CAPosts: 135Member
    This game is still going? User numbers are dwindling every day and the latest expansion was the worst selling one. I can't imagine WB and Turbine are putting their best efforts into this game. Feels almost like an afterthought since Turbine most likely has their A team on their new MMO.
  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,191Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Deeter
    This game is still going? User numbers are dwindling every day and the latest expansion was the worst selling one. I can't imagine WB and Turbine are putting their best efforts into this game. Feels almost like an afterthought since Turbine most likely has their A team on their new MMO.

    Huh?  The numbers are not dwindling from my perspective.  The new areas are as busy as always.  The new Hobbit movie will bring more in too.  They seem to be spending time on this game, the lastest update improves loot collection immensely.

  • Flaming_MMOFlaming_MMO Jefferson, GAPosts: 137Member
    Originally posted by Sovrath

    I'll be honest I'm not having such a great time.

    I'm at a place in the main story where I'm runnign around to the locals and "helping them" in order to get their trust. It's beyond tedious.

    I carried a box of apples and THEN carried the basket back. I went across a lake and back to get some sort of carcass, I painted a symbol on armor and now I'm hunting frogs (frogs!) and picking grass.

    I'm a bit deflated.

     Reading this I am reminded why I left the game earlier this year, sounds about the same to me and will be holding off on any return.

     
  • CoolitCoolit FalkirkPosts: 468Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Torvaldr
    Originally posted by Coolit
    Originally posted by cyber7chink
    Ok, what is open tapping?

    Even if you didn’t hit a mob first as long as you hit it once you’ll get quest credit. They have the same system in RiFT and it’s routinely abused by people hitting you’re mob once then leaving you to do all the work and kill it while they get credit.

    Funny because it's also used in GW2 and encourages a lot of interaction in overland content.  I round the bend and see someone fighting mobs and start laying into them and help them out.  If there is a local event I'll stay and help them through that too.

    -snip-

    Absolutely it works perfectly in GW2 and it's one of the best things about the game hence why other developers are implementing it but I think there should be a certain level of participation required before credit is given.

  • cstroutscstrouts Marlton, NJPosts: 2Member
    Originally posted by Sovrath

    I'll be honest I'm not having such a great time.

    I'm at a place in the main story where I'm runnign around to the locals and "helping them" in order to get their trust. It's beyond tedious.

    I carried a box of apples and THEN carried the basket back. I went across a lake and back to get some sort of carcass, I painted a symbol on armor and now I'm hunting frogs (frogs!) and picking grass.

    I'm a bit deflated.

    Are you talking about Dunland in the snowy town that I can't remember the name of?  Keep going, it gets better ;)

  • kevjardskevjards carlislePosts: 1,463Member
    Originally posted by Torvaldr
    Originally posted by Coolit
    Originally posted by cyber7chink
    Ok, what is open tapping?

    Even if you didn’t hit a mob first as long as you hit it once you’ll get quest credit. They have the same system in RiFT and it’s routinely abused by people hitting you’re mob once then leaving you to do all the work and kill it while they get credit.

    Funny because it's also used in GW2 and encourages a lot of interaction in overland content.  I round the bend and see someone fighting mobs and start laying into them and help them out.  If there is a local event I'll stay and help them through that too.

    So what if someone does a drive by and only does 300 damage?  For one it's more damage than nothing and for another we're all on the same team so why wouldn't I want that person to get some xp and loot?  I lose nothing by their drive by.

    Don't blame selfish anti-social community behavior on a good game mechanic that promotes more social play.  It's not going to fix that.  Hopefully over time the LotRO community opens up and becomes a little more friendly.  They could take a lesson from the in game communities in both rift and GW2.

    edit: For once Turbine is actually improving the quality of their game and that should be encouraged and complimented.

    dont know how you think lotro community is poor but i guess you must have come across a few anti social types..but i have never seen any bad  chat on laurelin server or abuse of any kind..thats not to say it does'nt happen but i find the community one of the kindest most helpful in all mmo's that i have played.

  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,462Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by cstrouts
    Originally posted by Sovrath

    I'll be honest I'm not having such a great time.

    I'm at a place in the main story where I'm runnign around to the locals and "helping them" in order to get their trust. It's beyond tedious.

    I carried a box of apples and THEN carried the basket back. I went across a lake and back to get some sort of carcass, I painted a symbol on armor and now I'm hunting frogs (frogs!) and picking grass.

    I'm a bit deflated.

    Are you talking about Dunland in the snowy town that I can't remember the name of?  Keep going, it gets better ;)

    Yeah it's dunland. Gets better?

    I really hope so. image

  • elockeelocke Manassas, VAPosts: 4,205Member Uncommon
    Awesome update.  Love this game.  Quality of Life patch is what this was and it rocks.  Take note SWTOR, you do a patch like this and you might be surprised at all the new and "old" faces that show up.
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  • MMOGamer71MMOGamer71 Pittsburgh, PAPosts: 1,930Member Uncommon
    Great stuff.
  • strangiato2112strangiato2112 Richmond, VAPosts: 1,538Member Common
    Originally posted by kevjards
    Originally posted by Torvaldr
    Originally posted by Coolit
    Originally posted by cyber7chink
    Ok, what is open tapping?

    Even if you didn’t hit a mob first as long as you hit it once you’ll get quest credit. They have the same system in RiFT and it’s routinely abused by people hitting you’re mob once then leaving you to do all the work and kill it while they get credit.

    Funny because it's also used in GW2 and encourages a lot of interaction in overland content.  I round the bend and see someone fighting mobs and start laying into them and help them out.  If there is a local event I'll stay and help them through that too.

    So what if someone does a drive by and only does 300 damage?  For one it's more damage than nothing and for another we're all on the same team so why wouldn't I want that person to get some xp and loot?  I lose nothing by their drive by.

    Don't blame selfish anti-social community behavior on a good game mechanic that promotes more social play.  It's not going to fix that.  Hopefully over time the LotRO community opens up and becomes a little more friendly.  They could take a lesson from the in game communities in both rift and GW2.

    edit: For once Turbine is actually improving the quality of their game and that should be encouraged and complimented.

    dont know how you think lotro community is poor but i guess you must have come across a few anti social types..but i have never seen any bad  chat on laurelin server or abuse of any kind..thats not to say it does'nt happen but i find the community one of the kindest most helpful in all mmo's that i have played.

    Brandywine GLFF is a cess pool.  Not as bad as WoW trade or Rift pre-SL 1-50, but bad enough.

  • dreamsofwardreamsofwar bangorPosts: 468Member
    Originally posted by strangiato2112
    Originally posted by kevjards
    Originally posted by Torvaldr
    Originally posted by Coolit
    Originally posted by cyber7chink
    Ok, what is open tapping?

    Even if you didn’t hit a mob first as long as you hit it once you’ll get quest credit. They have the same system in RiFT and it’s routinely abused by people hitting you’re mob once then leaving you to do all the work and kill it while they get credit.

    Funny because it's also used in GW2 and encourages a lot of interaction in overland content.  I round the bend and see someone fighting mobs and start laying into them and help them out.  If there is a local event I'll stay and help them through that too.

    So what if someone does a drive by and only does 300 damage?  For one it's more damage than nothing and for another we're all on the same team so why wouldn't I want that person to get some xp and loot?  I lose nothing by their drive by.

    Don't blame selfish anti-social community behavior on a good game mechanic that promotes more social play.  It's not going to fix that.  Hopefully over time the LotRO community opens up and becomes a little more friendly.  They could take a lesson from the in game communities in both rift and GW2.

    edit: For once Turbine is actually improving the quality of their game and that should be encouraged and complimented.

    dont know how you think lotro community is poor but i guess you must have come across a few anti social types..but i have never seen any bad  chat on laurelin server or abuse of any kind..thats not to say it does'nt happen but i find the community one of the kindest most helpful in all mmo's that i have played.

    Brandywine GLFF is a cess pool.  Not as bad as WoW trade or Rift pre-SL 1-50, but bad enough.

    I've not noticed any bad community on Brandywine, Snowbourne is a different story.

  • orcasmorcasm IrvinePosts: 5Member

    Its good to see them finishing off revamping Moria. Along with Bree this maybe means they will improve more of the older lower level regions.

     

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