Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Episode 016: Rumblings Shownotes

Greetings, listeners! It is episode time again! You can find LOTROCast on the Zune Marketplace, iTunes, and you can directly download the episode from the toolbar on the right once it updates. We’d love it if you took a moment and rated us on iTunes!

Check out Hayoo’s most excellent flash map, The Hunt for the Ring, that masterfully interweaves the lore behind the early part of the Fellowship of the Ring and the game’s lore in a vivid visual manner. Check out some of Hayoo’s other works here.

Altaholic? There are others who share your affliction. Check out Project Altoholism at the Casual Stroll to Mordor, another excellent LOTRO podcast.

Try your luck in the LOTRO Lottery. Check out Turbine’s information about that here.

Part Two of the Developer Question and Answer feature was released recently. If you have not yet looked it over, you can find it here.

PvP your thing? Check out this video that came off the Russian servers of an event that Turbine has EXPLICETLY STATED AS ONCE IN A LIFETIME (meaning there are NO plans to bring this to the game, and NO, other countries do not have creeps running around all over the place). LOTROCast covered PvP very thoroughly back in the early run of the show, in Episode 004: PvP.

If you are running Windows 7, not only am I jealous but Turbine has some information for you. You can find that here.

Two developer diaries on Skirmishes have been released since our previous episode. One is on the topic of randomization and scaling of the skirmishes, and one on the soldier system.

True to form, Turbine released a diary after our recording. Shame on you, Devs! We’ll cover the new dev diary, on the design of Mirkwood, in our episode coming up in a few weeks.

Orion put a spectacular amount of effort into explaining the changes coming to faction and reputation in his blog here.

Thanks to all of you who responded to our query on tiers! Check out the Wizzard of Azz’s blog over here.

Look out for the Lore Mini-casts hitting the podcast starting next week. We’ve got a variety of great topics already lined up…can’t wait to get it going!

See you in Middle-Earth,


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Guest Writing

Hello, listeners!

Episode 16 is on its way and will be live tomorrow.

In the meantime, I have tried my hand at some guest blogging. For the sake of keeping the website here 'clean,' I've kept commentary on here to a minimum. That doesn't mean I don't have opinions :-)

Head over to the excellent LOTRO Blog MMeOw to check out the first of a few pieces I wrote. More will follow over the next few weeks on various MMO blogs.

Thanks to Tony for posting it up!

See you all tomorrow,


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Episode 015: Developer Diaries and the End of Days Shownotes

Hello, all!

Episode 015 of LOTROCast is now live. You can find us on the Zune Marketplace, iTunes, and you will be able to direct download the episode from the toolbar on the right once it has updated.

In this episode of LOTROCast: The Lord of the Rings Online Podcast, discussion between hosts Alberos and Moormur starts off talking about the ins and outs of Siege of Mirkwood Developer Diaries, but twists and turns its way past speculation on future expansions until it rests on talk about the End of Days in Middle Earth.

Turbine is sponsoring a Pumpkin Carving contest! If you want to give it a shot, Turbine has all sorts of information on the contest here.

You can see a highly entertaining collection of 'rejected pumpkin designs' here.

The fall festival, Harvestmath, is live on the servers and will run for a few weeks. Explore what the festival has to offer, but if you want a basic list of events check out this link.

There are a ton of Developer Diaries out right now, including one that snuck in after we recorded.

You can find links to the dev diaries on Mounts, Skirmishes, and Shared Vault space in an earlier LOTROCast set of shownotes here.

The newer dev diaries are a lengthy one about Legendary Items, and two more about Skirmishes; one covering how the skirmishes are meant to be story driven, and one about the challenges and technology behind scaleable instances. I'm sure we'll talk about the new diary next episode...only to be pre-empted yet again by another new dev diary :-).

On a side note, stay tuned for an exciting little development we're bringing to LOTROCast in the next week or so.

Friday, October 16, 2009

New Episode Release Date

Hey, all. Sorry again for the delay. The new episode will go live as soon as I get it up on Saturday morning.

Again, sorry for the delay.


Monday, October 12, 2009

One Day Delay

Just quick note that due to travel, LOTROCast will have a one day delay this week. It will come out on Thursday, with Friday being the absolute latest.

Sorry about the delay!