Amazon’s Lord of the Rings MMORPG

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Lord of the Rings is a bit staple in fantasy, with the books inspiring many other media, as well as giving way to a few “rules” that most fantasy creators tend to adhere by. While I’ve yet to finish two out of the three books of the trilogy (don’t judge), I do enjoy most things Tolkien.

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One of the games downloaded onto our Steam is The Lord of the Ring Online. I played it once. Got a character set up, did the little opening segment and a couple of the first-level tutorial missions. As far as I remember, it wasn’t too bad, but I do wish I had more time to devote to online games such as those.

With that said, everyone remember that Amazon is doing a Lord of the Rings spin-off series focusing on the Second Age? I still don’t know too much about it, but I’ve heard that Amazon Game Studios will also be partnering with PC gaming company Leyou for is a Lord of the Rings MMORPG. Like the Amazon series, this game will also take place in the Second Age, before the events from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It makes sense — the Second Age has a lot more wiggle room considering it’s not as fleshed out as the events in the books.

Being able to explore Middle Earth as one of Tolkien’s races sounds awesome, though. I’m curious as to what kind of quests and stories will be written for the game, and see how much of an impact one player can make on said stories.

I’m excited to hear more about this free to play MMORPG, and I’m hoping that perhaps it’ll be something that I can get enough time to stick with. I miss the old City of Heroes MMORPG and I would love to find another to spend some time with, perhaps actually get to know more players through the game and everything.

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Lord of the Rings: Quest to Mount Doom [Board Game Review]

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This game has been on our radar ever since we first saw it at our local Barnes and Noble. Supposedly it’s a Barnes and Noble exclusive, but there are similar-looking games on Amazon. Being fans of the Lord of the Rings franchise, we eventually splurged on the large board game and finally got around to playing it.

This game, at the time we bought it, was about $50. While the game was fun, I don’t think it was worth $50.


The board itself is rather big, which was fine. It consisted of all the locations that are mentioned in the movies (and probably some from the books) with pathways connecting them. Each pathway had a number of move values that it would take to travel and you could move up to the number you rolled or less than your roll value.

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So, for example, if you rolled a two and had two branching paths – one that had a two and one that had a three, you could only go on the number-two path. Moving around the board was pretty simple and it was a fun way to do it rather than going through one linear path. Plus, there are events cards so that you can move anywhere on the board or move someone else anywhere. Then, of course, you have the cards that tell you a specific place to go.

The point of visiting as many locations as you can is due to the item cards that can be found. At the start of the game, each location has an item card randomly assigned to it, items that no one knows about because one of the items is the One Ring itself. The object of the game is to obtain the One Ring and deliver it to the Mount Doom location.

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Of course, you need to keep the ring secret from the other players. There are ways to find out if someone has the ring. There’s a Gollum event card that forces whoever has the ring to announce it to everyone. You can also lose the ring if the Eye of Sauron and you land on the same space. It forces to go back to one of the starting points of the game and you have to drop the ring in that location.

While we imagine that the game can get a little chaotic the more people you play with — as you’ll have more opportunities to sabotage each other, use more event cards, and crash into each other on the board — we were getting a little tired of getting similar event cards and our turns going so quickly. The little character tokens weren’t the greatest quality, either. In fact, I accidentally broke a couple’s feet while trying to snap them out of their grid when first opening the box.

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Hence, my point earlier when I don’t think this game is worth the $50. The character tokens were cheap plastic – Kris actually sliced her thumb open trying to get one out – and the event and item cards were repetitive. I don’t think they had enough ideas. Not to mention the fact that the event and item cards had the same backing. So, when we were supposed to put the item cards around the board at each place, we accidentally put the event cards down first.

I think they had the same backing on purpose, though, considering the creators of the game probably expected the players to be sitting at a table with their hands of cards held up and hidden from the other players. If the character tokens were similar to the tokens in Monopoly — better quality, a little weighted — and the events were much more varied, we probably would have had a better time with the game. Of course, we still had fun and may try the game out with a few friends, but we probably won’t break the game out again too soon.

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Overall, the game was pretty good and we did have fun. I think this is one of those games that need more people for it to be more “chaotic” and really have a good time.

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New Game Radar: Gollum

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I can’t believe it’s the first of April already! The year is already going by so fast… I can barely keep up with the games that are coming out this year, and here I am writing a post about a game that may not be slated until 2021.


Lord of the Rings is a universally acclaimed franchise that many geeks enjoy together. Even if you are not that big of a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world, you probably understand the phrases, “Not all who wander are lost” and “You shall not pass!”

The original movie trilogy was a blockbuster, Amazon has green-lit a television series, and there are still books coming out with Tolkien’s works and worlds. Video games have been created to help fans immerse themselves even further in Middle-Earth, from Lord of the Rings Online to Shadows of Mordor. Now there is a new game in the works starring the creature that coined the term, “My Precious.”

Although this is early in development, considering the company says we can expect the game in 2021, the idea of a video game starring Gollum is intriguing. He’s a wretched little creature whose mind is ensnared by the One Ring, so it’ll be interesting to see where this game will take him. Will it start with finding the ring? Will he already be the Gollum creature that we know at the beginning of the game, with the voices developing inside his head?

In the books and movies, his ending is not happy. Will the game allow us to change his fate? Would fans want the game to do that?

Are you interested in Lord of the Rings and, by extension, a game centered around Gollum? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Dive into Another World: MMORPGs

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday and new year, everyone! Here’s hoping that everyone is planning great things for 2017, both for personal and gaming goals!

Rachel and I have been hard at work trying to improve this blog, to figure out bigger and better ways to connect to fellow gamers and writers. Because, honestly, isn’t that the point of gaming? Socializing and excitedly freaking out with your fellow nerds?

(Real talk, I’ve never understood where that old stereotype of gamers hanging out in the basement of their parents’ house alone came from.)

This year I would love to try my hand at more MMORPGs. Although they’re not required to enjoy the games, Rachel and I are comparing prices and reviews of microphones and headphones for such games so we can, you know, possibly communicate with other gamers (outside of the game’s chat system, of course).

I’m not entirely sure where to start. I used to play City of Heroes when it had been around, having tons of fun flying around, kicking butt, and teaming up with other players when I could. Back then, I was like Batman, working better alone if only due to my computer being just barely able to run the game. It wouldn’t have been fair to join a team of fellow superheroes only for my system to lag during an important battle.

Rachel and I were thinking of Lord of the Rings Online, figuring that it was a familiar enough franchise for us to dive into and play with each other. Star Trek Online is another world I would love to join. I would love to try perhaps World of Warcraft down the line, that kind of fantasy world being right up my alley. Overwatch is still on my list to play, too.

What about you out there — any MMORPGs that you enjoy playing? Any recommendations, for games or equipment?

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