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Lord Of The Rings Online FAQ
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General Game Information

What is The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ (LOTRO)?

The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ will be the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) set in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings™.

Is The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) based on the movies or the books?
Turbine owns the rights to produce massively-multiplayer online games based on the written works, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

What about The Silmarillion?
At this time, our license does not include The Silmarillion.

Why does LOTRO look different from the movies?
Both the recent The Lord of the Rings™ movies and The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ are based on the trilogy by JRR Tolkien. However, the two projects are not related directly to each other and do not share art, music, or settings.

What is an MMORPG?
MMORPG stands for massively multiplayer online role-playing game. MMORPGs allow thousands of players to adventure and socialize together at the same time. In The Lord of the Rings™ Online, you will be one of the thousands of players interacting with each other every day. This creates a living environment populated by people across the world.

When will The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ be released?
We are anticipating a Spring 2007 release.

When is the Beta?
The beta period will begin as we move closer to releasing the game. You can apply to the Beta Program here.

Will a regular fee be required to play?
Yes, but the amount of the subscription fee has not yet been determined.

Do you have to have an internet connection to play LOTRO?
Yes.

What are the system requirements for The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™?
We have not yet determined the system requirements for LOTRO.

Will LOTRO be released for the Mac / Xbox / Playstation / Gamecube?
LOTRO is currently only in development for Windows-based PC platforms.

Adventuring in Middle-earth
Where in Middle-earth will the game take place?

The initial launch of the game will cover the region of Eriador, including the Shire, Rivendell, Breeland, and other landmarks from The Lord of the Rings.

Where does the game start?
Humans begin the game in the town of Archet, on the edge of the Chetwood Forest. The other races' starting points are being finalized and will be revealed later.

When does the game take place?
LOTRO is set in the Third Age, during the War of the Ring. The game begins approximately after Frodo leaves the Shire with the One Ring. The launch product will essentially cover the time and many locations of the first book, The Fellowship of the Ring.

Will we be able to meet some of the characters from The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit?
You will encounter many of your favorite characters from the books on your journey through LOTRO. They will at times be directly part of your adventure. What's the Prancing Pony without Barliman Butterbur? The Old Forest without Tom Bombadil?

What about Tom Bombadil?
We think he's cool. He's a good friend to have when exploring the Old Forest or the Barrow-downs.

Will there be mounts in LOTRO?
Mounts will not be available at launch, but will be included in a future expansion (probably Rohan).

Is there a way to travel across long distances quickly?
There will be fast travel options, but the first time you arrive at a destination it must be on foot.

Gameplay Questions
Can I play as a member of the Fellowship?

You will not be able to play as a member of the Fellowship. You will, however, meet the Fellowship and many other important characters from the books, and participate at times in important events that take place in parallel to the main events of The Lord of the Rings. The goal for LOTRO is to allow each player to create and grow their own Tolkien hero within an authentic Middle-earth mythology and environment, and to task them with their own heroic quest.

Does LOTRO follow the story of the Fellowship?
While you will not travel with the Fellowship in their quest to destroy the One Ring, your character will follow his/her own heroic path within the same time and place and in some places, will actually participate in events that aid the Fellowship on their journey.

Which races can we play?
Players may choose from Humans, Elves, Dwarves, and Hobbits.

What about High Elves and Dúnedain?
Because these races are particularly powerful, they will not initially be available for play. The playable Elven race is the Wood, or Silvan, Elves.

Can we play evil races?
For many reasons, we have concluded that alignment would not be appropriate to the world of LOTRO at launch. Your choices when creating a character are restricted to the races of the Free Peoples of Middle-earth: Humans, Elves, Dwarves, and Hobbits. The themes of this world center more around different races banding together against a common evil.

Is there PvP in LOTRO?
While there is some (but very little) precedent for PvP in the lore, it doesn't fit into Tolkien's world in the usual way that PvP fits into MMORPG's. In light of this, the design team is looking at PvP alternatives that will satisfy those who enjoy competitive play, while preventing scenarios such as Elves "ganking" Hobbits in the Shire.

What classes are there?
Currently, we plan to have seven cardinal classes: Champion, Captain, Guardian, Hunter, Minstrel, Burglar, and Lore-master.

Can I play a mage or wizard in LOTRO?
From what is known, there were very few wizards in the whole of Middle-earth through the ages. You will not be able to play a Wizard, but a mage-like class will be available to you. As Magic plays such a special role in the Tolkien lore, we are taking great care to provide players with the abilities they expect, within an appropriate context for the Tolkien mythology.

What can you tell me about grouping?
A traditional party in LOTRO is called a fellowship and will be supported by the features you would expect like multi-channel chat, locate, and group rewards. In addition, LOTRO will provide fellowships with unique and powerful group attacks that increase in strategic complexity with player skill.

Can I still solo the game?
Our goal is to make the game playable for both solo players and those who choose to form Fellowships. Fellowships will of course provide certain advantages in some situations, but a fastidious Solo player can always buff up enough over time to make it through.

What’s a Conjunction?
A Conjunction is a group combat maneuver which is executed by multiple members of a Fellowship. Conjunctions reward teamwork and organization within Fellowships. They start simply, but can increase in complexity for players who wish to fully exploit group tactics.

Does LOTRO have player housing?
At this time, individual player housing is not in the plan for launch. We absolutely see this as an important part of the evolving world after launch and have plans on how to execute this type of system.

I’ve heard that LOTRO uses instancing technology. What is it, and how is it used?
We're using instancing in two basic ways in the game. As has become more common in other MMO's, instances place fellowships (parties) in an environment that is private to them, so we can craft a compelling adventure that will not be interrupted or interfered with by other players. We have also developed a more complex use of layered instancing, to "change the world" as part of special moments in the story. In layered instances, the player will encounter an area that during the course of a series of adventures will be forever altered in the "public" persistent world. For example, an attack on a town might result in the town being consumed in flames during a battle – returning to the town later, the player will discover the buildings are burnt to ashes. This will remain the open, public world from that point on for any player that had experienced those events in the game. We'll explain this exciting mode of gameplay in further detail in the future.

How much of the game is instanced?
The majority of the game will occur in open, persistent scape. We anticipate 10-20% of the world will be instanced in one fashion or another.

Is there a level cap in LOTRO?
The current plan is to cap the levels at 50 in the launch version of the game.

Is there a crafting system in LOTRO?
Yes! There are nine professions in our crafting system; they are Prospecter, Forester, Scholar, Cook, Weaponsmith, Woodworker, Metalsmith, Leatherworker, and Jeweler. More information on crafting is coming soon!

When does the game take place?
LOTRO is set in the Third Age, during the War of the Ring. The game begins approximately after Frodo leaves the Shire with the One Ring. The launch product will essentially cover the time and many locations of the first book, The Fellowship of the Ring.

Which classes can I play as a Man?
The seven classes available to the Race of Man are:
Champion
Guardian
Captain
Minstrel
Hunter
Burglar
Lore-master

Which classes can I play as an Elf?
The five classes available to Elves are:
Champion
Guardian
Minstrel
Hunter
Lore-Master

Which classes can I play as a Hobbit?
The four classes available to Hobbits are:
Guardian
Minstrel
Hunter
Burglar

Which classes can I play as a Dwarf?
The four classes available to Dwarves are:
Champion
Guardian
Minstrel
Hunter

The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ (LOTRO) Beta Program Questions
What is the LOTRO Beta Program?

The LOTRO Beta Program is an opportunity for members of the gaming public to play the game before its official release. For Turbine, it's a crucial opportunity for us to get feedback on what works and what doesn't work, and to make appropriate changes before the game comes out.

Where can I sign up for the Beta Program?
You can sign up for the Beta Program through the LOTRO Community Forums at http://forums.lotro.turbine.com. If you already have a Forum account, just log in and click the Beta Program Application link in the menu bar. If you don't have a Forum account yet, you must register for the Forums in order to submit an application.

When will the Beta Program start?
The Beta Program will commence in the summer of 2006. Keep an eye on http://lotro.turbine.com for announcements regarding specific dates.

How much does participation in the Beta Program cost?
There are currently no plans to charge players for participation in the Beta Program.

Who can participate in the Beta Program?
Admission to the Beta Program is on an invitation-only basis. You must be a resident of the United States or Canada and 18 years of age or older in order to be accepted.

If you are a resident of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, or the United Kingdom, you may be eligible to participate in the European Beta Program. Please visit http://www.lotro-europe.com for more information.

If you live in another part of the world, there may be an upcoming Beta Program in your region – keep an eye on the official website at http://lotro.turbine.com for future announcements!

I already subscribe to another Turbine game. Does this help me get into the Beta Program?
Current Turbine subscribers can increase their chance of receiving an invitation to the Beta Program by joining the Turbine Rewards program. For more information, log into your account at http://billing.turbine.com and click the Turbine Rewards link in the menu bar. Once you've signed up for Turbine Rewards, make sure you enter your billing.turbine.com username when prompted in the Beta Program Application.

Full benefits of the Turbine Rewards program are for customers with a game subscription that has been active for six months or longer, but newer customers can still improve their chances of being accepted into the Beta Program by joining the Turbine Rewards program.

Please note that membership in the Turbine Rewards program does not guarantee a Beta Program invitation.

I heard that guilds have a better chance of getting into the Beta Program. How does this work?
We recognize the value of playing with people you already know, so we're giving you the opportunity to specify your current guild's name, website, active game, and size when you sign up for the Beta Program. When we select players who are in your guild for the Beta Program, there's an increased chance of you getting in, and vice-versa. So in order to maximize your chance of getting into the Beta Program, make sure you fill out these fields, and encourage your guildmates to sign up as well. Please note that membership in a guild does not guarantee a Beta Program invitation.

If I'm accepted into the Beta Program, how will you let me know?
We'll be sending out Beta Program invitations via email – if you have a spam filter, please make sure you add betasupport@turbine.com to your address book. This will ensure that any invitations do not get blocked by your spam filter. This is important, as we will not re-send blocked or bounced Beta Program invitations.

If I'm accepted into the Beta Program, how will I get the game client?
The game client will most likely be distributed via download. Due to the size of the download, we strongly recommend that you use a download manager in order to minimize the chances of having a corrupted download. We will have more information on this topic available at the start of the Beta Program.

Will I be able to keep my Beta Program characters after the game launches?
No. All Beta Program characters will be deleted before the game's retail launch.

If I preorder the game, will I get into the Beta Program?
We have not yet announced the details of the preorder program. The only way to get into Beta Program at this time is to submit a Beta Program Application.

Beta Program Application Questions
Do I have to submit an application to register for the Forums?

No. The Beta Program Application is an optional part of the Forum registration. If you change your mind later, you can always fill out an application by logging into the Forums and clicking on the Beta Program Application button.

What kind of people are you looking for?
We want our game to appeal to as broad a range of players as possible, and we're looking for a similarly broad range for the Beta Program. We want people who speak Sindarin and people who think Middle-earth means Nebraska; people whose computers cost $5000 and people whose computers cost $5000 ... in 1999; people who started playing MMORPGs when they were still called MUDs and people who have no idea what an MMORPG is but know that mud is what happens when dirt gets wet. In short, we want everyone. So fill out your application truthfully and hope for the best.

Can I change my Beta Program Application after I've already entered it?
Yes. Most Beta Program Application fields can be updated at any time. So if you marked an answer as "Not sure/don't know", or if your contact information or system profile changes, you're allowed (encouraged actually) to update your application. You can do this by logging into the Forums and clicking the Beta Program Application button.

How can I find my Processor Type?
Click on the Start menu.
Click on the Run option.
Type "dxdiag" and click the "OK" button. The DirectX Diagnostic Tool will open up.
Select the System tab if it isn't already selected.
Your Processor Type and Clock Speed are listed under "Processor".
In your Beta Program Application, select the Processor Type option that most closely matches your system.

How can I find my System RAM?
Click on the Start menu.
Click on the Run option.
Type "dxdiag" and click the "OK" button. The DirectX Diagnostic Tool will open up.
Select the System tab if it isn't already selected.
Your System RAM is listed under "Memory".
In your Beta Program Application select the Memory option that most closely matches your system. For your reference, 1024MB = 1GB, 1534MB = 1.5GB, and 2048MB = 2GB.

How can I find my Processor Clock Speed?
Click on the Start menu.
Click on the Run option.
Type "dxdiag" and click the "OK" button. The DirectX Diagnostic Tool will open up.
Select the System tab if it isn't already selected.
Your Processor Type and Clock Speed are listed under "Processor".
In your Beta Program Application, select the Processor Clock Speed option that most closely matches your system.

How can I find my Video Card?
Click on the Start menu.
Click on the Run option.
Type "dxdiag" and click the "OK" button. The DirectX Diagnostic Tool will open up.
Select the Display or Display 1 tab.
Your Video Card is listed under "Chip Type".
In your Beta Program Application select the Video Card option that most closely matches your system.

How can I find my Video RAM?
Click on the Start menu.
Click on the Run option.
Type "dxdiag" and click the "OK" button. The DirectX Diagnostic Tool will open up.
Select the Display or Display 1 tab.
Your Video RAM is listed under "Approx. Total Memory".
In your Beta Program Application select the Video RAM option that most closely matches your system.

What should I enter for my Video Configuration?
The vast majority of systems have a single video card. Multiple video cards are generally found only in high-end boutique or custom-built systems. If you're not aware of multiple video cards in your system, in all likelihood you have a single video card.

How can I find my Sound Card?
Click on the Start menu.
Click on the Run option.
Type "dxdiag" and click the "OK" button. The DirectX Diagnostic Tool will open up.
Select the Sound tab.
Your Sound Card is listed under "Name".
In your Beta Program Application select the Sound Card option that most closely matches your system. If your sound card says something like "integrated audio", select the "Onboard sound" option.

How can I find my Operating System?
Click on the Start menu.
Click on the Run option.
Type "dxdiag" and click the "OK" button. The DirectX Diagnostic Tool will open up.
Select the System tab if it isn't already selected.
Your Operating System is listed under "Operating System".
In your Beta Program Application select the Operating System option that most closely matches your system.

What should I enter for my Internet Connection?
Most internet connections will be either "Dial-up modem (56Kb or greater)", "DSL", or "Cable modem". Modems connect via your phone line and have to explicitly place an outgoing call to connect to the internet. DSL is an always-on connection that connects over your phone line – common providers include Verizon and SBC. A cable modem is also an always-on connection that connects over your cable line – common providers include Comcast.

What should I enter for my Router Brand?
A router connects your broadband internet connection to the computers and other internet-enabled devices in your house. Your router may be separate from your DSL or cable modem, or it might be integrated. It may also provide wireless access.

What is a DxDiag.txt? Why do you want it? How can I upload it?
As part of the Beta Program Application, you will have the option of uploading your computer's DxDiag.txt file. This file contains a thorough list of your computer hardware and drivers – it contains no personal information.

When you upload your DxDiag.txt file, you help ensure that the Beta Program covers a diverse range of hardware configurations. This improves game stability for launch and increases your chances of getting into the Beta program.

To upload your DxDiag, please follow these instructions:

Click on the Start menu.
Click on the Run option.
Type "dxdiag" and click the "OK" button. The DirectX Diagnostic Tool will open up.
Click the "Save All Information" button.
Save the DxDiag.txt file to your Desktop.
Close the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.
Find the DxDiag.txt file on your Desktop and double click it to open it.
Select all of the text in the file and Copy it to your clipboard, then paste it into the Beta application.


 
 
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