Voices of LOTRO: Arondumir of Imladris

This post is my day 13 contribution to the 2015 Blaugust Initiative.

Imladris is one of LOTRO’s newer servers. It opened in Sepetember 2010 with the advent of free-to-play, but was available three days prior to that for existing subscribers to create new characters as a head-start. As such, Imladris is a server founded by immigrants, whose players will be faced with another migration when it closes at the end of 2015. I chatted for a while today with Arondumir, who is a bit of a wanderer himself. Continue reading


Voices of LOTRO: Sigewolf of Elendilmir

This post is my day 11 contribution to the 2015 Blaugust Initiative.

Elendilmir is one of LOTRO’s original North American servers, and its unofficial Oceanic server. Known to many as “the big E,” it was among the top three worlds in terms of player activity for many years. It was a bit of a shock when Turbine announced that it, along with 18 other servers, would be closing at the end of 2015. Tonight I chatted with Sigewolf, whom another player described as “the glue that keeps Elendilmir together. (Made from the hooves of the finest ponies.)” Continue reading

Voices of LOTRO: Skamvetnir of Gilrain

This post is my day 10 contribution to the 2015 Blaugust Initiative.

With 19 of LOTRO’s servers closing at the end of 2015, I thought it would be nice to meet a few of their residents before the big move. Gilrain is LOTRO’s least busy server, but certainly not its least spirited! Today I spoke with the dwarf Skamvetnir, Middle-earth’s self-proclaimed “leading Elvis(h) impersonator.” Continue reading

Has your game gone from serious to silly?

This post is my day 1 contribution to the 2015 Blaugust Initiative.

My first experience with silliness in an otherwise serious game was the cow level in Diablo II. It began as a rumor started by a player of the original Diablo, and snowballed into a novelty feature Blizzard included with the second game. It was a short, self-contained level that had little effect on the rest of the game. I saw it as a reward for loyal fans of the studio and franchise. The secret cow level was a brief respite from usual the hack-and-slash of more ordinary demons in D2’s other dungeons. Continue reading