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Here we’re at  Friday and as soon as extra it’s bullet factors on my thoughts.  But I’m going to do future me a favor this time and hold all of it centered on a single title.  This time round it’s some tidbits about Lord of the Rings Online, ostensibly, based on my submit on Monday, one of many 5 titles that I submit about most round right here.

It has been greater than a yr and a half since Enad Global 7 acquired Daybreak, which included Standing Stone, and the announcement that the corporate was trying into doing a console model of Lord of the Rings Online.

That concept appeared like an enormous elevate again then… and it nonetheless does right this moment.  I made a decision at one level that they might actually should construct a brand new model from the bottom up for consoles, and made that one in every of my predictions for 2022.

But we bought phrase this previous week that SSG is engaged on one thing of a remaster of the sport’s graphics and consumer interface.  And I applaud that.  The fifteen yr outdated sport very a lot feels its age.  The UI was clunky and icons vague again when it launched, and within the age of vast display displays, it actually appears to be like unhealthy if you attempt to scale up particular person UI parts.

The drawback right here is that it seems like a superficial make over that can fall far wanting what it will must get the sport onto consoles.  But possibly they produce other plans for that as they’re in a interval of staffing as much as sort out the challenges of a 15 yr outdated sport that has suffered from no small quantity of neglect.

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I hope this finally ends up with an improved expertise.

  • Anor Transfers because the First Legendary Server Shuts Down

The LOTRO Legendary server Anor is reaching the top of its time and can be crusing west on the finish of the month.  Launched again in late 2018, it was SSG’s first strive at a contemporary begin, nostalgia centered particular server.  Readers of the weblog might recall that I dove proper in and performed by means of the preliminary content material and into Moria earlier than the expertise fell by the wayside.

Oversell a lot?

While I didn’t sustain with it after Moria, I discovered the preliminary content material expertise fairly enjoyable and can in all probability give it a strive once more some day… as soon as they get that remaster factor above in gear as a result of I’ve a large display monitor now and the UI appears to be like like rubbish on it… distractingly so.

But that’s one other story.  For now, Anor goes away and if you wish to hold your characters from that server it is possible for you to to switch them off between now and the top of the yr.

A FAQ has been posted, which opens with:

The Legendary World of Anor can be closing to public log-in on August thirty first, 2022, with the world formally changing into unavailable for log in after our common weekly restart on the thirty first. Through the top of the yr free character and shared merchandise transfers will stay accessible from Anor to every other non-Legendary sport world. After December thirty first, 2022, the Anor sport world can be closed completely, and any remaining characters won’t be able to be transferred or accessed.

I do surprise at SSG’s in capability to do a server merge, the best way that EverQuest does when its particular servers attain the top of their lives and everyone finally ends up on the Vox server.  No doubt one other instance of the clunky nature of LOTRO‘s improvement.

I’ve one character I need to save from Anor, I simply have to determine the place I should put him.

  • Echoes of a Cease and Desist

Also within the information over the past month or so was the non-public/pirate LOTRO server Echoes of Angmar, which was making an attempt to piece collectively the sport because it existed in its early days. (Web web site archived right here in case it goes lacking quickly.)

A distant echo of a misplaced time

Having performed the sport from beta and thru its launch, I’m not positive I see the attraction.  Maybe my glasses are missing in enough rose tinting, or possibly I like my nostalgia in a light-weight kind with some issues, like that map of the Old Forest, accessible at hand.

But who am I to guage?  I’ve typically mentioned that there is no such thing as a characteristic so unhealthy that it isn’t any individual’s favourite factor in a sport.

Because it was within the information it attracted the eye of Middle-earth Enterprises, which takes care of the works of the late Dr. Tolkien and the associated copyrights and licensing agreements.  They despatched out a stop and desist letter to the workforce:

Dear Echoes of Angmar workforce,

We have famous the Echoes of Angmar sport that you’ve got posted and we respect and share your enthusiasm for the Tolkien works, and particularly for the builders and creators of the epic MMO, The Lord of the Rings Online. Judging out of your web site and Discord, you might be people who possess a boundless enthusiasm for LOTRO, J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings. We’re right here to acknowledge your enthusiasm, and thanks to your fandom. Unfortunately, we, as trademark holders and stewards of the Tolkien works, extra typically than we’d like, should ship some probably troublesome information. As your corporation is utilizing the Tolkien works and logos in an unauthorized method with out good thing about a license, we should ask you to stop.

As stewards of the Tolkien works, we take our position very severely with a view to defend the works all the time, on behalf of followers in all places. As house owners of the mental property rights, we’re charged with defending these rights each morally and legally. Unfortunately, Echoes of Angmar makes use of particular content material from the books and from our Licensee for The Lord of the Rings Online with out the advantage of a license. Honestly, it breaks our hearts to submit letters like this one. It is just not unusual for followers to create issues reflecting an affection for the Tolkien works. It is thus with a heavy coronary heart that we should ask that you simply instantly stop all your unauthorized use of Echoes of Angmar, and all different Tolkien-related IP on all platforms, together with Discord, Youtube and on https://www.echoesofangmar.com/.

We welcome the chance to reply any questions you might have on the topic, and need you all the very best in your future duly licensed endeavors.

Kind regards,

Middle-earth Enterprises

I’ve seen plenty of feedback in regards to the mild and even conciliatory tone of this letter, relative to what one sees coming from the likes of Nintendo or Square Enix or Blizzard or Disney when any individual is working free with their copyrighted materials.

And it’s true, this can be a kinder and gentler strategy.  And maybe that can mollify some followers, as little doubt the corporate has to challenge this type of factor on a fairly common foundation.  But the outcomes are the identical ultimately.  Their coronary heart could also be heavy, however not heavy sufficient to steadiness out the burden of the pocketbook that retains all of them paid.

So it goes.

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