So I was listening to Episode 16 of LOTROCast and they mentioned this map over at Vision of the Ring. I had found it once before way back when, but totally forgot about it until the Podcast. Essentially the map follows the path of the ring, hobbits, Gandalf, the Nazgul, etc. but also how those events map back into the story-line in LOTRO with the prologue and the first 2 books of the epic line. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it to help visually tie things all together. There’s also some other good maps of the various zones to check out too.
And if you’re looking for a Podcast on LOTRO – certainly LOTROCast is a good one, but there are a number of others I also listen to in my Links section.
So the good news is there are some cool screen shots, the bad news it is it essentially the same information as Massively reported. There’s a lot of focus on the new area, the instances, and skirmishes (all of which are very exciting to me) but I’m still a little concerned that one of the other key pieces of this expansion is missing – character development. We’ve seen nothing in any of the reviews, diaries, or blogs regarding the traits, skills, etc. that are mentioned (please correct me if I’m wrong). Hopefully they’re still balancing things out and just haven’t finalized things, as I’d hate to see 5 more levels added without our characters advancing in any meaningful way.
Here’s the link to the article – Ten Ton Hammer.