Monthly Archives: May 2009

LOTROCast Episode 008: Dev Interview – Berephon is live

In this episode, LOTROCast interview Berephon, a member of the LOTRO team to
discuss lore, backstory, and what to look forward to in the future.

Get answers to some questions like:
How does Turbine draw the lore-line?
What’s going down in Erid Luin?
What is the Everseer?
Who is the cat lady and why has she been missing for so long?

In addition, we introduce a new segment, the LOTRO Workbench. Make
sure to check out the shownotes at

BlizzCon 2009 Exclusive Pet Grunty the Murloc Marine

World of Warcraft fans already know that during the Blizzcon event new interesting pets will be available, and the 2009 edition is no exception.

Everyone who attends BlizzCon 2009 or purchases the BlizzCon Pay Per View event via DIRECTV will be joined by a new World of Warcraft in-game companion, Grunty the murloc marine. This tiny terror is fully armored and comes equipped with a gauss rifle, which he’ll occasionally fire into the air to make sure no invisible spacecraft are swooping in to attack. –

MMO Champion published a little video of Grunty in action.

BlizzCon Tickets on Sale Today

Just in case Saturday, May 16 isn’t circled on your calendar, here’s a quick reminder that BlizzCon tickets will be going on sale today. A second batch of tickets will go on sale May 30.

And for those unable to attend the show, in-depth coverage of BlizzCon will also be offered by DIRECTV as a Pay Per View event, available both via satellite and Internet stream. BlizzCon 2009 will take place August 21 and 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center, and tickets cost $125 each. For further information about the convention, check out the official BlizzCon site.

Lotro Bullroarer Dev Night

You have probably heard about Lotro Bullroarer Dev Night and prizes. If you have the same question like MataTahu: What’s on the menu for the evening activities? The answer is YOU 🙂

Mainly we’re trying to put as much heavy stress on the servers as possible. Our goal is to really put a hurtin’ on them so we need everyone who can spare the time to log in and give it a go. This is all about performance under load so the more load we get (that’s people logged in at the same time), the better the data will be. You will need to download and patch the Bullroarer client before Thursday.

If you remember back a few weeks when I said we were focusing on improving server stability? This is one of the pieces we’ve been looking at. First we had the changes to the game for stability and those went well. Now we’re taking this step and then we’ll take further game stability steps to make sure we’re back to providing as rock solid a service as we possibly can (and have in the past).

Bullroarer currently has the exact same player database it had when it was shut down prior to Book 7 (based on the Elendilmir database). So what ever state your character was in at that time, it should be exactly as you left it. You can, of course, make new characters.


SWtoR: New Class Revealed – Trooper

All the theories and predictions that the next class to be revealed is going to be the smuggler were dead wrong. The class to emerge from the revolution torn world of Ord Mantell is none other than the Republic Trooper. Now remember kids, this is not your Imperial trooper clone. This is thousands of years before Darth Vader’s Storm Troopers. They might look alike but they are the good guys – defending the Republic alongside the Jedi. The official announcement reads as follows:

We are excited to reveal the next playable character class in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ – the Trooper!

The Trooper is an elite combat specialist in the Republic military armed with heavy blaster rifles and nearly impenetrable armor designed by the military’s top engineers. Trained to beat almost any odds, the Trooper battles deep behind enemy lines to carry out precise, hard hitting strikes against the enemy, with a barrage of blaster-fire and a few carefully aimed firebombs. Even Sith Lords are wise to think twice before engaging in combat with the Trooper—this is what it means to be one of the Republic’s finest.

Check out the latest screenshots in our gallery below (including the walpapers). The official page presenting the Trooper is here, while in conjunction there is an interview with the SWtoR’s principal lead writer Daniel Erickson and lead combat designer Damion Schubert going deeper into the creation of the Trooper.[PSGallery=wd24q7ade]