RAID: Vile Maw (level 59-69, thursday 29 december 21.00 CET (20.00 GMT))

Hey there,

Thanks to Ginel-1’s winning vote, the Everlasting Hope kinship will hold the Vile M,aw encounter at lv 60 for lv 59-69 characters at thursday 29 december at 21.00 CET (20.00 GMT). All members of allianced kinships are welcome to join the run. See for requirements below. Be aware that those that have voted will have a priority for invites above others!

Requirements:
Moria expansion pack
lv 59-69 character
+5 hope tokens are strongly adviced!
cure pots, power pots, morale pots and food are strongly adviced!

Be aware: This encounter isnt meaned to be a walk over. Wipes are to be expected. Respecting other players mistakes and wipes are a must. Not tolerating this during the group play can have high consequenses!
See you at the raid
Whitedoom,

RAID: Vote for on level encounter (level 49-94, closes wednesday 28 december 20.00 CET (19.00 GMT))

Hey there,

The Everlasting Hope kinship will organise an on level raid on thursday 29 december at 21.00 CET (GMT + 1). This event is open for all our allianced kinship players aswell. All players from the allianced kinships may now vote wich encounter they would like to see. You can vote for more then one encounter but not twice the same. Voting can be done by in game mailing or telling ‘whitedoom’. Be sure to vote for encounters within your level range, as only those will be accepted that day! Be aware that some encounters will be hold at different times and days due to length and lock systems. Voting closes wednesday 28 december around 20.00 CET!

You can vote for:
-Rift of Nurz Ghashu (lv 49-59, starts 20.00 CET)
-Filikul (lv 59-69)
-Vile Maw (lv 59-69)
-Barad Guldur (64-74, starts 20.00 CET)
-Ost Dunhoth wound/fear (lv 64-74)
-Tower of Orthanc (lv 74-84, starts 20.00 CET)
-Battle for Erebor (lv 84-94)
-Fires of Smaug (lv 84-94)
Be sure to vote,
Whitedoom,

RAID: Ost Dunhoth wound/fear wing (Tier 2, level 100, for level 105 characters, tuesday 27 december 21.00 CET (20.00 GMT))

Hey there,

Thanks to Meneolas’ winning vote, the Everlasting Hope kinship will hold the Ost Dunhoth wound/fear wing encounter at lv 100 for lv 105 characters at tuesday 27 december at 21.00 CET (20.00 GMT). All members of allianced kinships are welcome to join the run. Beating the encounter means we will higher the level of the encounter the next time we do it. See for requirements below. Be aware that those that have voted will have a priority for invites above others!

Requirements:
Enedwaith quest pack
lv 105 character
+6 hope tokens are strongly adviced!
cure pots, power pots, morale pots and food are strongly adviced!

Be aware: This encounter isnt meaned to be a walk over. Wipes are to be expected. Respecting other players mistakes and wipes are a must. Not tolerating this during the group play can have high consequenses!

Whitedoom,

Warsteed race East road 30 dec 21 Cet

The Upcoming horse race (third out of six) will be hold at friday 30 december at 21.00 CET.

Horse Race competition
See Horse race introduction at ‘http://exploremiddleearth.com/Unified/2016/12/12/horse-racing-the-war-steed-competition-introduction/#more-64’ to read extra details about this event

The East Road
Your task is to start at the throne in Thorin’s Hall and go all the way to the entrance of the House of Elrond in Rivendell.

Info on race
Record time: 25 min 7 sec by Kikilaa (from Everlasting Hope)
Prize: 110G or more (you can donate for more by sending money and/or items to whitedoom)

RAID: Vote for tuesdays T2 group encounter for lv 105 characters (closes monday 22.00 CET (21.00 GMT))

Hey there,

The Everlasting Hope kinship will organise a T2 encounter for lv 105 characters on tuesday 27 december at 21.00 CET (GMT + 1). This event is open for all our allianced kinship players aswell. All players from the allianced kinships may now vote wich encounter they would like to see. Be aware that many of the encounters wont be done on max lv yet. We will higher the lv once its succesfully completed the next time we do it. You can vote for more then one encounter but not twice the same. Voting can be done by in game mailing or telling ‘whitedoom’. Be aware that some encounters will be hold at different times due to length. Voting closes monday 26 december around 22.00 CET (21.00 GMT)! Continue reading

RAID: Roving Threats (Saturday 24 december 20.00 CET (19.00 GMT))

Hey there,

Saturday evening at 20.00 CET (19.00 GMT) we will be doing Roving Threats thanks to your votes on the random group events! Roving Threats are environment bosses that can be killed by lv 100+ players. Be sure to pick the quests you would like to have on beforehand. During the event we shall decide with each other who we will going to kill! See for requirements below!

Requirements:
lv 100+ character
Acces to all areas around Middle Earth
Hope to see you at the event!
Whitedoom,

Horse racing: Standings after two races!

These are the current horse race competition results after two races. We still need four races to go! In the end the top 3 will be awarded aswell!

1. Bearlee (WotV) 31p
2. Rigabosi (WotV) 29p
3. Bagofpies (EH) 20p
4. Burglaris (EH) 11p
5. Drowsi (WotV) 10p
5. Hunterback (EH) 10p
7. Dagenite (EH) 9p
8. Lunelore (EH) 8p
8. Toffeecake (EH) 8p
10. Putnam (EH) 7p
11. Bearserker-1 (EH) 6p
11. Xestelia (EH) 6p
13. Belwinglos (EH) 5p
13. Nikadan (BoA) 5p
15. Edellia (EH) 4p
15. Freackyskull (EH) 4p
17. Vidalas (HoE)  3p
18. Durathorn (EH) 2p
19. Artimese (EH) 1p

Whitedoom,

RAID: Random group event vote! (closes friday 23 december 20.00 CET (19.00 GMT))

Hey there,

Free choice is a new raiding type event that will be hold by the Everlasting Hope kinship. You can vote for a total free group event of your choice. You may post your vote via in game mail to ‘whitedoom’ with the group orientated encounter or environment you would like to see. There are however a few exceptions that we will not include as availbe options, which are listed below. Everything else is pretty much allowed unless we see it as something that cant be done aswell! Players that voted do have a priority to join, no matter what level the player is!
Voting will close on friday 23 december arounf 20.00 CET (19.00 GMT) and the event will be hold at saturday 20.00 CET (19.00 GMT)!

Excluded from the votes are:
Tier 2 max level classic encounters
TODT Tier 1
On level encounters (higher levels may join!)
Deed, item or xp farming
Special events like racing and such
Be sure to vote,
Whitedoom

Horse racing: The Misty Mountain Blockade (Friday 23 december 21.00 CET (20.00 GMT))

Hey there,

The Upcoming horse race (second out of six) will be hold at friday 23 december at 21.00 CET.

Horse Race competition
See Horse race introduction to read extra details about this event

The Misty Mountain Blockade
Your task is to start outside in the open next to the eastern entrance to moria. From there youll go into lothlorien and should return to the place you started without going reverse!

Info on race:
Record time: 44 min 36 sec by Bearlee (from Wisdom of the Valar)
Prize: 110G + items or more (you can donate for more by sending money and/or items to whitedoom)

Requirements:
-Being lv 90+ is adviced
-Having a light War-Steed is adviced
-Not any speed buff is allowed (horse and walking ones!)
-78% normal mounts may only race with the ‘smell the rose’ debuff for this race.

See you at the race!
Whitedoom,

Lotro and DDO moved from Turbine/Wb to new independent studio

No more Turbine? Seems so. On the heels of the 19.2 release notes 2 new posts by the community manager came online.

The game teams responsible for The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) and Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) are now moving from Turbine to Standing Stone Games, a newly formed indie game studio. In addition, we’ve partnered with Daybreak Games to provide global publishing services. They’ve had a long, successful history developing and publishing MMOs, and we’re happy to lean on their expertise.

Press-release post

Some questions have also been posted already in a FAQ

Forum topic for further updates and discussions is here

My view atm is astonishment really. It’s a blessing and a curse that they leave Turbine and the parent company Warner brothers. The newly independent studio makes me worried, but the support from daybreak games publishing studio makes me lean a bit more to the positive side. That company is responsible for games like Planetside 2, Everquest, Ultima online and DC universe. Good, decent f2p games with a nice track record of content and updates.

For other sides it’s too early and to form any final thoughts.