LOTRO IP Blocking Removed!

Straight from the devs:

Hello everyone,

Throughout the Alpha and Beta phases of development, we have worked hard to satisfy the enthusiastic community that has risen up in support of LOTRO. We listened to and incorporated your ideas many times throughout development and our game is now stronger for it. As we prepare for launch we wanted to let you know that your feedback still matters. We have been listening and will continue to do so in the future.

Recently, some players expressed their concern about our plans to implement IP blocking. After listening to our fans, we have decided to remove IP blocking in North America.

However, we strongly encourage players to purchase and play the game in their region to receive the best game experience, connectivity and local customer support. Please note that regional clients are only operable with their respective regional services.

In closing, we would like to thank the players for your feedback. Your honest input has been invaluable to us throughout development. We are always listening to your feedback.

Enjoy Middle-earth!

In other words LOTRO multinational guilds rejoice!

It’s really great to see a company listening to feedback and responding so quickly. It wasn’t more than a few weeks ago that Turbine announced this information and it’s already being reversed. Congrats to the players who made this possible.

New feature at the Vanguard Vault: Forum Highlights

Each week I will be covering the Vanguard Vault’s Weekly Forum Highlight. Similar to my responsibilities to the LOTRO Vault’s Digest I will be browsing the VGVault forums for humor, guides, insight, suggestions, and anything that might be worth sharing with the community.

Here’s a look at this week’s Forum Highlights:

– DeKyos brings us a Guide on Creating Crafting Macros which is sure to help anyone out there with sore fingers.

– vn_vigilante66 started a topic asking “If you could change one thing” what would it be?

– -Nuke- has written a guide on the Tomb of Lord Tsang Legendary Weapon Quest Upgrades! While not new on the boards, this topic is still finding ways to be useful to the community. Thank’s -Nuke-!

– Another great topic from -Nuke- shows the GM’s have a great sense of humor! While adventuring in Rahz Inkur a Gm decided to turn the whole raid into Gnomes and then Birds!

Ranger Guide 1.0 was posted on the Offensive Fighters board this week by TheLightningDragon21. His guide details abilities, tactics, group dynamics, and more. For new Rangers this is a great resource.

– A fantastic idea was introduced by Noisy_Cricket on our General board. How about a different quest tab for adventuring, diplo and crafting? Discuss this idea and maybe even throw in a few of your own!

You can see this week’s highlights and catch up on any you missed here!

If you come across a topic you feel the Vanguard Vault should highlight please feel free to send me an email or PM me here on the vault.

So like the article says, if you come across a topic you think is worthy of recognition send it my way!

New Tolkein book to be published!

AWESOME! Another Tolkien book!

LONDON (AFP) – An unfinished book by “Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R. Tolkien, which was completed by his son, will go on sale on next month, a newspaper said.
“The Children of Hurin”, which Tolkien began in 1918, will be in bookshops on April 17, the Independent on Sunday added. The author’s son, Christopher, spent 30 years completing the story from the many drafts produced by his father.

Read the whole thing here!