Through April 30, all quests, instances, and skirmishes are available for everyone to play for free. This also includes content previously locked behind paid expansion packs.
Additionally, the special vendor who only appears during certain times, The Curator, is now coming back between March 26 and April 30. What’s more, The Lord of the Rings Online is offering a 10% XP boost from March 26 to April 6. Finally, the Baggins’ Birthday event is coming to The Lord of the Rings online March 26-April 6 as well.
The blog post announcing these events also included a passage from The Lord of the Rings that resonates strongly during these times.
‘I wish it need not have happened in my time,’ said Frodo.
‘So do I,’ said Gandalf, ‘and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.’
The Lord of the Rings Online is developed by Standing Stone Games, which also makes Dungeons and Dragons Online. That game will also feature the following special bonuses and events through April 30:
- All dungeons and raids, including those in expansion packs, are open to everyone through April 30.
- The Buddy Bonus 5% XP will be active from March 20 through March 29. This will be in addition to the weekend events.
- Mimic event will be active starting March 26 through April 6.
- The anniversary event will be active starting March 26 through April 30.
“Here at Standing Stone Games our goal is to bring joy to everyone through our games and we feel that is more important than ever,” the developer said.
Looking ahead, The Lord of the Rings Online will face new competition from Amazon when the retail giant’s gaming division launches its own free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO made by World of Warcraft, Destiny, and PlanetSide veterans.
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