LFF Durin’s Bane PST

You shall not pass!ZOMG! The Mines of Moria! Khazad-dûm! Durin’s Bane! The Balrog!

That’s right! Turbine is set to release a retail expansion for Lord of the Rings Online. (thanks to KillTenRats)

The Lord of the Rings OnlineTM: Mines of MoriaTM will [...] let players explore the ancient underground cities of the dwarves, battle epic characters in the depths, face off with the Watcher, be a part of the fateful release of Durin’s Bane and more! The Lord of the Rings Online expects to open Volume II of its epic story in the fall of 2008 with an increased level cap, two new classes and the introduction of a unique item advancement system.

“… the fateful release of Durin’s Bane … ” WTF?

It sounds like they’re going back in time a bit here? Is this expansion to be set in the 2nd Age? Wasn’t the Balrog released when the Longbeards delved too deep for Mithril in the 2nd age? According to Wikipedia, Durin’s Bane was released in the year 1980 of the 2nd age. And the fellowship wasn’t until the year 3019. Please, Tolkien gurus, am I wrong? Or am I misreading?

On one hand, I’m really looking forward to this. Moria has the potential to be an absolutely awesome setting. Of all the settings in the book, it’s the one I strove hardest to imagine.

Personally, I’d like to see Moria both ways. As the shining underworld city of Durin’s clan and as the dark orc-fested halls the fellowship passed through.

While we were discussing, Tachevert had a great idea … a no-win raid. You enter and face growing waves of Orc until you wipe! Perhaps reputation points earned for making deeper and deeper forays. You don’t often see intentional no-win situations in a MMORPG.

On the other hand, I will die a little inside every time I see ‘LFF Durin’s Bane PST’

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