Posted on June 23, 2009,

LotRO: Mines of Moria Players Face Scourge of Khazad-dûm

The latest big storyline update for the Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Book 8 is coming online today. High level players can challenge the Scourge of Khazad-dûm from the heights and depths of Moria. Gaming Today has talked a lot about this content in the past few weeks with screenshots, details from the patch notes and even given you glimpse from the walkthrough. Now you can see it for yourself in the Lord of the Rings Online Book 8 Teaser Trailer. The video is well put together with plenty of in-game footage of monsters and boss battles. I encourage you to check it out. Here are some screens from the the Scourge of Khazad-dûm including shots of Zholuga and the world eaters.

In addition to new Book 8 content for high level players, everyone can enjoy the Summer Festival which is only a week away. The special events, decorations and the Inn League challenge will run from June 30 through July 14th.

  • The Epic Journey Continues – The latest update to Volume II, Book 8 will take LOTRO’s award-winning storytelling to a new level as the evil designs of Gorothúl, sorcerer of Dol Guldur, begin to be made clear as ancient evils stir again in the depths of Khazad-dûm. Small Fellowships must form to combat this emerging threat before the hopes of the Iron Garrison and the Elves of Lothlórien are darkened by new forces of evil. The epic story of the Mines of Moria continues with new adventures and challenges!
  • New 12-player Raid – Book 8 introduces Dâr Narbugud, a new quest arc that begins deep within Moria where nameless things have long dwelt, further darkening the shadowy depths. With the death of Durin’s Bane, these creatures have become bolder, and the Mistress of Pestilence seeks to spread her plague to the world of light.
  • Celebrate the Summer Festival! – The Summer Festival returns to Middle-earth from June 30, 2009 to July 14, 2009. The world will come together in celebration as the free people of Middle-earth enjoy the season with special decorations, festive costumes and special quests including the return of the Inn League challenge!

LOTRO’s Second Anniversary Celebration continues:

Anniversary Pricing Plans: Turbine is offering special anniversary pricing until June 30th. Players can choose any multi-month plan (90 days or longer) and lock in a monthly price of $9.99 for as long as they maintain the new subscription plan.**

In-Game Celebration:

  • During the anniversary celebration, monsters throughout Middle-earth will drop rare items when defeated. Players can exchange these rare items for a special gift box that will reward them with a variety of in-game items to aid them in their adventures.
  • Turbine is also giving players who have active subscriptions as of June 30th a special in-game gift—the Writ of Passage, which provides permanent 20% discounts at stable masters throughout Middle-earth.

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