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Lord of the Rings Online : Interview with Jeffrey Steefel

Posted Oct 13, 2005 by Dana Massey

Jeffrey Steefel, the Executive Producer of Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online, has a tall task on his plate. As the man in charge of the adaptation of the famed books into an online RPG he has a lot of tough decisions to make. Find out some of the mechanics that will support this game in our exclusive interview: I’ve heard the timeline for the game has been changed. Can you tell us when/where we are when we log into the game?

Jeffrey Steefel: Our current plan is to begin the timeline roughly when Frodo leaves the Shire (from Crickhollow in Buckland).

Where you begin depends on which race you belong to; the four races have different starting points and different newbie experiences. Human characters will begin their stories in the town of Archet, outside of the Chetwood Forest. The starting points for the other races are still unannounced.

The simplest answer is that the launch version of the game essentially happens during the time of the first book, and then will expand beyond there after launch.

You can read the full interview here.

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