"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken:
The crownless again shall be king."
Welcome to phase six of our great Lord of the Rings Online beta key giveaway, where today we've got 10,000 beta keys for you to nab.
With just a short while to go now until the game begins on April 13th there's never been a better time to sample the delights of Middle-earth before the full game launches.
But Today's keys are now ready! So simply click here to apply for your Lord of the Rings Online beta key. Good luck!
Don't forget once you're set up you can join us for a special event in Middle-earth itself tonight when surely the mightiest company of heroes ever assembled including the talents of CVG, PC Zone and PC Gamer combine in the fellowship to end all fellowships.
Simply log on to the Northmoor server prior to 7pm and head for the Elvish haven of Celondim in the Ered Luin starter area where no doubt beer will be drunk, songs will be sung and pipeweed will be smoked, plus we'll have a number of exclusive items to giveaway.
But come armed and ready as scouts have reported the hordes of Mordor are on the move, with Orcs, Goblins and Dourhand dwarfs reported close by. Something stirs in the regions of Middle-earth and while we can't say more for now, let's just say from LOTRO noob to grizzled veteran you won't want to miss what promises to be a very special adventure!
Don't forget we've also got a special in-game item promotion running at the moment where you can nab yourself a FREE +3 ring of agility for use in the full game and we'll have a special competition running tomorrow, where you can win yourself a copy of the full game!
Game Client Code
If you already have Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, log into the game as soon as possible to make sure you're patched and ready for the latest version. Unfortunately due to technical issues, we can't provide a client download today but if you've bought the latest copy of PC Gamer, you'll find client code on the cover DVD, otherwise it's available from these it is available from the following sites SNT, Arena51, and Fileplanet . Simply download the code and follow the instructions below.
Be sure to read the terms and conditions below to make sure you are eligible to take part, but first here's the exciting details.
When can you play?
This client with a valid beta key will allow you to participate in the LOTRO beta test right now with the beta test currently scheduled to run until April.
You must create an account with Codemasters to play the game, but fortunately it's very simple so to create your account visit Codemasters Online Gaming
In order to take part in the Beta Program you will need to:
- Be over 18 years of age
- Be able to download a 5.0GB+ client
- Have a broadband connection
- Agree to the terms and conditions of the
Preview and Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)
By entering the Beta Program you are agreeing to the terms of the NDA which can be viewed at LOTRO-Europe Official Site
If you do meet all of these requirements please read the following instructions to get started.
1 - First you will need to set up a free Codemasters Online Gaming (COG) account. To do this, go to Codemasters Online Gaming and follow the on-screen instructions to create a new account.
Once you have completed this section, an activation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address you provided. Check your e-mail and follow the link to activate your account.
2 - Next, you will need to set up a subscription in your COG account Once your COG account is active, log onto it to create a new subscription.
Click on the 'Click here to create a new subscription link'. From the drop down product list, select LOTRO Beta. Enter your beta registration key in the next field.
Finally, type the word you see in the box. After submitting this information you should see a message saying 'Your subscription to the LOTRO Beta has been created successfully.'
3 - Download and install the game client. If you haven't already done so, now's the time to download and install the LOTRO game client, you can find the client code from the following sites.
The client is approximately 5GB in size so it might take some time to complete! Once download has completed, double-click the executable to begin installation. Follow the on-screen instructions throughout the installation process.
4 - To play LOTRO, you will need to open the following ports via your computer's firewall / router:
TCP: 80, 8081, 5015, 9000, 2900, 2916
UDP: 2900-2909, 5015, 9001-9012
5 - Play away!
Once installed, run the LOTRO game client. A window will appear asking you to enter your login and password. Here you should input the COG username and password you chose in step 1. The game may patch itself at this point. Once complete, simply log into the game and you are ready to play!
To participate in discussions about the beta with your fellow testers along with regular beta news updates, a special LOTRO beta forum has
been set up at LOTRO beta forum
Your beta forum password will be issued to you with a successful beta key application.
This beta forum is private and is only for those currently testing the game, please do not share your password with anyone. Remember by entering the BETA you agree to the terms of the NDA Here
Whilst you wait for your download to complete, please take the time to familiarise yourself with the following:
What can I expect?
The first thing to remember is that this is beta. You are one of the lucky few, select people that have been given the privilege of playing LOTRO before anybody else. This also means that the game is still unfinished and is not at the final retail quality you may expect. You could encounter bugs, issues and different problems whilst playing!
Have fun and give us a shout in the comments field below. Thanks for your ongoing participation in the BETA program! Look out for full details on a special CVG exclusive event happening soon - and we'll see you in Middle-earth - tonight!