Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Beta Applications Open…

As long as you complete the “Unlock the Mines of Moria” mini-games at least.

Yep, Turbine just announced opening applications to Beta Test the upcoming expansion, in order to apply – all you have to do is go to the and participate in the mini games. Lighting up all 5 stars on the “Friendship Door” (Remember from the books? Come on people, Speak Friend and Enter!) not only puts in your application for the Beta, but it also unlocks an item for your character(s) in game. The item is said to be a custom cloak with a special click buff on it (Further details forthcoming).

As a small note, this application is for current customers of the game only, non players will have to apply (starting today) via the website (link forthcoming, the promised announcement isn’t up as of 2:33 MST).

Here is the official announcement for players:

Greetings everyone!

We’re pleased to announce that the Mines of Moria™ expansion is now in the final stages of Beta, and that we are now accepting applications for the Beta Program! The Beta Program is by invitation only, and we’ll be adding more and more of you as the Program advances. We wanted to give our community the chance to get in and apply to participate in the Program before the general announcement hits on Friday, August 29!

To apply for the Beta program, please do the following:

1. Create an account, or login to your existing account, at the Unlock the Mines of Moria site
2. Click on the Mini-Games & Beta Application tab to view the Moria Gate
3. Click on the fifth star, the one that is pulsing, to open the Beta application form
4. Complete the Beta application and click submit at the end!

If your Mines of Moria Beta Program application is approved you will receive an additional email containing information on how to access the Beta!

We’ve written a brief FAQ to try to answer some of the questions you may have. Thanks for playing LOTRO, and we’ll see you in the Mines of Moria!

You know what this means right? This means that this much anticipated (by me at least, and my opinion is all that really matters in my blog :p [just kidding… sorta]) expansion to this wonderful MMO is just around the corner! Stay tuned for when they release the Pre-Order information (I will also update this post with the link for non player beta testing).

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