Earlier this week, Turbine released people in the Moria closed beta from our NDA. People who read this probably had an idea, at the very least, that this is what I was doing. I'll take some time to talk briefly about the expansion in general first.
Keep in mind that beta is still going on, so some of this might change before it goes live.
I was worried the place would be dull with every cavern looking like another. Their lore people kept after folks that this was a KINGDOM enough so that the important caverns are vast. They are also distinct. I know right away where I am when I log in to the game, even without looking at any map names. If you want to see what some of the areas look like, my LotRO image page
which is a bit sparse at the moment. I also have up a video of my Warden in action.
I'm fighting an admin type who is in a heavily modified troll. I'm sorry the video is in WMV format and nearly 3MB, but all I have is the Microsoft Movie Maker. I'm actually killed by the fall before I hit the ground. This is also an issue in Moria as the dwarves did not believe in railings.
Most of the primary content was designed to be solo content, with the ability to group up to make things go faster. In addition to the basic sets of quests, there are a lot of excellent solo-only instances, 3-person instances, and 6-person instances. Some of these are very challenging and a lot of fun to complete. They've also introduced 'hard mode' in some of the instances, requiring you to complete certain parts of the instance in a short period of time.
The legendary weapons do add a new wrinkle, but you WILL have to take your time to level them up before they get really great of course. You can level up six at a time and need not have them equipped for that. The legacies (bonuses) on each weapon are random, so you'll just have to work at it to find one you like. The relics that you slot for additional bonuses will be mostly up to you, however. You'll receive a Third Age weapon as part of the book quests, and will easily be able to get more later. Second Age weapons are rarer, but worth the upgrade when one becomes available to you. I saw some First Age weapons shown in chat, but I have no idea what one will have to do in order to get one of those. I can only presume they'll be in live, too.