As a player on Landroval, I can honestly say that not a day has gone by in the last 3 months that I -didn't- see an advertisement of some form for Weatherstock. Can't speak for the other servers, but with yet another year of record-breaking turnouts, I have to imagine that folk definitely got the word out about Weatherstock. It's unfortunate you missed it.
I see what you're saying, but keep in mind - Weatherstock is an event put on by the players, for the players. Outside of a few people at the server control room, and a few devs stopping in to hand out titles, the Turbine employees otherwise have very little to do with the organization and presentation of the event. It isn't their job to promote it, even if they have in the past. And the company isn't exactly ahead of the 8-ball this year (there are still loading screens advertising that Wildermore is "coming soon"). I imagine the company was just too busy to dedicate a lot of time promoting the event, especially since the players do such a good job at promoting it themselves.
As for gaming websites like Massively and the like... Well unfortunately, Lotro is showing it's age in the gaming industry. That's not a slight against Lotro, it's just how things go. New games are coming out and they get more coverage than 6-year old ones, even when those 6-year old games host giant community events like Weatherstock.
I actually find it encouraging that even without the outside support of the company and the coverage of premiere websites, Weatherstock was still able to flourish. It's a testament to the dedication and graciousness of those who took the time to put on the event in the first place. And even as the game continues to show it's age, I expect an even greater turn-out next year. Hope to see you there!
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