It is that time of the year again. The nights are longer, the weather is cooler, and the mayor gets that urge to start fiddling with our clocks. The end of Daylight Savings Time is near, and as usual, this wreaks havoc on event planning in LOTRO.
Keeping time in LOTRO
First of all, a while ago I wrote a guide about what the time in LOTRO is and how you can state precise times for your events. There, I also discuss the concept of servertime. This guide has been updated today, so I recommend yer take a look at it if yer need more information.
Daylight Savings Time
Now: Many countries follow the practice of Daylight Savings Time (DST). This involves advancing clocks during summer months so that people can experience more daylight in the evenings. Typically, users of DST adjust clocks forward one hour near the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn.
The end of DST and the backwards adjusting of clocks is now near for both the EU and the US. However, the tricky part is that countries do not adjust their clocks at the same dates. For the coming week, this may lead to problems for event planning in LOTRO:
- The EU adjust the clocks backward one hour in the morning of Sunday October 26.
- The US doesn’t adjust the clocks until next Sunday, November 2. This also includes the LOTRO servertime.
This one-our offset from the usual time difference is a right bother, and it might make many miss out on planned events.
An example: Events on Laurelin, like the ones in me calendar, are given in UK/London time. For the most part of the year, the difference between UK time and servertime is five hours. To convert the times in me calendar to servertime, yer usually just subtract five hours.
For the coming week, though, until the morning of Sunday November 2, the difference is just four hours. This is surely something to be aware of if yer plan to attend events on Laurelin the coming week.