Originally Posted by Hexa
As in there is no PvP between players and their regular characters
In this way lotro is a victim of its own IP license. You can't really have hobbits fighting other hobbits to the death, it would make the richest part of the game (the lore) silly. And from what I understand the design is tightly controlled; Turbine can't just jump in and start adding all kinds of crazy fantasy things like what you see in other MMO's. And being something of a Tolkien fan I can appreciate that, even if it restricts the gameplay and art styles a little too much for my taste.
I'm looking through that lotrointerface site and they have skinned some good lookin stuff. It sounds like over the years Turbine has loosened the UI restrictions but it still doesn't look to be much more than basic skinning. Game version updates don't involve updating your UI "mods", so I'm guessing the modders can't tap very deep into the functionality of the game.