But I dont mind that at all! in the timeline, Gundabad was sacked in the 27th century TA! and with its history between the dwarves and the orcs, it is an awesome spot to show in this tale of a game running parallel to the War of the Ring! Good to see the stone giants getting a spot too, which make a tiny apperance in The Hobbit, b4 Middle-earth was M-E at all besides a few bits and pieces!!
personally, cannot wait for Mirkwood. And do we know if we will take part in the defences of Erebor and Lothloren which were under siege as well at the end of the war of the ring?