Moria runs

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It was almost a day-off. Since I am to be kicked November 28 – I have one day to look for job. Took one, got no results, returned home to play Lotro.

NaktiesKarys tried to make one relic for Legendary item: Stormsong needed. I made…and item was bound on acquire. Had to trash it. My hurry, always makes me be in trouble.

Meanwhile Stormsong did Hytbold dailies. Had nothing to do – rebuild one Hytbold district. Now, it is fully operational: flags waving, Rohirrim living in tents and houses, farms full of crops…and I left with 25 tokens instead of 200. Looks like I have much job to do before Hytbold is rebuilt.

We did few runs in Moria’s instances. The Forge, where we farmed trolls: me and lvl.50s Guardian. I enjoyed my dps Minstrel, sometimes had to heal my own ally and cast temporaly protective shield (some 1000 morale). Spamming these things is good, I think. At my request we stayed for a long time and killed trolls, just to finish “Troll slayer in Moria (advanced)” deed. Later we ran Grand Stairs…and it turned out I had never been there on this toon. Deeds appeared one after another, some were quickly finished, some are yet to be done. I relaly enjoyed these runs. we were little, but very effective group. My own dps, maybe first time I believed I was really usefull – when attacking enemies from a distance, stunning them or just making then more vulnerable. Loot, as always, was not or primary interest, except Legendary item runes: these are needed.

If this was not enough – one kinnie was a (non-secret) Santa Claus. He just made me a full set of lvl.90 armour and lvl.90 Jewellery. We discussed Hytbold and lvl.90 armour a bit. I was excited…and at the same time felt a bit uneasy. Kinship is very, very kind for me and I wish I could repay someone somehow. Craft something or gather half ton of materials or do something else. This is what I have always been telling lower lvl. people in online games: when you are big and strong, remember to help lower ones. Perhabs I will talk about this today. The fact: if I can do anything to lower level kinnie, I will do.

And so the day has ended, I was happy and satisfied. The day was just perfect in Lotro.

reconquest and virtues

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Vytautaz left to Aughairre (Angmar) to turn in “broken great swords”. It turned out these broken swords give only ~260 xp per one turn. I’m losing xp, but it does not hurt: I will level up Vytautaz with task items, those will never end…

Stormsong was the only active. Did Hytbold quests, I really like them, it is the best thought grind Turbine ever had. Realistic, rewarding, granting title you could not obtain too easily. And then I asked for Moria quests. Soon there was a group of minstrels, one lvl.57 player and few level 100. Our screaming group started with Dark Delvings, then SKumfil. Everything went almost good. I switched to green Minstrel so that could be able to heal our lvl.57. Tried to spam heals wherever I could and it wasn’t easy. I am not accustomed to play healer – I’m more into dps Minstrel. Was killed several times, one time retreated, one -was resurrected. Unfortunately, our lvl.57 kinnie died few times and I partially blame it on myself. With 3 high lvl Minstrels no one in the group should die. Conclusion: need to train to be a healer. Meanwhile, things were going great, I am very close to finishing Nameless slayer (advanced). One more run and my virtues are increased one more time.

Kinship is somehow enthusiastic about Moria runs. To my surprise, I can always find someone to group with, be it Forge or Skumfil. Rewards – as long as they are not LI experience runes, I am not interested in. Virtues is what I am interested in. To max them all and when there is no way to increase  I am lvl.89 – move to WIldermore.

Hytbold looks promising too. I need some 3 more days to get Kindred with Sutcrofts. Then, will rebuild entire district.

And so the day has ended. It has been very good in Lotro, life is nice once again.

Secret Santa(s)

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Stormsong was the only really active this weekend. NaktiesKarys logged in to craft weapon for kinnie, Vytautaz turned in task items.

Main even was – our Kinship had some secret Santa Claus. A person (nick looks to be deleted) send in-game mails. Simple mail with text I have won in some lottery – and lvl.100 First age symbol attached. I thought I was the only one, while at least one other Kinship member reported same mail. No one knew for sure who this kind person was. Anyway, big thanks to that person for being so kind!

Stormsong did Hytbold dailies and is really enjoying them. Used 50 out of 250 tokens to rebuild Sutcrofts district. Result: all tasks from Ally NPC finished and I need at least 3 days to achieve Kindred (and well, finish rebuilding this district). I enjoy this rebuilding and could even spent entire month in doing dailies.

Kinship was, as always, active in Big Battles and we had some…heated talks about game, its mechanic and alike. One kinnie left very soon after joining – looks like he just made a hastefull decision. A pity. I still fear to enter Wildermore: need to max my “virtues” before I risk entering these snow lands.

My Kin helped with Moria instances. Never thought there would be such enthusiasm: I thought these old instances with non-existent rewards are a history. Well, they weren’t. Our group was very good, we swept any opposition (having 3 high lvl minstrels it wasn’t overly hard). When it was needed for me – group was very kind to re-run same instance twice. Result: I have increased 2 “virtues” and would need a bit more of Moria instance runs.

Then, I am ready for Wildermore. My own level is a bit too low (87), but Hytbold will help me in growing, as well as Task items.

And so weekend has ended. Life was very good in Lotro.

Angmar finished

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Stormsong was the only really active. She did some quests in Angmar, then finished one re-directional from Evendim (speak with Earth-kin)…and deleted/ignored all remaining quests. Angmar is finished,at least for now.

Then – Hytbold dailies that are like a fresh air for me. I really, really like them. 5 quests finished, some 200 Hytbold tokens gathered. What I do need is patience to grind reputation with the locals and then rebuild Hytbold, district by district.

Then moved to do Uruk-slayer (advanced). Quickly finished…and then stopped. I did not know where to go next.

I need to max my “virtues” before I risk entering Wildermore at my low level. And the problem is – deeds I need are very grindy, demanding days, if not weeks, to achieve. None of them is in good regions. Some – gated behind instances (well, my Kinship is very active in Big Battles…and my instances are not BBs). Looks like a crossroads.

Some talks in Kinship chat about “virtues”, instances, “essences” and other stuff. Too many and I am not good at describing shortly. Some information left me confused (well, I thought I could rely on Lotro forum info…apparently I could not).

And so the day has ended. Life was…confused…in Lotro.

Almost last preparations: Angmar

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Lotro was offline for most of yesterday.  “Getting in line to connect”, then nothing happens; “COnnection succesfull”, then nothing happens. Fortunately, developers paid attention and repaired things. I was able to play Lotro.

Once again, Angmar. Teamed with a kinnie – he is a superb Champion, smashing any opposition: just let him to get close. I saw how shing-shing actually looks like. Forgot to ask which trait line he is on (somehow suspect red). Was able to heal him in some…problematic…situations. Named monster was finally found, many enemies were killed, one quest was completed. I was really impressed with lvl.100 Champion. A pity, my Champ is not even at 10% good as his. And will never be, all thanks to one nonsense called “essence & essence armour”.

I deleted remaining quests in Angmar and am not taking new ones (except Epic line). Now must focus on three remaining deeds: Orc, Warg, Wigh slayer. They mean some “virtues” upgraded and Turbine points earned.

Fall festival is there, yet I doubt whether to send my Vytautaz or not. Festival does not offer anything new, anything interesting. Essence reclamation scrolls are of same use to me as Dale men creams: I am not using them, I will not use them.

And so the day has ended. I am 2 levels to go and some virtues to be upgraded before I risk to enter overpowered Wildermore.  Life was good in Lotro.

Angmar (continued)

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Stormsong had some 1,5 hours to play. I continued adventuring in Angmar – for some reason questing, not killing enemies for deeds. Quests were quite simple: go there, kill that. Including named Morroval (no problem) and named spider.

Cute little spider in his own cave. So cute he is a raid quest target. Some 100.000 hp. Of course, I did not read quest description…and when it came to spider, I was frightened. Spammed heals as much as I could, use almost all potions I could…and finally, I was victorious. It looks like squishy minstrel can survive, if there is a bit of luck and much wish to win. I felt way better: yay, I was able to solo raid content! However, was forced to stop at one moment, since I needed to kill another named mob in Carn Dum…and this is where I got lost and had to go to sleep. Today will probably ask for some aid in finding monster (need almost no assistance in other territories).

As always, Kinship organized Big Battle runs, I saw some discussions about strategy. But since I am one who would never learn over-complex nature of BBs…(just imagine game, where you have fight monster, repair some battlestation and play some mini-game at one and the same time, payig attention at your munition and battlestation dagame status: would it be easy?).

I need Carn Dum finished so that I return there only for deeds (kill 120 trolls and some Angmarims).  Then – possibly team with some other player to end Urugarth. And then it would be over with Angmar’s instances.

And so the day has ended, I soloed raid target and felt satisfied. Life was good in Lotro.

walls, poison waters, raids

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The Fall festival is there and the question should I send the only free toon there to gain xp.  Other than that – StormSong was the only active. Once again Angmar. Doing slayer deeds as I go, finishing quest deeds. One time ran into serious problem: one monster that required raid to kill them. Went solo. Lucky met one lvl.100 kinnie and together we managed to finish monster that had ~187.000 health. A tough fight, several times I was on the verge of defeat. Yet- victory. I still have many quests to do, many Orcs, Angmarims, Wargs and Wighs to slay. Several times died while questing: all thanks to “examine poisoned water” quest. Found 3/4 accesible water spots, rest are in area I could not enter.

In grumpy Angmar I reached lvl.87, invested trait point into vitality and now will be thinking about further trait points investment. Somehow I incline towards blue line.

Kinship, as always, organizes Big Battles as soon as we have at least minimum amount of kinnies. I (as usually) do not take part. Big Battles are way too complex and I seem to be lost there. I like static battles: horde of enemies come, deal with them; boss comes – deal with him. Overcomplex nature, when you have to defend horses, then run at top speed to the wall, protect NPC, then suddenly go and destroy some Sappers – is not for me. I am not usefull in Big Battles. The only headache is that I would be forced to do them on StormSong. Kinship is very active in trying to invite me BBs, yet I do not feel I will be usefull there.

I am satisfied in questin in Angmar. I am strong enough to solo most of content. My questing supplies Vytautaz with many task items (free xp…). And I even could help ohers should I meet them. What happens after Angmar? Well, I will return to Hytbold, reach kindred with at least one faction, reach some lvl.89 and then risk to enter hard content of Wildermore. Of course, Nurzum is for lvl.100 only, but I may be lucky to avoid it untill lvl.100.

The only bitter feeling is lvl.100 end game content. If first impressions by other players are correct – it is region that has everything unsuitable by me, everything I dislike. Therefore Turbine just “bans” me from that content. At level 100 on any toon I would have nothing to do. Dol Amroth dailies have no sense, essence does not drop from lvl.100 enemies, final quest to kill Nazgul may be done with help of tens of tanks and healers only.

And so the day has ended. I felt mostly satisfied in Lotro.

Angmar apathy

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StormSong was the only active through weekend, all other toons were passive. I was able to help one kinnie with levelling: we did some instances and somehow picked Annuminas. Even at lvl.40, monsters managed to kill my Minstrel. It was unfair, so we took Trouble in Tuckoborough, did several times and were victorious. A pity I was not able to level kinnie further. By helping kinnie another time, managed to get to Angmar. There were three of us: lvl. 40s, lvl.86 (me) and lvl.100. Things were very quick, I advanced Angmar slayer deeds…untill had to leave. Relogged later and ran through content. No monster was too big for me, I just slaughtered every of them. Took every quest, even managed to finish one exploration deed. Things were going just great: some deeds advanced equipped virtues, so that I am getting closer to condition when I could risk entering Wildermore.

Hytbold dailies are a refreshing air for me. I really enjoy doing them, unlike most other dailies. All I need is Kindred with one faction, so that I could rebuild their quarter in Hytbold. Then I will work with other factions and then I will rebuild Hytbold.

Kinship, as usually, instantly organizes Big Battles or tier 2 instances – things I have been always afraid of and kind of reluctant to go. I do not feel usefull there, just like…tourist. Which leaves me to yet another conclusion: most of remaining content does not interest me. I am in kind of apathy in Lotro. There are slayer deeds, yet they give no “virtues” I need; there are slayer deeds I need, yet they are very grindy. I have many things to do, yet I do not want to. Why hunt yet another 178 monsters? Just for the sake of hunting another 178 monsters or 5 TPs? I do need some impulse, something to move on. Kinship always invites me to Big Battles and I always refuse. I do not feel good there. Too dark, too much mazes, yet another maze-like trait tree that I know little how to use. Yet another RNG which I hate: better give me 1 copper coin than random loot.

I tried to talk with kinnies about my misadventures and worries. They try to listen, try to comfort me…yet even they cannot turn off random number generator. I posted in Lotro forums facts, only facts: no one heared them. No one wants to hear that, for example, I never looted any “essence” in DA dailies. And I killed thousands corsairs there. It is obvious, RNG is set to give me zero “essences”, there is no other explanation. I also tried to explain to one very kind Kinnie why I did not need lvl.100 first age symbols: there would be nothing to do with them. Kill lvl.40 wigh? I can do it with lvl.85 weapon. Kill lvl.90 grulet? Can do with lvl.95 weapon. SInce I am not going to any Gondor region – I don’t need these first age symbols. What I need are lvl.95. yet they do not drop: never saw one in AH within this month.

People in forums are sometimes cheering at Update 15. I -once again- see nothing positive. Big Battles will give tokens we could exchnage to jewellery only, yet Big Battles are not becoming more user-friendly; we have new “essences” which means killing literally tens of millions monsters, another senseless grind; we have “new challenging” content, which mean fighting grulet could require raid; we have new factions to grind reputation with – yet new DA with fixed reputation. And finally, we have new class, Beorning, maybe the only interesting thing.

And so weekend has ended. I felt almost good, yet a bit sleepy in Lotro.

spiders

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NaktiesKarys was inactive, DunedanMule was crafting and Vytautaz just turned in another 10 task items.

Stormsong was a bit active. Ran Hytbold dailies: after Dol Amroth these are just paradise. Almost all of them are doable (except “climb the beacon” and “supply tower”). There are one type tokens. There are almost no prerequisitions. And most of all, you are helping others, rebuilding the town. So – I had some fun with these. After dailies I did not know what to do. Ran Urugarth, did my favourite “kill 20 birds with one fight”, finished Troll slayer in Urugarth (advanced).

Once again – nothing to do. Talking in Kinship chat about lvl.95 symbols: almost impossible to get them. Do Big Failures Battles (and RNG there is the worst ever) or tier2 instances (where big and good groups are wiped). No option for me. Even Auction house is not an option: yesterday there were some 3 worthless Second age symbols and one lvl.85 symbol. No lvl.95 or 100: it is clear they simply do not drop or drop extremely rarely.

Fortunately for me, one kinnie asked for help with killing Taradan spiders. We went, outperfomed two competitors (lvl.47 and 22 ones). It was fun, I got some valuable reputation items and almost full bags of trash loot. Kinnie still has some 200 spiders to go, but together we can do it.

I feel like…standing in the crossroads. Almost no going back and no wish to go forward. Rohan can be grinded and all deeds may be finished (just killing 250 enemies frightens me…too much time to waste). Wildermore does not interest me, maybe thanks to wood troll slayer & extremely hard warbands + Nurzum (my champion hardly survived). I am doing standard actions every day, with no progression whatsoever. Naktieskarys has stopped any activity: Gondor not for me, class armour – I won’t ever get it, epic to kill Nazgul is impossible and I am not taking any future epic quests/regions. Maybe I need some impuls to do anything, but there are none. I feel like I have nothing to do in Lotro.

And so the day has ended, almost good one in Lotro.

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