Sapience & Lothlorien

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Rick ‘Sapience’ Heaton leaves Lotro! This way very unexpected for me as I saw “Official discussion about community changes”. I consider him very good community manager and should I create a perfect mmorpg – Rick Heaton would for surely be there. Now he goes for another field – fundraising for child hospitals. Wherever he goes, whatever he does – I will really miss him on the forums. His “pew pew” avatar. His philosophy of “Soon” and his patience to deal with lots of forum problems.

I almost failed to notice we have summer “festival”, yet this time I feel no need to visit it. Grind some tokens for a mount I won’t use? No, thanks. Some maps which I do have? No, thanks. Fancy cosmetics I won’t wear? No, thanks.

NaktiesKarys moved from Dol Amroth to another town with task board, milestone and stables. Here I feel way better. The only time I had to leave to Thorins Hall was to craft lvl.28 weapon for kinnie. Once again, we had competition (there were 2 weaponsmiths) which I have won. Was lucky enough to achieve critical success. Looks like in this kinship we have a competition “who would help lower lvl kinnie first”. Almost always there are some crafters or not-so-busy player ready to rush for help. Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose…but whovever loses, lower level kinnie wins. That’s what counts.

StormSong got a bit tired in Lothlorien (only repetative quests remain) and thus has finished book 6. Met with Lady Galadriel, travelled with Legolas and Gimli. Died once, when I pulled too many monsters: my fault, next time I pulled only 2, then ranged AoE others and was victorious.  Returned to Moria (which is no longer that grumpy and evil). Did some solo instances. Finally, book 6 is finished. Book 7 will be finished soon. Once again my minstrel rocks, nuking enemies from distance, self-healing and fearing too little in her way. I am to reach level 63 soon (+1 trait point), some day will ask Kinship help with Turtle raid: I do need lvl.60 first age Songbook. Stormsong is forced to return to Moria, do many quests and some instances there.

Yet I am satisfied with my Minstrel. It won’t be long when she enters green and inviting Rohan, nuke trolls and trees in Limlight Gorge and quickly do all epic quests in Western Gondor.

And so the day has ended. If community loss is not in count – the day has been very good in Lotro. Days without Gondor, days of fun and joy.

Leaving Dol Amroth

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Naktieskarys was almost not active. He crafted lvl.65 Legendary sword for Minstrel. The found out he could craft lvl.60 legendary sword for Minstrel. Crafted, identified, sent – Minstrel looks happier. Went to West Gondor, turned in task items, cancelled 2 remaining dailies.

I have done with Dol Amroth and am leaving it, unless Turbine makes dailies possible. At this point there was some discussion between kinnies and me. They sincerely tried to aid, with me instantly refusing. Calculations are simple, even Turbine fanboys could not argue. Each armour is ~10 golden tokens. We have some 7 armour pieces, hence 70 gold tokens. “Return to DA” skill is some 20 tokens. Some quality LI recipe is about 20 tokens. 70+20+20 equals 110. If each day I get 3 gold tokens, I will need 110/3 –> 37 days for just basic things. Thirty seven days of frustrating grind, begging for aid, paying enormous repair bills. That’s too much for me. For me, it is better to have zero DA dailies. Then I won’t feel frustrated: since realistic dailies are finished, I have nothing to worry about, including worries about better equipment.

Stormsong was active in Lothlorien, fighting orcs, wild beasts and all quests she could do. Reached level 62…and got a bit bored. Asked kinnies to aid with “Hall of Mithrill”, one kinnie volunteered…and oops, he could not enter. I was left solo with inspiratrion buff. Tried to leave fellowship, was kicked from instance, returned, was killed by one named spider (my mistake, it was not wise to pull named one and some 5-10 his guards!), returned again, killed everything. Instance was done, I received further eopic quest in Moria.

And Stormsong now uses her new sword with some crystal applied. The only thing I need is lvl.60 first age songbook to have my Mini stronger. Few levels later I would use lvl.65 legendary sword: of course, second age, because first age symbol is non-existent (all thanks to Turbine – it is not even in Skirmish camp). I really like my Minstrel. I could AoE monsters, I could stun them -which is very helpfull- I can heal myselves/allies and it seems I can pretend to be dead (never use though). Minstrel is very impressive, demanded in groups, powerfull in healing and dps’ing, quality ranged artillery and not bad even in melee combat. If only I knew Minstrels were that impressive, I would have never become a Champion.

DunedanMule was crafting and crafting, nothing new.

I also made one rather angry post on forum, explaining how I feel in this grumpy region. Even Moria is better than W.Gondor. Moria is maze, yet you can find exits somehow. Moria is grumpy and dangerous, but you have an option to grow untill al monsters become grey. Moria has great many deeds which you can complete, Moria has reputation items you can use on your alts. Gondor is a logical maze you can’t find exit. Gondor is grumpy and extremely dangerous and you have no option to outgrow. The only positive Gondor moment: Legendary weapons spam, every mob drops them. Perhabs I hate Gondor more than I hated Moria.

Of course, there were talks with Kinship about Gondor and questing, warbands and soloing, sometimes arguing with kinnies, sometimes not. I feel my Kinship wants to help me (some kinnies after “hello” asking me – “Nak, do you need help?”), but the only ones who could help are developers. Yet it is good to have people that at least listen to you.

And so the day has ended. With me leaving lame grumpy Gondor, things would change to better, brighter side. The day has been relatively good in Lotro. Good-bye, Gondor, I prefer fun to you!

Lothlorien, essences

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NaktiesKarys did some dailies in Gondor at one pirate-infested island. Kill corsairs, treat killed (!) sick corsairs (Red cross, where are you?), do other stuff. Tried to locate boat, boat was not there, tried to swim – got “treacherous water”, 2000 damage every 2 seconds. Dead, but boat was near me – travel back to unfriendly DA. Had nothing more left to do…and when one kinnie asked for help, I rushed to offer. Wel, I was not alone, there were 4 more. Sometimes I think it is a race – who will help first. This time I was lucky. Kinnie was lvl.12 and she needed some fight near Kheledul Docks, swarming with evil Dourhands. First, I killed one named Dourhand, then we came through Docks killing everything on sight. It was nice, though I can only dream about carnage my Minstrel could do there…I had fun, kinnie had fun…and then she had to go.

DunedanMule was too happy enough to craft Captain Man-at-arms armaments for one player. At least one time my Tailor was usefull to anyone outside Kin. Otherwise, she just crafts emblems, all of them – and would later exchange small into medium, medium – into large and large emblems would be hoarded in the vault.

StormSong was the only beam of light in the game. She ran through Lothlorien, taking every quest, fighting every single monster, fearing almost nothing, even enjoying AoE attacks. Minstrel is such superb class, full of fun – a pity I have chosen Champion; a pity, Turbine won’t let me change class.

However, questing/deeding was going good. I do remember to shoot every monster that suits any deed. And – since it is Lothlorien- I have to bear in mind some animals are protected by Elves. Things were going almost perfect:slaying, exploring, looting, gaining lots of xp.

And then one kinnie organized Haudh Valandil. level 55 instance, could be just for my Minstrel. I volunteered, asked if I was needed as DPS or as healer. A pity, I was told to be DPS. Things were going good untill we  met one unfriendly troll, he threw most of us from the bridge (and I was too busy with dps’ing, forgot to revive). Then, final bosses. Fire limfavrns that almost killed me (if you take away their health, same health is taken from you), bosses at the end. Lots of attacks, screams, tons of heals. Our healer-Minstrel was almost the real star: if not him, we would be dead too soon. I wish I was with him, spamming AoE heals. We were victorious, looted some usefull things and I could return to my golden Lothlorien.

I really enjoy adventuring with StormSong. Of course, now my attack damage is a bit low (maybe because I use Lis that were first given to me?), but today I will look for recipes and craft Minstrel Sword for lvl.61 or lvl.65. Then, I would replace Songbook with a lvl.60 one. After that, my cool little Minstrel would be ready for more fun: rest of Lothlorien, Mirkwood…and then Great River.

Kinship was active with TC “hell on earth” quests, as well as players in World channel. I do not know how do they imagine to win there (since forum is full of stories how raids are wiped), but hard data is hard data and I am not Lotro forum fanboy to question hard data. Kinship also offers help to me…and I cannot say anything. The only help I need is that of developers: please, make W.Gondor doable for solo player. Please, make endgame possible as was possible most of Hytbold and even most of Wildermore. Yes, i would need help in Library daily: some 90 champions, supported by some 180 Minstrels and having…well, not too much, maybe 20 Guardiands/Captains should things go wrong (server lag/crash as a result).

One note about essences: I looted lvl.50 essences though I have nowhere to put them. I won’t get any socketed armour, unless developers make dailies realistic. I store essences, but why do I do this – I don’t know. It’s same as store gadgets from Space Shuttle – I won’t construct it anyway. Was offered to sell some essences of agility, but I may need them. Currently lots of players offer trade or buy some essences: a pity I have too little and too low ones.

And so the day has ended. I have understand Western Gondor is not for me and all that I need there are easiest quests. If I am to have fun, it would be with my fine brave Minstrel. Despite Gondor (even Moria is less grumpy!) – day has been very good (since I was able to help others) in Lotro.

Gondor:end of any fun

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I was racing towards shiny, magic level 100, as well as I raced towards lvl.95. It’s an end-game level, hurray, DA dailies are open to me! I knew what dailies was, judging from Hytbold which I liked, judging from Wildermore (where I really dislike non-soloable warbands). Things were expected to be known for me.

I farmed monsters while levelling LIs, got essences, all looted equipment was auto-destroyed (why keep non-stackable trash?). Teamed with one kinnie and then – hurray, level 100, Kinship’s congratulations – and riding forward to DA. A quest to report to local Guard chief, then some intro quests to deal with corsairs.

And then I was ready for dailies. Almost every NPC near buildings was offering some. But first, I wanted to test dailies from Guard trainer. Oh, it is a training mission, probably nothing too serious, right?

It was not. While we were training, ebemy has taken city and I was to decide where to go to. Foolishly chose Library. My soldiers ran to one side, I rode to other, met a horde of mobs, was killed. Second time I rode to soldiers, they were doing some “fight” and told docks are secured, I should go to western gates. Ok, maybe this should have triggered some mechanism to remove some 100 corsairs from my path? Riding once again. Once again same hordes.

Let’s be carefull this time – I thought, taking one enemy, simple Corsair. Soon some another joined and yet another and yet another…at the end I was fighting not less than 10 Corsairs. Failure once again. I was resurrected without an option to change building I was going to free. Time to leave and re-enter, I thought.l Left instance…and oops, instance was on some 12 hours cooldown.

It was a blow for me as if I was smashed by one huge hammer. Library was impossible, with all my heals and potions, it was not doable. If every other Guard chief daily is alike – I was simply cut from quality armour. End-game ended for me very soon. Yes, I did simple, non-forced fellowship quests, received some lootboxes, opened them without any interest, received tokens…and I felt absolutely alone in an empty region, having nothing to do, except few relatively easy daily quests.

Yes, I had nowhere to go to, no normal quests to do, only 2 deeds to be done, both grindy and boring. Task items still remain as a good source to gain LIs xp. Otherwise there was no activity for me. All fun ended and I was in really grumpy mood. I have waited for this region, tried to be as much positive as I could – but optimism cannot overcome reality. On forums even red line Minstrels report Library quest as impossible, asking to ease (which no one would ever do, of course). My Kinship tried to help, but they are not developers and could not do miracles. I was told to change this and that, try this and alike…yet it was cosmetics. Like painting light tank in a black colours with skull and bones, “Kill ‘em all” slogans and going to conquer the world. Yes, I could spent gold and marks to buy this and that, enhance my lvl.95 Legendary weapon, use some tokens…and it won’t help me fight a horde of corsairs that has too big aggro range. I will probably kill 1 more corsair, but this does not matter if I have 30 of them. It won’t help in last epic quest where 3 animals almost insta-kill me. Yes, I did enhance my LI (though ending with losing some points in one major thing), but it does not matter. I am too weak, always was too weak for any serious on-level action. And it is too late to start le-learning other Champion trait trees from scratch, would take months which I do not have.

I tried to think what to do…and had nothing left, except over-grindy and super-boring deeds. Dragonets in Moria. Grims in Forochel. One epic quest left which is doable only in raid (and pray that raid succeeds). Kinship was instantly organizing TC quests, but I refused. I do remember how I and one Guardian (Captain?) died there trying to fight 2, later – only 1 monster. We were killed, despite using all we could, how could I expect to have any chance to stand against others?

Gondor has left my really grumpy. Nothing more to do, nothing to explore, nothing interesting left. Turn in task items, do some doable quests while you have ones, log off.

At the end of the day StormSong entered Lothlorien. In Moria I was not able to get any help with epic instance (same old Moria problem, even using World chat). Lothlorien was much better. Easier. Brighter. At last, some doable quests, no forced fellowship content. I enjoyed nuking enemies from distance, though for some reasons too often it came to melee fight. It is easy to predict I will finish slayer deeds soon – with ranged attacks, Minstrel is in superior position to poor Champion.

Vytautaz turned in more task items and finally reached Kindred with Council of the North. Now will use task board to gain xp only.

And so weekend has ended. I was in most bad mood, days have been extremely bad and grumpy in Lotro.

Corsairs, hounds, sellswords

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NaktiesKarys did the last non-repetative quests in Gondor. I was not expecting them to last for so short (1,5 days of playing only). Then played with my weapons: added some scroll to my existing lvl.95 weapon to add +10 more levels. Deconstructed some old legendary weapons, freeing some space. levelled up new ones. Travelled to native Thorins Hall to buy Guil recipes for Second age and First Age weapons. And – of course- first age weapon need symbol that has dropped once so far (at least by information I have).

Epic quest rewards with symbol for second ager. In order to hae first age, you have to posses symbol that simply does not drop (or no one is doing instance where it drops). Yet another way to make players upset,

I share my upset with the kinnies. Lots of problems and obstacles everywhere. Warband means only one – run at full speed and pray you will make it. Forced fellowship region means “no entry untill lvl.170″. How can I stand against group of monsters, when each in group is >90.000 hp? All good armour, recipes etc. are locked beneath -literally- hundreds of “golden tokens”. So far, even by defeating some warbands, I gained no “golden token”. Folks are talking about “Hytbold v.2.0″, but this is not true. First of all, Hytbold had a realistic chance to earn tokens (unlike Gondor). Hytbold’s dailies had no lootbox with random tokens dropping. Hytbold did not require about half a year of grind to purchase armour, recipe and a weapon.

I finished some remaining quests, got some loot to sell, some task items and only one, lvl.100 ending epic line quest left. There was some competition in Corsair camp, but after some efforts I was victorious. Crafted whatver ingots I could make – after all, it’s additional xp. Then I switched to other toons.

Vytautaz turned in task items. DunedanMule crafted, she’s very close to top mastery. StormSong did nothing – logged in, turned in task items, logged off. Switched to newiest TP grinding toon, quickly did quests in starter area and then in World channel someone was asking “WTB some high toon to help me in Swordhalls”. I asked what did he mean, he told he wanted some sellsword. I logged in Naktieskarys.

And then it began. Tier2 Swordhall, we kill first wave, get killed by named monster (impossible to duo, unless you are Guardian/Minstrel), leave and re-enter. My repair bills were at least 3, if not 4 golden coins and I understood I will accept money (which I naturally won’t do). We fought for some hour, my colleague was using xp accelerator and levelled from lvl.70 to lvl.72. After that, he gave me 15 gold (way too much) and left fellowship.

I returned to my TP grinder and used ~1700 low (+30), 150 medium (+50) and some high (+700) reputation items to get Kindred with Iron Garrison Guards; then – some Cordolan trinkets to get Kindred with men of Bree. Things done, all stuff sold, my grinder  sent money to other toon and got deleted.

Which proves my StormSong earned additional Turbine points by adventuring in Moria. Let us say, she earned at least 35 TPs, out of nothing 35 TPs. WHich is good, investments into my Mintrel are returning.

At the other hand – I got disappointed in some aspects of Gondor too quickly. Entire region did not last even two days for me. Now I am left with slayer deed grind. Corsairs would be finished quickly, Orcs – very slowly, there are too little of them (only one village and not more than 10 orcs). Beasts should not be too much problem – just go and kill every single beats en route.

And so the day has ended. Day has been..grey and without any inspiration in Lotro. Sometimes I wish Turbine lets me direct at least one, even the smallest, region. I do know recipe how to make content suitable for all – casuals, raiders, softcores and hardcores – without investing additional penny. Make a region that everyone would claim as fantastic (not in visual terms, Rohan and Gondor are masterpieces!).

Fun in Lotro, where have thou gone?

a day in Gondor

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Yet another day in Gondor for NaktiesKarys (all other toons were inactive, except crafter DunedanMule). I was doing my quests. Initially they sounded like standard “go and kill”, but later things started ti be a bit more…promissing.

My old pal corsair chief – we met once, I had to persuade him to leave village. We competed who would drunk more, I won and earned his respect, then I aauto-agreed I would never fight him should his men leave the village…and then another Corsair’s men came, slaughtering my ‘friend’s’ troops. I thought I would never meet him again…and was wrong. Something suspicious was going in the town, I had to fight some Corsair infiltrators…and then – surprise, surprise-  my chief, dressed in women’s clothes.

He wants revenge and to stop his fellow. I want…well, in real life – quests and deeds, but killing more mobs for fun is just good. Task is clear: go to camp and scout for the evil chief. I came – and got two auto-bestowed quests: kill corsairs and burn their boats. With pleasure, I do like to kill, especially with shing-shing. Corsairs were killed, boats burned…and and I got to use one last boat to destroy Corsair treasures and bring a fire to 5 their ships. In addition to killing 10 corsairs. Did it gladly, returned…and my chief was gone, something was wrong. Forwards to investigate!

Of course, he was kidnapped, I had to fight my way, then together we defeated that evil chief. Justice was triumphant and I hurried to report, leaving some quests unfinished. I enjoyed this turn of events, it was something good and different (though such huge drinking – not for kids!).

Tried the lasty epic quest, but paid little attention it was for lvl.100. Some 7 minutes to stop Nazgul and I got attacked by some lvl.100 animals. One, two, I was dead. However, I would grind my way to earn two more levels…and will finish this quest no matter the costs. Fighting Nazgul is interesting.

Overall, there are very good, easy and interesting Gondor quests. Developers probably listened to what players want. A pity they did not listen to any solo PvE player (obviously, Player council has none of them) as some content is made really hard.

Which I tried to prove in a forum and a bunch of fanboys mocked…well, not me. My opinion may be of zero importance, i am OK with that. They mocked mathematic when I gave them hard numbers:
IF warband’s health is 550.000 hp (350.000 main monster and, say, 5 guards with 40.000 hp each);
IF warband acts as one monster
IF player is 16.000 hp
IF there are 10 attack rounds from each side
IF to win player’s health must be 1000 and warband’s – 0
THEN player must attack with 55.000 each attack round and warband – with 1500

I calculated very optimistically, like monsters do not have critival/devastating hit, do not stun, player always hits and never misses, there are no evasions or partial hits. At work, I calculated that IF monster attacks with 7000 hp worth hit and player – with 10.000 (more realistic), then player should heal for some 7000 hp each attack round to kill warband within some 30 attacks, leaving battle with ~500 hp.

I just wonder how long could fanboys mock mathematic? They don’t even try to calculate, they just scream “camon, me done this, you do this”, “my 15 yearz old kinnie done that”. But these are not numbers and they can’t fight hard evidence. Fanboism is bad, because 1 unbiased noin-hardcore opinion is torpedoed by 10 cries of fanboys that know nothing of mathematic.

Notes on the side: did one solo warband, probably the only in Gondor, some evil man with 80.000 hp. FIght was hard, but at the end I prevailed. Another time I was a bit selfish. Accepted fellowship quest for some Avanc and it became clear another player was fighting and done some 50% damage to mob. I aided him, though could not solo (one more evidence for hardcore fanboys, should the listen).

And so the day has ended. I was lvl.98 (still too low), won some symbol with epic quest, looted some essence and was in a grey mood. Real life intervened so I was really grumpy in real life. And Gondor/Lotro…well, I have to mobilise everything I have and command myself to enjoy grind and avoid warbands. So, they day has been almost good in Lotro.

Promises and non-miracles

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One day (can’t remember which one) Turbine stated it was not going to produce raiding content because players -obvious- do not play it. It was said by Turbine with lots of elitists screaming in despair and majority of population accepting it as a fact. 2 plus 2 equals 4, even if you hate it…

NaktiesKarys started in Gondor,doing quests, looting and selling, turning in task items (and trying to remember if I had some spare Hatchets in vault and which toon had it). Untill some NPC told to kill one named Oathbreker. I rode to the hill – and voila, Mr. Named Mob. Duel started soon – and soon some wild animals appeared out of nowhere. I was fighting at least 3 enemies at one time, then some more Craban joined and when they were killed, some bears re-joined, some more craban…I thought I was fighting at least 10, if not 20 enemies.

Of course, I died.

Then there were Warbands, almost every of them – formally Raid (!!!) or formally fellowship, really – Raid level.

I returned to Mr.Named Mob, ran from it and tens of meters below his base killed him.

Then I saw lots of players around with lvl.100, including ones that yesterday were lvl.95. I do not understand how is it possible. Tasks? I turned in all 10 in a day. Reputation accelerators? Nope, 24 hours lasting one is not invented. Then the loot/rewards for quests – some quality armour.

And all I was getting was trash. Every single nicely-named armour was a darned nonsense, maybe worse than loot/quest lvl.95 (mine was for some lvl.97). Hence I decided to auto-destroy any quest/loot armour I get. Armour and weapons does not stack, it takes valuable inventory space.

It turned out the day was just un-lucky for already Grumpy Dwarf. My Champion -once again I return to obvious facts – is useless. My powerfull and quality Minstrel should be there, 3 nukes – enemy dead, wait for 10 seconds and again 3 nukes – enemy dead. Add to this Mini’s crowd control and powerfull self-heals – you get real fun. Kinship tried to advice, but…but I cannot take any other tree except yellow. I know what does what in yellow, what to use, what not to use, yellow is weak, yet quick, yellow is spectacular (yet weak). If I take any other tree – it would take extremely long time to cope with everything. Maybe months if not more. All I need is a miracle. Like armour than ever Sauron could not penetrate. Weapons that kill any enemy with one hit. Ranged attacks that can shoot enemy if I see it. My God, sometimes I really wish Turbine had two options: 1) store item “Increase luck to 1%”, cost – 100$ (would buy at least one so that I finally had some luck) and 2) “change class” – 100$. I think I would buy both: luck and class. But Turbine does not have and does not even consider class changing for real cash.

Looks like Turbine made almost all region (except of few starter towns) forced fellowship and forced raiding content, despite their promises about “we do not produce it”. Looks like this model is utterly failing, chat being full (Regional and LFF) of “who is for… 1/x”…and silence, tens of minutes ofm silence untill player 2 joins. Someone asked about one impossible warband, I told my toon could join if we find another one…and no grouping.  Turbine made a shot and the shot missed all targets.

The end of the day went in questing, killing, looting – without any fun. Probably got some level which does not matter (I have to be lvl.200 to quest there…and Turbine NOT delivering lvl.105, “because players wished so”). Epic book is soon to be finished, I did not read any of the texts (sorry, developers, it was xp that counted). Explored one cave, got a bit lost where NPC was, asked in Regional – was helped. it’s good to ask while region is new, you have a chance to get help (not a group though).

However, do not get me wrong: Gondor is superb visually. Rohan was great and epic, an example – and developers took the right path, they built impressive, iconic landscapes.  Dialogues (when I listeend to them) are really good, stories and quests are not all about “kill 10 ratz”.

And so the day has ended – without inspiration and in a bit of despair. Day has been dull in Lotro. Promises not kept, miracles not gonna happen.

Update 14 – Gondor, finally

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Update 14, long awaited one. I logged in at some 19:45 (15 minutes till update ends)…and voila, game started patching. Update was done quickier than expected. It took some time and then…

A letter telling to see Eowyn. Rushing there, noticing players there and here, everyone in the same direction. Had to help some people, listen to them (though did not read text: me bad quester…). Finally, The Paths of the Dead. Iconic places, Oathbreakers to fight…and finally green, nice lands of Gondor. Starter area (first 2 settlements) are done very good. First quests were simple: find notes, speak to A, encourage B, C, D… While questing, killed some animals and started wild beast slayer deed. Then, I received many quests and started doing them. Had to fight Oathbreakers: sometimes problematic fight, but I still was victorious (+yet another deed started). Later had one session play about Oathbreakers.

Probably God/gods/developers had listened to players and Turbine introduced opportunity to choose. Oathbreakers have to choose whether go with the (false) Heir of Isildur, or with Saruman. I chose for Isildur, received a message that my fate was sealed (not mine, just that of Oathbreaker), saw a cutscene…choice was over. Yet it is excellent I had one, not obligatory “be a good one because you have to be”.

I was redirected to next quest hubs, played one instance, hunted and searched. Things were going smoothly and I really enjoyed scenery. As reviewers noted – Mediteranean style, something like Renaiisance Italy, so different from Rohan. Gondor is…more light, so to say, brightier. Villages and settlements at the starter area are small,yet equipped with Legendary items masters. Some quests are made harder, i.e. no magic coloured areas on the map, you have to find it yourself.here were auto-bestowed quests, there were “help to take fish” quests…yet everything goes smoothly, almost without problems.

Almost?

Yes, almost. Warbands: all require fellowship, one requires raid (and this is starter area). Some animals are hard to find and you have no idea where to look. Quest reward armour is almost a trash if compared to lvl.95 Big Battles one.

However, experience is good, one task items turn-in means almost 20,000 xp. Runes for LI does drop, I managed to get 1 essence of will and 1 emerald shard.

I do love Gondor so far (despite evil warbands I won’t be able to finish). And I do not love my yellow Champion, he performs so miserably: my lvl.60 Minstrel does perform better. Besides, one time was killed: decided to help one Captain with lvl.100 Corsairs. Was dead very soon.

And so the day has ended. I liked Gondor and received the very first 5 Turbine points for the very first reputation with locals. Experience was flowing, content was nice visually and realistic. The day in Gondor was an excellent one.

Moria, Gondor – storm to come

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All thanks to World Cup, had little sleep….but all thanks to running off the work, had many time to play. Result – lack of sleep today.. Oh, but well – back to Lotro.

Today Update14 will be shipped. 795 Turbine points, grindy slayer deeds (kill 400 enemies?) – but I do expect much fun. My NaktiesKarys is more than ready for new fun.

StormSong was the only active, fighting in Moria. Doing epic quests, doing side quests. Trying to navigate. This time Moria looks more friendly for me. I do not rush – I do kill every deedable monster and now have several advanced slayer deeds completes. Goblins, Orcs, Deepclaws – all are done, others await their turn. Epic quests required lots of riding back-and-forth, some quests were new either I failed to remember them. Kinship helped me with Skumfil instance where I was able (well, after 2 deaths) to kill Cracktooth.

Moria is not so evil-grumpy for me. As for Minstrel, it requires less running and possible quicker fighting. There are plenty of loot and tons of Legendary items. Plenty of experience gain, so that my 3rd age Minstrel Sword is maxed, MInstrel’s Songbook will be maxed soon. I really enjoy my skills, investing Trait Points into ranged AoE. Not shing-shing, but still something close to heart and very effective, I do not die in combat.

Had some problematic things, like navigating Foundations of Stone and too little kinnies were in Moria; also, one quest in Mithril room – I needed fellowshipl but those who were in Moria weren’t able to aid. And others were storming DG.

However, Turbine has finally fixed “We cannot get out” session play. Now it it is 100% playable, to cheats and exploits. I managed to survive untill screen turned black. Kudos, Turbine.

And so weeekend has ended. StormSong reached lvl.60 (received mail from Golden Lady, but this lady could wait), had much much fun. NaktiesKarys would be busy with the Gondor. New deeds, new quests, new reputation – life is just beautifull in Lotro.

Moria again

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Lord of the rings online

Before Update14 goes online (and 795 Turbine points goes out of my wallet) – need to level my Minstrel. Later may have little time for her.

So – only StormSong was active. Questing in Moria, riding her free goat (only +32 speed, but still better than on foot). Killing almost every deedable monster, especially Dragonettes and Morrovals. I am doing every non-instance related quest and at the same time – doing Volume 2 books.

Things are going good this time. I typically shoot 2 AoE debuffs, then two my main ranged attacks and monster is almost out. Sometimes I tend to invite crowd of monsters I could handle. Goblin slayer almost all done – met with the Orcs and I will need Orc slayer finished before I enter Lothlorien. I try not to rush there, if there’s a deedable monster – kill it, no matter how long it takes. Sometimes I killed for xp only – and this way reached level 55. And I got TPs every now and then. Even if it’s just 5 Turbine points – it’s good, it’s returning of my investment.

Reputation is growing too:every quest, every deed gives it, so I rarely use reputation items. And with drops I deviced a simple strategy:change all items into one faction items. So, I decided to go with Iron Garrison Guards and each Iron Garrison Miner’s rep.item is chamged into Guards’ one. I save vault space and my future alt would be levelling very quickly.

Ironic thing: at lvl.55 Minstrel I am having more fun than on my Champion when he was lvl.55. Maybe because of self-efficiency and safety. As a Minstrel, I nuke from distance and am safe as long as enemy is non-ranged. If enemy is ranged, I have to use my heals.

And so the day has ended, I had fun, was satisfied and am eagerly awaiting Update14. New content, new fun – days are just bright in Lotro.

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