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My trip to real-world Paris went just superb. Lots of positive impressions, over 1000 photos taken. Atmosphere of Paris is amazing and captivating. Very nice people of all nations and continents. Beautifull architecture, including buildings of my favourite Gothic style. managed to visit all museums I planned, except Museum of the Order of the National Honour. Enjoyed really good 3* hotel, even breakfast was not typical “croissant-jam-coffee’, but a large selection of food. We had good group, good guides. Overall, mission:success. Paris, city of lights was really teally good.

Returned home yesterday, 19th September at some 12:40. Took some rest (had to leave to airport at 5:30). Then – Lotro.

Good news: we have a 30% discount a la carte. Stormsong purchased legendary  weapon slot, shared storage, shared wardrobe, milestone II skill (some 1800 Tps spent). Now my Minstrel would be able to be a better Minstrel. Also, we have “wellcome back weekend”, so -additional xp. Did some quests with one Rohirrim shield-maiden and voila – level 80.

Then came Kinship instance time, I joined Fires of Fornost, tier2 and my champion got killed…don’t know, maybe 10 times at least. The time was late and our group was just wiped several times. I had to leave…so after yet another defeat I left.

There are some news about future updates in the forum, but I am really afraid to look at them. More forced fellowship extremely hard content like Gondor? More forced raids like Gondor? No, thanks, better no updates than Gondor.

There are still no first age symbols for lvl.75 or 85 weapons. Wonder how long my Minstrel would be fighting with her outdated equipment…

And so the day has ended and it has been mostly…positive in Lotro.

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Spent most of the day in Lotro. Real life was considered since today at 13:00 Lithuanian time I am leaving to Paris. Almost a week of trip, hope to enjoy it.

Meanwhile in Lotro: Stormsong, the only active, quested in beautifull Rohan. I feel very good in these green lands. Questing sometimes was hard, my under-equipped toon died many times. But, as intro to “Dune 2000″ told – We have seen you die many times. We have also seen you rise to command vast armies, bringing peace to Arrakis. While we have only vast armies of lame NPCs (“dear hero, plz plz plz kill that Grulet, our town cannot kill one grulet”)…

I am almost lvl.80. Getting spammed with Minstrel legendary weapons so that I have little space in inventory. Mounted combat – still problematic. I have 3 simple Minstrel attacks and 1 melee. Plus – 2 simple (i.e. ranged) that requires 3 codas. All this came to zero when I had to kill one named mob. Some 44.000 health. In melee – two hits, I am dead. I have no self-heals while on mount. I have no “damage-overr-time” attacks. Situtation does look hopeless. Yes, my jewellery and armour are for lvl.65. Legendary weapon is still enhanced lvl.65 (all thanks to Turbine…one can’t barter First age symbols unless he has completed most difficult instances at the hardest tier). However, at lvl.85 I would have Hytbold armour (pretty good one).

Was helped yesterday by our leader – he called me to Snowbourn and explained which jewellery/armour to use. There are still too many and too different equipments in the game. If I was deeveloper, I would simplify them. Sometimes less is more, even in statuses.

But for the next week thiss is not important. I am travelling to Paris. Would be accessing my blog wia free wi-fi though.

stones and stops

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A few days in Vilnius to rest, clean flat and prepare for a trip to Paris. Sitting, looking at Tripadvisor, wikipedia (“Paris museums”), making to-do lists.

Meanwhile in Lotro: Stormsong finally – back in Rohan. Turtoise stone removed (I am afraid I destroyed it), now doing all quests and enjoying content. Rohan is great. Great story, great visuals (just fellowship/raid warbands are not too great).

I took every single quest, not bothering about slayer deeds. These could wait for a while. I need xp to grow up – reached lvl.77 without working too much, earned some 20 steed xp points. Goals are very clear: make steed top level and distribute points as Kin told me; reach lvl.85 so that I could wear Hytbold armour.

Mounted combat is so far unusual. I have almost no usable skills on medium warsteed with heavy bridle (blue trait tree). Some 3 ranged attacks, 1 melee attack, that’s all. Not very impressive, but maybe I will get something usefull later.

And so the day has ended, I left very satisfied. Rohan is like a breath of freedom.

jays and Dunland

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Few days in peacefull, quiet place. Jays and other birds flying, singing, almost no civilization, no Lotro.

Monday:return to Vilnius, some Lotro, yesterday – again. My Minstrel was the only active. Finally finished Kindred with Theodred’s riders. Did some quests in the Iron pit, got killed almost at the very end: was fighting one  big mob when his friends came from behind.

There was sale for shared storage. Upgraded for some 400 points.

Was happy to aid one kinnie:bartered lvl.60 First age weapon (symbols of Nimrodel: I do not need them anyway), explained legendary weapons a bit. At least some use from me…

Also was questing in Dunland. FInished beast, Crabain, Goblin, Warg slayer. Some deeds remain and I have to do them today. Tomorrow – untill Monday – there would be no Lotro again. Another voyage, this time to Riga (Latvia).

And so days have ended, I felt satisfied. The days are good once again in Lotro.

vacations

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Little to tell, since real life intervened heavily with its own problems.

Stormsong quested in Dunland, gathering reputation (thanks to hundreds of task items) and turning in 500th task item. Hurray, now I can turn in 10 items.

XP disabler works just fine, I gather needed experience for Legendary weapons while skipping simple xp. Warsteed still is lame, I cna swear I was given medium one. Medium means mediocre.

Will be offline for some time. Vacations, after all, are for taking rest. Even from my nice online game. So…

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Journey to Thorins Hall..

Voage begins: from my native town to one..lesser untill Monday. Then – some activities.

Then – journey to Riga (Latvia) and from there, to Ventspils

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Ventspils/Annuminas

It’s a nice, not too large seaport in Latvia. Resting for some days there, then returning back to Vilnius.

12th September – trip to Paris

Paris/Annuminas

And 19th September – fly back to Vilnius, back to work.

Yes, that would mean little Lotro and many photos taken, souvenirs bought and good memories had.

i will enjoy Lotro as long as I could and then – journeys awaits me…

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Stormsong continued her journey. Epic quest brought me to Rohan, to East Wall. Did some job there, killed Orcs, Uruks, “vile creatures” (i.e. dogs). Did some quests too. Fought lvl.76-77 enemies with xp disabler (and somehow managed to throw away one usefull pocket item). Later I realised two things:
1. I am almost out of epic book quests (managed to reach book 8 somehow)
2. I want to quest in Rohan and gain xp.

While in Rohan – finally got my mount. For reasons uknknown to me – I got medium (i.e. mediocre) one. Not sure, as always, which trait tree to choose. Either light, for speed, or heavy, for survival. Of course, mount now looks just awfull, without any cosmetics, but my Minstrel will get it.

I returned to Great River to do some quest, then – to Mirkwood…and then stopped. Lucky for me, Kinship was organizing some instances. I joined one Annuminas instance as DPS minstrel, then Vile maw – as healer minstrel. Well, the only problem with healing is that I can’t resurrect while in combat. Makes me feel not so good. However, we fought and we won, I looted and was given some lvl.65 crystals which were used on my Legendary sword. Untill lvl.75 first age LI, looks like I would have to use this.

By the way, I messed one Moria instance and Kinship organized two runs…just for me to understand I did not need them. Shame on me…but run was fun, we were 4 minstrels, 3 dps and 1 healer. This was really cool, Kinship minstrel run.

And so the day has ended, i felt satisfied. The day has been very good in Lotro.

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Istaria

Logged in to update. Looks like I mised local pets + some update on vault. We now have some “Loyalty Tokens”. Nice to read on updater, yet no one had any token yet…

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Too many activity to record. StormSong, my main active toon now, quested -continued questing- in Great River. Only one time I removed xp disabler, only to reach level 75. Why lvl.75? Because on this level I could summon Oathbreakers to come to my aid + I could use new piece of armour.

I am really enjoying adventuring with xp disabler. No grey things, I am attackable and sometimes have to think a few times if I really need to go there where big monster lives. Also, I gain valuable Legendary item xp. Reputation is growing too. NaktiesKarys once gathered a bunch of Limlight Gorge task things – now, they did pay offf, reached first level of reputation thanks to them.

Quests are interesting, although I knew what was going to happen. However, it was really cool to make a stand with Nazgul and make him run. Or witness Nona and Frodo’ss thoughts.

Sometimes I feel a pity developers have locked First age symbols behind almost impossible tier 2  challenges: my toon cannot have First age weapon because there is no First age (lvl/75) symbol even in Auction. Auction is empty, only one First age symbol. How am I supposed to be better fighter when I fight with out-levelled weapons? Kinship, of course, offers help, yet want to be self-sufficient. I can make light armour and bridles myself; I can make weapons myself. All I need is Armourer and Jeweller, yet these are very grindy. And, I repeat, self-efficiency is the most important.

NaktiesKarys has nothing to do but run in Thorins Hall.

In short- life in Lotro is going well. My minstrel is overwhelmed with quests (used 32 out of 50 possible) and xp disabler is cool.

B-day

There was supposed to be a post of my (mis)adventures in Lotro. But today it is my birthday, so – no or little posts about NaktiesKarys, StormSong, Vytautaz, DunedanMule.

orthanc

Orthanc – from distance looks almost like Eiffel tower. Someone, tell me NOT to search for Saruman or underground barracks while in Eiffel….

Too many isengards

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My vacations is soon™, so it would mean less time for Lotro. Visiting relatives and nice, romantic Paris.

Meanwhile StormSong quested, killing stuff, looting things, getting one time killed. Well, it was not the best idea to melee fight 1 named mob and her 5-6 little guards…Looks like I almost killed named one, some of guards, but rest just overhwelmed me. Otherwise, things were going pretty well. At the end, I grew a bit tired from that many quests. Killing orcs, goblins, wargs, half-ors, gathering Rohirrim weapons, making evil recipe and poisoning Goblins’ food, killing The Cook (we have even such monster) and alike. However, I am satisfied with my Minstrel’s performance. Equipment- yes, outdated, but crafted equipment is far worse than quest one. I need to survive untill lvl.85 – then, up to Hytbold armour! Good news – I am starting to loot Riddermark hide, much needed for my crafter. So far – I find there are way too many quests, I can’t handle them all:regional points to one thing, epic – to another. Looks like I need a bit of break from one of them…

NaktiesKarys logged in, tried to grind Cordolan trinkets, but monsters were too greedy and I looted little of Cordolan trinkets. Talked with kinship a bit – looks like they want my StormSong to be a crafter. I prefer not to – she is a fighter, she gains money and can support house upkeep etc. As always, Kinship instantly runs instances.

Looked in Auction house: they have lvl.100 First age symbols. As cheap as 800-1000 gold. Question to myself: even if I had that much (which I do not) – should I buy? I am not intending to quest in Gondor, since it is hardcore forced raiding area. For all others lvl.95 weapons are more than enough. Yet lvl.100 means more firepower.

And so the day has ended: a bit grumpy in real-life and quite good in Lotro.

shing shing, Dunland

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Stormsong was active: once again, many quests, can’t remember them all. Go there, run here, kill these. I was very satisfied with killing evil Dunlendings, these things does not deserve to live. Once again, my Minstrel shows up very good. Killing enemies with some 17,000 hp (I had only ~3000) was managable. Legendary item experience was flowing. I ran from one NPC to another, killing things, almost completing deeds and at the end re-visited Orthanc surroundings again. Not as a prisoner though: this time Saruman’s lackeys won’t escape my own revenge.

Finally reached Kindred with one faction, bought “Return to Galtrev” skill. Now have to build my reputation with Theodred’s riders. And these…well, some are for Saruman, others doubt treaties with Isengard. A pity to see Grima’s influence this far.

In the middle of Orthanc le-slaughtering, Kinship organized Way of Smiths raid. I was invited, so Naktieskarys logged in, did all shing-shings he could. Situation was problematic, since my PC really lagged. I saw things in low motion, sometimes could not tell where enemy was, hence just did AoE attacks. Finally, we were victorious, there was but 1 loot (Second age lvl.100 symbol) which I failed to win. Question is, what would I do if I had won? If I need something, I need First age weapon and there are no ways I would get First age symbol (all thanks to Lotro becoming hardcore).

And so the day has ended, I felt a bit tired, but overall satisfied. XP disabler works and I am having fun with it, LI experience flows, I have good loots. The day has been very good in Lotro

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