Lost between snows

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Lord of the rings online

StormSong quested once again in Wildermore, running through Balewood, then having several session-plays, seeing Ents going to war and one Ent dying. I ran from one NPC to another only to come to inevitable: confronting Nurzum. A task I am not ready for, my squishy Minstrel is not ready for massive aggro.

Did some epic quests, received xp, reached Kindred with the people of Wildermore…and yet still stuck at level 91. In forums they say lvl.92 tanks were killed several times in a row – and I am just a squishy minstrel.

Once again I am feeling lost. Grinding would take too long: enemies give too little xp. No power-levelling. Task items are not miraculous and even if I reach level 92 – what’s then? Nothing. So, my Minstrel is stuck, my Naktieskarys is stuck too, Vytautaz does nothing (out of task items).

Talked to Kinship. Some of us do understand how I feel. There are offers that I start levelling third toon. I am starting to think about Rune Keeper. Saw it in action, how he electrocutes monsters far quickier than Minstrel. Negative moments – less heals, more need to run and avoid attacks. And yes, I hope our boss won’t be upset I do not choose Warden…

However, now I must mobilize all remaining will and level up my Mini. Have another part of Rohan, Entwood and flooded Isengard to go. Then I stop: Gondor with it’s senseless grind is a “no-no” for me.

NaktiesKarys was happy enough to craft weapon for one player. Met him first time, he’s probably non-native English speaker (adressing me “Sir” and “Master”). At last I was needed to someone…

And so the day has ended. It was kind of good in Lotro.

wildermore, ents

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Lord of the rings online

Stormsong had little time to play. Quested in Wildermore, trying to avoid over-powered warbands (in fact doable only with raid). Quest brought me to Balewood, evil tree trolls’ teritory. Tried to kill every single troll…yet I know they would cause me much problems. However, I will continue killing them as long as map is on my side (i.e. red dots).

Met local ents, quested for them, saw their meetings and discussion about Nurzum. I am still far, very far from confronting Nurzum. Still lvl.91 (need at least 92) and my “virtues” aren’t maxed. Reputation with people of Wildermore grows up, I have many task items. All I need is some 1 week to turn in task items and become more powerfull.

I am feeling a bit tired from Wildermore. This is not my favourite region and overpowered warbands makes it less desirable. Yes, I need reputation and TP from it, need to be become stronger in these eternal snows.

And so the day has ended and it was kind of good in Lotro.

fresh snow

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Lord of the rings online

Lotro was offline – some maintenance. Went online about 2-1,5 hours earlier than announced. Kudos, Turbine.

Stormsong fought in Wildermore. Reached level 91, got 1 trait point, invested (God knows if I did it right) into blue line, increase outgoing healing. Would it affect myself, i.e. if I heal myself?

Did many quests, side quests, few warbands. Sometimes I’m in a hurry and forget the most important rule: kill anything that counts for slayer deed. When I stick to this rule, I get valuable xp and crafting materials. When I forget…well, it means I would have to return and kill mindlessly.

Quests have taken me to evil Balewood. Do not like this forest (2 over-powered warbands with almost millions of hp), but would do what they ask me to do there.  And when things are finished – I would have to turn in almost all task items, day by day, to grow up and prepare to battle Nurzum. If he easily killed tank several times in a row, I have little chance, but may still try it.

Oh yes, quests. Quest logic. Go and gather snow: would be a problem in Bree or Shire…but in Wildermore we have only few locations for snow. Come on… Then, we have Wildermore’s return value. Maximum some 200 TPs while price is almost 800. Not so profitable, unlike Moria (with tons of patience) or Evendim.

Legendary items do drop in Wildermore, noticed Beorning ones, but there are little demand for them, have to trash. However, Minstrel items are good to have: I level them only for LI xp. When I am in need – I will just use some runes and level up normal (lvl.95 and 100) weapons.

Things are stabilizing in Lotro. I have plenty of quests/deeds, yesterday logged off because there were too many. I gain xp, gain some Turbine points (though nowhere to spend them).

And so the day has ended, I felt satisfied. Things are returning to normal in Lotro.

Wildermore again

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Lord of the rings online

Stormsong was active in Wildermore. Did all the quests I was asked, even took one very risky: lvl.85 fellowship one to kill some named beast. I am killing almost anything, just because of deeds and TPs. Killing orcs is an easy task (orc riders counts twice: as mounted enemies and as orcs), orc slayer completed – now up to orc slayer advanced. Farm exploation, Forlaw exploration – completed too.

Finally reached lvl.90, now I have new armour and jewellery. Finally ready to do something in these not-so-friendly ice lands.

Locals are a bit…whining. Even Reeve cries about fate of the land. Come on, Mr. Reeve, you are leader, you cannot be weak, at least show some courage. And I am still…still not too good in Mounted combat, I do prefer fighting afoot: then I have all my stunning, AoE attacks.

NaktiesKarys was happy to craft lvl.100 first age Halberd for one Kinship Captain. Finally, some use from my sleepy toon.

At the end of the day we talked in Kinship chat about First age symbols, crafting and even adventures I have experienced in my c ity public transportation.

And so the day has ended. It was good in Lotro.

reluctant wild

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Lord of the rings online

Stormsong was the only active. Once again, Hytbold dailies, although Hytbold has been rebuilt and defended. Then I took some slayer deeds: monsters helped me advance a bit, yet too far from level 90.

Just why level 90? Because of new armour, in fact I may need level 91.

Yesterday I finally risked entering Wildermore. Did it very reluctantly, all these overpowered warbands do not help me feel better. First of all – finally, many red dots on map. Logically, I gain a bit more xp. Now I am a bit wiser and am trying to kill almost anything. Soloed one solo warband. Soloed “small fellowship” warband, all thanks to self-heals and AoE attacks of Minstrel. So far I do not bother with exploration – will do it later. Wildermore itself is an interesting region – but if we speak about ice, I do prefer Forochel.

Noticed new currency: Wildermore warband token. Will have to check what is it for.

Kinship was very busy with Big Battles. Almost everyone praises new loot, linking various top-level quality “essences” and status tomes. Looks like I am the only one with lvl.100 who refuses to participate. Some people run 5-6 Big Battles in a row. Side effect – my lvl.89 Minstrel could hardly find anything to do aside from Rohan/Wildermore questing or deeding.

One such opportunity – yesterday, Kinship organized Fornost run. I switched to blue trait tree, chose blue stance and, after asking kinnies, started to heal. One time was killed, maybe one time tried to resurrect. Got many skills that were unknown to me. Result – one kinnie told about “nice heals”. Which means only one logical outcome: I do need practice healing minstrel more. I am efficient at dps, now I must be efficient with healing.

NaktiesKarys managed to help one kinnie with lvl.55 Weathertop monsters. Easy shing-shing, we just rode through monsters and were victorious.

And so weekend has ended. I felt satisfied with Lotro. Maybe adventures are re-begining again.

hurry?

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Istaria

Crafting and crafting. Sandstone, lots of it – and then it turned out I was too much in a hurry. Plot owner has his own ideas when decoration should start and when should finish. Luckily, I won’t spoil things.

Which means I should return to marble which is not my favourite.

Lord of the rings online

Stormsong: did dailies, rebuilt Hytbold completely, then fought last battle for Hytbold, rode to Cliving to free some lame NPC. Asked kinnies to aid me with power-levelling. Yes, power-levelling is not good, but it is the only way to achieve lvl.90 or even 91.

Results were petty: I got some 326-1000 xp per kill. It would have taken too much time to reach lvl.91 (kill some 1500 enemies? in one day?).

Vytautaz and Dunedanmule were doing their own jobs: turning in task items and crafting.

The days are dull, I have too much stress at work, being pressed and being shouted at for almost no reason. Even virtual world does not bring satisfaction as it used to do. The days were…poor…in virtual and real worlds. Grumpyness is back.

building the world

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Istaria

Naktieskarys was active with building. Sand golems near Parsinia were perfect to harvest, then – creating bricks, making construction blocks from them, storing in the vault…and teleporting to the plot.

Plot I am helping is huge, sometimes hard to navigate. Yet I managed to find all structures needed and add all sandstone I could. Then I noticed I made too many sandstone blocks. Had to use or delete: helped another, half-abandoned plot in Bristugo. Yet some remains, would have to do something.

All that remains is slate, not too much, some 100 construction blocks. A bit of work – and Mason job on that plot will be finished, i could finally concentrate on marble and gather thousands of blocks/keystones.

I do like this aspect of Istaria. One could peacefully harvest materials, make stuff and add it to buildings. Help almost every plot owner throughout the Istaria and see how new, nice structures appear.

Lord of the rings online

Stormsong did Hytbold dailies, then once again told about slow levelling. One kinnie told about quest, but this was in a higher level region…and I am still not ready for Wildermore. Not all “virtues” are maxed, I still have Hytbold armour when I should be wearing crafted one.

Vytautaz finally reached level 53: since daily tasks were not enough, killed some spiders. Red line champion looked impressive – though not AoE one (almost no shing-shing), it is still single-target. And it does well versus single target. Problem is, I am accustomed to fighting the crowd; shing-shing, so to say.

DunedanMule was crafting again and again.

And so the day has ended: good (but greedy…) in Istaria. Mediocre in Lotro.

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Istaria

Unfortunately, was on maintenance. When game finally went live, went to my vault and helped to build one player’s plot. Sandstone keystones are almost finished. Sandstone construction blocks are yet to be done, lots of them. Slate stuff still needs many work.

I am gaining no xp from this – only satisfaction to aid someone. If only vault was a bit closer to these structures…yet I will do everything I can. This is one of the strongest Istaria’s points: you can help lots of players throughout the game and you can see result of your helping. Yesterday there was no building and today – look, it stands, new and shiny.

Lord of the rings online

Nothing inspiring. Hytbold dailies, finally – Kindred with another faction, need to work towards Kindred with another faction. Gathering hundreds of tokens and then will rebuild Hytbold. Reached level 89, need at least 2 levels and no idea where to grind some 3 million xp fast.

Meanwhile Kinship organizes Big Battles everyday, almost every moment. Players are telling loot quality in so-called “Big Battles” increased. Tomes of status, crystals etc are reported to drop. One kind payer offered me lvl.95 First age symbol (the most rare item in the game) – but I already have 3, enought to equip my Minstrel when/if she reaches that level.

Other toons did standard things: DunedanMule crafted, Vytautaz turned in task items.

And so the day has ended, I had some fun in Istaria and boring, mediocre day in Lotro. The more Lotro is “updated”, the more time I am spending in little Istarian community…

Peacefull runs

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Istaria

Since the Update 15 I found myself spending more and more time in Istaria. Untill lvl.100 in Lotro there are things to do: before gondors start. So, my Istarian toon Nakties Karys went to check Guild friend’s plot. It is in icy lands of Trandalar and needs lots of sandstone & slate stuff. Which let me quickly teleport to Parsinia, run to Sandstone golems, kill them and harvest.

And then I should thank one player who built a plot and let some storage silos to be open for everyone, along with crafting facilities. I gathered lots of sandstone bricks, made sandstone construction blocks…and after 3 runs I had some 160 construction blocks + some 50 keystones. Of course, I will need about 300 more sandstone keystones. After that – slate work. And then….then I will help to build some structures,

Marble job awaits, there are many structures that needs marble. This means more Golem slaughter and harvesting. Despite this – Istaria offers some peacefull existence, not overburdened with too hard content. I am not too over-powered there, even as Cleric. Slotted weapons/armour works just superb, unlike Lotro. I can relax in Istaria, despite the lack of quality graphic, absence of new territories(something I was accustomed to in Lotro).

Lord of the rings online

Stormsong did Hytbold dailies, she is painfully far from lvl.91. ALmost two levels, >2 million xp and dailies do not give that much. Not sure how long would I struggle with this. Kinship is actice, yet activity is Big Battles, something I will never like, never understand. Vytautas turned in task items, DunedanMule crafted.

And so the day has ended. It was very good and relaxing in Istaria and mediocre in Lotro. In Lotro, I feel stuck. I would even go for power-levelling (untill lvl.91 only) to risk entering Wildermore, but could find none.

 

helping, gathering

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Istaria

I was on my favourite business: levelling and at the same time – helping others. Gathering hundreds of Marble keystones. Being killed few times by some evil Wolves. Storing everything in my vault. At the same time – switched to Cleric. In Istaria you just need to visit trainer, choose “I wish to rejoin…” and  – wellcome back. Level 100 Cleric with lvl.91 weapon was way much stronger than lvl.20 Spiritist.

And as a top-level Cleric, I just killed golems and harvested them. It is the best option, especially if one lures Golem near crafting facility.

Then, it was time for helping. I have finally found the plot in Brendon’s Shelf: lots of tier 6 storage silos, great need of Marble keystones and Construction blocks. Of course, only 2 blocks count as 1 when added. Gained xp this way – and am ready for more crafting. Things are getting better: my Guild friend has a plot that needs lots of low-level Mason job; I will, surely, help him. It is the best I could imagine: me helping structure to appear, me being usefull to others.

Lord of the rings online

As usually – Hytbold dailies, all xp is from these only. And as usually, Vytautaz turning in task items, DunedanMule crafting. Kinship running Deepening Wall or Pelagir every now and then.

StormSong helped one kinnie to level up (sometimes called “power-levelling”). We went to Midgewater marshes and I just range-nuked anything, from innocent Frog to not-so-innocent named monster. My kinnie was a Beorning, I could see him transforming into a bear and taking out enemies that were higher level than him. We just ran in circles and I really enjoyed it: see enemy, one-shoot it, run forwards. Soon, my kinnie was some lvl.16. Then we moved to Lonelands, killing some wargs, goblins in our way. I had to log off, next time we met in North Downs. This time I was not with my favourite Minstrel, but with Champion. No nukes, but great big shing-shing. We went through hordes of monsters, killing even one that did not give xp to kinnie. But monster had to be killed should kinnie want to pass. Then game lagged: typical lag, my toon stands, world is rotating and restores only after I restart Lotro. I also had some real-life job to do, so had to log off.

I enjoy this type of activity, even if it is power-levelling and that person may miss half of content. I enjoy being usefull, being able to go through hordes of enemies.

At the same time I am running out of activity in Lotro. Log in, do Hytbold tasks, turn in task items, ask if anything, except Gondor, Big Battles or tier 2 instances is going on, log off Lotro and start crafting help in Istaria. I do need to become at least level 90 as soon as possible to enter Wildermore, but this is not gonna happen soon.

And so the weekend has ended, days has been in Istaria and Lotro.

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