Terra, Lotro

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Lord of the rings online

Festival. A bit grindy one and my NaktiesKarys does his best to grind for tokens. Not sure why, maybe just to have ones for next festival should I decide to buy mount and not waste my time.

Helped one player from my former Kinship, Dunedain of the North, to achieve level 40. Call it “power-levelling” or anything – but I enjoyed. it. We ran Sambrog, then Tuckoborough, then again Sambrog. My usual ritual: when entering Sambrog chamber, first use /mock emote on Sambrog. At level 43 he is a mockery. “My” player died only once, later I explained him two simple rules: 1) do not run ahead of me and let me deal with groups; 2) if any problem, run to me, not from me. He listened and I was able to be…efficient.

Terra

Downlod of 25 Gigabytes. Updating, installing, updating…finally, playign. Game done with much love, graphic is good, even anime look is not that bad.

Controls, they were just not for me, I got lost in them, I got almost beaten by lower lvl mobs. Sorry, Terra, you are really good mmo for those who manage your controls (not me though).

And so the day has ended: little impressions. Still looking for something to replace pay-to-win, hardcore mode Lotro (I can gues sthe only harder modern mmo is EVE). I felt unimpressed, lost, without my place in virtual world. Something needs to be done.

Just – what?

firework grind

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Finally, have something to do, except chating with kinnies. I am buys qwith Anniversary festival. Making maximum 2 firework quests per local night and probably 4 quests per one day. Plus “catche envelope” and “spark interest into fireworks” quests.

I am grinding Anniversary tokens, to compensate some 67 spent for mount and caparison. Why am I doing this – do not know. I don’t need Anniversary tokens, this year mount is (kind of) ugly and I have all the maps, Probably grindign for tokens is the only activity left for me, the only thing I could do without depending on RNG or hard enemies.

This is where I have frank, yet sometimes- hard talk with kinnies. But one day each one would realise how really difficult and stressing everything after Gondor is. Some quests I would do (if servers were un-crashable) with hundreds or even thousand top-level, top-equipped players. Since Gondor, I no longer need any “oh look, shiny shiny, pretty pretty” equipment, because I have nowhere to use it. Kinnies suggest grinding for gold. Barrows could be used, though at very slow rate (1 run, 1 gold). Auction house, where I am experiencing instant failure, is not a real option: it is unpredictable, so eventually one may run into losses only. Kinnies suggets levle 80 Sambrog runs, yet I am afraid of it. i remember how dealing with lvl.50 wighs was not too easy, no “shing shing all dead”. Sometimes my health dropped near edge of risk.

And so the day has ended – without real inspiration, just a dull grinding.

Cobalt festivals

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Naktieskarys was running and killing poor maggots (lvl.10-12) and Fiyakis (some lvl.12 or 13). Gathering crystals to level up my poor Mage…but crystal drop was low. I noticed I had almost same crystals dropped by lvl.1 maggots and from lvl.10 maggots. Would take many many hours to grind at least 100 of them.

Lucky for me, our plot in Falathien need more cobalt work, so I gladly ran there. At least, activity!

Lord of the rings online

There is a festival, Anniversary one. I would suggets calling it “Wellcome Pay to Win model festival”, but that’s just my thoughts.

Finally, have something to do in Lotro. Launching fireworks. Gathering evil letters. Informing Bree folks about festivals. Getting Anniversary tokens for that. I had some 67 from previous festivals, so used them to buy horse and caparison. Horse (“Woodlands?”) is just ugly. Rode once and twice…and forgot about it.

However, Festival means I ma finally busy with content that gives some rewards and does not depresses me much.  Kinnies offered to do Helegrod for “steel tokens”, I refused: Helegrod is just too long to do. Tried Sambrog, but greedy monsters almost did not drop tokens. Later I read wiki: oh my, tokens are bartered for “gift boxes”, i.e. trash boxes. Good news, I no longer need Steel tokens.

I am frankly talking with Kinship about which game should I choose, since I have lost my faith in Lotro and Turbine. I despise eternal RNG, extremely hard monsters that require almost hundred players to have a chance to win, I despise grind in the name of grind and I relaly hate pay to win model.

So far foflks were jokinh about Sims or counterstrike – but all I need is some soft fantasy game with PvE (PvP is not an option) woith no adult or anime themes. A game that would have easy mode. If I find such, I probably would gladly go there.

 

However, I have some job to do in Istaria and Lotro, which means for some time I have my mind occupied: a good thing in these days.

mages and weeds (online)

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Hurry and hurry – that was going on. Decided to level up Mage, had to change armour to some that offers almost no protection. Use level 1 weapon, although Guild offered lvl.10. But this is me, eternal soloer wh owants to be self-sufficient. Then made another toolbar for Mage spells and went for lvl.66 Golems.

Fight was short: I did some 6 damage to monster, he made some 200, then it was melee fight, I did some 200 or even 400 damage…but my own health was running low, heals did not work, I had to retreat.

I was really in a fury. Multiclassing, the thing where Istaria shines, just went 100% wrong. And how am I expected to kill ebnemy with, say, 2000 hp, when my single spell does entrire 6 hp damage and other spells were avoided by mob? Folks told to hunt spiders, sicne golems are crush-resistent. Ok, but I still have six hp damage, spider or not.

Returned to cleric school, a bit angry. The only way to multiclass was to collect hundreds of crystals so that lvl.10 mage uses and grows a bit. Or grind trophies for level 10.

Or await some very very kind person that would power-level me.

Yes, I hurried too much, maybe I should have at least tried spiders. But…now I am cleric again and quite happy.

Lord of the rings online

Was doing Great Barrows with one lvl.22 kinnie…and one lvbl.100 Champion. Oh my, it was just a slaughter, poor Sambrog was killed with two attacks.

Rest time it was chating in World chat. It started about weeds and then i interfered with things like – “Well, Gandalf and Radagast smoke too much weed and we have world divided and war”. Later we went to disucss how Ents were smoking weed, then saw – smoke from Orthanc and decided to destroy opposing gang. Sauron, of course, smoke so much weed that he imagined he had no body, only one big eye. Saruman smoked much weed too – much enough to see a non-existent “army of 10.000 Uruks” when, in fact, there were none.

And no doubt, hobbits who smoked weed (confirmed officially even in Lotro) and, were eager to destroy a smokey mountain of Sauron and weed factories of Saruman. But whethter this war existed in their weed-full minds or in reality – no one knows…

We talked, we laughed, some other players from chart joined this conversation, ending with “advertising” of weeds from Hobbits. To which I responded – “Buy quality, buy Saurons ™ weed! Call 1-800-NAZGUL”. Once again, short chat about hobbit/Sauron weeds…

And so the day has ended. Little inspirations, too much hurry and sometimes over-exagerrations from my side. Today istaria would be on maintenance, so I would have to play Lotro.

300 euros to play Lotro

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Been a bit busy, aiding plots…and then suddenly getting lost. Too many things to do and no giant task to keep me occupied all the time. Talked, roleplayed, asked for advice. One kind person from Guild adviced to level up Mage from current level 10 to some lvl.16 and then start Paladin.

To do that I relaly would need power-levelling. And this is what i could not get. A pity.

Lord of the rings online

I was calculating simple things on the “imbue” system. If level 25–40 costs some 3000 mithril coins, then it is some 25.000 Turbine points. At current sale one could buy 26.000 TPs for only 149,99 euros. Since almost every class has two legendary items, to imbue them and actually play with their full power one needs simply 300 euros.

It’s not to mention tons of LI experience runes, scrolls of empowerent, crystals. Every item that enhances combat abilities is on store. If you need – feel free to buy things that, for example, almost never drop.

Wait wait, you can grind!– one would object. Correct. For one Legendary item one needs 25.000 TP. Let us guess, one earns 1000 TP each day (that’s 10 toons non-stop, without playing anything valuable or having fun in real life). Then, player needs 25 days of perpetual grind. But let us say, he manages to get 5000 TPs from extras: oh, only 20 days. Sicne we have 2 legendary items – it’s almost 1,5 months of grind.

Lotro is now officially not only pay to win, but a worthy competitor to any Asian grindfest. A game that I am losing faith into.

I keep logging, keep asking if any lower level player needs help (and rarely getting positive answer). i keep aiding kinnies and random people with instances or skirmishes. But I do understand that almost all “end-game” content is locked for me now. Locked, because no one could beat RNG 9a war without victory). Locked behind Great Wall of Super Grind.

Wait wait, Turbine announced they would lower prices!

No, they won’t. It’s Turbine that denounces truth even now. Why person who denies ruth could be trustworthy? Oh, and by the way: on mmorpg.com almost everyone reacts negatively or purely mentions facts that legendary system overhaul was, in fact, needed after Moria. Now, it’s too little, too late.

I do not believe in Turbine. I almost don’t believe in Lotro and I really don’t know what to do next. If I do not start making something in Istaria, I would have to look for something to replace p2w Lotro.

And so grumpy day has ended: just a grey, grumpy day.

Lotro again

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Was once again lost with so many jobs there. So much to do, so little time, so manyu runnings forwards-backwards. Two Guild plots. One Guild member plot. One big plot with many floorings. One plot that owner almost does not touch, but still needs some job.

So many schools to finish, at least get my Weaver to lvl.100 from existing lvl.67.

Result – almost nothing done, exept adding some Sandstone and Mithril to big plot with much flooring.

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Stormsong and Vytautaz turned in task items (Stormsong ran out of them). NaktiesKarys chated, sometimes about bloothirsty “romantic”, but this is my “last romantic person in Middle Earth”…

Finally finishes one very hard deed – Roots of Fangorn challenge. We got a good company with powerfull tanks…and yet wipe after wipe. My Champion was totally hopeless – no DPS, no survivability, nothing, except nice shing-shings. And shing-shings were needed, since we always ran into groups of monsters. After third defeat, I told group I was leaving after next one. Well, I got killed soon, but at least cursed challenge was completed. Now, all deeds in Limlight Gorge are done.

Next – attacked Sambrog with one kinnie, lvl.46 run was pretty one, once again I got illusion of being powerfull. Of course, we joked about poor Sambrog being tortured, stomped and alike.

Also ran few instances with one lvl.26 player.She was a Minstrel, impressed with how I dealt with mobs. I explained her that at level 100 her Minstrel will make it twice effective as any lvl.100 Champion.

And so, the day has ended and I felt happy in virtual world.

exiling orcs

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Played little due to running in real life. Chatted, harvested some sandstone for one very big plot.

Lord of the rings

This is where I was almost shining yesterday. Helping one kinnie with Barad Gularan (maybe 2 times), then – with Urugarth, finally – with troll slayer deed in Misty Mountains. Barad Gularna is an instance I do not like – last boss is real pain. It can be beaten only by out-dps’ing – but we did it, we had lvl.100 tank, so things went as they should.

Tried to aid one player, but he told he had few minutes left. Ok, ran lvl.46 Great Barrows, once again nice shing-shings.

I felt really satisfied: I was of some help to others, I was one who almost tanks and sweeps group of trolls without problems (well, the only problem is stun).

Path of Exile

Tried this one. Mostly good impressions.

Character creation: zero customization. If you are Witch, you are woman, you can’t change anything. Archer is woman too. Others are men.

I chose Witch. It’s spellcaster, game info tells she has some protective shield.  Spells tend to be firre and ice, mostly AoE. I like this little class.

Graphic: something like Diablo. A bit dark (don’t expect cute shiny colours).

UI, controls: this is where game does not shine. No minimap, walking with mouse only (no cursors). Keyboard customizations (except casting) are hard to find. No minimap.

Community: chat was overflooded with “WTS WTT” things, walls of text. Was not easy to navigate in chat too.

Overall, if I was a bigger fan of Diablo, this could be the game. Right atmosphere, nice class – things are just ideal for any Diablo lover.

And so the day has ended and the life was just nice in all three games (sorry, PoE – uninstalled).

helping, roleplaying

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was on maintenance, so – little play. Gathering mithril, joking/roleplaying about motherlodes, my own MHL (Motherlode Harvesting League), motherlode decorations for player plots so that I and Player E. could role-play there. A very good time there.

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Vytautaz, Stormsong turned in task items. Naktieskarys mostly chatted. There was some hard discussion with one kinnie – but I prefer sincere hard talk to sweet senseless compliments. Some kinnies think my “always grumpy Dwarf who is there for more grumpyness” is for real while it is not. It’s like famous Grumpy Cat: Grumpy cat looks grumpy, but in reality is is joyfull cat. We discussed many things: what game should I play if Lotro is that bad. We found none, since I tried everything free to play can offer. In fact I need Lotro v.2.0 – same warm fantasy place, just solo friendly and not pay-to-win. Later we jus twent wild joking, kiding, laughing all across Kinship chat. I acted as “romantic poet” who started creating things about romance. How hero tells to his dear – my dear, here is ahouse made from heads of orcs and on each head I carved your name; there is a bonfire from orcish corpses and over there Cargul screams from pain. Once again – laughing, joking about me as “last romantic person in Middle Earth”.

Roleplay (if this is rp, of course…) aside – managed to help one person with some instances and provide one Hobbit hunter with melee weapons.

I also talked to kinnies. Explained them, step by step, my philosophy about end-game content. And I was listened to, my kinnies almost totally agreed with me on every single step. From point that taxing levers is pay to win to my thought that I don’t need top lvl equipment.

Besides, few levels on Bulroarer are rumoured to cost some 1300 mithril coins. I expect all 15 levels would cost around 10.000 mithril.

And so the day has ended, it was almost perfect, I felt really satisfied. As strange as it is – even in Lotro.

discussing, helping, waiting

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Naktieskarys, as a Weaver, tried to aid…only to be outrun by someone else. Result: some Cotton taperstries/bolts left in vault with no idea where to add them. Asked in other chats, no one had any idea.

Of course, chatting, roleplaying – feeling happy.

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NaktiesKarys helped one kinnie with Great Barrow, then we did Tuckoborough run. Things were great, I could easily solo lvl.33-34 content and my kinnie was happy.

In Kin chat we had a heated discussion about incoming pay-to-win. Some kinnies disagreed, though for me it is obvious – if fifteen levels are purchasable for high enough coin$, rich ones would win. Bearing in mind that reputatio items are now trash – only those with fat wallets/credit cards will be instant winners. I found most of arguments that were against my opinion – to be non logic.

They say – “oh well, you can grind”. Yes, I can. 100 TP a day, since there is a real life also. Rep.items does not count anymore, so only 100 TP. While I will be grinding for 100 Tp, someone will just buy all weapon upgrades with statuses, legacies, crystals – with one mouse click.

They say – grind enough in game gold and you are winner. Not correct, i can’t buy tons of mithril coins for any amount of gold.

They say I could do “instances” and win stuff. Partially correct, except obvious facts that:
a) RNG may be re-programmer not to throw LI stuff
b) battle versus RNG is a losing one, RNG would win in almost all cases.
If anyone disagrees, I could challenge that person to an experiment. I would say – “ok, purchase as many mithril coins as you can and roll up Hobbit present wheel untill you get, say, lvl.100 crystal”. Would be interesting to know the answer – and the answer would be at my side.

I was told “Lotro has always been pay to win, since it’s FTP”. Untrue! I have been playing Lotro and it always was (untill Helms Deep) user-friendly fantasy world where you had equal chances of getting stuff and there were almost no combat-influencing things that you could obtain only via store or only for mithril.No one cares about fluff, like Shiny Shiny Horse of Million Diamonds or some Gandalf’s Fresh Underwear – fluff is for thosew who pay for it.

Strange to see how others do not mention Lotro becoming pay-to-win. As long as I have played gaining levels has always been free, be it toon level, crafting level, legendary item level, horse level. Now they are taxing Legendary items levels. Soon they will tax combat levels. Road to pay to win is now official and one has to accept it or uninstall the game.

I won’t uninstall. Lotro ceased to be my favourite game, I lost almost all interest in it and sometimes I wanna scream – “let me manage Lotro and I would develop quality content that would leave players happy!”, but no one ever listened to me and no one in official forums would ever listen too.

 

And so the day has ended: nice and warm in Istaria, cold and grumpy in Lotro.

 

pay to win vs fun to play

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Few days without posting: a bit busy in virtual life + Easter + some personal rela life. So, here we go.

Istaria

Our really big plot in Last Stand is almost finished. 34 storage silos done, very few remaining. Our megabuilder, the plot owner, worked day and night there. I aided as much as I could…well, if I was not distracted by other plots. Now there is little where I can help with.

I grinded mithril in huge numbers, targeting motherlodes: harvest, deposit ore to vault, return to motherlode. Later started to grind steel for our Guildhouse in Heather. And finally yesterday – switched to Weaver and made some cotton runs.

We roleplayed a lot about motherlodes, their protection and harvesting. Since yesterday was Easter, someone proposed gathering eggs. Of course, I told to paint motherlodes and get them, then other chat members intervened and we got a very nice, refreshing talk.

In Istaria I feel as at home. I have many schools to finish (after all we are game that allows multiclassing), many buildings to aid, many things to learn, many items to loot (and possibly transfer to an alt). There are no situation like “ok, daily task finished, what to do now?”. There are situations like “ok, one task finished, which one out of 99 I should pick?”. Even if I do grindiest grind – I see  sense in it. Harvest obsidian in the name of harvesting obsidian is not fun at all. Harvest obsidian so that new much needed structure could appear – this really makes sense. Harvest obsidian so that other player could make stuff and increase level – it makes sense too. I feel in  community where I am needed by others and I need others too. I feel reallyu happy there.

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now almost officially becomes pay to win game. Update 16 is on its way. Introducing 3 new regions and – legendary weapon Imbue system”. System promises an option to “imbue” level 100 weapon so that it grows with the owner. No need to reforge each 10 levels. Weapon would have some 40 levels. 25 of these are free, 15 – purchasable with Mithril coins. It is pay to win, if we talk about sparring: whoever has more mithril coins, wins. Also, new “essence armour” with 5 slots is introduced. Bearing in mind that good essences are super expensive and require too much hard work – this armour makes no sense.

The sense is  – Lotro starts to roll down to pay-to-win model. We are seeing only first step, there would be more and more of these. No one objects using mithril for fluffy items: if you have too much TP or cash, feel free to invest, say, 100$ worth mithril coins to Aragorn’s decorated WC.

People I have talked to were not excited about these news too. One told me like “everyone knows Lotro is going to its end, so they just milk players”. Maybe that’s too radical, but the way game treats players is very unfair.

Which makes me understand I will have less reasons to log in. I have no activity left and no wish to fight losing fight with random number generator. I have no spare thousands of $ to spent on legendary weapon. All I have is my Kinship where I come to talk or occasional people I could help with.

And this is where I got some surprises. A group: lvl.88 Runekeeper, mighty lvl.100 Guardian and my lame lvl.100 “champion”. Warg Dens of Dol Guldur. I run forward, shing-shing, more shing-shing, runekeeper throws Sith-type attacks, Guardian collects a horde of monsters, I shing-shing…and we are almost there. One time something went wrong, probably too many monsters, my shing shings killed some, but group was wiped. We returned, avenged…and repeated with poor wargs. At the end group (including experienced tank) told me that “we went this far because of your dps”. They were…in fact they were impressed with my class, with me and my shing shing. It was the biggest compliment I have ever received in Lotro.  This run aside, managed help other people too.

I could only conclude that Istaria and Lotro makes me feel very, very different. Lotro is pay to winn (or – grind half of your life to win); Istaria is have fun to play. In Istaria I am needed to community; in Lotro questions like “any low lvl players needing any help?” almost always got unanswered. in Lotro, there is almost nothing to do, except fight RNG; in Istaria, there are great many things to do, f rom visiting nice snowy lakes to helping huge plot or learning all battle/crafting schools.

Istaria is in all ways  better.  Lotro is like a dying star: it still shines, it still expands, but anybody could predict that end is near.

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