Naerbrand, developers’ fail

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Downtime took really long. I won several plays on Master of Orion 2. All I need there is good start for Sakkras – and then, my battleships, armed with Mauler devices, Achilles target units would destroy anything.

Lotro came live, I asked Kinship for help and our leader arrived. We fought our way to Naerbrand prison, managed to find one artifact…and then let ourselves to be killed. Sorry, exit was too hard to find. Then I finished long quest line, received some reward from Gandalf. After that – talk with Aeorzen, who now wants to receive pardon from Gondor. A pity, I expected at least one bad guy to be bad guy to the end, even up to accepting his own death, but remaining loyal to the lost cause. Received another quest, but this time did not take it.

Kinnies helped really much with advice on my Minstrel’s setup at Mordor. Now I know where I am strong, where I am really weak. They also give valuable advice on armour and essences.

We have confirmed that ash/Light opf Erendil items won’t be landscape drops. “It was not inteded”. Also, black keys are bound, because otherwise “it was not intended”. Next, we would surely see black keys removed from loot, because being in loot “it was not intended”. 1 day cooldown introduced on some dungeons, because otherwise “it was not intended”. Players are really unsatisfied, feedback is negative, but who cares? Just not developers, they do not play their own game, they do not care about feedback. And they do know most players have nowhere to go, Lotro is still one of the best mmos with unique atmosphere and nice player base.

A pity, such good mmo has such non-listening developers. One wrong decision after another, never listening to feedback, never playing their own game.

However, right now I have lots of things to do: quest in second Mordor region, do all deeds here, maybe ask Kinship help for Barad Dur.  Next – maybe some Lotro points grind on Xinderbor.

Life is almost good in Lotro once again.

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Mistakes in Mordor and outside

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Had some stuff to do in real life (donate some food to cat shelter), so had less time to play. Stormsong quested in Mordor, then understood I had to enter Barad Gur and face numerous too powerfull enemies.

Nope, I’d better do Black book quests. There was one interesting moment: Mouth of Sauron offered peace to Aragorn. Terms were interesting: Mordor is given to Mouth of Sauron, subject to Aragorn (except internal matters), in exchange of eliminating few enemies. Aragorn refused: victory is at hand, why negotiate?

Well, in Aragorn’s place I won’t negotiate with magicians. Any simple Orc that has no cue about sorcery should be given command of some region, supervised by some Gondorian commander. Let them rule, let them fight amongst themselves. Of course, Aragorn thinks on war only. No peace. A pity.

Then, I made one little mistake: took 2 quests that redirected me to 2 regions: one with Spiders (Atli quest line) and one to Naebrand. I had to fight many powerfull monsters, started some deeds, was killed many  times. Lag was heavy, died thanks to it at least one time.

Then, Naebrand. I fought/sneaked my way…and then two guards, too hard for me, me killed. One kinnie volunteered to help, we fought (i.e. he nuked everything, I just followed)…and then eveeyrhting froze.

Fight was lost, “Connection to server lost”. I left angry on lag and my mistake to go inside that Naebrand. I am too weak, Shadow is heavy, my equipment – lousy. Kinnie (Minstrel too) nuked everything easily, I – had many problems.

I know I must not give up. My Tailor can craft Shadowed essences. Naktieskarys theoretically could craft them too. So, when the time comes, I would have enough essences for quality armour. Right now I should be able to use any Dark/Empowered essence I have in my vault. All I need is just one explanation what to use…and maybe I am good to go.

Today we have maintenance. Maybe it would be about game/site/forum lags too.

And so the day has ended – interesting, yet too laggy in Lotro.

Race to help, racing to finish

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Had little time to play – managed to log Stormsong and do Mordor quests. Finding some stuff was (almost) easy, mining last 2 obsidian nodes – too. Things done, returned to local Dwarves. Then rode to local Gondorian camp, told one captive, received note that I thwarted some plans, no further redirection.

Received direction to enter local Barad Dur fortress. Again. Fortress is already good defended, lots of Carguls, Numenorians, trolls inside. Enter again? Well, would do. Only for deeds.

Yes, I am not fascinated by this region. There are some nice things, like famous Order of the Eye, then – local Dwarves, trying to be free from Sauron’s rule and of course, the best of all – Shadowed Pages, they alone are worth this region.

And in Kinship it seems, we have one tradition: should somebody need help, especially in equipment, race against time begins, like “who would aid first?”. One person told – Storm, you need to change equipment. I replied I was low on ash (fact), low on Tokens of Service (fact). Result – within few minutes received a mail with 3 armour pieces. Right after that, another Kinship officer – oh, I can craft… I wish I could repay somehow and wish I knew how.

My life in Lotro is bit selfish (no time to help others), but overall – interesting. Mordor is worth questing, even if ash is very rare.

Mordor: fortresses

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Stormsong quested in Mordor’s second region. Have really many quests, all interesting. Kill Black Numenorians (The Order of the Eye, yes!), kill their expedition leaders, retrieve letters. Met one Sentry – new autobestowed quest to kill 8 sentries. Some Orcs nearby – new quest to kill 15 orcs. Of course, traditional quests to loot rubble, burn Orcish tents – all done.

Found one outpost full of fell spirits and Cargul. Quest to kill these, I waited and finally killed.

And then – local Fortress. My task was simple: enter and look for some creature. It was challenging – many Numenorians, Carguls, Trolls, sometimes in groups. My DPS were sometimes not enough, so heals were often used. At the end, I found that creature – talk to it first, then talk second time, kill…and look at the Abyss. Quest done, I started to retreat home.
Fortress was impressive. Full of enemies (Numenorian slayer deed was advancing greatly…), of challenges, no “run inside, aggro everything, nuke everything” thing, you have to think twice before attacking…or maybe better to hide and avoid? I found several Dark pages with their impressive stories of Mordor history. Especially liked ones about Nazguls, these were brilliant.

I enjoyed questing. Quests are interesting, some deeds really easy to achieve (Numenorians, partially – beasts), some harder (Orcs). Number of Carguls is impressive, I do enjoy fighting these screamers.  Yes, I would have to face ill-famous Fushaum Tur with various groups – you friend with one – you enemy to another.

Of course, Light of Earendil is a problem for me, I need some 200, need armour with these essences, so would have to work. Almost no time to help others.

And so the day has ended – good and interesting one in Mordor.

Mordor and epics

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Stormson quested in Udun. Killed almost everything, even managed to loot one ash item (and deconstruct some quest rewards: +5 ash). Forgeworkers were easy, there are many of them. Soldiers of Sauron – a bit harder (because you mostly meet forgeworkers). Then, it was beasts. Finished all of them, completed slayer deed, hurray.

Udun exploration goes bad. Find forges, find furnaces – all this is nightmare. Not enough to arrive at some point, sometimes “Forge” (a glowing window) is hidden so that you cruise finding nothing. Lost pages – yes, done, this quest fascinated me, I even received a full text and a house decoration item. Forge exploration is stuck, because one is at high Shadow area, I got huge debuffs, so getting easily killed.

Tried to ask in World chat for help, IM players – no response. A pity.

Then switched to Black book of Mordor, which got me to Forochel. There we destroyed one corrupted heirloom, I received pocket item.  Met person who constructed Grond and defied Gondor’s propposals. It seemed logic – what could offer Gondor to him? A cabin in the woods with an option to live his days being hated?
Went to next teritory (Dar Amarth?). Monsters have more health here and this teritory is full of fire, so you meet salamanders, fire dragons, fire grims. Doing one very interesting quest: few Dwarves decided to leave Sauron’s side and of course, it’s up to me to do my best. Kill some Sauron’s servants, burn killed Dwarves, recall their expedition, finally – bring some food to miners. Another cool feature – Shadowed pages describing things from Sauron’s side. Really enjoying this one.

Naktieskarys resumed epic. It turned out, I left epic in Ithilien, so had in 1,5 hours relive all events, from ‘we march to Mordor” to destruction of Mordor. Gollum’s line (his dialogues with Smeagol) was interesting too.

Stormsong joined Alliance (Human), got several Tokens of Service, then reached level 4.

Now, I finally have lots of things to do. Do quests/deeds on Stormsong. Do all I can on Naktieskarys. Advance Alliance on Stormsong. Solve the problem of equipment for Naktieskarys (flowerr armour + tier 7 essences!), Grind LP as fast as I can, maybe even run LP grind.

Mordor is interesting, sometimes presenting very nice quests/deeds. I’ll be questing there and trying to slay every single monster to advance deed as quickly as possible.

The days are busy and almost bright in Lotro, once again.

Mordor: goats, treacheries, fortressess

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Stormsong’s adventures in Mordor continues. There are many quests and I do my best to finish them + slayer deeds. Exploration deeds does not go so fast and well.

I found signal flags, then some more signal flags, finally even more signal flags. Got tired, so did not read the quest text (it was about great many signal flags, I guess…). Then – repair some mechanisms, after that got attacked by Goats, then got deed to shoo goats and take care of some (goat) master.  Most interesting thing – to shoo goats. We collected goat droppings, now we shoo them (not droppings).

“Go and take” quests were not that interesting. The only one that fascinates me is Lost Lore of Udun. I pick up some page and then I hear audio story about certain event, like “The great Grond was made there” or “Sauron ordered to open many smithies”. That’s nice and inviting. Managed to find all 4 stones in Forges of Uudn, then went to kill one Fire grim.

Rest of the story: was redirected to one fortress. Starting was a bit standard – kill these, find that, destroy those. Then I witnessed story of the fall of that fortress how defenders valiantly fought…and failed, surrendering to Sauron and being killed. Story was captivating and interesting.

Then, one twist – I had to help one slave, do stuff for Easterlings, and to find one monster killed with evil Dwarves nearby. Dwarves swore it was not them. yeah yeah, convince me …

Met one lvl.106 Minstrel, asked if she needed help. “Better in company” – she replied, but unfortunately, we had no common quests. Had to leave her.

Questing in that fortress was interesting. Fortress full of monsters: simple orcs, ranged orcs, sorcerers etc.  Then, got some inside quests…and understood it was a fellowship area. Grouped with two, apparently Russian, players, but they just farmed monsters with little doing of quests. One moment I was defeated and left fellowship.

In short -things are interesting in Udun. Content is mostly doable. Forced fellowship content visible. Bad side: no time for helping others, no time for Wildermore and one day I would have to start Alliance quests.

And so the day has ended – good one in Mordor.

Mordor at last!

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Game greeted with important news: Mordor expansion is on Lotro store! It was something like a miracle nobody has expected.

I felt a bit ashamed. It was I that “predicted” Mordor only next year at its best. A pity I went with such conclusions…yet developers talked clearly about Update 22 next year, so I hoped they were planning for next year’s winter (i.e. starting December 2018).

2495 Lotro points spent. Then I teleported to Udun, searched for Gandalf, accepted all quests. Talk to Gandalf. Talk to some captains. Ride to Udun.

And then it began. Overwhelming of quests and deeds. Almost every monster and camp visited means new task. I enjoyed quest to accept surrenders from various NPCs of different races, their responses from “I bow before Gondor” to “Take me to prison”. It was good and proper. Second good quest I met was about one Captain who went to forges at Udun in search of treasures. He lost half of his men, then found one artefact…only to understand his men became corruptedfrom artifact and he (plus me) had to kill them. Then captain runs in fear – he found no treasure, only death. This quest was nice too. Some others were “collect this, 0/10”, “find these (0/4)”. Interesting quest was to check soldiers’ packs and inspect strange banners.

Udun quests are good ones. Some – bit grindy (“kill 12 overseeers”), some are just “find magic spot” (strange flags).  Deeds are doable, managed to earn first 5 Lotro points from killing some 80 enemies (Orcs? Forgeworkers?). Other deeds are mostly doable. some – bit uncler (“find dark places”).

Of course, World and Kinship chats had one most popular quote: Region of Gorgoroth has been purchased! I was amongst others, the only negative result – lots of people running in Udun, killing stuff and talking to NPCs.  Few times I ran out of surrendering persons.

Once again – I was wrong, had almost zero faith in developers and feel shame because of that. Now I do feel happy, having enough quests and deeds, earning silver signets for every single quest. The only thing I did not touch so far – Allegiance things.

The life is bright and with sense once again, I have things to do, my lats have – everythign is nice and shiny.

Developer letter:disappointment

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We have new letter from Developers! In short: Mordor for Lotro points is at 2018, before that – new Raid; after first Mordor we move to Nothern Mirkwood. Then, working on avatar updates, soe minor improvements, including somethign new for festivals.

I am really disappointed. First: it is obvious we are getting Mordor for Lotro point at December 2018 at its best. Then – all gear we worked at would become obsolete, since shadows of Mordor works only at Mordor. Wellcome to new grind: new armour, new essences (and who cares about Mordor?). Of course, new factions to grind reputation with, new lootboxes, new keys…

Nothing exciting, I would have really little reasons to log into game for a year. Log, do lower level dailies, offer help, log off – that’s all what developers have for me.  Crafting becomes something…banal. You get stuff, craft best gear, fill with best essences…only to discover few motnhs later that you crafted rubbish, wellcome to another system that requires more time to get stuff, craft best gear, get best essences – and yeah, few months later it’s rubbish again.

My Stormsong had almost nothing to do: same borign things, even no will to grind LPs. Life is disappointment in Lotro: untill Yule, nothing to do, after Yule nothing to do. Just great.

Mordor talks

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Had little time to play. Stormsong did Wildermore survivors, once again same 5 boring tasks. Selling trash loot. Managed to go to the Barrows and ninja-help people, but they rarely needed it. Group of 2-3 level 20s players, including Hunters were really self-efficient, their health not dropping.

Had a long talk about Mordor and my feelings about it. I speak frankly and everyone listens to me, understands me, shares their thoughts with me. Yes, my feelings evolved from “omg wtf, never!” to “I am going to barter it” only to become “omg what developers are doing with Mordor?”. I am afraid they would heavily nerf everything. However, kinnies encourage me, presenting wise arguments. At least some light in the darkness of our developers…

In World chat we ranted about Hobbitses, Middle earth lore and many other things. I keep telling Saruman was not evil. Military noob – yes.

To be frank – I would barter Mordor, I would grind Lotro points to have at least 6000 of them. Yes, I would ask for help with forced fellowship content. Yet what awaits me – question be be answered.

Lotro forums, even they, are full of criticism. People are presenting logic and wise arguments against nerfing. Any thinking developer would listen to them.

And so the day has ended: good one in Lotro. Understanding, being with friends is what that counts.

At last – needed

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Stormsong spent a long weekend in Lotro. One day – off, because of personal life. Other time – Lotro, Lotro and one more time Lotro.

Wildermore survivors’ reputation grind goes slowly and boring, there is nothing exciting in doing same thing 100 times in a row.

The exciting thign was: I was needed by community. One player needed help with Garth Agarwen, where we did landscape things, accidentaly ran into 2 instances and finally completed almost everything. Player died only 1 time, many times instances’ side quests were completed. Then, aided another player in Forochel with local exploration and slayer.
When got tired – I went to Barrows and killed monsters. After return there were always give aways of crafting stuff. As always, most popular are Scholar materials, jeweller ones are of zero demand.

Few times I could not aid everyone who needed it – I group with person A, then person B and C ask for help. Also, had to explain to one kinnie that Kinship does not look positively at powerlevelling. One has to know his/her class.

Decided to do some ninja-stuff. Typically I go to Barrows, look for lower level players fighting local monsters and heal players. Sometimes monsters tried to attack me. Not sure if that was helpfull or not.

I was happy: community needed me, I was of some aid to others, especially lower levels. Was advicing one, aiding other player, giving stuff to another. It felt really good.

Community started new fashion: giving away gold. Typically to lower levels, amount of some 0,5-3 gold. Out of nothing. I (just why me, lvl.115?) received 3,5 gold in a mail. Why? Not sure. Anyway, this fashion is really nice and helpfull to lower level players.

Community joked, last rant was about “Fifty shades of Gandalf the Grey”. We joked hard, had a good laugh ending with -“of course, Christopher Tolkien would approve this”…

On the contrary, Lotro forums are of entirely bad things. Ash is going to be impossible to get – only option is tier 2 raid with long time-lock on chests. So, while in Mordor, no quality armour. Suicidal, unwise move by developers. But hey, they don’t play, don’t listen and don’t care. Bad feedback? oh, not to worry, we’ll ban every non fan boy from forums and get everything throuigh rose glasses.

And so weeekend has ended, quite good in Lotro.

Other news

ASTA: ceased operating for the second time. No pity for them.
Secret World legends:did not miss at all. Sorry.
Guild wars 2:sometimes thinking of returning, but really little wish.