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Old 07-04-2012, 09:01 PM   #321
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Also a note.

We have a series of events friendly to those who play or want to try playing LOTRO, as well as visitors from other servers. Take a gander at: LINK
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:48 PM   #322
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I figured that I would comment since nobody else has, but there is a new expansion coming in less than/about a month.

I like some of the changes I am reading about in it (and I'm liking how the story in it seems to finally be focused more on what Tolkien actually wrote).

Its just kind of a pity that the model of game LOTRO is based on is becoming obsolete, especially compared to Guild Wars 2.
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:26 AM   #323
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Boots Riders of Rohan, a personal review

The Riders of Rohan expansion brings LOTRO back to a level its not had since Shadows of Angmar as far as enjoyability. Overall its a lot of fun to play.

There are a couple of issues I have experienced myself. The biggest has been lag...I've had quite a lot of it, especially in mounted combat. Other people have not had as much lag but for me it has been a real problem.

Also, Turbine has tried to implement some dynamic questing like what is present in Guild Wars 2, which I commend them for trying. However, LOTRO is definitely beginning to show that its an aging game in the way it struggles to accommodate some of the newer features. I don't know if an MMO has ever made a transition from one engine to another to give itself a new lease on life, but I hope the big wigs at Turbine have something like that on their agenda if they want to make it to Gondor and beyond with LOTRO.

And now the funny screenshots...

FRODO LIVES AND HE IS ME!!! BWAH HAWH HAWH HAWH!!

One does not simply walk into being Boromir.

How Boromir views the rest of the Fellowship.

I am also Sam.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:14 PM   #324
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So, with a special thanks to Oddwen who helped me through the wastes of the Trollshaws, I have finally got the Cloak of the Cluck! Here is Gabiluzbad with those two noble chickens, George and Billina. I regret not taking pictures of the travels in some of the more inhospitable places, but I'll be sure to do so when I attempt Free Range.
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Old 05-26-2013, 01:36 PM   #325
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So I was wandering along peaceably minding my own business after having accidently fallen into a river I couldn't find a way out of when I discovered...

A relative of the evil rabbit from Monty Python's Holy Grail.

He'd killed and skinned a bear!

(Upper left in case you can't see it.)
I recently found that the rabbit had moved on...I was exploring in the newly opened area in north Rohan and what should I come across but...

The Killer Rabbit!!!

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also, later on I got some pet goats.

I have enjoyed the recent update more than most people seem to have. There is a great deal of complaining about the current state of the game that seems to be growing in momentum. While there will inevitably be a chorus of grumbling at all times, there does seem to be something of a distinct exodus of players from LOTRO right now.

There are also concerns circulating around the LOTRO forums currently that the game may be genuinely in danger of shutting down in the next year or so. Apparently Turbine's contract to run the game is expiring and there are no announcements or any discussion at all regarding the future of the game. The fears are that this indicates that Warner Brothers and Turbine have decided to let the contract expire and close down LOTRO when it does.

I'm not sure I buy into these theories as there is still lots of time for some new deal to be announced, but it is food for thought.

As much as I complain about LOTRO and its various problems (and its got a lot and a number of them seem to be getting worse and I disagree with some of the directions Turbine seems to be going) I still have played as Kuru for a number of years now and will be sad whenever the time comes that the servers shut down for good and he goes to that great big server farm in the sky.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:40 PM   #326
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We had a populous weekend! We had as many as THREE kinship members on at once!!

I don't think there are any "official" festivals coming up soon, so maybe we should make our own. Is there any upcoming weekend when we would all like to try to get together and do something? Synchronized Weathertop jumping? Ganging up on the evil weather-master who is impersonating Tom Bombadil and slapping him sillier? A Barrow skirmish?
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:20 PM   #327
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I'm unfortunately going to be out of town next weekend, so maybe the weekend after.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:05 AM   #328
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Chickens, Chickens, Chickens

So, for those of you following my chicken adventures, this is an update. This is my first attempt at Free Range. Luckily, I managed to find a level 85 to assist me for Evendim (supposedly the hardest part), but I still managed to get killed before the end, sadly.

Here are some pictures of the quest:

At the Ivy Bush

Swimming in the Brandywine

At Bag End

Back at Sunset

Alone in the Wilderness

At the High King's Crossing

Feeling cocky

Taking the leap

Into the town

Waiting for the sunrise
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:12 PM   #329
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Just as a head's up for anyone who may be interested, but the release date for Helm's Deep has finally been announced. It is November 18.
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:31 PM   #330
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I was having a chat with Eonwe ingame yesterday and we discussed the possibility of having a kinship run of the HD epic battle instances since the instance auto-levels the players to 95.

I told him I would post today to see if there was any interest.
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Old 07-19-2015, 07:50 PM   #331
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Boots Servers Closing

Hello, I thought I should pass this along.

LOTRO is suffering the inevitable fate of a MMO that is losing steam. Servers are going to be closed and the players on them will have to transfer to other servers to keep playing.

There is some info here and here.

On the plus side, there is a new PvP map opening up tomorrow.
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Old 07-28-2015, 07:21 AM   #332
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Boots Further Update

A post regarding the closure process has gone up. The announcements regarding which worlds will close will happen on Monday.

I know I'm the only one who logs into the game very often anymore, but if you have any place you would particularly like to go, now is the time to let me know.
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:58 AM   #333
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White-Hand Silverlode is closing

Per this post, Silverlode is one of the servers closing.

I find a couple of Turbine's selections of servers to stay open a little odd in two instances but there isn't anything we can do about it.

Everyone will have to move their characters individually, but as the leader, Oddwen will have to move the kinship if we want to keep our house and kinship ranking (which would be desirable to do).
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Old 10-09-2015, 08:05 PM   #334
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Which server is the kinship moving to?
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Old 10-10-2015, 01:02 AM   #335
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I have not moved us yet. It has been quite some time since I logged in actually. In researching I am leaning towards either Arkenstone or Landroval. Kuru or anyone have you played in any of the remaining servers?
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Old 12-10-2015, 09:49 PM   #336
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Boots The Time Has Come

I have, unfortunately, been out of commission for the past few weeks because of a computer problem.

While I was out, the transfer for Silverlode opened. It seems like there are only a few weeks left at most before the server goes dark.

My vote is for Arkenstone.
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Old 01-03-2016, 05:18 PM   #337
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Getting bored by myself on Silverlode (there was literally one other person on the server at the time) I went ahead and moved the kin to Arkenstone.

Your membership will transfer over if you make the move and you will get money for your house.

I haven't gotten around to getting a new kinship house. I will update on that when I do.

EDIT: So after moving, I made the hilarious discovery that kinship membership on transfer fouls up more than it works properly, so if you come over and it doesn't work let me know and I can fix it.

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Old 01-15-2016, 10:13 PM   #338
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Hobbit kinship houses are freakishly popular. They are almost all taken up on the entire server. However, I managed to find one and it even had the same address, although not in the same neighborhood.

The new address is 4 Brookbank Street, Harville.
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Old 01-18-2016, 09:18 PM   #339
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I was just talking to a few of my cohorts from back when LotRO was Middle-earth Online. Sadly, the alpha and beta of LotRO embittered so many people and broke up the gang. One of the best group of online gamers and posters I've ever been associated with. Excepting my friends here at BD, of course.
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Coming very late to this particular party, but I was rereading this thread on another forum today where one of the former Turbine employees raises the curtain a bit on LOTRO behind the scenes and the former employee posted the following and it was so hilarious given some of my early complaints about the look of the game that I thought I'd come post it...

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Oh god the armor. I have no idea why it looked so awful, especially in SoA, or how any art director could look at these designs and say, 'great work, ship it!'. Running around at lower levels I really felt like I was being trolled by the game. You know there's a problem when the cosmetic system-allowing you to cover up your hard-earned gear-was one of the most universally popular systems ever released for LOTRO. In WoW my little mage wore her PvP armor with pride. In LOTRO it was like being forced to wear that awful sweater your aged aunt gave you for Christmas every time you went to school.
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Boots Big Change out of nowhere

Lord of the Rings Online has been sold from Turbine to a new developer called Standing Stone Games.

See here.

This came out of nowhere and has taken the player base completely by surprise.

However, while there is a general sense of worry and hand-wringing since things like this rarely mean good things for the future of a game, there is also a seemingly widespread sense of optimism since Warner Brothers and Turbine were running the game into the ground.
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Lord of the Rings Online has been sold from Turbine to a new developer called Standing Stone Games.

See here.

This came out of nowhere and has taken the player base completely by surprise.

However, while there is a general sense of worry and hand-wringing since things like this rarely mean good things for the future of a game, there is also a seemingly widespread sense of optimism since Warner Brothers and Turbine were running the game into the ground.
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Standing Stone Games, a newly-independent studio staffed by people who have been working on DDO and LOTRO for many years.
I'm going to check with my moles to find out who exactly these staffers are. It would be nice (however unrealistic) if they moved back toward the old Middle-earth Online (MEO) model that Turbine abandoned so they could emulate WoW. Not sure how many of you were pre-Beta, but there was a whole different game being planned previously.
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Old 12-21-2016, 12:31 PM   #343
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I'm going to check with my moles to find out who exactly these staffers are. It would be nice (however unrealistic) if they moved back toward the old Middle-earth Online (MEO) model that Turbine abandoned so they could emulate WoW. Not sure how many of you were pre-Beta, but there was a whole different game being planned previously.
We shall see.

After the Standing Stones split off, Turbine/WB have announced the impending closure of Asheron's Call and Asheron's Call 2.

Given the demise of the Asheron's Calls, a potential plausible scenario to my mind is that, as many players had feared for quite some time, WB/Turbine had decided to pull the plug on all of their MMOs including LOTRO. The LOTRO devs didn't want to see the game shut down and found an investor (or perhaps pulled together the money) to save the game via setting up their own company. It would be interesting if this theory could be confirmed.

My sympathies are with the long time players of Asheron's Call. I never played the game myself, but it had been around since 1999 (one of the longest running MMOs in history) and I am sorry to see it go.
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