Lotro: BVM Returns as Men

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I’d like to begin this post by stating that there will be no excuses from me as to why I’ve not been blogging. But if you really must know, it’s work. As most of you already realize, I am a proud Malaysian. This year, the nation has suffered multiple demoralizing blows, and the industry I work in has been in overdrive. That consists of countless late nights and long hours that have kept me away from the game. That’s not to say I didn’t have short stints in-game. I’ve been on during the weekends, slowly chipping away at the 5 levels to 100. Things are quieter these days, and as tomorrow is Malaysia Day (public holiday), I thought I’d post this tonight. Special note to a great friend, Obeah, for reminding me that I owned a lotro blog and was hoping to see me post again. This one’s for you Obe.

Commander Haffleheim & Beyond PvMP

Welcome to Gondor, Haffle

Welcome to Gondor, Haffle

I miss the Moors.  I stopped logging in shortly after hitting rank 11, sometimes for weeks on end. Combined with crazy periods at work, I had to forget about PvMP. When Haffle did get to log in, Update 14 had arrived and brought with it new regions, content and of course, a brand new grind. It took me nearly 2 months to hit the new level cap, as I would log in, complete a couple of quests, get bored and off I went to another game on Steam. I can’t explain it. I was excited for the new content, but just didn’t have the will to quest. Five levels did somewhat feel torturous. It was just two weeks ago that I hit 100, and have since been figuring out the new Dol Amroth dailies, grinding OD for symbols and just catching up with friends. I’ve said this too many times on my blog already, but it’s good to be back. At this point, I’m still deciding if I want to sell myself to weeks of grinding armour and essences, or grinding moors gear and progress towards rank 12. Time will tell. I’d like to thank my friends in the Riddermark for helping nurture me back to strength. Literally.

Welcome Back Weekend for the Black Veil Mercenaries (BVM)

When I first started playing lotro 3+ years ago, I began the adventure with 4 of my real life best friends. We started our own kinship, the BVM, when we were all in university. By the end of 2012, most of us had trouble keeping up with the game. One, left for flight school to become a pilot. Two went overseas to study engineering and the remaining two had soldiered on in-game. By the end of 2013, it was just me by myself. My kin a shadow of its former self, and I had moved my main toons into new kinships where I fostered great friendships with amazing and friendly people. Sometimes, lotro just isn’t the same when you’re not playing with your real life buddies. I’ve been pestering the guys to come back and look at all that the game has been through since they left. And I’m glad to say they heeded the call. This past weekend, most of them patched their clients and logged in, dusted off our abandoned BVM toons and spent a good chunk of time failing skirmishes. It was a blast and I’m glad they’re back. Hope we can maintain this weekend rendezvous thing.

Back in action!

Back in action!

Lets put some faces to the names.

 

BVM Founders L-R: Aldref, Pinchakko, Bregraus, Haffleheim, Kevarandr

BVM Founders L-R: Aldref, Pinchakko, Bregraus, Haffleheim, Kevarandr

Till the next post, which will hopefully be soon, happy gaming to all. And to all Malaysians, enjoy your Malaysia Day holiday!

Leaves of Gold by Chance Thomas for Lotro

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Today it was brought to my attention that the brilliant Chance Thomas, composer of Lotro’s Mines of Moria and Riders of Rohan soundtracks, has released a full version of a Lotr/Lotro themed song. Titled ‘Leaves of Gold’, Mr. Thomas posted the track on Youtube earlier this month and you can hear it in full below.

 

Simply amazing. Apparently a shorter version of this track was released years ago either in game or out, but I cannot find it. If anyone has any more information, do share! I just love Chance’s ability to single out a certain passage from Tolkien’s lore and transform it into a beautiful piece of music. I truly hope that Turbine makes the right decision for the game moving forward and let Chance compose the soundtracks for future content.

On a final note, at minute 3:40 of the video, you will see a screenshot of a Warden sitting in a pond among swans. That is I, and you will find my original screenshot here, on this particular post.

#fanboymodeoff

LOTRO Turns 7: My 7(+3) favorite PVE screenshots

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Continuing from the last post, here are my favorite PVE screenshots to date.

 

1.

I love this one. A level 35 Haffleheim departs from Rivendell. Whenever I see this, I think of the memories from adventures past, and the journey ahead.

I love this one. A level 35 Haffleheim departs from Rivendell. Whenever I see this, I think of the memories from adventures past, and the journey that lies ahead.

2.

What are you looking at? I'm just borrowing. He's dead anyway..

What are you looking at? I’m just borrowing. You’re dead anyway..

3.

Regardless of how I feel about Big Battles, getting to this moment felt surreal.

Regardless of how I feel about Big Battles, getting to this moment felt surreal.

4.

Here's a sentimental screenshot of the moment before my kinship's last kin run together. I miss you all, Mercenaries.

Here’s a sentimental screenshot of the moment before my kinship’s last kin run together. I miss you all, Mercenaries. From left to right: Scylea, Moops, JimmyJames, Churgar, Adhrean, Skirlet, Pinchakko, Fellonix.

5.

I've seen a lot of LOTRO selfies lately. Here's mine.

I’ve seen a lot of LOTRO selfies lately. Here’s mine.

6.

Added this magnificent decoration to our Mercenary kin house. We always talked about getting these accolades even though we were a small kin. A gift then for everyone, should they ever log in again.

Added this magnificent decoration to our Mercenary kin house. We always talked about getting these accolades even though we were a small kin. A gift then for everyone, should they ever log in again.

7.

In the name of celebration!

In the name of celebration!

Honorable mentions!

This was taken on one of CSTM's fellowship walks on the Landroval server. The line stretched on and on, as far as your computer graphic card's eye could see. It was amazing to be a part of this. So many people coming together for such a great cause.

This was taken on one of CSTM’s fellowship walks on the Landroval server. The line stretched on and on, as far as your computer graphic card’s eye could see. It was amazing to be a part of this. So many people coming together for such a great cause.

LOTRO has always been about the story, but more than that I enjoy the company of my close friends that I've met in game. Here's Whap the Dwarf Minstrel, but better known as Churgar or Babbor, the best Wardens I ever knew. Miss you bud.

LOTRO has always been about the story, but more than that I enjoy the company of my close friends that I’ve met in game. Here’s Whap the Dwarf Minstrel, but better known as Churgar or Babbor, the best Wardens I ever knew. Miss you bud.

When I look at this picture, I am reminded of the great memories I've had with the Rohan content in the last couple of years. Alas, it is time to move on. Gondor awaits!

When I look at this picture, I am reminded of the great memories I’ve had with the Rohan content in the last couple of years. Alas, it is time to move on. Gondor awaits!

 

And that wraps up the screenshots. I know some of these aren’t beautiful or pretty but more emotional and sentimental. Can’t help it! Till the next post, have fun gaming everyone.

LOTRO Turns 7: My 7 favorite PvMP screenshots

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Happy seven years, LOTRO! In conjunction with the anniversary festival, I’m posting up my seven favorite screenshots from my PvMP adventures with commentary.

1.

#ugliest #selfie #ever #? #riddermark #pvmp #blackarrow #creep #iglax

#ugliest #selfie #ever #? #riddermark #pvmp #blackarrow #creep #iglax

 

2.

Ah, I miss the old days. A newbie like me would escape to Elf Camp thinking I would be safe. Wrong. Here comes the creep zerg!

Ah, I miss the old days. A newbie like me would escape to Elf Camp thinking I would be safe. Wrong. Here comes the creep zerg!

 

3.

Down From the Sky. Its raining Captains! Ft. Peodric

Down From the Sky. Its raining Captains! Ft. Peodric

 

4.

Meet the greatest PvMP raid leader I've ever played under, the Warden with the shield icon that has become symbolic with his name, Adino. Adino introduced me to the Moors and its culture, but more importantly, thought me to be myself and have fun. Thank you Adino.

Meet the greatest PvMP raid leader I’ve ever played with, the Warden with the shield icon that has become symbolic with his name, Adino. Adino introduced me to the Moors and its culture, but more importantly, taught me to be myself and have fun. Thank you Adino.

 

5.

Adino was so great, he often called upon his trusty steed to steer him to battle, Invisiblefax

Adino was so great, he often called upon his trusty steed to steer him to battle, Invisiblefax

 

6

On quieter days, my friends and I find plenty of ways to amuse ourselves. #trolled #selfie

On quieter days, my friends and I find plenty of ways to amuse ourselves. #trolled #selfie

 

7.

There is movement in Gramsfoot. The Creeps muster. The Freeps however, are distracted with warm pie.

The orcish horns are sounding in the distance. There is movement in Gramsfoot. The Creeps muster. The Freeps however, are distracted with warm pie.

Okay I lied. There is honestly so many good screenies, its hard to not to fit all the best ones in here. A few more honorable mentions!

Who remembers the good old flag from Grothum that needed to be ninja-ed back to Tol Ascarnen? My obsession with stealing from the Creeps started here.

Who remembers the good old flag from Grothum that needed to be ninja-ed back to Tol Ascarnen? My obsession with stealing from the Creeps started here.

 

8 April 2014. I hit rank 11, Commander. When I started coming back out to the Moors on my Captain at rank 3, I had Wiga to thank. 7 ranks later, I am still thanking you, Wiga. I am glad I got share that moment with one of the greatest Loremasters on the Riddermark server.

8 April 2014. I hit rank 11, Commander. When I started coming back out to the Moors on my Captain at rank 3, I had Wiga to thank. 7 ranks later, I am still thanking you, Wiga. I am glad I got share that moment with one of the greatest Loremasters on the Riddermark server.

 

And that is all I’ve got folks. Next post will be my 7 favorite PVE screenshots and it might take a while. That’s over 3,000 screenshots to look through! Again, congratulations LOTRO and to the LOTRO community.