Fast Forward: To the White City

Hey, one can dream, right?

Hey, one can dream, right?

Couldn’t help it, the views and vistas in GW2 are amazing and this one had Minas Tirith written all over it. I’m taking a brief break from Lotro – I pre-ordered Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and while waiting for the game to launch on the 30th, I’m currently playing LOTR: War in the North and GW2. Not disappointed at all as both has offered plenty of fun. I can see myself hanging out in Tyria as a supplementary adventure to Lotro, just as I did with Wildstar back in May. As for Shadow of Mordor, I can’t wait to decapitate orcs and take names..or have mine taken, thanks to the Nemesis system. Might write a review for it here on the blog. We’ll see.

Have a good week folks.

LOTRO: Haffleheim Flying Through the Moors

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While in the Ettenmoors today, I rode over what seemed to be an invisible black hole of flying goodness. This ‘bug’ propelled me into the air, and gave me the notion of continuous jumping – I call it flying – which was hilarious. Apparently, this bug has existed forever and was never fixed. Video below for giggles. Warning, this might make you dizzy or something.

Don’t go looking out for this bug people. While fun and funny, it does your Moors group no help if there’s a fight going on, and can only be fixed by closing the game and logging in again.

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.

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