Aragorn Reacts to Pelennor Fields Poll

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Lately I’ve been catching up on all things Lotro, and stumbled upon this poll over at Lotro Players. Late to the party, I know – but this just blows my mind.

The Poll

The Poll

Depending on the camp you’re in, this could either be an extremely alarming or super exciting prospect.

Aragorn reacts

Aragorn reacts

While I urge you to not take the poll seriously (note to self as well) and see it for what it is: a poll, it would be personally depressing should Turbine announce in future that the climax battle at the Pelennor Fields is indeed going to be an epic battle/big battle. How anti-climatic that would be.

Instances and landscape world events trail behind closely, and the latter two holds more water when one imagines, from a player’s point of view, of how the battle should unfold. The fights should be proactive and not reactive. Besides, we have all these great classes that players have honed their skills with for many years, enduring 100 levels to gear. It would be such a waste to not contribute in the fight, and be given mundane tasks like clicking commanders, chopping hooks and cranking catapults. I want this fight to mean something. We’ve invested so much into getting to that moment. Aesthetically, the battle needs to be fun and engaging, bringing out the best in you, individually or as a group. I don’t want to strategize with my fellowship about where the best spot is to place this barricade, I want to discuss what’s the best way/skill rotation/etc to kill that cluster of Orcs. I can go on and on. Back to the poll.

The comments below the poll offers some really good suggestions, and are worth the read.

Through recent forum posts of a former Turbine QA employee, I know they don’t have the time or resources to pull this off, but here’s my dream depiction of the battle.

Multiple choice/path route

Prior to the battle at Pelennor Fields, the epic quest (several books before the battle) offers players two choices to branch out. Think Bonevales vs. Trum Dreng in the RoI expansion.

Choice 1 takes you to Minas Tirith, and you aid the city in its preparation for the siege, ultimately leading to the climatic instance/landscape battle finale.

Choice 2 allows you to follow the ride of the Rohirrim, all the way to the Fields, ultimately leading to the instance/landscape battle finale.

This gives the epics huge re playability especially with alts. Either way, once you’ve completed the instance/landscape the first time, they are unlocked and can be repeated. They can be done Solo, Duo, Trio, 6 man or raid. Difficulty scales with group size. Haven’t given much thought as to how the instance/landscape mechanics and boss fights will work, thought of this on the drive back home earlier.

Anyway, I know this will never be a possibility, and I voted for instances. Baby steps, one update at a time. I’m eager to see how Osigiliath turns out.

Lotro: Producer’s Letter 2015 Thoughts

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It’s been a great 2015 so far. I’m on the final weekend of my three week January vacation leave, and I’ve used that time wisely on Lotro, edging closer to Rank 12 with only 110, 000 renown to go. I also managed to squeeze in some quality vacation time with some buddies – we explored the Philippine island of Boracay, home to beautiful beaches, exquisite scenery and unlimited ale – it was a much needed getaway from work and game. I made a video of the trip and you can watch that here if anyone is interested in seeing Boracay.

Now, on to exciting Lotro news. The 2015 Producer’s Letter was released during my trip and I had to connect to my hotel’s wifi to soak in the excitement. It’s great news indeed!

Producer's Letter 2015

From the screenshot above, there are six areas that Lotro’s executive producer Athena Peters highlighted as major initiatives for the year. PvMP and New Fellowship Challenges had me punching Boracay air in joy (though I should not have my hopes up that high from experience). Let’s take a look at each of these initiatives.

Legendary Items

The imbuement system was talked about awhile back, but its still good to reiterate why I think it’s a welcome change. Simply put, I think we can expect less hassle with Legendary Weapons and Class Items with the Osgiliath update. No more deconstructing your main weapons, no more cluttering your vault with legacies you wish to keep for your next weapon, which really, spells out an effort to reduce the grind with the LI system. I think it’s great that finally, your legendary weapon grows with you. However, don’t be too surprised if this imbument item ends up in the store. We’ll maybe get one free through the Epics, and then if you want more, you buy more kinda jig. It’s unfortunate, but they need to make that money, and I’ll be honest and say that this is something that I would pay for. Let’s wait for that developer diary of this system for more details.

New Fellowship Challenges

Yes! Yesss! Enough of your Big/Epic Battle rubbish. By all means do renew your focus on group content and instances! 2014 was a boring year for group PVE. I don’t care that other players are decked out in the best gear because their tolerance virtue for running your mundane Big/Epic battles are at 19. That’s not how I want to get the best gear, and I daresay I am not alone in this. Give us alternatives! Gives us 3mans! 6mans! Raids! I want to enter a dungeon feeling like a noob again. I want the boss to laugh at us when we wipe, and then roll on loot old school style when we bury him six feet under! Yes!

Quality of Life

Nothing earth moving, but its good to know that the team are on the issues*

*And in some cases, have been on these for years.

Episodic Content

What is this precious? This has me curious. So, I suppose it’s like seasonal content? Like festivals, that come and go once a year? What happens if I don’t finish the quest line in one of these episodic contents? Will it be gone forever? Is it like that Living Content thing in Guild Wars 2? Questions, questions that only time can answer. Looking forward to this developer diary too.

Server Population

*Crickets. Get it? Haha lame I know, but hey a toast to the crickets in some of the emptier servers. No idea what they have in mind, could be a mega-server, could be an inter-server group finder tool (/world pugs will still beat this tool flat) or it could just be words. We do need something though, especially for the lower pop servers. I know what its like, and I transferred. Here’s to hoping for something good. As for moving the EU servers back to EU, not sure if that is a good or bad thing, but hey, a toast to you peeps in that side of the world too.

PvMP

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You gave us your word Turbine. Good to hear directly from you, that you are working on something PvMP related. I remember the new map discussion when it started long ago, and then it was dropped without further mention again for many a year. This is the year we’re heading to Osgiliath, so its a no brainer that the Osigiliath PvMP map is brought up. Very excited about this but again, cautious, as Turbine and PvMP are two words that don’t work well together. I’ll still be optimistic and hope this materializes. Fellow Freeps! Creeps! Rejoice and continue slaying each other in the 7 Year old Ettenmoors!

Have a good 2015 everybody. =)

Lotro: An end of an era, Thank You and Farewell Chance Thomas!

Thank you for all the music over the years, Chance. It was beautiful, magical and added that something special to the game. You will be missed, and the experience will never be the same. I had so much hope that you would be coming back for Gondor and Minas Tirith. Lotro will never be the same.

Thank you, farewell, and all the best for the future Chance.

Follow and support Chance Thomas at: www.chancethomas.com

To purchase Chance’s music on iTunes, click here.

Update: Some viewers have been searching Chance Thomas’s Facebook profile to validate the information, and the exact post may not appear. This is because he has set the post’s privacy to ‘Friends Only’. I did not and have no reason to fabricate his statements.

Moors Weekend Report 30 November 2014

PVMPI am the Malaysian Lotro Gamer and I am a proud associate of the Lotro Minority.

Yes, I am back indulging in the one thing that makes Lotro fun for me, PvMP. Before we begin, let me introduce you to the protagonist for this week’s report. Enter Hafflewrath.

 Hafflewrath

Ladies and gentleman, Hafflewrath is a product of a week and a half of non-stop hardcore levelling. He is a new level 100 Beorning on the Landroval server, created with the sole purpose of exploring Landy’s end-game and PvMP scene, following the unfortunate graveyard transformation that has befallen my beloved Riddermark server. I have been at level cap for about a week prior to this post, and below are my first experiences of PvMP on Landroval.

Hello Landy!

Finally, I can tick something off my Lotro bucket list. After numerous failed attempts to level a toon to cap on Landroval, I made up my mind as soon as Update 15 was released – that I would roll a new Bear on Landy and race it to the bottom. I’ve also given up on the Riddermark server. PvMP is dead, my kinship is barren and end-game is a pain, and it pains me to write that. I wanted a fresh challenge, to see creeps again, take part in huge fights and most of all, have fun again in Lotro. Many old friends I have met in this new adventure, familiar faces that have taken this road before me, either re-rolling here or transferring from Riddermark.

New, Innocent, Naive

The biggest enjoyment from this experience is that I get to start afresh. No reputation (maybe a little), no existing rivalries and no expectations. I get to be a noob again, grinding for gear and leeching off the establish players, learning the Landy PvMP culture. I don’t know any of the creeps here, and I want to know them over the coming months. Sure, it’s difficult having no gold, no instance currencies and the lot to get me up to speed, but that’s part of the sacrifice I’m going to have to live with. These things can be attained again at the cost of time.

First rank!

First rank!

That Familiar Rush

I absolutely love huge battles in the Moors for its unpredictability, and because of how often the fights can swing either way. This weekend has showed me what Landy is all about. Big action, and not of the ganky kind. It’s old school. It’s Adino vs. Asuza all over again. It’s nostalgic and magical. And being part of a PvMP centric kinship that is out there most of the time is great. Would like to thank the Highguard of Numenor for taking me in, and thank my buddy Mario-1 (Yes, a Ridder expatriate) for the recommendation.

Finally some big action - it's been 8 months or so

Finally some big action – it’s been 8 months or so

Beornings in PvMP

I’m still finding my best role out there as a Beorning. Without any decent gear at the moment, it’s hard not to feel like fresh meat to creeps all the time, but so far in the Yellow line, I get the most enjoyment. I shall go into more detail about Beornings in PvMP in another post.

Reform the lines!

Reform the lines!

What about your Rank 11 Captain, Haffleheim?

Well it’s obvious where he’s heading to, ain’t it? In memory of Sapience, that day will arrive Soon.

Commander Haffleheim