There was another test on Bullroarer last night with some pretty big reveals.
We’ll focus on the two new additions that I consider to be major with this update.
- Blessing of the Valar (BotV), Instant level 95 token
Coming soon the Lotro store is a token that allows you to auto level your character to 95, for the cost of 5995 Turbine Points. It’s pretty similar to the Gift of the Valar, which takes you to level 50 but for cheaper.
From observation, the BotV is getting a lot of mixed reaction from the community, with some saying Lotro’s content shouldn’t me missed as it’s the journey that counts vs the I’d buy it for alts argument. Righto.
My two cents, I think it’s a good idea. The timing couldn’t be worse however, and the price is simply ridiculous. Would I buy it? If I really, really, really needed another end-game toon and don’t have 15+ hours a week to level one from 1-95, I’d buy the idea, totally. Just not at that damn price. I’m very much in the ‘utility for alts camp’, and I feel that the BotV offers another option for players.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an advocate of skipping through the beauty of the journey through 8 years of Lotro content. Heck, I’ll even advise newer players to go through the whole game for the full experience. It then boils down to the player to use their best judgement if this is the way to go.
From and endgame perspective, players who know what they’re doing won’t have an issue, and other players who resent new players taking a short cut will just have to deal. Look, if the community is all that it says it is, help the new guy get their bearings instead of discriminating them, and hey Turbine gets some money to produce more content too. With the current state of Lotro, I would rather have a larger pool of end-game players, noobs included. They can be thought and molded in due time. No big deal.
Had I not struggled and got my Burglar to 93 recently, I supposed I would have bought this for him, if it was reasonably priced. I work 12-13 hours a day, 5 days a week. I’ve seen the entirety of Lotro from 1-100, three times over already. I would rather pay for the convenience and save hundreds of hours of my time. This is probably the main target audience for the BotV, although you’ll never hear Turbine say it. Never look a gift horse in the mouth eh, wherever the money comes from.
Remember that game that’s older than Lotro and has more subscribers, up in the millions? Yeah they sell this service too. Can you blame them? It’s more daunting to level from scratch in WoW than it is here, if you’re an altoholic. In fact, the last expansion even offered a token as part of the deal. Now here’s why I said the timing is poorly thought-out; a missed opportunity.
In my recent article on Minas Tirith and Update 17, I questioned why wasn’t there an expansion. If there was, the BotV included as a bundled reward. Wouldn’t that be cool? You never know, the expansion may just sell due to that allure, and for once it will give those suits and ties above Turbine a reason to believe in their dev team. So what if we already are at 100 and won’t use the BotV right away? We’d still get the expansion and now have a free pass to 95 for our alts.
You have an iconic location in this expansion, and you’ve just given new players a reason to get in game and work those 5 levels to get there. I know, I make it sound easy and realistically it’s difficult as 95 leaves you at Helms Deep, and you have to grind to 100 and prepare for Minas Tirith. Newer players will have to fork out additionally money to buy the three quest packs (or Sub!) and the HD expansion.
It’s just too bad how these things turned out in the end.
Last note on the price. Again, ridiculous. USD 99.9 gets you 6,250 Turbine Points. That’s 400 bucks where I come from! For comparison, WoW’s level up service costs you USD 60.
2. Crafting Stations for Housing
At long last, players can now craft in the comforts and nostalgia of their home for 495 Turbine Points. I believe there’s choices ranging from Oven, Workbench and Forge.
Image credit: @Laerelwen
I think it’s decently priced and I’d get a Forge. What I can’t help but feel is that because this feature comes so late in the game’s lifespan, not many will care. And if they do, crafting halls and popular hubs become ghost towns again.
More stuff in the patch notes here.
Okay I lied, one more thing I want to say. Specifically to the PvMP developer team. Get your heads out of your ale barrels and think outside of the pie boxes. Cyclically increasing morale pools and healing is not a Valar damn solution. Go to the Moors once in awhile. Play the game. Is it fun? If there is no interest in keeping PvMP as a fun competitive experience for the players, be transparent and say it so, feel the relief of that heavy weight off your shoulders, and return to focusing on giving us a memorable ring-destroying ending that we’ll be talking about for years to come.