Lotro: No More Ost Dunhoth Vendor

coffeebreakchat I have been receiving word and have also come across this forum thread that apparently, the vendor/healer in the Ost Dunhoth instance hall has been removed post Update 16.1. I can’t validate because I am at work, but if it is true, then it’s a real shame. The inclusion of a Healer in the Osgiliath culverts are great and very welcomed, but no need to remove the OD one – players still run these instances and will more than likely need that OD Healer. On separate note, why are changes like this being excluded from the patch notes? Weird.

*Edit: Had a good chat with Brandywine Fred on Twitter (@BrandywineFred ) who brought up an excellent point on why the removal of the OD vendor was necessary. Everytime you open the OD instance to use the vendor and exit, you don’t really close the instance, leaving the mob scripts running for every AI/encounter within that instance wing. So, multiply that by say, a hundred players using the OD vendor trick at the same time, what we would get is a resource hog for instances on the server.

Lotro: All You Need to Know About Legendary Item Imbuement System Compiled


With Update 16 on the horizon and the much talked about Legendary Item Imbuement system looming, I’ve compiled some of the best information on the web currently from Betas 1 and 2 for everyone’s reference, about what it is, how it works and what to do in preparation for live. Please note that all information below is from Bullroarer public test server and is subject to change, and thank you and full credit goes to the original author of the content within the Imbuement Must Know section, Dadi of Rare Breed.

Imbuement Good To Know

1. To begin the imbuement process, head to a Forge Master. The imbuement option will immediately appear to you.

2. You can imbue as many LI’s as you like but it must be level 100

3. Once an LI has been imbued, you will not be able to deconstruct it. The only way to get rid of an imbued item is to destroy the LI from your inventory

4. All legacies within an imbued LI will have an IXP progress bar (DPS and Heal Rating included). Once the bar has been completed, the legacy will proceed to the next tier for IXP progress.

5. IXP can be earned by killing mobs, or using IXP Runes

5. Legacies on imbued items will come with 20-25 unlocked tiers to progress towards, with an additional 5-15 tiers available for unlock using 35 Mithril Coins or Scroll of Empowerment level 100.

6. The age of an LI ,the tier of legacies and amount of points spent on legacies BEFORE imbuement will determine the amount of legacy tiers unlocked upon imbuement for those legacies.

7. On the imbued item panel (shift+I), players can add an extra legacy slot and swap legacies from a pool of existing class legacies, including Stat legacies, for Mithril Coins.

Valuable information on what you need to prepare and costs can be found below.

Imbuement Must Know


Assuming that you already have a maxed out FA LI (7 Tier 6 legacies, 3 Star-lit Crystals, and Scroll of Delving) and you want to max your Imbued Item on day one you are looking at:

1) Roughly 28 Anfalas Scrolls of Empowerment OR 1,092 Mithril Coins OR a combination of the two.

2) 3 Anfalas Star-lit Crystal

3) Roughly 8,700,000 in IXP runes OR a boat load of Mithril Coins OR a combination of the two.

Ok, what about not maxing it out, but getting to be comparable to my existing FA LI (7 Tier 6 legacies, 3 Star-lit Crystals, and Scroll of Delving)?

a) 7,500,000 in IXP runes OR a boat load of Mithril Coins OR a combination of the two.


It would be advisable to do the following prior to the release of U16 ;

1) Make sure that your Legendary Weapon/Item has all the legacies on it that you want; do not wait to do this after Imbuing. Doing so after will cost you 79 Mithril Coins or a Imbued Legacy Replacement Scroll (to be introduced).

2) Be sure that you have applied a Scroll of Devling (adds 10 levels). In doing so you gain an additional Tier to the soft cap on all legacies post imbuement. Essentially this saves you 1 Anfalas Scroll of Empowerment per legacy.

3) Stockpile DA Gold and DA Silver Coins (to be used to buy Anfalas Scrolls of Empowerment).

4) Stockpile Marks and Medallions (to be used to buy Anfalas Scrolls of Empowerment).

5) Stockpile IXP Runes (loot them or level/decon Legendaries to get them).

For more in-depth overviews, previews, tips and guides on the imbuement system, watch mine and other’s videos below, and check out the following posts from sites I’ve found that has the best up-to-date details from Beta 1 and Beta 2.



1. Legendary Item Imbuement system, Lotro-Wiki

2. Imbuement and You, Rare Breed

3. The New Imbuement System – Tips from Beta, Oceanic Warriors, Landroval

Final words from Haffle: The LI Imbuement System is Turbine definitely making good on its word, ensuring that players now feel that their Legendary Weapons are..well, legendary, and that they finally grow with you (my original rant on this here). This IS NOT a change to the system which forces all players to imbue their LIs. It is entirely up to the player and their choice. So have fun and good luck preparing, for those of us that can’t wait to pimp out our LI’s. Woot.

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.

Lotro: Expansions on Sale, Here’s what I would buy and why

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Greetings netizens of Middle Earth. If you don’t know, you should know: there is a Black Friday sale of up to 75% on Lotro expansions on the Lotro Market webstore, beginning 27th September and ending on the 1st of December, 2014. All round, great prices for some great expansions and if you have been holding back, now is a good time to snap them up.

I’ve come across the question “Which/What expansions to buy many times in the chat channels, and as a player who owns all the expansions that are currently on sale and have leveled multiple toons through them, I thought I’d share my thoughts on them individually. Hope it helps, especially if you’re new to the Lord of the Rings Online.

Do keep in mind that my opinions and suggestions may not be similar with that of other players, so take it with a pinch of salt. Got something to add, correct, discuss or debate? Drop a comment! Let’s start with The Mines of Moria.


Mines of Moria (MoM)

Release date: November 2008

Suggested levels: 48 to 60+

The Good: Size, Instances, Atmosphere, LI System, Revamped

The Bad: LI System, Lighting, Gets old after taking 6+ characters through

Thoughts: MoM is my favorite expansion in Lotro. Taking my main character through Moria the first time was an awe-inspiring experience, filled with exploration, great questing stories, a creeping sense of claustrophobia, dread and finally freedom at the end. For the sheer scale and atmosphere of Moria, it is a must try. I say this to new player kinnies who often say they weren’t looking forward to hitting Moria: You haven’t really experienced Lotro unless you’ve survived the long dark of Khazad-Dum. The expansion has been revamped twice, making the Moria experience more player friendly, with the addition of more stable travel routes and a revised quest hub crawl that is more cohesive. MoM introduces you to the Legendary Item system, which grants players the ability to wield legendary weapons. This marked the beginning of weapon optimization which can either be good or confusingly bad – a system that continues to draw heated debate until today. The real gem in this expansion is the instances that come with MoM. They are well designed, well paced, story driven and offers hours of fun, not to mention the gazillion deeds and meta deed. At 5 bucks, this is a must buy. Keeping my fingers crossed that the Moria instances will be scaled to current level cap of 100. If so, ho ho ho, we raiders be coming back. I think.



Siege of Mirkwood (SoM)

Release date: September 2009

Suggested levels: 60 to 65+

The Good: Epic book, Atmosphere, Dol Guldur instances

The Bad: Size

Thoughts: Dark and gloomy, I liked how Southern Mirkwood was portrayed in Lotro. Besides the Epic Story that flows through this expansion and how it ties in to Skirmishes however, nothing else stands out for me. Too many kill bats and spider quests break immersion, and the setting really deserved a darker story line for its quests. Not the greatest expansion out there, but for $2.50, I’d still buy it for the instances. Dol Guldur looks great.



Rise of Isengard (RoI)

Release date: September 2011

Suggested levels: 65+ to 75+

The Good: Instance cluster, ToO, Draigoch, Quest reward cosmetics

The Bad: Stunland

Thoughts: Good old Stunland. I mean Dunland. Starting with the bad, this expansion will stun you into oblivion. Every mob out there – from Dunlendings, Boars and Cows appear to have a stun skill – and my gosh it’s annoying as Elrond. Minor gripe aside, the story in RoI picks up right from the get go. Everyone’s favorite masochist band of Dunedein Rangers progresses with you in RoI, and the story line grips you and will emotionally effect you on your first time through the expansion. For plus points, RoI has many. It boasts the second best instance cluster in my book. The Tower of Orthanc raid is my favorite, and is a benchmark T2 raid for most raiders. And then there’s Draigoch. Back in 2011, I wasn’t even a raider and I pre-ordered RoI, just for the Draigoch Raid. You need to experience it. At 5 bucks, you got nothing to lose. A lot of wins with RoI. Buy it.



Riders of Rohan (RoR)

Release date: October 2012

Suggested levels: 75+ to 85+

The Good: Mounted combat, Instance cluster, Size, Atmosphere, Hytbold, Soundtrack

The Bad: Mounted combat

Thoughts: The biggest selling point for this expansion was mounted combat. The system excited players, and depending on your class, you either enjoyed it or disliked it. Mounted enemies and Warbands are ton of fun in groups, but in today’s Lotro, good luck with that when going through RoR. The downfall of the system is the dev’s reluctance to think outside of the box with mounted combat: there is so much potential, but sticking to Warbands seems like all they want to do. RoR is huge, and riding through the plains atop your Warsteed is a great feeling. Quests are well written, and when you get to Hytbold, I think you’ll enjoy it. Lotro’s phasing system does wonders here, as you get to rebuild the town of Hytbold and watch it visually transform by completing daily quests. Upon completion, you are made Thane of Hytbold – a neat title reward plus access to armor vendors that allows you to barter armor (level 85 teals which can last you all the way to 95) not only for your main, but also for your alts on the same server. And now, it only takes 1 token of Hytbold to complete rebuilding quests, so its a fast process. For an in-depth Hytbold guide, click here. No description of RoR would be complete without mentioning Chance Thomas and his excellent soundtrack for Rohan. At 5 bucks, this is a darn steal. Buy it.



Helm’s Deep (HD)

Release date: November 2013

Suggested levels: 85+ to 95+

The Good: Size, Story

The Bad: Epic Battles, Epic Story fiasco, class trait trees

Thoughts: I’m going to be bitter and say that HD made me quit the game for a good few months. With HD came the new Epic Battle system. They are sort of like skirmishes, but you don’t fight in them, instead you slow hordes of Orcs by deploying and utilizing balistas, catapults and barricades. I got nothing good to say about it. Except perhaps, that if you stick to it and grind your Epic Battle trait points, you’ll be a Rank 6 Engineer in no time and you’ll be able to get decent medals for good rewards. The epic story is tied to the Big Battles, which meant that they are not free. You had to buy the expansion to play through the HD epic story. Not sure if this has been changed, but at the time, you could understand the outrage.

And then we had the class overhauls. For me, it’s a case of if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. They went ahead with it anyway. So regardless of wether you purchased the expansion or not, class changes have been implemented.Now we have trait trees, class trait points and the lot. Cookie cutter builds and color prejudice (“Blue Cappy only/”You’re not in red? Noob!”). You get the point. Anyway, the setting and atmosphere of Rohan at war is great in this expansion. The quest stories are also good. That’s about it. Soundtrack sucks. Sorry.

Overall, all the expansions are good and offers varying experience and satisfaction for each player. All of them are on sale and really, if you can and have not picked these up, do it. It’s dirt cheap. You have 3 days people!

To end this post, here’s a poll. What is your favorite expansion? Leave your thoughts in a comment. New players, take everything I’ve mentioned above as an opinion, and not your sole reason for buying/not buying. Got any other questions? Let me know!

Happy thanks giving everyone!


Leaves of Gold by Chance Thomas for Lotro


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.