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  2. Lord of the Rings Online should be renamed to Festivals Online. Of course that is after the incoming audit from the Treasury Department and the IRS. Class balance? I suspected from first hearing this, that the worst possible situation could occur. This being Hunters are currently hitting npc test dummies for over 1 million points of damage. Vastin seemed to have a notion of what he wanted, however it looks like he caved in the the complainers and now it appears to be far from what he originally said. Basically he probably screwed up the Hunter class so much it may never return to any semblance of falling inline of so called balance. Minas Morgul? I never saw this actually happening. To see it pushed back doesn't surprise me. Mordor, I used up LP I had for several years and purchased it. I approached the Black Gate and realized I had a quest ring lit up in the Waste Lands from previous content. I decide I should clean that up and then move on. Next I knew, unannounced I was watching Frodo cinematic of the ring being destroyed. Ten years, to have that moment essentially stolen from me, was to say the least depressing. Mordor grind, grind, grind, falling through the landscape a dozen times per session, and many other failings to numerous to mention. Allegiance, more grind and several of the instances for it are broken. To this day those instances are being exploited by circumventing the design. I couldn't bother to make a ticket due to knowing six months later they still existed as old content. Northern Kingdoms, the grind is real and often returns you to old Mordor, Allegiance grinds to progress. The staggered dailys in this region are mundane and boring. All that crap just for Essence nearly puts me to sleep. SSG said there would be no new level increase yet somehow they forgot that. 80 quest for 5 levels means even more repeat grind. PvMP, It is the worst I have ever seen it. I think it is atrocious and should be deleted from the game completely. That comes from a Creep only player for over 5 years. Lag,lag,lag. it won't ever be fixed and I know that. SSG empty words is all I hear about a new engine. Soon with Apple ending support for its 32 bit products, I expect the Mac version to disappear. Gold spammers, Ha Ha Ha I laughed when I saw Cordovan in a live stream where the gold spammers flooded world chat. How embarrassing that had to be. Its no wonder he does the live streams while stoned on pot. For me this game isn't nearly as fun as it once was. I don't drive myself mad like many of the truly addicted idiots that think this is good game design. The fanboys who constantly try to squash any dissent in game and on the forums will likely go through some counseling to adapt to the real world after this game gets shut down. Come June 5th I might get to see how the long the sun will be giving light. Cordovan will have to eat those words and I'll have no problem spoon feeding them back to him. I made a thread asking for SSG to not burn the community like many closing games do by telling lies and then dropping the bomb. I made that post because, I saw a possible impact from what the US Government was about to do concerning Russia and sanctions. I'll watch and see what happens. Moving on to Legends of Aria regardless. It will have many features I always wanted LotRo to have. RIP LotRo
  3. Yeah, I'd thought the largest part of the population just wants to see landscape. If they release it this year it's a new multi-boss end-game raid for the 3rd year in a row I think?
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  6. Agra

    Serverpopulation

    Zeitraum: 14.05. - 20.05.2018 23:59 EU-Logins vergangener Woche (Datenwoche 415): Logins EU-LOTRO US-Logins vergangener Woche (Datenwoche 412): Logins US-LOTRO
  7. Update! the history scrub continues: these are public archives: http://web.archive.org/web/20180509003139/http:/www.columbusnova.com/andrew_intrater.html & https://web.archive.org/web/20171105095759/http://www.columbusnova.com/jason_epstein.html they can rewrite history all they like, the internet doesn't forget. these 2 are going to have ALL their books cracked open and poured over with a fine tooth comb. whether it is 10 shell companies, or 100... the LLC "Flow-Through" that likely got a lot of expenses paid and profits shifted to "former" parties... the tax bill is coming too & it will only be that much larger, the more assets they attempt to keep in play. government has its own cache as well: or the GM's are just not banning frequently anymore... & those who used to get their reports responded too previously are having separation anxiety when ignored. its basically a proxy bot flooding chat with 3 variations of the same ad on every server... & the spring fest encore just started back up. ignore still works just fine, & so does the chat filter plug in. but those upset, are in a tizzy because no GM is acting on their "harassment" report and banning the bot.
  8. This weekend on the OF a lot of people are reporting sustained gold-seller spam on all servers at the same time, clogging up World Chat. That made me wonder if the gold sellers are trying to get every last thing they can before June 5, in case this potential customer base dries up one way or another?
  9. We definitely underestimated the dedication of the whales keeping that bloated carcass floating. Who knew there'd be so many people out there with so much disposable income AND no standards at all? However, that's not stopped the "padding" population from continuously dropping. Every month sees a lowest population of all time. Which does make it curious about why they're putting in raids at all. As you say, Turbine didn't give a shit because raiders were a minority, and I can't see that being any different for Turbine 2.0 either. My instant reaction is to suspect something nefarious behind it, some way to squeeze more money out or to just say "look we still have an end-game raid" even if it's just a quick 3-bosser.
  10. For a game that people have said would have closed down years ago, 1 raid is better than none. Also at least they think it is worth catering to the same number of players that raid, didnt Turbine basically imply the number was too small to justify building a new raid
  11. You know that's such a 2000's look at the competition... no wonder LotRO is all but forgotten.
  12. Oooh a whole raid this year. Sounds like the game's on fire! And visibly sheathed instruments? Pushing the boat out. WoW watch out, LotRO's coming for you. Aren't you lot just the luckiest SOBs out there?
  13. You can't balance all ten classes when one of them isn't even finished (and never will be, because the Russian oligarchs aren't paying you enough money).
  14. ibfe77

    Explore Middle-Earth (56k warning!)

    Thanks, at least it is still there (but for how long...). Can't believe what they did to southern Ered Luin 😕
  15. Also the cemetery is still there in some form and capacity but it has been changed (or the Old Forest around it): As for the swamp next to Old Forest, it remains untouched.
  16. Looks like they might be prepping to get the Gray Havens ready there.
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  18. Andrath camp has been moved into the playable area: Southern Ered-Luin has been absolutely devastated (Not pictured: all the new invisible walls): For comparison you can check the screenshots from the same location taken in 2013:
  19. Greetings! Thank you for being a part of the Lord of the Rings Online community as we celebrate 11 years of adventure. Happy Elevenses! I'm writing today to let you know a bit about our plans for the rest of the year and beyond, and hint at some exciting announcements you can expect to read more about in the future. We've been enjoying exploring Northern Mirkwood, the "There" part of "There and Back Again". We plan to continue our expansion of the broader region throughout the year. We will also be using 2018 to work on classes, festivals, and quality of life improvements based on your feedback and suggestions (including, in a near update, the ability to see sheathed musical instruments). Let’s look ahead to Update 23! We will be journeying to the Lonely Mountain, and from there following the eastern paths to the Iron Hills, and north to the Grey Mountains. We're excited to put these important parts of Dwarf culture and history on the map. Update 23 will also come with an instance cluster and, later in the year, a new raid. Our new instances will be designed for both groups and solo players, allowing everyone to see the storyline that unfolds in those instances. Full groups will also be able to enter into the more dangerous tiers of these adventures. The new landscape has 80 new quests, and the Black Book of Mordor will continue its story into these new regions. Update 23 will also increase the level cap to 120. Beyond Update 23, we have some threads to tie off before we are done with North Rhovanion, including Gundabad, the Vales of Anduin, and landscape contiguity with Lothlórien. You may recall that I initially talked about plans to bring you Minas Morgul in my letter earlier this year. We've re-evaluated that plan, and have shifted the Morgul Vale into 2019. We have big plans for Minas Morgul, and are shifting its release out slightly to allow for an expanded vision of the content. One of the longer-term requests we have heard from you is a desire to take a holistic look at our ten classes. This is a challenge for our relatively small team, so we had to take a look at how best to bring this to you. Instead of a comprehensive overhaul of each class, one at a time, we will instead make targeted adjustments to many classes at once, and continue these incremental improvements over future updates. This allows us to improve all of our classes in a shorter time frame and better balance power and group utility in a more responsive way. You can expect the first wave of class adjustments to happen in the coming months, and continue for some time to come. Speaking of shorter-term plans, we will be bringing you something new this summer: Seasonal Instances! Two Instances will be added, which will run during the duration of the Summer Festival. First, we are remastering Thrang from the Rift of Nûrz Ghâshu as a standalone, scaling Fellowship Instance. Secondly, we are introducing "A Perfect Picnic", a Festivity Instance that allows groups of varying sizes (including solo players) to enjoy a challenge at their level. Our Festival plans don’t end there, and we will be adding to the Harvestmath Festival as well, although the Boffins have suggested we not reveal more at this time. There are several significant initiatives that are still in the planning stages, so I can’t reveal details today. Expect to hear exciting things throughout the year and beyond! Thank you again for taking part in this journey through Middle-earth with us, and I will write more in the future. Sev~
  20. ibfe77

    Explore Middle-Earth (56k warning!)

    Those places would soon be gone forever or at least gated out of the gaming world anyway it seems, so this last attempt by some players to save them won't matter. Over the last years screenshots of off-map places on the OF would have been a really bad idea, now maybe they see how much love people feel for this places...
  21. I'll have a look at it once the server is back online. In the meantime, it would make sense to test if areas are still accessible on the live servers. Only yesterday I noticed that it is no longer possible to enter the Unexplored Territory surrounding the hidden village in the southern Lone-Lands. I appreciate his attempt to convince the developer not to add any additional walls. It seems that other explorers have also expressed their concerns but, judging by the developer's reply on the issue, I doubt it will have any effect. Posting screenshots of off-map places on the OF will only cause more invisible walls to appear.
  22. ibfe77

    Explore Middle-Earth (56k warning!)

    Jadis, since you are on Bullroarer, did you already find the abandoned camp 2.0 in Andrath ? Is it worth seeing it? What about the oldforest cemetery, is it still there? RubenRyb aka Yao, an old explorer from the old Lotrolife hobbit&squirrels thread has commented on the OF about the updates...
  23. Interesting indeed. Thanks for the updates!
  24. warspeech

    Explore Middle-Earth (56k warning!)

    I had to laugh at the one person asking for a reduction in the giant heads plastered all over Dol Amroth. Good luck with that.
  25. Agra

    Serverpopulation

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  26. RIP any remaining artistic vision & consistent art style Lotro™ had after the great Frillocaust of 2016. This update just takes it to a whole new level of bad, like Half-Life 2 Cinematic mod levels of bad. Actually the update is infinitely worse compared to the cinematic mod because nobody is forcing you to install it, you just have droves of idiots recommending it. As a reference to those who are not familiar with Half-Life 2 & the Cinematic mod, I have included a comparison shot of vanilla HL2 and cinematic mod below.
  27. ibfe77

    Explore Middle-Earth (56k warning!)

    Uhm... what?? Think i have seen enough, if this will come i'm done with the game. Content has already been very poor over the last years, the only thing that still stood out were the old regions, even when they reworked and watered down the quest content there. But even just riding around there gave me that nostalgic feeling from days long ago again. The old areas were unique, each one for itself. Can't believe how all the douche bags in the OF celebrate that copy/paste bullshit.
  28. It's already on Bullroarer and will go live with the next update 22.2. They want to continue this bullshit and ruin the remaining regions in the following updates. "Current standards" = copy paste Mordor mountain, copy paste Gondor trees, add invisible walls everywhere around Nen Hilith in current live version: New version:
  29. for preservation, info on 2 key people: the scrubbed profile for Andrew Intratar: http://www.columbusnova.com/andrew_intrater.html and the Cached Version & the scrubbed profile for Jason Epstein: http://www.columbusnovamb.com/jason-epstein-partner/ and the Cached Version soo... my grapevine thinks the next "Happening" is a week and a bit away, but before months end. yeah i know ridiculous, but seems ([sic]NOT)Columbus Nova (whom Jason Epstein allegedly didn't work for after 2017) bought both newer Rhapsody & the much older Napster (likely both "bought for a song"... no pun intended) and reverted the newer name for the older. as for the companies i listed which you quoted, was from Bloomberg, and though it is a rather large list... it would seem at this point, to also be incomplete. it is missing details on Gawker! & the specifics of his involvement with Harmonix are a tad muddied on Bloomberg, they are mentioned separately & i failed to include. a very tangled mess of a web of shell companies, all failing to correct the record... until right around exactly the same time the US Treasury started freezing assets. & the remaining assets that have been used to "wind down" operations (including salary payments) are due to be locked down June 5th. & whatever does make it through & past that date that hasn't been sold off, still has the jeopardy of things like audits hanging over their heads. Edited to Add: one more link: https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-05-11-harmonix-denies-association-with-columbus-nova it seems the odd symptoms of denial have affected pretty much all companies that appeared to claim purchase from Columbus Nova at one time or another.
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