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    If a FFXIV forum is created and Psalm continues to spam... can they get banned for spamming?
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    It's tuned so that you have to do the mechanics, or you will wipe, and the increased DPS makes the thing die faster, while also mitigating DPS. When your ilvl goes up, things will get easier, and it's all difficulty is tuned around average ilvl. That and BiS takes you at least a month (probably two) of getting all the weekly drops combined with just getting lucky and snagging a gear piece so you don't need currency for it - so it's not a fast thing by any stretch of the mind. The thing with progression raiding, though, is that you have this plateau like 3-4 times over the course of an expansion, so there's always something to work towards, but have a casual tier that still requires decent gear so the playerbase itself doesn't feel compelled to do BiS while still seeing all the things, yet those that want to work on the harder stuff have a second tier for certain group content. Not everything needs a second difficulty tier as most casuals want quantity over quality (so they always have a variety of things to do), while the progression guilds want their challenges, but don't need that many if the challenges are sufficiently hard (like 12 or so over the course of an expansion). In more practical terms, if I'm coming out of the expansion leveling experience at ilvl 280something, get to ilvl 295 (minimum required to enter the normal tier of the raid ) , with ilvl 310 being stupid easy to get to - which is actually the minimum required to enter the hard tier of the raid - but the normal tier dropping ilvl 320 gear4 and the hard tier dropping ilvl 340 gear - you can see the sense of progression, and why getting to BiS makes it easier. It's still not faceroll easy by any stretch of the mind (that doesn't happen until you're at BiS for the next raid tier - assuming the mechanics will ever allow for faceroll easy that is) - but then again you're not forcing the entire population to do something extremely difficult. IMO, that's how a raiding system should work... not "here's the raid, we checked the box" and have just one for the entire expansion. To put things in perspective, I would put Draigoch at normal difficulty and ToO T2 HM as somewhere between normal and hard raid difficulty. LotRO is really just too easy, so it skewers perspectives on how difficult things for the average player should be..
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    I see what you did there.
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    Yes, let's go back to trolling, the last couple of pages were scary - I basically found myself in agreement with everyone - From Amorey, through Doro to Almagnus. Scary experience, which I am sure not to repeat here. As for difficulty level - no Tank or Warden worth his shoelaces is allowed to complain. Pocket item basically solves Shadow dread, the more enemies, the merrier. When I venture into Mordor with something squishy I might complain and look for someone's company. Fun level is average - but not warranting poisonous spittle.
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    I didn't realise we were even inline for a GBH charge against the point. Here's me thinking we were all in agreement or something!
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    That's why Al's comment was a bit silly. They're in BIS gear for a reason. Anyhow. No point beating that point to death.
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    Yeah, it's basically a case of practice makes perfect. Like when Draigoch first released, I remember my kin made a couple of people responsible for just memorising routes through tunnels and animations, so the rest of the group would just follow until they learnt it themselves. Then you had the burglar who was responsible for reading out every combo we needed. After we got the hang of our roles, it was a cake walk. But inexperience made it harder than necessary (especially that damn run through the insta death laser beam eyes at the start), even if the actual mechanics weren't too difficult.
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    Indeed, being at the keyboard and paying attention is a prerequisite for any end-game content. But given how in my experience the delta between "start of progression" gear and BIS gear is substantial, then if the raid group works with the mechanics then the content should be easy - but of course that's based on said raid group being so knowledgeable of the raid (because as they all have BIS they damn well should be!) they should have the mechanics down to a T.
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    Isn't a case of "hard without BiS, even when focused" and "hard with BiS, if not focused" but "easy with BiS, and focused"? Might be about people's competence, as opposed to just gear. One of the few things I liked about later LotRO raiding was the presence of T1, T2, and HM. It provided enough levels for people to work their way up, until you had the top gear and could face walk it as long as you paid attention.
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    Just curious, but if a raid, once on farm with the raid group all having BIS gear is still meant to be hard, then how does the progression part work - you know, then said raid group has to clear it before they all have BIS...
  12. FFXIV forum?

    Modbreak: Hiding pointless derail.
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    Threads not exactly derailed. The suggestion has been made, which I don't have any power to put in place. Muer would have to do that. Edit: and psalm, if you could, please keep the font size spam down to a minimum please. Just looks messy, and bolding would make the same point.
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    well, i guess this answers my question...
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    How in Jupiter's butthole can I be derailing a thread about FFXIV by literally going out of my way to mention FFXIV? The only way I could derail this thread is to NOT mention FFXIV. Hell, this may be the most on-topic post I've ever typed. I mean FFS, I'm totally on board with you having your own FFXIV section, if it keeps you from constantly shilling for it elsewhere.
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    sure thing, boss. so are you going to do what has been suggested by a few people and create a separate FFXIV section or are you going to simply allow your boy, psalm, to derail another thread?
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    Someone can be trolling later when they weren't earlier.
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    Did someone say FFXIV? ...still waiting for that magic check to fall in my lap.
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    That's something I've been harping on for a long time, and one of the key reasons why I suspect that LotRO will never drop 2000 (I shit ye not), XP, and Vista support. It's like they're so grossly out of touch with reality it's gone from being kinda funny in a warped way to just downright sad and pathetic.
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    one of the biggest problems with the new (almost a year old now?) raid was that you had to drastically lower your graphics just to play through it. and to be honest, that was the breaking point for me (as far as bothering with gearing up and doing group content consistently) in LotRO. i spent too much time in better games, in better dungeons, where i didn't even have to bother with my graphic options. sadly, in my experience you will find that people who still play LotRO have accepted this as a norm (poor performance) mostly because they can't do without their Middle Earth fix. true, but there is no follow up raid in LotRO. Throne was the first end-game raid in 4 years. When released, the level cap was 105. The new raid coming (?) will be at level 115. any gear earned in the Throne became obsolete pretty much as soon as you stepped foot in Mordor (due to LoE) around level 106(ish).
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    But from what I've been told, zero difficulty - ESPECIALLY once you're geared. That difficulty drop is supposed to occur AFTER you get geared for the followup raids.... NOT in the same gear set. IIRC that's one of the things the Rift (and for that matter, the MoM raids) did right. Edit: Basically, if a group in best in slot gear can faceroll the endgame content, then the endgame content is too easy. Well balanced end game content should still be able to wipe a group in BiS if they're not obeying mechanics.
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    Fun raid, worth a run for sure.
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    There was a last raid? Jeez, how can I be so out of the loop when I visit this site daily!? Just looked it up on the wiki page. Throne of the Dread Terror. Looks like some interesting bosses (I always liked the more obscure nameless bosses, like the Ever-Seer, and ancient evil, like Gwathnor), but they've re-used Mordirith and called him Gothmog instead. How does the raid play?
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    +1 Still the last raid was OK
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    Sorry, I meant they started getting terrible in Turbine's days. I'd say post-F2P was probably where it all went down hill, but it was RoR where they gave up the ghost.
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    I absolutely disagree. The Rift of Nurz Ghashu was for me the best raid in all the MMOs I raided in - WoW, RIFT, GW2, FFXIV. All the later raids, while inferior, were IMHO decent, comparable to the other MMOs, albeit on the small (12 man) side. The problem was - not enough of them, in practice - ONLY ONE, on level, raid at a time.
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