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  1. Here is a link to a thread with some pictures of new rewards: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?653113-Scavenger-Hunt-Quest-Reward-Pictures Many people complaining that they didn't get a horse for playing 10 years.... but then there was this: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?653129-OMG-10-Year-Steed And then there is apparently this: "Get a free Reveller's Gilded Cloak with the Coupon Code CORDOVANMAN, now through April 28th!"
  2. ... a thread about the 10th Anniversary yet. So here goes: https://www.lotro.com/en/10-year-celebrations The only thing I am a bit interested in is the Scavenger Hunt. A Time to Celebrate! "Looking in a mirror he was startled to see a much thinner reflection of himself than he remembered: it looked remarkably like the young nephew of Bilbo who used to go tramping with his uncle in the Shire; but the eyes looked out at him thoughtfully. 'Yes, you have seen a thing or two since you last peeped out of a looking-glass,' he said to his reflection. 'But now for a merry meeting!'" JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1954-1955 For ten years we have had the honor of bringing you the timeless world of Middle-earth. That's right: we can hardly believe it ourselves, but this April is LOTRO's 10th anniversary! We will be updating this page as the month goes on with all the news and events that will be going on to mark this momentous occasion! As always, thank you for being amazing Citizens of Middle-earth! Here's to yesterday, today, and the future of LOTRO! Special 12 hour Live Stream Join Jerry "Cordovan" Snook for a tour down memory lane on April 25th. Enjoy chats from Developers, gameplay, giveaways, and more! Make sure to follow us on Twitch to get notified as we go live. https://www.twitch.tv/lotrostream Watch live video from LOTROstream on www.twitch.tv Chance Thomas Reminisces We all know Composer, Chance Thomas, and the remarkable work that he's brought to the world of LOTRO. His soundtrack is as legendary as the tale it helps to tell. He's been kind enough to pick some of his favorite pieces from our history and give us some of his memories about working on, presenting, and composing them. Starting April 15th we'll be posting a video a day to our YouTube channel for you to listen to and enjoy well into the future! Anniversary Event Anniversary: Scavenger Hunt Starting on April 20th enjoy our annual Anniversary Event with expanded fireworks at the party tree (seriously, you have to see these!), quests, events and more! A new event for 2017! Lasting from April 20th – July 13th, every week you'll unlock three new quests. Each quest brings us back to the places we have been, and gets us some cool stuff in the process. To start, visit Mr. Waldo Rumble at the party tree in Hobbiton! "Often long after the hobbits were wrapped in sleep they would sit together under the stars, recalling the ages that were gone and all their joys and labours in the world, or holding council, concerning the days to come." JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, 1954-1955 GIFs and Images We really wanted to think on where we've been, the places we've built and seen, and the experiences that we've created. Here are to some of those memories!
  3. This has bothered me from the first time I heard it, that WB didn't interfere. So what does that mean for what the developers have made Lotro to be? All those things that we didn't want, were conscious decisions. For a long time I, and I think many other critical (ex-)players with me, thought that WB was to blame for the stupid decisions, for the store becoming more and more a go-to place, and for the increased grind, that involved the store, both for LIs and also for slotted armour (solvents to make essences). I would cut the developers slack for that, and I have seen quite a few times where, on the official forums, the blame was squarely put with WB and the developers got a 'free ride', they were not held accountable. 'Those were changes that must have been pushed on the game from 'higher up''. The devs were almost pitied for having to design content that incorporated grind and store. And of course, from the developers would never be expected that they could come out on the forums saying 'we don't like what comes from up high either. But apparently those changes were all the developers' decisions? To me the changes above are the immediate results of what the devs learned from the Paiz' folks. That changes my perspective about the past few years. That also negatively changes my opinion (which was already not good) about Cordovan coming here with his post about saying hello and addressing the animosity between Lotro staff and the forumers here. It also means that no money is changing hands, from my end to theirs, because I would have been inclined to give them a boost, had they come out with a statement that would indicate that yes, the game exists too much for the store, instead of vice versa, and that will change. Hence I will continue to spend my existing points sparingly, and that's it. More flower picking? No reward for you, SSG. No crafting update? Same thing. My expectation is that housing hooks will hit the stores soon, now that we can start to move the existing ones around. I bet that the Belfalas houses are so butt ugly because players will want to cover those sparingly decorated walls with more and more items, to make it look more homey. I really like to look out over the water from an island in those neighborhoods, but will not buy a kin house there. You can bet that I am having fun avoiding both the grinds and the store purchases, because I have more than enough to do in game that doesn't require either. Today this interview was released: http://www.mmorpg.com/interviews/lotro-and-ddo-a-bright-new-future-with-standing-stone-games-and-daybreak-1000011501 But knowing what I know now, I read it quite differently than how they would like me to read it. Staff say that yes, there are problems, and people are pointing them out. They do not actually say that they are working on resolving those issues. They also indicate that 'they like it' that players give so many suggestions on what they want 'next'. However, what the game needs (fix the bugs, lag, bugged raids, less grind, etc.) is what players are pointing too as well. Instead... we will get a 'high elf' that no one is asking for...
  4. Did Turbine just cash in on 'houses for mithril' before they finalized the sale of LotrO?
  5. http://massivelyop.com/2016/12/19/turbine-spins-lotro-and-ddo-teams-out-to-new-studio-using-daybreak-as-publisher/ Turbine spins LOTRO and DDO teams out to new studio, using Daybreak as publisher December 19, 2016 Bree Royce Leave a comment Welp, didn’t see this one coming. Turbine has just announced that it’s spinning off the Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online teams into a new studio called Standing Stone Games, which will use none other than Daybreak to publish around the world. Here’s the whole thing: Today we have some momentus news! The game teams responsible for The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) and Dungeons & Dragons Online (DDO) are now moving from Turbine to Standing Stone Games, a newly formed indie game studio. In addition, we’ve partnered with Daybreak Games to provide global publishing services. They’ve had a long, successful history developing and publishing MMOs, and we’re happy to lean on their expertise. With the announcement out of the way, I wanted to talk to you about what all this means. We’re embarking on an exciting adventure as Standing Stone Games, a newly-independent studio staffed by people who have been working on DDO and LOTRO for many years. The teams remain very much committed to both games and are thrilled to continue development and operations of these games as an independent studio. This is an opportunity for us to bring about our dreams while still working on two of the biggest licenses in video games. It’s a huge honor, and for you this means your games will continue to grow and improve. We love to focus on games with a high level of depth and scope, and we can’t wait to show you what the future brings. Although a great many exciting things are happening on our end, you’ll be able to continue playing the game(s) you enjoy with as little interruption as possible. Our development continues on track, and the plans we have already announced remain firmly in our future view. Again, although we are a new studio, we are also the same developers who have been and will continue to work on our games. Our success has always been possible because of your support. As we move forward, this is more important than ever. The ultimate goal of our new studio is to continue to bring you amazing experiences. We are excited for the future, and we’re thrilled to have you with us on this journey. Here’s to great games, epic adventures, and memorable times with friends! The official FAQ says that it’s “business as usual” for the dev teams. “Turbine will no longer be involved in the development of LOTRO and DDO.” It appears that very little is changing on the player end; the games will continue on with their existing data centers, business models, account system, and so forth. “We are extremely excited by this transition into an independent studio, and we can’t wait to work on the game long into the future,” says the LOTRO team. “Daybreak Game Company’s role as publisher for LOTRO and DDO should have no impact on any existing Daybreak games.” We have reached out to Turbine for clarification on a number of questions, including Asheron’s Call. We’ll update you all when we have answers! Source: Official forums. Thanks, Triski! ===================================== And this is the related website: http://standingstonegames.com/
  6. Today, 01:08 PM #1 Cordovan Standing Stone Games Transition FAQ What’s happening: The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online have been acquired by Standing Stone Games, a newly-formed independent game studio made up of the same groups that have been working on LOTRO and DDO for years. We remain committed to both games, and are thrilled to be able to take these games in exciting directions for a long time to come. Standing Stone Games will operate as an independent studio, with global publishing support from Daybreak Games. What does this mean? It’s business as usual for both LOTRO and DDO’s operations and development. Both games will continue along their respective development paths and bring you the content you enjoy. What is happening to Turbine? Turbine will no longer be involved in the development of LOTRO and DDO. They will continue on the development of their products. What about my account? Your account login information remains the same. You’ll keep all purchases, including Turbine Points, VIP subscription time, Lifetime Memberships for LOTRO, and any things you’ve picked up through the in-game Store. Are you planning to make any changes to the cost of VIP? We are always looking for additional ways to offer the best value to our VIP players. The cost and value of the VIP program remains unchanged, although it's possible we may offer additional benefits or tiers of subscription in the future. What’s happening to Turbine Points? Your point total remains intact. The name of your points will change from Turbine Points to DDO or LOTRO Points, but the value of these points will not change. What about game cards like Turbine Point cards and subscription time cards? You’ll still be able to redeem game cards you’ve purchased. What about my Lifetime Membership? Your Lifetime Membership will continue to be honored, and no changes to it will be made. Will this require any downtime or impact our ability to login? We encourage players to keep an eye on our social media feeds and forums, as there may be some periods of downtime while we do technical and other work in the coming weeks. Our plan is to of course minimize the amount of downtime to the least possible. Will the servers be changing? We'll continue to operate out of our existing data center, and there are no plans to change servers in any way. What does this mean for licensing of the Dungeons & Dragons and Lord of the Rings IPs? We’ve updated our licensing agreements without issue and will continue that relationship. How do we contact customer service after the transition? support.turbine.com Does this mean the games are shutting down? No! On the contrary, we are extremely excited by this transition into an independent studio, and we can't wait to work on the game long into the future. Are the web sites changing? What about Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites? We may do some work on DDO.com and LOTRO.com in the future, but the web sites and social media URLs will stay the same. We'll be switching out some corporate logos and such in the coming weeks, of course, but if you've subscribed to us on YouTube or liked us on Facebook, for example, there's nothing you'll need to do. How does this impact Daybreak Games? Daybreak Game Company’s role as publisher for LOTRO and DDO should have no impact on any existing Daybreak games.
  7. You wrote: You admit you have no experience with what I am describing, and yet you call me arrogant? Most people in North-America do not have the experience you had while growing up and even less nowadays. Your style is to attempt to bully and silence people who do not agree with you. That's a weak strategy. Of course this also included not commenting on the content of my post. Your choice. But that doesn't make me a troll.
  8. Your anger speaks volumes. So does your attitude. Good luck with that.
  9. I take it you live in Germany. You don't seem to have a clue about how 'this' works in North America. I lived in The Netherlands for 28 years before moving to Canada, where I have lived now for 20 years. Let me enlighten you a little. Darmokk is spot on, Most of North America now has a service industry. A lot of university and even college graduates find that there are no jobs at their level. There is very high competition for the entry level positions. When my daughter, who at that time was in university, started handing out resumes to find a part time position, she handed out 150 resumes and got 1 job interview. That's how high the competition is. And then we are not even talking about better paying positions. Even newspaper delivery, which used to be a elementary/high school student's after school job-on-the-side has now become attractive to those who can't find regular employment. I kid you not. Lots of people value education here and they value it so much that they do indeed rack up debt - much more than your 20k btw. It used to be THE way to a decent paying job with a pension. Well guess what? Those jobs no longer exist here the way they used to do. There has been a real shift over the last 20 years. We have entire regions where all the industry is gone... abroad - NAFTA played a huge role in that. Where the only jobs that have come in their place are those sucky part time jobs at fast food restaurants, call centres, and stores like Walmart. There is no need for employees with skills, talents, papers. When you want to work there you have to indicate that you are willing to work ALL hours (in the USA this is often 24/7) and that you will be available at all the other hours you are not scheduled in for. Often, in Canada, this results in weekly shifts below a total of 28 hrs, because when your weekly average gets above that the employer has to start paying benefits: towards medical insurance for example. Thus, many people work less than 28/week - but not by choice. At grocery stores and bigger stores this can go as low as 12 hrs/week... as long as you are available during peek times: Christmas and Easter. Then you get 'overworked'. In the past, I say 20 years ago and longer, students would find good paying summer jobs that would pay for their tuition and living expenses for the rest of the year - no more - the hourly wage has plummeted and the tuition/living expenses have exploded. This was a shocker for many. Because I am an immigrant it has taken me a long time to understand what was going on here. Even the teachers in school were giving out the wrong advice: 'go to university' when my kids were in high school. But already then it were no longer the university degrees that resulted in jobs. It were the college diplomas - which many people were looking down on at the time because these were 'the trades' - skilled labor - and no white colour jobs. Parents staying at home to prevent child care expenses ... that is a luxury only the few can afford. In Canada, most people work part-time minimum wage jobs and that will not cover the expenses for a family. So both parents work and they hardly make ends meet. At least 20% of the Canadian children live under the poverty level. It's worse in the USA. At least Canada has a universal health care system, although that excludes the dentist and medication. In the USA you now have to pay for emergency care - which always used to be free. What Darmokk writes about people in the USA working much more than 40 hrs/week is true, because their minimum wage is probably only half of what it is here. So imagine how bad it is in the USA. Especially in cities like Detroit and Chicago, where no industry is left. There is a real split between rich and poor, with the middle class eroding while I type this. When you get sick here, you don't get paid. It's that simple. I see people working who are injured and who can't afford to heal at home because they can't afford the rent when they don't work. 40 year olds (or older) who get laid off because the factory where they are working is closing do indeed end up applying for entry level jobs. We have a lot of seniors working too, because their pensions are not enough to make ends meet. So 'thank you' for saying 'fuck you' and 'let them rot in their multiple jobs'. I think it's quite stupid to show your ignorance like that. Be happy you don't live here. This is daily reality for a huge part of the population of this vast continent and this has a lot to do with governments who believe in not interfering with labor laws that allow for workers to be used and abused. You forget that health care, insurance costs (scams) etc., and many of the other issues you commented on are structural issues that our whole continent is affected by, not only those who make wrong choices. You then squarely blame the individual, where there really are not many options left anymore. For many young adults who have worked hard in school, this puts a real negative spin on how they look at their futures and is quite demotivating.
  10. Amen to that. Also, play around a bit with which levels you want to get where. I didn't finish Old Anorien and got stuck at level 102. But then I got to 105 through North Ithilien. So when there are areas you like less, get some of xp needed to be able to (partially) skip such areas elsewhere.
  11. If they have a map of the area already... why not? Maybe people who got fired last round already got to work on that content. Who knows. Doesn't make it believable when the Dadi interview hinted that 'much is still unclear'. I actually think that Paiz left them with an entire marketing/release time line right till the end. Even if they bring out Mordor in June or July next year, doesn't mean that they have a renewal. They could even put it on sale quite a few times before the end of December, including a Black Friday sale end November. I won't believe continuation into 2018 until I see the game up and running in January that year. Doesn't mean there will still be updates though. Also doesn't mean that the game has seen a last, complete, expansion (Mordor) either.
  12. Very true. If/when that happens, Dadi's interview becomes even more horrible, with the interviewed Turbine staff member indicating that it has now become important for him to promote player-based events for Lotro, as Lotro has by far the largest number of players who host events of any MMORPG. However, he doesn't mention that there used to be many other players who did the same thing for years and who have since packed up and left because of what they saw happen with the game. Hence we are now stuck with websites that are no longer maintained and where no longer newly brought out additions to the game, for example new armour sets and furniture, are added. Entire kinships have moved to other games, and we do not even see many of the older kin names around any more. To then now start to focus on those player-based events is in my eyes hypocritical and only meant to a. distract the player base from the gaps in the content, and b. promote the new housing area.
  13. Doesn't seem unlikely to me.
  14. Indeed. The lack of detail (and how full of detail were expansions in the past - for example scrolls to change the damage type of your weapon and providing it with a title, surprising deeds and in game titles) is painful. My worst thought is: with a poorly done Mordor (before the license runs out) they will cash in on players' 10 year old desire to see the ring destroyed. It doesn't sound like they will. It all sounds like lack of time, from Dadi's interview with Cordovan: 'if we have 100 hours for X and we want to do Y which takes 15 hours, then something else got to give'. Maybe it will come down to this: Will I be willing to fork out $XX to see the scenery of Mordor and forget about the big holes in game play, like one or more proper raids, crafting, regular armour, and the small ones, the attention to detail that made an expansion complete, polished, and surprising.
  15. As a teaser, a mouth waterer, to keep us playing despite... yeah...