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  1. EA, p2w, and lootboxes

    Newly linked video on the OF: Thoughts?
  2. After a long silence, finally this: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7792055#post7792055 Shelob, Northern Mirkwood, Thranduil's Court, Dale, Laketown, and Erebor, Elk mount, etc. Not a word about lootboxes and black keys.
  3. Looking for Kinship/someone to play with

    http://casualwanderers.gamerlaunch.com/ This may interest you.
  4. https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/3/16605272/lord-of-the-rings-jrr-tolkien-game-of-thrones-amazon-studios Amazon Studios has been looking for a way to duplicate HBO’s success with Game of Thrones, and the company may have found a solution: adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings into a TV series. Variety reports that the company is currently in talks with Warner Bros. Television and the late author’s estate, and while discussions are said to be in “very early stages,” it is clearly a high priority, with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos himself involved in the negotiations. Amazon Studios has unexpectedly found itself in the midst of a transition. Earlier this year, Bezos reportedly got involved with the creative direction of the studio, tasking the group with finding high-profile dramas like the hit HBO series that could have a broad, global appeal. Then last month, Amazon Studios executive Roy Price resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, a move that led to additional resignations and a reshuffling of the studio’s executive ranks. The kind of big-name adaptation Amazon has been looking for If finding the next Game of Thrones is the goal, it’s hard to imagine a property more suited to the task then Tolkien’s series. The Lord of the Rings tells the story of Frodo Baggins, a young Hobbit who is tasked with destroying an artifact called the One Ring in the hopes of saving the world of Middle-earth. The books have been adapted multiple times over the years, with the most commercially — and critically — successful adaptation coming in the form of Peter Jackson’s film trilogy. (Jackson’s films adapting The Hobbit were markedly less successful.) While the adaptation is far from certain — the deal hasn’t even been closed yet — this is the kind of project that could bring Amazon Studios a significant amount of attention, and draw in viewers across the world. While Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu have all made huge strides as original content creators, Amazon has yet to score with a far-reaching, cultural conversation piece the way that Netflix has with something like Stranger Things. While The Lord of the Rings would certainly check all the Game of Thrones boxes when it comes to fantasy and adventure, it is also worth noting that the books aren’t really known for being filled with the kind of sex-and-violence antics that HBO’s show has become synonymous with. On the other hand, Rings has one huge advantage: the books are actually finished.
  5. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/gambling-sites-forced-to-stop-luring-children-8mfw0dhtp Britain’s betting industry faces its biggest crackdown on child gambling, with the regulator demanding operators pull hundreds of casino games from their websites after a Sunday Times investigation. The Gambling Commission and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have joined forces to order online operators to “immediately” remove controversial games that appeal to children. The games, which use favourite cartoons and characters including Peter Pan, Moon Princess and Jack and the Beanstalk, were exposed this month by the newspaper’s investigation. The stakes are between 1p and £600. About 450,000 children are gambling in England and Wales every week — more than those who smoke or take drugs — and there is mounting concern of a generation of young people becoming hooked on betting games. Experts say a key risk for children who become problem gamblers is playing online betting games for free. Lord Sugar, who has called for restrictions on gambling advertising, said: “This is a good move and they must follow it through. We must stop encouraging a gambling culture among young people.” A four-page letter sent on Friday to more than 450 online gambling operators, including William Hill, 888 and Bet365, demands the removal of the games. The ASA and Gambling Commission letter says the games are classified as advertisements and must comply with Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) rules, which prohibit gambling marketing material of “particular appeal” to children. The letter, which is also signed by the heads of the CAP and the Remote Gambling Association, which represents operators in the online market, said the casino games for over-18s that had been highlighted were “unacceptable”. It adds: “The use of particular colours, cartoon and comic book images, animals, child and youth-orientated references and names of games such as Piggy Payout, Fluffy Favourites, Pirate Princess and Jack and the Beanstalk are likely, alone or in combination, to enhance appeal to under-18s.” It said the operators would face the threat of sanctions unless the games were removed. The games can be viewed without age-verification checks on the operators’ websites and in many cases are playable for “fun”. Tom Watson, the shadow culture secretary, said: “The Sunday Times should be congratulated for uncovering the extent to which online games are aimed at children. Regulators have finally been forced to act as a result of its outstanding journalism. They should have taken steps to end this practice earlier.” The government is also reviewing the maximum £100 betting stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals, the controversial machines in bookmakers described as the “crack cocaine” of gambling. The Campaign for Fairer Gambling said it was “outrageous” the industry had been allowed to promote games that obviously appealed to children. The industry denies deliberately targeting children and says robust age-verification checks stop under-18s playing for money. William Hill said it welcomed the move. Bet365 did not respond to a request for comment, while 888 said it was reviewing the letter. The Gambling Commission has requested its expert adviser, the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, to examine the relationship between children and gambling. @JonUngoedThomas Next step: Lootboxes?!!
  6. Another lure to get people to buy keys for Gorgoroth lootboxes: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?659116-Lootbox-Replicas&p=7780972#post7780972 SSG: past the point of no return. Many players: gullible and plain stupid. Game over.
  7. How about this one: Hotfix tomorrow morning (Sunday) from 7am till 11am est .....? And people think we have to be thankful for that.....
  8. Does anyone remember that, quite a few years ago now, Turbine tried to sell armour through the store? Enough players went vocal about it, and it didn't happen. I wonder whether that was the moment when the wheels started turning: how can we make money off armour? Et voila, no more crafting updates, armour that required essences, and then... craftable essences that required solvents. And now.... drum roll.... BiS gear from lootboxes.... Shame SSG, Shame.
  9. Mordor Rant

    It only makes sense when players are wrong in assuming that the choices they see made, and that they don't like/want, leads to less income for the company. Then it makes sense from a business sense of view: the game is a means to the end: more money. There is the clip in this thread: but I don't know whether that's exactly what I was referring to. Maybe another poster has a better link. I seem to remember a much longer audio tape.
  10. Mordor Rant

    That's the million dollar question. From a player's point of view (my point of view): they said they couldn't change housing, for years. Then it turned out: they could and they did, with movable hooks. (They implemented it when they could monetize it in an acceptable way through the Belfalas neighborhood). They said, for years: we can't do cosmetic weapons. But they could, and eventually, they did. They said, for years: we can't give you a weapon that grows with you. But eventually they made it and monetized it. From what I have seen, systematically, what players would ask for, they would not get: no raids ('there is no raiding community'), and above points. Many players also feel that there has been a lack of promotion and advertisement of the game. Quite often, on the OF, a player asks 'enhance VIP', but I don't think it's necessary, there are enough people who pay for VIP on a continuous basis. When people would get what they asked for, it often appeared in a way very different from what expected (based on the past). Look at the crafting tier: who would have ever thought that collecting regular crafting recipes would be placed behind grinding landscape quests? Crafting was also sabotaged in favor of essence gear. The players also got what they didn't ask for or expressed they didn't want: a store, hobbit gifts, loot boxes with keys in the store, advantage through the store, trait trees, avatar make overs, big battles. And there is more, but I can't care to remember it. For years, Lotro supplied money for gaming endeavors that led to nothing. That money didn't make it back into the game. For years, players thought that 'WB made them do it', but SSG admitted that that was never the case. So it's either that indeed, they are that stupid, or: this tactic has made them a lot of money. If it's the latter, then what appears as 'sabotage' is WAI. Paiz said: they will keep playing (and paying) regardless of what you throw at them. And I guess that has turned out to be true. If their strategy is to keep the whales, with as little expense on Turbine/SSG's side, then I think they are succeeding quite nicely. That the game is a mess does not matter to them. And that that doesn't make sense to the player base is understandable.
  11. Mordor Rant

    I am wondering about the comments (in another thread?) about the iLI losing its use because people have to trait differently in Mordor. Some say that SSG/Turbine has forgotten that because of iLI (which is a costly affair, mithril coins, legacy replacement scrolls etc.), the trait set up a player uses has more or less become fixed and that, because of the $investment of said player, it's not ok for the producers to make the drastic changes we see atm. Oversight or WAI? Although I would have liked to see iLI output for myself, I am glad that I've never gone the imbue route.
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    I get the same message that Doro gets.
  13. Tedious

    The name of that horse better read: Ode to Canada. Very appropriate when Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this year.
  14. Guild Wars 2 pre-purchase

    Interesting similarities with Mordor 'pre purchase'. Also interesting non-similarities, such as price of the 'ultimate' of GW. https://buy.guildwars2.com/store?Action=html&Locale=en_US&SiteID=gw2&_ga=2.200355758.1465047269.1502278359-871134787.1502278359&cid=104%3A5%3A%3A%3A%3AGlobal%3A289%3A%3A%3A&pbPage=pathoffire&themeID=4785548100
  15. Mordor Trailer

    Ha, and then 15 of them at the same time
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