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  2. Friend of mine was digging through DAT files because he's autistic like that and also found reference to "shaman" class... Though only once (likely variables from DDO stuff). The "Brawler" class that everyone is talking about is likely a placeholder name... But who knows? SSG have proven of late that they aren't very creative with names (pretty much all the places in the North areas of late are literally translated Norwegian names for example). We had a chat about it... The fact that the bullroarer 'leaked' info about it... I honestly think this wasn't an intentional slip to drum u
  3. Dismantling their game's community has long been a manager pet project passed along to each new EP. PvMP is a good example. Passive avoidance and silence while letting systems harboring player loyalties march their way to the graveyard. Replaced by insta-gratification systems which intentionally inherit monetization structures. I'd guess every time SSG reads on their forums where a player says buying the Life Time was the best money they ever spent on gaming is a likely good source for the motivation to disenfranchise the non profiting portion of their playerbase. The F2P model has served its
  4. Decided to revisit this year's Producer's Letter from April to compare how this update is described. This caught my eye: "In the fall we will see a new type of mega-update, the War of the Three Peaks, which will provide new content for characters of all levels. " So the shift to monetizing forthcoming updates (undoubtedly distinguishing them as "mega" to justify this) coincides with the decision to open up the entire game for free. Re-branding "mega update" as mini expansion" doesn't look like a panic move (and they're still hiring too). If I were to speculate, I think they're o
  5. Cordovan responds https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?683312-New-class-quot-BRAWLER-quot-found-in-beta-trainer-traits-and-raid-gear-huge-selling-point-for-Gundabad-expansion&p=8037369#post8037369 "I mean I posted in the thread. Obviously you've all seen something we weren't quite ready to talk about, but we'll have more information in the near future. Just to make sure people are aware, this is not something that would be coming to War of Three Peaks." Well, there it is. The repeating cycle of professed ignorance. While at the same time leaving enough of a carrot fo
  6. LOTRO: Bullroarer Update 28 Preview #1: When is an update not an update? When it's a "mini expansion". A few thoughts on the new zone preview along with a gallery of pictures. http://www.containsmoderateperil.com/blog/2020/9/24/lotro-bullroarer-update-28-preview-1
  7. Well, he lives in the USA and no part of the UK Royal house anymore. And I guess his wife can/will vote in the elections; Though I don't understand why you flee away from BorisJohnson and then choose the USA
  8. The OF thread is a shit show. You know your game is in the toilet if players area actually pissed off that a new class might be in the works instead of the developers fixing the myriad of existing issues that continue to fuck the game.
  9. Always fun to see that waste of flesh spat at in the face with every new update that doesn't give two shits about his misplaced arrogance. Boars were good, but Brawlers? Wtf I love SSG now. If they could add flying mounts now, I might just be convinced to actually give them money for it.
  10. Damn well guaranteed to have been pilfered out of Doro's post. Lotro o-forum forecast: a pronounced increase in shill activity in repeated attempts to generate public "excitement" from the ground up. Releasing Three Peaks bundle prices without any details, and releasing new Bullroarer build without Three-Peaks-specific details (patch notes do actually say "coming soon") is a stroke of marketing genius not dissimilar to a narcissist's psychological mind game vis a vis attracting fresh victims: be emotionally unavailable while dispensing bread crumbs and they'll be hooked. The funny part
  11. The Ultimate Gundabad Bundle package. $300 Package includes Gundabad Expansion, Race change New Brawler class War Pig 5 Anti-lag tokens I remember that thread. SSG hopes memories are short. That way SSG can claim idea origin. I'll keep watch of the current thread to see if SSG jumps in the thread. Then link that thread to say umm ya it wasn't SSG's idea. Radhruin is gonna be shitting out bent rusty nails. The howling will be excruciatingly loud from him if indeed a new Brawler class introduction is approaching. SSG has been placing plot discussion devi
  12. You're welcome! https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?670737-New-Class-Dunedain-Ranger&p=7909869#post7909869 And all those pearl-clutchers over there were acting like a Brawler would be impossible.
  13. Tee name Brawler sounds like a straight up DPS class. If it is what would separate it from Champs and hunters.
  14. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?683312-New-class-quot-BRAWLER-quot-found-in-beta-trainer-traits-and-raid-gear-huge-selling-point-for-Gundabad-expansion&p=8037039#post8037039 I mean, I wouldn't put it past them...but given the game (and the current classes) are such a mess... $$$
  15. I spent several hours exploring the Elderslade on Bullroarer last night. Unless I've overlooked something, this is just a bog standard content update and I can't see anything justifying the term "mini expansion". I think SSG are being forced to sell Update 28 by Daybreak due to a hole in the Q3 financial returns. So it look like Update 28 is just going to be a standard content update with some cosmetic trinkets thrown in. The Guardian nerf doesn't seem to have gone down well either. I'll write a more detailed breakdown on my blog. I think this may be the beginning of the end for LOTRO.
  16. No she is a self proclaimed Journalist on MMOCentral so she can get free tickets to events for stalking. Tried the new missions: Only fun for lowbies as the landscape you port too can be Red Zone aggro with on-level mobs so you can get the whole map attacking you porting in. SSG are trolling the whales in giving them exclusive pigs to ride around on. Like we couldn't spot them a mile off already, we can smell them now.
  17. This guy would have never survived a Mueller investigation testifying in person. The guy talks shit his whole life and in 2016 when questioned under oath, expects to not be held accountable for those same words. In the end, Trump lost and paid $25 million and was ok with that as long as he could admit no wrong doing. Now we can see 1st hand why his attorneys try to keep him off the stand at all cost.
  18. Word is it's Judge Judy getting the nomination on Saturday. I'd laugh but I wouldn't put it past Trump's advisers. You can bet he will go for the good looking one ofc, not the munter.
  19. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54257450 "Prince Harry urges US citizens to 'reject hate speech' and vote in the presidential election" Does this count as foreign "hacking" of an election, or is it only limited to memes on Facebook?
  20. Could also be Microsoft trying to reduce one of the biggest selling points of PS5, the console exclusives.
  21. I don't know what to make of this. I'm seeing people treating it like it's some historic event, but it's just some studios being bought. Happens all the time.
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