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  1. Today
  2. I'm seeing this from the perspective of someone who has never tried FF (any of them, I just don't like the style), and only ever had a free trial for WoW (and, again, I didn't like the style so it didn't keep me), and I can't see how FFXIV will beat WoW. From outside, I just hear no buzz about it, I don't see any cultural impact, I don't know what classes/races there are, I don't see talk about it on other sites I frequent, I don't even know when they have expansions (is this their first one?). Honestly, I couldn't name a thing about it, which would be odd for a game that's supposed to be so popular. The numbers would interest me, but I've got a feeling if we looked at pure "western" logins it would lean much more heavily in WoW's favour. A lot of games lately seem more tailored to the much larger Asian market.
  3. Yesterday
  4. So, WoW is doing something stupid: Releasing a patch against a FFXIV expansion when FFXIV is at it's peak and growing, and WoW is currently in it's worst expansion. WoW has typically pulled this stunt to squash competition in the past... but I think it's going to be quite the comedic backfire this time around. So, anyone else want to see the population data for each MMO over the next few months?
  5. Last week
  6. Amenhir

    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    Oh this Grand Wizard of Freaks. The dude who probably faps to pics of his toons. The guy who was called out for creating an account, using a BoV, and then spinning these bullshit tales about the good old days of Lotro. The guy looks like he spends a whole lot of time in a windowless van with bags of candy. On a side note. I don't think Cordovan even knows what constitutes a troll. Being an asshole does not make one an internet troll. Getting other people to be assholes is what makes an internet troll. Calling someone an ass kissing douche bag is not trolling someone. Getting someone else to call you an ass kissing douche bag is trolling.
  7. Almagnus1

    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    To be fair though, there have been several times where I've bitten off more than I can chew (get swarmed by like six or seven mobs and manage to kill about half of them and die), so I can totally understand wanting to jump back in without having to hike back to where I was, so I can understand the argument for improving the mechanic - as the MC revive should allow you to recover on the spot and if you happened to die in the middle of an enemy camp, you're gonna be hiking back regardless. There's also been a couple of times when I've thought I'm safe, clicked the free revive and.... got run over by the warband that I wasn't tracking and died again. Kinda comical stuff, really, but still frustrating. Either way, it's not something I'd throw money at cause... you really shouldn't be dying in the first place =/
  8. Splay

    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    Many of the player who remain are horrid at playing a MMO. It really defies belief. I'll provide an example here and still remain on track per the thread at its conclusion. This player wants a change to make it easier for her to play. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?673382-Full-health-on-revive-Please https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?673382-Full-health-on-revive-Please&p=7939363#post7939363 "Full health on revive? Please? Could you please make it so when we revive at a location we would revive with full health? Or cause us to have no aggro for about 15 seconds so we could heal up/get away? It defeats the purpose if we are defeated as soon as we revive back in (and waiting til the mob goes away isn't an option if you die right next to it and it's guarding something like a quest objective) because our health is low." In this thread, I commented on a few mentions and offered some advice. The response I got was this. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?673382-Full-health-on-revive-Please&p=7941343#post7941343 "Jeez, you guys are condescending. I'm really glad I don't live around you all." "Sapience: Wow, you are so...full of your self. You must be a real joy to be around. 1. Sometimes you can't "pick a good place to die." Sometimes the area is quite thick with mobs and running away doesn't always help you. 2. In the other games I mentioned, you CAN'T loot the quest objective while in this non aggro state. You also can't loot the quest objective while being attacked, so yes, you have to defeat the guarding boss BEFORE you can proceed. It's not something I use all the time, but when the revive circle is quite a ways from where you are, you've had to fight your way into the area already, and you only need one more thing before your quest is achieved, it would be nice not to have to run all the way back, and fight all the way back into where you were, just to get ONE last thing." "Congratulations to both of you that you are such professional players that you don't need this kind of thing. Since you don't, what skin is it off your nose if some of the rest of us do?" I followed up with this. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?673382-Full-health-on-revive-Please&p=7941361#post7941361 "I cleared up some notions which were not true. Like the combat logging. I explained briefly how a player can work this out. And also reminded you we play a MMO and others can and do help out others all the time. I make suggestions several time a year. Some seem good at the time and some don't later upon reflection. I never once responded in return, like you have here, when someone offers me information and advice on how to remedy my problem. Have a good day. /not signed" The woman who made this thread is some 75 years old. She mainly RP's and plays music. Her gear is always terrible. She never places any priority but to look well presented. She is nasty to interact with and is prone to tirades through private tells. What she was attempting was to make it to Radagast to do the EzyPzy dailys to acquire pets and emotes. Totally disregarding what it takes to complete the task of the journey. Along the way for what prompted her thread was she was killed by bees. BY BEES! Huzzah! Lmao! By bees Umm, wtf is going on when bees kill someone who is actively at the keyboard? She plays Minstrels which by the way have several Oh Shit skills. I can be sure this crotchety old cunt will report me. Will the report and the resulting infraction be warranted? I'd have to say no, but it will happen anyway.
  9. TheKickman

    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    and thats what pissed me off. Someone made a sock puppet and baited the hell out of me, so I actually ignored them and did not interact with the sock puppet at all, because ya know, I have brain cells and could see 5 miles away what was happening. Yet, I got banned for fighting with the sock puppet (whilst it continued to post for a day or 2 after my ban). When I appealed explaining this, the reasons were changed to I was hostile. Yeah, I admit I was heavy handed with my verbage, but I am honest about things. Sucks. But than again, I invest in better games now.
  10. Macdui101

    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    It's all a front though. It's SSG he is there to protect. But once people make their decision to back Cordovan they are invested and their own egos prevent them from being persuaded otherwise. The greater the support the more you're invested and the bigger hit to the ego if you let yourself see the light. Subconsciously you'll just not want to do the research and be thorough. I'd suggest that for those who rely on faith for their beliefs would be more susceptible. Most of us here have seen a good bit more of Cordovan though and his rules don't allow us to show that side of him to this audience and they'd dismiss what we said. I fell out with a friend over the Lance Armstrong scandal, friend could not entertain he was a cheat and would not look at the growing evidence. No one likes to be duped and even less to be seen to be duped. Egos. It is similar if you take a more critical view, we all have egos. But in being more critical we end up having more data to base our opinions on. The bar for CM was quite low for him, hardly surprising that anything better gained supporters. But in the two years he hasn't learnt much following his choice of co-host around. Just that choice of game dev junky stalker ruins all credibility. At least you'd think, but still he is defended. Is it a bunch of old women with no avenue for their nurturing tendencies, or desperate for some patronage? They manipulate him to keep their small "world" safe. It's easily done. I suggested he had a "tell" when relying the more dubious pieces to the audience, looking squarely at the camera. He'd always done it like that. He immediately changed his delivery to a "forced" offhand relaxation and looking off to the upper right. Been around 3 months now. How long before the devoted pass this nugget on and we have another tweak to the delivery? It's a good job he knows so little and can't be sure anything he's asked to relay is a lie or he could end up like a golfer with the yips. Mac
  11. Agra

    Serverpopulation

    Zeitraum: 10.06. - 16.06.2019 23:59 EU-Logins vergangener Woche (Datenwoche 471): Logins EU-LOTRO US-Logins vergangener Woche (Datenwoche 468): Logins US-LOTRO
  12. Almagnus1

    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    IMO if the CM can't stand criticism, they're in the wrong field, as normally when people are providing criticism, that's showing where an issue lies (whether or not it's directly or indirectly related). Yes, there's always going to be the handful of people that will want to complain about everything (and you can never make them happy), but sometimes the issues being raised need to be addressed. In the scope of streaming, Cord completely sucks at it as he's just not fun to watch, so I find the feedback quiet amusing as it's stating the same truth that can be seen today. And people wonder why LotRO really hasn't shined as we all thought it could have.
  13. Splay

    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    I found this thread from 2 years ago. I was looking for a list of current official streamers doing a general search. I didn't find any list and stopped to read this instead. I'm not sure how this thread wasn't known to me. Also not sure if I would have posted in it one way or the other. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?654990-Cordovan-Replacement While reading the thread, I couldn't help but to notice and recognize users who posted. Going down the list thinking, That one is permabanned. This next one is permabanned. The following one left in disgust. Oh, another permabanned. Then the rest compiles as the whitenight, fanboy/girl list. I wonder how many of the suck up players in this linked thread still feel the same way today? Then the thread's closure for reasons with the rational quoted below. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?654990-Cordovan-Replacement&p=7735720#post7735720 " I've had enough folks ask me to close the thread that I'm going to do it. I'm fine with criticism of me, although some of the comments about previous folks in this position are not appropriate. It's been a busy year for sure! I had less time to play than expected, among other things. Real life and all that. That said, I will put more game time on my to-do list for later this summer. " Cordovan could have just made the thread disappear. Instead gave a "My friends ask me, so I'm doing it speech". Cause you know, it works along with his CM persona projection. So shallow and evasive to the truer nature of an asshat in charge. It didn't turn into an outright flame war or bashing session, so any reason would suffice. Now two years later all that needs to happen is for one of Cordoban's friends to IM him and infractions fly out his ass quicker than a battleship missile volley. I doubt he reads the actual post baiting leading up to the moderated post. Anyway, I found it an interesting bisect from his beginning as CM until today as CM.
  14. Macdui101

    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    I see he dropped his signature and all the links to his drivel output. Deluded Self-promotion was his thing wasn't it? No I couldn't be arsed to actually go find it right now.
  15. Doro

    Did Mirk actually launch?

    I probably would've posted something, but I stopped playing again. I'm guessing the few here still knocking about on the Limited Servers are busy actually playing it, and in a few days when the content runs dry we'll get an update as to where things are at. From what I've heard from a few others who are more invested in those servers than I was, it's not going very well.
  16. Defeatedink05

    Musical!

    Hey everyone! I'm going to be doing the musical Hamilton! I'm going to be doing it on crickhollow server! wondering if someone could write the music for me! My steam account is also Defeatedink05! Also if you want to join the cast send me a message! Thanks!
  17. Splay

    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    Looks like the Creeper, whom I shall not name, wasn't happy reading his psycho bio here. No doubt he linked many a thread from here where Cordoban is deservedly shat upon hoping the creeper will again come into SSG's good graces. No worries you Faggoty Bitch! I hit the mark and you know it. Suck it up and swallow your earned karmic payback, like a good cocksucker.
  18. Almagnus1

    Same shit different week

    From what little screwing around with performance monitor earlier today and the LotRO client, I suspect there's (at minimum) asset loading code that needs optimization and a handle leak in the game code.
  19. Splay

    Same shit different week

    What investors? The only investor Turbine ever had was WB. WB's investment was an eventual planned buyout per the contract, which the original founder of Turbine intended all along as his cashout. Everyone assumes there is some dude swimming in cash who remains hidden as the investor. The most that occurred was an investment company was created for the sole purpose for WB's eventual ownership. SSG themselves had someone front them a loan to get on their feet, once no longer under the Turbine/WB yoke directly. The loan to create an indie development company is not the same thing as who supplies the cash to keep LotRO going. There is a good chance the SSG loan is already paid off and likely the reason DBG didn't jump in immediately. Also the loan for SSG was likely incorporated into the package deal arbitrated between WB, DBG and SSG from the budget allotted to SSG in the first year. All parties concerned gave SSG a break to get on their feet. Infinite Crisis was a piece of shit built on the same piece of shit engine LotRO and DDO use today. It doesn't surprise me its was shut down and tbh I don't think Turbine was fully committed to making it good. A pet project approved by WB which no one really gave a fuck about but to keep their jobs until WB made the transition to Mobile games. Essentially Infinite Crisis was a filler to take up time on WB's ticket expense. Any profits Turbine ever made were promptly taken away and the annual budget prevailed. It wasn't like as if Turbine hit it big again raises would be flying out from WB or the annual budget would have been infinite. My point about the game engine and creating a new one, is there was always room and time to have it bargained for in any given years budget. That never happened.
  20. Talisman

    Same shit different week

    The game engine used by LOTRO and DDO is the same that was used by AC. It is a proprietary engine that was built in house. The base code is over 20 years old, and was probably badly written to begin with. Maybe Turbine could have re-written the game engine in 2003 or 2007, or licensed the Unreal engine, when they were flying high with 3 MMOs, but there's no way SSG has the funding or staff to do either these days.
  21. Almagnus1

    Captain Build Advice

    I'm going to take the mindset of throwing out the longgame with SSG as (historically speaking) anything I've set aside for "I'm going to need it later" has ended up sitting in the vault until I threw it on the AH and I haven't missed it since. That said, from refining the entire relic collection, I've pulled something like 200k shards, 10M IXP, and using what shards I had combined with what I got, I'm up 6 SoEs. Thankfully SSG put in several sliders and other tools to help expedite the entire proccess, even though it's really the client doing a batch of transactions one after the other instead of all of this happening server side (which would make more sense).
  22. Talisman

    Captain Build Advice

    IXP is not an issue. The blue pills drop like crazy. I was finishing up Vales last night, and had a quest to kill 10 deer, and ended up with 5 runes of varying amounts. I don't even look at the IXP amount any more, I just dump them into shared storage so the storage mule can pick them up in case I need them later.
  23. Almagnus1

    Captain Build Advice

    Refinement is actually a fairly good way to earn IXP, as when you refine you get shards and occasionally an IXP rune. Just be sure to set it to stack mode, and clear out your IXP runes periodically, or you'll end up with like 200 in your inventory..... Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything.... Edit: After looking deeper into the relic system, I may as well just run 8 of https://lotro-wiki.com/index.php/Relic%3AInsignia_of_Commanding_Presence which would definitely make Moors amusing XD
  24. Almagnus1

    Same shit different week

    Well, engine and system wise, as SSG should have done what WoW did, which is take the engine that runs everything, and throw on the 1.12 data and have the engine run that so that you essentially have two games that share a very large percentage of code, thus reducing your overhead. Given what I've seen from SSG and Turbine, I'm not sure if they've done that yet, or at least have the codebases as close as they should be.
  25. Almagnus1

    Be Virtuous!

    the great irony is that a level 120 char probably has so much stats behind them that they could solo all downlevel raids - especially if they're on a class with some self healing capability.
  26. Macdui101

    12 Year Anniversary Failure

    Druidsfire was streaming with that title last week. Talk about self-delusion.
  27. Macdui101

    Captain Build Advice

    The issue is more that the relics are useless after Westenmet, maybe T10. Hitting Mordor and none of the player melded relics are any use. In Vales crafting of relics is back but has no link to the guilded relic crafting. Barter and raid item gated crafted relic. More forgotten tech and hacks.
  28. Altreg01

    Did Mirk actually launch?

    Haha, thought I also read someplace that mob difficulty was adjusted levels 61-80 something. Ill be lucky if I get on before Sunday and my Warden which Ive ignored at kin request for moar healers is just 57. Now of course we have 12 level capped RKs and an handful of minnies making my RK a waste of time. Looks like Ill have Moria all to myself
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