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  1. 3 points
    This is the rub of it. They recently re-opened the winter festival on the servers, which gave a lot of people a laugh. So blatant is their lack of content for the casuals that they have to recycle more and more often. However, I repeatedly saw people asking for people to actually turn up for things like snowball fights or that weird theatre thing. I thought fuck it, I'll go have a butcher's. No layering mechanic needed, it was really, really dead. There's more people sitting AFK in 21st Hall than there is doing the festival. There's round the clock runs of Turtle, despite raiders being a small percentage of the player-base. Yet the festival doesn't get a lot of interest? Heavily suggestive that the majority don't do festivals, and yet it's the flowerpickers who keep getting changes and additions made for them. Precisely because they're the sorts of plebs who would use 45 mithril coins a night on rezzes. The whales (and I don't mean that about any particular streamer's weight) are the ones still funding the game, despite their small numbers. They're the only ones who need to be kept happy, and seemingly it doesn't take fucking much. But hey, if they're happy, good luck to them... the crayon-eating little bastards.
  2. 2 points
    Part of our transition to the final phase had our champs with a long CD skill to negate damage from the 12 tentacles. Might have been an item clicky or maybe a horn, not sure which now. Often we'd be waiting on one CD or other before proceeding. If melee got aggro on the final two tentacles there was an AE knockback triggered, it would cut dps and possibly leave toons in the roving patrol that would need range to come off target to help them out. We'd learnt that we were all basically squishy classes if we stood in the wrong place so it was key to be always in the sweet spot. One error like an auto attack felling a tentacle at the wrong time could have the watcher on full corruptions and healed to full. But we were mostly a casual kin that played together and stepped up once or twice a week to raid. We had feedback threads we'd all chip in our thoughts developing our own strategies, we made a point of not going outside the kin for help on tactics. As you say it's the whole journey that got us there; the tough Dark Delvings that had 4 or 5 of us switching in kin members to get their last piece as it was a degree or two harder than the other 6 mans. Developing a strategy as a group and putting it into practice and tweaking where needed. The big advantage of radiance was that everyone in the raid was there on merit and not just getting a free ride to the rewards and each member had the confidence of every other member, mostly: Me and Crit at odds over target in the video, I was upside down dangling at the time the other side of the watcher. If you can bare to dig up the previous ranged strat video, the Watcher was actually hardly in our thoughts for much of the fight. It was execution of a process in each phase and only one ranged tank was on him throughout and offered just a few seconds in each cycle when the raid focused on the watcher. One of the pains was having to wait around for 10 minutes after a wipe for the defeat dread to go away, that made us more careful not to screw up, that and much fewer options for rezzing in combat back then. That it took us months after the server firsts didn't matter, we were a bunch of n00bs figuring it out ourselves and finally getting our "own" Boss kill. Effort = Reward.
  3. 2 points
    Their steam catalogue is https://store.steampowered.com/developer/daedalic . We could actually be looking at a company that has an interesting idea with the IP and wants to do something with it, so I'd keep an open mind rather than taking a dump on the idea like:
  4. 1 point
    Ubisoft are offering Assassins Creed Unity for free until 25th April https://register.ubisoft.com/acu-notredame-giveaway/en-US
  5. 1 point
    I've never liked that they went F2P. I've never liked that they keep putting Store-only items in. The whole thing has a distinct "EA: We fuck the game" feel about it. However, I can see that for someone who never knew otherwise, they'd not see a problem. They set their standard at a much lower point than was previously available, and that's just the nature of the beast. It fucks the rest of us over and results in a consistently shitty game from then onwards, but the perspective will depend on when you join. In terms of why an ability to not pay might be considered the best part, well it depends on your reasoning. Getting anything for free is nice, but it's especially good if you also think what's given is good. For example, if I got a free steak dinner from my favourite steakhouse, it wouldn't matter how good the steak was, the best part would be that it was free. Not that LotRO is a steak, it's more like the scraps powerwashed off the carcass and mushed together, but still.
  6. 1 point
    Clips and video I watched in the past that kept my attention have things in common. A good voice is the most important one. An appearance that doesn't spark ewww. Clarity, concision, and the ability to stay focused. Not including serious face material, a good sense of humor. Knowing their source material. Explaining things in a way which doesn't make the viewer think they aren't being talked down to. Some years ago I watched a person who made videos for GTA. Name was Louie-something. The guy has a good voice. He knew what he was doing in GTA and was quite good at it. I found his videos informative and interesting. He stayed on track. He made watching his videos fun. If I were to ever play any version of GTA, this guy would be the biggest reason. Outside of the games appeal itself.
  7. 1 point
    TFA was a victory lap of the originals. TLJ was an absolute mess that cauterised the plot points from TFA. This new one... my god, they're getting desperate if they're having to bait with Palpatine. "Oh no, all of our new characters suck, we'll have to resurrect an old one just to make people interested again!" Couldn't possibly revive Snoke instead, implying he's actually Plagueis himself, no they failed to make him as iconic as Emps. They only decent thing they included at all in the new films was a brief glimpse of the Knights of Ren (who should've been far more than just a glimpse), and it's too late to bring them in now when they would've made a perfect trilogy-wide group of sympathetic villains.
  8. 1 point
    My main was a minstrel and just reading this leaves me incredulous. Is there any chance that she never re-specced after the last time they reset traits?
  9. 1 point
    Mac, what in the hell did I just watch there? This woman has an official LotRO stream? Its a joke right? Tell me its a joke. No Cry of Chorus. No tiering up Ballads. No Song of Distraction. No fear. No flop. No idea of a Minstrel AoE or single target skill. No poison removal. No awareness. No fucking clue how to play a Minstrel. Stands there and just dies. Again and again and then again. She should get banned just for existing. On level, this shit was faceroll even before the Mordor nerf. I literally just ran in the place where the pages were and owned the place still using half a set of DA gear. Just rolled through like I had the title to the property. I'm still shaking my head some 7 hours after I watched this abomination of a video. I don't watch live streams and rarely watch player made videos of LotRO, and I can say I am better for it. Beating my forehead with a ballpeen hammer would give me greater joy than watching Druidsfire play a Minstrel. I take this stupidity as an attack on my common sense. I almost don't want to believe, her and I exist in the same universe. I seen (truth here) a 10 year old girl play a Minstrel better. If I could take this (video) moment back I would in heartbeat. The class I choose to main a Minstrel. Stuck with it for near 12 years now. To think this person is allowed in some official capacity, to showcase this class and can't even manage the basics of the class, is beyond sad. What is worse is the general public who are interested in gaming might see this. Why SSG would tolerate an association of this nature, would surely have to know it can't promote the game in a good light. Or... Maybe its just that bad and these idiots don't know any different. It is no wonder why this game has gotten shitty. If SSG caters to players like Druidsfire, I can now understand why no one with a clue bothers with LotRo anymore.
  10. 1 point
    Zeitraum: 01.04. - 07.04.2019 23:59 EU-Logins vergangener Woche (Datenwoche 461): Logins EU-LOTRO US-Logins vergangener Woche (Datenwoche 458): Logins US-LOTRO
  11. 1 point
    Meh. That's genuinely the best I can muster. Even if the game ran smoothly without crashes, rubberbanding or data leaks, it's still a pay-to-win gambling simulator with 11 year-old bugs, raids that don't function properly, terrible customer service/community relations, and a cautionary tale of mismanagement and greed.
  12. 1 point
    Massively OP reports that DDO is getting a 64-bit client "similar to LOTRO's" . It also says Rohan housing is in the works. No timeframe given in the Massively summary and I have no plans to read the interview they quoted. Not interested anymore. https://massivelyop.com/2019/04/06/lotro-announces-rohan-housing-while-ddo-is-slated-to-get-a-64-bit-client/
  13. 1 point
    My experience working on the European service was that DDO was very much propped up by LotRO. My understanding was that this was also the case for Turbine in the US. Our understanding was that the FtP and the microtrans shop went live in DDO first as a way of testing and honing the tech before deployment to LotRO.
  14. 1 point
    This is on the LS, Anor. Yes my kin WAS one of the spammer kins (which thankfully stopped a good month ago). Good mix of causal and hardcore players, quite a few that have been around a while, some still play live servers, many are old school returning for one last shot. Like I was stating above, I'd bet its a good snapshot of the server overall with better than 80% that stopped in and gave it a shot now long gone. Did a Turtle PUG a few days back and it was good to see that Doro character there
  15. 1 point
    truth is both are floundering. but to the meat of the question... DDO launched February 28 2006: SOURCE with 14 servers that were merged down to 8 on July 23 2007: SOURCE (just over 1 year and they merged) DDO Free to Play launched September 9 2009. no new servers were added. LotRO Launched April 24 2007 with 24 servers. LotRO went FTP on September 10 2010 and added 4 servers bringing the active total to 28. On April 4 2016 Lotro closed 19 servers, consolidating down to 10 servers. Lotro recently added 2 legacy servers & DDO is considering adding one at some point soon. Lotros legacy servers had a negative impact on the total player numbers at Lotro (after the initial and brief surge) will it be the same for DDO? likely. if you go read DDOs forums, you will see thread after thread begging for merges, or solutions to the dead feeling of some of those 8 worlds & difficulties finding groups, etc. the only site i know of that actually tracked DDO's numbers stopped back in 2015, so no comparison for the past almost 4 years. but here is a graphic of what was tracked: which can be found at THIS SITE! the only current comparison is STEAM numbers & for both Lotro and DDO they show a fraction of the actual player-base as both games are older and predate STEAM & have a low STEAM conversion rate compared to newer games. STEAM is better for generic player trends, than actual populations. so with all those tidbits out of the way... from my outsider observations... back during LotROs launch year i would have said LotRO had anywhere from 5 to 8 times the actual player population of DDO & that factor was true about right up until Helms Deep. then that factor began to diminish as time passed. currently i would say LotRO has about 3 or 4 times the player population of DDO. but neither game is actually pulling in massive player numbers, so it is entirely about the revenue generated off the existing small player base. and lastly i will bring in a quote from Alywen: so right up until the FTP transition of DDO in September 2009 Ashrons Call was beating DDO for player numbers. Ashrons Call had the plug pulled January 2017. anyway Macdui, you have been around since the days of Ashrons Call and that is years longer than i. i have never played Ashrons Call, or DDO & i only began LotRo back in March of 2008 with a 2 week free trial... don't think i actually first subbed until May or June of same year. so clearly you have stuck with this company as it does something more for you, then it does for me. regardless, both current games have floundering player-bases, neither is propping up anything... it basically comes down to the diehards in BOTH games who spend more than they would on a monthly sub. & i suspect it is a very small handful in BOTH games that spend more than a couple hundred every month. who knows, maybe there is one or two or a few fat whales that actually play BOTH and dumps over a grand in each month. or maybe with all the lootbox and for pay features, foreign criminal entities are using BOTH as a laundry service & getting kickbacks as or via investors. but from an actual active player number... neither game props up anything.
  16. 1 point
    Zeitraum: 25.03. - 31.03.2019 23:59 EU-Logins vergangener Woche (Datenwoche 460): Logins EU-LOTRO US-Logins vergangener Woche (Datenwoche 457): Logins US-LOTRO
  17. 1 point
    Moria expansion pack is so old, just look how other games handle old content/expansions but it's not. When I see a company/game that trying to milk a player I simply move to the next game, and this the vibes I get from lotro, and I believe I'm not the only one. By showing generosity I believe a company will attract more clients which in the long term will give them more money.
  18. 1 point
    Zeitraum: 18.03. - 24.03.2019 23:59 EU-Logins vergangener Woche (Datenwoche 459): Logins EU-LOTRO US-Logins vergangener Woche (Datenwoche 456): Logins US-LOTRO
  19. 1 point
    Additionally They will use your own email address in the sent by to further confuse you. Just delete and check your spam folder blocks any other mass mails that come along with this stuff. The assumption is that everyone has a webcam, that they jerk off to porn and are subscribers of Facadebook. If you must have the first two then delete the last one.