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  1. 5 points
    I want a private reprimand as well, for liking this post. Then I will feel really at home (as on the OF)
  2. 5 points
    Yeah that's REAL rich, coming from you... You've been one of the biggest asskissers on the OF for as long as I can remember. By constantly decrying criticism and feedback, YOU are partially responsible for the state of the game today, and jumping on the bandwagon in the product's twilight will not absolve you from that blame. And I really hope you get to read this before Doro deletes it and privately reprimands me for calling you out, you shameless hypocrite.
  3. 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.
  4. 3 points
  5. 2 points
    It's a pleasant lush and verdant landscape. You can access it via the Misty Mountains, Lothlorien or the Mirkwood Forest Gate. Judging by the map we may get a Upper Anduin region that include Mount Gundabad. Also There may be an Eastern connection into the middle area of Mirkwood that we don't have at present. They've incorporated the existing Beorning starter area well. The Beorning settlements are suitable rustic but when you look hard, a lot of the building asset are weathered and lichen covered Rohan architecture. However this is a test build and fine tuning may be done. The Gladden fields are interesting as there are abandoned dredging equipment and half orc dredgers. This may well be a nod to the fact that Saruman made extensive searches to find the ring. First impression is this is a pleasant zone and a good "filling in of the gaps".
  6. 2 points
    The green grass of LotRO was polluted by the wrong fertilizer and killed large portions of the yard. In those dead areas other species emerge take root and gradually change the look of the yard. The passerby looks in disgust and ask what the hell happened to that beautiful yard? It is always hard to predict what will crop up when a niche becomes available. I cant play a Minstrel, so I'll highlight player homes and make it sound super cool. Hahahahaha!
  7. 2 points
    She is already that monster and has been for quite some time. Remember back in the day when Sap gave a forum member a special title for transcribing his streams and that forum poster became a monster acting as if they spoke for Turbine (even stating it in a few threads).... that is what is happening with this person. They act as if they are part of the company and speak for the company on the OF and in streams. Cord has given these streamers to much rope (hell they moderate his official streams and silence people with honest questions) So, yeah, that monster already exist sadly. On another note, a family member decided to play Lotro today for about an hour..... they called me and said, "Is the game always this dead? Isn't this the anniversary?" They logged in, started grinding tokens before they checked the rewards and were more pissed they just wasted an hour. Made me laugh and tell them "See why I barely log in anymore lol"
  8. 2 points
    Thanks for a wholesome laugh, for real though. Before that sideshow came on board a year ago, Cordovan's streams at least contained bits and pieces of relevant info (like, actual content that draws people to tune in, who'da thunk?). I'm no media user but even I tuned in sometimes just to hear what's cooking. Stopped watching the moment that sideshow took over, I mean can that WASP nasal accent get any more abrasive? Damn, my ears. If SSG team had more intelligence, I'd be tempted to see this luring in of "streamers" as strategic diverting of attention onto random nonsense, letting themselves off the hook for giving any kind of real updates/answers - but obviously this is too much mental gymnastics for the likes of Cord and Sev, so I'd just chalk it up to the irresistible feel of saffron lipstick on their obese glutes. The more I read blue name replies on official forums (even MoL is picking up on snark, team spirit must really be rubbing off), the more I see the entire SSG operation as mere clueless bravado of a bunch of nerdy cucks who think "owning their own business" equates failure immunity and automatic omnipotence in all business matters - they really do think the sun is shining out of their asses. I've never owned my own biz so obviously can't judge, but when a noob like me gets a feel they're committing every single mistake and walking into every single delusion trap a business noob can possibly commit and walk into, the actual bullshit must really be exorbitant. (I still miss some posters here who were sharing some pseudo-corporate observations on Lotro team's ineptitude back in 2013-15) Maybe that's the saddest part (sad as in just sad, not even haha sad). It's no ulterior greed, no masterfully manipulative business model, no elaborate fleecing schemes. Just a bunch of unwashed nerdy cucks who own a share in their own company, entangled in a pathological kissing fest with their Cluster B personality-disordered customers and feeding off each others' narcissistic supplies. Each side literally bloating and feeding off each other to own advantage. It's a fucking mental health hazard. This toxic psychological shit is for real. (Edited to add: After writing last lines above, being on this forum is starting to feel like being a fucking survivor of emotional blackmail/narcissist abuse/whatever, it's all there is to that whole official Lotro "community" circlejerk. Looking back on earlier discussions here starting with post-Helms Deep beta and onward, hard not to see it in those terms, especially when freshly-banned newcomers arrive to gain some mental clarity and closure. Mental health is real and mental hazards are real. No hobby gamer in their right mind would suspect what ill convoluted mental shit is being enabled by Turbine/SSG/CM's behaviors, and by the time they find themselves personally affected (after denials, dismissals, brushing off, all staple coping patterns) it's hard to rinse and purge. Really not much of exaggeration to have called this forum a support group between 2013-15, so damn much there needed venting and airing. Reading up on borderline/narcissistic personality disorders and behavior patterns really puts much in perspective. Certainly makes one spot it from a thousand miles off.)
  9. 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.
  10. 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:
  11. 2 points
    I remember being taught as a child that snowflakes were beautiful and unique. They may be fragile, but do you know what happens when you gather enough of them together? They cave your roof in and shut down the roads. Pro-tip, when someone gives you the benefit of the doubt it's wise not to immediately turn into a Fox News meme.
  12. 2 points
    Why would you expect any sympathy from us? We know you and your “here have a banana” attitude too well. The only reason you are not stalking the OF is because your former master Sapience got a dishonourable discharge and the current CM dislikes the game so much that he even ignores you shills. Also, you are such a pathetic attention seeker that you need to come here for conflict now that the OF is dead thanks to you and your peers.
  13. 2 points
    The great thing is that the books still exist as they were written, and SSG can't change that.
  14. 1 point
    Zeitraum: 08.04. - 14.04.2019 23:59 EU-Logins vergangener Woche (Datenwoche 462): Logins EU-LOTRO US-Logins vergangener Woche (Datenwoche 459): Logins US-LOTRO
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 1 point
    RIFT Prime is closing after one year. I don't give the LS much longer than that--if it doesn't close sooner. Moria was the first and last great expansion of the game. I can't see people sticking around on the LS for what comes after.
  18. 1 point
    That's optimism, they are still allowing downloads
  19. 1 point
    I never once watched Cordovan's live stream. Nor will I. Here is why. Anyone who takes part in Cordovan's PR shenanigans sets themselves up for an acquittal to the acquiescence of failure. The guy has no clue what he is doing. He has no understanding of Lord of the Rings Online. Many of us who have played this game for years in all its varied aspects can grasp its totality but even in this it is not complete for any player. It annoys me to hear others talk and chat about our CM playing a class, I main with. He butchers its potential on every turn. To think this is SSG's promotion and to have others cajole and whiteknight, guardian style is abhorrent. Then to have our CM give a thumbs up to a player who makes questionable comments in the vids they make is rather sad. So why do these others players surround him with a shield? They know, what we know, but want to be noticed so bad they ignore all the inadequacies because reasons. Don't watch it and it becomes irrelevant. To you, to me, to the world. Don't comment during it and it becomes irrelevant. Don't ask questions and he becomes irrelevant. His moment during the stream become a worthless moment. Someone who has played LotRO for all these years should be doing a live stream not someone who would rather be playing DDO. With all this said, I have nothing against Jerry as a person, a man, but he isn't the right person to represent LotRO to the world.
  20. 1 point
    The servers are being moved to Cord's windowless van in the parking lot. It's where he keeps his beaded curtain, patchouli, and lava lamps.
  21. 1 point
    As has been said as long ago as the introduction of the store, from now on the game will be designed around the store... except back then no one knew what would be eventually in it. From a monetization presentation I learned that the goal is for it to not be the icing on the cake but to be mixed in with the entire dough. I think we can see that well, at the moment.
  22. 1 point
    You think you're cute, you're just obnoxious. Of course I use a different alias here. I wouldn't risk getting banned from the game because you and your circle jerking friends would find a way to report me otherwise. And I'm no snowflake dear, I can live quite happily with the likes of you, but that does NOT come with a courtesy card. Whenever I feel like calling your bluff or just pissing in your general direction I'll be doing so. You know that you deserve it and besides you love it. And if you "very much like to read more thoughts of the latest news from LOTRO" go get them from the MORONS you encouraged to steal your game from you. Go watch some of their pathetic streams. Just get the fuck out of here, for Christ's sakes.
  23. 1 point
    You wouldn't enjoy posting here if it were not for using the same name as on the OF. Your intent is to aggravate, otherwise you wouldn't be here. You don't even like us. I am sitting here laughing at your post with all those quotes. I don't want to use my OF forum name here, because I don't want run the chance of losing my accounts, because of what I say here. You don't have to fear being kicked out there because you sucking up so much, while here you don't have to fear a thing. That is the difference. I don't call what I do hiding. I call it sad necessity. To take the idea of strong snow a bit further, this is what happened in Fort Erie on Sunday, when individual ice molecules clumped together: You be warned.
  24. 1 point
    Exactly fucking this. I spend that much pretty much every day on lunch. I could lose that much and it might be an initial twinge of annoyance but I'd soon forget it. However, they're still paying a company that's not only incompetent but openly disdainful of its customers. "But what about the entertainment/time value?!". "What about wanting to keep the game going no matter what?!" It's about the fucking principle, that they give money, even small amounts, to help keep a bunch of morons in a wage. They're the sorts of people that take no issue with getting stepped on or fucked over, so they see no issue with being treated like a walking wallet with the brain capacity of a dried slug. Absolute NPC, sheeple, normie cunts. Edit: oh yeah, and an expansion for "Minus" Morgul. Doesn't sound much like you could make a zone out of that. Barad Guldur had Mirkwood. Orthanc had Dunland. Minas Morgul has... a vale? Now, I don't know how much is already available in-game to reach, but from the this, it doesn't look like a lot of room at all.
  25. 1 point
    You're missing the point. I no longer log into Lotro on auto-pilot, give them money, or blindly support everything that SSG does or says. I don't smoke meth, but that doesn't mean I don't read news articles about meth. I never played World of Warcraft, but sometimes I'll watch a youtube video. It seems your definition of addiction is reading about or discussing something. That's a very broad definition. I've all but stopped talking to my friends who continue to play Lotro, because it's a nonstop bitchfest about how laggy, buggy, and outright boring the game has become. That is addiction, continuing to do something even though it's "hurting" you, because you can't help yourself. Hurting in this case being frustration and anger. All I can do, when I do talk to them, is express how better off they'd be if they quit. Sadly, they won't give it up. It would also appear that you were confused. I was not using Kickman as an example of someone who would not let go. I was using his change in attitude as what must happen in order for the "true believers" to quit. They're the Wal-mart brand of star fuckers. It appears they believe they're buying themselves some goodies. They see Cord streaming on twitch and they seem to think he's some kind of celebrity. They want to be noticed, so they stroke his ego with cringe inducing level of ass kissing. On the occasion that I watched one of his streams I felt like I might give myself a detached retina from the constant eye rolling. The viewers are just as toxic, if not more so, then some of the most elitist pvpers in the game. They drown out and shut down any dissatisfaction raised by anyone. Then one of the official protectors of the realm will ban anyone who dares take Cord to task on his bullshit.