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  1. I've just set up a discord server for those who need it @Aegledor, https://discord.gg/j84V2wEZyT Thank you for the birthday wishes @Urwendil. I've just turned off registration on the forums. I've decided not to shutter it completely.
    5 points
  2. Thank you, MueR. I've been going through my post history last night saving some of them in a txt file for recordkeeping, and while revisiting some very old threads have once again been amazed by the amount of thoughtful commentary and careful attention invested in those discussions. Happy to hear those threads won't disappear. This forum serves, in a way, as a definite history of Lotro as chronicled and meticulously documented by its actual players -- in real time, as it happened. The eyewitness, oral history of the game's (mis)management and (arrested) development. The Decline and Fall. The threads from 2014 especially are remarkably visceral, more painful in hindsight knowing their vehemence and raw emotion were about to be engulfed by a void. No finer storytelling on these matters, telling it like it is. And it was all unfolding live. Whatever the capering sycophants from the official forum claim to contribute with their Landroval cliques and RP elitist buffoonery, this forum space is the definitive Lotro Chronicle. Open for anyone to read.
    3 points
  3. To be honest, all those recent happenings suggested the exact opposite of Renaissance to me. Another up-and-comer kid inherits the "exec producer" role that bounces his way in a game of "hot potato," while yet another exec producer passes the buck and bolts. It's a clueless circle, and no one wants to touch the potato, but someone's got to juggle it. It's been the same "exec producer" carousel since Paiz got punted (and good fucking riddance to that one). Ever since, Lotro's been a revolving door of well-meaning [but inept] token office-sitters that recycles every 2 - 3 years or so. They're paid to be the Lotro dev team figureheads in PR, but in reality they're just middling managers out to pad their cv's before moving up the career ladder to greener pastures. And there you have the simple truth, which explains why Lotro is treading water (and is something the Lotro-hopefuls refuse to see, in the same carousel of new optimism - new disappointments). These "exec producer" up-and-comers are looking out for their careers, fellas. They're not looking out for Lotro. Their priorities are catchy bullet points on their linked in profiles. They're not here to realize grand visions for the game, because in order to have grand visions for the game one has to actually, you know, be a creative imaginative Lotro player and not a mediocre administrative assistant promoted into executive managerial role due to ability to jump through hoops and perform assigned tasks. Creatives create, uncreative types go into management and admin;) To anyone who's wondered how come Lotro is treading water and its deliverables keep falling short of the game's potential... this is why. It's sad to see the recurring cycle of Messianic hope at each new "exec producer's" arrival, when in reality, players are simply projecting their own love for the game onto this new corporate persona, thinking it shares their visions and aspirations. All it shares (with previous execs) is the certainty of Lotro being a career stepping stone to elsewhere. Cannot expect commitment and dedication, let alone any semblance of visionary future direction, from this premise. Those acrobatic admin monkeys won't know how to spell "vision" if you spot them all the letters. Wonder not at their incompetence, it's baked into the job description. If they'd been competent they'd be overqualified for the role. In fact, the carousel of "exec producers" recycling every 2 - 3 years may be an intended feature of Lotro business operations precisely for this reason. Gives the new admins a chance to cut their teeth in a low-key office environment, while the playing masses buy into each arrival with resurgence of hope (and spending) on a game they still think is high-key. And looking at Lotro forums... it's working as intended.
    2 points
  4. Mac you bugger. I am compelled to post this even after stating here I had already likely made my last post on these forums. https://forums.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?692938-with-most-companies-pulling-out-of-Russia-when-is-SSG-Daybreak-going-to-ban-Russian-IP-s-and-transactions&p=8128126#post8128126 Xsolla is owned by a Russian and has Russian employees in Russia. EG7 is now a front for the sanctioned Columbus Renova investment group from Russia. inb4lock That post was the first of several shitting down the throats of SSG and their fanatical acolytes. Some note on Cordovan and his thread locking post. 1. The original time stamped to his post was 8:40 2. The time stamped changed to 4:40 within ten minutes of its creation 3. His post says he was going to give users a few hours to amend their posts. 4. The thread was locked in 15 minutes. I was in the process to make a final post but before I completed it I realized the thread was locked. My final went like this. "I will not change one word. I stand by what I have said. If you and SSG can't handle anything I have said, you can fuck off." Not to my surprise, I have read CCP and Eve online are conducting a charity for Ukraine involving the games PLEX. I'm sure that will piss off the Russian bot fuckers using PLEX for RMT exchanges. In that thread, I did ask of SSG to initiate something in the way of a contribution for the humanitarian efforts for Ukrainian's. It's pathetic Oleg who is a Ukrainian can't even stand up for his heritage. It is as I said here before. Oleg/Raninia is just a go between translator doing the bidding for his Russian overlord. If Oleg was on fire, I won't bother to piss on him. Well, that era is over for me. I have many other accounts but I won't put an effort to posting there again. They will have a new forum in the future. I may feel differently by then. Maybe? Idk?
    1 point
  5. So for the first time I decided to comment on my ban with CS. No begging apologies from me though. ME: "I seem to have been banned by mentioning the name of the major shareholder of EG7 with known interests in Russian Infrastructure and business associations with Russian Oligarchs. Namely Georgy Chumburidze - Ivan Tavrin "In response to a question about the origin of the three Cypriot companies that own Vertikal, Chumburidze replies that the company is fully controlled and managed by him. Chumburidze is one of the founders of another large company - Innova, the Russian localizer of global multiplayer games, as well as browser-based online games." "According to the latter, Georgy Chumburidze, the founder of Vertical, mentions friendship with Ivan Tavrin, CEO of MegaFon, at business meetings" Ivan Tavrin, long-term ally and business partner of Alisher Usmanov who ranks at No. 7 on Biden's newly released Oligarch Hit List. Is it still policy to hide such associations or Cordovan's utter ineptness and wilful ignorance on any subject?" Cordoban: " We do not permit political discussion on the forums, and you were not banned for that post but rather for your extensive fighting, insulting, and deliberately violating the rules knowing a moderator was not around to take action. We have no intention of allowing the kind of behavior you and others engaged in during that thread discussion to ever be permitted on these forums." ME: "Cordovan (Standing Stone Games Help) So you do get to make up the rules, police them and take on the task of dealing with complaints. Perhaps they aren't your rules though. I wasn't aware that a moderator wasn't around prior to this ban. I was aware that you have been away since. Perhaps you are confused once again. I do not have access to the forum's messaging to know what thread you are referring to, the messaging popup failure would be down to whoever is responsible for the forum's many quirks. If the current world events don't transcend the rules right now I don't know what else has to happen. The rock you were under obviously wasn't fallen masonry in Mariupol. Perhaps a google search on Viktor Vekselberg and Jason Epstein when you got the message that it was Daybreak taking over had you uneasy but you failed that test by using the "Indie" Studio suggestion in actively hiding the Daybreak link. The LLC you hide behind created by the Daybreak (LLC) Corporate Lawyer. Perhaps the Kiddies fundraising adjusts the karma a little in your favour. But you are set up like many other Studios; your keepers will handle all that backend stuff while you get on with developing your games, no need to bother your pretty little heads with the nasty stuff. No need for your players to worry about wider issues is your job. So you get to remove anyone that might disturb your flock. When Putin can fool most of Russia and a good deal of the US then people willingly playing or developing a fantasy games are an easy mark, especially with minions with more interest in their jobs than wider concerns to do their bidding. You reveal how much you lack an enquiring mind in your gameplay and total lack of context in all your game related comms. That you and your EP aligned yourselves so ineptly with the loathsome Jean Prior (your company hires the cohort who put her on the easy "grift" of followers as a recoup from pathological deficiencies) just tells your masters they have the right team in place. Then we have the EG7 a small Swedish company taken on a roller-coaster ride. Robin could have done some due-diligence but had the classic entrepreneur traits driving him. Now Jason had implausibly survived the previous Russian oligarch sanctioning so is another one just more water off a ducks' back? Perhaps once again no one did the due-diligence of the man they were inviting in. Jean once admitted to making up the "close/personal friend" thing after a Blizzard Con kind of shattered her game developer devotion, briefly. Is Georgy Chumburidze advocacy of friendship with Ivan Tavrin, the business associate of Alisher Usmanov just the same thing or a real friendship. Either way seeking the patronage would indicate an alignment of views, and very much put him in the pro Putin camp at least for some period of time. The utter lack of even a comment on Ukraine from EG7, Daybreak and yourselves when so many are making tangible changes in order to do what they can to stop Putin say much to me. The irony will have escaped you: you return to post that you will be reviewing posts that have broken your rules and players have a window to come into line or disappear. Very much the Putin playbook. You aren't the least equipped to handle any of this though are you? None of us can know if 2015 started syphoning off our western currencies into Putin's War Coffers. It was inexplicable when Putin started his "rescue" of Ukraine, is it inexplicable we have all contributed? You weren't so concerned for our Ukrainian brothers with not telling them it was Putin stopping their payments. When the LLC thing goes away and Putin's strung up it will all likely be revealed, you won't have the excuse you had no idea. You'll likely have Jean to worry about then though." P.S. I had a trawl through the thread on the forums that cordovan threatened and took a look see at the where the post history stopped. Jerry's been busy, lots off to the gulag and the dumb ones left to continue posting. He seems to have kicked the guy who's been wasting his life transcribing Cord's streams, he did mention all the Russian Studios now under the EG7 umbrella, though fell short at investigating the man behind them and his three steps to the Kremlin half those needed for a Kevin Bacon link. Mac
    1 point
  6. I just got my 4th Forum Ban I have to come clean to you guys Ballie was all me, I just felt I needed to keep that one quiet. If you want to check out more recent contribution take a look through Braer post history. Don't know if I should keep it up or wait for new forums and open season for all of us to contribute once again. Mac
    1 point
  7. Of course attitude like this is going to rub off. It's meant to silence, not promote improved interactions with the devs.
    1 point
  8. I spent my time reading all the posts added. These are things that all members of this group were aware of. It is a masochistic pleasure to follow the game news. The more time passes, the worse it gets. Even if half of the players give up the game will still generate money. That's how it was with the DDO's Bankrupt game and it won't be different with the lotro. The lotus will be fed by whales for decades, unfortunately.
    1 point
  9. One would almost think that all this doesn't matter? Players have spent their money on the expansion, on MC, on sales over December, on Rohan housing, on housing writs now for Erebor coming soon, and so forth. That was what this was about, right? What is those players' problem? Do they actually expect to play a game and have fun? The nerve... Let them eat cake.
    1 point
  10. I said two years ago DBG sent a guy to oversee SSG. Oleg Brodskiy is your man. I don't care if his Linkedin doesn't list it. It makes sense to keep that off of his history. Especially when DGB didn't want it to be known. Oleg is there for one main reason. (Oh side from dropping F bombs on a live stream marketed to teens) He speaks Russian. Why is that of importance? Because let's not forget the investment oligarchy who the US sanctioned is Russian. The EG7 involvement was purely for one reason. A non US sanctioned body already in place to become the perfect shell for laundering Russian cash. DBG is balls deep in this and they love smelling the spum dripping out of SSG. SSG is getting fucked so hard right now and there is nothing they can do about it. A console version. Ya its gonna be a thing but not what anyone thinks. Piranah a subsidiary of EG7/DBG will siphon off assets of LotRO from SSG via Oleg and export what they need for a completely separate game. Once done SSG's LotRO will go into maintenance mode and SSG will either become non existent or have to prove those old fucks can be worth something for another task within DBG. Ofc that means Jeff Libbey will be forced to finish the original story. You know, the one we all came to see. Not his shit posting worthy procrastination of a story. Before the console becomes a reality. The rest will be pushed back to DDO or out into retirement. No need for Scenario the landscape will be done or copy pasted from old assets the complete the console story. Mark this date right now. By 2025 LotRO the pc game with be gone. I left this game over two years ago save a logon here and there to check mail and keep in touch with players I've known since 2008. Before a few months ago I didn't look at the game for a year. When I learned the Moors was getting some attention I jumped into the forums on the regular to advocate for PvP gear for the Moors only. In that I argued with that shitstain Snowlock almost daily. To the point I was pushing the boundarys again on a permaban. It was worth it and if it ended in a permaban I couldn't give one fuck let alone two. I knew it was a last chance to get back the old Moors I knew and enjoyed. However again that ended in a half ass outcome. The Moors did get the gear and jewellry as well only equipped in the Moors. What I didn't see coming was a complete new iteration of the LI system which basically threw any work Fantus did under the bus of shit progress we all know too well that comes out of the barf bag SSG calls content. So... The Moors is basically dead on any server except for Evernight which exist in a perpetual state of lag. Freep new weapons made Freeps exceptionally OP and Champs top the list. I took my Minstrel out and got new gear and with my new LI's I ran around unstoppable while being attacked by no less than 16 Creeps. I one shotted groups of wargs with aoe crits. I'm like how in the fuck is this balance!? After my 6 hour pass into the Moors expired, I decided LotRO has no more PvMP. Well there is a new fight club arena where the old plains OP used to be. The place where Fantus goes on Brandy to get his dick stroked by the likes of Spilo and Dreadweaver while they do 1v1s. Lastly. The newest shitstorm from SSG set up to completely monetize LotRO raising the ire of almost anyone who remains. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?692005-Changes-to-Motes-Ember-Figments My post: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?692005-Changes-to-Motes-Ember-Figments&p=8118369#post8118369 When I think about LotRO and SSG this is what comes to mind. Oleg quoted: "We're continuing to keep an eye on this, and appreciate your feedback, but please remember that the forums are a bubble within the community, and aren't representative of the wider community." Anyone who read that and ever did the beta sessions should ask themself why should I bother or care about your shitty monetized slideshow. Likely my last post here. Thank you all. p.s. It was nice to see my thoughts on the subject of the last US election vindicated by the present. The former President was all I expressed and more. Doro should have never started that thread. It was a detonation the moment he hit submit. The poster I shall not name hopefully has to see now just how terrible the man is by now. If he is dead from being an anti-vaxer numpty. Perhaps not. Anyways, enjoy your lives and be good to yourself, family, and friends.
    1 point
  11. Since the forum is closing down, I am dumping a couple of screenshots from a few years ago. Additionally I would like to thank a certain poster here who showed me some insane exploits even when I had lost interest in exploring. Note, these exploits have been fixed for some time now. I don't know if this exploit had any name but anyways I call it "Skystairs". Behind the Forochel - Angmar passage: Climbing the Endless Stairs from Foundations of Stone: Only to be met by the ceiling... Attempting to climb the Endless Stairs from Zirakzigil, stopped by an invisible wall: Yoloing down from the invisible wall:
    1 point
  12. Oh shit. I had thought this forum would outlive LotRO. No tech-savvy competence on my part whatsoever, alas, else I would have volunteered to keep it going. Very much hoping someone will step forward. There is an absolute wealth of gaming history and "meta-LotRO" lore on those pages of threads from years past. Above all else: Someone please find a way to archive and preserve the entire exchange with Aylwen from this thread. And please make it publicly available online in archived form, before this forum goes down. That open conversation has brought so much closure and peace of mind as to why the game has turned into what it did -- not only for myself but for all of us who were still bitter and still cared enough back then. A noble act of public service, and immortal. Rest in power, Aylwenn. As for myself, I still remember that drama-overwrought November 2013 when I made an account here as soon as Helms Derp went live. I was one of the closed beta testers, and watching the still-beloved LotRO get violently assraped behind the curtain of NDA -- all while being utterly powerless to save it -- was as traumatic as it was infuriating. Yes, hence the username. I came here to vent and was overwhelmed by the welcome I received. Raising a toast to my fellow closed beta refugees. Damn, now I'm on a nostalgia kick. Remember when? . . . Shills from the O-Forums making accounts here to have 'dialogue' only to end up tarred and feathered and run away screeching. That overgrown Bango kid who loudly rage-quit this forum and who felt that incessantly referencing his white-collar job makes him appear a mature adult. Spidey, RIP. He was getting salty in his posts and replies, but only later did the real-life context behind his situation emerged. A humbling reminder how human we all are. Every time an Epic Battle (tm) played out on the O-Forums resulting in locked threads, was a sure-fire bet to see the heroes of those battles posting here after receiving their bans. Silence between dev cycles and no drama on the O-Forums meant that someone starts picking drama here instead. Nobody will remember the mindless moment when Trilwych accused me of being an anti-feminist because I wasn't offended at being called a cunt, but I still think that was hilarious. Angra's impeccably fastidious Server Population posts, served at regular intervals with German precision over the span of years. Gourmet popcorn-quality play-by-play summaries of the shitstorms and fecal flinging fests going on the O-Forums, sparing the rest of us the effort to keep track (thank you, kind steel-balled posters who could stomach writing them out. Shoutout to Macdui for keeping it up) Ballie. A fucking hero. Enough said. /swordsalute. A mention of honor to bobbylobs from Helms Deep beta for serving Sapience an assload of hard sass for all of us, he posted here for a bit after getting the ban. I am not mentioning Aylwen because I already did. Though not veteran enough to be with LotRO from SoA days, I lived vicariously through his memories and these will I always treasure. Surely omitting some gems, if you can think of any keep the list going!
    1 point
  13. Lol. You must be like 8 years old if you even notice the f word let alone make a lengthy thread about it. This whole thing looks like an 8 year old neighbour kid yelling "he said poop!"
    1 point
  14. to be honest, i don't understand why saying the F-word is such an issue in some countries. It isn't the case in Europe as far as I am aware, so I don't think it's an issue for EG7
    1 point
  15. I wouldn't want Amazon near the LOTR canon and I'm glad this MMO has been cancelled. Say what you will about Turbine and SSG's project management of LOTRO through the years, but they at least aspire to be faithful to the game's world and setting. Amazon makes glossy, soulless, drab trash. New World is looking to flounder completely, and most of its other projects have turned sour.
    1 point
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