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Moderate Peril

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  1. Thanks for everything. This site has been an invaluable sources of information and honest discourse over the years. But I suspect that now the EG7 project has taken a turn for the worse and ex Daybreak CEO Ji Ham is back in the big chair now that Robin Flodin has been ousted, I wouldn't be surprised if LOTRO runs into problems. Share value has dropped and they may start culling those games not making sufficient money to balance the books.
  2. Looks like LOTRO may be getting a console conversion Some links to some interesting info: https://tagn.wordpress.com/2020/12/02/daybreak-revealed-in-enad-global-7-presentation/ https://massivelyop.com/2020/12/02/everything-we-just-learned-about-daybreak-thanks-to-eg7/ Also, here's the investor presentation PDF from EG7. It's odd the way the information tap has just been turned on, as we move from a privately held company, Daybreak, to a European public firm, EG7. EG7-Investor-Presentation-Dec-2020-Acquires-Daybreak-Games.pdf
  3. Here's the pricing for the so-called "mini-expansion". It's all kicking off over on the official forums.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Well a solution to the RDR2 PC problem has been found by players and not Rockstar Games. If you have an AMD Processor and your BIOS has been updated to include AGESA ABBA support, then it won't run the game. You have to downgrade your BIOS so that it has the earlier AGESA support, then the game will run.
  7. I bought Red Dead Redemption 2 for the PC last week and preloaded it. It officially unlocked at 3:00 PM GMT on Tuesday 5th November. I haven't played the game since then because it simply won't launch. Rockstar Games put out a 2.98 GB patch last night. Made no difference whatsoever. The game fails to start when you click "play" on the new Rockstar Games launcher. The technical advice available on the official support page is arbitrary to say the least. There doesn't at this point, seem to be an easily identifiable common factor to the problem. Some PCs are running the game. Others aren't. The official Rockstar Games Support account on Twitter is keeping a low profile and saying very little. Reddit is in meltdown. To put it mildly, the PC launch of this premium title has been a dogs dinner. So to recap. It's been two days since launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 for the PC and a ton of players cannot get the game to run. Myself included. I've had to slum it and play LOTRO...
  8. The Conservative party has to win an election and secure a sizeable majority to deliver Johnson's version of Brexit. All the various opposition parties have to do is deny them this. Then there's the potential for a coalition of other parties and possibly scope for a second referendum, for those invested in such a thing. As ever it will be all about targeting marginal seats. So overall this is not an equitable fight. Different parties have different objectives. The MP in my constituency, James Brokenshire, has a 15,000 strong majority. It is a safe Tory seat. He can theoretically afford to lose 5,000 or more votes to the Brexit party and not worry. However, Amber Rudd down in Hastings is hanging on by 346 votes. I'm sure we all can think of similar examples in other parts of the UK. These seats hold the key to the election. However, the biggest impediment to UK democracy, is the First Past The Post voting system which doesn't reflect the fact that politics is no longer driven by two major parties.
  9. Minas Morgul Preview (with picture gallery). A compact and dour zone. I suspect player's opinion of this forthcoming expansion may well depend on how they felt about Mordor. There may also be issues over the value of this expansion
  10. I just logged into Bullroarer and mapped to Minas Tirith before the battle. I rode from the entrance of the main city gate, right the way to the top. The hitching and stuttering is significantly reduced. The main issue now seems to be the mount moving smoothly and the environment juddering occasionally. Also noted, that the overall performance got better as I got nearer to the citadel at the top. I play LOTRO with the graphics set to high using a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Screen resolution 1920 x 1200. I rode across Rohan Yesterday evening and that also seems smoother. Not saying it's perfect but a positive improvement. However, that is just my experience. I'm sure they'll be more in-depth feedback left on the forums.
  11. 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".
  12. Bullroarer is up as of tonight (UK) time. 64 bit client is now available to test. So far, less hitching. Generally smoother performance.
  13. I don't think this is as big a threat as some think. Those who got dissatisfied with LOTRO and left long ago may well try the new MMO. But those long term LOTRO players who have invested a huge amount of time and energy into the SSG game are not going to through in the towel just like that. Many aren't "gamers" in so far as they just play LOTRO and are used to the way that game does things, despite the fact that it has the game mechanics of a decade old MMO. I would hazard a guess that the new Middle-earth based MMO will have all the modern trappings of the genre, such as action combat, as well as more flexible class and build designs. ESO springs to mind as a potential role model. I can't see a bunch of LOTRO faithful making an easy transition to such a radically different game environment. It believe it ultimately comes down to whether ME are happy for two Tolkien based MMOs to exist concurrently. If they are then I think they'll simply appeal to different market sectors and they be just a small amount of crossover with gamers that play both MMOs.
  14. I bitch about The Eyes and Guard Tavern here if anyone's interested. Here are a few more pictures from Bullroarer.
  15. They've employed someone from what I've heard who is working on the x64 client issue. I've not heard anything of any breakthrough or progress in that respect. Beyond that, what exists both on the live servers and on Bullroarer continues to stutter etc.
  16. I quite like the Grey Mountains and the Iron Hills. They are spacious zones and are a welcome change to Mordor, where I'm still stuck. With regard to re-using assets, it can be a lazy option if over done, but I feel that SSG have managed to maintain a sense of continuity (by using the old) while still adding a veneer to Dwarven culture. There's a distinct Easterling influence in the zone and the Dwarf armour is quite different. I could do without the extra five levels, bringing the cap to 120. More details of my thoughts here.
  17. SSG posted a statement by DGC today. They said nothing themselves but simply cut and paste a press release from DGC. It is factually "questionable". Then we have the layoff today at DGC today, following the departure of Chief Publishing Officer and former Senior Vice President, Laura Naviaux. This story smells so bad and DGC are making such a hamfisted attempt to cover their tracks by deleting tweets, and editing Wikipedia, that finally the "big boys" of game industry journalism have caught on. Here are my thoughts on the matter. May be tomorrow will shed further light on the matter. Bummer for those who lost their jobs today. Hope they find gainful employment elsewhere soon. Hopefully with a "better" company.
  18. Build #2 was released today. we now have a region map and a revised Rhovanion map. Plus, there are folk queuing for the privy in Lake-town
  19. I only had time to check out the map and didn't do any "digging" to find out about new gear. I suspect more information about such things will be in the next test build.
  20. We're going to Northern Mirkwood and the Dale-lands in the next update. Anything is better than Mordor! The fist test build was available on Bullroarer this weekend. Here are a few pictures. My summary of things so far is here.
  21. It looks like Christopher Tolkien is out of the picture, having resigned as the director of the Tolkien Estate. I guess that coupled with the death a while ago of Saul Zaentz means that a lot of the "obstacles" to making more material available for adaptation have now gone. http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2017/11/15/104426-in-historic-move-christopher-tolkien-resigns-as-director-of-tolkien-estate/
  22. No Almagnus1. No one is triggered (which is a trite phrase that doesn't feature in serious debate). You simply presented me with an easy writing opportunity. Yes, I have a "soap box on the net" because I'm a writer. Funny that isn't it? I'm happy to put time and effort in to generating traffic for it. I and others have written sufficient here to address your erroneous arguments. I have a rule these days, of not getting bogged down in lengthy, circular internet debates. And your ongoing replies validate this. But thanks for the traffic.
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