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Everything posted by Brrokk

  1. I don't disagree with your overall assessment and I guess that maintenance mode will now be the reality. I'm not quite so negative about player attitudes though (quelle surprise!) I think this post falls into the error of assuming that the view of LOTRO in these forums is the typical view among players. Yes, the people who play LOTRO now are only a small fraction of the numbers which once applied. But all the people I know in RL who remember LOTRO remember it with fondness, not bitterness. The ones I'm still in touch with ascribe their stopping to RL time limitations or newer games capturing their attention. The people I know in-game certainly aren't characterised by bitterness; we're often saying how much we still hope to see Mordor and the destruction of the ring. Whenever I'm cheerful around here I always find it wise to point out that LIs are a pain, I turn cosmetic pets off, I can't be bothered with essences and screen FPS is abysmal for me in the newer areas. There are features of the game I really don't like, but the lore and setting keep me coming back. So yes, I expect we're going into maintenance mode, but the players I'm in touch with are still going to be enjoying it as long as the servers stay up.
  2. I wonder if we've passed Peak Games. Large-budget games used to be aimed at PC enthusiasts, with gaming consoles associated. Now, though, everyone has enough hardware in their pocket to play games as elaborate as they want - and they might not want that much. I fear that the mass market will just want things like Farmville etc., with not much learning required, and therefore that's the direction big games companies will go. We might already be seeing that with e.g. Turbine turning away from LOTRO in favour of mobile games, and computation in games gradually moving from client to server.
  3. I agree that new intellectual property would be the best approach. I think, though, that the difficulty of it should be recognised. In my opinion J.R.R.Tolkien was a genius-level inventor. Stephen Donaldson tried to copy his level of invention and failed. Terry Goodkind and David Eddings have done OK but still not made a coherent world-with-backstory. C.S.Lewis did OK but doesn't really measure up to Tolkien in either Narnia or Interplanetary Trilogy. Michael Moorcock said he disliked Tolkien; I think because he knew he couldn't equal him. I don't think world-history creation is something that could ever be done to-order by a games company. All this is just my opinion. If anyone else thinks one of those authors is the greatest, that's fine: people have different preferences. My point is, though, that the good ones are rare.
  4. My first reaction was to say that it must be LOTR! But then I'm not sure what I'd do even if offered LOTRO2. I still play LOTRO but I feel that I've now done the "MMO thing". This is a change in me and my interests, not gaming in general. I don't think I would want to invest so much time and effort in any other game because I have other hobbies which have taken a back seat while I've been playing LOTRO.
  5. He's one of the new "wandering threats". There are quest givers at most hubs which offer quests to kill those; they typically need a half group or full group of level 100-ish characters. He drops a barter token which can be used for a few nice things, and also counts towards a deed. I quite like the idea that lower-level areas aren't totally safe anymore, although those wanderers are only about 3 in each region. I've defeated a few with friends, but usually they're tedious to find.
  6. Interesting. In the "old days", gold selling was a bannable offence, as was using an exploit for gain, and GMs were on the lookout for it. This is clearly a gold selling route, and one could argue that buying a house for occupation by someone else is an exploit. Bans should follow, except that I guess the people doing this are people Turbine doesn't want to lose. What a dilemma for them.
  7. What? You can buy a house and then rent it to someone else? Anyway, I haven't been to look and I find I'm quite comfortable in my dwarf mansion.
  8. That's true. At the very height of the forum wars I learned who Sapience was because he was talked about so much here. But none of the rest of my kin were users either of this forum or the official one. Out of interest I did a quick straw poll in-game and found that no-one in my kin had ever heard of Sapience. The majority of people just decide whether to play or not according to whether they enjoy the game.
  9. 2 posts? I'm seeing a pattern here. Of course, the mind is good at seeing patterns where none exist, but this one is getting clearer.
  10. New member... 2 posts... diving straight into an argument. Troll, or sock puppet?
  11. Oh, I think I'm getting the hang of this now: Premium Wizard Soldier - make your skirmish soldier look like Gandalf the Grey and throw fireballs to support you in combat! Profit!
  12. I'm relaxed about very overpriced things being in the Store, as long as I don't have to buy them. It's a way for people with lots of money to support the game I like playing. Maybe we could have more hobby-horses, coloured for earth, air, fire, water or something?
  13. Qualified "Yes"... If the price wasn't enormous, the housing was awesome, and I felt the game was likely to carry on for another couple of years. The latest housing improvements have raised the bar for me: it would have to be clearly better than what I already have.
  14. MueR, I agree that your last suggestion is the best. But I respectfully suggest that that thread ("Hello from Cordovan") is much more significant to this forum than most others. We actually had a bridge-building and one significant ban reversal from Turbine. I don't know whether Cordovan will look back regularly to see our responses, but I think your forum may well be judged on the content of that one thread. I therefore suggest that you make an exception to your hands-off approach and delete all posts using the C-word (or some other simple criterion chosen by you) from the thread.
  15. I agree. It was a good attempt at building bridges. I hope he won't feel that the olive branch has been rejected. The unbanning of Fredelas is more than anyone expected and I hope things continue to improve, both "over there" and here.
  16. It was very annoying, but in one way I enjoyed it. Forlong's ridiculous flippancy was poignant with the knowledge that he was going to be hacked to pieces in the battle in a day's time. The same was true of the bravado of Duilin and Derufin. No-one knew what a day would bring forth.
  17. Borderline necro, but someone has made a much better map here: http://www.mediafire.com/view/xx8p7znv08mssyb/Composite map Middle Earth.jpg
  18. That's brave! For myself, I still play LOTRO a lot, in fact no other game comes close. I still greatly enjoy the lower-level areas. I feel that recent areas (Rohan & Gondor) have lost their way a bit, but it's hard to pin down exactly why. In fact the tone of the book changes in The Return of the King and it might be just that The Fellowship of the Ring is my favourite volume. I make allowances for LOTRO being almost 10 years old and don't expect a modern game engine. There has been community shrinkage but I think that was probably inevitable because of many gamers moving on to new games. I can't speak about the Official Forum moderation issues as I've never posted there. One reason why I haven't is that the OF wants my preciousss game password as login and that conflicts with my ideas about secure passwords. There is one big game issue that I would like to highlight: performance. I find now that older areas (up to and including Great River) run nicely on both my laptop and PC. After that, though, I just can't get a good frame rate. I think there was a step change in scenery design. It might be the density of reeds, long grasses and bushes. Another possibility is atmospherics; I find that anything with mist, fog or vapour in the later areas kills performance. Maybe the world designers could be asked to show some restraint? Minas Tirith looks great but has terrible frame rate. I guess this is just the sheer number of buildings and their detail. I think there it's tolerable because I can understand that it just wouldn't be the same without all the detail. I occasionally stop and turn the graphics up to take screenshots.
  19. Oh, this sounds good. I've got some nice furniture items in storage which I can't make room for at the moment.
  20. What are your reasons for thinking that two members of your kin actually know when LOTRO is due to shut down?
  21. People have been confidently predicting that LOTRO will shut down within a year for about the last six years. The thing is, if that prediction is continually repeated it'll eventually be right (and all the previous wrong predictions will be forgotten). But having it made again this year doesn't tell us whether it's right now. I'll just keep playing LOTRO until it shuts down, then watch the films, and finally read the book as an antidote to the films. :-)
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