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  1. 17 hours ago, Smitty said:

    My ASUS laptop runs pretty quietly by itself, but it also runs really hot, so I add an external Opolar cooler, which does a good job with reducing temps but is really loud. It's a bit of a no-win. I'm still waiting for the day that gaming laptop manufacturers actually invest in proper cooling and noise reduction. 

    Asus did have a ROG that employed a detachable water cooling unit. Ah, yes... Here it is.

    The thing is a monster, and I believe they discontinued it because, seriously, who would want that monster?!

  2. My wife uses my 2+ year old Asus gaming laptop, and I'm using a one year old MSI laptop. Both of which are relatively quiet (compared to some gaming laptops), but mine can go full-on Jet Mode, if it is pushed too far. I generally use it to livestream LOTRO and other such games, though, and that does not tax it enough to turn on the afterburners. This means I'm simultaneously running:

    • OBS (to run livestream)
    • FaceRig (software to mask my face on stream with animated character)
    • Chatty (chat-control software)
    • LOTRO (duh)
    • Discord (to allow others to join my stream over audio)

    ... and with all that running, plus the usual sundry background stuff, it does just fine. So yes, you can get gaming laptops that aren't loud as hell, they are just few and far between.

  3. On 4/6/2016 at 2:20 PM, Thequinn said:

    This may disappoint some but here goes.

    So a while after Helm's Deep was released I was trying to buy it with TP.  But I accidentally bought ROR with the TP, the fact that it even let me purchase it was a surprise since I owned the legendary version that I bought with real cash.  Within 15 minutes of contacting customer service, the TP was back on my account and I was able to not enjoy Helm's Deep. 

    In game GM's.

    The sell all button claimed me as a victim at level 65.  The gm was able to return all the items to my account. 

    Now the bad. 

    I was a victim of the sell all button a second time during ROI and no matter how much I protested the GM would not refund me the items that were gone from the buyback tab.  No matter how much I protested, even told him about the other GM that helped me out and he wasn't having it.  Opened another ticket hoping to get a different GM but got the same asshole.   After that I manually sold from the actual bags. 

    Those are my 3 experiences with CS.  2 good 1 bad.   I also bitched about Draigoch to a GM but they were basically telling players to fuck off when they got asked about it.  I knew that would be the response ahead of time. 

    Otherwise I never needed them.  Of course they won't hear my positive responses because they banned me!


    I'll say this: I've only had good experiences with Turbine Customer Service, but then again, I've only had to contact them once. Now I've had plenty of bad experiences with other staff at Turbine, mostly the CMs but others as well, but those don't really count in this case. Their Customer Service folk do a good job, or they used to, at least. It's been years since I had to call them.

  4. I have to say, my job does something similar a couple of times a year. Management wants feedback from others for how we are doing our jobs, so our Lead sends out feedback cards to several customers we've each worked with during the year, hoping to get some positive feedback for our reviews. This would be something very similar, Turbine probably wants feedback on how CS is doing, so they came to the fanbois on the Forums to get some.

    Corporate Circlejerk. Nothing to see here, move along.

  5. On 3/27/2016 at 5:35 PM, RedMaggu said:

    It's the code for sure, and maybe they shouldn't have sacked the people that understand it.

    ^ This ^

    If they hadn't fired so many of their knowledgeable technical staff, not only would they be able to fix the issues with the code, they would still be able to create Skirmishes, and other content that seems beyond the understanding of current Turbine developers.

  6. 15 hours ago, Thequinn said:


    Level 30.  Confirmed level 30.   Should come up at the class trainer. 

    When I came back to Lotro at the MT release the performance was horrible just walking around Minas Tirith.  I can only imagine what it would be like inside a raid.  The defenders will say it's my hardware but I'm running a 970 titan with 32 GB of ram running on windows 7 64 bit on my SSD.   Meanwhile games that make Lotro look like a relic run like butter!

    Oh, for sure! When I tested out LOTRO on my new laptop (i7 processor, 32GB RAM, nVidia 960M w/ 2GB of GRAM, running all games off of a 500GB SSD), I was able to run it with all graphics options at maximum and get 30-60 FPS, but the game was still a wee bit choppy. Not exactly laggy, but something similar. Meanwhile, I'm able to run WoW with everything cranked to max and get between 50-130 FPS, and no choppiness or lag. Definitely something wrong with LOTRO.

  7. 19 hours ago, Thequinn said:

    Dual specialization costs 10 gold


    But at least they might get a 12 man raid finally.  We'll see how well that performs!

    My Shaman hit 30 the other day, and I didn't see the ability to dual-spec come up. I'll look into it when I get home from work, because I'd love to have Resto as an option for my Shammy, maybe do some pick-up raiding here or there when I hit endgame.

    As for LOTRO and the 12-man raid you mentioned, I expect when the game shuts down, people will still be complaining it has bugs that have been in it since it was released, much like Draigoch.

  8. Why are they taking steps now to fix things? The answer is obvious: Enough Whales got frustrated with the game's poor performance and left that it started impacting their bottom line, and that simply won't do, especially with the financial quarter about to end. Turbine can hide drops in store sales on a month-to-month basis, but at the end of the quarter, someone has to explain the financials to WB.

  9. My brother hooked me up with a Horror-themed version of Loot Crate for my birthday last year. Next month marks the last box I'll be getting (they only got me a 6-month sub), and while there has definitely been some value to be had in these (the t-shirts are usually nice, sometimes you get a cool bobblehead or sign art print), I don't think I would continue the service, nor pick up a different type of similar service. Why? Because most of the stuff I will never use, and it just becomes ever-increasing clutter. Cool, themed clutter, but clutter all the same.

  10. On 3/17/2016 at 5:07 PM, Almagnus1 said:

    I don't even want to see what they did to the druid, which was my main class back in the day.

    No, you really don't. I used to play a Resto Druid back in the BC/WotLK era of WoW, back when we were considered solid Raid Healers. Now they've changed things so much by forcing you into a specific spec with virtually no way to make a hybrid build, I couldn't imagine trying to play a Resto now. How could you do Dailies or level up as that spec, when it would take forever to kill anything?

    Instead, I made a Worgen Deathknight, as well as a Tauren Shaman to enjoy this go around. I have a Druid as well, but it got the Instant-90 bump up, and I went with Balance so I could actually be effective while leveling to 100.

  11. I was happy playing LOTRO again, until I hit the brick wall called Mounted Combat, which sucked all the fun out of the game for me. Now I'm playing WoW again, and having a great time. Maybe it's just my server (Wyrmrest Accord, RP-PvE), but I have never seen such friendly WoW players in all my years with that game. Sure, there's still the usual "Anal" jokes in Trade Chat, but when actually interacting with other players, I have yet to encounter a single jerk among them. Not one.

    Considering it was the player base that drove me off from WoW back in 2010 or 2011, this is a significant - and welcome - change. The game is still loads of fun, with plenty of content to catch up on until the next expansion drops sometime in Summer 2016.

  12. How sad. This could have been a truly revolutionary MMORPG, maybe something that would relight the fires in the MMO genre, and bring players back that had otherwise left for MOBAs and such. But instead, Daybreak cancels it.

    The MMO genre is effectively dead. They just haven't figured it out yet.

  13. 17 hours ago, Moderate Peril said:

    That is pretty much how I feel as well. I don't have a life time account but do sub when there's some new content to do. My attachment to LOTRO is mainly based on a sense of gaming nostalgia and morbid curiosity, as I watch an IP based MMO of note, slowly kill itself. A sort of death by a thousand virtual cuts.

    Well said! Turbine has screwed the pooch so many times with this IP, not just big blunders like this promised EU server move being cancelled, but hundreds and hundreds of little things, as well. It's like the current staff have simply no idea what to do with the game, let alone what WB and Turbine Management will allow them to do, or change plans on them mid-stream, leaving the staff hanging in the wind.

    Whatever happened to Mounted Combat past RoR? Or Skirmishes, for that matter? Any new Epic Battles added of late? Or how about the promise that the Epic Story would always be free to all... until it wasn't anymore because Reasons? And these are just big things, there are innumerable little changes, tweaks, and bugs that have come up through the years, each a "virtual cut", that has left the game in the state it currently is: Overlooked, AAA in name only, and only still alive because of the small group of whales that are huge LotR fans.

    I expected more from Turbine.

  14. 13 hours ago, LordVorontur said:

    At this point, do any of us truly care?

    I haven't even transferred my accounts to new servers.

    I do care, but not a whole lot. As far as I'm concerned, I have gotten my money's worth out of my Lifetime account in LOTRO, and all the other money I've spent on it. But I would have liked to take at least one character to Mordor, so if the game doesn't make it to "the finish line" (so to speak), that would be a disappointment.

  15. In my opinion, nothing will be done to fix LOTRO's problems, unless it is a game breaking bug. They intend to ride out the string, put out maybe a few more updates that take us to Mordor, and then shut it down at the end of 2017, when the license expires. That's it. At this point, why would Turbine invest significant resources into fixing issues with the game, let alone modernizing it, when it has less than two years before it is defunct and shut down?

  16. Finally got my customized Asus laptop from Xotic PC. They took a stock Asus GL552VW DH71, and made some significant changes, turning a solid gaming laptop into a flat-out beast of a machine!

    Asus GL552VW DH71 laptop (customized part listed in Red)

    • 15.6" FHD IPS Matte Screen
    • Intel Skylake i7-6700HQ
    • NVIDIA® GTX 960M [2GB]
    • 8 to 16GB of RAM (32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 2133MHz Dual Channel Memory)
    • 128 GB M.2 SSD (500GB Samsung 850 EVO M.2 SSD)
    • 1TB 5400RPM HD (2TB 5400RPM Samsung Spinpoint M9T HD)

    This beast will kick the ever-loving ass of any MMO and most single-player game I throw at it, plus with that beefy 32GB of DDR4 RAM and 2TB storage hard-drive, it will be of great use in recording and editing videos. I've already played around with it using the most graphics-intensive game I currently have installed (The Secret World), and it ran smoothly with all of the graphics cranked up to max. I probably don't want to do any PvP that way, but as long as I'm not in huge crowds, the GTX 960M ought to do just fine for my purposes. The real test will be how does it handle Star Citizen with the graphics all the way up, but I'm having some issues getting that game installed, so I haven't been able to test it yet.

  17. ... and damn if I don't find myself wanting to play "World of Warcraft" again!

    I know, I know... I have already sunk five years of my life into that game, so why would I want to do it again, especially when none of my friends are playing it, and I hate Raiding? Frankly, I can't tell you why I'm feeling the pull back to WoW, because I'm not feeling it with the other games I've been installing lately. I've got the following MMORPGs either already installed, or slated to be installed over the next couple of days:

    • Anarchy Online
    • Champions Online
    • Guild Wars 2
    • Lord of the Rings Online
    • Neverwinter
    • The Secret World
    • Star Citizen
    • Star Trek Online
    • Star Wars: The Old Republic
    • Wildstar
    • World of Warcraft

    Most of these are just for nostalgia purposes, I only really planned on playing TSW seriously at all, but I'll be damned if I don't all of a sudden want to level up a brand new character in WoW. Two, actually, a Druid and a Deathknight, both Tauren. Yes, I have a thing for playing Tauren, always have. Anyway, the only one of these games I'd have to actually pay to play is WoW (past level 20), so it seems odd that this would be the game I most want to play.

    So, what the hell is wrong with me? Thoughts?

  18. 14 hours ago, Almagnus1 said:

    Exactly that.

    LotRO died when the external sites stopped caring, as MMOs absolutely need more people looking into them.

    That's why it's amusing seeing the forums as they are now, as it's basically been taken over by the circle jerk who will keep proclaiming how awesome LotRO is.

    As far as performance goes, don't waste your time with it - LotRO was written for only a single core, and there's very little you can do with that architecture beyond sticking it on an SSD and hoping for the best.  I wouldn't be surprised if you would get better performance out of LotRO sticking it on an XP VM in a modern system, provided the VM you are using allows for direct access to the GPU, so you aren't forced into software rendering everything.

    I can attest that LOTRO does indeed run better when hosted on an SSD, but it doesn't fix everything. Loading times are much quicker, but that's about the only improvement you'll notice.

  19. I have been enjoying - or at least I was, before my gaming rig bit the dust - the following games:

    • Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
    • South Park: The Stick of Truth
    • Darkest Dungeon
    • Rebel Galaxy

    All but DD I picked up during the end-of-year Steam sale. If you like single-player Sci-Fi games like "Freelancer", or TV shows like "Firefly", make sure you try out "Rebel Galaxy". It is loads of fun.

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