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Everything posted by frodofraggins

  1. Gondor is better than rohan but not by a lot GW2, WOW:Legion and SWTOR were all much better than the quests in LOTRO starting in rohan and ending in gondor. This was about as lazy as quest designs can be. and epic battles? what a waste of time and resources.
  2. The quest design in this "content" was simply horrendous and it triggered several of my MMO pet peeves 1) lots of menial fetch quests - picking up and carrying things from one area of town to another. 2) giving a handful of quests for an area, finish them and then be forced to go back to those areas again and sometimes again after that 3) copy pasta quests galore throughout rohan - where each town is like that last one My plan was to grind deeds for traits after hitting 105 but man it was rough leveling. So I uninstalled for now. This game has gotten so bad compared to it's first year or two. If it wasn't the only Middle Earth MMO it would be shut down already.
  3. LOTRO is HORRIBLE for leveling alts in, I think you should get a 100% bonus to XP if you have a level capped character.
  4. well leveling alt specs also slow down your main spec since it's not global for all three specs.
  5. The WOW design has caused some dissent in the playerbase. The amount of time required to level it up means that serious raiders are wasting time by playing alts.
  6. 100%? well no I don't agree. But websites that review games rely on game publishers to advertise on them so it really is a mess though. I generally rely on watching people play games on Twitch before pulling the trigger.
  7. I think they just underpolished content after a while and went lazy. It's a very dated leveling system, there's no way I'm going to level alts that's for sure.
  8. I'm in wildermore right now at lvl 87 or 88. It's slightly better imo but not by much. I was already led to Fangorn to find the hobbits and do random stuff. I'm a couple of levels above the content so maybe I can skip woodhurst.
  9. I stopped playing just when the Great River came out. With the renewal being up in the air, I decided to return to start leveling at 75. The Great River was fine, but Eastern Rohan is about as tedious as leveling can get. My pet peeves are quests that 1) require you to run around from NPC to NPC just for lore reasons. At least keep them nearby each other 2) Quest hubs that send you somewhere, make you come back and send you back again East Rohan is filled with these types of quests. Add in the fact that almost every village has the same quests to help them and you have a really boring expansion. Anyway, I'm slogging through about a level a day of this and have hit level 85. This expansion couldn't have helped their subscriber numbers. I've heard Western Rohan is better as is gondor. Others suggest doing Warg Pens quests for leveling but I'm sticking it out.
  10. Um yes I am the same poster. I'm not sure i was a main reason, but I made the post a simple straightforward question in hopes that it would help. As far as the LOTRO renewal: Waiting to announce the renewal, once it's official, is bad for business. I wouldn't spend money on an MMO in it's last year of being licensed. I'd love to know how far ahead of the 2014 renewal it was official. I'd also love to know if it's last minute, if that's due to the license holder or Turbine/WB being careful. Everything after the fall of Sauron will be anticlimactic, but better than nothing.
  11. With the current licensing expiring in 2017, I'm curious to know how much notice turbine provided prior to past renewals. How many months before the license expiration date was the renewal announced. If we never knew the actual date, was the renewal announcement made the year it was to expire or the year before?
  12. I've been putting in a lot of time each day. the AA of the artifact is pretty fun.
  13. I bought it at the last minute. I was still burned out on the game when I started the expac. I did get bored leveling but have had fun once i hit the cap. That's more because I don't read their quests and rush to the level cap and then relax at 110. They have absolutely made improvements and corrections to WoD. I'll definitely try to play as a DH as they look fun.
  14. Didn't Christopher remove a family member from the official Estate for supporting the films? He's just a confused and grumpy old man. Anything that gets people to read the books is a great thing.
  15. lol. april fools joke is obvious. Christopher Tolkien needs to die first and even if that happened there's no evidence the estate will change their stance.
  16. There are definitely people in this thread that aren't worth wasting Cordovan's time on. People expecting public apologies and statements that Sapience and his regime went overboard are very naive and entitled. If you care about contributing to the community then getting the ban removed should be enough. Be grateful that they put someone in charge that actual cares about the community more than their own ego. As for myself, I may or may not return and that return has nothing to do with the official forums as I prefer unofficial forums where you can always be more honest and upfront.
  17. There's no copyright violation in simply revealing that they were paid to give good reviews. They probably showed gameplay footage or something to flag the video.
  18. That was my experience as well. I was more annoyed with the ninja edit than anything else. Although getting a warning for putting it back in was ridiculous as well considering they never notified me they purposely removed it. At least inform people that you modified their signatures. I simply linked to the website in my signature, not a particular thread. Anyway, that was pretty much the end of my posting there and only posting here. Sapience just loved power and control too much. I have nothing nice to say about him and I'm saddened that he made celestrata do his petty bidding.
  19. who blocked them from making videos? youtube? On what grounds were they blocked?
  20. I definitely think that a reassesment and possible amnesty of people banned would be worthwhile, assuming there weren't threatening or truly obnoxious posts. but those people allowed to return would obviously have flags attached to their accounts. As far as people demanding information on the license renewal. CM's and developers don't have the authority to do that on their own, assuming they even know, and if they circumvent that they'll be fired. Given how small the industry is, good luck getting another job in that field. If they had been able to renew, it would have been in their best interest to announce that. That license isn't likely to be cheap, so the odds are probably strongly in favor of the license for LOTRO ending in 2017. But, the one hope is the fact that it takes so long to develop an MMO that maybe something could be worked out where it stays hosted until a replacement releases. Just as SWG stayed up until just before SWTOR released.
  21. I'm curious if turbines policy of only active players being allowed to post is common. I just verified that I can't post there and never received a ban message, so I assume it's due to inactivity. The guidelines on the forum are pretty huge and seem designed to reduce criticism. Sapience was easily the worst CM I've ever witnessed though, and even Celestrata was forced to follow his lead after a while. That really bummed me out.
  22. I'd start here I guess: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140217/10000126251/game-dev-derek-smart-again-responds-to-negative-review-making-vague-legal-threats-banning-commenters.shtml
  23. I actually didn't quit the Official Forums because of him, it was because he had turned Celestrata into a clone. That's when I lost all hope in those forums.
  24. He was the worst CM I've ever seen and second worst online representative (Derek Smart is first).
  25. I should have said massively "successful" rather than popular. LOTRO is the only single faction MMO I've played and it felt lacking because of it. In the end that wasn't as big a factor as the game missing the boat in delivering on being a worthy WOW clone, as Aylwen has mentioned. I think most WOW clones fail not because their devs don't undertsand why WOW is popular but because those funding them aren't willing to wait long enough for their games to be well polished and ready for release. You hear all the time how devs are forced to cut systems and content to appease the impatient purse string holders. LOTRO being limited to one faction was a detriment to them. They didn't have to mimic the look of the films, but why focus on Angmar, Forochel and such with the release? Skipping those would have at least let them go to a more limited Moria. Which is really all it deserved. Angmar would have been fine to include i nthe storyline and instances only. As far as the IP, WOW continued directly after the settings of WC3. It focused on where things left off with the Burning Legion and then in Northrend with Arthas. It didn't meander the story until after WOTLK. Which is also when I lost interst in that game. My argument is more that the original design was flawed by devoting so many resources to fleshing out Angmar, Forochel and other areas when they could have mostly skipped them and taken us to Moria at launch and stuck to the content of the book itself and not the appendices. I wasn't really saying they needed the look and feel of the films just follow the major plot points and not work to slow the story down.
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