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  1. With Raninia joining the SSG development team as the LOTRO-specific producer and EG7 pouring money into the game, could it be heading for a Renaissance? EG7 seems to value communication between their teams and the players, and Raninia, Cord, and Severllin seem to be trying to communicate more. But will it last? I can't help but remember how many gimmicks the LOTRO team has introduced as a means to attract new players, and then just abandoned them: Skirmishes, Warsteeds, and Shadow/Light, as just a few examples. I can't help but wonder about the future of the Missions system. Will they bother to continue? Honestly, I find them tediousj/
  2. There introduced 2 new Legendary Servers: Treebeard, which is designed for slow leveling. The amount of XP you receive for completing quests, killing MoBs, and doing other things is reduced. The xpacs will be applied every 4-6 months. Shadowfax, which is designed for fast leveling. You get normal XP, and the xpacs will be applied every 2 months Both servers have a new mechanic that allows you to set the difficulty of the landscape. There are something like 10 levels of difficulty. You also periodically get the Eye of Sauron debuff that increases the amount of damage you take.
  3. The Release Notes for Bullroarer Update 28.3 - Preview #1 includes these gems: So no more grinding the Minas Tirith dailies to get SoEs. And there seems to be relatively few chances to get SoEs from the current end-game content. It seems the only way to get them is to grind one or two a week or buy the scrolls from the store (or using Mithril). Plus, the change to the reputation accelerators means that end-game reputation becomes that much more of a grind (unless, of course, you buy the large ones from the store). I haven't been playing the game much lately, but have been putting off cancelling my subscription because I still love it. But I just logged on and cancelled.
  4. For only 2495 LOTRO Points, you get the ability to change your race or gender and to grind out the racial quests/deeds yet again.
  5. I am referring to the original press release and FAQs from 2016, when SSG was created. I seem to be wrong about it being employee-owned (but I clearly remember this being discussed somewhere). https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/standing-stone-games-–-message-rob-ciccolini and https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/standing-stone-games-transition-faq
  6. Actually, Turbine was not sold to DBG - Turbine remained a part of WB, which also kept Asheron's Call, although the company was at the time fully integrated into WB and became WB Games. In the same press release, it was said that SSG was an employee-owned company, with DBG as its publisher. However, because neither SSG nor DBG are publicly traded, the exact details of their relationship has never been disclosed (until now). It is now clear that DBG owns SSG. If there are truly 41K subscribers (not including lifers), their revenues would be on the order of 5.5 million for the 3 quarters. That would mean they generated around 4.4 million from the store. Overall, though, it seems the game is surprisingly healthy. Projecting out to the end of the year, the revenue from subscribers would be around 7.3 million and from the stores would be around 1..5 million - for a total of 13.2 million. BTW, the numbers do not include any revenue from the War of the Three Peaks mini-xpac, since it was released in October.
  7. From Severlin: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?684810-Daybreak-Acquisition-News-and-Standing-Stone-Games&p=8049624#post8049624
  8. I just can't believe these prices, or that anyone would be stupid enough to pay them.
  9. https://www.mmorpg.com/lord-of-the-rings-online/editorials/opinion-lotros-mini-expansion-pricing-feels-tone-deaf-2000119417 Isn't this the site Druidsfire writes for?
  10. I think SSG is in financial trouble. They've been offering too much to VIPs for free for too long, and it's now coming back to bite them. I don't mind paying for content, but the pricing for the packs beyond the basic is ridiculous.
  11. If they have to change out hardware or install security patches, it could very well take a big chunk of time, especially when you consider that each world is hosted on a cluster of servers.
  12. SSG has designated Wednesdays as the regular day to restart all the servers, if there's not a patch or update. Cordovan comment on the forums today that they sometimes use this time to perform any additional hardware maintenance.
  13. Bombadil is the "special events" server - it just hosted the Tournament of the Twins event. What should happen is that an existing character that has not been logged into for more than a year is supposed to be renamed with at ~1 at the end. What is actually happening is that the character being transferred onto the server is always being renamed.
  14. I don't necessarily have a problem with charging for this feature. I do have an issue with the fact that 1) they did not advertise that there would be a cost associated with the feature and 2) at 20 MC (200 LP, or roughly $2.00 USD), the cost is just too high. It should be 1-5 MC at most.
  15. Maintenance on premium houses is waived for VIPs/Lifers.
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