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  1. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?680590-Take-the-game-down-immediately&p=8012410#post8012410
  2. So, transfers are back (https://www.lotro.com/en/worldtransfer). And the community is losing their minds because SSG has decided to charge to transfer shared items (storage, currency, wardrobe, etc) if you don't also transfer a character at the same time. This is what happens when people abuse a system.
  3. Available for preview on Bullroarer:
  4. I would suggest that if you're on a wireless connection to switch over to a wired one...that helped with some of the lag I've experienced. Otherwise, welcome to Lord of the Lag Online.
  5. Druidsfire has started a "LOTRO 101" series on the Mythgard YouTube channel. Is there anyone LESS qualified to teach such a course?
  6. Talisman

    Lag

    So, in his last stream, Cord finally admitted that the lag in LOTRO is a game engine thing. Actually, he said it not really lag, but it is an issue with a 3rd party physics engine that they use. If I remember correctly, the lag issues started in Update 6, way back in 2012. I believe it started when they "fixed" issues related to The Pits of Iron - There were many places where you'd fall through the ramps/bridges/stairs. They called it a physics problem, and it was at this time, I started to notice a lot more objects and NPCs were slightly sunk into the ground, and that I would be often be dismounted by the mere suggestion of water. They were supposed to issue a fix this week, but the solution caused additional issues.
  7. Greetings! I hope everyone is staying safe! Before looking ahead, I want to thank our players for traveling with us through Middle-earth in 2019. We ventured into the Anvil of Winterstith, explored historic tales in the Vales of Anduin, and braved Minas Morgul itself with our expansion. The Stout-axe Dwarves freed themselves from the servitude of dark masters, player Virtues saw changes, we updated the Hobbit Presents system, and we completed the Black Book of Mordor storyline. As we play through our recent 6-man content and our raid into Shelob’s lair, I want to talk about future events and releases we are excited to present to players. Now that Virtue changes are in place and the Minas Morgul expansion is behind us, we plan to update Legendary Items in 2020. We know players want changes to how these items advance, and to have more opportunity to improve their items in later content. We are also looking at more substantial changes for later in the year. It is important for us that the players feel that their progress on their Legendary Items carries forward into the new system, and we are discussing design changes with that in mind. Out first update in the late Spring unveils a key theme for 2020: war between the dwarves and Orcs. We will be debuting our new major story-line called "The Legacy of Durin and the Trials of the Dwarves". This story-line will continue throughout the year as we weave toward 2021 and visit the ancient dwarf stronghold of Gundabad. The Legacy of Durin and the Trials of the Dwarves story-line will be free to all players, and our regular updates will both supplement the main story and tell their own tales. Our late Spring update, called Mists of Wilderland, will take players to the Wells of Langflood, where they will join Durin's line to begin the march to retake dwarf lands. In addition, a small 12-person raid will be released in the fall. In the early summer we will see our first Challenge League, which is a new temporary server that allows players to fight each other for honor, with the defeated required to retreat from the battlefield, rally themselves, and move back into the world to continue the fight. The sons of Elrond, Elladan and Elrohir, have begun a discussion with perhaps too much pride, and are arguing about which of them would make the greatest leader and support the greatest heroes. Take up the banner of either Elladan or Elrohir and venture forth to complete Deeds and challenge heroes that align with your rival. Brave players can earn milestones for completing Deeds, and those characters will appear in a special Leader-board. Will you rush to honor your patron by completing Deeds, or will you spend your time challenging rivals? Also this summer we are inviting you to one of Middle-earth's most historic moments: The wedding of Aragorn and Arwen. Prestigious guests have traveled vast distances to bless the new king, and there is a need for people to support the celebration. Additionally, artisans are hard at work creating their finest goods and fashions for the wedding, and guests can expect to look their best for the event. In addition, we are unveiling a new seasonal festival event for Lord of the Rings Online which commemorates weddings and merriment throughout Middle-earth, featuring a unique festival questing area within Minas Tirith. In the fall we will see a new type of mega-update, the War of the Three Peaks, which will provide new content for characters of all levels. Durin's line begins war with the Orcs as they prepare to advance to Gundabad. This update continues the Legacy of Durin story-line, but also includes other end-game content. This update will also open up a new area on the front lines of the war that will allow any character regardless of level to come to Durin's aid. While open, players will complete missions, earn favor of both Durin's line and Dwarf artisans and smiths, and support the war effort. This year we will be adding a new premium housing area to the game in Rohan. Rohan Housing is divided into two new housing neighbourhoods, both located in West Rohan. Rohan Housing also brings with it some new features, such as Stable Hooks and Custom Lighting Hooks! This fall will also see a new Legendary server! We are looking forward to adding new challenges and gameplay experiences for this new server. In our current vision for this server, Sauron will play a more active role in punishing heroes who defy his will. At times during play, the Eye of Sauron will open, inspiring all the evil in the world to rally and rise to his dark challenge. These enemies will become far more dangerous during this time. However, when the Eye is open, your characters will rise to the challenge and deliver greatly increased damage in defiance of the Dark Lord. Beware when the Eye of Sauron is open! We intend to keep the current Legendary experience going in 2020 as well, and will continue to open up new content on those servers. Finally, we'll round out the year with an update to the Yuletide festival, with new quests, activities, and rewards. We're excited for the new year, and we appreciate you taking this journey with us. Sev~
  8. Ok...did the reply really happen 6 hours ago?
  9. Druidsfire also posted interviews with Dark Celtic (Bill Champagne) and Severlin.
  10. Anor and Ithil are LOTRO's progression servers that supposedly allow players to experience previous expansions as level cap content. The servers are open only to VIPs and lifers, and originally were loaded with the lvl 50 Shadows of Angmar content. SSG is supposed to release each xpac in order roughly every 4 months; Riders of Rohan has just been released. They are somewhat like the classic WOW servers, except that the content (loot boxes; scaled instances) and systems (trait trees; virtues;) mirrors the regular servers. They usually release some new cosmetics or titles along with the xpac.
  11. Actually, it would make a huge difference. One person who buys a $60 LP package a month drops $720 on the game a year. If only 2,000 people did this every month, SSG would have an income of $720,000 (in addition to the subscription income). I'm sure the number of people buying points monthly is somewhat higher.
  12. By Justin Olivetti -January 21, 2020 4:05 PM Following the big (but not unexpected) announcement that Daybreak is fracturing into a trio of studios underneath a publishing arm, one of the questions that has arisen is what might happen to the two MMORPGs that the company publishes for Standing Stone Games. Fans of Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online can pour a big glass of calm-down juice at this announcement, apparently. According to both SSG and Daybreak, both titles are unaffected by the company restructuring. DCUO’s new studio, Dimensional Ink, addressed this issue in its FAQ: “Standing Stone Games will remain the same and continue to develop and operate Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online. Daybreak will continue to provide publishing support for the games. There will be no impact on LOTRO or DDO service. ” “We’ve been seeing the news as well,” said SSG Community Manager Jerry Snook on the LOTRO forums. “This announcement is expected to have no impact on us, how we work, or what we do.” https://massivelyop.com/2020/01/21/daybreak-says-its-studio-split-up-will-have-no-impact-on-standing-stone-lotro-or-ddo/
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