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  1. Talisman

    Same shit different week

    The game engine used by LOTRO and DDO is the same that was used by AC. It is a proprietary engine that was built in house. The base code is over 20 years old, and was probably badly written to begin with. Maybe Turbine could have re-written the game engine in 2003 or 2007, or licensed the Unreal engine, when they were flying high with 3 MMOs, but there's no way SSG has the funding or staff to do either these days.
  2. Talisman

    Captain Build Advice

    IXP is not an issue. The blue pills drop like crazy. I was finishing up Vales last night, and had a quest to kill 10 deer, and ended up with 5 runes of varying amounts. I don't even look at the IXP amount any more, I just dump them into shared storage so the storage mule can pick them up in case I need them later.
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    Captain Build Advice

    Unless SSG changes things, you can always get relics by running the Moria instances solo. Not only do the relics drop from the boss chests, but you can trade the rusted tools and Khudzul tablets that randomly drop from the trash for relics at the class-specific LI vendors. You can also trade some of the old regional currencies for relics. Most areas have repeatable quests so that you can pick up extra tokens, though the effort might not be worth it. In some cases, the regions offer a basic token and a golden token; though there are some special tokens. In general, the higher level tokens can be converted to the basic token, but not vice-versa. There are a few special cases: Unhatched Spider Eggs can drop in the Roots of Fangorn instance in The Great River. While an Egg cannot be directly traded for the Anduin Tokens, it can be bartered for a Seal, which can then be converted to Medallions. The Resource Instances in Eastern Rohan reward Tokens of Effort, but the instances are not available until you've rebuilt specific portions of Hytbold. The Tokens of Effort can be directly bartered for relics, or they can be converted into Silver Tokens of the Riddermark. I would suggest NOT converting them, because you can earn the required number of Effort tokens daily, but not enough STotR. For a long time, the only repeatable quests in Western Rohan were the Warbands, but now you can earn Westemnet Iron Coins for completing Tasks. It's the only region where tasks have a purpose other than reputation and xp. Warbands typically drop the regional currency, but most of the Roving Threats do not. You might also get extra regional token or two from the box rewarded for completing the daily Warband quest (Completing the quest for killing a Roving Threat rewards Gift-Giver's Brands, which cannot be bartered for relics. You can also be rewarded with a GGB as loot from the corpse of the RT). I wouldn't start buying relics until you've purchased everything else you want (cosmetics, housing items, pets, steeds), but they are a good way to burn the old tokens once you move on.
  4. Talisman

    Be Virtuous!

    To pretend to be answering player requests, and to hook yet another system to the store when their solution proves to be poorly designed.
  5. Talisman

    Same shit different week

    I believe there are a few things interacting. 1. The game engine. It was probably never well-written to begin with, and the mess has gotten messier over the years. 2. The game code. The base code was probably just as badly written, and, again, the mess has gotten messier. 3. The interaction between the modules. Can you really predict what happens when one mess interacts with another mess? 4. Knowledge. Most the people who knew anything about the game engine are no longer working for SSG and so the current devs tinker around blindly. 5. Current resources. The devs are shared between LOTRO and DDO, and SSG just doesn't have the resources to produce quality code. 6. The development process. This is a two-fold process. The first is that coding seems to continue right up until the release date, and then QA doesn't get a chance to fully test the feature. The second is that there never seems to be any full-system testing to ensure the changes haven't broken something else. I sometimes wonder if there is a QA group. 7. The dismissive attitude toward players. They ignore people with expertise in their classes, charge ahead with releases and features despite concerns raised by the players, introduce complex systems and grindy mechanics despite feedback, and generally treat the players like the enemy. 9. The Store. All shall bow to the almighty store!
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    Captain Build Advice

    Players are starting to grumble about the grind for empowerment scrolls and star-lit crystals. I know several people who had multiple toons at level cap (many had at least one of each class), but are now only leveling only one or two toons at most because the grinds - essences, reputation, LIs, and now virtues - have made it nearly impossible to maintain alts.
  7. Talisman

    Captain Build Advice

    This is the one case where I'd suggest using Mithril Coin. It's only 10 MC to unlock each level.
  8. Talisman

    Be Virtuous!

    Yes, the Snowman instance takes place during Yule Fest. IIRC, there's no wrapper quest for the Farmer's Faire Festival. That's probably because it's extremely easy to earn tokens, since both the Egg Scramble and Mushroom Hunt can be repeated hourly. The reward for completing the Egg Scramble is 5 tokens, and for completing Mushroom Hunt is 10. Plus, you get token for "consuming" the eggs and mushrooms.
  9. Talisman

    Be Virtuous!

    Yep. During the Summer Festival. It's called the Perfect Picnic, and it takes place in Greenhills Country in The Shire. It's more like a skirmish. Your goal is to escort Penny the pony to a picnic spot on a hill, while battling fire- and heat-based illusions, including drakes, fire grims, worms, etc. At one point, you go through Woodhall, where you have to thwart Hungry Hobbits. There are also optional encounters.When you get to the picnic spot, you have to protect the picnic food from a swarm of bugs and hobbits that are trying steal it. At some point, the final boss will spawn. The main reason to run it is for special tokens, which you can trade for cosmetic pets, a stead (of course), and a picnic blanket housing item. And now, to earn VXP. It can be run solo, or in 3, 6, or 12-man groups (supposedly, each has a separate chest, but when I ran it last year, I first ran it solo, and then in a group, but I didn't get any rewards for the group). It's not a terribly hard instance, but it does take some coordination at the end because a lot of enemies swarm, especially in the raid.
  10. Talisman

    Be Virtuous!

    - Deeds that used to award a virtue will now award 2000 virtue experience. Deeds that used to award two virtue ranks will now award 4000 virtue experience. - Featured Challenge quests and the Vales of Anduin endgame weekly quests offer virtue xp as an additional reward. - Summer Festival: Forgotten Errands, Too Much Festival, Thrâng's Challenge, and the Heat of Summer wrappers now award virtue xp. - Fall: Valuables Gone Astray, Gourds and Goblins, and the Bountiful Harvest wrappers now award virtue xp. - Yule: The Traitor's Loyalty, Seasonal: Storvâgûn's Riches, and the Festive Flurry wrappers now award virtue xp. - Spring: A Fistful of Flowers, Pretty Parched Party-goers!, and the Bustling Bloom wrappers now award virtue xp. - Anniversary: The Yearly Yield wrappers now award virtue xp. - Eyes & Guard Tavern: Temerity once again has 3 different virtue quests. Each will award you some virtue xp for your earning virtue and an assortment of virtue xp items. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?673033-Bullroarer-Update-24-Preview-3-Release-Notes&p=7936256#post7936256
  11. Talisman

    "Legendary" Mirkwood

    Per Cord's stream yesterday, they are planning a down time next week. He did not come out and say it, but they will be releasing Siege of Mirkwood on the Legendary servers.
  12. Talisman

    Update 24

    But that's not Turbine/SSG's fault. Tolkien designed the city. It's essentially a 7-walled city, with the ramps and tunnels under the prow acting as choke points. The buildings and streets were designed so that they could also act as additional choke points. Turbine/SSG's quest design was horrible...many of them take you up one level, down three levels, back to the Citadel, and all the way back down to the Main Gate and out to the Causeways at Osgiliath. And then kills some random number of things until the RNG was kind enough to drop the item you need. And the back trough the Main Gate, back up to the Citadel, then back down three levels before returning to the original quest giver on the original level. Or run repeatedly through the Cisterns.
  13. Talisman

    Update 24

    I remember being disappointed because there just were not a whole lot of quests, and many of them required moving up and down the tiers of the city or going out into the Pelennor Fields.
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    Captain Build Advice

    I believe that the Defenders of Minas Tirith was the first "real" faction to have rep tiers above Kindred (Respected, Honoured, and Celebrated). The Crafting Guilds were the first to introduce the concept, though, when the Westfold crafting tier was added in Riders of Rohan, and a corresponding 5th tier of rep was needed for for the guild recipes. The Host of the West and Conquest of Gorgoroth factions also have 3 additional tiers above Kindred (though for the Host, the second-to-last tier is Esteemed instead of Honoured), and the Dwarves of Erebor faction has one additional tier. I haven't heard anything about what the max tier is for the Wilderfolk faction in the Vales of Anduin.
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    Captain Build Advice

    I think that it's worth getting your main items up to max. The difficulty of landscape mobs takes a big jump in Mordor (although it settles back down when you get into the Dale Lands. I don't know if they rebalanced Mordor since I took my first character through there. You can use MC to swap and upgrade imbued legacies, including the DPS of the weapon or the main stat on the Class Item. Launch the Legendary Item panel (shift-I) and To replace a legacy, click on the MC button at the right of the legacy, above the current/max tier numbers to buy the upgrades. To swap a legacy (just to see what is available), click on the Replace Legacy button at the bottom of the panel to swap legacies. If you don't want to use MC, you can also buy scrolls and crystals in the store, including: Legacy Replacement scrolls (there are different scrolls for non-imbued and imbued items). Additional Legacy Slots (Crystal of Remembrance). Legacy Tier Upgrades (Scrolls of Empowerment). Legendary Level Cap Increases (Scrolls of Delving). Legendary Item stat upgrades (Star-lit Crystals). Why they didn't keep the names consistent is beyond me. BTW, you cannot imbue bridles.
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