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  1. I've been following your posts Aylwen for some time quietly. I am going to actually slip in to chime in on the T2 12man modes with a snippet from the RoI era relayed to me by a former player.. Palantir folk did actually do testing in these instances, but the amount of people who could show up for that sort of thing was highly limited just because of the timeslot they'd be run at. They'd be lucky to get 2 groups of raids running simultaneously. In those cases it was basically a group of 'players' and another augmented by a group of employees. Obviously the 'all real players' group was the one you wanted to be in. At least some of them were T2 Raiders on live, and group synergy goes a LONG way. Before you all scream murder about Draigoch. The horror stories of what it was designed to be when the group got its initial hands on it I can't do justice. Maybe someone else can. It felt like a major course reversal in terms of what their team could handle between that and what we saw, so its no wonder it was the buggiest thing I'd ever seen. With those limited numbers you're not going to find everything, and you've only got so many people who don't know how its supposed to work. I'm told that T2CM modes for ToO +JWB may not have even had a solution originally in mind. They had mechanics, and dials and just threw players at it to see how easily they came up with something that worked. If it was too easy? Frustrating? Make adjustments.
  2. Got word of my grandmother's passing today, but rather than pray for our family in the midst of that, it is far more vital you pray for a gaming friend I've got across the country who is in the middle of trying to commit suicide.

  3. I'm starting to think WB is trying to get into Esports, and is just starting here.. Thats a lot of prize money for a product that hasn't completely gone live yet. Though, I suspect the infrastructure costs are better with MOBAs in the long term. (I have no proof of this, just seems likely)
  4. Before Helms Deep, I tried to do this with several friends. Had a couple join us from another server even! One by one they got beta invites and wandered away from the game all together. They'd been expecting major changes..but they just couldnt stand the ones that were coming. Prior to that I had a standing offer to donate the TP for people who wanted to participate (I'd said it'd be in the form of rep items that they could use a new character slot to consume before rolling the disabler character, but I actually had TP codes I'd have given. I just didnt want people who weren't willing to even put in the extra 40-60m to do the intro one more time..) Not a single person took me up on it. Thats how limited the group of people who use this feature is.
  5. Yeah, it looked like an interesting system/gameplay premise, overshadowed by the world it's set in. Think it'd do better in terms of sales volume without the Middle Earth elements.
  6. This. If people want to band together to do on level content leveling up. Good for them.The end-game isn't any better than the journey. In some ways, its worse.
  7. I remember the thread... And fortunately didn't get infracted for mine. Yet another example where you were more diplomatic and gracious in the way you presented your factual data, had to deal with moderation over it (reversed!) and I didn't have anything of the kind happen.. *mutters something about the Moderation Team's ability to exercise discretion cutting both ways* I don't know if I simply posted on a day where people were in a better mood, or if it was that I didn't emphasize just how much data my sample size equated to in terms of $ or time.
  8. In all honesty, if the metrics don't indicate this Turbine, what's with it? Just recently you said players were tending toward shorter playtimes per session. If this is true AND everything is fine, shouldn't the login numbers be UP, not DOWN?
  9. If history hadn't shown the preferred response to be out of character for Turbine, I'd have had that expectation as well. It's not that your inherent expectations seem different than mine, just that I'm more jaded about what I expect them to actually do at this point than you seem to be. Frankly. I'm surprised my post talking about what I'd hoped they'd be focusing their development time on and change for change's sake was still up last I checked.
  10. I can't think of any time where they've given that much credit to someone's contributions to another site. Nor do I think they're pleased when people post extensive odds or data about the RNG box stuff. (Re: Treasure Hunt Mounts, Anniversary GIlded WS Appearance set..etc) Even CSTM didn't get recognition in the form of a public fond send off from Turbine when they shutdown the podcast. The only +Turbine post I can recall pointed out that LOTRO fansites and podcasts start and end all the time. That this wasn't unusual or a sign of how the game was doing. I suspect many people here would disagree with that statement in that last point.
  11. Would you have preferred & ? The fact remains that it was likely the whole thing was started as a response to player request. Generally when threads are unstickied they also get closed. Nothing like taking an AP C++ Class, and then discovering that the 'for college credit' test expects that you to know Java. So lucky to have gotten credit for that one. I'm still not sure how I pulled it off. Only 1 other student in the class did.
  12. I feel the thread closure might just have been a result of an extended effort to unsticky/close very old threads. One that started at a player request about PvMP stickies. I'd be interested to see what happened if someone started a thread about technical stat discussions and Helms Deep.
  13. There comes a point where it's time to start calling an actual PC your NAS device. External enclosures attached directly to the network may be convenient & fast, but their extra hardware cost per TB/storage adds up fast compared to a desktop. *looks at his desk* 9TB in available storage. ~5TB full. That doesn't count the binders of DVD+Rs from before I moved to HDs. I did some media rearranging/deduping/format upgrades,as well as removal of stuff I'd archived to DVD already but still used semi-frequently enough to keep it on my drive to cut my actual current used storage down some. The other 4TB was a birthday gift recently. Yes. I'm a digital hoarder, but lots of it is stuff that's nearly impossible to come by now days.
  14. I've stopped logging in daily. I'll probably log in once a day or every other day to see if anyone's inquiring about my standing offer on Riddermark for the shrew tomes. It's costing me effectively nothing but the 50c mail fee if I reply, and most people are extremely happy they did. I'm bothering with the shrews because it'd be fitting for my LM if I return.
  15. I think the self-identification may have been the most useful portion of that listing of categories if not its entire intent. Otherwise, there are a number of other ways to ask the question. It allows Turbine to realize the mind-set the player feels they have, and their expected/expressed 'champion causes' or 'issues of concern' or 'portions of the playerbase/game that they're likely to be keeping a close eye on the pulse of' I think that they backfired with it, and that it led to the impression that the selections are done in more of a strict quota style rather than trying to get a well rounded range of feedback. Yes, there were some players chosen in 2013 for explicit diverging actions/mentalities because of wanting to address rank farming. Do you think Turbine has a similar intent in addressing Raids or the Loot System? I don't. In which case players who wind up on the council with those concerns, are simply a byproduct of other selection criteria. I'd be happy to be wrong on this.
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