Hi all! Welcome to our first twitter dev chat! Make sure you use the following tags when you ask
We'll RT your question, and then the answer. Answers will include the initials for the person responding
(RH,AC,MZ, etc) #LOTRO #devchat
Please keep your questions brief and as close to 1 tweet as possible! #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
Today we have Senior Producer Aaron “Rowan” Campbell, Lead Systems Designer Matt “HoarseDev” Zimmitti,(cntd)
World Designer Matt “Scarycrow” Fahey,Senior Content Designer Lauren “Budgeford” Salk,(cntd) #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
Senior Content designer Joe “JWBarry” Barry, LOTRO Community Manager Rick “Sapience” Heaton #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
Let's get started! #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
Q1:WhitewolfUK-How do you feel mounted combat has been received? #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
A1:MZ -MC has been very well received so far. We’re already incorporating feedback into the system…#LOTRO
A1b:Specifically, we’re looking into ways to make the classes have more of a distinct impact in future
Q2:MRWarg-When will you make new creep appearances available in the store? #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
A2: MZ-I just stood over the shoulder of someone working on these this morning. We’re hoping for u10 and
Q3: @rwfrk JWB: Why did you remove raid locks from BG? Any plans to let us do the raid over multiple nights
A3: JWB-Raid locks don't really work well with scaled instances.
A3b: We think BG is doable in a night. OD will be multiple instances. #devchat
Q4: Do you have any plans to make a new zone for Dale and Erebor or is it just going to be the Instaces?
A4: Just the instances. #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
Q5:Schinderhannes-Do you have any ideas/plans for Lotro nobody but you knows about and you think this would
be great? #LOTRO
A5: LS-Yes, yes I do! #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
Q6: @DWLobsters Level cap increases makes me feel like the endgame is increasingly less attainable. Why not
add new content midgame?
A6: LS- We're working on improving mid=level content such as the moria revamp.
Q7:Lathius-Are we going to scale Rift/CD anytime in the near future? #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
A7: JWB -They're on the list. There's a lot of nostalgia and love for those spaces, so we're taking our time
and treading very carefully.
Q8:@Frickinidget-Great work on Bree/Archet appearance! Any plans for other older game areas? #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
A8: MF- We've been discussing older game areas and how we can bring them up to ROhan quality.
Q9: @Strause64 -Hunter class are they getting anything new in future updates or game play? #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
A9: MZ- We're doing a comprehensive investigation into ALL classes. #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
Q10: @Lord_Dolvic What advice would you give to someone interested in starting a career in game development?
Q10: PLay lots of games. All games. Look for Entry level positions and work HARD.
Q10b: Or learn to code and how to work well with others. )
Q11: Econn-When will we see some work done for housing? #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
A11: MZ-Hoo-ee…need to set the stage by getting neighborhoods consolidated with less vacant housing first.
A11:Working out the details of that stuff now.All I can say is that we have a lot of devs interested in doing
some serious home
Q12:@rwfrk In a recent interview with Lotro Reporter you acknoweledged video of a landmass. Can you tell us
about region timeable? U10?
Q12: LS- The next region is in the update after part II of the instance cluster. #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
Q13: @dillwillson is there any way you can delete hunters so we dont have to hear them cry anymore?
A13: RH - HEY! I'm a hunter!
A13b MZ- Well in that case....
Q14: Bohrn_EU-When are you going to fix the forums?
A14: RH - We just revamped http://lotro.com and the forums are currently in the web team's sights. No ETA.
Q15: @EiledonTruvoice What do you do for fun? #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
A15: MF - I play lots and lots of games. I have very little time, I live here. Help me.
A15b: LS- I work for fun. Don't help Matt.
A15c: MZ- Brew beer. Make Cheese. Craft beards.
A15d: RH- Matt Z has been holding out on me...
Q16: @BloodSpeaker How far down the chain is a Helegrod scaling?
A16: JWB - DONE! Go play!
Q17:@Kheledlire Can we see something very awesome new feature in 2013?Character updates, better mounted
combat or a very new feature? #LOTRO
A17: MZ- YES!
Q18:Sorig09-Will there be mounted combat instances in the future?
A18: JWB-There's a lot of design and work going on internally to figure out how to meld MC and instance
gameplay in a satisfying way.
Q19: @arch07js Plans to expand Hytbold type of non-killkillkill questing to additional areas of the game?
A19: JWB - Variety is the spice of life! Yes. #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
Q20: @scorp_71 Instance Finder was a perfect idea but never adopted by players.Do you plan to review it for
Help solo players to group.
A20: JWB- We're looking into it. #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
Q21: @DaveFortin are there plans to allow mounted combat in future regions? #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
A21: LS- Yes. We already have MC content in development. It's in the next region.
Q22: @RannaDylin @Floradine_S: What are your plans to protect RPers from forced emotes?
A22: MZ- Plans? We're done with plans.We're testing a solution right now.
A22b MF - In the meantime we're also putting in "serious business' locales, where those emotes won't work.
Q23: @Drewoid13 Are there any plans to revamp questing in the 40s?
A23: LS- Now that Moria is finished, we have our eye on lower levels, but no solid plans.
Q24: @Icekiro_RK Hey, My house is really cold. Anyway to use some dragon fire to heat it up?!?
A24: JWB - Draigoch drops an animated fireplace.
Q25: WhitewolfUK-What were your thoughts on releasing the Rohan cluster into two separate releases. #LOTRO
A25: MZ - This balanced approach allows us to focus more on individual spaces. Speed is often the enemy of
quality… #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
A25b:Cramming them all into one release can seriously bring the overall quality level down. #LOTRO #DEVCHAT
A25c:It also allows us to work on more long-term improvements that need to simmer at the same time. #LOTRO
A25d: JWB-It was a very hard decision.We'd prefer to release it as a whole.But it's more important to have
quality gameplay. #LOTRO
That wraps it up! Thanks for all the great questions! Hope we answered some of your top ones! #LOTRO