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  1. LasraelLarson

    Be Virtuous!

    if you are just starting out, this new system is initially fairly decent as you can slot 5 choices immediately & begin leveling those (one at a time) immediately. so initially for a new person, getting virtue traits leveled is going to be much quicker than it used to be when a deed was locked to a certain virtue. if you have just one spec of 5 traits & that is it... this new system will be OK & less work than previously. "IF CLAUSE INCOMING!" "if" virtues remain unchanged (they keep there current values & aren't swapped again) & no other new virtues are added... & "if" virtues remain at level 60... (((they won't but will go up when the level cap goes up, so you'll be doing more work when the level cap raises.))) the new system is OK... "IF" for anyone wanting more than one 5 virtue spec, (or even a completionists) SSG just added another massive MASSIVE grind. & you can bank on the level 60 cap raising with the next level cap increase. so short term, this new system is going to feel OK. as time wears on, folk will be as sick of it as they are the LI grind (and every other system grind in this game & there are plenty.)
  2. LasraelLarson

    Frivolous Polling: Doomsayers 2020

    for reference: BLESS Online Aion FTP RIFT Secret World Legends ArcheAge EverQuest II and for discussion purposes here are some titles that appear strong and not in any imminent danger: 1.) World of Warcraft 2.) Elder Scrolls Online 3.) Black Desert Online 4.) Final Fantasy IV Online 5.) Guild Wars 2 6.) Conan Exiles 7.) TERA 8.) StarTrek Online so do you agree with the safe list? did i miss anything for the western market? let the doom-saying 2020 begin... edit: FULL DISCLOSURE: i voted RIFT, but i think ArcheAge is also on it's last legs. TRION (now Gamico) is in as bad shape as Daybreak IMO, if not worse. whole gaming industry is in for some harsh corrections in near future.
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    Frivolous Polling: Doomsayers 2020

    welp Bless Online is the first on the list to sink. Neowiz is Sun-setting its: Japanese Server on August 8th. 2019 & Western Market through STEAM on September 9th. 2019 Neowiz already killed the Korean side last year: November 9th 2018 - Korean Service ends. soo... Adios BLESS Online.
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    Serverpopulation

    if regular updates are what you are after, these really are your best option: http://lux-hdro.de/hdro-live.php http://lotrostats.gefallenehelden.de/ & even https://steamcharts.com/app/212500#All can provide regular insight. Anor and to a lesser degree, Ithil have declines slightly steeper than the regular servers: my charts are whims, inconsistently sporadic & usually when i feel like highlighting a thing (generally speaking.) the frequency of server resets (weekly) makes for less interesting snapshots as the data sets are rather small comparisons. as example: Evernight and Brandywine will swap positions for top spot rather frequently and a much longer view (something my pie charts aren't, just snapshots) shows Brandywine overall out in front. i will do more, but if you want consistent representations in pie form... i am not your guy.
  5. LasraelLarson

    Be Virtuous!

    i haven't done a single thing differently. i usually make very short term goals (one month at best) and reassess those as things go forward. haven't been deed focused the past 3 months, and assuming there will be an advantage to burn out the deeds now, may be premature. latest from Barbara "Tybur" Thompson: You are mostly correct, however endgame quests awarding virtue xp will be available with U24 launch. The initial Vales of Anduin endgame quests include 2 weekly wrappers, each awarding 3000 virtue xp (available once you have completed the quest content to unlock the endgame). There is additional Vales endgame content that will become available later. the only thing i will assume is the "New Virtue (grind) System" will be alleviated via store purchases. fully expect (multiple) new packaged sales to aid those currently in a min state, to reach a max state in short order via a store purchase.
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    64-bit gossip

    heh. as in the vid i linked above from Bludburn... he says loading is soo much better, only a few seconds later to reintroduce loading as an issue/excuse. Stockholm Syndrome indeed. this video is a tad more realistic about what the actual 64 bit client is doing... so far. better frame-rates & overall less memory degradation. so far at least it is entirely based on using YOUR systems components better. no real client net code improvements so far that i can tell, & the old engine will always be the old engine. both your machine AND new servers can only do soo much there. but i lock my system down at 60FPS & on the occasion i am in a long season & porting all over the map through many layers of game structure, so all this saves me is a reboot to clean up a long gaming season. yes it is an improvement, but not to the degree that some folk seem to think it will be. and the video acknowledges that this still may not be enough to not "deal-break" for some who are used to newer games. always a good idea not to over promise right out the gate.
  7. LasraelLarson

    Game Of Thrones Winner

    yeah because she hopped on a pale horse as the bringer of death... or something. >.> or was it a white horse... so judgement?! just another flimsy excuse to appear deep, but end up looking like a shallow end of the pool wader. i did not say it was good. i said it made me happy that someone finally killed that... whilst in keeping with a total Mary Sue, couldn't have Arya kill a sister either... Jon had to finally play some part, as he was inept in dealing with the Wight King. also providing some ridiculous excuse to ship him off North, so he could finally pet Ghost. Danny making all the way to the end, only to look like a complete & utter fanatic: Tyrion could have pushed her down the stairs and broke her neck for all it mattered: the soul crushing effect of all those who hung on her as Queen of the Seven Kingdoms was the only salt i was after. show has been utter garbage for at least 3 seasons now.
  8. LasraelLarson

    Game Of Thrones Winner

    “Sunset found her squatting in the grass, groaning. Every stool was looser than the one before, and smelled fouler. By the time the moon came up, she was shitting brown water. The more she drank the more she shat, but the more she shat, the thirstier she grew.” ― George R.R. Martin you may find THIS useful...
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    UK Perspective on UK Contempt of Court

    does jolly ole Englandstan have needle programs in place like San Fran, Seattle & other left liberated cosmopolitan centers? but knives (& apparently straws) are a real concern.
  10. LasraelLarson

    Be Virtuous!

    kind of like back when Meghan Jenks/Rodberg said (at the time she may have even believed it to be the truth) tomes & certain items would never be in the store... it is a slow pulling back of the wool. it took the drastic changes of Helms Deep for that bucket of ice effect to rattle enough cages. this new virtue (yet another) grind system apparently it is still incomplete.... yeah right! the time on the wool pullback here is going to be much faster. most of those (...still) here since the FTP transition are wise to it, but some folk will still be in for a shock. regardless, i think this will have a similar proportional detrimental effect on the player-base. the percentage drops in numbers pre & post HD, should be similar to these new realities. and i find myself in a similar position to the conclusion of GoT... oddly enjoying watching the nails being driven in. walk to where though? isn't the bulk of the current employed central & key usefulness, their knowledge of the patchwork state of an 2+ decades old game engine and client? the 2 games (Lotro & DDO) could not really be transferred to any other set of (studio) employees because of the legacy code in play. to shake off that relic status and actually be useful in a modern setting? like resurrecting a fossil. if they were capable of walking, it would have happened already. not really knuckling down as much as swallowing the bullet when the alternatives may look something like:
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    Game Of Thrones Winner

    the only part i cared about was when Jon drove the dagger in. it made me smile. the rest was just a fart sniffing art piece by George Lucas Jr. & someone from the Mark Zuckerberg Dysgenics Program. both are just as overrated as George RR Martin. that said, i am oddly enjoying that is was as poorly received as it was. the salt bath also has me grinning. ;)
  12. LasraelLarson

    Game Of Thrones Winner

    welp we made it to the end bois...
  13. LasraelLarson

    Frivolous Polling: Doomsayers 2020

    Article here:
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    Other MMOs?

    not what i am saying. the only things that hit somewhat hard are the adult gwibers and the giants & while those things aren't every 5 feet, except a tad bit with the giants in giant home... even there you kinda have to purposefully ignore everything around you to get a second by accident. what i am referring to is the generic wimpy mobs (orcs, dunlendings, wargs, wolves, cunannun, wights, tree trolls and the slightly similar to limfram lights) literally every 5 feet that aren't remotely hard to fight, but it is like clearing 300 trash mobs before reaching a Boss fight in an instance... filler. it's like the back and forth for the Hobbits in Staddle, except there are 50 fly swarms between each hop. i should also point out i am not referring to those in and around the little villages either, or a wolf den, or place where you would expect to see an enemy mob in some concentration. i am talking all over the landscape willy-nilly. i think the design was intended for landrushers so they wouldn't fight over mobs, or be like the faggots of yore needing to form a queue line for quests & or spawns... if the above was still commonplace in design & player made queue lines were still a thing... no damn way would i ever touch this genre. but generic trash landscape mobs every few feet so the hordes of players on launch day & for the first couple months have plenty to kill; becomes a time wasting nuisance when the zone is no longer populated with hundreds of players. there isn't much difficultly until you get an adult gwibber, or giant, which is a segment of a zone segment (Thrors Coomb.) it also looks UNNATURAL as fuck, but then so does Enedwaith itself in some regards. every few feet just some random eazzie-pezzie mob, so even kiting, at some point you will have to stop and dispose of the remaining train. nothing difficult, but moving around the zone is just tedious. unless you are over-leveled. all that said, this is LOTRO and i am sure there are some folk who will have difficulties fighting even a couple generic mobs, but most players can kill them easily enough. yellow champ could dispatch any train easily. if you think these things are difficult, you are probably doing something VERY wrong. if you are the kind of person who likes fighting 300 trash mobs just to get to a challenge, well... until you enter giants home, or face an adult gwibber... you shouldn't have to manage much of anything. giants home doesn't need any changes. tiny villages, animal dens, camps etc. would be natural places for mob density. even having a roaming hunting party, or something like that. but trash mobs every few feet is just liter & once the land rush of post launch ends... just bad design. the only reason to have it like that is when there are actually hundreds of players in the zone. even though it does look unnatural, it kind of has to be that way initially. 1 or 2 or 5 years later though... ;)
  15. LasraelLarson

    Game Of Thrones Winner

    soo true. anywhooo:
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    Other MMOs?

    just a side bar to this: i just ran a capped character through Enedwaith to finish up another World Renown deed... and the mob density is identical to launch... was great for a level 120 deeding with zero agro, but a person running this for the first time? it amazes me in 2019 games still don't have a dial for launch day state (for land-rush) and the initial first couple weeks, then a setting for the following months and perhaps a final setting for content older than 1 year. they all develop with this initial land rush as the constant state in mind... which is indeed great for over-level deeding, but actual first time questers who are likely in the zone with only a couple others at best... not so much. mass server tech mitigates this a bit, but regardless, if you aren't an initial adopter of a game & stay with the pack... getting left in the dust is a pretty easy thing in any game. not exactly the most enticing prospect for a new player, nor is having to pay a premium price for a much less enjoyable experience... or just flat out paying to bypass it altogether... whilst that solution seems acceptable to some, it will never wash with me. games that can't figure out how to overcome this deserve to diminish. if they think charging through the nose for a past due experience (or skipping it) is figuring it out... heh, best of luck with that & i won't weep when thier game goes offline for good.
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    Frivolous Polling: Doomsayers 2020

    just updating this as 2019 Q1 is available for viewing: Lineage (Original) got hammered & everything is down slightly except Lineage 2 and GW2. and just for the conversion to American Dollars again, GW2 earned $ 13,894,360.27 USD in 2019 first quarter. what is amazing is AION somehow managing $10,480,516.72 USD in Q1 2019, but i have heard they monetized the shit out of that game. wonder how these numbers compare to Lotro? edit: RIFT is merging its EU servers does this mean they are going to fight to make the existing user experience better? or just cutting costs to stretch things out?
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    64-bit gossip

    i linked the vid without initial comment. if you haven't watched the vid... do. skip to the 6 minute mark for actual game-play. he ports to Minas Tirith, mounts a war-steed (the war-steed graphic has hang time loading) he rides and encounters lag (he says it is loading lag...) and then has a little rubber-band & crashes into an object. turns and rides back, then leaves Minas Tirith out to the Pelennor, but does not reach the outer ring, or engage in any combat in the densely populated mobs there... just watch it. the bulk of my crashing in and around MT ended when i reverted to DX9. i never use a war-mount inside MT & only time i have used it outside is for war-bands. lets just say with what he showcased for the 64 bit client... i think my machine handles MT and surrounding better. unless there is a ton more in the pipeline for the 64 bit client, the issues it currently addresses are limited & still untested under load, which based on my experience are server related & won't be solved by the 64 bit client.
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    Other MMOs?

    this is why i don't particularly care when i jump back in to GW2. i will essentially be starting over. my existing characters aren't level 80, and each inventory is a mess, so the most practical solution (currently) is to just straight up delete and start from scratch. leveling to 80 will take me... a person with roughly a 3 to 5 hour time window per day, who actually likes to experience the game they are playing... a solid 4 months to reach. & then it is a factor of gearing up for level 80 & unlocking the mastery system. this segment i can't even guess the time frame, because it does involve drops and or A LOT of big gold purchases & play grind. all assuming i don't ease off on the time commitment even for a day or two. that initial hurdle of cleaning up the old mess and starting out isn't something i look forward too. & anyone who is saying there won't be an element of grind, is flat out lying. & while the game-play is solid & i know i enjoy it, i simply don't give a single fuck about the story & right now the living world is still a big thing & i think episodic content is retarded. so no rush to jump back in, even though i do enjoy actually playing the game.
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    This is gonna hurt SSG

    indeed the charade does occupy ALL of them to the point of getting nothing done... which is why this is still an "IF" and we aren't entirely sure what that "IF" is... nor will we be until the first precedent is set by actual litigation. *shrug*
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    This is gonna hurt SSG

    proposed legislation... and Josh is Republican, so by default Dems will accuse some nefarious Russian plot and stonewall. this isn't the first time this has been bounced as potential new legislation. & until the first precedent is set... and just whom the litigation is against... or the depth of their pockets... very early to be counting the chickens on this one. nice if it happens, but we are still at the "IF" stage.
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    Game Of Thrones Winner

    SPOILERS AHEAD: really hating the sad as fuck state of humanity right now... culture is dead. generally speaking... earthlings are over.
  23. LasraelLarson

    Be Virtuous!

    hide the nerf! this one looks every bit the slippery money slope as they unpack it.
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    64-bit gossip

    64 bit client vid from one of the betas:
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    Other MMOs?

    GW2 has its flaws, so this isn't a massive endorsement, but... IMO, in a very shit tier games market, (especially MMO's) it is the current best offering out there. if i wasn't freeloading my ass off @Lotro i would be watching for an expansion bundle, or some kind of packaged offer (they happen frequently) and wade back in. the entire base game (they whole of the original release back in 2012 is FTP) which is a sizable chunk more than what LoTRO currently unlocks for free. like massive amount of game... core Tyria that is free to play: 👇⬇️👇⬇️ the 2 current expansions each unlock new methods of travel (Heart of Thorns for gliding, & Path of Fire for what are the best mounts in the entirety of the MMO scene.) whilst original game was good, the new traveling methods ad a whole other dimension to the game... the map including the 2 expansions can be seen here: https://game-maps.com/GW2/img/gw2-zones-map.jpg?v=20190321 so yeah, a lot of game to try out for free, though the mounts and gliding may have you spending... regardless, you can try out a massive chunk of the game entirely for free (that includes structured PvP & WvWvW.) i have a feeling though, your son and his friends will enjoy it more than you will. but if playing with them & having them enjoy it is a factor... regardless, this is the only thing i can currently come close to endorsing on the existing MMO market. & nothing upcoming is grabbing my attention.
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