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    Vivendi going in for the kill

    GW2 has been very succesful in Korea. that is one aspect where NCsofts hand in the proceedings has played well. the story behind the great collapse in Divinities Reach & NCsofts quelching of a multi-cultural Asian themed district makes for a very interesting read. if Arenanet want to include Cantha somewhere down the road, they will have to re-envision it. societies may be changing there, but some things are still very entrenched. even seeing China as a single entity is a mistake. anyway, you hit on why LoTRO didn't make it there in the first attempt. Tolkien tied the epic too closely to the British Isles and it is steeped in lore sources, that simply can't take off in the Asian market. honestly, this is one of those... not in our lifetime kind of things.
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    The Council Made us Do It!

    if i was part, or condtributor, of an addition that i truely believed would impact the game in a positive way. if i believed it really would add value and engender enthusiasm about the game. if i thought this addition would be a marketing hot point that might grow the playerbase... you bet i would be on the front line defending it tooth & nail. but if it was just medeocre, milquetoast at best... i definitely have better things to do with my time. anyway, backing up a bit because my first response to this went unanswered: you do realize we got both, right? the choice is rather illusive when you realize, the dilemma is manufactured.
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    Vivendi going in for the kill

    LoTRO will never make a significant impact in Asia, regardless if it meets all business requirements to function in that market. Anyway interesting with regard to this thread topic...
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    The Council Made us Do It!

    the answer is indeed neither. you also failed to see the polorized option litmus test. they both can be soundly rejected.
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    The Council Made us Do It!

    correct, you cannot take the fastest speed mount & morale pool of a horse and apply it to any horse in game without a store purchase.
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    The Council Made us Do It!

    it is indeed. anyway, when you develop for cosmetic, generally the need to create desirable items tends to add to the game... goat mount argument aside, this is a pretty decent looking item. the lore-master staff i have sitting in storage is the one used in this image: it was enhanced in the image above, and actually looks much nicer in game, (found it off a mob drop in Dunland.) i also used to have this legendary champ axe... it was awesome, as my champ was swinging his axes, it would occasionally flash past the screen and the scripted language inscribed on the edge of the blades would have a subtle firey glow... it also was pretty decent looking; things that i really enjoyed. it is entirely possible to wax positive about elements within LoTRO, however there are just soo many things i'd rather not even exist. (stat scrollls comes to mind, & yes i have used my lifetime stipend TP to pick some up on sale & or buy them on the AH, but i would much prefer they never added them to begin with.) the GW2 weapon system is excellent, but... it needs to be said... my elementalist could not find a decent looking staff to transmute. the system is right, but it is lacking in more classical asthetic. some of the best staves i could find (there were only a couple) was a significant compromise to anything i'd actually want. the painterly art stylization of GW2 & the fact it is on newer hardware/engine... the game does look absolutely incredible, however i'm not entirely blown away by the asthetic options available & in fact find most of the armors unappealing. (there are exceptions, but they are few) i do prefer LoTRO's cosmetic armour slots, over transmutation, & i don't have to much of a problem with some of the stricter limitations of using more classical designs... but LoTRO is definitely showing it's age in that regard... the dye system is also not that robust. anyway, i'd rather them shift focus to more cosmetic offerings, less on the purchase of things that are the rewards of game play, as the temptation for power creep is just too great, long term it has devastating effects on the game. Lalia's market is a great system, but the offerings are rather slim. i also don't mind what they did with warsteed cosmetics (mostly) though they did fall a bit short on what can be available in game (dye system mostly.) anyway, when you develop around ever accelarating buffs, the focus shifts off of bread & butter elements like combat... you won't hear anywhere outside of LoTRO, what amazing combat the game has, because no one I MEAN NO ONE even mentions it. personally i would have prefered a much cheaper token that applies to a single mount, that scales it to the current fastest speed & morale pool of the top horse you have earned in game. and should any buffs be added down the road, once earned, they just keep applying. however with the split between regular mounts & warmounts... what we have is just one huge mess. which leads me to what i had originally hoped would be mounted combat, & that is the abilty to fire a bow, swing a weapon, or cast from existing mounts, (skills that we would learn from Rohirim as we passed through Rohan) and not something to be better than regular combat, but a combat initiation option, or an agmentation to fleeing, (or maintaining pursuit) ... but Turbine opted for a different direction. anyway, it is just part & parcel with compartmentalized expansion development, but i can't say i am blown away in the slightest... & with combat 2.0 coming with Helms Deep.... *sigh* anyway, i don't care for this mount speed item one bit, nor am i surprised to see council members shift into a more defensive position over its addition. meat shield or no, it is quite predictable to see how this is playing out. yes there are some folk who will buy this item, though i can confidently say, the magnitude to which they will be dwarfed by those complaining about it; will be large indeed.
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    The Council Made us Do It!

    sorry, i had too
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    The Council Made us Do It!

    i don't think they've even remotely tapped the creative ideas fount as of yet. Lotro's clear strengths are it's music system & cosmetic clothing system. pity that cosmetic can't be fully flushed out into weapons as well. i'm not going to go searching for one of Yula's old explainations as to how this is soo difficult to do. I will simply say a transmutation system would solve this. you can hunt in game for items to transmute the stats onto a new appearance, but suffice to say, blank cosmetic skins to transmute stats would probably fair pretty well. (my Lore Master is holding a staff in storage, even though the stats are not remotely as good as my current legendary... but the staff is a considerably more pleasing asthetic, over my current legendary. some of the weapons awarded in the east wall quests were also pretty nice... that one mace is the best looking mace in the game... the axe was pretty swish too. you earn the stats you want in game, but to transmute them onto an weapon appearance you like... you can find a world drop you like, or have a nice selection available in store. the rohirim skirmish soldier appearance was another good idea. they've focused way to much on stats & not nearly enough on cosmetics. they've undermined in game accomplishment far too much. edited: i'd also like to say as i was carebearing the festival today, GLFF indeed did turn into a player council bashing session for a good half hour. t'was rather pathetic.
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    Summerfest Races

    didn't work as of last year, & doesn't work today. they've moved the races into instances. they currenty have one hour cooldowns, you need to place the bet prior to the race. mithril coins remove the hour cooldown. the races happen every 9 minutes.
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    Official Forums ('Account Switching'

    i no longer use the official forums. haven't logged in in a while & i don't see that changing anytime soon. so to your question... i am rather useless.
  11. oh so many things to say... i'll start by singling this out. i think the importance of the Paiz's are grossly over inflated. Kate Paiz isn't on the executive at Warner/Turbine. she is a game producer of a title & far to public a face (no i'm not attempting to be funny with that.) She & Fernando were recruited for their previous experience with game monitization over at THERE.com. Anyway a name that would be more relevant in this process would be Jeff Junge. as to what I think... i don't think any options in the poll speak to what i see happening. i do not think Warner intends to just carry the licence, they are renegotiating. they have an established reputation with Saul Zaentz that goes well beyond games. i think the terms both parties are attempting to get are as broad as can be without waking the Tolkien Estate letigious dragon. soo, now to say much... & my biggest fear... i dread any potential plans of a future with the name EA/Warner in the label. i think as we transition into the new year, Warner will begin to reveal some of their cards. whilst the new licence announcement won't be all the legal nigglies. i suspect the press release will look considerably different than the one on Turbines site from back in 2008. i don't think LoTRO will vanish immediately, but i don't think this is Turbines game to develop very far into the future, either. i think Warner intends to transition the Middle Earth franchise in an entirely new direction. also if Infinite Crisis flops, & so far that seems to be where Infinite Crisis is headed... Warner will likely repurpose Turbine entirely.
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    So what DOES define a good community manager, then?

    cheer up. the singularity could occur and we'll all be enslaved by our technological overlords... or the ninja pirate zombie apocalypse could be triggered in some underground research lab... if it's not one thing, it's another.
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    Banned from the Turbine Forum...

    if you are using: http://support.turbi....c&deptID=24001 then open a ticket, be sure to select all the appropriate sections as you fill in the information on the ticket. reply to the automated mail you recieve to keep the ticket open, restate the issue, but don't change the ticket # etc. that should be all that is needed. the only other reason i could think that they closed the ticket, is because your request wasn't for re-instatement of your forum account and fell outside the scope of what they can do for you. in anycase, perhaps a phone call would serve you better, but who knows. edited: phone info
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    Banned from the Turbine Forum...

    anytime i've delt with account support, i've gotten that canned email, but replied immediately... i think you have 2 days to reply? or the ticket is automatically closed. this is the script in my emails: was that script from the initial email, or a follow up? edited: ok ima dum-dum you did state it is a follow-up and looking at more of my emails with support, yep, that is the followup script. so they closed the ticket... dayum.
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    What has the council done thus far?

    and that really is the crux of it. things listed as features but really everyone has access. anyway, if my understanding of the scope of these changes is correct... the fact that this is bread & butter combat from level 1 on and not tied to quest givers in the new region, etc. this is the biggest thing listed as a feature, that will effect everyone, regardless. even mounted combat wasn't available until level 71... BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! oh you got me good!
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    Banned from the Turbine Forum...

    fair enough. Bango simply doesn't fit the villain profile in his head. everything, & i mean everything he is currently doing is an attempt to resolve that conflict. including the, "I wash my hands of these proceedings." not that your displeasure is significant enough to confirm a bias, but it may be fuel enough to prolong the justification, 'it is just a misunderstanding, Sapience has mistaken you for a villain, but you are not a villian." the details of the conversation Bango outlined on the first page of this thread... those things won't simply disappear. neither will the fact that Bango has established himself in a light counter to 'the villification' that needs to be established in order to excuse this. so my point is not whether or not he deserves a response in kind... that is something entirely up to you. my point, is that he stepped out from the shadows, to address a percieved conflict, with what he has come to understand... dissonance is occuring. he is now fighting the value of his past experience with Bango, which he states in a positive framework, with his current perceptions of the official functioning of the forums. if he has 'sunken costs' in either, resolution isn't going to be easy. i guess we'll find out at some point if Bango is someone he can view as a villain, or if that just won't set in his mind. regardless, i am sure he will be free at anypoint to return to discuss more if the mood should take him. my albiet limited impression of these forums, is that discussions generally run their natural course. and for that i am very happy!
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    Casual Stroll to Mordor Rebrand

    it is your website, your time & your effort... whether you dedicate solely to LoTRO... or decide this site is now a knitting/crochet hub, I care not one wit. follow your heart & i will respect your enthusiasm, regardless of whether my own personal tastes fall in line, or not. i am not blind to the effort involved in maintaining something like that, but i am far to lazy to do it myself. so you have my respect regardless.
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    Banned from the Turbine Forum...

    Dal, do not be so hard on the guy. cognitive dissonance is uncomfortable enough without someone shoving a boot in your arse. i have no problem whatsoever with him lurking. isolation from conflicting viewpoints re-enforces the tribe/herd mentality. exposure, uncomfortable as it may be... is a good thing. let him wash his hands for the moment & disassociate. that is his current coping mechanism. end of day, Bango doesn't fit his villain paradigm. if he can't resolve villification of Bango, he will eventually come round in his own time. some problems solve themselves if given time.
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    What has the council done thus far?

    fear not, i shall not fall for a scape-goat. it is clear who has set this up... entirely. who has defined the terms. & who guides the tone. should any attempt to sacrifice said goat occur... the blood will clearly be on... the ball of responsibility will fall entirely in the court belonging to... Warner/Turbine. short feature list aside; it is troubling to me that this is listed as one of the bullet points, in the official press release from April. are they actually going to continue this line, that this is a feature of Helm's Deep? anyone wondering why i keep harping about the budget being drastically tight... it should be very clear. they've couched some fundamental upgrades to basic gameplay combat, (the bread & butter as it were) as a feature. it tells me more than i need to know about the current state of the game. things are bad. regardless, that is no fault of the player council.
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    So what DOES define a good community manager, then?

    opperating like a High-School clique is most certainly not the best option. nothing wrong with a personality, but... application of moderation needs to be consistant and without feeling (turn off that personality & become the robot) rather than get upset, simply keep re-enforcing the appropriate conduct. (again, it may be robotic, but in the sticky situations, feelings only further cloud the picture & do not serve the solutions.) communicate... often. communicate changes & explain the reason for the change. then communicate some more. & throw in some additional doses of communication for good measure. have your personality, just don't let it get in the way. people will pick up immediately if your personality is getting in the way.
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    What has the council done thus far?

    i actually think this revamp is a critical misstep. it has no business being sold as a feature of an expansion. unlike mounted combat which was tied to a region and an additional path to basic combat... this shouldn't be a feature... it is fundimental to gameplay. if there is cumulative problems with the current system that need be addressed, fine, but not as a feature for an expansion. but the funds being directed back at LoTRO are currently soo tight, i don't think there is any other way to greenlight funding for the work that might need doing. so it is getting passed in with the expansion budget. i do have to chuckle @ some on the official forums stating things like pre-orders are going to be delayed if they come as late as August, or i'll be happily pre-ordering Helm's Deep regardless... they are all in for an unpleasant surprise. for the rest who will watch & wait... *raises a glass* cheers to you!
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    Casual Stroll to Mordor Rebrand

    yeah, i took this: as a bit of diplomacy. i have no problem whatsoever if someones interest shifts. it is however rather childish of folk expecting them to remain unflinchingly dedicated to LoTRO. but certain folk are going to have difficulty getting over themselves, & it appears that that challange is only going to get more intense as time goes on.
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    1st post & need to laugh/let off steam RE: Infinite Crisis

    heh. speaking of angry. in that first comicon vid when Chloe is interviewing the Harley Quinn with the massive hammer, she asks if the girl is into Minecraft... & Jeff grabs her wings... i was thinking to myself, Jeff was probably thinking "you speak of another game again ima tear off these wings!" heh-heh, could have been just nerves, but the whole episode reaks of akward. but thats what you get for being disingenous to begin with. they really messed this opportunity up... & by opportunity, I mean they look like 'opportunists' in the French sense of that word.
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    1st post & need to laugh/let off steam RE: Infinite Crisis

    heh. guilty. but seriously, a comic convention with superhero cos-players... who'da thunk?! or does anyone believe any of those people were actually there for that game, >.< more like hey, here is some swag if you come up on stage and talk with us about your costume. as of this post, all 34 entries to the competition on the contest site, and not one that seems to tie into the multi-verse theme of Infinite Crisis, but rather just some generic superhero costumes, for people who are more interested in a free trip to Pax Prime, than the game itself. yeah, this just isn't going well. ...on a side note, come up with a good alternate superhero costume theme & you'd likely win a trip to pax prime
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    1st post & need to laugh/let off steam RE: Infinite Crisis

    please hype our game... pleeeeaaaaasssssseeeeeee! Jeff seems well out of his element here. keep phoning this stuff in Turbine... >.< seriously how can they hit soo many market points and still keep missing? poor Chloe...
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