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  1. but it is a good thing all those generic landscape mobs outside Bree back in the first 20 levels had actual damage, so players could learn how they wouldn't need to react for later instances... or something. but allegedly all these new combat calculations have sorted out some kind of meaningful leveling arch that is supposed to make sense... on paper to what appears to be devs who don't actually play the game... time to turn some more dials. maybe with another dozen years, they'll eventually arrive at something that gels with the handful of people actually left playing the game. huge success...πŸ™„
  2. this is a good read if you want to get a decent idea about how and why these things are so common place & pretty much infect everything: How a Holding Company Works and while the above article doesn't delve into the structural advantages of holding companies and offshore tax havens, it is also fairly commonplace, even well known for a monolith like google... Google shifted $23 billion to tax haven Bermuda in 2017: filing i'd be less bothered if some semblance of Noblesse Oblige existed, & they built back structural strength into the societies they benefited from. rather than the Capitalist Vultures tearing the meat off the bones and leaving rotting corpses of empty businesses & drug addled unemployed street shitters around every corner... or mass importing divisive cheap labor foreign workers. with regard to Patrick Soon-Shiong & daybreak games... maybe there will be some benefit, which is exactly what they initially thought at those 6 hospitals that are now in Bankruptcy. there is a semblance of philanthropic motive to this guy, but at literally every step of his rise in position and power, there is success followed with some controversy & a resulting loss. he sure does like to file Patents: https://patents.justia.com/inventor/patrick-soon-shiong the latest applications for 2019 are interesting. (as are all of them really & there are hundreds...) maybe his interest is genuine, or maybe it momentarily lends legitimacy to his business strategy. regardless i found it amusing with this recent new enthusiasm regarding the latest Trump connections of possible ties to monies paid in the run up to and during the campaign Via Michael Cohen, that Nantworks also has a big Trump connection in the CEO Patrick Soon-Shiong. 3D inter-dimensional chess, or more shenanigans to write down suspect financials? ... as always time will tell. ;)
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    Serverpopulation

    Agras site does that already http://lux-hdro.de/hdro-live-europe.php
  4. remember this thread here: https://lotrocommunity.com/forum/topic/8505-nantworks-makes-strategic-investment-in-daybreak-game-company-and-establishes-video-game-publishing-joint-venture-nantg-mobile/ this bloody circus just never ends... but lets have some linkage fun & i'll brief quote some tidbits and leave it up too all of youz to decide if you want to follow the trail of crumbs... Soon-Shiong’s NantWorks Invests in Daybreak Games NantWorks, LLC, is the umbrella organization for an ecosystem of companies committed to the convergence of 21st century innovative platforms to transform how we work, live and play: NantHealth, NantOmics, NantBioScience, NantCell, NantKwest, NantPharma, NantMobile, NantStudio, NantCapital and NantCloud. AKA: a holding company. the CEO of Nantworks is Patrick Soon Shiong. some tidbits from wiki name link: he is an interesting fella for sure, who has a history of controversies... 1.) Patrick Soon-Shiong's Verity Health hospital chain declares bankruptcy 2.) Billionaire Doctor Who Just Bought the Los Angeles Times 3.) Is Being Sued By Cher & in November 2016 & again in January 2017 billionaire doctor palling around with Donald Trump. here he is on CNBC talking about media being "Fake News" and the cancer of our time: so yeah, odd... and one little tidbit that happened very shortly after Nantworks invested in Daybreak... H1Z1 Pro League Shuts Down, Citing Funding Failures anywhooo, i didn't bother linking up this stuff previously (and there is a ton more info i will forgo, but the links i provided will lead to the other details if you feel inclined to dig further on your own) ... as i have been waiting for the season finally of whatever "honey Pot" this whole goofy situation ends up finally revealing. it has dragged on for waaaay to long already. my anticipation has left the building. that said... this isn't over yet. i did enjoy one commentor from that massively article... 🀣 and one last tidbit, Soon-Shiongs net worth & company stock has been taking a beating over the past few years. still 7.8 Billion (down from over 12+) is still decent pickings.
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    UK Perspective on UK Contempt of Court

    oh the Onion.... Ezra is not my kind of conservative & imho he undermines, more than he contributes. RE: Tommy... could have drawn attention to the issue (Child Grooming Gangs) without filming outside the Courtroom. the fight needs to happen, but milking a controversy that you created... sorry, no good. Tommy should not have filmed outside courthouse. reminds me of when Cernovich crew got some resist protesters to hold up a NAMBLA flag... (for 10 seconds until they realized what it was...) just bad (even dishonest) tactics. there is absolutely an honest fight to be had, but if you are gonna slide into "Grifter Territory" count me out.
  6. not much data but you can see the original sizable drop November 8 2018, as well as the 3 day outage due to server Migration March 6-9, 2019... aside form the actual surge when servers came back online and the drop back to regular activity... the Moria legacy launch does not initially seem to have had any significant new negative impact on the main 10 servers (just minor activity blips.) will know by Thursday just how much actual numbers have increased, still a bit early to be sure... traditionally the Spring Festival bump has always been smaller than the Winter Festival bump. they also have less consistency with firing the spring fest off at the same time each year, so i am sure that confuses some. there have been a couple years where it launched in May & even once in June... anyway gonna dump these graphics here as well... also looks like the servers may have just come down for weekly maintenance... maybe the Spring Festival will be active when they come back up?
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    Serverpopulation

    and for good measure...
  8. it should also be noted that the February STEAM loss of -230.1 is isolated from the outage due to the Database Migration March 6-9 which will impact March numbers some, but would also make any Legacy Moria launch & Spring Festival gains that much more impactful. i think Spring Festival starts March 21st? so Moria on Legacy has one week in isolation to impact gains... then Spring Fest starts.
  9. here is the updated image comparing a snapshot of the first week of January (with the festival bump) to the stark drop off post Festival. unfortunately i didn't grab a snap of the final week of the festival, but if memory serves me correct, the gain was still shy of the December loss of -30.4. so while the fest did not surpass the initial November gain from the legacy servers, it was just shy by a very small margin. what is noteworthy however in the above comparison is the dramatic decrease post festival on January 14th. for a net loss of -70.1 by the end of January & the continued MASSIVE drop throughout February. -230.1!!! as of today (march 14th.) and the Moria launch on the legacy servers.... these STEAM numbers are an ALL TIME LOW for LOTRO on STEAM (547.8 average players.) we shall see if Moria on Legacy actually brings the numbers back up again, or will it be the Spring Festival that does... so far, todays numbers aren't that significant. Just over 800 hitting Anor for Moria Launch... and just shy of 400 for Moria launch on Ithil. also noteworthy... these gains do seem to come directly out of the regular 10 servers. should also have some charts in the next couple of days reflecting that.
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    Serverpopulation

    for February 25, 2019
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    The Elusive Producer's Letter

    hasn't that always been a requirement though? yet another rubber stamp clause/excuse... this isn't fucking INDIA! thing about constantly deploying these excuses... all it serves to highlight is the inefficiencies. those things left unchecked carry cost. & just reflects badly back at the organization. probably something they should get on top off, but i have no expectation it will ever happen. enough time has passed to convince me this flaw is deeply ingrained.
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    What are you Listening to?

    i did not think they were ready for Tuvan throat singing... natural world is the keeper of many ancient secrets.... can you not hear the whispers?
  13. "IF" role-players stick to the RP channel &/or /say and respect basic agency, i am content to ignore them. there are actually RPers who are capable, but they are a rare breed. i recall back in the days when Patience was Community Manager over on the official forums, there was a poster who i have long since forgotten the name, who wrote this Tom Bombadil story pre his settling down with Goldberry & i thought it was VERY well done. but that was from a time when the Official Forums had an actual active posting population comprised of thousands of voices & actual conversations happened. that has all but disappeared now since Sapience poisoned the well & now with Cordovan... that guy is as useful as ass herpes. you will never see stuff of that calibre again. "IF" any role-players who do maintain a non annoying, or easily ignored presence still exist... they have been utterly eclipsed by asshats & folk who will angrily send you ALL CAPS tells for having the audacity to run inside the prancing pony. and then they post that shit server wide in /world subjecting everyone, regardless of location to that "E" list material. or the folk who chose the most trafficked locations to line up their band to play... on top of vaults, vendors, stables, etc. never allowing for a person to chose to wander up too. same goes for the posers in fashionable attire. i shit you not, there was a couple back on old Nimrodel, near the bree stables positioned and posing together so that all incoming and outgoing traffic would see them... for 3 weeks straight. & that doesn't even get into the E-cyber in back rooms of various locations (mostly early game.) so indeed there may be some non bat-shit crazy RPers out there, but in truth, they might as well not exist as the absolute bat-shit crazy is in full view. Laurelin is the worst server because of it.
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    The Elusive Producer's Letter

    isn't it amazing we all had to wait until February 21st for the 3 Lotro Devs, a Junior Artist & an intern to have a last minute scrum early to mid February to throw together a rough outline of goals for the remainder of 2019 and then pass it off to Cordovan too forge Severlins name... to avoid my: πŸ˜›πŸ€£πŸ˜›πŸ€£πŸ˜›πŸ€£πŸ˜›πŸ€£πŸ˜›πŸ€£ honestly though, does this seem like it has been passed about for editing, legal & Corporate approval, translations etc. or does it read more like thrown together last minute? regardless... they are stripping deeds as method of earning LP out of the game... to much free ride opportunities there. bit late, but not that surprising really. class developments, difficulty levels & more dial moving until they stumble upon the most player happiness, or just keep moving the dials. still have no feel for their game & the issue of difficulty where you would not expect it and ease where you would want challenge... 11 going on 12 years in & they are still attempting to stumble on that sweet spot. bet on more stumbles and fumbles. and yeah it does sound like they want to monetize newer tiers of crafting, or simply add in another layer to all tiers with better monetized crafting for all. all that said i am perfectly OK with the whole goals line. balancing their remaining Faculties by shifting them back & forth between 2 games... better to not actually promise anything & deal in the realm of potential yet unrealized & it pacifies the targeted players. what i do not see however is a single reason why this had to take until February 21st. to deliver. queue the, "better late then never" signalers. some things will never stop being utterly fucking predictable.
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