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Longbottom Leaf

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  1. I agree with this. Eastern Rohan(RoR) was far from being Turbine's best work, but it still wasn't nearly as bad as Western Rohan(Helm's Deep) was. Trying to climb the Beacon near the end of RoR was the first time that I suspected that the devs might be fucking with us. Helm's Deep made me really start wondering if that was the case considering how absolutely tedious and uninspired so much of it's content was. And don't even get me started on how bad Epic Battles are. Between the release of RoR and HD lies Wildermore- A completely extraneous lagfest with a stupid, nonsensical story. And then after HD came Fangorn, which was nothing more than a thinly veiled reputation grind with hardly any content to speak of. And after that? Arguably the single biggest missed opportunity in all of LotRO- The Paths of the Dead. Just a simple run through where you fight a few stray mobs. Back in the MoM era we all assumed that PotD couldn't be anything other than a truly epic raid cluster... I spent nearly a year away from the game due to my discontent with how bad this game was in that era. But for how bad all that content is, the moment you step out of PotD into Western Gondor, the game actually gets good again until Minas Tirith's epic fetch quests.
  2. I don't have empirical data to show, but it's quite evident nonetheless, IMO. Most of the big IPs have been tried. Most of the successful MMOs are getting long in the tooth. There aren't any "big"* MMOs currently in development, and none based on an established IP- at least none that I'm aware of. The industry is mostly focused on retaining customers in the games that already do exist. It should be telling that the investor class has finally stopped trying to fund the mythical "WoW Killer"- that boat has clearly sailed. * Subjective, but I doubt that Crowfall is going to be the next ESO. If your go-to example for 2D Isometric is PoE, then I feel that it's my duty to pimp the Baldur's Gate & Icewind Dale games to you.
  3. There's not going to be another LotR MMO. The MMO industry is in definite decline, and the IP's peak in popularity has passed. There were other factors at play that made the prospect of a second Star Wars MMO look appealing: SWG was handled poorly, and people like to forget that it was a huge deal that BioWare(the RPG powerhouse that made KOTOR I & II) was making their first foray into the MMO genre.
  4. Don't be so defensive. In a recent thread about WoW, I mentioned that a lot of people constantly hate on WoW's art style(which I personally adore), but that it's a perfectly valid reason which keeps them from playing or enjoying WoW. That's my exact situation in regards to FFXIV. It could quantifiably be the greatest game ever made, but that art style is a complete turnoff. It's nothing at all like your hypothetical American objecting to English spelling in LotRO. That's not really an issue of "taste", but an intention to remain true to the conventions of the IP's creator. No American that's read Tolkien could possibly be xenophobic enough to give a shit, regardless of how pointlessly antiquated we find the spelling of words like "centre" to be. The occasional word spelled in a different manner is seen only rarely, whereas a style of graphics is seen literally every second that you play a game. TL;DR: You can't debate matters of taste.
  5. My thoughts exactly. I just have a visceral negative reaction to virtually everything that's anime-ish. That said, I only hear good things about the FF MMO.
  6. WoW has always been a very good game. Sure, sometimes they do shit people don't like(Cataclysm, pandas, garrisons), but they hit far more often than they miss. There's a reason why they've always been substantially more successful than any other MMO. But with that level of popularity comes a lot of negativity from some quarters. I hear a lot of people say that they hate WoW's graphical style(which I love). That's a completely legitimate viewpoint to have, but it doesn't make WoW a flaming pile of shit just because you personally don't like it. I still think everyone needs to check out one or two of the better, more established private servers just to see what it was like at it's peak quality(Vanilla through Wrath of the Lich King).
  7. ^^^ They're almost making it sound like there's going to be another expansion coming out for Mordor. The cynical side of me assumes that it would be an extremely sub-par cash grab shortly before the lights go out for good, but who knows?
  8. I'll pretty much guarantee you that the game will be up and running through at least Dec 31st, 2016. After that, who knows?
  9. I'll hate to see LotRO close down, but this is a pretty clear indication that things are starting to wind down. We'll see The Black Gates, and maybe something in Mordor itself. If we're super lucky, we'll get The Scouring of the Shire.
  10. Even if they do lose the license(which I'm leaning towards "yes" on), I doubt they'd have to shut the servers down at a given time. Someone here once said that losing the license would only prohibit them from making any new content, and I agree that that would likely be the case. The servers will stay up as long as they see actual profits.
  11. I agree, it's a good map. Btw, you left off Wildermore, Fangorn & Paths of the Dead.
  12. Making a mad dash to Mordor is a slightly more recent decision that's heavily influenced by business and licensing concerns. Detours through Southern Mirkwood and the inexplicably huge amount of time we spent with the Dunlandings were decisions made on someone else's watch, and in a far different business climate. There was literally never going to be a scenario in which players didn't at least pass through both Rohan & Gondor.
  13. Looks like another person just found out why RP servers are always the best ones to roll on! I also play on Wyrmrest Accord, although I haven't subbed for 13 months. I know a lot of people around here have a major stick up their ass about the Lonely Mountain Band on Landroval, but let's not let those anecdotes detract from the larger point. In every game I've played, the RP servers are always the friendliest and they're always among the very biggest a game has(WoW may be the exception to this). But the vast majority of people playing on RP servers(80%+) don't actually roleplay at all. RP server players tend to be a little more mature, and trolls are almost nonexistent. It's sad to see people switch from MMO to MMO continually rolling fresh on miscellaneous little backwater servers that will always be among the first to die or get merged. Whenever I try a new MMO, I always research the server situation before rolling, and I have never once been disappointed.
  14. That's likely due to the game's playerbase being reduced to the true diehards that aren't going to abandon ship for any reason whatsoever. Turbine can count on people like Nymphonic and Bango being there until the end of all things. And they know it.
  15. The fact that this post is still up is quite telling unto itself: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?594793-Official-New-Server-Hardware-Thread&p=7534686#post7534686
  16. It was a hypothetical that wouldn't actually happen anyway. My main's on Landroval, not Laurelin, and her name is completely lore-appropriate.
  17. Correct. We're all wired differently. What's important to one person might seem completely stupid and irrelevant to someone else. If my main was forcibly renamed, I would permanently uninstall the client the second Turbine made it clear that there would be no recourse. I wouldn't delete characters, it's not my style(I bristle whenever I hear people mention deleting non-lowbies), but I definitely wouldn't ever return. Some people might not be able to understand that, but that's why we're all individuals. We're not all on the same wavelength. It's a Catch 22, and Turbine gets bitched at either way they decide on this issue. I actually feel a little sorry for them for once, because it's a tough call to make. My feeling is that no one's going to quit the game just because there's a Hobbit running around Laurelin named Yolo Nubbins, but there are some people that will quit the game when they're forcibly renamed after being forcibly transferred off of their home server.
  18. For the record, Laurelin is the only server(at least out of the English speaking ones) that has an actual rule that exists nowhere else. It was also established by Codemasters, long before the EU servers came under Turbine's control. Names have to be lore-appropriate. No "Izsniperz" "Gankzilla" or "Lolegolas". A substantial number of people that play on Laurelin do so specifically because of that rule, not in spite of it. Now, I realize that there is a tendency on the part of some to automatically deride those people as "elitist" or whatever, and yes, floating names can be turned off, but is wanting to play without ever seeing "xXDETHLORDXx" really that bad of a thing? We both know that that player is always going to be the living embodiment of Barrens Chat, so is it really that "elitist" to want to avoid playing with them in the first place? I know I'm in a distinct minority fighting a losing battle here, but the demographics of this forum do take a very dim view towards roleplayers and RP servers in general. Virtually all roleplayers are lumped together as being some giant clusterfuck of literally insane weirdos, etc. Some of the anecdotes that I've seen tossed around here sound like exaggerations or outright fabrications to me. I've been on Landroval for 6 years, and Lonely Mountain Band doesn't impact the gameplay experience of anyone, apart from being a kin tag you occasionally see under player's names. Yet according to some people around here, they control Landroval with an iron fist. If you walk into the Prancing Pony looking to start drama and shit, I bet you'll find it. But it ain't happening in Gondor, people. I'm a non-RPer that always roles on RP servers, and I'm far from being in the minority. In every game I've played, RPers are almost always less than 20% of the RP server's population. Yet, RP servers are almost always among a game's most populous(usually right up there at #2 after the PvP server). There's a large demographic that likes to roll on RP servers because of all the ancillary factors associated with them- There are always lots of events, interesting people*, etc. RP server demographics skew older, friendlier and...Slightly better read, maybe? Not sure how I want to say that, but there's a legitimate point in their that isn't based on "elitism" or whatever. A lot of the appeal is also in who doesn't roll there. Our pal xXDETHLORDXx? Yeah, he ain't ever rolling on an RP server. Even if the demographics don't factually skew "older, friendlier and slightly better read", it sure as shit seems like it in the absence of players like that. That's a large part of the appeal. * No, I'm not saying that their aren't interesting people on non-RP servers.
  19. Considering Turbine's current capabilities, I would expect something even better than a silly little chapter in the Epic Quest line. I would expect a visit from Bingo Boffins! You know that DJH and Mar Evayne would be completely content with that.
  20. I pretty much quit the game in Feb/March, but this transfer business has brought me back as well over the last few weeks. At the very least, I'm morbidly curious about how the transfers are going to pan out. I am a tiny bit optimistic though- insofar as a person could realistically be regarding the near-term future of LotRO.
  21. Yeah, I don't even remember where exactly I heard that. Like Nostalrius, I got in on Rebirth early in its existence. It was pretty much just one guy that set it all up virtually single handed. I was never able to transition over to Emerald Dream once that became popular because they boasted a full team, yet they had a ton of bugs and broken quests, whereas Rebirth didn't. I don't have anything to link to per se, but it has been pretty well established that private servers aren't really legally actionable for standalone IPs(like Warcraft, etc.) as long as there's no profit involved. A licensed IP like LotR might be a different story altogether, but the (apparently) accepted existence of that one Star Wars Galaxies server makes me wonder about even that.
  22. I played on Rebirth back in the day, and as I recall, the US-based owner actually won his legal battle against Blizzard due to the fact that he wasn't profiting off of it. From March-June I played on Nostalrius - the 1x Vanilla private server that other people in this thread have been talking about. I haven't logged on for a few months, but the population was HUGE(6.5-7k daily compared to Blizz's retail cap of 3k) and it was almost completely bug free. That said, the community was even more rancid than retail, and ganking became a major hurdle for leveling past 35 or so.
  23. To be fair, they absolutely had to make an attempt at Mounted Combat. I always knew that I would be ambivalent about it at best, but a large number of people had been clamoring for it all along, especially in regards to the (then) future Rohan expansion.
  24. I still occasionally play both Neverwinter and Champions Online, and I really have no major complaints with PWE as a parent company. Granted, ubiquitous lockboxes are annoying, but TSW already has those, IIRC. IMO, fears of PWE are a bit like the fears people had about Disney owning Marvel and Star Wars(ZOMG! Tehy're gonna make Darth Mickey!!!1!!111). Few companies are stupid enough to buy a property only to intentionally fuck it up and drive away its consumers(*cough* WB *cough*). I'd much rather see FunCom be bought out by PWE than those shady Russian assholes.
  25. Especially considering that the transfer process is done via the client before you enter a specific server, it seems quite clear that the login server is handling the entire transfer process.
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