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Posts posted by bhoris

  1. How does the DDO offer compare? I actually don't think the LOTRO offer is too bad. Someone crunched the numbers on its value on the OF and it isn't a blatant rip off like the Mordor mugs edition was. Obviously rubbish compared to the original lifetime offer but things have moved on a lot since then. Still I think $150 would have been a better price as it's likely lots of people will already own some of what is included.

  2. Strange they have decided now is the time to roll this out when, especially as U23 further broke the low level difficulty such that L50s can now solo Uru/CD. Also strange that this completely came 'out of the blue' without really being hinted at any point.

    If I was really cynical I'd say that perhaps the legacy server 'perpetual rotation' system is one of the ways SSG intends to maximise profits from store sales once the game goes in to full maintenance mode i.e no further content to be added.

  3. I've said it before but I actually think the devs are doing a great job with the shoestring development budget that LOTRO has to run on. New instances, raid cluster, nice epic book progression and a Mordor expansion on the cards.... I'm surprised we have made it this far after the failure of Helm's Deep.

  4. Rohan was always going to be difficult for the devs. Unfortunately by the time we got to Rohan, the solo questing experience had been so dumbed down that landscape mobs pose no threat... Beyond the three basic quest archetypes of 'kill', 'click', 'go' what else can they really do? With the trivial nature of combat they had to flesh the L75-L85 levelling process out with lots of running around, NPC dialogues and solo 'instances'. I suppose it sort of fits with the landscape of Rohan and I didn't mind it at the time but doubt I would have the patience now.

    That said, I did think the Fangorn area of East Rohan represented some decent story telling and questing. For what its worth I found West Rohan much worse so you may find that even more of a struggle.

    FYI my my favourite region in the game is probably the Great River, I love the transition as you enter from Lothlorien vineyards. Stangard was pretty great for a first glimpse of Rohan although has been done to death now.

  5. My problem with WoWs implementation is that (for the most part) it is just a bunch of passive bonuses (mostly damage) that you get to skills with no real customisation or choice. Basically they have just stripped away power from character skills you have at L110 which you then regain from maxing out your legendary weapon.


  6. I expect the next expansion will probably not be purchasable using TP initially. 

    Regarding the license, the question does still remain if it isn't renewed for LOTRO then who will it go to? Why would someone actively be developing a LOTR online game without the license? Conversely, is someone was interested in developing a LOTR online game it'll take at least 4 years to get it to a state it is releasable. No point in LOTRO not having the license during the development period of a new title... If LOTRO were to be shut down I'd expect a scenario like star wars galaxies and ToR where galaxies was shutdown just before ToR came online. As there are not even any rumours of a new LOTR online game I don't envisage there being an problems with LOTRO remiaining running. 

  7. Classic example of Blizzard taking something from another game and polishing the hell out of it. It's really not that much different from LOTRO implementation and at its heart is essentially a way to further increase the power of your character once you have reached level cap. Some people will like it, some people will consider it a grind, especially as you have to do an artefact weapon for each spec.

  8. To play devil's advocate, my account was un-banned last night. I think I sent a request a couple of months ago admitting that I went a bit far and asking for another chance to contribute to the game. Which I now intend to do.

    For the record I think my ban was fully justified and yes I probably was a 'dick' although I didn't resort to swearing or insults... Maybe my last few OF posts even got preserved on here somewhere. I'm pretty sure the straw that broke the camels back was accusing Sapience directly of having contempt for the player base.

  9. 3 hours ago, Almagnus1 said:

    That pacing is why it just feels torturous looking at the later updates, because the original pre-F2P updates just spewed out the land and content.

    If we were still going at that pacing, instead of rolling over to F2P, we would have already been at The Black Gate, and we'd be exploring the Fourth Age by now.

    Unfortunately, they steel has long grown cold, and very few actually care enough about LotRO (outside of the LotRO playerbase that is) that LotRO is probably going to be a forgotten footnote once it shuttlers, like Matrix Online - thanks in large part with failing to capitalize on the Hobbit movies because reasons.

    I think the reason the pacing of new areas was so rapid after SoA launched is because a lot of the future zones were intended to be part of the original release but weren't quite ready in time or were purposely held back.

  10. Nice map Brrokk. I think Great River was 2012 though and Dunland/Isengard was 2011 (albeit late in the year). I wonder what was the reason as to why Turbine essentially got Enedwaith & Dunland mixed up in terms of location. Was it just a mistake or is there a good reason for it?

    While LOTRO has a lot of faults, I think the overall pacing of the story has been pretty good over the years. You could say we spent too long in Enedwaith & Dunland which arent particulalry inspiring places but it did allow us to get to Isengard from the West via the gap of Rohan and the experience the story of the Rangers. I admit V3 did drag on a little bit too long though. Definitely not a rush in my opinion and with Minas Morgul, Black gate and Mordor potentially still to come it does mean LOTRO will have ticked most of the well-known lore locations. Even if the license doesn't get re-newed.

    That said I think Turbine have messed up at little by not making some as good as they could such as the paths of the dead or maybe even the glittering caves. Still at least they ticked them off, other areas like Wildermore didn't really add anything to the equation. There have been some great zones along the way though, specifically Forochel and the Great River. I can't really fault either of them.

    For those that never saw it I think this link shows how someone predicted the LOTRO landmass would evolve over time. Made back in SoA AFAIK. Pretty fun!


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