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  1. Since this thread got a rez, on the subject of original post: I seldom check my OF PMs, but found this gem waiting for me there: You have received an infraction at The Lord of the Rings Online Forums. Reason: Community Rules Violation: Please read the Community Rules and follow them. ------- is fellating his university title ------- This infraction is worth 1 point(s) and may result in restricted access until it expires. Serious infractions will never expire. Original Post: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?p=7954125 Originally Posted by djheydt Word of Professor. I'm curious, did you take a course with him to earn calling him that or is fellating his university title somehow meant to rub off on you? All the best, The Lord of the Rings Online Forums Had it coming and well worth it - in both senses. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Good to know Arkenstone players sobered up and ran him off, that was his new stomping ground. Seemingly no attempt to infiltrate Crickhollow or Brandywine, but Crick population is too chill-out-casual for any drama and Brandy regulars are too hard-nosed for his snowflake ego. Landroval is so thoroughly steeped in NPD he would blend right in and none the wiser. He might be anon on his recognizable porn toons, but willing to bet he's got a bunch of new Landy-exclusive lowbie alts sprinkled throughout the server RP clusterfucks. Affirmative on the list name changes. If a toon on friend/ignore list undergoes name change, it automatically replaces old name and toon remains on same list under new name.
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    The way is shut

    I picture him more like a Grodbog drone (lvl 1, 50 hp, from Skumfil instance) mind-fused to one of those bratty bare-ass goblin mini-bosses (from the brainless RoR Goblin Town instance) who pretend they're king, which is super easy to do when you're surrounded by nothing but lickspittle. How do you troll a cancer like that who wouldn't go away and must always get the last word? I monetized him. I made a bet with a Lotro-playing friend, then posted some questionable "lore" content in a general-discussion forum thread, counting on Radhruin_EW to take notice and get hooked into a reply-barrage. Hoo boy, he didn't disappoint! - And I made $6, two bucks per each react. The icing on the cake was informing him he was being owned. To which he obviously replied with his typical thick imbecility, but then a couple other posters chimed in with amusement - and he disappeared entirely for days. Only to reappear later in another sub-forum making long, articulate "lore" posts in actual topical discussion - clearly belaboring himself to re-establish whatever 'community cred' or hurt ego his goblin insect brain is capable of containing. It was a fun time.
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    Streamer "Awesomeness"

    If the part about acting as liaison between players/SSG and creating a document list with questions is even remotely true... Wouldn't Ballie's thread have been the most ideal venue to bring them all up ? Especially in a calm, weighed reply to the original post questioning Druidsfire's competence and community engagement. If she indeed did all those things as she later claimed, why launch that entire lowbrow tantrum tirade - on a gaming community forum, whose members she claims to serve? After all, if the accusations are untrue, one would remain calm and unperturbed. Emotional reactivity and defensiveness are such a good barometer of guilt. 😀 Nice display of SSG loyalty, flipping the narrative back on them as soon as she doesn't get her way. Anybody who thinks of supporting her, take notice. Such is the value she puts in her "friendships."
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    Streamer "Awesomeness"

    Wowzer. I was reading the paragraph and thinking, 'Olsen probably didn't take well to having his grand assertion challenged.' But to actually block someone for contributing to discussion with a different viewpoint - damn that's rich. Admittedly, after I typed my earlier long post about Olsen, I was almost hoping to be proven wrong. Turns out he's even scummier than I thought. Who the fuck puts a gag on creative interpretations in a class presumably devoted to literature? Oh, a small-time academia reject incapable of creative interpretations himself, that's who. Sounds like all he does is regurgitate the obvious for an oblivious audience that eats his vomit and claps. The pretense of omnipotence ("this is what Tolkien really means"), the one-way transfer of information ("I talk you absorb"), pontificating posturing, fear of criticism (inherently, fear of exposure) - what's with Tolkien scholarship being such a prodigious breeding ground for narcissists? Likely due to "fandom fans" who are its target audience - enthusiasts with less credentials who implicitly "know less", safe audience who cannot criticize, challenge, or expose charlatanry. Just another kind of "fan servicing" turning it into culty preachy bullshit. A dynamic attracting narcs on both sides of the podium - a hierarchy of tiny fragile egos posturing before incrementally smaller, more fragile egos. While any legit teacher worth a damn would kill to be challenged and contradicted by folks thinking for themselves. Looks like Olsen's PhD from Columbia U didn't prepare him for the notion that not everything is the way it appears inside his head. Or that things in the world (and in art) are more complex than black-n-white, good-n-evil - shocking, I know... Yet another case study in PhD degree being no guarantor of intelligence - all it attests to is its owner's ability to jump through hoops and follow administrative guidelines - a newly hatched young professional programmed "what" to think instead of being taught "how" to. I won't even mention that someone claiming to have such prestigious background in medieval English literature should probably be aware of how darkly ambiguous and messy theological notions get in medieval English mystical literature. But hey, why bother with any depth or diligence when you can feed your flock of ignorants such e-z fodder as "Eru good, Melkor bad" and put anyone on ignore who tries to turn it into actual discussion. What I mentioned earlier about Olsen's self-perpetuating mediocrity... That is the crux of his entire operating scheme, arguably against the very grain of education ethics. While the brick-and-mortar educational institutions are built on the premise of graduating class - i.e. ever new waves of incoming students who gain/grow and move on - what are livestreams and podcasts built on? Audience retention, subscriptions, patronage. Inserting this livestreamer mentality into what is being billed as 'educational program' is fucking obscene. His modus operandi is to keep an audience hooked and coming back for more. How do you do that? By making sure your content doesn't challenge, doesn't inspire growth, doesn't cultivate creativity, doesn't encourage "students" to think for themselves. In fact, by making sure all those things are stamped out, discouraged, ostracized. Keep the ignorants ignorant and they'll keep returning to feed on more of the same. Eru forbid he actually apply rigorous standards to his lessons and offer actually substantive content - it will result in his students outgrowing him, and may even lead to competition if they smarten up and start podcasting Tolkien themselves! Signum University: stomping out learning and claiming monopoly on "Tolkien lore" by treating its presumed "students" like co-dependent online followers, inspiring mediocrity, keeping them addicted, and ensuring they end up more ignorant than when they start. Dynamic not unlike religious cults. On the subject of what is it about live streaming that brings out sociopathological / narcissistic traits... Imho it's more to do with Tolkien IP than streaming activity itself (the latter still being a trap for exhibitionists of course). Tolkien IP is a unique case as far as fandom cultures go, for having that "scholarship" layer as far as its author's academic affiliation and his approach to world building. Can't think of any other IP in similar shoes... C.S. Lewis was a university prof, but his Narnia stuff is nowhere near as famous and is less nerdy, closer to religious sermons than anything academic-inspired. It's that "academic" factor in Tolkien that seems to attract mediocre also-rans, parasitic ego-predators, and sycophantic fawners like flies to shit. Same crowd that incessantly fellates his "Professor" title, as if they earned the right to call him that - what bosh. Funny how nobody calls C. S. Lewis "the Professor", even though he also was one. Or how nobody calls Christopher Tolkien "the Professor" even though he too, like his father, held a professorship in Anglo-Saxon at Oxford and his list of scholarly publications is substantial. Yet you never hear of "professor senior / professor junior." Nope, just one "Professor" title figure to suck up to. One ring to rule them all. And the absurd irony that the literary output of the very same author who saw clear through all those sycophantic trappings of human psychology, would attract so many of precisely those types. Like Saruman and Grima after the Shire's Scouring. Peel away the put-on charisma and illusive grandeur of Orthanc, and what is left? A couple of shallow narcissists squabbling for micro-power over each other with their micro-aggressions, just empty suits and overall a pitiful sight. Interestingly, in one of his letters Tolkien mentions his revulsion at being called a "professor." Goes to show who those inbred sycophants are really servicing.
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    Streamer "Awesomeness"

    Dude calls himself (and lets himself be called) 'the Tolkien Professor" like a self-brand. Y'all heard of the Professor Tolkien, now get ready for... um... some random who basically claims the same exact iconic name with words rearranged. How does one measure an ego that size - in light years or in millimeters? Don´t look now but sounds like he and Druidsfire are a match made in... what´s a sad mediocre no-name equivalent of heaven these charlatans go to... an obscure unnecessary self-congratulatory gaming convention. Disclosure: I never checked out Corey Olsen's output in depth, my take is purely from my impressions. But those impressions are precisely why I never checked him closely. He may well be a nice guy who smiles nicely in photos. Like, ya know, Druidsfire may be a nice gal if you give her a ton of money and power. So I´m damn unrepentant when I tag both as attention-whoring ego-feeders. The only difference, he's got a more classy cover/face as the audience he's courting is higher up the food chain than Druidsfire's fodder. Let's take a closer look at Olsen. PhD from Columbia U (about the only thing it indicates is he could afford it and was railroaded well). Assistant prof at Williams College for a few years - which means tenure track; he left this position - which means he didn't get tenure and was let go. Tough break for humanities disciplines, especially 'English lit" profs that are a dime a dozen. Indicatively, didn't have anything to stand out from the crowd. Instead of pursuing academia, he leaves it and founds a for-profit business venture under the banner of Signum University (whereof he is now president), one of the countless online degree factories whose claim to attention is the literature-medievalist-fantasy-myth focus. a.k.a. where academia rejects go to lord it over the unwashed masses who are easily impressed by titles like "professor", who are easily intimidated into covering up their own ignorance like nakedness by holding everything that falls out of the "professor" mouths as Indesputable Big True, and who will relentlessly kiss every PhD ass in sight / on sight, so that these magic powers of knowledge will transfer from holy rectum unto themselves. In short: breeding ground for sycophantic circle jerks where education is commodified and "knowledge" is fetishized. This is not to piss entirely on situational merit of online learning resources. But to put it more tactfully, Signum and its Mythgard Institute (did you know, all you have to do to become an "Institute" is to call yourself by this label) tends to attract much of the same crowd as Weatherstock and its Lonely Mountain Band groupies. In other words, lore-jocks who are so unimaginative and untalented they have to tune in to those "Tolkien Professor" podcasts to know what to think about Tolkien. Did I mention English literature (yes, this includes modern fantasy and Tolkien) faculty and college courses are a dime a dozen? Druidsfire's link with Olsen is unsurprising and very intuitive, as both cultivate similar groupie followings, each in his/her own way. The audience they share is exactly the same. Low-self-esteem middle-class ($$) passive-aggressive "American Beauty" types who, in neverending quest to stuff inner emptiness with quick fixes of self-importance, would keep donating to the Druidsfire parasite to pay her through life, or buy online courses from academia rejects because it's "lore knowledge oooh". Same ones who then spend massively on Lotro because we already know why... and then spew their toxic sludge all over the official forums because any hint of Lotro criticism reminds them they are not self-important. How many academic faculty in the US teach Tolkien courses? More than one might guess. To be meticulously fair, let's exclude "adjunct," "lecturer," and "reader" titles and leave only the tenure-track or tenured faculty. I can still think of at least a dozen tenured (or emeritus) faculty with full academic affiliations who would qualify as "Tolkien" professors. But the temerity it takes to claim that tag as if it's a personal name brand... is astounding. (In the US, the title "professor" necessitates tenure: i.e. associate professor. Assistant professor denotes tenure-track, i.e. faculty on temporary contract under committee review, their permanency pending). He's a very successful business man who knows how to build himself up, and he does tend to cater to the slowest student in the room, i.e. enabling mediocrity to self-perpetuate, not challenging for upward growth. His Tolkien insights are what anyone could find there - if they stepped away from the damn screen and opened a book and trusted themselves enough to know their viewpoints are valid without any "credentials". Imagination and creative thinking are activities that don't require a PhD. The poor Lotro-types who buy into him/his institute/his online degree factory thinking they're buying lore wisdom, are deluding themselves. And selling themselves short, but that is the premise of his business venture and target demographic. If DF's driving his traffic, he probably won't distance from her. Both are podcasters first (whatever else they claim to be is second or third), they feed on the same livestream viewers. Of course, if he is tolerating her antics, he is getting something beneficial out of it. The instant it stops serving him, the axe comes out.
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    Are we being hit 600+ online

    Some bot spam attack attempt? Or just the stat calculator messing up. Just days ago, "most online" stats were showing Sept 29, 2015 as busiest forum day (makes sense, server mergers at the time). But a few months ago it showed Nov 2013 as most active (HD launch, when OF were offline). Does it toggle between multiple high-activity days to display? Now it shows Sept 7, 2019 as most online. Nothing explosive happening thematically to warrant higher traffic. (Doubting the Twitch "stalkers" number in 600+, let alone 900+. But if that's what's bringing more traffic here, the subject's a hotter issue than aforethought.)
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    US Elections 2020

    Not picking on you, just thinking out loud re: above idea. Sounds beautiful on paper, but what gets lost entirely in such idealism is the practical reality of differences between US and European countries. Apples and oranges. The sheer size of US and its population makes it incomparable to the socialism scenario of relatively small Euro countries. I've lived across both US and Europe, just my own observations. Why does it work so well for Euro countries? Small size. Less population to regulate = more noticeable QoL changes it gets. Closer to "community feel", not least due to Euro countries' cultural heritage. All those Euro socialism ecosystems are very localized. It is both attractive and socially advantageous to buy into the communal "we" when both country and population are relatively moderate in size, so it really does give impression of collected effort. US? It is so damn large, and the current systems are so deeply ingrained through its entire fabric, there is no way to massively change anything without massively breaking something else. Mass dismantling will have mass ripple effects. Universal health care and free college sounds totally tits, but how many years will it take to practically implement? Across such a massive population, with all its glaring income inequalities and widening gaps between "middle" class and middle class, if you get my gist? More than 4. More than 8. The country is too diverse, and with too much income/social inequality, for the transition to work as intended. Redirecting the funds one way means cutting them somewhere else. There's hardly any room left for any communal "we", it's all special interest groups and lobbying for favors, both sides. The only times "we" sounds convincing (to its target audiences) is when it's co-opted by smaller interest groups. Keyword smaller. US politics is all cliques and patchwork communities vying for validation, in a system too large and centralized to accommodate them all. Would've loved if US had remained a union of individual States, with each state governing its own destiny. Local. More community-oriented in broader sense. Easier to manage. THEN the comparison with European countries would've been more valid, as far as size and population numbers. Apolitical here, allergic to hysteria on "both sides", so I've no stake in the subject. But gonna say one thing. Expanding systems of intrusive governmental "income redistribution" attract fucking sleazy, power-hungry megalomaniac "administrators" like flies to shit. I gotta shake my head at those trusting such types to "really care" about human elements in universal health care, free education, etc. Such evocative, emotion-laden trigger words, how can anyone not care, right? Especially with all the billions and funds at fingertips. I promise all your dreams will come true if you vote for me today. Think of the children, the elderly, etc. I cringe the masses are still falling for same old opium.
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    Legendary Servers = Failed Experiment?

    Keep ballin', intrepid one. Archiving post: What if you are a restaurant critic with an online blog. You have some weird tastes and the Restaurant management feels the pressure to cater to your needs for favourable reviews. All other critics have long since written off their culinary offerings only "The Fat Duck" name has gotten them any covers for years. Do they continue making Teriyaki Burgers dripping in fat or maybe get in Gordon Ramsay who might turn it around?
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    Legendary Servers = Failed Experiment?

    Cheers, you've spotted me on my 'main'. Interestingly, as soon as these points started getting traction, a blue name magically materializes fellating everyone for feedback. And not a moment earlier. Getting angsty there over the premise of cancelled subs. /out before everyone in there starts orgasming how SSG "listens to us", entirely oblivious of what it took to elicit such prompt attention. Smoove move to shut me down, red panda. Pulling blue strings is fun. (as an aside: recognized your toon name from sig, some years ago I asked nooby guardian questions in world chat, and you sent me a /tell linking a cross-trait-tree setup, back when guard dps was shit - thanks for that, had fun with that build and used it a lot!)
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    Streamer "Awesomeness"

    Yeah that's the "original" name of getinmyVanyaIhavecandy's early-2017 forum account. The very early posts from that account were articulate and were purporting to be helpful (trying maybe too hard), that plus the name could easily suggest an impression it was yet another of Landroval trailer-trash RP groupies - blending in quite well. Was obviously cultivating a new forum persona and fishing for new "reputation." Impersonated a female on the forums outside of any RP, even before slipping into the usual pathological word salad. The username was picked to further that female impersonation. In one of his earlier posts, he mentioned getting it from the Quenya word "ninquë" (white), making it diminutive in a hobbity/cutesy way as befits a small creature. The only reason I cite this diarrhea is it points to yet another sphere in his predatory activities. Thought the "elf goddess amg" too elite for lowly hobbit peasants? Who wants to bet there's a stable of fully fleshed-out hobbit toons on a RP-heavy server, feasting on their music/scene/RP/hobbit fetish? It's no less wonkers in there, just replace Sindarin gibberish with bad English grammar poorly spelled as that's obviously how hobbits talk. It's the easiest thing in the world to blend in there and stay anonymous. An elf fetishist couldn't possibly be a hobbit fetishist, right. Targets are the same, players not toons. It's incredible how closely he reminds me of another (male) player I've had some dealings with in-game years ago, who had toons of every race (all female), impersonated a female player in out-of-character interactions, and preyed upon people/toons of all genders, creeping on them, violating boundaries, emotional blackmail, etc etc. Would've almost sworn it were same one, if I hadn't seen Vanya pedophile's mug shots and known he's from Croatia. Literally same communication style in both cases, same toggling between different personas, same syntax even. So clinical psychologists got it right, some categories are the real deal. Speaking of mug shots. Despite obvious repulsion, glimpsed a bit of his live stream once to get visual confirmation. Sure enough, there it was. (All that mental shit has neurological basis and thus leaves physiological traces, the pattern of similarities is impeccable). Hollow drained face; lifeless "dead" eyes like empty holes; when excited or animated, eyes appear glazed and slightly crossed; instead of giving off fresh energy by own presence, generates a morbid sickly feeling of siphoning. Unmistakable, pathological NPD. You ever get to know one and you can spot them all in seconds.
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    Streamer "Awesomeness"

    That V-pedo has multiple forum accounts, who knows but he might've been stirring the pot in HD closed beta under a different moniker. His current account and "forum persona" only goes back to 2017, but ranty gibberish aside he's fully capable of putting out articulate sentences and "blend in", so to speak. Was likely found out and abandoned whatever previous account/persona he had, putting on a new mask. His account's already been through 4 name changes since '17, so Cordovan is very much aware and involved (takes a CM to change forum handles). Current moniker translates as "Vanyamotherofgod." *passes barf bag* I'm sorry. Speaking of Cordovan's involvement: A year ago I was exchanging messages on OF with forum poster Decrepify (friend of zipfile, who passed me photo/video evidence of Vanya rank-farming that I linked in other thread). This was shortly after I received an infraction from Cord for making a post warning others not to feed a Vanya-made troll thread, as did several others who attempted to call out that troll. Decrepify was coordinating a group effort in-game to get V-pedo banned by GMs (collecting evidence, etc). He told me he received a forum message from Cordovan warning him to get off Vanya on the forums, allegedly all because an "investigation" was already in process and in the meantime they didn't want anyone engaging/interacting with V-pedo until it concludes. Which sounded like a bogus circular logic excuse exactly in Cord's bumbling style. The result? A few days later Decrepify happily messages me with news that V-pedo was banned from the forums (can tell by viewing forum handles, banned posters have several command prompts missing). Sounds good, right? Now we can all drop the case and go back to normal, etc. I was thinking, too good to be real, you're being played. So what happened next? Just wait a week or two. Sure enough, the Vanya pedo was back on the forums, under a new shiny name. Same 2017 account, same forum signature link to photo porn starring himself. Takes a CM's direct action to authorize a name change and approve active users. Funny how that works, isn't it? And in the meantime, I notice Decrepify being perma-banned. Because "accusations, abusive words, name-calling", all directed at this poor new user with a new name. Can't have that on the forums, not at all. So my educated guess, this Vanya pedo was one of Rick Heaton's favorite ass-gnawers under a different name/persona, and probably a very substantial donor to Heaton's Extra Life posturing. I mean, he obviously loves kids, right. And a cosmetic whore can't pass up all those extra perks Heaton was throwing around for high-end donors. Gotta keep them donors on good terms so they keep propping up your ego and your "community stature", showing off how grandiosely "altruistic" you are. Do any forum twats still believe it was a "charity" drive for "kids"? Heaton was running a pyramid scheme of publicity stunts as transparent as it gets. Remember his entire clique showing off on forums how "generous" they all are? So many ego points to go around. And after he actually "transitioned" to a full time "job" at Extra Life, how mysteriously silent everything became - on Lotro forums AND the fucking Extra Life forums he was purportedly "managing." Where'd all those generous donors go? Oh, the mystery. Plot thickens. What's astounding is this is no mere guesswork, it's all becoming damn substantive. Cord and Sev have been around with DDO during the time that Heaton was with Lotro. Sharing same office space, coffee breaks, gossip-mongering etc. BFFs 5evR. When you're appointed to management role in a game/community you've no experience with, wouldn't ya go to your veteran best bud for tips and advice? How did Cordovan magically know to put so much trust in Druidsfire to begin with? Who tipped him off on protecting the Vanya sex offender on forums, going against the grain of 100% player consensus reports for multiple harassments and CC violations? Remember the "original" Cordovan in 2016 who came to these forums trying to be open and learn from the past, fresh in his new CM role? I still believe that really was an honest effort, guy was in over his head and looking for tips and pointers from literally everywhere. And then as time passed, the curious 180-degree paradigm shift that spread like cancer until official forums became a toxic sludge as if Sapience never left. Well fuck, he never left! If it looks like old bullshit... and smells like old bullshit... it's clearly a new fragrance from Chanel. Both Snook and Heaton still live in same area and they're not just staying in touch but actively sharing Druidsfire in their threesomes. Rick Heaton such a good guy he hooked up his bud with all the sycophantic perks he's been enjoying before getting the boot. Who's to say this isn't all a payback on Heaton's part, as far as his controlling megalomania and propensity for pulling the strings? Wouldn't put it past him at all. Targeting and marginalizing the same exact player demographic that was responsible for driving him out of power (a.k.a. anyone who isn't an ass-eater and actually plays Lotro as a game). Favoring the same toxic personalities while pissing on/banning productive contributors. "Hey Jerry, here's a list I made ya of players you can trust, anything they say let it go because they keep ya relevant and make your job easier, don't listen to anyone demanding accountability or feedback, ban that shit keep the forum nice and positive. Here, put Druidsfire on your show to indicate the attitude we're endorsing, anything else can fuck off, and stay away from raiders they're out to ruin you, your rep, and your game with their trolling." Explains this mind-numbing (and frankly old and tiresome) "anti raider" bullshit Cordovan is endorsing, all without anyone catching on it's a fucking bogus label strategically used to discredit and to marginalize. Oh Jerry, so many people pulling your strings, what a naive padawan you are.
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    Streamer "Awesomeness"

    Good thing you posted those snippets. All those linked posts have been deleted by the time I went to check. Who was it, Ballie? That one's got some balls (hence the name?) to be upfront in that circus clusterfuck. Couldn't possibly fathom the tenacity of Druidsfire's attention whoring in SSG-endorsed spotlight, until this new plot twist revealing Rick Heaton ties. Well damn, indeed. Not only the same toxic pattern, but they're all fucking inbred with each other. And have been, before it was as visible as now. So DF didn't "gain" a foothold on SSG streams, she's been their chronic ass-eater all along with tongue inserted so deeply it does qualify her as an "insider". Usurping the role Frickenmuck made vacant and improving on it by fellating two dicks with one Druidsmouth. (Funny, not a hint of Frickenmuck ever since Sapience went bye bye in 2014. I hope that toxic cunt choked to death on her own vomit.) Reading about Druidsfire's eBegging scams, honestly not surprised. Lotro players/SSG fanboys co-dependent to pathological extent and gullible with money? Hell, it doesn't take any smarts to start taking advantage of them and milking them for all it's worth. Cash flows easily from the tits of chronically imbecilic. She's not even camouflaging her parasitic predation and they keep clapping and giving her more. It's like some fucking Bruegel painting from the Renaissance, showing decadent charlatanry in full swing to convey the apocalyptic lows humanity has fallen to. The officially endorsed, public media face of Lotro/SSG, can't make this up. The social parasite will leech them bone-dry and move on to greener pastures. As she is, indeed, already appearing to be doing. Leaving worse PR in its wake than SSG's incompetent bumbling idiocies combined. The latter shit is visible only to the Lotro-aware, the former steaming pile is broadcast worldfuckingwide.
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    Legendary Servers = Failed Experiment?

    "I can't wait for LS to reach 85 cap I could roll a new toon and play the imbecilic RoR instance cluster at level 20!" "I can't wait for LS to reach 95 cap so I could relive the nostalgic memories of rage and PTSD associated with HD launch!" "I can't wait for LS to reach 100 cap so I could start the imbued LI grind just like on live servers, only for a monthly fee instead of free!" Guys, we're really missing out.
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    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    You have received a warning at The Lord of the Rings Online Forums. Reason: ------- Community Rules Violation: Please read the Community Rules and follow them. Don't use loaded words to insult a group of players: The use of the words, "fanboy", "fanbois", "cheerleaders", "haters", or similar-meaning language, is insulting and not okay. ------- Original Post: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?p=7955902 Originally Posted by icefriend Cord mentioned it on his stream a few hours ago. Lol, can't make this up. I guess the product is so underwhelming they only dare mention it to a an auto-cheering clique of fanboys rather than run a promo campaign to increase awareness and hype. It is almost like a concentrated effort to suppress the hype. Oh wait.. Warnings serve as a reminder to you of the forum's rules, which you are expected to understand and follow. All the best, The Lord of the Rings Online Forums Did you know, "hater" , "fanboy", and "cheerleader" are now infraction-worthy "loaded words to insult a group of players". Because "vocal minority" were not loaded words to insult a group of players in 2013 and 2014, not at all.
  15. Every time I "almost" feel bad for this Tolkien sim, I bring out a vivid little memory from last year... Beta in early 2018: Some players spotted undocumented change that wasn't in Bullroarer notes: a new [pick-a-mount box] added to lootboxes, containing steeds from raid meta-deeds. (Like the Steed of Many Colors, and other ultra rare steeds earnable via challenging game content). I started a thread about it, which quickly filled with so much player rage (rightfully so) that DrOctothorpe came in, apologized, and promised to remove these raid steeds from lootboxes before it hits live servers. This was done. Summer 2018: Another update hits live servers, and some players spotted undocumented change that wasn't in live release notes: a new [pick-a-mount box] added to lootboxes, containing steeds from raid meta-deeds, such as the Steed of Many Colors. But wait!... This horse has now been renamed as Steed of Shifting Hues, so nobody can ever claim or prove it was the same steed - per SSG logic. And sure enough: multiple rage threads over the broken dev promise got infested by the full army of SSG brown-nosers with their usual derailing, heckling, and ad hominems claiming this steed is "different" and "obviously not the same". This is on live servers, btw, so by the time the shitstorm brewed some idiots have already spent cash on lootbox keys to "buy" this steed, so it's a massive legal mess on top of an already PR disaster. It was getting so damn ugly, Severlin was obliged to insert himself into the thread giving some bullshit shady words like "oops this was a mistake we don't know how it slipped in there, we're seeing what we wanna do." No bans or infractions, of course, on toxic turdlets openly attacking/ridiculing anyone expressing indignation over the whole thing. A week later: The "promised solution" arrives. And what is it? A new steed is added to the Isengard raid meta-deed. And how does it look? An exact copy of the Steed of Many Colors, but repainted in shit-stain colors that alternate in a brown shit-stain smudge. I am not joking. What's more, the horse under this shit-stain caparison is an exact copy of Forochel reputation mount - again no joke. And a terrible eyesore of color mismatch. Hurray, now you get this "new" shit-stain steed for completing the raid meta-deed. While the actual, original, Steed of Many Colors was basically stolen and trivialized by becoming just another lootbox item any fat idiot can buy without playing the actual damn game. You'd think they could've shoved this new shit-stain horse into the lootbox, while leaving the raid meta-steed alone, but nope. So every time I get nostalgic about Lotro, I think of this and nostalgia instantly dies. I also think about the time and effort spent earning the original Steed of Many Colors, which was my most prized steed (I did the content on-level). All those good memories of raiding with friends, now re-painted in shit stains. What kind of company fucking hijacks their own game content *and* shits on its players to this extent, all at the same time? No better cure for Lotro nostalgia. Ironically, the only way left to "preserve" the Lotro legacy is for SSG to croak before they mutilate the game's earlier (more 'classic') content even more. Btw anyone who was following along with the above drama, and yet still gives them money after all that, deserves a lobotomy.
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