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  1. Some names I recall, and I'm not even that active there anymore. It's been a while since the last run-down, but I see some new and some usual suspects on this list so I'll take a stab at filling some in with own experiences. Arnenna - publicly cancelled her VIP and is critical of SSG, but makes the mistake of engaging (and continuously baiting) forum trolls as if they're capable of honest mature discussion. Too polite and circumspect for a lotro forum, strikes me as genuinely nice person blinded by own inexperience of dealing with toxic personalities, thus unwittingly enabling them, to the point that her (rather substantial) criticism of Lotro management not only loses its edge but is downright hard to even detect, negating the very point of outspoken critical feedback. Bohdb - a self-precious snowflake, immediately palpable by custom pet photo avatar on a fucking game forum. Textbook cluster B personality disorder specimen, whining on forum about whining on forum. Enters threads to distract self from obvious self-resentment and excrete on others' views. Pathological toxic turdlet. Boraxxe - 2013 player council member, in other words a good-for-nothing useless mouth who thinks he's good for everything. Anyone with an urge to insert their own real-life selfies into their online game forum sigs reveals their IQ even before anything is posted. Inane, irrelevant posts with forgettable content, made by a stereotypical extrovert who needs to dump his excess energy at anything that breathes. Self-aware of own mediocrity, hence the idiot selfies in signature to attract attention. Obviously it worked, as it's the only damn reason I even recognize this fucking name. Dinara - no recollection of this one, other than seeing similarly vague generic 'female fantasy' name handles on forum posts that get easily butt hurt over anything that doesn't clap and cheer for SSG. Goes hand in hand with black and white thinking, picking sides, triangulating, and other 3rd grade slumber party bullshit these name types never seem to outgrow. djheydt - pathological narcissist sociopath incapable of basic human empathy or reciprocity. Is only into Tolkien and Lotro insofar as it creates a platform for trumpeting one's own "expertise" - since no other author and no other game generate such promising yield of worshipers. Predatory. Enough was said about this one over the years in these forums. I'm just gonna say I'm glad I studied some psychology and can pull the plug on some forum personalities without garnering them with the same human regard that they lack. dsltn07 - no idea who the fuck this is. Probably some sock puppet account of another name on this list, sounds so try-hard generic it seems contrived. jakeatkisson - never seen this one around. Langie - no recollection of this one. maartena - stopped posting and isn't around on forums, for very obvious reason... things have been quiet and non-controversial lately for the most part, so no "hot issues" to excrete unsolicited opinionated mental diarrhea at. Perhaps licking his hurt oversensitive ego after being taken to task in his Legendary sub-forum thread about "asshole in Misty Mountains". Surprisingly easy to shut up and take down, if publicly catching him at his own inconsistencies. Just a small-office-administrative weasel type, sickeningly smarmy but hilariously soft target. Dramatically losing forum "relevance points" now that SSG moved to livestreamers/twitch as their ass-kissing sources (clearly alien turf to him). Known for giving "personal opinions" on Bullroarer content without actually having logged into Bullroarer to "personally" see and test such content first hand - per his own admission. SSG and Lotro development is standing on the shoulders of these feedback giants, obviously. Mar-Evayave - never posts anymore, and good fucking riddance. Going by how much she was fellating Turbine's management and Lotro's development, you'd think she would be active on forums giving advice to new players, answering questions, posting screenshots and game experiences, etc - Funny how that ain't so, ain't it. Made herself scarce soon as Sapience got the boot. I had a lot of fun trolling her in 2014 by calling out her self-righteous BS, wherein her best attempt at trying to shut me down amounted to resorting to her bogus morality posturing, then curling up into a ball and whining when that didn't work. (Incidentally, that was in a thread started by a member of Lonely Mountain Band bragging about contacting Guinness World Records to count Weatherstock attendance. Which quickly descended into a shit-flinging fest of hurt fragile egos, when this announcement wasn't greeted with the orgasmic excitement they were expecting. Still a fun thread for the lols, reminding how fucking culty and toxic the Landroval RP cummunity really is.) MAWorking - vaguely rings a bell. The only thing I remember about this name is how forgettable it is. Nymphonic - a gloomy self-resenter, as evidenced by forced excited inanities he only ever posts. Never engages in actual conversations or discussions of on-point issues. His contrived mask of pro-Lotro cheer has multiple cracks: such as his own self-admission that he never spends real money on Lotro (all expansions bought with LP from lifer stipend), or his repeated claims that Lotro is just one of several games he's fiddling with and that he'd abandon it anytime it stopped serving his needs and never miss it. You can smell some antisocial-narcissism here, but he's far more emotionally intelligent than Bohdb and camouflages it far more subtly under his cheery hobbit mask. Inserts self into critical threads to shoot down others' opinions/experiences while passing himself off as a winsome exemplar by never actually getting argumentive but trying to overwrite others by sticking to his scripted "well I'm having fun." Looking at his post count, one has to wonder why someone who has so much fun in Lotro spends all this time on internet forums claiming to have fun in Lotro, instead of in game actually having it. Funny how that goes. Radhruin_EU - thicker than a gelatinous soup from Soviet communal kitchens in which cooks wash their feet. Claims to have "decades" of RPG "experience", which gives good indication of his personal life status and demographic he falls into. Imbecilic mind-blind hypervocal turd who gets off on trying to get the last word in everything "lore" related. Pathologically incapable of recognizing difference between his own convoluted interpretations and objective textual affordances, as well as difference between own head and other people's minds. Shits on others' creativity and imaginations, obviously incapable of creating or imagining anything of his own due to being dropped on his head hurled against the wall when born, repeatedly. I hope someone curb-stomps him, what a waste of tissue and organs. The only twat on my ignore list besides the Vanya pervert. thinx - I'm most certain he does not. Trobon - never heard or seen this one. Vanyaerunanethiel - plenty said already in another thread about this sexual predator still running loose and ban-free. Coming soon to a child Lotro player near you. whheydt - still out there in the wild, but posting privileges have been suspended years ago and good riddance. Wolfhelm - no recollection of anything worth noting. YvainBlakhart - never encountered this one, and I'm sure I'm not missing out. Fun group. Lotro official forums are a hoot. So is the game development. "Powered by our fans."
  2. Thought for a moment it was deleted by now , but thread is still open and post-able. The real targets for infractions should, of course, be the shrill toxic idiots swarming every critique like the shitstains they are, but of course that's a nope. If anything, they keep exposing themselves in threads like that, and there's still enough posters with heads on their shoulders (including some in that thread) who wouldn't fail to connect the dots between SSG's bullshit excretions and desperate gaping mouths of those forum cucks. And the dots between supporting SSG = enabling more of this. Making the idea to stop giving them money all the more attractive. It's playing itself out rather well, by this point... The only bad part is that the next upcoming inevitable layoffs will affect the small folks who had nothing to do with this circus-mongering bullshit, while the decision-making "managers" shove more calories up their stagnant asses by inhaling donuts in their D&D circlejerk, all paid for by their forum cucks.
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    Breaking: New Race Announced

    And not a good lawyer, it must be inferred, given his scraping at a fledgling gaming studio for a living. Yet therein may be a clandestine benefit to SSG for retaining him on their paycheck.
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    Breaking: New Race Announced

    My small estimation... this new dwarf race gets +5% fire damage race trait bonus, to leech two birds from the same paycheck (pushing Runekeeper sales, of course). Either that, or +5% melee bonus and ability to play burglar, but this will not bring them extra $ and makes too much sense for their convoluted harebrains to even consider. Cosmetic races are the new "classes", cheap to stamp out and keep players orgasming at the mere premise of rolling yet another alt through same stale content. Another hobbit 'race' is almost certainly a guarantee with the Scouring content, by which point there will have been more hype for upcoming Amazon series and a Dunedain cosmetic 'race' may not be far off. A Numenorean-theme PvP monster class would be intriguing (even if just a 'baddie' LM clone), but of course this, too, makes too much sense for their convoluted harebrains to even consider. It all comes down to a bunch of overgrown D&D nerd-asses gradually diluting Lotro with this kind of nonsense 'content for sake of content' to the point of it becoming just another stale, bloated, generic MMO. All their touted emphases on being "story-driven" in their updates is coming to bite them in the ass. They're obviously running out of stories at breakneck pace, and to keep the blithering lore idiots happy they've gotta keep churning out inane diluted soap nonsense that pretty much turned Lord of the Rings Online into some very bad long-winded Forgotten Realms fanfic. All the railroaded hand-holding single-story-arc quest lines since Isengard felt like someone's self-indulgent fan fiction, and what in Epic Volume I was a gripping drama with strong-developed characters has by Volume III become a daytime soap yawn-fest you couldn't pay the elderly to watch. I'm nowhere near end game (just approaching Gondor), and storylines keep getting more diluted already. From what I've seen in Mordor content and the new Vales of Anduin stuff, it's not even Tolkien anymore but a bunch of geeks nerding off on Tolkien characters in their convoluted harebrain scenarios. Who wants to play some overgrown D&D nerds' regurgitation of what they "imagine" happened after the Ring? It's like eating other people's vomit. The strange irony of it all is... it's not so much that their focus on "stories" (at expense of end-game content) ran Lotro into the ground. It's that these "stories" come from the same narrow-ass D&D mentality incapable of grasping complexity and originality of Tolkien's creative multi-layered world-building, and instead applying the same D&D-style scripted formulaic bullshit to stretch and dilute "lore" to the point of nullity, as characterizes the self-perpetuating "pyramid scheme" of D&D mentality that industrializes imagination by reducing creativity to recycled plot devices, scripted scenarios, statted items, etc. Wait til Rhun or Harad arrive, with addition of a generic desert Lotro's generic MMO status will be cemented. Any Exec Producer with a pittance of common sense (and maybe a business school diploma that wasn't print-on-demand) would know to push more Tolkien in a Tolkien game and keep the players "in the LoTR books" instead of rushing them out. After hand-holding them through Mordor, Dale/Erebor, and Dwarf strongholds, returning to "Minus Morgul" after destruction of the ring makes it just another generic boss lair region, robbing it of its LotR-related potency and terror. This linear narrow-ass D&D mentality keeps seeing LotR content in terms of "sequels", incapable of grasping that what makes LotR attractive to fans is the immersion into that world while it happens, not the sequenced hand-holding through and out of it. There's this myth that "raiders quit and only the lore fans keep playing". But more accurate perhaps is to say, the ones who stopped playing are the imaginative/creative minds with quality standards, whereas the ones still plugged in are stagnant co-dependents throwing cash at their digital avatar "Second Life" to mask the fact they have none.
  5. And then they take it further by setting up alt accounts for their kids, paying for those too. While game companies definitely target gullible children... The hyper-focus on kids in all those news stories could well be a projection screen for their game-addict parents (the interview sources for such reports) too stuck up their own ass to admit their own issues. How thinkable is it for a kid to pilfer a parent's credit card? Chances are, if kids resort to such behaviors, their parents are (a) enabling them (b) absent and not giving attention/a fuck (c) both at the same damn time. Wouldn't be an issue in the first place if those same parents didn't plug their kids into tech devices to shut them up, which of course frees up the time to...plug themselves into the same devices like the mature adults they are. Just the mindset to hook their kids on the same pill, then point fingers to deflect responsibility. Of course, the news reporters don't ask "where were the parents" because underage gambling addiction gets more clicks and outrage points than the basic vanilla kind. The real "RPG" in Lotro is all those stagnant cucks roleplaying functioning adults. I cringe at the premise of making game accounts for (no shit) six-year-olds, or at the thought there actually are upper teens out there who've been plugged into that game by their parents since age nine because same parental figures don't wanna be alone in their misery and "play as a family." Some people shouldn't reproduce.
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    Apparently in the US... only feminists give a shit about Soccer?!

    Ah, a long known truth of life... feminism, with its varied guises of other 'liberal' -isms, is but a social platform for histrionic tantrums, micro-aggressions, and macro-resentments, tailor made for, and by, borderline personalities on antisocial rampage because they weren't luvved enuf in their formative years or whatever. As ideology, it's entirely vacuous and as empty as their own suits, premised on tearing down others instead of building anything up - existing solely to give meaning and expression to their destructive urges. It's nothing else than a set of manipulative strategies of self-validation, re-coloring these pathologies as socially virtuous. Its doctrinal posturing of enlightened clarity attracts the weak and insecure eager to up their social rep, whereby its genius as a pyramid scheme: it is driven not by altruism, but by angst and fear, perpetuated by fragile egos too terrified of others' opinions of themselves. Expecting logic or reason out of this pyramid scheme is like expecting Cordovan to fart diamonds. Its whole attraction lies in being a refuge asylum against logic and reason, whose adherents can mask their intellectual deficiencies in critical thinking by lining up to get their pats on the head and virtue stickers for their profiles, clutching feel-good vibes like alcoholic clutches a bottle to distract themselves from their depression. It's why they get offended by everything that contradicts or disagrees: it reminds their pathological safety bubble may burst any moment, and fear of their negative thoughts getting in triggers that frantic shrill defensiveness. Just another symptom of same toxic mental disease. As is immunity to facts. So much easier to avoid when adjusting expectations accordingly.
  7. Will find it interesting to see how free or restricting is their licensing stipulation concerning degree of creative freedom they can exercise in a LotR "universe." Does the Tolkien Estate still protect the virtue of such things, or did they slacken up after CT retired? (But then, there was that LotR-ish game with a wraith ranger, so if that could get greenlit then just about anything can.) If the new MMO emphasizes dynamic gameplay environment and mechanics, that may just leave all the Tolkien lore snobs clusterfucking around LotRO. Not a bad filter. That panicked scurrying sound coming from SSG office closet cubicle this year (easy to hear amid cricket silence) might be their awareness of a door closing fast on their Tolkien monopoly. The tone-deaf lootbox cashgrabbing, the alleged "expansion" allegedly coming in a few months with 0% hype, no sign of LI revamps, Cord half-assing through livestreams like he doesn't wanna be there, the "producer's letter" so inane it took three extra months to "write" -- kinda wonder if all this deflated demotivation is linked with looming shadow of competition growing over their shoulder. Realizing they will lose, so cutting losses and myopically focusing on "the story" in a last-ditch attempt to retain at least the "lore snob" player demographic. I guess this is why no effort is made to invest in gameplay systems and they're intentionally left to stagnate. SSG: willing to sink their ship just to keep themselves afloat. If SSG doesn't employ those third-string adult gamer nerds with no life skills, nobody else will. It't not even schadenfreude-sad, just embarrassing.
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    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    Just for disambiguation... Autism is a neurological condition marked by sensory disregulation (of which its mildest form was known as Asperger's Syndrome until 2013, when it was reclassified as part of autistic spectrum to account for multimodalities and variation in its expression, per DSM-V). It's not a disease. Lots of pejorative ignorant stereotypes still circulate, unfortunately, so wanted to clarify. The oft-stereotyped "social handicaps" originate not from any mental deficiencies but from increased sensory sensitivities (leading easily to sensory overload) wherein cognitive processes that for most people are automatic require conscious effort to operate. If anything, it is a systems-based logical thinking capable of hyperfocus, excelling in pattern recognition, and requiring predictable structures to comfortably function. (The give-and-take of social banter is of course anything but predictable or patterned). This is as contrary to a manipulative mindset as it gets. Often leading to too much honesty for one's own good. This inability to grasp others' intentions or read between the lines can make autistic folks (even adults) prime targets for naricssists, abusers, etc. That being said... The Vanya creep is obviously a mentally ill sociopath, but please don't lump autism into this psycho shit. Just a toxic and fucked up personality. Interestingly, there's a trend among borderlines/narcissists/antisocial-personality-disorder-types to self-diagnose themselves as "autistic" then come online playing victim, because autism is received with more sympathy in today's culture than the toxic pathological BPD/NPD mental disease shit. Can see through these from 1000 miles away. Has nothing to do with any real actual autism, and all it does is contribute to negative stereotypes as they bring their toxic borderline/narcopath bullshit along. Social posturing and attention-seeking is as opposite of autism as it gets. (You can tell these fakes apart by their persistent self-labeling themselves as "Aspies", obviously ignorant of the fact that this term was clinically retired years ago and has since been replaced by level 1 ASD. Anyone claiming an outdated colloquial term for attention is a red fucking flag.)
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    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    That puts a different color on it, with efforts having been made to purge him however futile. Intimidation, perhaps. Just the type to hold others hostage with emotional blackmail of twisted illogical allegations. If he's overseas (no local lawyering up) I wonder what SSG would fear, some kind of international action? It's an interesting perspective, SSG washing their hands of him rather than shield-walling. Then all the bans and infractions are to discourage others from engaging, divert attention from his existence, and stomp out fires before they escalate. If so, they must be terrified as hell. Wonder if he's got something on them, or claims to have got, that he threatens to publicly release if ejected from game. If he's been buddying up any GMs or alts of SSG personnel and implicating them in his fetishes before any of them realized how deep the well of sickness runs, that would be more than enough. Damn, he doesn't even need to have anything on them. All it takes is a threat to go public across social media with full disclosure of using Lotro as a cushy platform for "something else". For years. Even endorsing it in that regard. Almost certainly would ruin the company overnight. PR nightmare, not to mention condoning it for years as all the previously silenced reports would resurface. Loss of license from Tolkien Estate guaranteed. And then all the class-action lawsuits from self-entitled Lotro RP music 'scene' on finding out their insular safety was compromised all that time. SSG's most prized demographic. These ones really can afford layers. Unverifiable guesswork, but might've hit on a grain of truth. Just the kind of full-on malignant narcopath that would seek to destroy what it feeds on without batting an eye, if wronged. He's got them wrapped around his finger then, almost feel bad for clueless Cord and Co. who make SSG look bad just by bumbling around without even trying, any misstep and shit may blow up in their face.
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    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    (Since official-forum dweebs in connection with forum bans were discussed in this thread before, gonna put this question here. Something that's been on my mind to ask for many months, but don't wanna make new thread to give this creature the visibility it thrives on). Anybody here familiar with "Vanya" from Gladden (and now, it seems, Arkenstone too)? Previously known as Ninky on o-forums, changed to Vanyalanthiriel or some similar Elvish gibberish a year or so ago. The puzzling thing about this user is its apparently untouchable status, both in game and on the forums, with the total protection it enjoys from GMs and Cord, in spite of a huge list of harassments, trolling, and other "community guidelines" violations that would be banworthy if coming from anyone else. What's more, other players' attempts to shut down/call out this user for all its violations leads to infractions or bans (!) on anyone who touches it. I say 'it' because he (and it is male) is obviously pathological in non-metaphoric way, hence posing real hazard to in-game environment and hence all the more curious to see SSG's inaction. Just a small sample of its achievements: Plays only female Elvish toons, randomly solicits players for erotic RP. When turned down, starts sending abusive word-salad walls of text mixed with Elvish gibberish. Spams /world channel with said Elvish gibberish and communicates stictly through this one-sided "role playing" persona of whatever female toon he's logged on, complete with all the hormones, pheromones, estrogen, you get it, it's that sleazy and obvious and practically dripping it everywhere. Documented sexual harassment of a minor (14 years old) in game. When kicked out of Gladden facebook group, proceeded to harass group moderator who did the kicking. On official forum: trolling posts filled with condescending scorn and aggression towards whoever it disagrees with, which is "masked" and "justified" as "immersive role playing" because it always stays in-character, always impersonating same sexed up Elvish chick. Just to give examples: when Mordor pre-order launched and players were criticizing exorbitant costs, it jumped in and started derailing multiple threads with transparently mocking comments like "Rohirric peasants can't afford it!" - I reported multiple posts and zero action was taken. Included a link in its forum signature to personal imgur page with half-naked photos of itself. Captions in same psychotic Elvish gibberish style about being "Feanorian sex lord" and other stuff that makes you wanna wash your eyes with soap. Actively tries to "groom" new / fresh forum posters or Lotro newcomers by extra-flattering responses contrasting to its usual toxic attitude on forums. I myself got an infraction (!) for "name-calling" when I made a post warning another player to get out of its thread. As if all that isn't enough.. it is a documented rank-farmer in PvP, yet despite the evidence and efforts to get multiple GMs involved, it never gets banned, its account is fully active, and the only ones getting banned or silenced are the players who point it out. Video evidence of rank farming: here (this info brought to me by Decrepify, a friend of zipfile. Says zipfile got banned not for criticizing SSG on forums, but for trying to bring down this creature. Also admits to getting an infraction for calling it out, like myself. This was in a PM exchange last year.) With all the above points in place, its account is still active and it keeps posting/playing like nobody's biz. So. Anyone know why this insect doesn't get flushed? I mean, this would be sad and pathetically funny if it weren't for targeting minors and flashing sexually abusive content. Used to be a rumor it's maybe related to someone in SSG, but it lives in Norway (by its own public captions) so any direct links are questionable. A massive whale that maybe keeps SSG's business afloat by spending assloads of cash on its Lotro-licious narcisstic supply? Dollar's weaker than Norwegian krona, eh. No use speculating though, would be cool to hear if anyone knows any more details behind all this. Would give this fucked up situation a bit of closure.
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    Be Virtuous!

    Adding Virtue XP to festivals would be too sensible a measure to mitigate the VXP grind... So SSG, with their cranial-rectal-inversion-syndrome, added Virtue XP to festival wrapper quests *only*. So a toon can get very limited VXP, once per festival, by grinding daily festival completions to get the quest completions count up to 10, then 10 x 3, then 10 x 5 just to get a few crumbs of that "extra" VXP festival bonus tucked into the "complete five completions of ten festival dailies" quest reward. Hence upsetting both regulars and festival fags, who have mastered the skill of crying and swallowing at the same time.
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    Be Virtuous!

    Damn that's brutal, when was that? What was the will stat originally? And does anyone know what stats are in new "wit" virtue? My guess is probably something universally useful that got stripped off existing virtues, just to spread the grind across as wide a margin as can be.
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    Update 24

    I felt this way about West Rohan when I finally made it there after all those years. Only thing making me play through it was more of anthropological curiosity of "can this quest design get any worse", and comparing observations with all the justly given criticism HD has received. This doesn't feel like questing. This feels like something designed explicitly to keep players "busy" in a manipulative way that forces them to adhere to strict pre-charted linear paths instead of playing for fun at their own pace. Then it dawned on me this same manipulative time-sink "busywork" quest design will persist til 120, and all the mass-quittings made even more sense. "Let's forget about system grinds and just play the ga--- oh wait they turned landscape questing into a fucking grind too." I miss this quest style so much. Part of what made the early game such a nostalgic experience, just simple simplicity of that questing design. All the alt-o-holism prevalent through that early content just goes to show how imminently replayable it is. That busywork railroaded questing design started with Dunland though, before there were MCs. Calling this quest style "immersive" because it "puts you inside a story" is like asking other people to chew your food. Felt like an insult to player's imagination, to be taken by hand and tasked with runarounds transparently designed to keep players from playing at their own pace. How brain-dead an average "Lotro Tolkien fan" has to be to give up one's own creativity and passively swallow this stuff through a feeding tube because "omg story". Re: Helms Deep, even the "quest story" was designed to appeal to sycophantic tendencies of their "fans". Hardly anything original, but you get to rub your ass on Aragorn, Legolas, etc. And get to see badly scripted derivative adaptations of book scenes that you already know. Plus the neverending daytime soap opera with Horn and that Dunlending chick that's outlived its welcome fucking years ago.
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    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    Welcome. Lol at being singled out for "being abusive" when any forum poster who makes a critical thread gets swarmed with hecklers flinging feces at OP instead of disagreeing on points - but yeah, to speak out against those hecklers is "abusive" and ban-worthy. On second thought... those Bullroarer gushers are exactly the kind of pimple-ass small-cubicle incels who would get mortally exasperated over receiving a brown nose joke over internet. They'll probably bake Cord a pie or some shit like that for keeping them "safe."
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    Be Virtuous!

    Don't recall this being mentioned here, but almost all virtues got a stat re-shuffle and no longer grant the original stat combos that made players grind out those virtues to begin with. (No morale/phys mitigation bonus from Zeal, no tact/phys mitigations bonus from Innocence, etc). Thankfully I stopped caring long ago, because this is unreal. Who doesn't have stories of saving up deed-accelerators (or even buying them in the store) to specifically grind out specific virtues because you want those specific stats. Replaced now with all kinds of random crap (Zeal gives might now, or some situational bullshit like that, good luck to clothies who ground out every Zeal deed for protection stats). Stat re-shuffle never got mentioned in beta notes or release notes. Of course purposefully so. And so few players give enough damns to still run some beta, that it barely even got mentioned in player-made threads either. Inevitably, those who still care to test Bullroarer are already inbred enough into SSG's "community" to swallow every cock shoved in their throats. But the re-shuffle of course points to the real motive behind fucking with virtue system to begin with. It's not for improving "quality of life" or "gameplay mechanics", it's to reset everyone's stat assets and make 'em grind again from 0. What a fun game!
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    Update 24

    Re: graphics difference with 64bit In-game textures have been receiving little tweaks here and there for years in ongoing fashion, tucked in random updates. Like the update to the cosmetics textures from very early assets, that used to look real blurry when zoomed in - a few years ago they attained the same meticulous texture detail as the later post-Rohan assets. Part of what made old player avatars look real dated - even back in 2012/13 the original avatars looked great in their context, but overall graphic textures weren't as detailed as they later became. Before server mergers, population on Riddermark was so sparse I could actually play with ultra-high settings on everything, and when playing slowly just for wandering around and immersing, those little graphic tweaks were really noticeable. Had to turn down my graphic settings after migrating to Crick, and kept them low ever since (maybe because with massive disappointment in SSG, I didn't wanna be reminded how visually nice this game still is, and only dunked in and out for practical stuff like keep in touch with some players or help with raids - easier to treat it as "just a game" on lower settings). All of the above is to say... the compliments coming in about Lotro's incredible graphics are of course well deserved, but folks who really did work on them got laid off long ago, most likely. Nothing to do with new client, just the contrast between lower settings and high/ultra high. Same with new avatars, ultra high settings + new avatars gives it a real impression of newness. But it's been this way for a long while already.
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    Trump goes to England, Hilarity Ensues

    Reminds me of a time when Obummer and his wife visited England and presented a stately gift to Queen Elisabeth: an ipod with a bunch of classic British musicals on it. A fucking ipod. To the Queen of England. Funny how this imbecility didn't get any media coverage, I sure wonder why... Trump and Obama are just natural symptoms of the same public syndrome that got both elected. Inverse personalities yet all dynamics are the same. Both condescending entitled arrogant narcissists full of themselves. I actually don't mind Trump (I mean, I don't throw tantrums when I see his mug in media), at least he's not hiding his ego behind a saccharine cutesy public persona like the mask Obummer wore. And it's been transparent as hell most of Trump's public life that he's a power-hungry empire mogul. I guess I like assholes who are up front about themselves. All the cloying duplicity of Obummer's empty suit so avidly fellated by the mainstream was fucking nauseating. On which note... Consider similarities in the Lotro Official forum dynamics and the "political" social media. All the sycophantic circlejerking, all the borderline-personality black & white thinking/splitting into "good/evil", all the logical fallacies, all the hypocrisies, all the cock-sucking, all the rabid blind defending their position and immunity to reasonable dialogue, all the inability to handle criticism because they take it personally because their lives are sad and they are co-dependent on this wonderful supply of validation that feeds them with illusion that they matter, so "You're wrong because I'm right, how dare you attack my favorite thing, this is the only right/ethical/moral way to think/do/act, if you disagree you're a subhuman troll!!1" I really think all this rabid hysterical "Leftism" has nothing to do with politics at all. And nothing to do with Leftism. But is being so portrayed, constructed and manufactured. It's just the same borderline emotionally-unstable co-dependent types, just replace Lotro with "social activism" and voilá. They think they're all about politics... but they don't even have a clue, it's just an outlet to vent all that pent up emo rage. And by the time they get a clue (those with enough intelligence to do some research), they're already so indoctrinated into their own pathological cognitive dissonances they'll ignore facts that disagree with their positions. IMO biggest error lies in reacting to these behaviors as if they "actually" express political dialogue. All it does is validate this social group of borderlines as a legit political stance/position/whatever. For-profit privately owned media is only too happy to market their media content to this demographic. And voilá, all these "liberal" news outlets with clickbait emotionally-charged headlines, all the Trump-tantrums, all the protesting, all the rage-mongering. Political dialogue? It's got fuck-all to do with politics and all to do with rabid fanatics usurping spotlight for their circlejerks. It's not liberalism, it's not leftism - but of course they're happy to claim these labels, it gives their shrill shrieks more visibility. A Lotro Official forum brought to life. Having observed these currents since early 2000s... I kinda still think that if conservative demographic hadn't started reacting to them, and simply carried on their own articulate dialogue on complex sociopolitical issues with reasonable balanced liberal demographic, the crazies wouldn't have gotten such a foothold. Instant media, internet, and for-profit news outlets tailoring their content to their targets' attitudes (goes for both sides) pretty much invented it as a phenomenon. But I'm naive, so politics ain't for me.
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    Other MMOs?

    Came to this thread in search of some recommendations, as other have before me... Strangely, feels good to have my suspicion confirmed that MMO market seems to be ailing and there haven't been any standout titles that didn't fall into the same old predatory milking cashcow formula. Perhaps the MMO phenomenon is reaching the end of its shelf life, having only been successful when it was a new experience to the now-veteran gamers. That sense of adventurous innocence of early MMO gaming era, once trampled on by developer/management ineptitude, can never be restored or replicated. This may sum up why the well of MMOs has dried up. Imagination and critical thinking are becoming such damn perishable skills in these days of 1.6-second attention spans and compulsive smartphone clicking, the mainstream is not even catering to anyone with average/above average comprehension levels. I know the whole ´generations getting dumber' trope is as old as time, but both tech and tech addiction are accelerating so fucking fast it's like watching the crowd get progressively dumber in real time, now at accelerated pace. Who needs content with intellectual complexity when you can shit out pixel-clickers that charge real cash for interacting with their fandom logos? For every intelligent gamer (who would immediately see through this bullshit, thus not worth marketing to), there's several dozen no-ones shambling through their non-lives who would excitedly pay to become co-dependent on mindnumbing content distracting them from their issues, interpreting consumer abuse as token of attention and marketing exploitation as love. Case in point: Users orgasming at the mere premise of paying more.
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    Frivolous Polling: Doomsayers 2020

    What has been ailing Rift (the game) to put it on the potential cutting block? Haven't kept up with its happenings since way back in 2014, when it was still getting much praise and recommendations from some forum users here who no longer post. Which means it was either shilling....or Rift managed to somehow fuck up the golden goose that was handed to them on silver platter. Tried Rift myself back around that time, found it water-thin and lacking as far as storytelling but it left a good impression for pure mechanics and gameplay (shitload of variety of things to do, live dynamic world events, etc). Granted that was my only other MMO experience apart from Lotro, so it goes without saying I was easy to impress. Would welcome a scoop on how Rift devs and/or management sabotaged what they had going for them.
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    12 Year Anniversary Failure

    The fact that 12-year reward actually includes the character title of... "Abundantly Sublime" (no, I'm really not joking)... says all there is to know about SSG's direction and their target audience.
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    Streamer "Awesomeness"

    Thanks for a wholesome laugh, for real though. Before that sideshow came on board a year ago, Cordovan's streams at least contained bits and pieces of relevant info (like, actual content that draws people to tune in, who'da thunk?). I'm no media user but even I tuned in sometimes just to hear what's cooking. Stopped watching the moment that sideshow took over, I mean can that WASP nasal accent get any more abrasive? Damn, my ears. If SSG team had more intelligence, I'd be tempted to see this luring in of "streamers" as strategic diverting of attention onto random nonsense, letting themselves off the hook for giving any kind of real updates/answers - but obviously this is too much mental gymnastics for the likes of Cord and Sev, so I'd just chalk it up to the irresistible feel of saffron lipstick on their obese glutes. The more I read blue name replies on official forums (even MoL is picking up on snark, team spirit must really be rubbing off), the more I see the entire SSG operation as mere clueless bravado of a bunch of nerdy cucks who think "owning their own business" equates failure immunity and automatic omnipotence in all business matters - they really do think the sun is shining out of their asses. I've never owned my own biz so obviously can't judge, but when a noob like me gets a feel they're committing every single mistake and walking into every single delusion trap a business noob can possibly commit and walk into, the actual bullshit must really be exorbitant. (I still miss some posters here who were sharing some pseudo-corporate observations on Lotro team's ineptitude back in 2013-15) Maybe that's the saddest part (sad as in just sad, not even haha sad). It's no ulterior greed, no masterfully manipulative business model, no elaborate fleecing schemes. Just a bunch of unwashed nerdy cucks who own a share in their own company, entangled in a pathological kissing fest with their Cluster B personality-disordered customers and feeding off each others' narcissistic supplies. Each side literally bloating and feeding off each other to own advantage. It's a fucking mental health hazard. This toxic psychological shit is for real. (Edited to add: After writing last lines above, being on this forum is starting to feel like being a fucking survivor of emotional blackmail/narcissist abuse/whatever, it's all there is to that whole official Lotro "community" circlejerk. Looking back on earlier discussions here starting with post-Helms Deep beta and onward, hard not to see it in those terms, especially when freshly-banned newcomers arrive to gain some mental clarity and closure. Mental health is real and mental hazards are real. No hobby gamer in their right mind would suspect what ill convoluted mental shit is being enabled by Turbine/SSG/CM's behaviors, and by the time they find themselves personally affected (after denials, dismissals, brushing off, all staple coping patterns) it's hard to rinse and purge. Really not much of exaggeration to have called this forum a support group between 2013-15, so damn much there needed venting and airing. Reading up on borderline/narcissistic personality disorders and behavior patterns really puts much in perspective. Certainly makes one spot it from a thousand miles off.)
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    22 Hours

    20 minutes, isn't it? Still crickets, so at least another extension forthcoming. From what was spilled over livestream, they had to get external contractors involved for cabling issues so now it's all in the hands of union fellas who won't be pressed for weekend overtime and successful resolution of whatever the hell is on that "list of issues with some checks on them" is contingent on SSG's place in that external service queue. Edited to add: Ah, seeing Doro's post now. So Monday it is then, if then. Heading offline for a peaceful couple days, enjoy your weekend everyone 😊
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    22 Hours

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    22 Hours

    So. Watched a bit of this pile, and compared to the last Cord of the Rings I've glimpsed from as recently as last summer, the overall change in Cordass's demeanor is morbidly vivid. Clearly discernible physiological side effects that come with receiving all those official-forum fellations from mental health hazards over there, and from working a dead-end job blocking for his bosses's imbecility and putting on a desperate online act to convince the internet this nobody is a somebody. Smarmy tone, insecure body language, condescending and even spiteful demeanor towards his audience (everyone despises ass-kissers, even the ass being kissed). All mixed with the obviously scripted lines he's being tasked with delivering in as nonchalant manner as possible, betrayed by his tiny furtive glances off-screen and sweaty bottled-water-guzzling. Petty little politician who knows he's bullshitting through his empty suit but hoping his audience is too distracted to notice. Is this why they call it Twitch? Nailed it. A few verbatim word salad dishes (all smeared in contrived, smarmy tone) : "We are making progress and have made quite a bit of progress particularly in the last, let's say, 14-ish hours or so? And are much closer to re-opening than to... the other side. So... we're making progress." "We are gonna be working through this, obviously. You are gonna be suffering through this, for those who are suffering." "Datacenter move is the reason. We've had a bunch of hardware issues that are not insignificant that have not impacted any character data or anything like that, nothing to worry about, there are backups of backups of backups. But a lot of unfortunate hardware issues, both things in and somewhat out of our control, those in our control we've worked through, those not in our control are being worked through if not already solved. And somewhat kinda cabling issues and stuff." On why the delay is happening: "I don't wanna get too specific, but we are doing work at our datacenter to, I believe, move hardware and move our physical location to largely the same complex; now, I believe it's sort of a big shared complex, so there's lots of companies renting space here and things like that. And we're doing this big datacenter move, which initially we were hopeful we could do in a day, which is why we had this 22h downtime, but some hardware issues have been cropping up that required us to be in position that we can't open the game worlds, and until we can do that, clearly you can't do that. Some of the issues we have been working through reestablishing those connections and troubleshooting along the line, and engaging in, I think we're calling some contractors engaging these issues, and we're much closer to opening than we were, there is a big check list and there's a bunch of checks on that. So.. we're making progress." On getting a lot of questions from players about server up time, etc: "We are working on getting all those questions answered and in singular place for when we re-open, gonna be a FAQ [sic: yes, he did deliberately say "fuck"] kinda to answer some of these questions that lots of people have. Because we are not yet open it's best not to set any expectations or deadlines or dates or anything like that, wait til we actually re-open and we'll have all the information for you, but we will have that information for you." This is a whole new genre.
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    22 Hours

    Not new, same post as in last screenshot. The amused anthropologist in me can't help but notice the heart and laugh reacts have been entirely retracted. My bet's on the collective ineptitude of what's left of their team causing them to track/hunt down the now-laid-off engineer vet or two who's got a modicum of clue on how to fix whatever hardware mess they've obviously run into. If said vet(s) are no longer in Boston area, cue in clumsy conference calls, game of telephone, possibly more issues as they screw up while trying to follow verbal instructions, possibly more delays if said vet(s) have to physically drive or fly in - on whose money? - bonus suspense for bad traffic and road conditions (which are more manageable overnight in time for 2am, eh). I see at least one more extension through 8am, but why stop there might as well make it 12pm and pretend it's the regular end time for usual maintenance.