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  1. Maintenance mode? More like a "fuck you" mode. LI grind too much? Fuck you. Why are these last class changes not documented in patch notes? Fuck you. Where are the burglar changes we've been promised to get in previous update? Fuck you. Why didn't we even get to test any of these new changes on Bullroarer first? Fuck you. Hey when are the festivals gonna be this year? Fuck you. Hey where is the Producer's Letter that was supposed to be delivered back in December last year telling about this year's plans? Fuck you. Hey what's this new "Skirmish event" we can't find any details about it at all? Fuck you. Maintenance mode is so 2014 - 2017. Welcome to fuck you mode.
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    Another Attempt to Bump the Login Numbers...

    Made of Lions seems the only one left from SoA, that's about it. Other content-designer still remaining joined ca. 2011 (thePinion). Silorien the software engineer still there since late 2008, might be the last remaining one now that they lost DrOctothorpe to layoffs (and bet they lost more than him). Among QA personnel, DarthCeltics is still there since 2008. That's about it, as far as any semblance of a "core" team. Add to that a rotating carousel of lesser interns (less familiar blue names popping up with join dates ca. 2016-18), mostly QA personnel and thus more disposable and predictably less knowledgeable about game product they're tasked with. Vastin seems the only class developer left (thankfully tbh, he's got a head on his shoulders and communicates well, unlike previous dweebs), but he's a recent addition with a forum join date 2017 (might have been around longer in other capacities?) Not counting Cordovan and the joke of a producer, who are not only terrible at communicating and formulating articulate replies to interview queries but are legitimately clueless and lost when it comes to most rudimentary familiarity with product they're paid to oversee. Both are holdovers from D&D Online so perhaps no surprise they know a piss drizzle's worth about Lotro; being around since lat 2000s seems to have done zilch to their capacity to absorb new information and develop their skill sets. Which leads me to conjecture both are still employed due to knowing people who know people, and both are digging in their heels circling their collapsing SSG wagons knowing full well they're not worth much on the job market. Any self respecting PR hiring committee would see they're nothing but yesterday's nerds with good hook-ups, good for nothing but deadbeating around the office on company pay and kissing ass of higher ups to stay employed.
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    Another Attempt to Bump the Login Numbers...

    Skirmish event to boost logins sounds kinda sensible, a) makes use of pre-existing assets (skirms) with minimal effort yet able to claim it as 'new' event, and b) pushes players to the Store to actually buy those skirms to participate (or drop $15 on a month of VIP to unlock them). What I find egregious about it all are some things seeming to coincide with this event: a growing rash of "miscommunication" where Cordovan admits misrepresenting some details about said event, admits class-balance stuff not making it into update patch due to "oversight", Vastin admitting class-balance info not making it into patch notes due to someone else's miscues etc, the carousel spins. Not to mention zero details, zero hype, zero official communication about this 'skirm event' apart from some blue random dropping a few lines on the forum. Add to that the still unfilled "events calendar" for 2019, not a single festival date has even been set. Add on top of it all the still-MIA producer's letter. Which, laughably, was promised to have been delivered by now, and once again statement redacted by Cord due to "miscue." SSG operating at amateur level is nothing new, but this is frankly a new achievement in embarrassment. One might almost mistake them for paid professionals who work for a living, but then... oh wait. Apart from nobody having the slightest clue regarding their responsibilities and zero familiarity with actual content they're being paid to deliver, this really does sound like the December loss of their top engineer put their projects and jobs on hot seat. If this carousel makes it sound like they're running around their office space with their pants on fire, maybe that is because they are. (It's all so absurd I wouldn't be surprised at a sudden announcement of Lotro closure coming out of nowhere - not being dramatic, just mixed feelings as I've been recently warming up to SoA-era early game content once more.)
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    Questions asked and answered

    Wasn't it always like this? Boats were VIP-gated as far back as 2015 when I ran an alt through.
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    Questions asked and answered

    Your assessment is spot-on. Take a look at one of the Lotro devs' twitter feeds (this is from DrOctothorpe, who was laid off in early December) - scroll down to his three posts from October 17. https://twitter.com/DrOctothorpe Come to think of it, might be those posts are part of why he got the boot. tl;dr: nothing we didn't know before, but hearing a former blue-name call it out just puts a cherry on the shit pile. . . . Meanwhile, the dev formerly known as DeviledEgg (who mangled LM and Mini in HD beta and was MIA on beta forums after promising "changes" that never came) is still employed at SSG under new moniker FriendlyHat (who mangled the Mini even more this spring and was MIA on beta forums all the way through). Wouldn't be surprised if this same person was "tasked" with "burglar changes", and if she is a relation/girlfriend/"secretary" of some upper management.
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    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    Wait, who was it that left? Haven't kept up with their carousel for a long time. Sounds dire indeed.
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    New Raid

    Hey kickman, nice seeing you here. But on subject: the advanced slayer deeds in Dunland and Rohan now grant 5 LP instead of 10 LP as previous zones. Not sure if it's always been that way, or if this carries forward into all content released since then. Quite daft to phase out LP farming in such little undocumented changes.
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    New LotRO Store coming

    Perhaps indicative that VIP-memberships aren't selling so well anymore, and instead of trying to lure more players into subscribing Turbine opted for targeting the entire player base. What really surprised me was how cheap these crafting stations are (495 TP each), I'd have expected them costing several thousands at least. If the game was doing better financially, maybe their cost wouldn't be as low. Really sounds like they're desperate to meet their quarterly financial target by the year's end, hence the whole "sell more now for less" thing with crafting stations, Yule decorations that should have been festival rewards, etc. Oh, and there was a 50% off sale on all store steeds simultaneously with the "double the bonus points" TP sale. Desperate times indeed.
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    Silmarillion Movie?

    Blatant clickbait. It's only a book on a table.
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    Update 17 - What is it?

    Anyone lurking here long enough would see this forum as no less diverse in opinion and information than the other one, with the added benefit of telling it straight and not sugarcoating company spin. Maartena might just have an axe to grind after I "outed" him here a few months ago in another thread, when he was playing for authority and entitlement all over the World Transfers thread on the OF.
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    help please

    Removing the currency cap so you could have more than 2 gold on a free account? It costs 395 TP in the Lotro store, listed under "currency cap removal". If you have several alts, you can grind out that amount of TP by feeding them reputation items (going from neutral to kindred gives you 50 TP), though the recently implemented level requirements to use reputation items make it more of a grind than it used to be. There is also an item called "premium wallet" in the Lotro store, which previous posters referred to. It's entirely worthless IMO especially given its cost, its only advantage is allowing you to store various barter tokens/trophies in your wallet instead of your inventory. But since all craft ingredients now stack to 500 managing inventory is less of a pain than it used to be.
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    Update 17 - What is it?

    I'll take back my own words: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7473224#post7473224 Oh, that was me.
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    Update 17 - What is it?

    It's interesting to note what has been said - and not said - by blue names (OF dev tracker) over the course of this week since U17 launch. All mostly just minor and specific comments by QA folks. Amid all this, silence concerning the status quo of fixing crashing issues, silence concerning transfer updates, silence concerning that other Bullroarer testing event that was coming 'soon'. At this point I think they added that "known issues" section to patch notes (including crashing) precisely because they are not intending to fix this anytime soon, all their priorities being on datacenter drama. Acknowledging these as known issues is stalling for time, and a preemptive measure to have a "right to remain silent" about it. Maybe in December, in a patch that updates the Yule festival, there will be some fixes to this, but with the other hot mess they're in I'd be surprised if anything came earlier. Some on OF mentioned possibility that WB forced a hand in releasing U17 earlier - I just can't buy this. One, WB pressure would not have arrived at such last moment, and two, even an intern at WB would know that if you want to compete with other games' updates you don't prematurely release a broken crashing beta mess. Nah, I don't think they're gloating over it. It's so f'ing embarrassing just to watch, I can't even imagine what it must be like to have an active hand in making this happen. Poor Lotro. At this point this whole Turbine thing is like some kind of warped reality show. Sometimes I rail at their incompetence and inability to set things right, sometimes I kinda feel sorry for them for their incompetence and inability to set things right. Only the background laugh track is missing just to make the scenes even more awkward for both characters and viewers.
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    Update 17 - What is it?

    Forgot to clarify, I wasn't the author of the linked post with the screenies. Might ride by those places to see if it looks the same to me.
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    Update 17 - What is it?

    Now I no longer need a tinfoil to think Lotro will be taken offline not due to WB cuts but simply due to Turbine breaking their own product beyond their skill level to repair by doing stuff like this. A couple scenic screenshots of how Middle Earth looks like in u17: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?580929-Not-listed-known-issues-U17&p=7470592#post7470592 Does anyone know how to post images in this new forum formatting? ('insert media' at the bottom times out and never loads) I'd have posted a pic of that new puerile splash screen. It's not even an intern-level job, it's a 5th grader messing around with Paint in computer lab. If their artist hasn't been laid off, someone clearly stayed up late last night to have this ready by 8am.
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    Frelorn turning into Sapience?

    Just in response to OP... I really think the only reason Frelorn locked that thread was due to that personal dig at him in the last post - and nothing to do with thread's subject. As I've been lurking more on the official forum lately keeping up with transfer information, I saw the thread where Bucko's forum "signature" developed (the one being referenced) and must say that it's really been taken out of context and Bucko's spinning much more drama out of it than the original moment was even worth. Here was the context: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?577411-Server-lag-is-a-disgrace&p=7446187#post74461 Recalling Bucko's posting style using "typical turbine" as his trademark phrase in everything, I didn't see this as anything more than a friendly jab back at him. From keeping up with CM posts in dev tracker over the past year, Frelorn sounds to me like a genuinely easygoing fellow with a sense of humor - nothing at all like Sap, no sarcasm-dripping-venom-ego-snark. Just a gamer dude. All of a sudden, Bucko gets butthurt that someone made the same joke back at him that he makes in every post: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?577411-Server-lag-is-a-disgrace&p=7446212#post7446212 So apparently it's in his signature now, minus the silly face emote that was meant to indicate it wasn't serious. Like a kid picking a fight, getting attention, and suddenly pissing his pants at not having anything to say back. Suddenly it's all "boohoo community manager backtalking meee", while Bucko's own original posts weren't exactly phrased like he was contributing anything "serious" either. Regardless of the thread subject, the way someone brought up Bucko's signature in that post pretty much guarantees a lock to prevent that from escalating into unnecessary interpersonal drama and mud-flinging. And it's already prone to exaggeration/misinterpretation, that quote out of context. It's a shame this had to happen in this particular thread, as the discussion was very interesting while it lasted. Really think it's just a coincidence though. Consider the fact that Bucko's account still exists on the official forums even while bearing that little quotation (in an inciting way). What would Sap have done to him in the same situation? Nope, Frelorn's no Sap. _______________ Edit: What I do find very peculiar though... is that I can't find anymore the thread on Landroval official subforum with the name "Thanks for making my choice to not go to Landroval easy" - I linked that thread earlier in the "Finding a new server" thread here. That thread started by Kickman about his negative experience on Landy, and a hoard of Landy divas jumping back in defense, circling their wagons and spewing venom at anyone who touches "their" Landy. It was 13 pages and many posters commented there that looking at that thread, and the kind of reactions new transfers to Landy are receiving, makes them not want to transfer there. Has this thread been deleted? Or simply moved somewhere out of sight? It's simply gone from the forums. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?574580-Thanks-for-making-my-choice-to-not-go-to-Landroval-easy In which case... it is rather revealing to what extent some "owners" of Landroval are still able to apply some Turbine-pressure to make themselves look good. A thread criticizing Turbine only gets a lock, accidentally perhaps, but it's still there. But a thread criticizing Landroval server... poof, whoosh, never happened!
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    Finding a New Server

    That player's own thread where he explains his situation is https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?578336-Laurelin-killed-the-Gilrain-Star I understand forced renames on toons with generic compound names, but "Ardbeg"? This is entirely too much in personal aesthetic territory of individual GM preferences than any "objective lore" (objective for whom? even Tolkien kept revising his own visions...)
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    Finding a New Server

    How different is "Mango" from "Mungo" or "Bango" or any other such Hobbit name? Or was it a human toon? If Lotro has room for cowboy hats and 19th century Victorian-style Yule outfits, why can't a guy from Breeland call himself a name that happens to end in "-ango" and start with "M-"? Or was it a dwarf toon? Has anyone ever seen dwarves using their genuine names in public? Now that would be lore breaking... Or was it an elf toon? Tolkien's "Laws and Customs of the Eldar" spells out that names and nicknames among them accumulate and may be used situationally to hide identities rather than reveal them. Or was it a beorning? Isn't it lore breaking to have so many beornings running around Laurelin server, why isn't anything done about halting this class from transferring there... (Nothing at all against you Iordariel, just quoted your post to comment on the name above. I respect Laurelin and know it's an officially designated RP server with stricter rules. Just sad to hear that its world chat now is reaching "Landroval style" turbulence and drama over names as inane as MangoFox). As much as I love Tolkien and immersive roleplay, it just seems that "lore breaking" is a tag too often used by "lore police" types who aren't imaginative enough, or secure enough, in their own inner vision of Middle Earth and need everything spelled out and laid along the rails and set in stone as "canon". Else they feel threatened when something (or someone's else's own inner vision of Middle Earth) doesn't align with their own. Then again, I've never been a "fan" of "fandom". Playing on non-roleplay servers I've come across many "MangoFox"-types who, as it turned out, were just getting into fantasy/Tolkien and were enthusiastic in learning more but had no idea where to even start, or were put off by the "lore" strictness in certain circles. Sure some of them may just be twitchy gamer kids with silly names, but even these have a fair amount of imagination, I mean we're all playing around in someone else's head who came up with this whole other world. They're quite capable of attending lotro concerts and responding to light RP, whether it goes any further is anyone's guess but I've known some that started off with ridiculous names and ended up getting more into Middle Earth, making their characters a part of its environment and even changing their names of their own accord. How different it'd be if they were just trolled-off from world chat and maybe stopped playing at all due to backlash. No one's trampling on anyone's imagination here... but sometimes "lore" die-hards forget that and trample on those who don't imagine everything the same way they do.
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    Update 17 - What is it?

    Aloha reputation grind The very design on this iconic landmark presents an opportunity like no other to redefine rep grind by extending it to truly epic proportions. It's literally tiered up and "gated" on each one. Poor Minas Tirith, how I hoped to see you one day as a crowning jewel of an expansion, with details within details within historical details. And now you'll be just another quest hub. It was certainly a telling sign a year ago when the devs and/or Frelorn emphatically tried to downplay the size of this city (in a livestream I think? when someone asked about MT) reminding not to expect anything big or grandiose.
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    New LotRO Store coming

    It has its own open beta: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7447410#post7447410 And a set of focus questions for testers to consider. I haven't seen similarly compiled focus questions accompanying previous preliminary release notes for actual content-based betas.
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    Finding a New Server

    *Shrug* no impact on me. It's more like, if a personality type I find irritating and prefer to ignore keeps singing praises of a particular server, there's something about that server that clicks for him, and wouldn't click for me. Every server has its "gems" of course... but since the only thing I know about Arkenstone is that two "gems" are heading there with their like-minded followers, and knowing from their forum posting history the kind of attitude they bring and spread, it's enough to prompt me to safely disregard this server in favor of ones that I know more about.
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    Finding a New Server

    The kin information is correct, but not gender. The player in question is male, though he seems to roll full steam with a female forum persona and all-female toons in lotro. On the forum (and especially that thread), he neatly fills the gap left by frickinmuck as the condescending know-it-all to whom all praise is due for selflessly volunteering so much personal time to answer so many questions. Incidentally, now he joins her on my ignore list. I think he really wants a custom forum title to "distinguish" himself and is fishing for it with his "hard work". As a Riddermark regular, I do not notice him much in world chat these days. But it's become a very quiet server, and from my previous experience with this player he shuns the quiet corners in favor of busy hubs where more can hear him. I used to only see him in glff recruiting for his kin occasionally, or announcing his presence every time he logs in with typing "hello glff" (that was a few years ago before the server became as small as it is now, and this gesture smacked to me of narcissism). At other random times he used to infiltrate world chat conversations with entirely off-topic self-involved statements like "I hope server merges never happen because there are other kins on other servers with the same name as mine" or "I named my ghost bear cosmetic pet Riddermark to carry on the spirit of the server", etc. To some it sounds inane and innocent stuff just the kind you expect to see spurted in world chat. To me personally though it painted an impression of someone who easily gets "precious" and self-absorbed about the little world revolving around him and if you're not clapping and cheering for him too then you're mean. His writing style on lotro forum indicates someone who is easily irritable, obsessed by nitpicking tiniest details, anal retentive, and never leaves the smallest comment unanswered because he just has to have the final say. Personally I can't stand that attitude... but he is simple to ignore. And I'll confess, he is a factor in my decision not to move to Arkenstone. The other, bigger, and most conclusive factor for me to categorically rule out Arkenstone is that it is the target destination of the mass migration from Dwarrowdelf spearheaded by "gang-rape-joker" robbie and his "thuggee gangsta" rabble. Perhaps a still memorable "forum celebrity" to many here.
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    Finding a New Server

    On the subject of Landroval, an interesting thread has been developing on the OF over the past week: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?574580-Thanks-for-making-my-choice-to-not-go-to-Landroval-easy
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    Finding a New Server

    Many of us will welcome them with open arms. Some will not. I would urge you to consider this as you decide how to deal with the influx of new immigrants to Landroval. If they find no new home they may well leave our universe entirely. If enough of them do that it could spell the end to our entire universe.WE like to think that our community is more caring and welcoming than most. Some think the universe revolves around them. ...I am somewhat taken aback at the overwrought seriousness of that entire long "publication". If these were just kids trying to act "adult" I could understand, but coming from actual adults? If they had dropped the whole self-important act with "senior correspondents", "reporters", "publishers", "press", and "universes" and instead framed this same content in a more down to earth and open-ended way ("hey folks, player x here, here's what's up spread the word") I could have been sold on that. Maintaining in-character voice about meta-game/out-of-character stuff is not roleplaying, it's just delusional. Paradoxically, the fetishistic idealization of a 'mature and respectful environment' is ironically the most puerile obsession of all. All the timetables and schedules and planning, planning, planning make the whole thing sound like OCD mixed with some NPD. Heck, it's just a game... That entire "press" sounds like they're running an uptight, well-oiled clockwork machine. I know a whole server cannot and should not be judged based off behaviour of individual players and kins, yet they do form a part of that server and contribute to its atmosphere. The uptight, "precious" feeling of self-importance that they radiate has put me off from considering Landroval as a possible new destination, although I very much enjoy immersive playing. Getting jumped by defensive Landroval players circling their wagons in response to my earlier forum criticisms has only further confirmed how thin-skinned and fragile-egoed that server's players can be, and seemingly that's the personality type it tends to attract the most. I still remain open to hearing more positives about that server to consider the matter from both sides.
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    Now we know who to blame for the LI system

    This is where I stopped reading.
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