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Tarantula last won the day on November 24 2019

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  1. Tarantula

    Here's to 2020

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    I had dream about LOTRO

    True, my message seems to make no sense. However First line: 'Yeah, about that..... doesn't cost me 10k'. Usually rapists don't get paid. If someone wants to be raped.... can it be rape? But let's say it can be. Who in their right mind would seek that out? But if one wanted to, I am sure one can. And it wouldn't cost a penny. Hence the second line: 'But I don't think it's rape if you get paid'? Would it be rape if you were paid by the person raped? Can you rape someone who pays you for it? Clearer now? I know, crazy subject !
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    Just Another Day in Monetezation

    Suspicion is that SSG changed the drop rate in the hobbit gifts. As I can't stand the idea of running Yule quests when the best stuff is behind the mithril slot machine I have decided to test the drop rate on free silver presents, now that we are past day 1 (when the drop rate was huge).
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    I had dream about LOTRO

    Yeah, about that..... doesn't cost me 10k. But I don't think it's rape if you get paid? Oh, what do you say? Am I derailing the thread? Carry on then!
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    I had dream about LOTRO

    So we go from what we wish the game to be, to what it was, and now to what it is. Very very sad. I also recall a quite recent 'redo' of armour, esp. in Angmar but also elsewhere, where the rich variety of items with individual names, and, more importantly, with different stats, were replaced by cookie cutter variants. This to push players more quickly to slotted armour and essences. So yes, the makers of this game have been on a very long monetization trajectory (which is completely intentional - there are videos about this, much more in depth. SSG wanted monetization to be much more than 'icing on the cake', they wanted it to 'be mixed through the entire dough as well'. The last kicker is at the new Yule festival. New housing items have not been added as rewards for Yule tokens but are gated behind the hobbit presents, which can, of course, be rerolled with mithril coins. Edit: the gold ones are only available for VIPs and they only have 4 rolls (included in their subscription) on these 'Christmas' presents before the festival ends. So lots of reasons for everyone who wants to goodies to spend lots of mithril coins for a CHANCE to get a special item. When the store came out and the game went f2p, one player prophetically wrote 'we will not recognize the game once they are done with it'. He was right. Slot Machine Park it is. 'If you don't have your wallet, no need to enter'.
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    Black Friday Sale (and New Item)

    $$G -hahahahahahaha
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    Black Friday Sale (and New Item)

    Do you see that as a positive thing? Because I don't. It's exactly the response I expect from SSG. WAI
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    Black Friday Sale (and New Item)

    Players are now confused because they don't read carefully. They expect crafting carry-alls when they buy points during this sale. After buying MM, one player expected one crafting carry-all on each server she plays on. Others expect that every character on one server gets a task item carry-all after they make a points purchase. I think they don't understand that they will be able to buy more carry-alls, of either kind, in the store soon. But what I find most peculiar: why does no one mention that it's free to make an f2p account and use those characters as mules?
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    Just Another Day in Monetezation

    https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?677037-The-Curator-has-returned-from-Vacation "This Dummy?-- WAY useful!!! Sending a fortune in puppy-huggles to whoever thought it up!" Disturbing that players respond like this. I know, it has nothing to do with the topic of this thread. Just struck me. Just as it strikes me that players continue to expand on their excuses to give SSG money despite being disappointed. I saw one person write 'as long as we can continue to play'. Paiz was right.
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    Map Overlay...

    Good thinking, nice article http://lotroplayers.com/2019/11/24/mordor-besieged-comparison/ "Besides all the fancy kings, elfs and estranged cavedwellers and hibernators there are more things to find in both Dor Amarths. Then again 3000 years and an exploding volcano manages to do some work on your real estate. After a little thought experiment lets take a quick look at what happened to it all"
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    Just Another Day in Monetezation

    That above post is from here: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?672055-Why-is-there-still-no-improvement-about-the-scrolls-issue-grind-SSG/page22 He Valared (what a word) a stoutaxe dwarf, still has his other character.
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    Just Another Day in Monetezation

    (snip) Cordovan modelled the desired behaviour: valar and skip Skip the time, skip the grind, skip the game He did it without even pulling his wallet, which tells the audience: yes, it's that easy Those who followed suit are now willing to buy lootboxes as well WAI
  13. https://massivelyop.com/2019/10/31/lotros-minas-morgul-lockboxes-are-raising-community-concerns/ By Justin Olivetti - October 31, 2019 11:30 AM Ever since SSG increased its use and contents with the Mordor expansion, LOTRO’s lockboxes have been a sore point among players who have heavily criticized the feature. This situation might be getting uglier with next week’s Minas Morgul release, as the latest lockbox offerings look to be leaning more on the pay-to-win-by-chance side of things. Of particular concern among Minas Morgul beta testers is the presence lockbox gear that allegedly has better stats then the first two tiers of the new instance boss drops, as well as choose-your-own essences that are more convenient than the landscape RNG variety. In short, these lockboxes can help some players pay to shortcut endgame progression and gearing. Various potions that are included have raised red flags, although SSG did say that it would look into the values of these. Some players are asking for a further delay of the expansion to allow for more testing and balance refinement for lockboxes, classes, and content. It should be noted that the new zones and stories are getting some praise here, as well as an overhaul to the daily “Hobbit presents” panel, which now looks spiffier and hands out virtue XP. === With comments: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?676323-New-article-about-Minas-Morgul-from-massivelyop-com
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    I'm not saying the hardware is failing...

    That brings this to mind: http://entertainment.time.com/2012/09/17/gross-point-blank-10-most-disgusting-eating-scenes-from-movies/slide/hannibal/
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    I'm not saying the hardware is failing...

    Server maintenance extended with 3 hours. Too much tape letting go at once.