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  1. Tarantula

    On the new Middle-earth MMO and Lotro

    What if that new game has everything whales and fanbois love and therefore isn't fun, but still polished and supported? I can't imagine a company not building features like lootboxes, extreme grind, no landscape drops into a game from the get go nowadays.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    Yup, and what you wrote earlier ('loss of 100 pages in 5 days') (since release of LS) is not accurate.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    This is not true. This week the number of Landroval AH pages has been slightly under 200. That's a bit lower than it was, but not a lot. If what you say is true, the AH would have been around 300 pages just before LS started. I've not seen 300 pages in a long time there. Lately, pre-LS, the Landroval AH did around 225 pages on weekends. Tonight it's 192. We'll see what this weekend brings.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    LS quests only reward 40% in xp as of today? Link please.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    How long ago was it that you leveled a character from 1 to 42? People on the regular forums have been complaining about the ease of leveling/having to skip content because it is outleveled for a long time now. The LS have a 60% xp reward per quest when compared with the regular servers. And still it's too fast eh!
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    /Played

    Started playing end 2010. Main, just 120 today: 2 months, 2 weeks, 2 days 2nd main 115: 1 month, 1 week, 1 day (literally half of the first) a level 61: 1 week, 6 days, 21 hours a level 39: 1 week, 17 hours level 15: 6 hours, 5 minutes lowest alt, level 7: 1 hour, 35 minutes
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    Legendary™ Servers

    Yes. At 119 they hit over 8k every 2 seconds. But, one gets used to it, even though wound potions won't remove the effect. It's quite a verbal war zone over there.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    As predicted. I am sitting here laughing nonetheless. Btw, any experience with those DoT's mentioned on the forums?
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    Legendary™ Servers

    People getting pretty mad, queu is up to 4k now... 1200 on LS.... Cordovan's response: The response has been huge, which has necessitated some queuing. People in a queue will be let in without having to log out then back in repeatedly. We are also working with our operations team to make sure as many people as possible can both be in the log-in queue and in-game. People more mad: 'their' names are gone One comment to angry players: 'you've paid, what do you expect'?
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    Legendary™ Servers

    The sudden appearance of the LS server is intriguing to me - not the LS itself, but what it represents: the end of endgame. SSG is not responding to any posts about the endgame grind and lack of drops in the instances. In my opinion LS is the next phase in the monetization scheme. I wanted to see whether there's anything in old presentations that gives away what we are seeing happening in LotrO right at this moment. I did a bit of digging and found this presentation about DDO by Fernando Paiz. https://www.gdcvault.com/play/1012520/The-Future-of-MMO-Monetization Very telling, but most interesting are the slides from 34 on, especially slide 37. So now there is a server with dedicated VIP payers AND a store. I am sure we will see low level content being tweaked more and more, and lootboxes being pushed at every 10 level interval. Progression is slowed down considerably = retention. Add the store = ultimate revenue. Raise the level cap slowly: new players willing to buy the expansions, willing to 'support the game'. Justly so, many players say 'no thank you'. They have paid for the content already. But what will stop SSG from reverting to subscription only, except now with the store included? The single LS may be the guinea pig for that model. The nostalgic enthusiasm and fervor of new and returning players being milked twice. After everything I've seen Turbine/SSG pull, it won't surprise me anymore.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    Yes. Maybe that is similar to what Fernando Paiz said in a monetization video: you can throw anything at the players. Do you think that the whales and the apologists are the same players? Doesn't the whale get it exactly the way he wants it and therefore doesn't have to complain or find excuses?
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    Legendary™ Servers

    Exactly. Plus: 'they've never been good at this, so let's give them the benefit of the doubt once again'.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    True. That and what people spend in the store.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    From new patchnotes: Virtues will now cap based on your character level, while maintaining the current cap of 20. Through level 10, Virtues cap at a rank of 2. The cap increases by one rank every five character levels, reaching a maximum of 20 ranks at level 96. Virtues earned above your current max rank will apply once you reach an appropriate level (up to the absolute cap of 20). Players are really mad about this because they have paid money for their virtues, either through tomes or Valar, or because they have invested a lot of time in raising virtues, sometimes even above level 20. People are also upset because they see how the LS is already now affecting regular servers. SSG doesn't seem to care one bit.
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