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  1. Tarantula

    64-bit gossip

    Rohan housing to be released when Rohan hits the LS... which is at least 16 months away.....
  2. https://www.theverge.com/2017/11/3/16605272/lord-of-the-rings-jrr-tolkien-game-of-thrones-amazon-studios Amazon Studios has been looking for a way to duplicate HBO’s success with Game of Thrones, and the company may have found a solution: adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings into a TV series. Variety reports that the company is currently in talks with Warner Bros. Television and the late author’s estate, and while discussions are said to be in “very early stages,” it is clearly a high priority, with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos himself involved in the negotiations. Amazon Studios has unexpectedly found itself in the midst of a transition. Earlier this year, Bezos reportedly got involved with the creative direction of the studio, tasking the group with finding high-profile dramas like the hit HBO series that could have a broad, global appeal. Then last month, Amazon Studios executive Roy Price resigned in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, a move that led to additional resignations and a reshuffling of the studio’s executive ranks. The kind of big-name adaptation Amazon has been looking for If finding the next Game of Thrones is the goal, it’s hard to imagine a property more suited to the task then Tolkien’s series. The Lord of the Rings tells the story of Frodo Baggins, a young Hobbit who is tasked with destroying an artifact called the One Ring in the hopes of saving the world of Middle-earth. The books have been adapted multiple times over the years, with the most commercially — and critically — successful adaptation coming in the form of Peter Jackson’s film trilogy. (Jackson’s films adapting The Hobbit were markedly less successful.) While the adaptation is far from certain — the deal hasn’t even been closed yet — this is the kind of project that could bring Amazon Studios a significant amount of attention, and draw in viewers across the world. While Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu have all made huge strides as original content creators, Amazon has yet to score with a far-reaching, cultural conversation piece the way that Netflix has with something like Stranger Things. While The Lord of the Rings would certainly check all the Game of Thrones boxes when it comes to fantasy and adventure, it is also worth noting that the books aren’t really known for being filled with the kind of sex-and-violence antics that HBO’s show has become synonymous with. On the other hand, Rings has one huge advantage: the books are actually finished.
  3. Tarantula

    Has anybody seen this?

    I didn't get the impression that it was polished upon release. Was it?
  4. Tarantula

    Reclaim Moria Bundle

    I expect that many people on the LS already own Moria. To play devil's advocate: for those who don't, it's a 'new expansion'. Those were never free for VIP, iirc. I wonder how many people who already have 'regular' Moria buy this version for the goodies ('and to support the game' ).
  5. Tarantula

    gaming laptops and noise

    I am in the process of selecting a new laptop and keep finding comments about noisy fans. Fans running while gaming is normal. Fans being loud without much going on, not so much. Are all ASUS gaming laptops loud? What about coil whine? I am looking at: https://www.staples.ca/en/MSI-Apache-GE62-7RD-471CA-15-6-Gaming-Laptop-2-8-GHz-Core-i7-7700HQ-1-TB-HDD-256-GB-SSD-16-GB-RAM-GeForce-GTX-1050-Win10/product_2681663_1-CA_1_20001 because of the i7-7700HQ other options: https://www.staples.ca/en/msi-leopard-gp73-8rd-040ca-17-3-gaming-laptop-intel-core-i7-8750h-1tb-hdd-256-gb-ssd-16-gb-ddr-iv-nvidia-geforce-gtx1050ti/product_2868627_1-CA_1_20001#/writeReviewButton https://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=710_577_1198&item_id=131250 https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/asus-15-6-gaming-laptop-intel-core-i7-8750h-1tb-hdd-256gb-ssd-16gb-ram-nvidia-gtx1060-windows-10/12853494.aspx? Any feedback or recommendations?
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    Moria soon on LS?

    Dwarf-candle consumables..... for 'where the sun don't shine'... WTH.... Cashgrab, that's all this is
  7. Tarantula

    22 Hours

    Will this work?
  8. Tarantula

    22 Hours

    twitter is ... awful.... people with only caps, telling others they should be 'grateful'..... fuck that shit
  9. Tarantula

    22 Hours

    Pffff that's the last thing, on this beautiful sunny mid day!
  10. Tarantula

    22 Hours

    downtime now at least till 6pm est.
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    22 Hours

    Thanks. Weird.
  12. Tarantula

    22 Hours

    So poetic! The way I see it: until this massive 'maintenance' or whatever it is, they sucked $ for 100% and that was guaranteed. I don't think they give a sh*t about their reputation at this point. They threw that out of the window many years ago. It's their lies and corporate speak that kept them afloat ever since. Restricted how? Link? What post did they edit? See, can't trust the ********
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    22 Hours

    It did cross my mind that this could be the orchestrated end: now we can blame the hardware instead of announcing that the game will close.
  14. Tarantula

    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    The irony. Welcome here!
  15. Tarantula

    The Elusive Producer's Letter

    I like that: I am protecting bullshit
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    Be Virtuous!

    Stop the mind reading Added: Who would have ever thought they would charge for the removal of essences? Or charge 50MC for a starter horse? Players should expect anything and everything being changed for the worst possible scenario... all for the almighty $.
  17. Tarantula

    Be Virtuous!

    Based on past experience with their crap I trust that they will be very capable of making the new virtues in the store very very different from what we see now As they design the game accordingly, the quantity of virtues may become both bottomless and an absolute necessity.
  18. Tarantula

    Be Virtuous!

    As has been said as long ago as the introduction of the store, from now on the game will be designed around the store... except back then no one knew what would be eventually in it. From a monetization presentation I learned that the goal is for it to not be the icing on the cake but to be mixed in with the entire dough. I think we can see that well, at the moment.
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    The Elusive Producer's Letter

    You wouldn't enjoy posting here if it were not for using the same name as on the OF. Your intent is to aggravate, otherwise you wouldn't be here. You don't even like us. I am sitting here laughing at your post with all those quotes. I don't want to use my OF forum name here, because I don't want run the chance of losing my accounts, because of what I say here. You don't have to fear being kicked out there because you sucking up so much, while here you don't have to fear a thing. That is the difference. I don't call what I do hiding. I call it sad necessity. To take the idea of strong snow a bit further, this is what happened in Fort Erie on Sunday, when individual ice molecules clumped together: You be warned.
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    The Elusive Producer's Letter

    https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?671460-SSG-stop-the-Tier-scaling-pls/page2 This is a wonderfully worded post, see bolded sentence.
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    The Elusive Producer's Letter

    I think it's a lovely day here, thank you all. First I get to LMAO, then I get to like a post, then someone who apparently dislikes us all tells me that 'insult and personal attacks' say more about me than about the person I respond to. Oh well. I can write a book about why that can be debated. Then there is another beautiful rebuttal, followed by a Gestapo uniform, followed by a beautiful slip of the tongue: Minus Morgul. Then I stumbled on this gem on the OF : in this thread: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?671463-Tinkering-With-Trait-Deeds-Removing-A-Way-To-Earn-LoTRO-Points&p=7918249#post7918249
  22. Tarantula

    Serverpopulation

    Thank you!
  23. Tarantula

    Serverpopulation

    Are there more EU logins than US logins?
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    The Elusive Producer's Letter

    I want a private reprimand as well, for liking this post. Then I will feel really at home (as on the OF)
  25. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?666721-End-Game-Loot-Lootboxes-Update-23-and-Beyond Severlin End Game Loot, Lootboxes, Update 23, and Beyond Greetings, I'm writing today to discuss changes we are making to end game loot, and how lootboxes relate to your gameplay. We have been paying close attention to high level gameplay and rewards, and are not entirely happy with the system in place. Now that we are increasing the level cap to 120 in Update 23: Where Dragons Dwell, it's a great opportunity to make some adjustments, and explain how things will work going forward. We should reward you for playing the game. Progression should come from playing the game, first and foremost. Before I talk specifics, let's talk about our goals with the system, the rules under which we want to operate, and how lootboxes fit into that system: 1. There should be no gear in lootboxes that you don’t have a chance to acquire by playing the game. If gear is in a lootbox, it should also appear on a game vendor or as a reward for content within a short period of time. 2. On the day that new content is released, players should not be able to get the brand-new gear with end game currency or Store purchases. The initial rush of gear needs to come from playing the new content and getting rewards for completing it. As such, the vendors for gear and lootboxes will not appear until a few weeks after that content is released. The exact timing might also depend on how involved the content is. 3. Gear that comes from a new Raid at the highest difficulty, or the equivalent raid completion gated vendor, will always have more power than comparable gear that comes directly from lootboxes. 4. If gear comes from a raid, you need to complete the raid at least once before you can obtain the gear from a vendor using game currency. This remains unchanged. The above should help you understand how we want loot to work in LOTRO, and set clear "meta rules" for the future. If we stray from this, let us hear it. Sometimes, especially in our preview environment, you'll see gear show up out of order, or see gear that doesn't have its power level set, but if you see something that isn't right, bring it to our attention so we can fix it. Now, with all of this as the guideline, let's explain how our end game systems will work in Update 23! Gear will be rewarded for running content while you level up to 120: from quests and deeds, reputation barter, instance chests, and from defeating bosses in the raid (which will be released later this year). In general, instance gear will be better than questing gear, raid gear will be better than instance gear, and content with higher tiers of difficulty will reward better gear than easier content. This is pretty much how things work now. Our new currency for our end game in Where Dragons Dwell and beyond is Embers of Enchantment. Embers can be earned for doing weekly quests, and by deconstructing gear you don't want. This Disenchantment process may also be familiar to you, as it's what you've been doing with Ashes of Enchantment. One big difference in U23 and beyond is we will reward Embers of Enchantment to you directly when you do endgame quests, rather than indirectly through lootbox keys. You'll accumulate enough Embers to buy the gear you want from a vendor. This helps fight random luck when trying to get the stuff you want. The Ember vendors won't have gear from the most recent end game group content until around two or so weeks after that content is released. So, the only way to get this gear when content is first released is to play the content. Finally, the vendor may have a requirement that you complete the content before you can pick any of the gear. Older content will work on a similar system, with its own currency. Ashes of Enchantment are becoming Motes of Enchantment, and you'll earn new Motes of Enchantment by running older content. Older gear will also Disenchant to Motes of Enchantment, and Motes items will have their own vendors. Quests that used to bestow keys or key slivers will bestow Motes directly instead of Black Steel Keys. How do lootboxes fit into all of this? Lootboxes will continue to appear in-game, and you can buy keys from the LOTRO Store to open them. They'll have cosmetics, gear – with identical gear available from the Ember vendors, and some Embers. The gear and cosmetics will be available on the Embers vendor at the same time it debuts in a lootbox. Both new lootbox items and new vendor items will arrive a few weeks or so after new content is released. Lootboxes are not required to gear up, but can be used to help you catch up on gearing, and acquire cool new cosmetics. If you don't want to buy a key for a lootbox, you can instead run content to earn Embers for the items. We absolutely want to reward players who are awesome enough to support the long-term success of the game by opening lootboxes, and get joy in doing it, but we don't want players to feel like they are forced to open lootboxes in order to play or excel in the game. We've been carefully reading your thoughts about lootboxes in recent months, and we've had a near-equal amount of discussion inside the office as well. We’re encouraged by your passion for the game, and want to make sure we support your decision to be here with us. Sev~ ----------------------------------- In the responses: some people buy it, others see it for what it is: keys are only available through the store. What I think: this is the direct result of SSG a. ending the trade of esp. keys bought from the store through the mail system, for the cost of 2 mithril coins b. anticipating the legal consequences of (Europe's) stricter laws with regard to the 'lootboxes = gambling' conundrum Severlin is coating this change very nicely, although he is not convincing.
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