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  1. Makes one wonder whether players approaching 120 may just buy this Valar for the weapons.
  2. This cost 4995 LP back then. Someone on the OF did the math and figured it would cost 52,000 LP to max 2 weapons. This Catch-up Box would be a drop in a bucket. No, I expected max weapons - and I already wrote earlier in this thread that, seeing the expense, this will not happen. SSG will want to mask the costs by offering upgrades in bits and pieces, for mithril and with offers such as just linked. What I have found with SSG is that they started out with better offers (example: tripple bonus LP) and then don't have that return to the store. I think it's the same with this offer.
  3. What keeps coming up in the Forum threads is that the grind may be very daunting for new players. When it's daunting a trip to the store may be more easily made. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?685689-The-new-Imbued-LI-grind-plan/page4 It doesn't matter to SSG/DayBreak/Whoever that a player spending tons of cash doesn't know how to play the (end)game. Only thing that matters to them is that you spend muchos $$ in the store. This is an interesting question: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?685657-What-is-the-total-cost-to-level-a-Legendary-Weapon So for 2 LIs it is around 52,000 LP = around US$470. You are probably right, FundinStrongarm, complete weapons may not come to the game. This 'breaking up off the cost' in bite size pieces is what masks the real cost and is the 'perfect' way to monetize. And that's already fully functioning.
  4. Despite, by now age old and repeated, promises of SSG and its precessor that the legendary grind is under consideration, SSG, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to make the legendary grind even worse: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?685661-I-don-t-know-about-the-new-scroll-of-empowerment-grind I therefore expect that SSG will announce in the near future that it will start selling expensive endgame weapons in the store. Some players will be very relieved to be able to bypass the excessive grind. Others will be maintain that 'the grind is doable'.
  5. And it's over!! Lockdown here, so no Boxing Day crowds. Moving on to the New Year!
  6. Turbine/SSG has always benefited from being purposefully vague, esp. because it led the defenders to preach about 'protecting the existence of the game'. Example: 'I bought the most expensive expansion because the company needs money'. Cognitive dissonance. They really used the division they created within the player base to their advantage. Many never understood that Marketing wasn't making 'dumb choices' but (experimenting with) profitable ones. I wonder how often people behind Turbine/SSG have laughed their asses off over the years. There is a distinct difference between making a fun game that people want to support and creating a game as a means to make as much money as you can wring out of folks. Their ethics are not my ethics. However, didn't Nietzsche write in Beyond Good and Evil that what is 'good' in the eyes of the masses is something different from what is 'good' in the eyes of the rich? Turbine/SSG will think it is doing stuff right = being ethical. Just as they think that applying for that loan is ethical. In Canada we have many long term care homes, where many old people died, that applied for government support and then funneled half of the tens of millions they received into dividends for their shareholders. That money didn't go to the workers and it didn't go to improving services/better protection. I can see EG7 and its investors being delighted with free government handouts. I also know that in Canadian families with 6 figure incomes that didn't take a hit this year, second earners who were laid off etc. applied for government support because 'they could'. The government failed to put an upper limit on combined household income to qualify for that support. Just as the USA government failed to have companies 'show them the numbers' before they were approved. It's even more interesting... SSG giving away its content for free saw indeed a dip in revenue from content sales? Does that justify the loan then?... In this respect, this world, including our beloved fictional gaming worlds, can be (or rather: is) a very rotten place.
  7. Going from a male dwarf to a female elf with a name change.... 7500 LP..... Imagine regretting this after a day or two. Makes me wonder. If you go from female elf to dwarf, is there no gender change because there are no female dwarves? Not going to try that out lol. I have been subscribing to Runescape for a few years now, with the yearly package. Costs me $6.60/month. I have 99+/all skills (which was super easy to finalize with all those boosts/double xp weekends etc.), and can't be bothered with going for 120's. So only log in to do some dailies and some (nostalgic) stuff I enjoy. Never ever thinking about 'having to pay to play the game' or 'too much grind'. They have 'yak track' on a regular basis, which consists of more or less grindy tasks with rewards, which can be fasttracked with $ purchases. Finished that 2 times, now only do tasks until I am fed up. The rewards are 'meh', so don't have the desire to do more than I want to. It's really interesting to me how Lotro and Runescape deal with monetization differently and my internal response to that. Even though I can play Lotro for free, because I own all the content and have unlocked all benefits, I can't log in anymore because I hate what the game has become. Used to still enjoy the Yule Festival and that too has stopped because of the introduced grind.
  8. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
  9. ..... SSG was already owned by Daybreak. SSG didn't want to admit it to its playerbase, lest it dampens spending. Daybreak was therefore called 'publisher'. Now Daybreak is sold and Severlin writes the above... no.... you are a piece of carrot in the soup that is called Daybreak which is being eaten by EG7. Face it.
  10. Therefore Mordor was the last thing I bought.
  11. You are not alone. The following is pathetic. VIPs are complaining that this 'mini whatever' should have been included with VIP. What does SSG do? They add a 'War of Three Peaks map table with teleporter' as a (gated behind purchase) VIP quest reward to a vendor. And what do the VIPs do? They are excited and forget they paid at least $20 for something that used to be included in their subscription. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=8042654#post8042654 What did Paiz say again? 'You can throw them anything and they will keep paying'? He was right.
  12. https://www.gamespot.com/articles/microsoft-acquires-skyrim-fallout-dev-bethesda/1100-6482406/ Microsoft Acquires Skyrim, Fallout Dev Bethesda Microsoft has announced that it has acquired the parent company of Bethesda's game studios including those behind Doom, Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and more. Microsoft has announced a $7.5 billion deal to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda and its many studios. Those studios are behind some big video game franchises including Doom, Fallout, Elder Scrolls, and more. In an Xbox blog post announcing the acquisition, Xbox head Phil Spencer outlined that this deal includes the studios behind franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, Doom, Dishonored, Prey, and Quake, along with unreleased games like Starfield. It also mentions that Bethesda was early to support Game Pass with offerings like The Elder Scrolls, and that moving forward Bethesda's library will be added to the service. That will include launch-day Game Pass releases for future projects like Starfield. Game Pass is a key factor in the acquisition. "Like us, Bethesda are passionate believers in building a diverse array of creative experiences, in exploring new game franchises, and in telling stories in bold ways," Spencer said. "All of their great work will of course continue and grow and we look forward to empowering them with the resources and support of Microsoft to scale their creative visions to more players in new ways for you." Separately, the announcement from Bethesda offers some further explanation of why Microsoft seemed like an appropriate match for the company, including their long partnership of working together. "So why the change? Because it allows us to make even better games going forward," Bethesda PR and marketing boss Pete Hines said. "Microsoft is an incredible partner and offers access to resources that will make us a better publisher and developer. We believe that means better games for you to play. Simply put - we believe that change is an important part of getting better. We believe in pushing ourselves to be better. To innovate. To grow." "Like our original partnership, this one is about more than one system or one screen," said Elder Scrolls and Fallout producer Todd Howard, in a statement. "We share a deep belief in the fundamental power of games, in their ability to connect, empower, and bring joy. And a belief we should bring that to everyone--regardless of who you are, where you live, or what you play on. Regardless of the screen size, the controller, or your ability to even use one." It's important to note that the deal hasn't officially gone through yet, although that process may be more of a formality than anything else. In its press release, Microsoft said it expects the deal to close in the second half of its current fiscal year, which would mean that will happen sometime between January and June of 2021. This is one of Microsoft's pricier acquisitions, coming in far above Mojang ($2.5 billion) and Minecraft and roughly equalling the amount it paid for GitHub. And, while a much different sort of deal, it's also far more than something like Disney's Lucasfilm deal, which was worth $4.05 billion. The ZeniMax acquisition includes eight new studios in all (plus publisher Bethesda Softworks), covering a wide array of franchises: Bethesda Softworks Bethesda Game Studios id Software ZeniMax Online Studios Arkane MachineGames Tango Gameworks Alpha Dog Roundhouse Studios It's unclear what this could mean for planned PlayStation-exclusive titles like Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo. In the past, Microsoft's acquisition has not necessarily impacted third-party support or deals already in the works. According to Bloomberg, these two games will still see their arrangements honored, while future games will be evaluated for third-party console releases "on a case by case basis." This announcement is notably coming just one day before preorders go live for Xbox Series X and Series S. For more details, check out our Xbox Series X and Series S preorder guide.
  13. An example of a 'mission': quest 1: fetch a bucket at X, travel via a,b,c to quest 2: fill said bucket at Y, travel via d,e,f to quest 3: deliver said filled bucket at Z? I hope it's not going to be as bad as that. Also, I don't expect an epic book or so. I wonder what the 'goodies' are at 59/99.
  14. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?683093-New-Mini-Expansion-Pack-quot-War-of-the-Three-Peaks-quot-announced-normal-collector-s-and-ultimate-edition New Mini Expansion Pack "War of the Three Peaks" announced - normal, collector's and ultimate edition Cordovan just announced a new mini expansion pack. It's called "War of the three peaks" and it will be available in October for 20$ (Normal Edition), 59$ (Collector's Edition) and 99$ (Ultimate Edition). Infos so far: - It is NOT replacing the upcoming Gundabad Expansion which is planned for 2021. The firt beta round will start next week - There will be NO level cap increase - We will have boar mounts - A new raid is coming - We will see new raid gear - You can see the first teaser trailer here (but there was a problem with the stream so there is lag): https://www.twitch.tv/lotrostream/clip/BrainyBitterHyenaSuperVinlin
  15. Suddenly all is well. This poster is convincing me. Back to Lotro to spend money, lots of it. MC, lootboxes, traits, pets, pets converted into housing items collections, you name it, I will buy it.
  16. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?682181-Housing-Mount-Pet-Decorations 🙊 I've commented in red: 😂😂😂😂😂
  17. Well played on the OF and here now as well lol.
  18. From the OF: No, we were at that point many years ago, maybe even already when the store was introduced.
  19. It's working as intended, trust me.
  20. I logged in, had a look, and logged back out. The houses are so dark inside that you have no idea what you are buying and the mead hall is a hall. Can't decorate that as if it's a house. Then the monetization of placing horses and pets - 20mc every time. No thanks. I've lost all my houses/kin houses due to lack of upkeep. That's how little I log in anymore. No desire to change that. Knowing what it was and what it is now - no fun left. Bumping into monetization in so many areas is a constant reminder.
  21. I assume that the last 2 months of freebies resulted in much more spending on store items than they otherwise make from selling zones etc. Hence this proposal today on Facebook: "We have announced free questing coupons and VIP updates for both The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online! Thanks, MassivelyOP, for covering the announcement here": https://massivelyop.com/2020/05/28/lotro-and-ddo-lets-you-fully-unlock-all-of-the-content-to-date-forever/?fbclid=IwAR0XYGZjVMBQhU-pyRIsyr1yWHjNVw6lpMivQGgkd_n7RbX8vsCrREYpKSU OK, everybody who has had a beef with how expensive the cumulative content is for Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons and Dragons Online is — now you can’t complain about the cost any more. That’s because Standing Stone Games just announced that it’s going to be making a huge chunk of the content to date free for everyone who is currently playing. The studio experienced a huge shot of success with its spring promotion that unlocked all of the expansion and quest content in both DDO and LOTRO, extending it twice (with its current end date set at August 31st). Apparently this promo has proven to be so successful in drawing and retaining players that SSG is prepared to give all players a “coupon code” at the end of summer that will unlock all non-expansion zone quests forever. “To clarify, the coupon code includes the quests that are not considered part of an expansion pack quest content,” SSG said on LOTRO’s forums. “That’s why there is a difference there. So the coupon code will grant you quest zones like Evendim, Eriador, the Gondor regions, but not for example Isengard, Moria, Rohan, etc. Hope that helps.” Happily, the studio also said that it’ll make many of the non-recent expansions and instance clusters for these games available in the store in the future for a buck each (or via earnable in-game currency, which means you can easily earn those for free). Additionally, both games are upgrading their subscription plans with more benefits. DDO is adding a scaling XP boost, while LOTRO is granting a vendor that’ll give characters access to town services and two useful buffs.
  22. Dutch government is going for this strategy. All my family is there. I am not pleased (actually, I am f*cking angry). It's an odd idea to get herd immunity from a virus. Usually herd immunity has to do with immunizations. Shocking that many, many Dutch citizens bought into what the Dutch PM said last night. He, of course, didn't mention what the death rate can be, he only mentioned '60% is what we need, and then the vulnerable will be protected'. If people already become immune after having been ill, it is not known for how long they possibly can be immune. There are also data from China that show that people recovered, then tested positive again, but without the symptoms.
  23. As the title indicates, both a video and written highlights: http://www.mmo-central.com/2020/02/29/pax-east-2020-big-news-at-the-standing-stone-pax-east-meetup/ Here’s the highlights of the announcements: Recap of DDO Producer’s Letter (New Feywild expansion, new Shifter race) Summer in LotRO will focus on the wedding of Aragorn and Arwen New theme of orcs vs dwarves: The Legacy of Durin and the Trial of the Dwarves Two big updates in 2020 in this story Leads into a Gundabad-themed expansion in spring 2021 New content coming later this year: (1 endgame, the other scaling content called Missions so capped and lower-level characters can play together) Rohan housing will include stables so you can show off your favorite mounts Rohan housing due when Helm’s Deep is released on Legendary Servers Then there was an open Q&A involving both games, so here’s a summary of those questions. In DDO, they have plans to get to level 40 over the course of years. In LotRO, there will be more landscape updates, one upcoming tentatively called Mists of the Wilderlands that will include the Floodfells and points north. Ciccolini hinted at something called The War of Three Peaks that will have some new landscape created for it as well. He declined to answer what would happen with Minas Tirith in time for the wedding, that we would have to wait and see what they have planned. A player asked about what the DDO Feywild experience would look like, and they showed a piece of concept art with a twilit castle, but it would be all new geography. Then Jerry ‘Cordovan’ Snook pointed to one of their other projected images and revealed that there would be unicorns in that update. Yes, you read that right. DDO is getting unicorns before the end of the year. Ciccolini answered another question about whether he’d want to include psionics in the game, with the answer being yes, but he added that whether they would actually do that, the magic 8-ball answer to it would be ‘maybe’. A LotRO player wanted to know whether they would be going off the current map, perhaps to the East, and Ciccolini replied that the story people would love to visit Umbar or Rhûn first and that their longer-term plans may bring us into places like that – note the lack of a definitive yes or no or which specific areas. Then to a wonderful cosplayer’s question about whether the Shire would get Scoured, Ciccolini teased the crowd by saying that it may happen in a way we don’t expect. Next up was an intriguing question about megaservers from a DDO player, who wanted to know if that would be a possibility. Ciccolini said they were investigating the options, but if they would move forward, their plan would involve completely-new megaservers that everyone would need to transfer to for free. The benefit would be to clean up over a decade’s worth of idle names that players have not been able to use anywhere except on the Hardcore League server of late. The current stumbling block, he said, was ensuring that guilds could finally be able to transfer server to server. It must be stressed that this is not a definitive in-progress plan, but a long-term goal. It would be similar to LotRO’s server consolidation in 2015, except every active player would have to transfer to a new home. Someone else asked about whether LotRO would be going through a similar megaserver process, and Ciccolini gave a surprising answer. He said they are considering a new kind of Legendary Server with possibly different rules but he didn’t go into details. However, he did say they had no plans to do another server consolidation there. Next there was a question about the possibility of housing in DDO, and Associate Product Manager Johnny ‘SSG_RedPanda’ Liu replied, “Maybe.” It was a running gag throughout the evening where when players asked if something was possible or in the works, his answer was always a drawn-out ‘maybe’, with Ciccolini double-checking to see if he could say something specific about certain questions. Their main concern is how to manage personal housing, since guild airships are one per guild but take up a large amount of data. Liu chimed in to note they were aware of the threads suggesting Sharn apartment housing, and that they were in discussions, but of course the answer is still ‘maybe’. Ciccolini also hinted at their desire to possibly update guilds/kins in both games, but no current details at this time, although they were far more hesitant at the notion another player brought up involving DDO guild true reincarnations. The final question of the evening has been a hot topic in the LotRO community for ages. For those languishing in the Legendary Item system, Ciccolini there’s going to be a more short-term update to assist players more easily obtain Scrolls of Empowerment at endgame. Plus, they’re looking at an all-new system that’s more essence-based, with players being able to transfer the meat and bones of their current LI into it without losing their investment. Ciccolini hesitated to speak more about it because it’s still being conceptualized, but he was hoping it might come out this year, but might take longer depending on the tech needed to make it happen. So those were the highlights of the video above. We will be sitting down with Ciccolini next week to delve further into the big announcements and other hot-topic questions, and we’ll also be bringing you a world-first exclusive interview with LotRO head of QA and composer Bill ‘Darth Celtics’ Champagne, so keep an eye out for that.
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