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    Hello from Cordovan

    For me personally, there is only one thing that Turbine (or its CM or EP of the month) needs to do and that is stop the BS and corporate speak. In other words stop sugar coating lies. If you can't afford to move the euro data centre to Amsterdam, say it. Don't pretend like its going to happen for 8 months only to suddenly declare that leaving it in the US is better for the game. We really aren't as dumb as to believe this kind of thing, and frankly it is tiring being openly lied to especially over things that we know aren't going to happen (Housing Update, Music Revamp, EU Server's, No more tablecloth horses, no more copy paste festival rewards and so on and so forth). I would like to add that I am well aware that these are older lies, but lies none the less. The majority of lotro players adore the lore and want to enjoy the experience. The only thing that has ever soured the experience for me is the seemingly constant change in direction from Turbine over issues that at one time or another they have "promised" to it's players. Even at conception stage, a company knows whether something is feasible and whether it can truly be implimented to the effect that it is required, so if it doesn't look likely then just be honest about it. I don't know you Cordovan, and I do wish you the best of luck. To be honest I am a player who is taking a hiatus after feeling disenchanted more with the workings of lotro than the game itself. I would love to see the license renewed next year, not so much for me but for my friends who are still playing and I guess I know at some point I will log in again. All I am really saying is please don't promise the Earth if you can't deliver it. Be real, tell us how it is and let us decide for ourselves what to get excited over.
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    Most overpowered class in MMOs

    I've never played it, but from what I have seen the most overpowered class in any MMO is the dreaded "Community Manager" class. They have troll preventing armour, a ridiculously large two handed ban hammer as well as wielding magic such as an unmatchable power of ignorance and self-worth. In the games I have played, I have always been sure not to cross paths with the cocksuckers... I mean CM's. As for playable classes, I would say Guardian immediately after Helms Derp was released. I was able to solo 12 man raids with no problem, and my self heals made a healer seem redundant at times. I remember being in a 12 Man Helgerod raid where everyone else kept forgetting to pot and so they wiped twice. I literally held the Boss and most of the enemies in the final room for however long it took them to run through the instance just to die again and then run back through a second time. The worst thing was I was lagging so hard that I would guess only 4 out of 5 skills would have actually been hitting. I haven't played Lotro for about a year now, but I do keep up to date with it on social media and the forums and I thought it was laughable that Guards were complaining about the recent nerf. If only they knew what they were like before these awful skill trees.
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    The Anti-Rage corner

    Wow you really can make anything negative cant you Doro? I can't be bothered trying to make you see something good, it's clear you just want to see the bad in everything. I thought this was the ANTI rage thread, but i guess not...
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    The Anti-Rage corner

    Not necessarily. peoples circumstances can change suddenly. You can be made redundant or suddenly be unable to work through ill health. that doesnt mean you have always been on the bread line. People might have bought a pc/games console a few years ago and yet now cant afford to buy new games due to their current circumstance. It happens a lot more than people realize. Both the ps4 and xbox one have been out now since 2013, a lot can happen in the two years since. Obviously then you have the older gen of consoles which have been around much longer too. Its also worth noting that even a mid range computer back in 2013 would be able to run modern games, it might just not be on the ultra high settings. I think it's easy to overthink something like this and look for some sort of "hidden blade" but i think the people doing it deserve a little credit. Most people these days (especially outspoken gamers) tend to be self entitled jerks, I think its wonderful that these guys have decided to pay it forward with what is nothing more than a simple gesture.
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    The Anti-Rage corner

    I came across this fundraiser on facebook the other day and it has restored my faith in gamers quite a bit. A guy has started a fundraiser to help people who are unable to afford Fallout 4 due to real life issues. I am a member of several Elder Scrolls and Fallout modding groups already and it is not uncommon to see people buy the latest games for their friends just so they can share the experience with them, but this guy has gone one step further and plans on raising enough funds to buy the game for 10 people who otherwise would not be able to afford it. So far the admins of the group have selected two winners and both have received their keys. He set up a donation page:- https://www.youcaring.com/facebook-gaming-community-450483 And posts regular updates on his own group page:- https://www.facebook.com/TheNerdyLulzLibrary?fref=ts Obviously there has been no obligation for any of his group members or even friends to make donations, but so far they have raised over $100 and managed to give two people copies of the game before it is released. I just wanted to share the story because in all honesty, it's the kind of thing that gives gamers a good name rather than the usual stereotypes.
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    Spotted a bargain - post here

    There are some pretty good CapCom games on this months Humble Bundle - you can get them all for an average of $15 at the moment - https://www.humblebundle.com/
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    Dr Who

    I have loved the reboot up until the Matt Smith / River Song stories and the god awful impossible Astronaut stuff. I actually think Matt Smith was an amazing Doctor, he just suffered from very bad writers. I felt like the majority of his series' were just who is gonna die next and then a week or two later they bring them back like it was nothing. It just made little sense to me and ruined what they had built on with both Ecclestone and tennant's Doctors. I loved both of their versions too, as I felt like both of them added something truly unique to the role and made the character engaging. Capaldi? not so much for me. I recently watched all of the reboot series back to back and by the time I got to Smiths regeneration I was struggling, and I mean really struggling, to remain interested. I persevered though and by the end of what I could watch with Capaldi I was just bored out of my mind. I have nothing against Capaldi, I just don't find him engaging as the doctor and Clara just doesn't seem to have any sort of spark for me either. Both characters feel one dimensional to me whereas all of the predecessors in the reboot had something else for them to switch too, usually between the zany mad cap antics and the brooding dark hero. Capaldi just seems to be the same monotone and one trick to me all the way through, and they have tried to make up for that with Clara but even she just isn't as engaging as previous companions. Heck, I wasn't a big fan of Donna Noble but I would happily see her return and take Clara's place just to liven things up a bit. I really do think that the writers are killing the show and it is a real shame, especially with talk of the BBC's budgets being cut. I think if more people get bored and tuned out, we could face the very real possibility of Dr Who being canned again which should never have happened the first time let alone again. I am honestly not sure what could save the franchise, and I am well aware that my opinions are not those of everyone who watches. I consider myself more of a casual who fan having only ever watched a little of the classic stuff (mainly McCoy) but I do feel that these days the writers rely more on shock twists such as people dying and then not dying, or they overuse scare tactics to force a reaction. An example of this is what they have done to the stone angels by bringing them back so many times and making them into a Who style Freddie Kruger. Their debut was an amazing episode and left you with the feeling that these things could literally be all around you and you would never know. The whole episode had a certain "psychology" to it that kept you on your toes. They didn't need a scare moment every 5 minutes because the story itself kept you interested. I do personally feel that as they have "evolved" the angels they have become little more than a Tv equivalent of someone running up behind you and shouting "Boo". I just find it sad that they seem to have ripped out the mysterious nature of the statues in favor of over using them. It just feels to me like the writers have run out of ideas and so are sticking with what worked for them before, but unfortunately it is just getting stale and boring for most regular viewers. For the record I am not anti Capaldi either, i just don't think that the actor is being given much to go on as far as character depth goes. I think they want him to perform a certain way and he is making the best of it, it just isn't on par with previous doctors for me.
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    The Random Crap Thread

    http://www.theladbible.com/articles/someone-has-come-up-with-a-weirdly-hilarious-alternative-plot-line-for-lord-of-the-rings
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    The Rage Corner

    A big problem with the world today is that people choose to ignore 90% of a situation and just focus on the 10% in order to express their own outrage or so that they can pat themselves on the back as being better than everyone else. When it comes to the situation in Calais right now, it is much less about genuine refugee's and (As Doro has pointed out) much more to do with people exploiting a well known "break" in the border's to exploit a country who is internationally known as being soft on benefits and open to anyone. I have nothing but sympathy for the genuine refugee's and I welcome them with open arms, however there is a due process to get into the UK (and all other countries) that MUST be served. This process is there to prevent criminals jumping from one country to another and to keep track of exactly who is where and who needs to be looked after, or watched etc. The vast majority of the people who are attempting to enter the country via Calais are in fact quite violent and will stop at nothing to get into the country. They don't care about our laws, they don't care about the process. They want in and will quite literally hurt people to get here. I am not saying this out of ignorance either. I am friends with a number of people who commute via Calais and I have seen and heard their horror stories. I have friends and family who are international truck drivers who are living every day in fear due to the ongoing violence directed at them, not to mention the prison sentence that they will get if they are found to be harboring these "refugees" who will distract a driver whilst a number of others will physically damage their trailer in order to get inside to cross the border. This is a photograph taken by one of the truck drivers I know and shared on Facebook when he found a man who had broken into his trailer:- This video, shared by someone I know, was taken by a family who had been to France for a holiday. As the description of the video says "One of them charged over and smacked my Billy in the face through the open window" and " I thought Garry was going to start getting some karate practice in, he stopped the fuckers getting in the car next doors boot fgs! They tried to get under my truck (are they insane?) The poor lorry driver in front had just locked those doors and they ripped them open and piled in. It's like a game to them!! " The fact of the matter is that normal people, real people are being hurt and hindered by the scum (I can think of much stronger words to describe them) that is currently trying to pass themselves off as "refugee's". It is all very well and good for people to feel sorry for the dead and the dying, but trying to act like what is happening in Calais is necessary is just plain Ridiculous. This has gone on much longer than the media has been involved (a good few years longer) and is only now getting media attention due to the Syria conflicts but the situation was there all along and has now boiled over to the point that violence is now a daily concern for many people. If you want something to be outraged at, be outraged at these men who are pretending to be refugee's and giving the real ones a bad name. edit:- for some reason when I try and post pictures using the "insert other media" option it never seems to work and I end up staring at a whirling load screen forever until I cancel my post (one of the reasons I dont post much any more). I also can't seem to work out on this new system how to post the video so you can see all of it, and would appreciate any tips on that too. Anyway - the link for the video is :- https://www.facebook.com/evanscentcandles/videos/10153276231263611/?pnref=story and the picture is https://www.facebook.com/TheAdrianSainsburySchoolOfScaryHgvDriving/photos/a.1375298692691017.1073741829.1375276599359893/1712076505679899/?type=1
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    The Stone of Erech

    I would imagine its the same sort of principle as the very real Stone Henge in southern England, that had many of its enormous stones transported from a small town in Wales named Maenclochog. That is an approximate 175 mile trip back when there was no easy way to transport them. It is believed that the stones were chosen from that location as the town's name is roughly translated as "Ringing Rock" and back in the bronze ages it was believed that resonating stones had healing principles. In that manner, I would imagine that Tolkien may have used a similar inspiration when writing about the Stone of Erech. Basically, it is not so much what it is but the belief of what it can do. In that sense, people will always find a way no matter how impossible a task seems.
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    Yo Dawg I Heard ...

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    Quote/respond system

    Tbh I am not a fan of the new format website so I spend much less time here. It's a shame because I do like the people here but I much preferred the old format.
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    Saint's Row series

    I loved the saints row series. Really well made games and can be bought now for next to nothing. My only issue with character creation was how different tattoo's were used in the games. My guy in SR2 had a certain set of tattoos that were unavailable in SR2, and then yet again in SR4 they were different. I think that was a bit disappointing. Certainly not game breaking, but not great.
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    Snowbourn: Free 2,000 Gold

    One thing a kin I was in did was take a load of screenshots from around the game, and then ask the kinmembers to say where they were taken. Some were understandably easy like the southgate of bree, but then there was a lone tree in Angmar and a specific part of Mirkwood and whatnot. They had a picture for almost every area of the game and it was pretty fun at the time trying to find the places and take a screenshot of your character there. I'm not sure if you would be able to do this though as you would probably need to make a website or use a pre-existing kin website or something to do it. Another thing you could do is a game of riddles. Find 20 or so decent riddles online and then advertise it in chat. Take the names of people who want to play and then send them a riddle, if they get it right and reply the corrct answer you send them a harder one. The first person to get to the required amount would then win the prize.
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    Boemond the Auto Attacking Champ

    Yeah the pictures don't load for me either. When I post pictures to this site I tend to upload them to photobucket.com and then use the link from there.
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