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  1. Almagnus1

    Same shit different week

    From what little screwing around with performance monitor earlier today and the LotRO client, I suspect there's (at minimum) asset loading code that needs optimization and a handle leak in the game code.
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    Captain Build Advice

    So, as I finally loaded up the x64 client and saw that I am level 100, but need to completely redo the class points and virtues (virtues are all at least rank 50). I'm looking at the gear, and while it's incomplete (as I had hit Dol Amroth and said "Screw it" with the essence gear and basically stopped caring), The LIs are halfway decent (both 100 first ages), if only missing scrolls of empowerment. So, going with a LtC/HoH build, is there any advice other than "paint the tree red, then dump points into HoH"? As I have 20k TP that I have no clue what to do with (already bought Mordor), there any way I can cheese out my char with the store? Any advice on the LIs? Is it worth constructing level 120 LIs?
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    Captain Build Advice

    I'm going to take the mindset of throwing out the longgame with SSG as (historically speaking) anything I've set aside for "I'm going to need it later" has ended up sitting in the vault until I threw it on the AH and I haven't missed it since. That said, from refining the entire relic collection, I've pulled something like 200k shards, 10M IXP, and using what shards I had combined with what I got, I'm up 6 SoEs. Thankfully SSG put in several sliders and other tools to help expedite the entire proccess, even though it's really the client doing a batch of transactions one after the other instead of all of this happening server side (which would make more sense).
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    Captain Build Advice

    Refinement is actually a fairly good way to earn IXP, as when you refine you get shards and occasionally an IXP rune. Just be sure to set it to stack mode, and clear out your IXP runes periodically, or you'll end up with like 200 in your inventory..... Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything.... Edit: After looking deeper into the relic system, I may as well just run 8 of https://lotro-wiki.com/index.php/Relic%3AInsignia_of_Commanding_Presence which would definitely make Moors amusing XD
  5. Almagnus1

    Same shit different week

    Well, engine and system wise, as SSG should have done what WoW did, which is take the engine that runs everything, and throw on the 1.12 data and have the engine run that so that you essentially have two games that share a very large percentage of code, thus reducing your overhead. Given what I've seen from SSG and Turbine, I'm not sure if they've done that yet, or at least have the codebases as close as they should be.
  6. Almagnus1

    Be Virtuous!

    the great irony is that a level 120 char probably has so much stats behind them that they could solo all downlevel raids - especially if they're on a class with some self healing capability.
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    Captain Build Advice

    One other thing I'm seeing, it looks like almost all of the relics that I'd use (ie: 115 or 120) are from barter/instance sources, and not from shards. If so, would it make sense to shard all the relics that I have and then cash out however many SoEs that is?
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    Be Virtuous!

    They're hitting the WoW problem of stat scaling, where each expansion needs to increase exponentially over the last, so the virtues need to scale up exponentially or they stop mattering.
  9. Almagnus1

    Same shit different week

    Even if they were doing agile development, and keeping up with the QA part of things, SSG needs to step back and look at the game client as they really need to bring DDO and LotRO onto the same engine, and even tighter than they are now, otherwise they are going to keep muddling along with a spaghetti code engine.
  10. Almagnus1

    Same shit different week

    I would have hoped SSG/Turbine would have done the smart thing and started writing the fourth age by now.... And yet, they did the greedy thing and screwed up a potentially good MMO....
  11. Almagnus1

    Goss for Doro - The Arnor Scene

    I hear ya. The great irony is that the OF used to actually be useful for seeking class advice, but given what I have seen as far as traffic goes, I highly doubt there's many there that have deep systems understanding to be able to provide good class advice.
  12. Almagnus1

    Be Virtuous!

    Wit is getting leveled as it is literally the only virtue that I don't have a rank in, and I want the points to go SOMEWHERE marginally useful as I'm lower level. Now that I have a better grasp on the system, I'm going to probably run a few skirms with a bunch of XP boosters to help powerlevel myself so that I can start contributing to Discipline, Fidelity, Honour, Innocence, and Tolerance for my virtues as that should give me a decent baseline defensive stats that I can add to with my LI relics, and then use the essences to properly build things out to cap. The advantage to this is that I can use most of my gear to be largely offensive, and as most of the gear will be focused around might and crit (as most of the defensive stats should be taken care of), the remainder of my deeds can be thrown at the virtues - so in this case, I'm just lucky with the virtue rework as I basically stopped prior to MT and have a whole lot of deeds left from the Great River forward as I really didn't see the point in doing the slayer deeds.
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    Captain Build Advice

    Hopefully this doesn't merge with the rest, but here's an update on part of the build I'm going to run as LtC: Traits - tree planner won't generate a link soo..... >=( Max everything in LtC except: Heightened Allies 1/2 (it was the spare point) Restraint 0/4 (Captains haven't had power issues for a long, long time) Standard of War 4/5 (I prefer ground targeting) HoH Traits: Reversal 2/2 Skilled Hands 3/3 Blood of Numenor 3/3 Revealing Mark 1/1 Dignified Spectacle 3/4 Rousing Cry 3/3 Astute hands 6/6 Courageous Convocation 1/1 Virtues: Discipline Fidelity Honour Innocence Tolerance Racials (included for completeness as most of these really don't matter that much): Tactics and Might Bonus Man Sword-damage Bonus Duty-bound Balance of Man Strength of Morale Weapon LI legacies Bleed Damage Cutting Attack Damage Inpsire Damage Grave Wound Damage Battle-Readied Damage Buff Blade of Elendil Damage Melee Skills Critical Damage Emblem LI Legacies Shadow's Lament Damage Light-type Damage Bleed Skills Critical Damage Healing Critical magnitude Sure Strike Damage Devastating Blow and Pressing Attack Damage Time of Need Buff Duration IMO Turbine/SSG really shot themselves in the foot with the trait trees, as giving players more and more points means (as time progresses) we're eventually going to fill up that entire tree. Either way, from researching into the stats, it looks like Might/Fate/Vit are the primaries I want to focus on, so what I'm wondering is what's the best way to min/max the essences so that I end up with near cap physical mitigation, tactical mitigation, crit defence, crit rating, and resistence? Edit: Also, where should I be planning on acquiring relics from? Is Beleriand + Dead still the best weapon title? Is Light Damage still the best for the emblem title? What was the last level of stuff for Mounted Combat?
  14. Almagnus1

    Be Virtuous!

    Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good =P Downside is that I'm ranking up Wit right now as I don't have the levels to actually start working on the primary virtues.
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    Be Virtuous!

    Amusingly, as I had completed **A LOT** of the deeds a long time ago, I came through with an average of rank 53 on almost all of my virtues.
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    Captain Build Advice

    As I was sitting on a 100 FA LI, I imbued it, then threw coins at the DPS legacy (and then the emblem healing legacy) because Yeah, because the amount of materials that an LI needs to get maxed out is completely and totally absurd. Which is kinda bad design for the festivals, especially since I've gotten used to the fun things that are FFXIV's seasonal events (do an entertaining quest chain, and maybe complete an objective like a jumping puzzle, or something fun like that to get other festival rewards) - I've forgotten how much of a grind fest some of the LotRO and DDO festivals were. The irony is that we used to joke at how bad the Asian MMOs were for grinding, and from what I have seen thus far, FFXIV's endgame grind looks like a complete walk in the park compared to the LotRO grindfest, as even in that grind it's still possible to reasonably gear out two classes from different gear pools if you're raiding and planning things out. There's also no catch up mechanics, so if you ever take a break and come back to it, you've got to do the entire grind - which means I'm looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of 180 scrolls of empowerment and 30 starlits per LI just to go from new Imbue to capped out.
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    Captain Build Advice

    I'm going to do this for the LI DPS legacy, as the rest won't matter as much IMO, and I can throw whatever I find at them. I was wondering when that'd be a problem for the original playerbase. That's what really killed it for me at DA, as I started realizing how much time and effort it would take to regear myself as the last time I really put forth the effort was with Wildemore before everything basically fell apart. I'm going to check this when i get back on, but I'm not sure how much skirmish currency i'll get from landscape quests.
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    Goss for Doro - The Arnor Scene

    I completely understand that, as right now the only reason I'm playing again is to get through the content as I'm basically stuck in the sunk cost fallacy =/
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    Captain Build Advice

    Yeah, the more I look at the LI grind, the more I'm wondering what they were thinking as I'm not seeing any catch up mechanics on it. Honestly, I don't think we would have minded this if the imbuement happened at, say, 60 in Moria rather than at 100 in Gondor. That said, I'm kinda looking at the legacy servers going "you have no idea what you've gotten yourself into" as the LIs need to be created at 60, 65, 75, 85, 95, and 100 IIRC, so people are definitely going to hate themselves after a fashion there.
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    Captain Build Advice

    So after imbueing (and fixing) the halberd, and having the first batch of 7 LIs finally hit 60 as I had left them past 50, I now have an LI that feels like it's hitting hard - like I'm back at the power level where I can do stupid stuff again and be fine. I'm remembering how easy it was to cheese out LotRO, as the LI legacies hit the halfway point, I felt like I was back to the familiar power level of being the usually well geared captain.... which means I'll be able to easily tear through the landscape. So, how on earth do I get the star lit crystals needed to improve the DPS?
  21. Almagnus1

    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    ... is that what SSG said to good ideas and morality?
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    Be Virtuous!

    The reason why it works in DDO is that some of the items (like a cloak from the halloween festival) make sense to grind out multiple times as you can get versions at various levels, and as the cloak is a particularly good cloak that you can build around, it makes sense to do this especially since you carry all of your items through a reincarnate. In LotRO, however, this doesn't work as LotRO needs to be a WoW clone that's good... so this kind of busywork just doesn't work.
  23. So, as an American, this entire situation makes zero sense to me. I'm looking at what this Canadian is doing with respect to the trial, and from an American perspective, this would be normal as a case like this would be trial by jury (as most everything in the US is when it goes to trial). The other thing that makes zero sense is the concept of a press blackout for non-classified trials (ie: not US government stuff classified as Secret or Top Secret). For context, this is after a day's session in the Tommy Robinson v Cambridgshire Police trial - which is based around an incident that really reminds me of something out of the USSR, and not something that should be in the UK (or the US for that matter). The clip of the incident starts in the second video at 1:40 btw. Can someone from the UK help make sense of this?
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    UK Perspective on UK Contempt of Court

    Well, the entire population of the UK is about 66M, and as the UK (and Europe) is more amenable to a higher tax rate than the US is, combined with a generally more homogeneous population, a program like Rhode Island's could work in the UK if the UK really wanted to address the problem head on. That generally works to your advantage when you look at medical programs, especially when looking at the Scandinavians medical programs.
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    UK Perspective on UK Contempt of Court

    Pioneer Square was getting bad, and they were almost always near the ferry docks. I'm kinda glad they stayed in Seattle, and never went to the other places (chances are the locals on the other end wouldn't have tolerated them the way Seattle did). It's a real tragedy, and I'm wondering if the exact same situation isn't playing out in California as well.
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