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    Censoring Words

    So are you up for censoring the word "faggot" from Lord of the Rings as well? Grow some thicker skin, you're part of the problem.
  2. https://kotaku.com/the-ftc-says-it-will-investigate-loot-boxes-1830714932 So it looks like shit is about to hit the fan with loot boxes... Any ideas on the impact this will have with LotRO?
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    FTC Will Investigate Loot Boxes

    The downside is that so many have invested so much time and effort into LotRO that the only way they'll feel good about leaving that behind is if LotRO closes, so they'll do almost anything to defend LotRO despite the flaws of the game. The great irony is that even Warframe demonstrates you can do F2P in a decent model (it's got a lot of time gating so it forces you to be somewhat casual about the entire thing, as you will be very hard pressed to grind out MR25 in anything less than a year unless you're streaming the entire thing as your job), yet doing a Warframe style F2P demands that the devs basically show you everything they're working on, including times where the community team will show some unpolished things like the hour and a half stream where the CM was hunting for a pile of poop while a bunch of devs watched the stream and died of horror from seeing a bug being demonstrated live to their fans (for those wondering, the CM did eventually find the poop and tranq the critter). Thing is, you don't necessarily need an endgame as long as you have good content utilization. That's one thing LotRO is exceedingly weak on, and basically ruined when they went to the trait trees.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    I shouldn't be as surprised about this as I am, but wow, that's exceedingly lazy design as they didn't do a proper SoA on us >.>
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    Legendary™ Servers

    That's just sad, really. Apparently the game is irrevocably broken at this point, and no one has a clue on how to properly fix it. It's also looking like Turbine/SSG never did a pass for the mobs themselves when they did an uncapping, and left everything the same, so the Freeps get waaaay OP... while everything isn't. I take it the Legendary server also has the newer versions of GB and Helegrod?
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    Legendary™ Servers

    I dunno, if they've compromised life time accounts then that would be a way in, especially if the accounts are abandoned.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    I think a distinction needs to be made between "ranting at people" and "wholly expecting this to fail". I suspect many are in the latter here, as these servers are only going to divide and further weaken the population of the surviving servers, and likely hasten the servers towards reaching a critical low pop point where things stop working as they normally do.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    I think all the issues caused by the experienced devs leaving for better positions is coming back to bite SSG, leaving SSG with noob devs that don't have a clue how most of these systems really work - let alone balance. I mean, they're not even competent enough to make a x64 client actually work. Let the cavalcade of stupidity continue...
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    Legendary™ Servers

    I'm not sure what's more entertaining... Blizzard shooting themselves in the face with Diablo Immortal, or SSG screwing up their "premium" server XD
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    Legendary™ Servers

    Or maybe Amorey and Psalm just need to go get a room to work out the unresolved sexual tension in their relationship?
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    Legendary™ Servers

    I mean, they could be doing this: http://www.leagueofpirates.com/sirvival/queuedance.html
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    Legendary™ Servers

    I honestly wouldn't be surprised if this is the last ditch effort to pull monetization from LotRO, and also if LotRO is shuttered by the end of the decade. This just doesn't look good, and yet I doubt there's enough of the subscriber base to get back to the subscription model. Yet all of this leaves the real Achilles heel of LotRO still out there - the crippling technical and world building issues because the SSG staff is critically low. I mean, I'm not going back to LotRO unless they release a x64 client, and we all know THAT'S not happening anytime soon - if ever. You know the joke about the male feminists? That when someone declares themselves a male feminist, you can start the clock on sexual abuse/harrassement charges. Likewise, it has been observed that many of the most vocal critics of P2W are often those that pay the most. Therefore, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if several of the whales are some of the most vocal critics.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    It's cause the LotRO whales are really inflicted with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome
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    Legendary™ Servers

    That's one of the reasons why I **REALLY** like the FFXIV job system as it find a good balance between leveling an alt, while not making achieves and other things between the alts painful (as many classes share gear pools).
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    WoW Classic Details

    From what I saw of BlizzCon panels, and playing the demo client, I think this is as close as we're ever going to get to WoW 1.12. The short of it, they found on a tape drive backup a backup of WoW 1.12, and they found out that it still worked. To get the WoW 1.12 BlizzCon demo client, they went through and ripped out most of the server code, while still keeping the DB and art assets, and then stitched everything back together so that it would work on the WoW:BFA infrastructure while referencing the original 1.12. Blizzard didn't want to try to update the 1.12 code because that would have likely introduced a ton of bugs, exploits, and security vulnerabilities that they had long since fixed.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    They at least need the code for the traits, and how those worked - and also how the stats USED to work. Then there's the original instances that they screwed up. If that was pulled and never retained, the entire Freep trait system is going to be difficult to recreate as it was, let alone get somewhat close. That said, as SSG doesn't have as dogged dedication to recreating SoA as Blizzard has with WoW 1.12's recreation, I'm not sure it would be worth it.
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    Diablo Immortal

    This deserves it's own thread, because Blizzard thought that this would be a good idea for the newest entry in the Diablo franchise: The appropriate fan response: And here's the response for "is this only going to be a mobile game?" This is not something you do at BlizzCon.
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    Diablo Immortal

    Dunno if this means anything, but the Twitter and Facebook have gone back to Diablo 3, instead of Diablo Immortal.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    So I'm going through the BlizzCon stuff on the streams, and something very relevant to the entire Legendary server (and for that matter the retro servers) is what Blizzard is doing with WoW Classic. Essentially, if SSG does not have the Turbine code and data backups of the original SoA (or any prior version), then a retro server is basically impossible for LotRO. It's a lot of attention to detail type work, as you not only have get the code running, but then make sure everything works as expected. Given what we've seen with a 64 bit client, seeing a LotRO SoA client will never happen. While I don't intend this to be a shill for WoW, but if you want to see the technical reasons behind it, the panel you are looking for is "Restoring History: Creating WoW Classic".
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    Legendary™ Servers

    I think we expected Blizzard to have more common sense than SSG did... however....
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    Legendary™ Servers

    At least SSG hasn't done something like what Blizzard did with Diablo Immortal which is not only the new announcement for the Diablo franchise, but it was also the closer for the opening ceremony. In case you missed it, here's the trailer - but be sure to check out the like:dislike ratio
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    Legendary™ Servers

    Another thought: I'm wondering if there isn't some scheme to use the Legendary server to help rebalance the low level content of the game while also generating revenue to help sustain LotRO. That said, there's far better games out there. The truth (that many don't want to hear) is that LotRO COULD have been a WoW competitor, but that ship sailed west when they screwed up Mirkwood, and from that point forward it was all downhill from there. LotRO turned off a lot of the dev fans by not officially supporting the plugin system, and then have the system have regression and new bugs appear basically at random. Essentially, by catering to the casual and [E]RPers, LotRO drove off the players that would have normally helped build out the game and would have helped sustain it - kinda like what Blizzard is doing with the Big Friggin Atrocity.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    Maybe the question we should be asking instead is: How financially screwed is SSG?
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    Legendary™ Servers

    I have a feeling much content is going to be trivialized, at least until SSG nerfs things back into place. They might be doing this as a (very long overdue) rebalancing to attempt to streamline the stat system... but it's probably some way to jumpstart their financing IMO.
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