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  1. psalm8818

    Who owns Lord of the Rings Online?

    LOTRO is "owned," lock stock and barrel, by Russian oligarchs.
  2. That's what really grinds my gears about Turbine/SSG. THAT is their answer for everything. Dissatisfied with gold farmer spam? Ban. Dissatisfied with being lied to about the European datacenters? Ban. Dissatisfied about the American datacenters being downgraded instead of upgraded? Ban. Dissatisfied with verified bugs reported promptly and visibly on Bullroarer making it into live regardless, and never being addressed? Ban. Dissatisfied with the frequent CTDs in Minas Tirith despite owning hardware more than capable of rendering it? Ban. Dissatisfied with SSG dragging their feet on "researching" a 64-bit client upgrade? Ban. Dissatisfied with SSG grooming children to gamble? Ban. Dissatisfied with a Community Relations Manager who doesn't even pretend to give two shits about the community? Ban. Dissatisfied with developers who don't even play the game they're employed to develop? Ban. Dissatisfied with a Z-List gaming studio holding the Tolkien IP hostage while they milk the teats of whales (or quite possibly SSG employees pulling a fast one on the shareholders) to keep profit margins in the black on paper as hundreds of players abandon the game daily? Ban. Dissatisfied with the white knight shills who are more than likely SSG employees attempting to deflect dissatisfaction and valid criticism as they choke on Severlin/Cordovan's urgent members? Ban. I see the same thing all the time on Reddit. If you're not part of the circlejerk echochamber………………………..Ban. And that's not how it's supposed to be.
  3. Cordovan and Severlin giving the standard "We will look into this and see what can be done." Which is precisely what they said prior to promising to remove it from the game entirely. Lying hypocrites..... The very name of the steed implies that it was a deliberate move, and a calculated "Fuck you suckers!!!" to players' feedback. It ought to be called the "Steed of True Colors,", because SSG has finally shown them to what's left of the anemic playerbase. Fingers crossed this finally sinks them, and the IP can be free from this egregious tyranny.
  4. psalm8818

    Vastin Takes a Dig at Dissatisfied Customers

    Listen, I understand he's only human, and that there's only so much one human can do. The issue is that he thought it would be cute to jump in to the discourse, scold all the dissatisfied customers and assert that he knows better than them, and then shut down the discussion (see OP), yet now are all these examples that illustrate he clearly doesn't know better than the people who actually play the classes and the game, and that he's actually made a slew of unintentional changes. "I apologize" isn't going to cut it, especially after that snarky, condescending jab. He clearly doesn't know what he's doing AT ALL, and SSG had no business releasing an update in such a piss-poor state. People on Bullroaror tried to tell him all this crap was broken, and they pleaded with him to fix them. But he ignored them, just like he ignored the blue-line hunters who begged him not to balance the entire tree around pvmp. Instead, like so many people today, he only listened to the praise, the ass-kissing, and the pats on the back from shills, most of whom were strict pvmpers who simply weren't skilled enough to counter blue hunters. The german server stat page shows logins at an all-time low since the update. Virtually everyone still playing had a blue hunter, either as a main or an alt. Vastin's incompetence has affected the majority of remaining players, most of whom are sick and tired of having to completely regear, retrait, and relearn h2p with every shitty update. He IS a moron, for not having listened to the feedback provided during testing, and for only listening to the folks who were saying what he wanted to "hear." But as subs evaporate and revenue continues to fall, he's going to be told all of this from his bosses. I only wonder if it was them that forced him to crap out such a horrible update in such an awful state? But then again, that is exactly the same thing that's been said about almost every single update since Evendim….
  5. psalm8818

    Vastin Takes a Dig at Dissatisfied Customers

    It's crystal clear Vastin is in over his head, and he doesn't know what he's doing. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?664830-22-2-2-Today-s-Patch-Lingering-Wound-Stealth-Nerf He literally broke a skill, then hopped on the OF trying to defend it, contradicting himself in the process. I know everyone is all like "Hey, at least he communicates with the community herp herp!" What he NEEDS to do is actually play the game, learn the classes and specs he's fucking up even more than they already were, and stop trying to balance pve around pvmp (which is clearly the only thing anyone at Standing Stoned Games is actually doing in LOTRO). Or better yet, keep being a total moron, dry up the remaining subscriber base, lose his job and go take some refresher courses at Devry Institute.....
  6. psalm8818

    Vastin Takes a Dig at Dissatisfied Customers

    Not to mention any number of corrupt, powerhungry elvish and dwarvish kings, and especially mankind, who even in Tolkien's mind wrote the book on corrupt powerhunger (whereas Turbine/SSG has written the appendix....)
  7. psalm8818

    Vastin Takes a Dig at Dissatisfied Customers

    It's not a question of destroying them, it's a question of there not being enough hours in a day to farm and grind LIs for three different specs in order to prepare for whatever bullshit the devs throw at players with each new update. Even the fanbois are getting tired of that, and they are jumping ship. No one should be forced to buy an entire new wardrobe when people who don't even play the game make fundamental changes to it. That drives paying customers away to other games, which is precisely what has been happening since LI's were introduced.
  8. psalm8818

    Vastin Takes a Dig at Dissatisfied Customers

    Beats me. There certainly could be. Middle Earth has a huge fanbase now (certainly far more than before Jackson's films). But as long as SSG (and, by extension, Theybreak Games) has a stranglehold on the IP, there's no chance. A LOTR TV series is under production. I don't know if it will be any good, and I don't know if it will renew interest in the IP among gamers. But it's the best chance in years. LOTRO began its life as "Middle Earth Online", announced during the hype of the LOTR films. Unfortunately, Turbine Studios are idiots, and it took them nearly half a decade to release a product (which was actually a good game when it was released.....before Warner Brothers and F2Pers got their hands on it....). They missed the hype. They missed the hype again during the Hobbit films (one of which featured an advertisement for WORLD OF WARCRAFT amid its trailers, rather than LOTRO), with just a pandering nod toward the Lonely Mountain. It didn't work. And they'll miss the hype again with this TV series, because they're idiots. That's why my fingers are crossed that the sanctions on the Russian oligarch(s) who calls the shots at Theybreak Games ends up closing down SSG and LOTRO once and for all.
  9. psalm8818

    Vastin Takes a Dig at Dissatisfied Customers

    Well, yeah it is. Turbine/SSG made LOTRO too grindy in order to squeeze $$$ out of impulsive shills. That's why no one plays it any more. At least 80% of the few remaining players (and more importantly, the remaining subscribers) have a hunter (which is the most popular class in the game, such as it is). Those hunters were given a shiny new toy called the revamped blue line, which they latched onto and found enjoyment in a platform where there simply isn't much enjoyment to be had anymore. Then the toy was taken away from them and broken. Then it was given back to them and they were told "deal with it, it's fine" by the man who broke it. They're not going to bother with that toy anymore. In fact, they're going to stop loving the caretakers, and are probably going to find a new game to play. And that's clearly what SSG wants. So be it. I eagerly anticipate the day when LOTRO is shut down, so that the IP can be secured by a competent gaming studio who actually cares about its players' enjoyment of the product, and less about much weed they can inhale before a webcast. I also eagerly anticipate the day Cordovan is compelled to employ his horrible customer relations skills in a more worthy setting; namely asking customers if they would like fries with their burgers...
  10. psalm8818

    Vastin Takes a Dig at Dissatisfied Customers

    Maybe actually read the threads, and get a feel for the level of utter dissatisfaction 80% of the paying customers have at the moment, and watch as their dissatisfaction is passively dismissed by SSG staff members who don't even play the game (and who certainly don't play blue hunters). That's....not how you treat your clientele. At least if you want to stay in business. Vastin is essentially telling customers, some of which have been playing hunters...the most popular class in the game...since 2007, "it's fine l2p". It's a bold move, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for them.....
  11. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?664684-Blue-Line-Hunter-needs-to-be-fixed-urgently!-Listen-to-the-paying-customers&p=7844037#post7844037 And of course, Cordovan doing what he always does, label negative feedback and dissatisfaction as "extensive insults and harassment". https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?664534-Blue-line-hunter-survey&p=7843563#post7843563 Par for the course for LOTRO staff; ignoring feedback and closing threads in order to censor concerns and refute dissatisfaction in future. I sincerely hope this is the final nail that buries this gaming studio. Middle Earth deserves better. It also deserves a dev team who actually play the damned game they're developing more than an hour a week for a webcast... You cannot double down on defending poor choices and taking shots at the people who are literally keeping you employed by a gaming studio already on thin ice. It's just incredibly stupid. They DESERVE to fail, and that's all there is to it.
  12. My biggest beef with Annuminas was always that one quest that was mislabeled as solo (can't recall the name, but it's the one that rewards the Evendim helmet/hat set piece). Signature mobs there respawn nearly instantly even to this day, making burglar the only class that can really solo it on level (not even tanks can turtle through the damage there at that level). Yet not a single developer/coder could be bothered to change the icon to "small fellowship". On its own, not that big a deal. But one of a thousand cuts that has bled LOTRO dry, and a testament to how few fucks Turbine/SSG actually give about the quality of their product.
  13. psalm8818

    The Latest Debacle

    You know what's totally ironic? LOTRO's revamped trait trees were an obvious ripoff of World of Warcraft. Yet today, World of Warcraft's talent trees are FAR more akin to LOTRO's original trait system (less choice bloat, less impact on overall gameplay, less of a pain in the ass to retrait, less pigeonholing into a single cookie cutter spec). It's like LOTRO's devs' mantra is "What is actually working for the world's biggest MMO? Ok, then let's do the exact opposite, and expect results similar to the proven leader in the industry". MORONS.
  14. That doesn't matter to him. You oppose him, so you're his enemy. And you will continue to be so from now on. Even if he 100% agrees with what you post, he will take a contrary stance just to try to gainsay and invalidate your thoughts. There's something wrong with him. I mean, he's defending THIS...….. ……..with his pants around his cankles.
  15. Didn't even touch the one (unfinished) class that needs more work than any other. Not surprised. Amused at this point. Beornings are one of the biggest scams in the history of online gaming.