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    gaming laptops and noise

    My ASUS laptop runs pretty quietly by itself, but it also runs really hot, so I add an external Opolar cooler, which does a good job with reducing temps but is really loud. It's a bit of a no-win. I'm still waiting for the day that gaming laptop manufacturers actually invest in proper cooling and noise reduction.
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    22 Hours

    I still don't know what exactly went wrong, but this is hilarious nonetheless. Some great memes on r/lotro. I also still maintain that at some point the game will simply cease to function. There will be some tweak or change here or there that, combined with all the other stuff being supported on a rotting foundation, will simply topple the whole thing and they won't know how to put it back together.
  3. I would welcome maintenance mode, if it actually meant they would do maintenance on the existing game. Unfortunately, they keep adding more content onto a rotting foundation.
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    Cordovan Strikes with Banhammer

    I was permabanned by Sapience a long time ago and asked after he left if I could be reinstated, but I got no reply. There's no rhyme or reason to their decisions. The CMs just act on gut feelings.
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    FTC Will Investigate Loot Boxes

    Unlike Star Wars Battlefront and other titles, Lotro is such an obscure game that I feel it might fly under the radar of potential regulations and so get away with a lot of immoral and possibly illegal business practices. Who's holding SSG accountable? If there are regulations against loot boxes, can we trust SSG to scale back on them in game? Those dialogue phrases kill me! The guy pronounces Rohirrim like "Rohireem." It drives me up an absolute wall.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    Are there level cap armor sets that don't have essences? I thought I read that they were going to try to diversify the armor at end game. I'm sitting at 105 with bartered skirm armor because the essence grind makes me sick.
  7. I wonder what the whales and Standing Stool Games fanbois will do if the other Middle-earth MMO turns out to be a fun, well polished and supported game. Lotro has benefited from being literally the only game in town when it comes to Middle-earth-themed MMOs. The devs can do practically anything without repercussions, whereas competition can breed excellence. It amazes me that no one until very recently had the thought of investing in a new Middle-earth MMO. All it would take is one glance at Lotro to conclude that, if people are still supporting this dumpster fire of a game, there is money to be made.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    Yeah, forgot about the rubberbanding crapshow that is mounted combat. I also recall that it was the Great River update that inaugurated the terrible server lag, which they've never figured out how to solve. Up to that update, you had a solid, salvageable game.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    As others have noted, wait till the legendary server gets to the LI and essence grinds. All the happy nostalgia will give way to dread and frustration, and then the servers will die.
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    Legendary™ Servers

    At first I had a flash of hope that it would be a classic SoA server, but no. I see no point to this at all, except as a desperate means of making money. Tbh, its success will probably be a result of shroud streaming it and nothing else. And then once he stops playing it, the server will die.
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    Update 23

    Well said. The Bree town update comes to mind as an example of this. Fixing things that aren't broken and ignoring obvious problems have been Turbine's MO for years.
  12. Because I want to see if another developer take a shot at the IP. And I don't approve of the continuing manipulative practices of Turdbin.
  13. Long time lurker. Just made an account to say that I agree with @psalm8818 about the female designs in Bless and other modern MMOs. It's not being an "SJW" to object to such cynical objectification. It can reflect a socially conservative perspective or, as I should hope, a commonsensical perspective. I suspect the other user is a troll. Anyway, I hope Lotro dies. It lingers on in a dilapidated state, but it's been dead since the Great River update for me. I think at this point Turdbin *ahem* Standing Still Games will do nothing (because they have no money) and then shut it down when it becomes literally unplayable.