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    Has anyone ever beaten the quest "Fishy. Very Fishy."?

    The very first time it was introduced in 2012, I once got as far as the fourth round of fishes on my main. Never again gotten that far since that year, now I average drawing a bad fish within my first 10-15 attempts regardless of toon. Maybe truly impossible deed only inserted for fun by some dev to troll hardcore festival players. But wonder if there is some convoluted ultra contraption to beat the odds that hasn't been discovered yet. How are the odds with horseshoe vs without?
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    Update 23

    I guess they are counting on players skipping Moria these days (of course they are, with the $$$ from Aria of Valar) who would eat this up as excitingly new without recognizing where it's been nabbed from. *sigh* Reusing game assets is one thing... but plagiarizing ICONIC features is just self-rape. As someone who spent over a year questing in Moria with an experience disabler, didn't have to think twice to name the exact sources. The miners' arch is an architectural feature unique to Anazârmekhem as you leave the hub heading South. Its uniqueness is highlighted by featuring it on the Flaming Deeps map as a landmark. The cluster of three dwarf heads is from the Gate of the Seven Fathers, a distinct landmark featured in one of the discovery deeds, though if you cut off the other four heads you can't ever prove its origin, eh. The mindlessly reduplicated statues directly beneath is a copypasta fest of the statue of Helgi Goblinbane standing just outside the Chamber of Crossroads. You know, the one so distinct that a whole quest arc is devoted to locating and reassembling its pieces. I'm not even pissed or angry, just plain sad outside of any heated emotion. Resignation perhaps. Hell, whoever is tasked with "worldbuilding" in this update probably never played through Moria themselves. I mean, there's plenty of generic decor there to reuse outside of plagiarizing full on historically unique tourist attractios. What a sad carousel of rotating crews, half-baked intentions, and patchwork no one even bothers to at least polish for the vets who can see the proverbial emperor is butt-ass naked. When it comes to Lotro, it's not the pay-to-win, microtransactions, or the grind that turn me off... it's this mindless rotating carousel of little interns with tunnel vision who keep patching on their own little flair without respecting what came before, without addressing previous holes, and without any pretense at consistency. Not a doomsayer myself, but damn hurts to see it so mismanaged.
  3. Amen to that. In light of a recent forum banning spree targeting the min/max number-crunchers (aka players who actually know class mechanics and contribute constructive data - any self-respecting MMO's coveted audience), it's abundantly clear SSG is barely keeping afloat holding on to the IP like drowning man to a straw. All that's left are the narcissists using Lotro as platform for self-aggrandizement and using o-forums as punching dummy for their own mental health issues; may as well shut down all servers except Landroval. But, it is what it is. p.s. To be fair: I was wrong about my earlier Bullroarer thread getting deleted, my bad. It's still there and I must've overlooked it while trying to locate it. Can't find a way to edit this thread's title, but if the phrase "deletes thread" can be removed for sake of accuracy, please do.
  4. Can't make this up... "No, it's not the Steed of Many Colours, it's the Steed of Shifting Hues!" the only alteration is the dark brown horse hide instead of original grey.
  5. That pic has been the visual reference so far, though I reckon after the patched servers are back up it will draw more mentions by name as screenshots will be shared around. Even if its color scheme is altered (say, deep colors instead of the original pastel tones), the very concept of..."shifting hues" is such a painfully obvious ripoff of raid steed it is indeed comical. Literally word-for-word synonyms, even the steed icon is identical. Because picking a new original name for this steed to better hide its origin is... what's that whimper over there... yes, SSG intern, thinking hurts.
  6. (intro for context: I used to post here 4 years ago under same username [without underscores], but have since forgotten my password and no longer have access to email I used to recover it). I've been mildly and tacitly supportive of SSG after they split from Turdbine, but they sure have a talent at taking player support and ramming it up their ass. This incident is fairly low-key, so I wanted to report it here before stuff on the official forum begins disappearing. The outline: Bullroarer open beta, late May: While testing some things out, I notice someone in world chat linking a thing called [Steed of the Tireless Mount Selection Box]. And what does it contain but a plethora of meta-deed steeds from raids. Steeds that are actually earned rewards by actually doing the game content. Such as the Steed of Many Colours from Isengard metadeed, Steed of Dale-Lands from Erebor metadeed, etc. Intended for inclusion to a Gorgoroth LOOTBOX. It wasn't mentioned in any beta release notes, of course. Someone just literally discovered it by accident. I get livid and create a thread on Bullroarer forum calling attention to this and calling for its removal. It generates multiple pages of negative feedback from players in agreement, resulting in a blue name making a public announcement that this selection box is indeed being removed due to this feedback: Originally Posted by DrOctothorpe This mount selection box was originally added in response to player requests for hard or impossible to obtain mounts, however it is clear from the variety of responses that we were off of the mark. Thanks for all the feedback. We will remove this mount-selection box from the prize list and head back to the drawing board. Fast forward to today: Someone on official forum happens to discover that latest release notes for today's latest "patch" include this little gem: "New items have been added to the Gorgoroth Steel-bound Lootbox, including a Steeds of the Tireless mount selection box," But wait... does it still include meta-deed raid steeds, like the Steed of Many Colours? Not at all!!! Instead, it includes this: How fucking daft is that. Not only slipping it back in, after the public promise to remove it due to "listening to feedback", but the insolence of renaming it. Fucking scum. The original Bullroarer thread I made has already been conveniently deleted (funny to see SSG resort to Sapience tactics, first such case with a whole thread erased) - even though it was made on May 30 and threads older than that are STILL on Bullroarer forum. Cached version of my thread is still available, so I want to post it for the record before it too disappears: cache of thread By the way Cordovan, I am Herwegur so you can connect the dots and ban me since you're going down the same route as Sapience. In the meantime, the new live thread is obviously not attracting as much heated backlash as the old deleted thread, obviously because this is so under-handed that very few will even notice. Tolkien IP was literally the only thing still inspiring me to log in. This kind of scummy tactic though makes me throw up in my mouth a little at the sight of the ring desktop icon. I mean, this is beyond disgraceful, this is dirt-caked-in-dried-shit tier of gross. So if LotRo chokes and dies, won't shed a single tear. Clearly unworthy of its IP with such attitude to both players and ITS OWN CONTENT.
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