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  1. Doro

    Moria soon on LS?

    I gave the Watcher a shot solo as a bear. I can confirm you can easily get through to the final stage with just purple quest gear and at L58, however trying to take down those damn tentacles before they start healing was impossible for me. His roar (which so often caused half a wipe in the old days) did a whole 1 point of damage to me, or got resisted. His attacks were so weak that I even went AFK suddenly during the fight, only to come back maybe 10 minutes later and find I was still alive. It took intentional effort on my part to get him to kill me so I could leave the instance, and even then it was difficult to do. I then joined a group to 6-man it and it was a breeze, with no need for tactics, no wipes, not a single death, and barely a word said between us. Just over and done with in about 5, maybe 10 minutes, then on our separate ways. Tangentially, someone mentioned they would only do Watcher with a small group so there's less competition for the barter coin, but I can't see why they even want it in the first place. As I said, I'm in all purple quest gear, and the teal raid/instance gear in Moria is terrible in comparison. You take a huge hit in physical mastery and crit rating just for a little more morale. I've found it's better to just hit the phys mast and crit caps with purple armour pieces from quests and a few jewellery pieces to help that along (and it's pretty easy to do so), then simply stack finesse wherever you can. Even for my tank gear, I just stuck on a load of morale/vit pieces and ended up with 25k morale unbuffed, able to soak up damage like a sponge. Fuck, I even started getting some tactical mastery for a healing build just to see and ended up at the outgoing healing cap on that, too. If people ever needed evidence that the devs don't play the game and are completely out of touch with it, Moria's re-release is a clear example.
  2. Doro

    UK Perspective on UK Contempt of Court

    Sorry, I should just clarify that I couldn't watch those videos at the time because I was in the office and had forgotten my headphones. Neither video is blocked here in the UK. Edit: Okay, I've watched the first video and I'd already seen the second. I'm not an expert on UK laws/legalities, but I think this is how it goes. Basically, we have two different systems here: one known as "civil", and one as "criminal". Civil matters are dealt with by courts alone usually, with bench trials making up how most of them go down so no juries. Criminal matters involve police and trial by juries. As far as I know, the US 6th Amendment makes juries a requirement for all criminal matters, but you guys still have hearings which suggest a civil court exists, as well as a traffic court, and neither of those require juries. Tommy's was a civil matter, so wouldn't require a jury. You just make your arguments to the judge, and they then decide on it. Still, people can't exactly sit there and broadcast what's going on inside court willy-nilly. It looks like this Ezra Levant (possibly one of the most Jewish names I've ever heard) was doing exactly that with live-tweeting court proceedings. Here, you can't even take a camera into a court, which is why we have those funny court artist sketches instead, and any reporting on the matter takes place afterwards and can't contain any sort of personal view on the situation until the sentence is passed.
  3. Doro

    Moria soon on LS?

    Cleared the Great Delving, did a slow run through the Silvertine Lodes, hit L54, solo'd the Forgotten Treasury with ease, and now I'm not really feeling it. The landscape content isn't designed to handle a whole fucking server running it at once. People are having to spend ages waiting around for mobs to spawn because everyone else is one-shotting them ASAP. Fucking kill 15 glowing worms that are no where to be found because hunters and minstrels are nuking them before they even finish spawning? Some quest givers are also escort missions, so you fuck everyone else over by taking the quest and having them walk off. It's really every man for himself, and I don't have the patience for that bollocks. The devs apparently gave Moria a quick once over before this update, but it's like they didn't even think about how shitty the design all is. Then there's instances. What reason is there to bother if they can be so easily solo'd? I'm guessing raids are just as easy for a group, and there's already plenty of L60s who just sat in the Mirobel instance and farmed the final room for XP. They rushed for the "server first" titles (which should be abolished, fuck that race), and are setting the precedent that 10 levels isn't enough to keep people interested for the next 4 months. Shit, it's not even been 4 days and I'm already getting put off with the LI system, AND the fucking skirmish soldier system they've chucked in at the same time.
  4. Doro

    UK Perspective on UK Contempt of Court

    If this is the same situation I'm thinking of, it's a pretty long story with Tommy Robinson (which isn't his real name, but understandably he needed a pseudonym considering who he was advocating against: militant Islamists). I can't watch the videos you've linked right now, so I'm just putting what I know of. Basically, he was once the leader of the EDL (English Defence League), a group of people who were sick of the ever-increasing Muslim presence in England, especially in Luton, Tommy's home town. By it's very nature, it attracted a lot of louts and was basically portrayed as an entirely racist group by the media, which missed the whole point. Tommy ended up leaving it because association with it became toxic, and it doesn't matter what legitimate points you raise if people immediately dismiss you as "racist" out of their own ignorance. He got involved with other groups that were less well-known (Rebel Media, for one), and started reporting on Muslim crimes, like the infamous rape gangs. Basically, if it was being ignored by the UK media and it was about poisonous elements of Islam, he was on it. By this point, he was already on the police radar as a nuisance, and they would harass and arrest him for whatever they could, real or imagined. If he was walking down a street and getting abuse tossed at him by the more violent Muslims, it was him that would get arrested "to keep the peace". There's one video where he's told he isn't allowed to walk down a specific street with his family or he'd get arrested for it. They struck a gold-mine with some tax fraud he'd apparently been involved with. Now this is where it gets murky in what I can remember. From what I recall, he was arrested and given a suspended sentence for it? Or the case was thrown out? Basically, whatever happened, if he fucked up again he would get imprisoned. So, clever bollocks he is, he goes and films people as they walk into a trial. Here in the UK, you're innocent until proven guilty. You can't go filming people to put online as criminals outside court until they're actually found guilty, otherwise you can start a witch-hunt against people who are actually innocent (though these weren't in the end) and risk the victim being identified. Celebrities seem to be a different kettle of fish because they deem it of public interest. The whole thing is hit and miss, but it's fairly well known here that you don't risk that shit until the sentence is given. What he should've done is quietly filmed them from across the road without drawing attention, waited for the guilty verdict, and THEN stood outside court and did his bit. But he filmed them before and right in front of them, and they kicked off. Effectively, it was breach of the peace by the defendants at that point, but the police being the police they arrested Tommy over it, not the violent Muslims making the threats (who were also later found guilty of rape). It was later changed to contempt of court against him because he was filming outside a court while the trials were ongoing. So yeah, he shouldn't have live-streamed defendants in an ongoing trial, however there's definitely a concerted effort by authorities and the media against him, because he's considered an agitator. He got ahead of a BBC Panorama programme about him and released his own video on YouTube showing the sort of dirty tactics "journalists" are using against him.
  5. Doro

    Moria soon on LS?

    Literally just another fireworks thing. People light a candle, it leaves a patch of coloured light on the ground for it a bit, the casuals eat it up because it's something "different" and they're easily pleased.
  6. Doro

    22 Hours

    As you predicted, it's happening. People over there going on about how the "upgrade" has improved issues with lag/crashes/FPS.
  7. Doro

    22 Hours

    Whatever they did seems to have reset my password. I changed it during this whole mess for caution's sake, but their "fix" reverted it back to my previous password. If anyone else changed theirs, I'd double-check what it is now.
  8. Doro

    Moria soon on LS?

    Looks like Moria's out on the 14th. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?671714-Moria-Release-on-14th&p=7921136#post7921136
  9. Doro

    22 Hours

    Doesn't seem that fair to me. 1 lot of a bunch of crap and 250 points, all limited only to people who logged in 30 days beforehand. That's junk.
  10. Doro

    22 Hours

    I'd suggest people change their passwords and remove any important information if possible. If they've fucked up like that, they could've fucked up with security too.
  11. Doro

    22 Hours

    The fucking timing of me checking this. Edit: 76 hours and counting.
  12. Doro

    22 Hours

    Oh yeah, that rings a bell. They wouldn't take any blame, but they were happy to take credit, even though it was supposedly nothing to do with them to start with.
  13. Doro

    22 Hours

    I'd take a wild stab in the dark and say the sycophants that post that sort of shit don't just view LotRO as a game, but as the main "hobby" in their life. To us, it's just a minor laugh that we dip our toes into when we fuck with them, but to them it's actually a keystone to their sense of purpose. They've made the whole thing so important to them that they've developed a pseudo-Stockholm syndrome to the company behind it, and because it's important to them they think they're somehow important to the company in turn. In their mind, they've finally found a place where they belong and believe they matter, so they'll do and say whatever they can to protect that fragile position. They've got nothing else, and if I were a more empathetic cunt, I'd feel sorry for them. But I don't, the fucking losers.
  14. Doro

    22 Hours

    58 hours now, correct? Plus, Friday evening completely lost for any non-US players. RIP in peace for those who are missing out and all that, but this is fucking hilarious.
  15. Doro

    22 Hours

    But then you have to wonder what they'd have to gain from that. At least if they did a "sorry the game is closing" post, they'd be able to give whales another month or so to pony up some extra cash as a "thank you and goodbye" present (as they undoubtedly would). With broken hardware, they'd cement themselves as a truly incompetent tech team. With a planned closure, they get some of that fanboy sympathy and gratitude.
  16. Doro

    22 Hours

    I doubt it. It's likely just an issue with downgrading the situation. LotRO is a cash cow for them, I'd take a guess they're aiming to minimise costs while continuing to get paid by the fanboy whales for very little work.
  17. Doro

    22 Hours

    So that's 54 hours now, right? 3 whole days for players this side of the Atlantic. Fingers crossed for a 4th.
  18. Doro

    22 Hours

    Ha! We're at another extension! What's that now, 42 hours?
  19. Doro

    22 Hours

    Incredible. It went from 1 full day of missed gameplay for people the correct side of the Greenwich line, to 2 days. Can they make it a third? Find out on the next exciting episode of "Who Expected Anything Else?"!
  20. Doro

    22 Hours

    I still don't know how it takes a minimum of 22 hours just to physically move some servers. Swapping to a different set of servers entirely, sure, but just unplugging them, moving them to the cupboard with the mops and brooms, and plugging it back in? Seems a bit much.
  21. Doro

    22 Hours

    What's the betting they downgraded the office space, so they've had to shove everything into a cupboard?
  22. Doro

    Be Virtuous!

    I see it as basically the same solution. Reminds me of the perk system in the Fallout games, where you level up and get granted a point to spend in your perks, but they just sit there waiting to be spent until you choose. In this case, they want to cater to casuals yet a-fucking-gain, so they want to effectively grant fractions of points that you can build up, so they should just have a Virtue XP bar that fills up as you do deeds, and each time it gets completely filled it grants a point, then we just choose where it goes. Simple concept, but in the hands of incompetent devs.
  23. Doro

    Be Virtuous!

    They'll fuck this up some how, I'm certain of it. They're already thinking of stupid ways to implement it even at a most basic stage, and I can't understand how they have the jobs they do. It's almost as if they intentionally make shitty systems so that they can later "fix" them and look like they're doing something.
  24. Doro

    The Elusive Producer's Letter

    I'd say the thread will get back on track, but there's not really anything more that could be discussed about the letter since it's so void of content.
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