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Hypothetically: LOTRO is scheduled to end next month and you have been chosen to run a closing event for the occasion


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Firstly, everyone has access to GM spells, specially selected so that one cunt won't crash the server with 30000 durin's banes or give themselves a billion damage and 0.01 attack speed

 

Secondly, everyone has access to the secret session plays (like the 27 million hp cave troll) that GMs access when they want to fuck around with the players.

 

Thirdly, anyone can add any monster ability to their bar as well as morph into any monster. They can enable or disable PvP with all factions, so elves can go decide to rampage everyone in Bree as long as everyone flagged themselves.

 

Fourth (probably the most important) for the entire month, Creeps are allowed to go into any area in the game and slaughter any freep anywhere. They can also kill NPCs that have undefined health and mana bars (questgivers) and ruin it for everybody questing their last month away.

 

Fifth, all invisible walls that define map boundaries are removed, and the "archet barrier" no longer exists. You can literally swim off Eriador if you swim away from Forochel if you wanted.

 

Sixth, the Eyes & Guard Tavern NPCs are scattered everywhere, boosting ranks and levels and handing out gear like Halloween candy.

 

Finally, raid bosses are scaled up and let loose randomly across the world. Moria becomes a tomb for 30000 durin's banes that devs spawned in anyway.

 

On the final day, all special privileges are removed. Nobody can teleport out or leave the Trollshaws. There'll be one last final battle between creeps and freeps. Elrond is made the "final boss" for creeps. Also dragons thrown in, resembling the final beta event before LotrO was released.

 

/wetdream

 

 

 

Rollback to lvl 50, creeps free to roam Eriador

 

This would be sufficient 

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Digitize the likeness of each Turbine employee that ever made a bad decision for the game and put them as a targetable character in the stocks near the Bree gaol.  The tooltip for each would detail the poor decision made and its impact to the game and the players.  Instead of Hobbit Presents, each player would get one rotten tomato per day to cast at one of these sprites, with each cast netting the player 10TP.

 

Festivals would give each player two rotten tomatoes per day.  Dynamic layers would most certainly be a necessity in Bree.  The game would be left open only for this activity for at least six months.

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This. But also all servers merged and Balrogs, Dragons and Nazgul roaming about under dev control.

You assume there would be someone left in the dev team that knows this stuff.... i reckon at the end all that there will be just a cloud of nothing a bit like in The Neverending Story.

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You assume there would be someone left in the dev team that knows this stuff.... i reckon at the end all that there will be just a cloud of nothing a bit like in The Neverending Story.

 

Ogmork.jpg

 

This thing still haunts my nightmares.

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Nazguls. Everywhere at capped level and pissed off. Total genocide of players and NPC's and all the while The Red Eye is blazing overhead. In a matter of hours, Eriador is nothing but a dead land of wraiths and orcs. And then, in the final few minutes of server shutdown, this plays:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUDcSeUvkOw

 

 

.....ands THAT's how you end an mmo.

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I would do nothing. Everyone would know the end was coming, just not exactly when. At the appointed secret hour, every player would experience their graphics fading to black, with the sound of Isengard being flooded in the background, just as the servers were shut down.

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Last man standing royal rumble, all creeps and freeps to roam free only with perma death, when your toon dies that's it for ever, if you don't log in your character is spawned in game and allowed to be dragged through the street. The last fifty remaining freeps get to open up the grey havens and sail away.

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All skirmish soldiers and escort-quest NPCs are set free in the landscape, while players get to transform into a choice of enemy (cargul, troll, Uruk, dragon, etc.) and hunt them down.  Certain "high-value" targets earn their slayer an inspired greatness buff that lets the player turn into a giant version of whatever they're playing and wreck their way through the landscape.  

 

For those who prefer non-combat end-of-game options, notable places like Bree, Rivendell, Edoras, and Dol Amroth become available for "looting" to see how quickly they can be stripped of furniture, tapestries, etc.  These trophies can be placed in giant pyres that are lit once a certain loot threshold is reached, lighting the skies with the glow of their flames.  All emotes are unlocked for everyone, and players gather around the fires to toast, burp, and fishslap their way to server shutdown.

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