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4 hours ago, MusicMachine said:

So they get frustrated at their failures, go cry all over the OF because “the game is too difficult”, and end up having it nerfed for everyone.

More that you could end up with the unfortunate luck of having one of them in your group, but yeah that's probably an aspect of it, too.

5 hours ago, Macdui101 said:

She's talking about how all these fuckers are jealous of her, talk about self deluded.

Yeah, that made me smile. Imagine the idea of being jealous of a supposed adult who can't even afford basic costs of life without begging online for it. I don't think she realises just how close to the bottom of the ladder she really is.

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2 hours ago, Macdui101 said:

The thing is she is a compulsive streamer. she can't help herself. The only reasons she gets away with it is the guys at SSG are too busy to watch her 4 hours of toddle streams. Sapience had a go at Cord on her dress design/ colouring in show. How he can't manage the forums and he'd have banned them all and closed it down. Definitely a rift there with piggy in the middle.

She just has no frame of reference, she has no clue what can be achieved because she is so dumb. She is only trying to progress her characters now because of Prof Corey and the Cord Friday show and the limelight to bathe in.

She's talking about how all these fuckers are jealous of her, talk about self deluded. 

I am afraid of her though, if she catches one of my "bond villain" voice over videos she'll be stalking me like David and Paul, my close personal friends in the Guild, the Actors Guild don't you know, old chum.

Mac

 

Hah!  I KNEW Heaton was a back-stabber!

Beware of people who keep a candy jar on the desk in the office folks.  They're itching to get the daily gossip from everyone and file it away for personal use.  Don't fall for it.

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On 9/14/2019 at 1:20 PM, Macdui101 said:

To all you Rick Heaton fans 

https://www.twitch.tv/sapience

All times are US East Coast

It may all go dark like last Thursday too bloody late in the day for me, but I'm sure he'd love to meet up with some old friends.

  • Tues 9:30PM LEGO Night. Games, Builds, Fun
  • Thurs 8:00PM Let's Play LOTRO Together
  • Saturday 10:00PM Retro Saturday Night!
  • Sunday 10:00PM Anything Can Happen!

Any idea what server Sapience plays on or his characters name?

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6 minutes ago, ZaklanoSrce said:

I get your point,but i would disagree .

I met more than my fair share of people who leveled through questing and had no idea how to play .

At least i personally put a effort to learn valar-ed classes .

They should really be only available to people who had already achieved some level of account competence, cross server. Like reaching some milestone of virtues, trait points, kin rep and the like on at least one char even if it does include the skill deeds the one time. The idea of a "main" minor champ at 120 with one kin rep in Rohan and friend everywhere else would not make the grade.  But the good of the game and it's players, not high on the concerns...

But the fact that this no nothing has handed over her "theory" crafted ideas and had them accepted more than 3 months ago means they have been trashed or about to go live. Red_Panda can't even stock lootboxes with any semblance of understanding the game: those defeat dread remove scrolls 'til recently, so will jump at the idea of a much inflated valar price and to hell with the consequences that might make them a requirement to maximise a character, as the 105 one is for newcomers and their virtue XP gap.

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19 hours ago, Macdui101 said:

They should really be only available to people who had already achieved some level of account competence, cross server. Like reaching some milestone of virtues, trait points, kin rep and the like on at least one char even if it does include the skill deeds the one time. 

You could have all those things and still be completely clueless.  Not to mention, the valar upgrades are another example of SSG bending you over without the courtesy of lube or a reach around.  It's such an inadequate "jump" item it's pathetic--especially when you compare it to other similar jump potions in WoW and FFXIV.  

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Clueless is the point.

Update on my week (Druidsfire):

I started trying to count the number of names she drops during her streams. But I'd be interrupted by something outrageous that I needed to record so never got a count. This must be impressing a few but mostly it must just confirm that she has the power and influence over them. It's all about showing off her connections.

Her journalist credential get her into these events to make these, networking. Paul McGann pops up on screen with a follow and she has met David Tennant, her kin name is all Dr Who stuff. An out of work call centre "phone monkey" (her quote) groupie. She thinks these connections are impressive so can't entertain a thought that they are not to us.

As far as Cord and Corey Olsen she's there because, well how could they cope without her?

People in her channel have given her the best of advice for ages but her body language shows complete indifference. 

Some quotes:

Concerning Cord: "His knowledge of the game is not as awesome as ours"

of Sapience: "Sapience taught me how to troll Muhahaha"

"MONEY"

"Oh I'm happy to help get people banned" With a smug grin. "done it many times".

She "gave him a screen shot of her mini's skill bar and "rotations" to help him that's all". A rotation that pulls a single mob with a 10m radius AE, because to her the damage value is all she compares. In Mordor (level 115 starting it) she didn't use flop, anthems, mainhand LI, fear, song of distraction nor bubble.  The last two not on her tool bar. Can't even set up the UI properly, remapped DEL to mailbox. Once or twice I've been in the stream channel, suggested she have the morale and power bars showing on targets to avoid stray pulls, told her of the next object binding to make pickup quest easier. But it met with a brick wall. 

3 months ago she had discovered fear and had been given some pointer that the stun on piercing cry was key. Stuffed all her merge points into the red tree though. When Wayward Playne offered her the "Sharing a Story" trait that is the making of a landscape mini, She only had her pathetic goal of a quest boots upgrade in her sights and totally tuned out the advice. Pure selfishness. 

When Wayward suggested they got to vales it was I'm going to Skarn (her goal). For maybe 4 hours she kept her in tow to do all the damage. Solo no hit over 10k, she was standing at one point killing 2 mobs in turn and by the time she had healed up after one kill the second had respawned. Take on two and she would just die over and over. She is having a miserable time playing this game without these pawns to ponce off.

They even discussed the policing of the Cord stream and thanked Wayward for the times she helped. So any question her Awesome understanding could not fathom was immediately a target for timeouts because Cord could not possibly have a better understanding than herself.

She now has just started using War Anthem, deed for it is progressing now,  just.

Chromite showed her the Deeping Wall strat and she was tweeting and stroking the cat as if she was above all of it. Someone else is doing all the dirty work for her. She did her OWN laundry this week! That brought of a few profanities, a tweet also apparently.  [ Chromite: you'll have over taken me on Main /played time now for sure - but wasn't Roxi a breathe of fresh air for an official stream, maybe still hope. ]

I guess many on her streams aren't actually focused on the body language. It's all too obvious if you can bare to look. I doubt she has the time to look at the stream after to see what her gob has run off on. 100+ hours of kilt making? Hours to stream the lonely mountain band because it gets her streaming content, no matter. For self interest and more names to drop. Sweet as pie she is. What would she do if asked to play a tune on the live stream? Where is HesSparticus?

She does dredge the forums for things to say on her show. Once she had seen something about how raiders see more of the bugs because they are at the cutting edge and it was "Her" piece of wisdom to the plebs on her stream an hour later. 

And then the stupid lump Imbued. Using what? Her Awesome understanding of the game and totally fucked herself over. Absolutely and totally. Not the gumption to have levelling LIs to provide relics and IXP. Has those Mordor Whale package relics though, that were toast on reaching the second hub. She didn't even reference her own guide "LIs for dummies". She has no gold an no clue how to make it. 500 LP over many months can make a real difference to keeping pace with the grinds but too many years spending on store shit and the pot is basically dry.  One view of a her resources saw little gold, no more MC and very slim pickings, I doubt she has reached any rep to ever do a daily. MT silver coin 1. 

But she just can't believe that this struggle to go from one pathetic spawn to another nearly dying is any of her fault. She is thinking it's all down to the valar package just not doing it for her and why she has these suggestions for Cord the puppy to hand on. The theory-craft, mini-maxing and rotations are just terms that are beyond her. The valared mini on Corey's server hasn't done the explorer deed that includes the party tree. So no Crystals and Reclamations coming from there. Is that why at 100 he needs a pocket healer as he's followed her same path of only epics done? Are his Lore streams going to dry up at the Black gate?

Her main champ using offhands with a rep deed panel showing most at friendly so just hasn't had any of this grind we all do for any of these 12 years of playing. Her epic quest completion deeds do look like that is all she's actually done in the game and why her characters are in such a mess and why she is just leading Dwinstrel into just the same mess. Except he has the unlimited MC to fix a lot later on, ILIs. She has some character panels that don't have the full stats showing checked.  But she does display determination, to repeat the same failed strategy over and over and over and over. Her Champ main has a Discipline virtue in single digits. Does she know what mobs do tactical damage even? Champ with a minute CD on fervour generator skill when the rest of us are spamming it, 12 s duration 10 seconds CD. To her it must be an emergency skill. If only she would turn on "other's damage" it might make her see how she compares.

So why now is she actually trying to progress her characters for the first time. Everything is about her Friday with Cordovan and to a lesser extent Corey Olsen. She literally moved servers to be there with them, neither were on her main server, is why she is so adept at server Vault transfers.

The job lead of 3 months ago, she is only now chasing up. Because it didn't fit in. "Fridays are Inviolate" due to "Playing with my Friend" he's too busy to play with her any other time. Grudgingly excepting it was his job to talk to us first.

As for Sapience? Certainly makes for an interesting third party. Oh God she made a big thing about him moving to Extra Life and not being sacked at all. And how none of us understand... PR doesn't allow your PR guy to be sacked, good grief. Have to say Cord runs rings around these two as far as intellect goes.  He maybe too long under the Turbine/SSG yoke to be saved but maybe he can learn from someone not so utterly deluded and actually have an answer for people without these harpies censoring what they can't comprehend. 

That drive to replace the heating was actually instigated by another of the stream mods, not herself. Appear on the stream with two hats and layers of clothes and bunch of minions who suck up her every word and go on and on about buying all these space/fan heaters. Yeah it maybe all innocent but it's from someone who is a basic narcissist at best and can only raise herself up by pushing others down. She is seriously running out of numbers.

All of this she has up for all the world to see.   I have all the quotes above Archived :) 

Just who will actually go look? Arnenna "I haven't looked myself but..." Lover boy Cord "Want to hang him upside down and shake him... wearing his kilt" - It's still a bloody skirt.

oh and the final quote: "Family, FUCK 'EM. Not literally though. That would be weird"  "not from West Virginia"

I wouldn't mind her if she was just pulling down a few hangers on but to be doing it to the CM and Lore Prof is unforgiveable. Can't they see that showing the epic quest off so utterly badly is harming any kind of game promotion. Are those of us there just thinking at which point they are going to fuck it up and that's all that holds us there.

That her delusion makes her think she is doing them good. Too much. But she keeps saying: you don't need to know more than the basics as landscape is face roll. But for her it just isn't, if not well over level.

SSG: she must provide them with a good few bankable whales along the way. And the dev devotion, their battered egos a boost. They can't all be hoodwinked can they?

Mac

 

 

 

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I'm not a fan of DF...Her moderation style drives me crazy. She's often just plain rude, and interrupts Cory or Cordovan to assert her power.

I'll admit that I'm not the greatest of players. My main is a LM, and I really should have chosen an easier class. But I know enough that I don't often die (and enough to realize that I'm a liabity to groups). 

But I have listened in, and DF often gives incorrect information and advice.

As far as I'm concerned, the SSG folks should regularly monitor their lotrostreamers and ensure that they are operating within some kind of truthful and helpful guidelines. And, frankly, DF needs to go.

The only streamer with a modicum of knowledge and experience is Bludborn, and I he is no longer streaming on the official channel.

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I heard about her before but i never bothered to watch her work .

The only streamer that i watched from time to time was Andang .

And only time when i watched official stream was first reveal of mordor ( you know,the stream where they spent first 30 minutes trying to find a working microphone  ? ) .

Actually i tried to watch Cord of the Rings but i simply couldn't ... seeing him trying to figure out how to travel from North Downs to Bree for 15 minutes was just too much to bear .

As for Druidsfire ... she is just perfect example of kind of player that this game have fallen upon to .

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7 hours ago, Talisman said:

I'm not a fan of DF...Her moderation style drives me crazy. She's often just plain rude, and interrupts Cory or Cordovan to assert her power.

I'll admit that I'm not the greatest of players. My main is a LM, and I really should have chosen an easier class. But I know enough that I don't often die (and enough to realize that I'm a liabity to groups). 

But I have listened in, and DF often gives incorrect information and advice.

As far as I'm concerned, the SSG folks should regularly monitor their lotrostreamers and ensure that they are operating within some kind of truthful and helpful guidelines. And, frankly, DF needs to go.

The only streamer with a modicum of knowledge and experience is Bludborn, and I he is no longer streaming on the official channel.

After reading's Mac's  summary of Teh Aewsome that is DF, I completely agree.  Maybe Cord just doesn't want to deal with the aftermath/shitstorm of what would happen if she gets the boot.

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12 hours ago, Macdui101 said:

Clueless is the point.

Update on my week (Druidsfire):

I started trying to count the number of names she drops during her streams. But I'd be interrupted by something outrageous that I needed to record so never got a count. This must be impressing a few but mostly it must just confirm that she has the power and influence over them. It's all about showing off her connections.

Her journalist credential get her into these events to make these, networking. Paul McGann pops up on screen with a follow and she has met David Tennant, her kin name is all Dr Who stuff. An out of work call centre "phone monkey" (her quote) groupie. She thinks these connections are impressive so can't entertain a thought that they are not to us.

As far as Cord and Corey Olsen she's there because, well how could they cope without her?

People in her channel have given her the best of advice for ages but her body language shows complete indifference. 

Some quotes:

Concerning Cord: "His knowledge of the game is not as awesome as ours"

of Sapience: "Sapience taught me how to troll Muhahaha"

"MONEY"

"Oh I'm happy to help get people banned" With a smug grin. "done it many times".

She "gave him a screen shot of her mini's skill bar and "rotations" to help him that's all". A rotation that pulls a single mob with a 10m radius AE, because to her the damage value is all she compares. In Mordor (level 115 starting it) she didn't use flop, anthems, mainhand LI, fear, song of distraction nor bubble.  The last two not on her tool bar. Can't even set up the UI properly, remapped DEL to mailbox. Once or twice I've been in the stream channel, suggested she have the morale and power bars showing on targets to avoid stray pulls, told her of the next object binding to make pickup quest easier. But it met with a brick wall. 

3 months ago she had discovered fear and had been given some pointer that the stun on piercing cry was key. Stuffed all her merge points into the red tree though. When Wayward Playne offered her the "Sharing a Story" trait that is the making of a landscape mini, She only had her pathetic goal of a quest boots upgrade in her sights and totally tuned out the advice. Pure selfishness. 

When Wayward suggested they got to vales it was I'm going to Skarn (her goal). For maybe 4 hours she kept her in tow to do all the damage. Solo no hit over 10k, she was standing at one point killing 2 mobs in turn and by the time she had healed up after one kill the second had respawned. Take on two and she would just die over and over. She is having a miserable time playing this game without these pawns to ponce off.

They even discussed the policing of the Cord stream and thanked Wayward for the times she helped. So any question her Awesome understanding could not fathom was immediately a target for timeouts because Cord could not possibly have a better understanding than herself.

She now has just started using War Anthem, deed for it is progressing now,  just.

Chromite showed her the Deeping Wall strat and she was tweeting and stroking the cat as if she was above all of it. Someone else is doing all the dirty work for her. She did her OWN laundry this week! That brought of a few profanities, a tweet also apparently.  [ Chromite: you'll have over taken me on Main /played time now for sure - but wasn't Roxi a breathe of fresh air for an official stream, maybe still hope. ]

I guess many on her streams aren't actually focused on the body language. It's all too obvious if you can bare to look. I doubt she has the time to look at the stream after to see what her gob has run off on. 100+ hours of kilt making? Hours to stream the lonely mountain band because it gets her streaming content, no matter. For self interest and more names to drop. Sweet as pie she is. What would she do if asked to play a tune on the live stream? Where is HesSparticus?

She does dredge the forums for things to say on her show. Once she had seen something about how raiders see more of the bugs because they are at the cutting edge and it was "Her" piece of wisdom to the plebs on her stream an hour later. 

And then the stupid lump Imbued. Using what? Her Awesome understanding of the game and totally fucked herself over. Absolutely and totally. Not the gumption to have levelling LIs to provide relics and IXP. Has those Mordor Whale package relics though, that were toast on reaching the second hub. She didn't even reference her own guide "LIs for dummies". She has no gold an no clue how to make it. 500 LP over many months can make a real difference to keeping pace with the grinds but too many years spending on store shit and the pot is basically dry.  One view of a her resources saw little gold, no more MC and very slim pickings, I doubt she has reached any rep to ever do a daily. MT silver coin 1. 

But she just can't believe that this struggle to go from one pathetic spawn to another nearly dying is any of her fault. She is thinking it's all down to the valar package just not doing it for her and why she has these suggestions for Cord the puppy to hand on. The theory-craft, mini-maxing and rotations are just terms that are beyond her. The valared mini on Corey's server hasn't done the explorer deed that includes the party tree. So no Crystals and Reclamations coming from there. Is that why at 100 he needs a pocket healer as he's followed her same path of only epics done? Are his Lore streams going to dry up at the Black gate?

Her main champ using offhands with a rep deed panel showing most at friendly so just hasn't had any of this grind we all do for any of these 12 years of playing. Her epic quest completion deeds do look like that is all she's actually done in the game and why her characters are in such a mess and why she is just leading Dwinstrel into just the same mess. Except he has the unlimited MC to fix a lot later on, ILIs. She has some character panels that don't have the full stats showing checked.  But she does display determination, to repeat the same failed strategy over and over and over and over. Her Champ main has a Discipline virtue in single digits. Does she know what mobs do tactical damage even? Champ with a minute CD on fervour generator skill when the rest of us are spamming it, 12 s duration 10 seconds CD. To her it must be an emergency skill. If only she would turn on "other's damage" it might make her see how she compares.

So why now is she actually trying to progress her characters for the first time. Everything is about her Friday with Cordovan and to a lesser extent Corey Olsen. She literally moved servers to be there with them, neither were on her main server, is why she is so adept at server Vault transfers.

The job lead of 3 months ago, she is only now chasing up. Because it didn't fit in. "Fridays are Inviolate" due to "Playing with my Friend" he's too busy to play with her any other time. Grudgingly excepting it was his job to talk to us first.

As for Sapience? Certainly makes for an interesting third party. Oh God she made a big thing about him moving to Extra Life and not being sacked at all. And how none of us understand... PR doesn't allow your PR guy to be sacked, good grief. Have to say Cord runs rings around these two as far as intellect goes.  He maybe too long under the Turbine/SSG yoke to be saved but maybe he can learn from someone not so utterly deluded and actually have an answer for people without these harpies censoring what they can't comprehend. 

That drive to replace the heating was actually instigated by another of the stream mods, not herself. Appear on the stream with two hats and layers of clothes and bunch of minions who suck up her every word and go on and on about buying all these space/fan heaters. Yeah it maybe all innocent but it's from someone who is a basic narcissist at best and can only raise herself up by pushing others down. She is seriously running out of numbers.

All of this she has up for all the world to see.   I have all the quotes above Archived :) 

Just who will actually go look? Arnenna "I haven't looked myself but..." Lover boy Cord "Want to hang him upside down and shake him... wearing his kilt" - It's still a bloody skirt.

oh and the final quote: "Family, FUCK 'EM. Not literally though. That would be weird"  "not from West Virginia"

I wouldn't mind her if she was just pulling down a few hangers on but to be doing it to the CM and Lore Prof is unforgiveable. Can't they see that showing the epic quest off so utterly badly is harming any kind of game promotion. Are those of us there just thinking at which point they are going to fuck it up and that's all that holds us there.

That her delusion makes her think she is doing them good. Too much. But she keeps saying: you don't need to know more than the basics as landscape is face roll. But for her it just isn't, if not well over level.

SSG: she must provide them with a good few bankable whales along the way. And the dev devotion, their battered egos a boost. They can't all be hoodwinked can they?

Mac

 

 

 

You know, Professor Corey would not be happy to know what she does on her other streams.  He has a professional reputation to protect.  If she projects herself as some kind of special in-groupie to his followers, they might think he approves of her conduct.  Hmmm.  What to do, what to do....

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4 hours ago, ZaklanoSrce said:

As for Druidsfire ... she is just perfect example of kind of player that this game have fallen upon to .

What kind of player has LotRO fallen upon?

I see this as a two part answer.

1. All these players we call casual in challenge were always here. Its just due tot the fact players who want to be more in engaged in challenge have already left, leaving players like DF to seemingly rise to the top. A person only has to realize in their perception and perspective that the current top is damn near the bottom.

2. F2P: This era brought about a whole new type of player. Ranging from complete freeloaders, all the way across to the casual Lore enthusiast. Druidsfire happens to exist at both ends of this type of player base. Steam brought into the game the no-life socially inept. Which are the kinds of players drawn to and who seemingly place a person like DF on her soapbox of insanity. All these people want free stuff and will watch or listen to live stream just for the freebies.

So, whats left in LotRO playerbase? Retirees and weirdos. The once in a while, new younger (18 to 30) player isn't one of these and is a rare event. DF is old and weird.

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9 minutes ago, warspeech said:

You know, Professor Corey would not be happy to know what she does on her other streams.  He has a professional reputation to protect.  If she projects herself as some kind of special in-groupie to his followers, they might think he approves of her conduct.  Hmmm.  What to do, what to do....

Well have one of his students do the research I've been doing but they won't necessarily have the game play knowledge. I'm leaving it all on my Hard Drive in case it all disappears. A Body language reader would help too. The Wayward Payne vid of 3 months ago has the most to tell. But all the countless hours of output.  You have to look back to Mordor to see the wall she hit and all the advice she has ignored since and maybe the increase in the put downs and flaunting. She plays Mini, Champ and Hunter so it's easy for me to spot the delusions. You can't just stick to the lotro streams either. The colouring in one revealed the Sapience conflict with Cord. But who's going to watch 100+ hours of Kilt making, not me.  

My upload is crap and all my videos are 1080. I'd rather it was the raw source that gets looked at. It's unfair to just upload the clips. But if you need them...

 

That Ballie is still posting hints that SSG might just be doing the same investigation, well can hope. The track record is poor though.

 

Can daybreak terms disallow streaming of their games in specific cases?

 

Mac

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3 hours ago, warspeech said:

You know, Professor Corey would not be happy to know what she does on her other streams.  He has a professional reputation to protect.  If she projects herself as some kind of special in-groupie to his followers, they might think he approves of her conduct.  Hmmm.  What to do, what to do....

Dude calls himself (and lets himself be called) 'the Tolkien Professor" like a self-brand.

Y'all heard of the Professor Tolkien, now get ready for... um... some random who basically claims the same exact iconic name with words rearranged. How does one measure an ego that size - in light years or in millimeters? Don´t look now but sounds like he and Druidsfire are a match made in... what´s a sad mediocre no-name equivalent of heaven these charlatans go to... an obscure unnecessary self-congratulatory gaming convention.

Disclosure: I never checked out Corey Olsen's output in depth, my take is purely from my impressions. But those impressions are precisely why I never checked him closely. He may well be a nice guy who smiles nicely in photos. Like, ya know, Druidsfire may be a nice gal if you give her a ton of money and power. So I´m damn unrepentant when I tag both as attention-whoring ego-feeders. The only difference, he's got a more classy cover/face as the audience he's courting is higher up the food chain than Druidsfire's fodder.

Let's take a closer look at Olsen. PhD from Columbia U (about the only thing it indicates is he could afford it and was railroaded well). Assistant prof at Williams College for a few years - which means tenure track; he left this position - which means he didn't get tenure and was let go. Tough break for humanities disciplines, especially 'English lit" profs that are a dime a dozen. Indicatively, didn't have anything to stand out from the crowd. Instead of pursuing academia, he leaves it and founds a for-profit business venture under the banner of Signum University (whereof he is now president), one of the countless online degree factories whose claim to attention is the literature-medievalist-fantasy-myth focus. a.k.a. where academia rejects go to lord it over the unwashed masses who are easily impressed by titles like "professor", who are easily intimidated into covering up their own ignorance like nakedness by holding everything that falls out of the "professor" mouths as Indesputable Big True, and who will relentlessly kiss every PhD ass in sight / on sight, so that these magic powers of knowledge will transfer from holy rectum unto themselves.

In short: breeding ground for sycophantic circle jerks where education is commodified and "knowledge" is fetishized. This is not to piss entirely on situational merit of online learning resources. But to put it more tactfully, Signum and its Mythgard Institute (did you know, all you have to do to become an "Institute" is to call yourself by this label) tends to attract much of the same crowd as Weatherstock and its Lonely Mountain Band groupies. In other words, lore-jocks who are so unimaginative and untalented they have to tune in to those "Tolkien Professor" podcasts to know what to think about Tolkien. Did I mention English literature (yes, this includes modern fantasy and Tolkien) faculty and college courses are a dime a dozen?

Druidsfire's link with Olsen is unsurprising and very intuitive, as both cultivate similar groupie followings, each in his/her own way. The audience they share is exactly the same. Low-self-esteem middle-class ($$) passive-aggressive "American Beauty" types who, in neverending quest to stuff inner emptiness with quick fixes of self-importance, would keep donating to the Druidsfire parasite to pay her through life, or buy online courses from academia rejects because it's "lore knowledge oooh". Same ones who then spend massively on Lotro because we already know why... and then spew their toxic sludge all over the official forums because any hint of Lotro criticism reminds them they are not self-important.

How many academic faculty in the US teach Tolkien courses? More than one might guess. To be meticulously fair, let's exclude  "adjunct," "lecturer," and "reader" titles and leave only the tenure-track or tenured faculty. I can still think of at least a dozen tenured (or emeritus) faculty with full academic affiliations who would qualify as "Tolkien" professors. But the temerity it takes to claim that tag as if it's a personal name brand... is astounding.  (In the US, the title "professor" necessitates tenure: i.e. associate professor. Assistant professor denotes tenure-track, i.e. faculty on temporary contract under committee review, their permanency pending). 

He's a very successful business man who knows how to build himself up, and he does tend to cater to the slowest student in the room, i.e. enabling mediocrity to self-perpetuate, not challenging for upward growth. His Tolkien insights are what anyone could find there - if they stepped away from the damn screen and opened a book and trusted themselves enough to know their viewpoints are valid without any "credentials". Imagination and creative thinking are activities that don't require a PhD. The poor Lotro-types who buy into him/his institute/his online degree factory thinking they're buying lore wisdom, are deluding themselves. And selling themselves short, but that is the premise of his business venture and target demographic.

If DF's driving his traffic, he probably won't distance from her. Both are podcasters first (whatever else they claim to be is second or third), they feed on the same livestream viewers. Of course, if he is tolerating her antics, he is getting something beneficial out of it. The instant it stops serving him, the axe comes out.

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I went to one of Olsen's thingers. I can't call them lectures, seminars, or even classes. They seem more like a brainwashing, cult-like boring, bad dream. In this particular one, he spoke about Eru and how the forces of good and evil became aligned by the story for the Silmarillion. I interjected and said Olsen was incorrect about stating Melkor was evil (summarized) because he was just that way. I said, Melkor was no less good or evil than his creator.  I said, there had to be opposing forces because without a Protagonist and Antagonist, there would be little substance to work with going forward to be the force of conflict. That, Melkor was just an agent and put in place to serve this purpose and as it is detailed, he was a part of his creator, so anything virtue or vice Melkor represented was by process derived from his progenitor.

This being said got me placed on the ignore list. Olsen's thoughts don't interest me but, I was interested in knowing just what was exactly taking place in these moments. If I were to ever return, it would be just to rouse the audience to place doubt like a splinter in their mind. Tolkien left a lot unsaid. All too often the pro-good must prevail crowd, are all too willing to see and identify with only that which aligns with and only represents good. I just love stripping away that security blanket by filling in those empty spaces with... huh?

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The subject of Streaming LotRO and the people who do it, has brought some interesting questions to my mind. About the nature, of some of these individuals and their reasons for choosing to place themselves under a spotlight. Though a dim one, nonetheless a spotlight, in almost any definition. The apparent obvious, outward display some have can be detected, by anyone who watches them, even for a few minutes. This display sets off triggers and alarms to the average person something is amiss.

Why is there importance placed by me, on these thoughts? Reason being, LotRO was once a game I thoroughly enjoyed. I think its safe to say, this is true of many who post here and to some degree those who read here as well. Importance being place upon, why does SSG choose these people as their representatives, to the world? For Cordovan its just a job. Anyone can tell this who plays LotRO. However, for some who choose to stream, its much, much more.

These days, I can barely log on for more than 15 minutes. Even with that, I think about logging off the moment I load a character. So, instead of playing or looking for a different (time sink) game. I've spent several evenings reading about possible reasons, why I see something is, as I said, amiss. Which led to me this, and very likely an inevitable conclusion.

 

At heart, Hare’s test is simple: a list of 20 criteria, each given a score of 0 (if it doesn’t apply to the person), 1 (if it partially applies) or 2 (if it fully applies). The list in full is: glibness and superficial charm, grandiose sense of self-worth, pathological lying, cunning/manipulative, lack of remorse, emotional shallowness, callousness and lack of empathy, unwillingness to accept responsibility for actions, a tendency to boredom, a parasitic lifestyle, a lack of realistic long-term goals, impulsivity, irresponsibility, lack of behavioural control, behavioural problems in early life, juvenile delinquency, criminal versatility, a history of “revocation of conditional release” (ie broken parole), multiple marriages, and promiscuous sexual behaviour. A pure, prototypical psychopath would score 40.

 

Now, I'd never pretend, I could place myself in a position to make some qualifications on the matter. Well, because I can't. Still, as I said earlier, any person can see the obvious. It's just how they convey what they see in relation to their experience in such matters, is mainly the difference between a professionals opinion verses just the average Joe.

What I placed in italics is just the meat of those evenings of reading and the subject is much more involved than a mere 20 question test. Volumes more, and I can't even claim to have touched subject of Psychopathy in some ten hours of reading. Though, I do have near a full life of experience to supplement this reading. Even still, I can't make any claim to know much beyond common sense and what that life has shown me.

So, there it is, twenty questions. When I pose those questions to the title of this thread, and those mentioned who choose to stream LotRO, for what ever reason they have. Also including other factors of those people which are known to anyone who has a certain amount of exposure to them directly or indirectly. I arrive at the same conclusions, as when I first felt the triggers and alarms going off.

What can you conclude? The question is a personal one and the conclusion is not meant to be expressed here, but I wont kick your door in, if you decide to. >:)

 

I answered the 20 questions as honest as I could. Not a chance, I'm telling my score.?

Psychopathy
Don't you dare point that at me
  MJK

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