LoTRO Roundup: Evil, Story, Horses and More

It’s a quieter MMO than others in terms of blog posts, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing going on in Lord of the Rings Online. In this week’s roundup, we’ve got everything from massive charity events to a great look at whether the Riders of Rohan expansion has been a success:

  • Big congratulations to the Casual Stroll To Mordor crew, whose Fellowship Walk charity event raised over $8,000 for Child’s Play“I cannot say it enough. The LOTRO Community is simply amazing. Thank you to all who donated in all forms be it monetary, those who donated prizes and auctions, or in terms of your time to join us on the walks in-game.”
  • Ravious praises the way that LoTRO’s storyline actually looks back at your past heroic deeds” I almost shed a tear at the thought that an NPC really seemed to notice that I had killed ten rats and stayed in their thoughts and prayers”
  • Syp begs to be allowed to be less than heroic in LoTRO – although he does get a bit carried away at the end” I’d stop my questing once and for all, and establish my base of operations as I sought to take on Saruman, Sauron, and the Free Peoples in a no-holds cage match for the dominion of Middle-earth. I’d make my coat of arms a terrifying clown face and my army a hired band of unstoppable Hobbits and Dwarves.”
  • And Roger at Contains Moderate Peril takes a detailed look over what he considers the good, the bad and the lazy of the expansion” By and large I am enjoying the new content which is written to an extremely high standard. It would seem even the most minor quest have an interesting back story to them”

Are you playing LoTRO right now? If so, how’s it going?

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LoTRO: Rohan Arrives – and it’s expensive

The new LoTRO expansion, Riders of Rohan, has arrived – and it’s mostly very well-received. But at the same time, it’s already started one controversy off, as the LoTRO cash shop gets the game in trouble once again…

  • Ketani at Casual Stroll To Mordor rounds up the issues in what I shall henceforth dub “Warsteedgate” – the flap over Warsteed customisation prices“However, as surprised as I was at my enjoyment of mounted combat, I was even more shocked by how little I’ve been able to enjoy the war-steed appearance system. The price tag attached to the color options for both steeds and their accessories has proved to be far more than I consider reasonable.”
  • Lewis at Stynlan’s Musings writes a great summary of his experiences in the expansion so far“The majority of Book 7 tells the tale of the breaking of the fellowship, usually through session play after uncovering evidence of what went on. All in all it is skillfully done, playing the roles of several characters in the ensuing chaos. “
  • And whilst I linked to this post yesterday for the outfit, I didn’t realise that Cosmetic Lotro had also written a well-reasoned argument against the warsteed dye pricing from the perspective of a hardcore costumier” I have an above average passion for outfits and have always purchased all wardrobe options from the lotro store including many store exclusive cosmetics and some steeds, but the prices for these colour packs are far beyond my means and far beyond what I am willing to spend on a cosmetic system, regardless of my passion for it.”

Have you tried Rohan yet?

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Mounted Combat, Embedded Reporters and Lost Opportunities

And closing out the weekend, we’ve got a bunch of looks to the future – from mounted combat in LoTRO to a writer just starting as an “embedded reporter” in EVE – plus a bit of a challenge from Big Bear Butt!

  • Justin Olivetti, AKA Syp, gives us a thorough and tremendously interesting introduction to LoTRO’s upcoming mounted combat“Campbell let me have at it in the vast, vast plains of Rohan, riding around at what felt like Mach 3. Seriously, these mounts are fast. “
  • Heartbourne at Lorehound asks a question I can’t believe I haven’t seen covered more – how will transmogging change Blizzard’s design approach?“What kind of armor designs are going to appeal to players? This is the million-gold question! Players complained during Burning Crusade that the highly stylized armor sets were too wild and thus wearing pieces from multiple sets made them look like a clown.”
  • Tyler Wilde kicks off a fascinating project in PC gamer, as he describes his first steps in becoming an embedded journalist with the Goonswarm in EVE Online“We jump into the next star system and I’m encased in a bubble of blue electricity. My frigate is disintegrated by a shower of projectiles. Again. “Oh dear I told them not to shoot you,” says Blawrf. “That was supposed to be your welcoming party.”
  • And Big Bear Butt looks at those “impossible” pets and achievements – the ones with Grinds From Hell attached – and challenges us to just try to complete them“Right now, at the tail end of this expansion, I have been having a more fufilling time than any other, simply because I am, one by one, knocking down so many of those “I wish I could but I can’ts” and turning them into, “What the hell, let’s give a shot, whats the worse that can happen?””

Have a great weekend!

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SWTOR Price Misunderstandings and Quickfire Dev Updates

A quick weekend catch-up to get us back on track after my week of playing rather than writing about games

  • Inquisitor’s Roadhouse laments a common MMO problem – players who want crafters to, essentially, work for them for free“One of my fellow crafters jumped in and noted that we have to spend 4+ minutes crafting each of our 10 items that we have to RE in order to make each kit. And that further, the materials for making those crafted items sell for 1-3k a piece on live servers, making your base cost for materials anywhere from 40-120k depending upon your server economy. To which our heckler replied “Go farm the mats.””
  • Zoso at Killed in a Smiling Accident looks at the options popular MMOs offer for play in bite-sized chunks of time“My favoured option is the PvP warzones, 8v8 instanced fights with themes like “Kill The Dude With The Thing (Then Take The Thing Somewhere)”, “Click On The Thing (Then Stand Near It)”, and my favourite (and catchiest of all) “Click On A Series Of Things Then Swap Around And Stop The Other Team Clicking On Those Same Things”.”
  • DevSpy is a neat new tool that tracks all developer posts from popular MMOs – old-timers like me will be reminded of the old .finger trackers from the Quake days.
  • And post-E3, Justin Olivetti at Massively breaks down the confusing price options for the new LoTRO expansion“I am excited about Riders of Rohan as a whole but underwhelmed by the bonuses and features in these different editions. It’s a very pricy expansion, even in its cheapest edition, and I think that Turbine’s yet to really sell us on the bump of quality and content in Rohan to justify this increase.”

Anything from E3 you’re really excited about?

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