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Chris and Cari talk about the end of phone support for Turbine, and the update of the in game store.

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Chris

  • Skirmishes. So many skirmishes.

Cari Mac –

  • Spring Festival

 

News

Turbine is Closing Phone Support

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7604471#post7604471

 

Store Key Redemption Has Been Updated for the InGame Store

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7605151#post7605151

 

Ingame Store Down 6/14/16

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7613347#post7613347

 

Store Known Issues

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7613863#post7613863

 

Community

Weatherstock VIII is coming

http://weatherstock.guildlaunch.com/

July 23rd

Call for bands is open
Call for in-game events mentions

Ask for questions/submissions from listeners

 

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LOTRO Reporter 306 – There’s Something in The Feed? http://mmoreporter.com/2016/06/02/lotro-reporter-306-theres-something-in-the-feed/ http://mmoreporter.com/2016/06/02/lotro-reporter-306-theres-something-in-the-feed/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:22:32 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14783

Cari and Chris are back from a life kicks your butt hiatus. They catch up on all the news that came out over the last few weeks.

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Chris

  • So… about that….

Cari Mac –

  • Anniversary Festival
  • Got the Anniversary warsteed appearance in one of the envelopes on the last day
  • There are antlers for warsteed in game. I may have to buy them.

 

News

Update 18 is Available

https://www.lotro.com/en/u18

Level Cap Increase +5

* 3 New Instances

* 70+ Quests and Deeds for Level 100-105 Players

* New Weekly Instances

https://www.lotro.com/en/New-to-LOTRO-Store

Quest Pack 1995 TP

 

Update 18 Hotfix Notes

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7587381#post7587381

 

Update 18.1 Patch Notes

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7594915#post7594915

There are new dyes!!! Just noticed :)

 

Call for Palantir Applications

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7586792#post7586792

 

The Development Cycle

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7583999#post7583999

 

LOTRO Anniversary Stream

https://www.twitch.tv/lotrostream

Highlights per LOTRO Players

http://lotroplayers.com/2016/04/30/news-from-lotros-six-hour-anniversary-livestream/

No more big battles

No license talk

Also, the raid coming with Update 18.2 will have many bosses for players to fight.

Loot tables are currently being worked on with hopes of regular small improvements which will result in a large change overall.

EU Datacenter move has been officially canceled.

Finally, the developers stated that Bingo Boffin was meant to be a side project and will not have similar stories for other races.

Highlights per Massively OP

http://massivelyop.com/2016/04/28/lord-of-the-rings-online-devs-prepare-players-for-mordor-but-wont-discuss-license-renewal/

Mordor is definitely the next stop for our heroes, and Turbine stopped short of officially confirming that Minas Morgul is being created (but you know, hint hint, wink wink). There is work being done on a brighter version of Minas Tirith as a future quest hub, some of the cinematics will be improved, and the coming raid will contain at least five bosses.

Turbine confirmed that no new classes or races will be added to the game and that LOTRO will continue to roll out content updates instead of expansions.

 

LOTRO Dev Diaries

 

The Making of a Battle

https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/making-battle

 

Combat Changes

https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/combat-changes

 

Featured Instances

https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/featured-instances

Featured Instances allows you to get new rewards for playing some of the classic instances from LOTRO’s past.

The following six instances are the first six instances that will be a part of this system.  In future updates, we’ll occasionally change up which instances are represented here, and we hope to eventually have all of the best instances in LOTRO be Featured.

  • Halls of Night
  • Inn of the Forsaken
  • Ost Elendil
  • Sammath Gûl
  • The Bells of Dale
  • Ost Dunhoth – Wound and Fear Wing

 

Sales of items have temporarily stopped on Steam etc.

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7597015#post7597015

 

Tentative Spring/Summer Schedule

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7554148#post7554148

 

9th Anniversary Event is Over

https://www.lotro.com/en/9anniversary

Really Cool Goat

 

Token Barter Vendor

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7589264#post7589264

You can trade in your other festival tokens for Anniversary tokens. It’s a quality of life thing. Hopefuly this will be for all the festivals.

 

Skirmish of Skirmishes

The Siege of Gondamon

Vs

Thievery and Mischief

 

Winner: The Siege of Gondamon

 

 

Community

Weatherstock VIII is coming

http://weatherstock.guildlaunch.com/

July 23rd

Call for bands is open

 

Feedback on Episode 300 from George

Congrats on 300. Love the show.

My favorite memory was one night Cari was streaming the weekly Bingo and we crossed paths. I didn’t want to seem stalker-y so I kept quiet but she actually commented on my pirate outfit.

Love all that you do, especially all the info on upcoming events.

 

Letter from Glen

Hey Chris, Cari, and other LoTRO reporters,

Love the show.   I was thinking you guys should probably stop referring to Minas Tirith as the “White City”.   The LOTRO version is more like the “Dull Grey City”, or at best the “Off White City”.  Its color is very unlike its description in the books or other artistic depictions I’ve ever seen of the city.  I’m hoping Turbine brightens up the stone textures of Minas Tirith, or at the very least has plans to do so after the Dawnless Day is over.

Letter from Joe

Dear Chris and Cari,

Well, now you’ve gone and done it.  I was listening to episode 305 yesterday and your plea for reader submissions must have weighed heavily on my mind.  I ended up having a very involved dream about travelling up to Canada to meet up with Chris.  Once there, we jumped into Lotro and joined Cari to run through one of Chris’s favorite instances from many years ago.  What stood out was that Cari was playing a female version of Kermit the Frog, decked out in an ivory floral dress.  Following the instance, Chris introduced me a VR program he had either created or was reviewing.  I arrived in some guy’s circa-1980 pad and got to interview a bunch of people about how they felt about early video games.  They apparently were really into original D&D as well, as there were a bunch of chalkboards on the wall that were keeping track of initiative order and hp totals.   

Anyway, be careful what you wish for!

Joe

 

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LOTRO Reporter Episode 305 – The Price is Wrong? http://mmoreporter.com/2016/04/10/lotro-reporter-episode-305-the-price-is-wrong/ http://mmoreporter.com/2016/04/10/lotro-reporter-episode-305-the-price-is-wrong/#respond Sun, 10 Apr 2016 21:20:23 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14698

Battling Balrog’s and Wargs, Chris and Carrie dig into news about the Update 18 cost, Server Stability, and not so “Spring” Spring Festival calendar.

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

 

Chris

  • Skirmishing on my Captain and Warden
    • Getting marks for training my soldiers

Cari Mac 

  • Epic Story
  • Skirmish of Skirmishes

 

30 Patrons

http://www.patreon.com/mmoreporter

  • Slack mention

 

News

Upcoming Performance Work

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7553798#post7553798

I just got word from my operations team that the circuit change will not be able to be made tomorrow after all. I do not have a new ETA at this time but it is still something we are actively working to get done ASAP.

 

Soon we will be switching over to a new ISP circuit which should help get those of you on connections going through unnecessary hops, come through the quickest channels to our servers. We expect our EU players will see more of a change from this than others, but it may help others as well. There will be no downtime besides possibly a 10 min service hiccup around that time. We would love to hear how things feel for you after that.

 

Additionally this weekend we will be placing Update 18 on Bullroarer for its first Open Beta session. In this build we will have much of the content going out with U18 but it will also have the following items we hope will improve performance in various areas:

– Awesonium upgrade to fix the store crashes some folks are seeing

– Login Server fix to the “Server Full” error

– New graphics setting options for reducing graphics and client load in PvMP areas

– Reducing the data footprint of the Minas Tirith and Pelennor areas

 

More details and patch notes to come towards the end of the week.

 

We hope that you will have a chance to jump in and help test these things out with us and keep providing your feedback here and in /bug. We are reading all of it, even when we can not respond. Your feedback makes a difference!

 

The PvMP graphics setting add a couple more items to options you could turn off to reduce graphics quality anywhere, but the PvMP aspect gives one checkbox that can turn off several options all at once. One of the problems in PvMP is loading all of the graphical renderings of that many characters in one area. This reduces the amount of visual extras your client is trying to load, thus it should help on the individual (client side) basis.

 

Weekly Server Downtime

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7559097#post7559097

They are not automated and require staff to be on hand to make sure everything comes back online correctly. We thus have chosen the time based on the lowest populations during hours that are reasonable to ask staff to come in at and is the same time frame that we normally choose to have down times for maintenance, updates, etc to maintain consistency.

 

The weekly restarts should only be a short term occurrence. The main purpose for the restarts is a bug that should be fixed with Update 18, thus once that is out these should not be necessary.

 

Chris – Tentative Spring/Summer Schedule

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7554148#post7554148

 

Cari – Update 18 Bullroarer Notes

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7556048#post7556048

Burglars can use bows. The internet explodes.

 

There will not be mounted combat in the raid.

 

We are including one mounted combat instance in U18 but we feel riding with the Rohirrim into battle would be missing something if you were not on your horse. Thus the reasoning behind the damage changes.

 

Update 18 Quest Pack Cost

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?603773-Turbine-Point-cost-of-U18

1995 TP

Free for VIP

QuaterMaster U

There have been some questions around the pricing of the new region pack: “Region Pack: Far Anórien”.

 

We took into consideration of current pricing, historical pricing, free points, and what the goals were for this particular set of content.

*Quest packs: typically 595 – 795tp. Current pricing since Great River has been 1x Quest Pack = 795tp (some of these, have in fact, included instances)

*Instance Clusters: 1495tp (Rohan and Isengard)

*Raids: As we’ve only sold one individually at 1295tp, we took this into consideration as well.

 

The plan:

For u18, the Region Pack will give you access to all new quest content (70+ quests), deeds,

the instance cluster (3 instances), and also give you access to the raid (more information TBD)

when that arrives with u18.2.

1495+795 = 2290 tp

Current price: 1995tp

 

CSkirmish of Skirmishes

 

The Siege of Gondamon

Vs

Thievery and Mischief

 

Winner: The Siege of Gondamon

 

Did You Know – From Layanor

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?579311-Zon-s-Guardian-Guide&p=7561254#post7561254

 

If you’re looking for a new PC, then check out doghousesystems.com and use the coupon code MMOREPORTER  to get a free 120GB SSD in addition to the 1TB drive that comes with their system!

 

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Community

 

Inside the Most Positive Online Community

http://indievator.com/2016/03/24/most-positive-mmo-community/

vs

http://www.linawillow.org/home/2016/03/filth-fury-lotro-forums/

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LOTRO Reporter Episode 304 – Metal LOTRO http://mmoreporter.com/2016/03/17/lotro-reporter-episode-304-metal-lotro/ http://mmoreporter.com/2016/03/17/lotro-reporter-episode-304-metal-lotro/#respond Fri, 18 Mar 2016 03:25:52 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14649
Chris and Cari talk about the need for more metal in LOTRO, that Cari should not be in charge of running the show, and the quickly approaching server closer date.

Audio Version:

 

What We Did in Game

Chris

  • Skirmishes
  • Champion leveling on Landy

Cari Mac –

  • Questing in Pelargir
  • Skirmish of Skirmishes

News

April 4 is the last day to log into the Closing Servers

 

Game Crashes on Store Open

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7548329#post7548329

We are aware of a conflict between Win XP and Awesonium (which is what we use for the store browser). Unfortunately as Microsoft no longer supports Win XP there is little we can do to fix this with that OS. We can only recommend upgrading to a newer Operating System as the lack of support from Microsoft on XP means you will start running into problems in other programs as well if you haven’t already.

We will be updating our minimum specs soon to reflect this.

An update to folks with this issue. There is a new version of Awesonium which may correct this issue. We are working on integration now and should have it out with the next update or patch.

 

Palantir Private Preview Program

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7549252#post7549252

1st Round of Invitations for 2015 / 2016 have just gone out

The first batch of invitations in 2016 just went out! (To be fair this included applications we received since August of 2015, so we could also call this the 2015 invitations.)

Please check your email for an invite. Please assure you check junk/spam folders as our emails have been filtered there in the past.

Please remember that all aspects of this program are confidential, so if you have been invited to join, please do not post that information here or anywhere else.

We thank everyone for applying, and if you didn’t get invited this time around you are welcome to apply again at any time. And thank you for your patience – 2015 was a very busy year for QA and unfortunately the Palantir application process got pushed to the back of the priority list.

Please note this notice applies to all applications sent before February 12, 2016. If you applied on or after this date we have not processed your application yet and it is being held for the next round of reviews. Also please note that there was a change in our email system in 2015, so if you applied before 8/21/2015, there is the possibility that your application was lost, so please send your application again if you are interested in the program.

 

Added More Homesteads

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7549461#post7549461

More housing has been added to all the servers.

Skirmish of Skirmishes

Rescue in Nûrz Ghâshu
Trouble in Tuckborough

Winner : Rescue in Nûrz Ghâshu

 

Community

Bullroarer Took Day Pub Crawl on Crickhollow March 20

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?602223-Crickhollow-Bullroarer-Took-Day-Pub-Crawl-March-20th

 

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LOTRO Reporter Episode 303 – Music Is Amazing http://mmoreporter.com/2016/02/28/lotro-reporter-episode-303-music-is-amazing/ http://mmoreporter.com/2016/02/28/lotro-reporter-episode-303-music-is-amazing/#respond Sun, 28 Feb 2016 16:55:24 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14599

This week’s show has Chris and Cari talking Skirmish of Skirmishes, learning new musical terms, and finding out that Bob cubed really doesn’t want Cari to play.

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Chris

  • Questing towards Minas Tirith
  • Crafting – Getting my gathering professions up
  • Skirmishes – Tuckborough and Prancing Pony

Cari Mac –

  • Trying to Play in Pelargir

News

Data Center Update

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7543809#post7543809

  • They are not moving the servers to Amsterdam.
  • PvMP issues should ease up with Update 18. They are adding some client side stuff.

Game Issues

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7538539#post7538539

Answer from Vivianne: We have not stopped looking into the issues that remain. We acknowledge they are there and we continue to look into them, but we have moved from problems that everyone is experiencing and things that our server monitoring systems can show us, to problems that a subset of users is experiencing, which makes tracking down those specific problems and reproducing them to find a solution more difficult without specific data. This is why I am asking for bug reports and contacting technical support. We need data like time the problem is happening, your location in game, and your location in the real world, your ISP provider, your hardware specs, etc, to piece together a pattern we can then investigate. Forum posts tell us that you are seeing issues, but they do not give us the specifics we need to diagnose. You can tell you doctor over the phone your symptoms, but they still need to see you in person to diagnose the disease because there is other data they can only get in that way. Putting in a /bug automatically sends us the background data we need to match up to the symptoms you are describing. We have folks that go through those bugs every single day to parse out the information we need to diagnose the issue, but when we don’t have data to work with, we are working blindly which takes more time.

Frelorn:

We are and will continue to work on resolving the issues some of you are seeing. One thing we would like to point out is that for everyone here saying they are submitting bug reports, we get no more than 5-10 reports per day on lag or disconnects. This number is actual detailed bug reports and not posts to the forums here. We also read the posts here on the forums, but in many cases just telling us it is happening, does not really help us narrow down the issue or issues. This is why we ask for detailed bug reports, rather than just post telling us to fix it. If the solution was something simple, the team would have fixed it by now so everyone playing could have a good experience. However since it is not simple, we need as much information as we can get in these bug reports.

Vivianne 2/19:

Thank you for reporting this. We are restarting those login instances now so that message should clear for you shortly. Additionally we believe we have found the cause of the intermittent login issues and are working on a longer term solution. We are also continuing to work on some additional remedies to help the lag and disconnects although those are unlikely to be resolved this weekend.

Downtime

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7543985#post7543985

The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Wednesday, February 24th from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Eastern (-5 GMT) for Maintenance. Thanks for your patience, and we’ll see you back in the game soon!

Community

Great video exploring the motifs and themes in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

http://youtu.be/e7BkmF8CJpQ

Battle Bards Interview’s Chance Thomas

http://battlebards.libsyn.com/battle-bards-episode-4-lord-of-the-rings-online-with-chance-thomas

 

30 Awesome Lord of the Rings Facts

http://www.tickld.com/x/jaw/30-awesome-lord-of-the-rings-facts

 

LOTRO Made it On Jeopardy

https://twitter.com/lotro/status/698168523722350593

 

The Greenfields Music Festival

March 19-20

http://a-day-at-the-greenfields.gamerlaunch.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=11111764&gid=507231

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LOTRO Reporter Episode 302 – I Got You Babe http://mmoreporter.com/2016/02/07/lotro-reporter-episode-302-i-got-you-babe/ http://mmoreporter.com/2016/02/07/lotro-reporter-episode-302-i-got-you-babe/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 21:23:17 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14553

It’s patch note time on LOTRO Reporter, with Chris and Cari talking about patch 17.2, the return of the Yule festival, and new fangled hobbit holes in this week’s episode.

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Chris

  • Questing towards Minas Tirith
  • Crafting – Getting my gathering professions up

Cari Mac 

  • Streamed more Bingo Quests
  • Finished up some Festival Stuff

News

Free Transfer Schedule

https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/free-transfer-schedule-and-more

Update 17.2 Patch Notes

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?594805-Update-17-2-Release-Notes

Emote collection UI:

  • You can now see all emotes available to the free people of Middle-earth in the Collections Panel. In the new emote tab you can preview emotes, learn how to earn them, and perform emotes directly from this panel.

New Quests have been added in Minas Tirith:

  • A new public endgame space in the Cisterns is available.
  • New quests can be found near the Stone Theatre (in the northern 1st Tier), inside the Houses of Lore, inside the Houses of Healing, at the Citadel, at the Training Ground, and near the Baths of Belecthor (in the 4th Tier).
  • Stable travel options have been added in Minas Tirith.
  • If you have already completed all of his adventures, George at Sandson’s Farm might just have a new one waiting in the wings.

Instances and Currency:

  • The barter costs for Anfalas Scrolls of Empowerment have been decreased.
  • Sambrog is now a more challenging instance and the Mark and Medallion rewards for Sambrog have been increased.
  • Dol Amroth Endgame Tokens Have Changed

Housing:

  • Large and special furniture hooks now accept thin furniture.
  • All tree housing decorations now slot into small exterior hooks with the exception of Shire Oak Tree.
  • Gondorian candelabra lights when used.
  • Birch Trees now correctly use fall colors.

Other Changes:

  • You can now give your pets names with “-” in them.
  • The Flirt emote now plays flirt sound for all races.
  • Reputation gain has been added to Norcroft and Entwash Vale repeatable quests!
  • Reputation has been added to Eastern Rohan Warbands!
  • KINSHIPS: The Founder title will be properly granted to Kin Founders who have transferred shards along with their Kinships. If the Kin leader at time of transfer was not the Founder, but received the Founder title, they will lose it.

Update 17.2.1 Notes

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?596362-Update-17-2-1-Hotfix-Notes

  • An errant tree has been removed from the road to Rivendell.

Yule Festival is Back

https://www.lotro.com/en/yulefestival

Jan 29-Feb 10

 

Community

Running the Rift On Level

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?597255-Landroval-The-Rift-of-N%C3%BBrz-Gh%C3%A2shu-(On-Level-Raid-50-55)-2-5-2016-(Friday)

LOTRO Artists

http://lotroartists.com/

Prefabricated Hobbit Holes

http://www.greenmagichomes.com/main.php

http://geekologie.com/2015/12/company-selling-pre-fab-hobbit-hole-home.php

 

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LOTRO Reporter Episode 301 – Chest Burster Extravaganza http://mmoreporter.com/2016/01/21/lotro-reporter-episode-301-chest-burster-extravaganza/ http://mmoreporter.com/2016/01/21/lotro-reporter-episode-301-chest-burster-extravaganza/#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2016 04:20:33 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14513

Cari is joined by the new old host Chris. We give a retrospective of what happened in LOTRO over 2015, and talk about the producer’s letter.

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Chris

  • Beorning, Beorning, BEORNING! (Can I jump from an Eagle into battle now?)
  • Undying Title
  • Got my Warden to almost Minas Tirith
  • Multiple other games while recovering

Cari Mac 

  • Leveled my Bear 100% XP boost for VIP
  • Leveled my hobbit hunter.
  • Streamed some Bingo Boffin Quests last week
  • Fallout 4
  • Big Warg Update

Retrospective of game changes over 2015

  • Beorning Class Added
    • New Class
    • What roles does it play? How well?
    • My character has knees
    • Melee tanky class
  • Imbued Weapons
    • Level 100
    • Grows with you
    • Don’t have to destruct old LIs
  • Bingo Boffin Quests
    • Episodic Quests
    • Gives really cool items like goats, foxes, and sheep
  • Made it to Gondor
    • Pelargir
    • Minas Tirith
  • Crafting in Housing Areas
    • You can purchase workshops, studies etc with TP
  • Blessing of Valor that raises you to level 95 5995 TP
  • Server Consolidations
    • We are down to 5 US and 5 EU servers
    • There will be a chance to move between the remaining servers
    • You will get a token to move a character for free once.
  • New Hardware Update Done
    • After the first of the year the US servers were moved to the new data center
    • There have been issues. Going from a 32 bit to a 64 bit server system.

News

Producer’s Letter

https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/letter-executive-producer

  • Level Cap Increase to 105
  • New Instance Cluster including a 12 man raid
  • New Collections
  • Quality of Life Updates
  • What isn’t there is any list of updates coming.

Free Transfer Schedule

https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/free-transfer-schedule-and-more

Speculation on Downtime on the 20th?

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?594797-Scheduled-Server-Downtime-6-00-AM-1-00-PM-Eastern-(-5-GMT)-Wednesday-January-20th

  • From @gumpsgang: @lotroreporter The root source of LOTRO server lag has been identified. Ent-play has been removed.

Community

Music Festival

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?592075-Landroval-Greenfields-Music-Festival-Music-of-Middle_Earth-2016

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LOTRO Reporter Episode 300 – Are We Professionals Yet? http://mmoreporter.com/2015/12/19/lotro-reporter-episode-300-are-we-professionals-yet/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/12/19/lotro-reporter-episode-300-are-we-professionals-yet/#comments Sun, 20 Dec 2015 05:55:31 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14436

This week’s show has Layanor bidding farewell while discussing the past 300 episodes of LOTRO Reporter with Carrie and special guests Chris and Rick “Sapience” Heaton. There are letters, audio greetings, and perhaps a few yep, yep, yeps.

 

Audio Version:

 

Favorite Memories

 

Audio Files

 

Letters Read

 

New Host: Chris

New Schedule: Every Other Week

Cari will stream on the off week.

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http://mmoreporter.com/2015/12/19/lotro-reporter-episode-300-are-we-professionals-yet/feed/ 10 This week’s show has Layanor bidding farewell while discussing the past 300 episodes of LOTRO Reporter with Carrie and special guests Chris and Rick “Sapience” Heaton. There are letters, audio greetings, and perhaps a few yep, yep, yeps. This week’s show has Layanor bidding farewell while discussing the past 300 episodes of LOTRO Reporter with Carrie and special guests Chris and Rick “Sapience” Heaton. There are letters, audio greetings, and perhaps a few yep, yep, yeps.   Audio Version:   Favorite Memories   Audio Files   Letters Read   New Host: Chris New Schedule:… MMO Reporter 1:07:37
LOTRO Reporter Episode 299 – Auto Level to 95 and Grind, Grind, Grind http://mmoreporter.com/2015/12/05/lotro-reporter-episode-299-auto-level-to-95-and-grind-grind-grind/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/12/05/lotro-reporter-episode-299-auto-level-to-95-and-grind-grind-grind/#respond Sat, 05 Dec 2015 22:05:06 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14409

 

Cari and Layanor talk about Update 17.1. House Crafting? Yes, please. Auto level to 95? Um ok? Is the grind too much? Maybe

 

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Layanor –

RPG Maker MV

Cari Mac –

  • Fallout 4

News

Transfer Updates

Withywindle is now open for transfers (11/30/2015)

Silverlode will be available for transfers tomorrow 12/1/2015

 

New Hardware Stress Test #3

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7490336#post7490336

Festival of Festivals

Update 17.1

 

Update 17.1 Bullroarer Patch Notes

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7491046#post7491046

Level your character to 95 Blessing of the Valar

Crafting Stations in Housing

Creeps are getting some love

 

Is the Grind too Much in LOTRO?

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?584249-I-am-here-to-PROTEST-against-the-NUTS-grinds-of-the-game

Very active thread on the forums about the gear grind at level 100.

 

 

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http://mmoreporter.com/2015/12/05/lotro-reporter-episode-299-auto-level-to-95-and-grind-grind-grind/feed/ 0   Cari and Layanor talk about Update 17.1. House Crafting? Yes, please. Auto level to 95? Um ok? Is the grind too much? Maybe   Audio Version: What We Did in Game Layanor – RPG Maker MV Cari Mac – Fallout 4 News Transfer Updates Withywindle is now open...   Cari and Layanor talk about Update 17.1. House Crafting? Yes, please. Auto level to 95? Um ok? Is the grind too much? Maybe   Audio Version: What We Did in Game Layanor – RPG Maker MV Cari Mac – Fallout 4 News Transfer Updates Withywindle is now open for transfers (11/30/2015) Silverlode will be… MMO Reporter 42:04
LOTRO Reporter 298 – Layanor Sees Minas Tirith http://mmoreporter.com/2015/11/27/lotro-reporter-298-layanor-sees-minas-tirith/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/11/27/lotro-reporter-298-layanor-sees-minas-tirith/#respond Sat, 28 Nov 2015 05:17:43 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14380

Cari and Layanor talk about the latest hotfix; Fallout 4, that was mostly Cari, and read a really awesome letter.

Audio Version:


What We Did in Game

Layanor

  • Crafting
  • Ettenmoors
  • Explored

Cari Mac –

  • Fallout 4

News

Update 17.2 Hotfix Notes

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7484259#post7484259

 

Free Transfer Token Question

When will they be available?

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7484522#post7484522

Free transfer tokens will be granted on the day we bring the worlds up in the new datacenter. Once those are on your accounts and we open transfers again between the remaining worlds, transfer will work the same way it does now for free ones, only instead of seeing “FREE” under the cost column, you will see 1 token for each character you have selected to transfer if the transfer is from a PAID server. At check out if you do not have enough tokens on your account, you will be linked to the site where you can purchase more to complete the transfer or choose to change the characters you are moving. Closing world transfers will still say FREE as will the world of the week/ month during the time when we will be allowing 10 Remaining worlds to redistribute. We will be giving each remaining world 1 free week in rotation followed by a one month rotation for each. I will have the schedule up for these on the website before the new data center is live.

 

Transfer Updates

We will be opening Vanyar for transfers to remaining worlds on 11/23/2015.

Dwarrowdelf will open for transfers on 11/24/2015.

Community

Winterstock Band Registration

http://winterstock.guildlaunch.com/

 

Letter from Merryrose Morningsong

Hi! I’ve been listening to your show for about a year now and look forward to it each week.

LOTRO is the only game I currently play. Been at it for 1 1/2 years to have my highest level character finally enter…Moria. I know – big let down. But I get so immersed in the story and the scenery that I cannot be the one to blame. Turbine got me hooked and now I can’t stop.  Somehow 3 characters were not enough and now I have 21 on my main server. Which explains why I only now got to Moria. Naming all those hobbit alts can be addicting. My sister introduced me to LOTRO but I held off for a long time knowing I would go bezerk. And that’s what happened.

I came across this thread on the Forum and it made me laugh so hard. If you’ve already seen it then just gloss over it. But I had Layanor’s voice stuck in my head when I read YamydeAragon’s post.

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?582755-What-would-you-do-if-you-woke-up-as-your-LOTRO-character

 

What would you do if you woke up as your LOTRO character?

YamydeAragon: The 1st thing that i will do is: i will take off that underwear & burn it! My toon have been wearing the same underwear for 7 years.

Volsi had a good observation: Continue the quest arch I am on by doing some dishes, cleaning up messes, and running some errands… OMG I already woke up in middle-earth years ago!!!!!

Thank you for all the work you do,

Merryrose Morningsong

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http://mmoreporter.com/2015/11/27/lotro-reporter-298-layanor-sees-minas-tirith/feed/ 0 Cari and Layanor talk about the latest hotfix; Fallout 4, that was mostly Cari, and read a really awesome letter. Audio Version: What We Did in Game Layanor Crafting Ettenmoors Explored Cari Mac – Fallout 4 News Update 17.2 Hotfix Notes https://www. Cari and Layanor talk about the latest hotfix; Fallout 4, that was mostly Cari, and read a really awesome letter. Audio Version: What We Did in Game Layanor Crafting Ettenmoors Explored Cari Mac – Fallout 4 News Update 17.2 Hotfix Notes https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7484259#post7484259   Free Transfer Token Question When will they be available? https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7484522#post7484522 Free transfer… MMO Reporter 34:36
LOTRO Reporter Episode 297 – We Extra Lived http://mmoreporter.com/2015/11/19/lotro-reporter-episode-297-we-extra-lived/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/11/19/lotro-reporter-episode-297-we-extra-lived/#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2015 04:30:46 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14341

Cari and Layanor talk about the latest LOTRO server changes, and what we did for Extra Life.

 

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Layanor

  • Extra-Life

Cari Mac

  • Extra Life
  • Fallout 4

 

News

Brandywine is Open to Some Transfers

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7480928#post7480928

  • Brandywine is now available as a transfer destination for the closing worlds that have been opened for transfer
  • Maiar will open for transfers on Monday November 16th.
  • Imladris will open for transfers on Tuesday November 17th.

We were able to add additional hardware to the current Brandywine servers and we’re seeing this strategy working well for the other servers who are now as large as Brandywine. With the delay in the build out we decided to open that server as well to those player who have been waiting as the additional hardware would help with the additional population. We will do an analysis this week to see how the servers are holding up and if we need to can close transfers again as needed.

 

Prizes from the Stress Test

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7481775#post7481775

We aim to have the prizes sent out in the next couple of days. Over 4,000 people participated so it takes us a little time to gather all of that information and organize the prize emails, but we have people on it.

 

Forum  Signatures Disabled

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7476999#post7476999

Forum Signatures have been disabled until further notice.

Due to security reasons and recent abuse by a large number of members here on the forums, we have disabled the use of forum signatures for the time being. We do not have an ETA for when they will be activated again.

 

LOTRO  Website Update in the Works

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7480880#post7480880

We are in the process of planning out an updated site for the game. On that site we will have all the relevant and new information. Right now due to how the current site works it is a very labor intensive and often frustrating process to get new pages like that up and working. Rather than doing that I am focused on making sure the new site will have updated pages and information.

 

Community

Operation Hardi Claus

Hosted by Roxxi Manor where we give out crafted crit weapons, class items and food stuffs to lower level players. We start 2-3 weeks before Yule Tidings and it runs for about a week afterwards. Lots of music, fireworks, dancing and merry making by our Roxxi Volunteer Elves! Our official kick off November 28th at 2:30pm est & 7:00pm est. We will start in Combe and move to Archet, Staddle, Thorin’s Hall, & Celondim. This year we are adding some level 20 areas in as well, so be on the lookout for the Roxxi mob! We have a large band that will bring out the Christmas music, fireworks, dancing, and just all around fun. We will be in these areas several nights a week. So be sure to look out for us! We have done this every Yule season since the game started and will continue to do so til the servers shut down!

Thank you,

Kin Leaders Hardiroxx & Saxiroxx, Officers/Council RM

 

Winterstock III is coming in January.

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?580762-Winterstock-III-(Jan-15-18-2016)&s=0b779089dbe73ef21fe331744e3afc0a

 

Letter from Aerindis:

Hi Cari & Layanor,

Just noticed several Gondor-themed housing items have been added to the store, including an animated (unlike the Minas Tirith barter item) house cat:

A sleepy dark-furred cat.

This Minas Tirith Rat-catcher will keep your house safe from invading rodents. It will sleep on your floor and occasionally patrol around, ever vigilant for rats to hunt. Fits in a large furniture hook.

I recall requests for house pets of some sort showing up on the forums, now here one is.

Thanks for all your work on the podcast, I really enjoy listening each week. Good luck with Extra Life this weekend!

-Aerindis of Vilya, for a little longer

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LOTRO Reporter Episode 296 – Chickens are in Minas Tirith http://mmoreporter.com/2015/11/06/lotro-reporter-episode-296-chickens-are-in-minas-tirith/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/11/06/lotro-reporter-episode-296-chickens-are-in-minas-tirith/#respond Fri, 06 Nov 2015 13:28:03 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14289

Cari and Layanor talk about livestreaming, Extra Life, and Chickens going to Minas Tirith.

 

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Layanor – Extra-Life

 

Cari Mac –

  • Live Streamed on Tuesday
  • Bought Shadow of Mordor for my PS4

 

News

Cosmetically Equipping Weapons You normally Cannot Use

In order to cosmetically equip an item that you cannot really equip (“You are not proficient with that item”), you need to first place that item in your wardrobe. You will then be able to drag the appearance you want from the wardrobe into your Cosmetic Outfits tab.

I’m afraid Legendary items just are not set up to work in the off-hand weapon slot (even cosmetically).

 

Switching Between the Two Versions of Minas Tirith

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7471490#post7471490

 

Update 17 Hotfix Release Notes

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7473354#post7473354

 

Chicken Run to Minas Tirith

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7475182#post7475182

I did sneak a few chicken-related changes into an earlier update: opening the Fords of Isen and the Paths of the Dead to chickens, as well as letting them use the East Gate to Moria. I think that should allow chickens to get almost anywhere, although Mirkwood is still off limits. Chickens hate boats, you know

 

Some Forum Signatures May be Moderated

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7475947#post7475947

 

Community

Winterstock III is coming in January.

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?580762-Winterstock-III-(Jan-15-18-2016)&s=0b779089dbe73ef21fe331744e3afc0a

 

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http://mmoreporter.com/2015/11/06/lotro-reporter-episode-296-chickens-are-in-minas-tirith/feed/ 0 Cari and Layanor talk about livestreaming, Extra Life, and Chickens going to Minas Tirith.   Audio Version: What We Did in Game Layanor – Extra-Life   Cari Mac – Live Streamed on Tuesday Bought Shadow of Mordor for my PS4   News Cosmetically Equipping ... Cari and Layanor talk about livestreaming, Extra Life, and Chickens going to Minas Tirith.   Audio Version: What We Did in Game Layanor – Extra-Life   Cari Mac – Live Streamed on Tuesday Bought Shadow of Mordor for my PS4   News Cosmetically Equipping Weapons You normally Cannot Use In order to cosmetically equip an… MMO Reporter 41:05
LOTRO Reporter Episode 295 – Update 17 Is Live We Arrived at Minas Tirith http://mmoreporter.com/2015/10/31/lotro-reporter-episode-295-update-17-is-live-we-arrived-at-minas-tirith/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/10/31/lotro-reporter-episode-295-update-17-is-live-we-arrived-at-minas-tirith/#respond Sat, 31 Oct 2015 18:12:13 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14249

Cari and Layanor talk about Update 17, and festival outfits. Cari still cannot pronounce things.

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Layanor –

NOTHING

Cari Mac –

Festival That dress is amazing!!!!!

LOTR RPG

 

News

Update 17 Patch Notes

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7470248#post7470248

 

Testing the Data Center This Weekend

Test was crazy. Bob2 just flat out blew up a couple of times. You couldn’t queue. I heard that lag was awful. I was stuck in the newbie area the entire time I could get in which was about 30 minutes.BTW, the server had more folks on it that even the busiest Brandywine nights before we had to bring it down to add more power. You gals and guys are doing a fantastic job! Thank you!

Frelorn: Thanks to everyone who made it in tonight, we learned some invaluable information. We will be doing another one of these in the not so distant future, and we will also do a wrap-up here on the forums next week for those who are curious about what we learned from the event tonight. We will be awarding prizes later during the week to everyone who participated.

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7469804#post7469804

However we did determine how many users each machine could handle (800). We had 2 online this last test and confirmed that the performance issues didn’t really kick in until we got to 1700 players. We will be using that data to bulk up our Bullroarer environment (as well as the other servers being built out). We will re-test on November 7th 12-2PM EST, preparing for a much higher number of players and see how that smooths out.

 

New Round of Palantir Preview is Starting

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7469924#post7469924

 

Community

Winterstock III is coming in January.

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?580762-Winterstock-III-(Jan-15-18-2016)&s=0b779089dbe73ef21fe331744e3afc0a

 

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http://mmoreporter.com/2015/10/31/lotro-reporter-episode-295-update-17-is-live-we-arrived-at-minas-tirith/feed/ 0 Cari and Layanor talk about Update 17, and festival outfits. Cari still cannot pronounce things. Audio Version: What We Did in Game Layanor – NOTHING Cari Mac – Festival That dress is amazing!!!!! LOTR RPG   News Update 17 Patch Notes https://www. Cari and Layanor talk about Update 17, and festival outfits. Cari still cannot pronounce things. Audio Version: What We Did in Game Layanor – NOTHING Cari Mac – Festival That dress is amazing!!!!! LOTR RPG   News Update 17 Patch Notes https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7470248#post7470248   Testing the Data Center This Weekend Test was crazy. Bob2 just flat… MMO Reporter 39:29
LOTRO Reporter Episode 294 – Log in and Get a Prize http://mmoreporter.com/2015/10/21/lotro-reporter-episode-294-log-in-and-get-a-prize/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/10/21/lotro-reporter-episode-294-log-in-and-get-a-prize/#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2015 03:40:45 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14212

Cari and Layanor talk about the sever load test on October 24, world transfers, and Extra Life.

 

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Layanor –

  • Full Helegrod Run

Cari Mac –

News

 

Testing the Data Center This Weekend

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7466213#post7466213

Saturday October 24th from 5-7PM Eastern we need your help testing our new Datacenter on Bullroarer. They are giving out prizes to everyone who logs in during that time.

 

Issue with Store Opening every time you earn TP

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7464649#post7464649

One possible workaround for this is when you first login, please open the store and let it load all the way before closing it. We have found this can stop the store from constantly opening upon earning TP. Please try this and let us know if the issue is still occurring.

 

First World Transfers are Open:

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7439797#post7439797

  • Morthond is now available for transfer.
  • Tomorrow we will open transfers off of Windfola.

After tomorrow’s turning on of Windfola, there will be a pause on opening any of the other closing worlds for transfer (EU or NA) for a few weeks. We are treating both regions equally in this. We have stated multiple times that this might happen as we caught up to the hardware build out this is one of the reasons we started with the smallest worlds first as they were in most need of being moved to the larger communities prior to the new hardware being set up. You will still be able to move, just not yet. We do not want to confuse the situation further by making only some worlds and not other available especially as Gwaihir is as in the realm of Evernight and Brandywine now and Belegaer is quickly closing the gap. As we move to the larger realms, we just increase the chance of making a poor play experience for everyone while we are in these final stages.

I am sorry that this is not moving as quickly as any of us would like, but our alternative would have been to make everyone wait until the new build out was complete and that still would not have moved the timetable forward.

Announcements will be forthcoming in the next few days on the events that will be taking place between now and then.

  • Gilrain transfers are on
  • World transfers off of Eldar will be available on October 5th.
  • World transfers off of Firefoot will be available October 6th.
  • World transfers off of Anduin will be available on October 12th.
  • World transfers off of Nimrodel will be available October 13th.

 

Server Transfer Update

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7460155#post7460155

How about the new server hardware and datacenter that all these consolidations are for? The new hardware is coming along great. We have all the equipment in place and built out and are now onto the arduous task of moving all of the software and data from the old hardware to new, making sure connections are correct, running QA tests etc. We should be a load test on the new Bullroarer Beta world in the next week or two and will make announcements about it as soon as we have a date locked down. The aim is to have everything completed and live before the US Thanksgiving holiday. In the meantime we are monitoring the Evernight population closely, have added some additional hardware resources to it to increase capacity and if we start seeing issues we might have to slow down transfers, but we hope it will not come to that as I know everyone on the closing worlds is looking forward to their opportunity to transfer.

 

Problems with payments in the New Store

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7460248#post7460248

 

Update 17 Beta #3 Release Notes & Known Issues – PRELIMINARY AND NON-FINAL – BULLROARER ONLY

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7462042#post7462042

 

Community

Windy Acres Ranch Solve a Mystery Event

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?570047-LANDROVAL-Solve-A-Mystery-Roleplay-Contest-Saturday-Oct-24-at-4-00pm-ST


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LOTRO Reporter Episode 293 – The Worlds They are a Changing http://mmoreporter.com/2015/10/15/lotro-reporter-episode-293-the-worlds-they-are-a-changing/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/10/15/lotro-reporter-episode-293-the-worlds-they-are-a-changing/#comments Fri, 16 Oct 2015 04:11:13 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14199

 

Cari and Layanor talk about the latest and greatest information on the world transfers, and drilling team dwarves.

 

Audio Version:

 

What We Did in Game

Layanor –

  • Epic Battles

Cari Mac –

  • Bingo Boffin Quests
  • Questing in Central Gondor

News

National Customer Service Week – Last Week

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?578563-National-Customer-Service-Week

Interesting Stats from the CS team

 

First World Transfers are Open:

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7439797#post7439797

  • Gilrain transfers are on
  • World transfers off of Eldar will be available on October 5th.
  • World transfers off of Firefoot will be available October 6th.
  • World transfers off of Anduin will be available on October 12th.
  • World transfers off of Nimrodel will be available October 13th.
  • “Why don’t we just open all of the servers for transfer at once?”

I am seeing this question a lot, so I want to address it. The main reason we are doing a slow roll out, is that the transfer service is limited in the number of requests it can handle at once. This is why the wait time is longer in the first 24 hours we open a new server for transfer than a couple days later. If we opened all servers at once, the service would get bogged down and wait times, during which your account is locked, would become unreasonable as everyone flooded the service. Thus we are opening one at a time, letting the wait times settle, monitoring the destination servers to make sure none are being over loaded and then moving on to the next. This method provides the smallest disruption to play time. Once the main rush of consolidation is complete, there should be no issues with normal transfer times as they are not as high demand.

We understand it is hard to wait. We are all eager to have the transfers completed and be on the brand new hardware, but patience in this case will result in a better overall experience for everyone. We are working hard to get it complete as soon as possible.

 

Free transfers Open form Brandywine or Evernight onto other remaining worlds available (TEMPORARY)

We have decided to open up free transfers off of Brandywine or Evernight onto the other destination worlds if players wish to use this to move to a less populated destination.

These free transfers are one way only and will be available temporarily until we turn on transfers between all of the remaining worlds after all closing worlds have had the ability to make their moves. After that point all accounts will receive 3 free transfer tokens and tokens will be required for transfers between the remaining worlds. Closing worlds will always be free and not require a token to transfer off of, forever.

We will still maintain the ability to occasionally turn on free transfers on remaining worlds for special weekends to encourage population balance. Those events will be announced before they occur.

 

Role Play Enforced Names

As part of the server merges, we are aware that there are many people who are entering Laurelin and Belegaer without a full understanding of the rules for a roleplay server. These servers have enforced roleplay names. This means that any name that falls outside of those rules is subject to change. This can come as a shock to those who have played for years with a name they are attached to but which falls outside of these rules.

Until December 31st 2015, we will attempt to practice a relaxed version of the naming rules as though the servers were just like the ones who do not enforce roleplay names. I would encourage those who plan to call these roleplay enforced servers their home to contact In-Game Support to request a rename token as part of a proactive approach to avoid a naming violation. In 2016, the naming policy will revert to the original roleplay enforced version and your name will be subject to those rules.

 

New Server Hardware

The new hardware is coming along great. We have all the equipment in place and built out and are now onto the arduous task of moving all of the software and data from the old hardware to new, making sure connections are correct, running QA tests etc. We should be having a load test on the new Bullroarer Beta world soon and will make announcements about it as soon as we have a date locked down. The aim is to have everything completed and live before the US Thanksgiving holiday. In the meantime we are monitoring the Evernight population closely, have added some additional hardware resources to it to increase capacity and if we start seeing issues we might have to slow down transfers, but we hope it will not come to that as I know everyone on the closing worlds is looking forward to their opportunity to transfer.

 

World Transfers after the Free Period

When the services are paid it will work similar to how the system worked previously, as in 1 token per character. We have just added the Account items move which will be always free and the ability to move all characters at once if you wish to do so. If you select all characters, on the confirmation screen of the wizard, it will total up the tokens needed for you. In this example it will be 5 characters = 5 tokens. If you do not have enough tokens to pay for the move, it will provide a link to get more. You can then go back and choose characters individually if you do not wish to move all of them, get more tokens, or wait for a window of free transfers to your preferred destination. Or any combo of the three.

 

New In Game Store Should be Up

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7456498#post7456498

Store Update Information:

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7458867#post7458867

Tentative Fall Schedule

October

  • 8-11 : 25% XP Boost
  • 15-18 : 25% Crafting XP Boost

Community

Archet Aid

http://archetaid.com/

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http://mmoreporter.com/2015/10/15/lotro-reporter-episode-293-the-worlds-they-are-a-changing/feed/ 2   Cari and Layanor talk about the latest and greatest information on the world transfers, and drilling team dwarves.   Audio Version:   What We Did in Game Layanor – Epic Battles Cari Mac – Bingo Boffin Quests Questing in Central Gondor News National C...   Cari and Layanor talk about the latest and greatest information on the world transfers, and drilling team dwarves.   Audio Version:   What We Did in Game Layanor – Epic Battles Cari Mac – Bingo Boffin Quests Questing in Central Gondor News National Customer Service Week – Last Week https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?578563-National-Customer-Service-Week Interesting Stats from the… MMO Reporter 29:44
LOTRO Reporter Episode 292 – Hard Drives & Windows 10: 3rd Edition! http://mmoreporter.com/2015/10/08/lotro-reporter-episode-292-hard-drives-windows-10-3rd-edition/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/10/08/lotro-reporter-episode-292-hard-drives-windows-10-3rd-edition/#respond Fri, 09 Oct 2015 04:42:39 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14164

Cari and Layanor talk about the new store, Bingo’s cosmetic pets, and what not to do with removed relics.

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Layanor –

  • epic battles
  • northcotton farms

Cari Mac –

  • Bingo Boffin Quests

News

New In-Game Store Coming

https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/new-store-coming-soon

  • New payment methods are now available! For those that prefer to pay with something other than credit cards or PayPal, we now offer a wide variety of choices
  • At this time players can redeem new free sample codes. All other keys/codes will need to be redeemed through myaccount.turbine.com. Turbine is looking into allowing more key types to be redeemed in the new store in a future update.

Update on the Music System

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7447367#post7447367

Making some changes for update 17

First World Transfers are Open:

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7439797#post7439797

  • Gilrain transfers are on
  • World transfers off of Eldar will be available on October 5th.
  • World transfers off of Firefoot will be available October 6th.
  • If you transfer more characters than you have slots available, the characters you do not choose to keep active do NOT get deleted. They remain on the new server in limbo until you delete an active character or acquire a new character slot.
  • Also more character slots were added to the store at the end of last week for those looking for more space.

Update 16.5 Patch Notes

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7450373#post7450373

Update 17 Preliminary Patch Notes

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7451940#post7451940

Tentative Fall Schedule

October

  • 8-11 : 25% XP Boost
  • 15-18 : 25% Crafting XP Boost

Community

11sies is still happening on Crickhollow

Where’s Wigend? The Tolkien Professor Tours Middle-earth

http://www.twitch.tv/lotrostream

Letter from Kevin:

Here’s a quick Lotro question before I go on several unrelated tangents: Have either of you ever completed the Skirmish Lieutenant deed? It’s a beast, but I am happy to announce that I have all the lieutenants at 30/50 or higher. It’s only taken 3 years to get this far, not bad.

On to the random topics: On a scale of Jar Jar Binks to Samurai C-3PO, how excited for the new Star Wars are you? I’ve never been much of a fan of that series, so I’m so-so on it.

How heartbroken and betrayed did you feel when you saw that there is a Point Break remake coming out? There are no words in Elvish, Entish, or the tongues of Men for this treachery.

Why did the Pacific Northwest have to start on fire last month on the date I flew out there to summit Mt. Adams? Months of planning, compiling gear, and a problem-ridden flight, only to have the entire mountain closed due to a forest fire that started THE DAY we arrived. We did find a nearby trail to hike instead, and I was able to camp next to a glacial pond.

Thank you for your time!

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LOTRO Reporter Episode 291 – My Character has Pretty Clothes http://mmoreporter.com/2015/09/23/lotro-reporter-episode-291-my-character-has-pretty-clothes/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/09/23/lotro-reporter-episode-291-my-character-has-pretty-clothes/#respond Thu, 24 Sep 2015 02:16:29 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14115
With not much news outside of new world transfers Cari and Layanor go over her gear and cosmetic outfits.

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Layanor –

  • Got a new shield cosmetic

Cari Mac –

  • Little more festival
  • Quested on my main
  • Purchased a level 100 bridle for my warsteed

News

World Transfers

Gilrain will be available on September 28th and Riddermark will be available on September 29th!

How the Transfers are Going

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7443612#post7443612

Overall the process has been going very well. Thousands of transfers have been completed without issue since Monday without issue. We did see the transfers taking longer than expected during peak traffic and the team is looking into ways we can optimize this further. The only other surprise was the longer than normal forum bans that came with the process. We are also looking at ways we can try to resolve this as well.

Beyond the above listed there were no other issues we did not know about from a technical standpoint. There were a small number of transfer failures, but we knew that in some rare cases this would occur and our CS team is working to help anyone who runs into an issue.

Once we get through the weekend and have a chance to analyze the data, we will have more information

 

Note about length of time for the transfers

If after 6 hours you have not received an email, it is safe to log in and the transfer will either be completed or failed. If it did fail you can contact CS and they will be able to help get the transfer through. The forum ban is a side effect of the process as we are “banning” your account to prevent any issues from arising. What we did find was that in the cases of heavy traffic the transfers were taking longer than the ban and it was causing some confusion.

Before we open the next round of transfers, we will update the FAQ and post a note to the launcher explaining the forum ban and the time it is safe to login if you do not get an email.

 

Phone Support Hours are Changing

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7445590#post7445590

Starting this week phones will be open Monday to Thursday from 2:00 PM Eastern to 6:00 PM Eastern, and Friday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Eastern

 

Tentative Fall Schedule

September

  • 14 – 24 Bilbo Baggins Birthday

October

  • 1-4 : Hobnanigans
  • 8-11 : 25% XP Boost
  • 15-18 : 25% Crafting XP Boost

Did You Know

Hidden Deeds in LOTRO

http://www.thebrasse.com/game-guides/6

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LOTRO Reporter Episode 290 – World Transfers Have Started http://mmoreporter.com/2015/09/17/lotro-reporter-episode-290-world-transfers-have-started/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/09/17/lotro-reporter-episode-290-world-transfers-have-started/#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2015 02:43:02 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14073

Cari and Layanor are back for episode 290. Only 10 more until 300. We talk world transfers, and a whole bunch of other stuff.

 

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Layanor –

  • Did some festival
  • Did a RIFT run with kin

Cari Mac –

  • Attended a Concert
  • Did some festival stuff
  • Got some new gear

News

First World Transfers are Open:

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7439797#post7439797

Server transfers can take up to 3-4 hours. Your account is locked while the transfer happens. This also locks you out of the forums.

 

Server Transfers:

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7440317#post7440317

It means that on Monday Estel and Elendilmir will be the only worlds on the Transfer Wizard World Selection Screen. If you do not have any characters on those worlds, your Transfer Wizard option menu will be empty until we make transfers available to worlds you have characters on. Regardless, transfers off of Closing worlds will always be free.

We are working on a plan that will allow a limited opportunity for a free switch if you are already on a remaining server in case you are unhappy with your current home after all the closing worlds have begun moving. More details once we are closer and have the plan solidified.
AC moved and has been down for two weeks:

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7439447#post7439447

http://massivelyop.com/2015/09/09/asherons-call-still-offline-after-two-weeks/

 

Tentative Fall Schedule

September

  • August 31 – 16 : Farmer’s Faire
  • 3 – 6 : Hobnanigans
  • 14 – 24 Bilbo Baggins Birthday
  • 18 – 21 Talk like a corsair

October

  • 1-4 : Hobnanigans
  • 8-11 : 25% XP Boost
  • 15-18 : 25% Crafting XP Boost

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LOTRO Reporter Episode 289 – We’re Back from PAX http://mmoreporter.com/2015/09/10/lotro-reporter-episode-289-were-back-from-pax/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/09/10/lotro-reporter-episode-289-were-back-from-pax/#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2015 19:58:53 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=14034

Cari and Layanor are back from PAX. We have a little bit of transfer news, and a fall schedule to talk about. We also talk about our PAX adventures after the show!

 

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Layanor –

  • PAX

Cari Mac –

  • PAX

News

World Transfer update 8/26/15

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7431991#post7431991

Update 16.5 Patch Notes

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7431940#post7431940

Tentative Fall Schedule

September

  • August 31 – 16 : Farmer’s Faire
  • 3 – 6 : Hobnanigans
  • 14 – 24 Bilbo Baggins Birthday
  • 18 – 21 Talk like a corsair

October

  • 1-4 : Hobnanigans
  • 8-11 : 25% XP Boost
  • 15-18 : 25% Crafting XP Boost

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http://mmoreporter.com/2015/09/10/lotro-reporter-episode-289-were-back-from-pax/feed/ 0 Cari and Layanor are back from PAX. We have a little bit of transfer news, and a fall schedule to talk about. We also talk about our PAX adventures after the show!   Audio Version: What We Did in Game Layanor – PAX Cari Mac – PAX News World Transfer up... Cari and Layanor are back from PAX. We have a little bit of transfer news, and a fall schedule to talk about. We also talk about our PAX adventures after the show!   Audio Version: What We Did in Game Layanor – PAX Cari Mac – PAX News World Transfer update 8/26/15 https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7431991#post7431991 Update 16.5… MMO Reporter 49:28
LOTRO Reporter Episode 288 – Cari is Unobservant http://mmoreporter.com/2015/08/26/lotro-reporter-episode-288-cari-is-unobservant/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/08/26/lotro-reporter-episode-288-cari-is-unobservant/#respond Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:56:10 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=13928

Cari and Layanor talk about World Transfers, PAX, and how unobservant Cari can be. Oh and there were lots of new buttons to push this week.

 

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Layanor –

  • Legendary Weapons
  • PVMP – New Map is dead
  • Epic Battles

Cari Mac –

  • Quested in Gondor and stuff

News

Transfers Began 8/19 for the remaining worlds – The they turned them off again

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7427608#post7427608

With the patch that has gone live this morning, we have made transfers available to players moving between the following worlds. We will be starting with opening the remaining EU world transfers this morning and then will move to remaining US worlds this afternoon.

EU: Laurelin, Gwaihir, Sirannon, Evernight, Belegaer

US: Brandywine (off world only), Gladden, Landroval, Crickhollow, Arkenstone

Transfers between these worlds will be free until October 1st. Transfers to Brandywine are currently not available, but we do intend to make them available in the coming months.

We will be opening transfers off of the closing worlds starting in the next few weeks based off the performance of this initial set.

For details and FAQ regarding the new transfer process and world closures, please see the following article: https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/world-transfers

We will give at least 30 days of free moves to Brandywine once it is available for transfers on to it from the other remaining US worlds, as we are doing with the other servers. As for timeline, rough estimate is Fall. The new hardware is in build out stage now, but it is not a short process and a number of factors could affect timelines on it being ready to go.

World Transfers Phase 2

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7422806#post7422806

We are moving onto the second phase of testing the world transfer service. Note that your participation here aids us in making world transfers a seamless process, however you are NOT required to participate in any Bullroarer tests. This time around, we want to test only transfers (not confounded by copies to Bullroarer) so:

Tomorrow (Tuesday 8/11) we will bring Bullroarer down for an update. During that time we will turn off copies to Bullroarer and wipe the Bullroarer database.

When Bullroarer comes back up tomorrow, you will be able to transfer anything already on Palantir back to Bullroarer. You will also be able to create new characters on Bullroarer and transfer them to Palantir and back. You will not be able to copy characters from the live servers. The Eyes & Guard tavern will be open to aid in creating new characters on Bullroarer.

Phase 3

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7427204#post7427204

Patch Notes Update 16.4

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7427434#post7427434

General

  • The Osgiliath Song-protector’s Armour Piercing Cry cooldown reduction set bonus no longer stacks with the Hytbold Skald or Lesser Skjald of the West sets.
  • Upon logging in, players should receive their World Consolidation Giftboxes.

Cosmetic Weapons

  • Players should no longer be able to see two overlapping shields after performing an emote.
  • Cosmetic items should now reappear properly after performing an emote.
  • Burglar cosmetic weapons should no longer stay appear stealthed in combat.
  • Two-handed weapons should no longer disappear after dismounting a horse.

Palantir Program

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7424110#post7424110

The Palantir Private Preview Program is still alive and kicking. It is true that we have not had a round of application acceptances recently, but I hope we will do so in the next few months (certainly this year). We will post a request for applications as soon as we are ready.

Please do continue to send in bugs; Those of us in QA look at every player bug that is submitted.

Tentative Summer Schedule

August

  • 28 – 30 : 25% Skirmish Mark Boost

Community

http://lotroplayers.com/2015/08/20/minas-tirith-alpha-screenshot-revealed/

Mail from Amavocet:

Cari,

Do you mean to say that when you went to imbue your Legendary Item, you didn’t see the arrows next to the item’s name? The arrows that let you scroll through all your level 100 LIs?

Huh. Ain’t that a kick in the Leggings.

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http://mmoreporter.com/2015/08/26/lotro-reporter-episode-288-cari-is-unobservant/feed/ 0 Cari and Layanor talk about World Transfers, PAX, and how unobservant Cari can be. Oh and there were lots of new buttons to push this week.   Audio Version: What We Did in Game Layanor – Legendary Weapons PVMP – New Map is dead Epic Battles Cari Mac – ... Cari and Layanor talk about World Transfers, PAX, and how unobservant Cari can be. Oh and there were lots of new buttons to push this week.   Audio Version: What We Did in Game Layanor – Legendary Weapons PVMP – New Map is dead Epic Battles Cari Mac – Quested in Gondor and stuff News… MMO Reporter 45:28
LOTRO Reporter Episode 287 – Layanor is Back http://mmoreporter.com/2015/08/13/lotro-reporter-episode-287-layanor-is-back/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/08/13/lotro-reporter-episode-287-layanor-is-back/#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2015 12:17:34 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=13877

 

Cari is joined once again by Layanor. We talk abut what’s up in the LOTRO worlds, and how Imbuing can be confusing.

 

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Layanor –

Cari Mac –

  • Imbued Weapons
  • Quested in Gondor and stuff

 

News

Kinship Transfer Guide

https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/kinship-transfer-guide

16.3 Release Notes

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7415353#post7415353

  • There is a new launcher based transfer service for character and account item transfers. This service will be turned on slowly over the next several weeks. You can find more information on our website:
  • Premium and VIP players have been awarded 2 extra character slots

Tentative Summer Schedule

August

  • 14-16 : Buried Treasure
  • 21-23 : Lootbox Weekend
  • 28 – 30 : 25% Skirmish Mark Boost

Community

Letter from Kevin:

So listening to the podcast the other day, and you started talking about Tremors, which you guys know how much I love that movie. And not just that movie, but many many classic movies, which brings me to the point of this letter. Me and my brothers tend to communicate in a manner that averages about 5 billion movie quotes per conversational topic. And I’m lucky enough to lead a kin that I discovered loves movie quotes as well. One of my favorite things to do in-game is to blend a movie reference into something I or my fellowship is doing.

I seem to use Tremors for many of the quotes, such as:

“Watch out, those Glow Worms have a good 6 foot reach!”

“Could you. Shut. Up.” (used whenever I’m talking to my brother)

“So you’re telling me he just sat up there, and died of poison?” (used when someone uses a bleed of some sort on an enemy)

“You’re hung up, I tell you, you’re gonna burn the clutch!” (used when someone complains about lag)

 

Other movies that get quoted a lot is Aliens.

“Game over, man, game over! Now what are we supposed to do?” (used when we fail and instance)

This one is a personal favorite.  When some has a skill cooldown (like Rally!), and they say they have 2 minutes left on the cooldown, I’ll jump in and say “2 minutes? Hey, man, I don’t wanna rain on your parade, but we’re not gonna last 2 seconds!”

 

Total Recall has a few good ones:

“Get your *bleep* to Galtrev” (censored for language).

“Hey, man, I got 5 alts to feed!”

 

This next example only worked once, and it was when I tried a new strategy in the Deeping Wall raid. We didn’t do so well overall, and loot wasn’t great. Someone asked “What are we were doing next?” right as Aragorn was calling out to clear the wall, and I shouted “Wiping this raid…. WITH NO SURVIVORS”. then half the raid exploded on the wall. It was classic.

 

Wayne’s World has some good ones too:

“Wait up, guys, I landed on my keys” (used when I am falling behind in warbands. extra awesome if I’ve recently gotten a sturdy key as a drop)

Ok, this letter is almost done, but i want to share a great story where I wove an epic Wayne’s World 2 quote in. I had just recently filled a Deeping Wall raid, and had just begun giving people their rolls and jobs. My speech went like this (names have been changed):

 

“Alright, ladies and gentlemen. It takes three people to run this raid: one on the wall, and two for the sidequests. One man alone cannot do this. Dave and Gary, you will run the sidequest teams. Milton, you are my liaison between the sidequest teams and Kyle’s wall team which includes myself on the catapults. To the left and right of the catapults are the machine-gun nests, belt-fed M-60 Brownings. Now these babies tend to heat up so shoot in 3 second bursts. In the event of capture I will personally distribute cyanide capsules to be placed under the tongue like so. Any questions?”

 

Probably the best part was a friend of mine was in the raid, and asked “uh, yeah. When did you turn into a nutbar?”

 

Do you guys do anything goofy like this? I’ll tell you what, it’s pretty sad when you make a quote and no one knows it… there is just an awkward silence, and I’m left wondering if I should say it’s a quote, or just let them think I’m crazy.

Thanks for listening!

P.S. I wish I was at the Nile. Unfortunately I have been working so much this summer, I have not been able to log on much at all. I’ll be able to come fall again, though.

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http://mmoreporter.com/2015/08/13/lotro-reporter-episode-287-layanor-is-back/feed/ 0   Cari is joined once again by Layanor. We talk abut what’s up in the LOTRO worlds, and how Imbuing can be confusing.   Audio Version: What We Did in Game Layanor – Cari Mac – Imbued Weapons Quested in Gondor and stuff   News Kinship Transfer Guide htt...   Cari is joined once again by Layanor. We talk abut what’s up in the LOTRO worlds, and how Imbuing can be confusing.   Audio Version: What We Did in Game Layanor – Cari Mac – Imbued Weapons Quested in Gondor and stuff   News Kinship Transfer Guide https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/kinship-transfer-guide 16.3 Release Notes https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7415353#post7415353 There is… MMO Reporter 46:13
LOTRO Reporter Episode 286 – A Chat with Athena and Andy http://mmoreporter.com/2015/08/07/lotro-reporter-episode-286-a-chat-with-athena-and-andy/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/08/07/lotro-reporter-episode-286-a-chat-with-athena-and-andy/#comments Sat, 08 Aug 2015 04:36:18 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=13859

Cari is joined by Chris during the main part of this episode. We get a little bit excited. Then Cari gets a chance to talk to Athena and Andy at Turbine about the upcoming world changes, Minas Tirith, and the the new hardware.

Audio Version:


What We Did in Game

Chris –

  • Ding 100!
  • Weatherstock

Cari Mac –

  • Weatherstock
  • Survived the Bounce House 5k
  • Summer Festival

News

World Closure Announcement

https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/world-closure-announcement

https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/world-transfers

Down from 29 worlds to 5 US and 5 EU

  • On October 1st, transfers between the remaining ten will once again become paid, however transfers off of the impacted worlds will remain free indefinitely.
  • After the start of the new year you will no longer be able to play on the impacted worlds. You will still be able to see the worlds, and the characters and shared account items will remain available for migration to a remaining world indefinitely.

 

Cosmetic Weapons Dev Diary

https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/cosmetic-weapons

 

Bingo Boffin Gone Missing

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7410266#post7410266

The server reset upset Bingo greatly. They are working to fix

Tentative Summer Schedule

August

  • 7-9 : Hobnanigans
  • 14-16 : Buried Treasure
  • 21-23 : Lootbox Weekend
  • 28 – 30 : 25% Skirmish Mark Boost

Did You Know

Interview with:

Athena, Executive Producer Lord of the Rings Online

Andy, Community Manager, Lord of the Rings Online

Community

Weatherstock VII

July 25th

Streamed the concert

945 people. More than last year

Lonely Mountain Band Cup

  1. The Remediators
  2. The Rolling Kegs
  3. Starlight

Free People’s Choice

  1. The Remediators
  2. The Rolling Kegs
  3. Die Miesterbarden von Bree

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMbFTGMGdS8

 

Middle Earth Lore

https://youtu.be/9lvC2bNplsg

 

Harnkegger Games

Ever at your service,

Kandral of Durin’s Folk

harnkeggergames.simplesite.com

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http://mmoreporter.com/2015/08/07/lotro-reporter-episode-286-a-chat-with-athena-and-andy/feed/ 3 Cari is joined by Chris during the main part of this episode. We get a little bit excited. Then Cari gets a chance to talk to Athena and Andy at Turbine about the upcoming world changes, Minas Tirith, and the the new hardware. Cari is joined by Chris during the main part of this episode. We get a little bit excited. Then Cari gets a chance to talk to Athena and Andy at Turbine about the upcoming world changes, Minas Tirith, and the the new hardware. Audio Version: What We Did in Game Chris – Ding 100! Weatherstock… MMO Reporter 1:30:29
LOTRO Reporter 285 – New PvMP Map and Bounce Houses http://mmoreporter.com/2015/07/24/lotro-reporter-285-new-pvmp-map-and-bounce-houses/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/07/24/lotro-reporter-285-new-pvmp-map-and-bounce-houses/#respond Sat, 25 Jul 2015 04:08:20 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=13807

 

Cari and Layanor talk about Update 16.2, lag on Brandywine, and Bounce Houses.

 

Audio Version:


What We Did in Game

Layanor –

  • Did PVMP
  • Level 30 on Landy

Cari Mac –

  • Patched LOTRO
  • Went on Vacation to Colorado

News

Update 16.2 Launched

https://www.lotro.com/en/New-to-LOTRO-Store

https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/update-162?utm_source=Launcher&utm_medium=Banner&utm_campaign=20150720

Note says available for free to VIP.

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7404279#post7404279

Dev Diary Ballad of Bingo Boffin

https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/episodic-content-developer-diary

Tentative Summer Schedule

July

  • 3 – 5 : Hobnanigans
  • 22 – August 5 : Summer festival

August

  • 7-9 : Hobnanigans
  • 14-16 : Buried Treasure
  • 21-23 : Lootbox Weekend
  • 28 – 30 : 25% Skirmish Mark Boost

Community

Weatherstock VII

July 25th

Pre Weatherstock Concerts are going on

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?570502-LANDROVAL-WEATHERSTOCK-VII-Concert-Series-LIVE-streaming

http://lotroartists.com/

Bouncy Castle

http://www.thegreatinflatablerace.com/

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http://mmoreporter.com/2015/07/24/lotro-reporter-285-new-pvmp-map-and-bounce-houses/feed/ 0   Cari and Layanor talk about Update 16.2, lag on Brandywine, and Bounce Houses.   Audio Version: What We Did in Game Layanor – Did PVMP Level 30 on Landy Cari Mac – Patched LOTRO Went on Vacation to Colorado News Update 16.2 Launched https://www.   Cari and Layanor talk about Update 16.2, lag on Brandywine, and Bounce Houses.   Audio Version: What We Did in Game Layanor – Did PVMP Level 30 on Landy Cari Mac – Patched LOTRO Went on Vacation to Colorado News Update 16.2 Launched https://www.lotro.com/en/New-to-LOTRO-Store https://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/update-162?utm_source=Launcher&utm_medium=Banner&utm_campaign=20150720 Note says available for free to VIP. https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7404279#post7404279 Dev… MMO Reporter 49:47
LOTRO Reporter 284 – Don’t You Work With Magic Mike? http://mmoreporter.com/2015/07/20/lotro-reporter-284-dont-you-work-with-magic-mike/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/07/20/lotro-reporter-284-dont-you-work-with-magic-mike/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:00:41 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=13763

 

Audio Version:

 

This week, we ditch Cari, and get Draculetta and DJ Pimp Daddy on the show! We talk about things we did in game, some small news that came out from Turbine, and break down into random insanity very often.

 

 

What We Did in Game

 

Draculetta

Meneldor – Drac Running Epic Book, Just made it to the Osglith Culverts. (Book 3 Chap 7)

I’m getting it handed to me big time in the city. I’m fine if I can pull one mob, but if there are 2 I’m dead. Crazy damage.. Guess I need to look at my Traits/Essence/Gear ETC. Enjoying the story a lot

 

Also did the Fatharon’s Conferation quest. Took me 5 times to finish it. I had to run in the back corner and hope the NPC lived, and laid down traps, and then just started pulling the mobs 1 by 1.. as there were WAY to many.. (See Above)

 

Created a Beorning on Landy to play with 3 friends that are going to check out the game. Got to Lvl 7 (where they are) thinking about maybe starting a static group with them if we can find the time (They play DDO, and wanted to see what the “other” side was like

 

Lots Of DDO

 

Layanor

I have not been at home. So nothing :P

 

 

News

Character Transfer Service Temporarily Offline

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7402334#post7402334

 

Summer phone closures

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7400990#post7400990

 

Stories of development through this game

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?569838-Stories-of-development-through-this-game

Community

Weatherstock VII

July 25th

Pre Weatherstock Concerts are going on

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?570502-LANDROVAL-WEATHERSTOCK-VII-Concert-Series-LIVE-streaming

http://lotroartists.com/

 

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LOTRO Reporter Episode 283 – I Can Kill it with My Flower http://mmoreporter.com/2015/07/10/lotro-reporter-episode-283-i-can-kill-it-with-my-flower/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/07/10/lotro-reporter-episode-283-i-can-kill-it-with-my-flower/#respond Sat, 11 Jul 2015 06:15:11 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=13730

Cari and Layanor talk about the new PvMP area on Bullroarer. Layanor is not happy you can kill things with flowers. Cari is happy there may be frying pans as cosmetic weapons.

 

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Layanor –

Epic Battles

 

Cari Mac –

Questing in Ringlo Vale

Moved to the next area things are tough

 

News

PVMP Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6QtRYlg6hI

  • Smaller amp.
  • Long ruins area
  • Has a side building where you can do 1v1 matches without getting run over by large raids.

Cosmetic Weapons

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLr3eUkFyJ8

  • Items have to be for your class or it won’t work
  • Weird Cosmetic items like fish, or giant flowers work.
  • Shields are also available to be changes

 

Did you Know

Baby Hobbit How To Play a MMO

http://casualstrolltomordor.com/post/123164850791/baby-hobbit-has-expressed-interest-in-playing?fb_ref=Default

 

Community

LUNCH Runs

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?565222-L-UN-C-H-Leading-an-UNimportant-Chicken-to-the-Hornburg

Two more days

 

  • Jul. 8th – Morthond & Windfola
  • Jul. 15th – Belegaer & Nimrodel

 

Vanyar is still in the lead

 

Weatherstock VII

July 25th

Pre Weatherstock Concerts are going on

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?570502-LANDROVAL-WEATHERSTOCK-VII-Concert-Series-LIVE-streaming

http://lotroartists.com/

 

Shire Fest on Crickhollow

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?569483-Crickhollow-Shirefest-2015-August-14th-17th

Aug 14-17

 

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LOTRO Reporter Episode 282 – Cosmetic Weapons http://mmoreporter.com/2015/07/06/lotro-reporter-episode-282-cosmetic-weapons/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/07/06/lotro-reporter-episode-282-cosmetic-weapons/#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:18:08 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=13716

Cari and Layanor are back this week. Layanor is not excited at all about the possibility of cosmetic weapons.

 

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

 

Layanor –

Started – War in the North – Barrow Downs

Cari Mac –

  • Festival
  • Inn League Quests
  • There’s a new stage at the festival grounds.
  • Survey from LOTRO
  • Questing in Ringlo Vale

 

News

The 30 Day Bans

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7389477#post7389477

When we discovered that we could track everyone who was using this particular exploit, we put a blanket ban on everyone who had used it while we continued our investigation. Now that our investigation has been completed, we have started reducing some of the bans based on several factors including previous bans, number of times the exploit was used and a couple other factors. Before any players do have their bans altered we are placing a gold earning “garnish” on them, removing all gold they had over 20,and taking away certain items they may have earned as a result of using this exploit.

In many cases what happens to one player may not be the same as another based on severity. Beyond this we will not further discuss any disciplinary actions taken against player

 

Stories of Development

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7389310#post7389310

 

Update 16.2

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7393647#post7393647

Cosmetic Weapons Coming

PvMP Map

Adventures of Bingo Boffin

SOON!….LOL

But seriously, 16.2 will enter Open beta this weekend so please go check it out on Bullroarer if you have the chance. This will include the new PvMP zone, Adventures of Bingo Boffin and Cosmetic Weapons! Live release will be mid-summer.

Update 17 is slated for the Fall. It is still to far out to be providing accurate details at this point.

Regular updates and no expansion packs is the current plan. We are doing new regions every full number update (U16, U17, etc) In between those (15.2, 16.2, etc) we are doing system work and smaller content drops like the PvMP map and Bingo Boffin.

The ranged weapons issue is a bug, I will have to look and see if that is something we have corrected, I am not sure that we have.

As for Cosmetic Weapons they work the same as cosmetic armor. You will have three new slots on your wardrobe for putting in any weapon or shield that you own. There will be some compatibility issues with certain items, but you will get a tooltip on the wardrobe for that slot telling you why they are not compatible and the visuals will default to the equipped weapon. There will be some bugs as we roll this out the first time as there are thousands of potential combos, but we are really happy to have it where it is and hope to expand upon it in coming updates.

 

Hotfix Explanation

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7395988#post7395988

Today’s hotfix was to address a server issue which could cause a crash and to also resolve an issue with the LOTRO store.

Community

LUNCH Runs

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?565222-L-UN-C-H-Leading-an-UNimportant-Chicken-to-the-Hornburg

 

Weatherstock VII

July 25th

Pre Weatherstock Concerts are going on

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?570502-LANDROVAL-WEATHERSTOCK-VII-Concert-Series-LIVE-streaming

http://lotroartists.com/

 

Shire Fest on Crickhollow

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?569483-Crickhollow-Shirefest-2015-August-14th-17th

Aug 14-17

 

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LOTRO Reporter Episode 281 – Sidetracked by E3 http://mmoreporter.com/2015/06/21/lotro-reporter-episode-281-sidetracked-by-e3/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/06/21/lotro-reporter-episode-281-sidetracked-by-e3/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2015 04:32:52 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=13678

Cari and Layanor talk about the festival, and E3 announcements.

 

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Layanor –

  • Festival
  • Started – War in the North

Cari Mac –

  • Festival
  • Inn League Quests

 

News

Fraud Protection FAQ

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7386083#post7386083

Update 16.1.1 Patch Notes

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7385275#post7385275

  • We have fixed an issue with radar that was causing some clients to crash repeatedly.
  • We have resolved an issue with the instance “To Avert a War” that was making it unable to be completed.

Event Dates (Tentative)

May

  • 20-June 3 Spring Festival

June

  • 1-10 Hobnanigans
  • 12-18 Lootbox week
  • 19-21 25% XP Boost
  • 26-28 25% Crafting boost

Community

The Science of Middle Earth

http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/features/the-science-of-middle-earth#.VX7jjvU16OU.twitter

How much lembas did the fellowship need?

LUNCH Runs

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?565222-L-UN-C-H-Leading-an-UNimportant-Chicken-to-the-Hornburg

Weatherstock VII

July 25th

Pre Weatherstock Concerts are going on

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?570502-LANDROVAL-WEATHERSTOCK-VII-Concert-Series-LIVE-streaming

http://lotroartists.com/

 

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LOTRO Reporter Episode 279 – Cari Starts Rumors about Bob http://mmoreporter.com/2015/06/08/lotro-reporter-episode-279-cari-starts-rumors-about-bob/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/06/08/lotro-reporter-episode-279-cari-starts-rumors-about-bob/#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2015 23:38:27 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=13628

 

Cari and Laynor talk about Imbuing your items, Bob the server’s secret plans to take down Turbine, and the closure of Infinite Crisis.

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Layanor –

Cari Mac –

 

News

Phones Closed on 6/4

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7376675#post7376675

Looking into Multi Using IXP Runes

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7376651#post7376651

Login Servers Down

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7376651#post7376651

Bob the server is now killing off networks switches in order to bring down the login server – According to Cari

Turbine News

https://www.infinitecrisis.com/en/news/infinite-crisis-closing-august-14th-2015

Infinite Crisis Closing Aug 14th.

With that said, the closure of Infinite Crisis is not going to have any impact on the plans we have for LOTRO as they are two separate franchises. We are still moving forward with our hardware upgrade and datacenter move, as well as all the content and features we have planned.

Event Dates (Tentative)

June

  • 1-10 Hobnanigans
  • 12-18 Lootbox week
  • 19-21 25% XP Boost
  • 26-28 25% Crafting boost

 

Did you Know

LOTRO Imbument Guide

http://wooktastic.blogspot.com/

 

Community

LUNCH Runs

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?565222-L-UN-C-H-Leading-an-UNimportant-Chicken-to-the-Hornburg

Weatherstock VII

July 25th

Band Sign up is Closed

RockFest on Landroval

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?566708-landroval-rockfest-2015!

 

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LOTRO Reporter Episode 278 – New PvMP Map? What? http://mmoreporter.com/2015/05/31/lotro-reporter-episode-278-new-pvmp-map-what/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/05/31/lotro-reporter-episode-278-new-pvmp-map-what/#respond Sun, 31 May 2015 22:40:23 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=13618

 

Cari and Layanor talk about the Summer Producer letter. There is supposed to be a PvMP map. Tune in to hear what Layanor thinks.

 

Audio Version:

What We Did in Game

Layanor –

  • Epic Battles

Cari Mac –

  • PaizoCon Tabletop RPG’s galore
  • Some Dol Amroth Questing

News

Summer Producer’s Letter

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7371957#post7371957

New PvMP Map: It is true, we are currently working on a new PvMP map which will take place in a version of Osgiliath. We are designing this space now and it should be going through its first round of feedback with the Player’s Council in the near future. It will also be getting extensive Beta feedback on Bullroarer when ready and released this summer.
Adventures of Bingo Boffin: Also set for a summer release is this new episodic quest in which you will follow the trail of a new Hobbit friend Bingo Boffin as he traverses Middle-Earth. Each week a new episode of the quest will unlock showing you where Bingo is off to next.
Minas Tirith: For the late Fall World Designer Chris Pierson is already hard at work carving this shining example of Middle-Earth beauty from stone…errr…ummm…code…and laying the groundwork of an exciting and surprising take on the Siege of Gondor that will be unlike anything you have seen before. We are really excited about the plans, but won’t spoil them here.

Service updates done in September 2015.

New Store

Datacenter Move

Server Merges

Players Council and PvMP Council Announced

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7374360#post7374360

Music System Update 16.1

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7372506#post7372506

Adding 2 new instruments

Making for asked for changes to the new system.

Event Dates (Tentative)

June

  • 1-10 Hobnanigans
  • 12-18 Lootbox week
  • 19-21 25% XP Boost
  • 26-28 25% Crafting boost

Community

LUNCH Runs

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?565222-L-UN-C-H-Leading-an-UNimportant-Chicken-to-the-Hornburg

Weatherstock VII

July 25th

Band Sign up is Open

RockFest on Landroval

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?566708-landroval-rockfest-2015!

Contact Information

Email: lotro.reporter@gmail.com

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Cari  Twitter: @thecarimac

Layanor  Twitter: @Layanor

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LOTRO Reporter Episode 277 – Fastest Show in the History of Shows http://mmoreporter.com/2015/05/24/lotro-reporter-episode-277-fastest-show-in-the-history-of-shows/ http://mmoreporter.com/2015/05/24/lotro-reporter-episode-277-fastest-show-in-the-history-of-shows/#respond Sun, 24 May 2015 17:14:18 +0000 http://mmoreporter.com/?p=13594

Cari and Layanor had a slow week in LOTRO. It kind of matched the news that came out. Be prepared for a really quick show.

 

Audio Version:

 

What We Did in Game

Layanor –

Out of town

Cari Mac –

I went to the beach

 

News

The Tolkien Professor is joining the LOTRO Stream Team

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7367269#post7367269

Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen has been fighting the good fight in Middle-earth for some months now. Along the way, he has been gathering the material he needs for the free LOTRO lore course he will be teaching through the Mythgard Institute this fall.

Phase 1 of his course preparation has included Mythgard Mondays, a get-together at the Bird and Baby pub on Landroval every Monday where Wigend (Corey’s guardian) gave a short lore talk before leading the group into a variety of adventures around Eriador, including skirmishing led by Pineleaf Needles on alternate weeks.

Corey is now moving in to Phase 2 of his preparation. On Friday May 15th at 12:30 pm, he joins the LOTRO Stream Team.

“I’ve prepared for this new venture and am very excited to get started,” he said. “I will create a new character in the first session, and then primarily follow the epic quest line with a few detours here and there. Along the way, I will look at how Tolkien’s story has been adapted and expanded upon.”

All are invited to attend the stream, ask questions, and offer input to Corey’s sessions. If you are unable to make the live sessions, no worries: They will be recorded and made available on the LOTRO Stream channel and on the Mythgard Youtube channel.

Mythgard Monday will continue on Landroval in tandem with Corey’s steaming activity, only it has now become “Mythgard Monday on Tuesday or Friday” and is now biweekly.

For information about either of Corey’s activities, contact Glordriel Arrowmaven, Mythgard kin leader.

 

Monday Maintenance Was Really Long

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7369923#post7369923

 

Spring Festival Postponed

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7370586#post7370586

As you may have noticed, the Spring Festival went live and there were no new rewards this year. This was not intentional. We actually have some new rewards for you, they however decided that they were not going to show up.

In light of this, we are turning off the festival for now and will reschedule it to go live a little closer to summer, on June 9th. This will be around the time of Update 16.1 and will fit in with what we already have as a scheduled downtime for the update.

We appreciate everyone’s understanding and we do hope you will enjoy the new rewards once we have turned back on the Spring Festival and everything is working as intended.

 

Event Dates (Tentative)

June

  • 1-10 Hobnanigans
  • 12-18 Lootbox week
  • 19-21 25% XP Boost
  • 26-28 25% Crafting boost

Discussion Topic

How much do you roleplay in groups?

 

Community

LUNCH Runs

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?565222-L-UN-C-H-Leading-an-UNimportant-Chicken-to-the-Hornburg

 

Weatherstock VII

July 25th

Band Sign up is Open

 

RockFest on Landroval

https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?566708-landroval-rockfest-2015!

 

Contact Information

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