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Quests / U21: The Allegiance System
« on: September 05, 2017, 10:33:13 AM »
So one of the new features of the Mordor expansion is Allegiance. It is a bit like reputation, but has four different factions and each faction has a set of story-based quests that unfold over the course of their thirty allegiance levels. You can eventually max out all four groups, however, the order you select decides the speed with which you advance. For example if I join the elves of Lothlorien first, I get a large bonus and move up the ranks quickly, and if I save dwarves for last, I will get no bonus allegiance when I turn in Relics of the Last Alliance to them.

You get relics by completing questing and deeds in Mordor, crafting them, and once you are level 115 and have done all the Mordor quests, daily excursions to Mordor dungeons.

You can learn more about allegiance at the Bearded Minstrel Blog here:
https://thebeardedminstrel.blogspot.com/2017/08/allegiance-demystified.html

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Lands / Visual Guide to Udun
« on: August 07, 2017, 01:52:27 AM »
There is a fine blog called the bearded minstrel that has very detailed maps of Mordor from in game. It reminds me a bit of the old Brasse maps. Here's a link:
https://thebeardedminstrel.blogspot.com/2017/08/visual-guide-to-udun.html

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Items / Online Essence Gear Calculator
« on: July 29, 2017, 09:46:35 PM »
While looking through the official LotRO forums, I came across a post by CaerArianrhod explaining his new site, the Online Essence Calculator. It's handier than some of the alternatives, because there is no spreadsheet to download and no quirks of excel vs open office calc vs libre office calc, vs iwork numbers.

Check it out if you are like me and somewhat puzzled on how exactly you should customize your gear with essences.

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Off-topic / Mordor Expansion Details
« on: June 23, 2017, 02:18:39 PM »
Massivelyop.com's Justin Olivetti posted an article summarizing the developer livestream that gave an early look at Mordor. Highlights are five new regions, level cap to 115, virtue cap to 20, and the high elf race. There is a lot to look forward to in this expansion.

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Off-topic / LotRO license renewed
« on: January 03, 2017, 12:23:50 PM »
As some of you may recall, Turbine had the license for Lord of the Rings until 2017. Now that the game has gone indie, the new company Standing Stone Games has stated that the license has been renewed, and will continue to be renewed for the lifetime of the game:
http://lotroplayers.com/2016/12/22/lotro-license-renewed-now-stop-worrying-about-it/

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Off-topic / Update 19.2 Release Notes
« on: December 21, 2016, 01:25:03 PM »
There was a new patch today. Here are the release notes:
https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?649773-Update-19-2-Release-Notes

New quests, Hunter revamp, new crafted essences, good stuff.

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Off-topic / LotRO going indie!
« on: December 20, 2016, 06:11:08 PM »
In case you've missed this from the official forums, Turbine/WB is selling LotRO and DDO to a independent game studio made up of its existing LotRO and DDO teams. That studio is called Standing Stone Games, and their games will be globally distributed by Daybreak Games (formerly Sony Online Entertainment and the makers of Everquest). There is a FAQ on the forums, but for the most part, I regard this as good news since WB had announced that Turbine would be focused on mobile games from now on. So LotRO can join Everquest in being a classic MMO without any worrying distraction of trying to make the next PokemonGo game. This really makes me excited for the Mordor expansion now.

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Join Signum University's Dr. Corey Olsen for an online discussion with Jeffrey Libbey ("MadeofLions") Senior Content Designer on the LOTRO team at Turbine since 2005.

Here's the link:
http://signumuniversity.org/event/lotro-special-a-discussion-with-jeffrey-libby-madeoflions/

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Off-topic / Update 19 March of the King released next week?
« on: October 10, 2016, 04:18:00 PM »
In the producers letter from Severlin, Executive Producer for Lord of the Rings Online it was revealed that the next update will be in October and titled March of the King. Today we got confirmation on the official forums from Cordovan, Community Manager for LotRO that the update is planned for launch next week.

From the beta release notes on Bullroarer (subject to change), here is some of what we can look forward to
  • New landscape quests in North Ithilien
  • Buffs for Hunters and Burglars
  • Epic Volume IV, Book 7 "The Trap."

Sounds like we're getting pretty close to needing that army, and for Digger to bring the snacks. :D

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Items / Turbine: LI greater than level 100 "a bug"
« on: April 17, 2016, 05:35:58 PM »
So apparently the only way to progress is imbue a level 100? http://lotroplayers.com/2016/04/15/non-imbuement-li-progression-after-level-100-is-a-bug/

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Off-topic / Update 18 release notes
« on: April 17, 2016, 05:28:43 PM »
Here's the latest release notes:
https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7570214#post7570214

If you are looking to start the new epic books, look for Mithrandir at the top of Minas Tirith.

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Off-topic / LotRO Servers still down
« on: January 11, 2016, 03:58:51 PM »
Today the new data center migration took place. The worlds were up for a couple of hours, but there were issues, and a reboot was scheduled. The downtime has been extended while adjustments are made, and the LotRO twitter account will notify when the servers are back online.

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Off-topic / Looking Back and Forward In LotRO
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:00:58 PM »
Justin Olivetti wrote a piece for MassivelyOp.com about LotRO in 2015 and 2016 that is a good read:
http://massivelyop.com/2016/01/02/lotro-legendarium-looking-back-and-forwards-with-lotro/

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General Discussion / Happy Yule
« on: December 24, 2015, 03:40:34 PM »
Happy Yule to you Galadhrim!

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Off-topic / LotRO 2016 Executive Producer's Letter
« on: December 21, 2015, 03:58:17 PM »
Athena “Vvyvanne” Peters outlined Turbine's plans for next year and recapped 2015. It looks like we have quarterly patches, the new server hardware, upping the level cap to 105 (yay for imbued legendaries), the battle of Pelennor Fields including a new 12-person raid, and the Black Gates of Mordor to look forward to.

Here's the letter:
http://www.lotro.com/en/game/articles/letter-executive-producer

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