Arbalist of the West-gate

posted this on May 23rd, 2012.
Categorized as Anniversary, brown, cosmetic, crafted, dwarf, Green, heavy armour, Hunter, medallion, medium armour, outfits, quiver, scout, steed, store, token, vendor, world drop.

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Full link: http://starrymantle.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/arbalist-of-the-west-gate/

At the peak of Khazad-dûm’s glory, the West-gate must surely have been nigh impenetrable to outside foes, guarded as it was by the mighty spell-woven Doors of Durin. But the terror that caused the fall of Dwarrowdelf was one that came from within. Years later, the dwarf-lord Balin led an expedition to reoccupy the halls, and succeeded in establishing a colony for some five years. During that time, perhaps sentries were posted outside the Walls of Moria to prevent any foes from approaching too closely and threatening the tenuous hold that had been established.

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Make LotRO Ad-Free

posted this on May 23rd, 2012.
Categorized as LotRO store, opinions.

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I’ve always had largely mixed feelings towards LOTRO’s free-to-play (F2P) model. On the one hand, it provides options for all players, is not essential to the enjoyment of the game, and lowers whatever obstacles there were for new players to get into the game and enjoy Middle-earth; on the other, the store casts a shadow on an otherwise elegant and enjoyable game and creates a lingering environment of greed as soon as one pries at all into the store and its related marketing schemes. The rather large “Store” button in the UI and the advertisements on loading screens cheapen the general feeling within LOTRO as well.

PG, writing for DocHoliday’s blog, published a nice editorial weighing the pros and cons for free-to-play versus the typical subscription model. He says we are deluded if we think that game companies haven’t been basing their release schedules or mechanics around extracting as much money as possible out of the subscription model in the first place; a company like Turbine seeking to maximize the profitability of their store is only a different dance to the same song.

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weekly screenshot: cool weapons

posted this on May 23rd, 2012.
Categorized as games, lord of the rings online, lotro, MMO, rpg, weekly screenshot.

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moria epic instance

After seeing The Khazad Guard’s gorgeous screenshots I was reminded of the (not as gorgeous) shots that I took while we were fighting. Apologies for the floating numbers ;)  I remember while we were fighting this, we were saying ooh look at those swords, they’re really cool, they’re a bit like the klingon swords in DS9 (bat’leth as I found out when I googled it ;) )