#LOTRO Helm’s Deep First Look!

posted this on September 18th, 2013.
Categorized as Big Battle, crafting, ents, epic storyline, expansion, Helm's Deep, lotro, LotRO News, turbine, walkthrough, war-steed, Warband.

Shorthand Link:
Full link: http://cstm.mymiddleearth.com/2013/09/lotro-helms-deep-first-look/

The Wold is being overrun, the riders are being outflanked, Saruman’s army is growing ever vigilant, Edoras is in peril, the kings strength is failing, it is time to retreat to the refuge of Helm’s Deep.

This year Turbine gave us the honor of yet again getting a behind the scenes look at Turbines new expansion to their popular MMO Lord of the Rings Online! CSTM had the unique opportunity of receiving a guided walkthrough of western Rohan and Helm’s Deep. Not only did we receive the traditional media overview of Rohan but we were also able to split off into two different groups of press to get two similar but still uniquely different walkthroughs of the game.

Read the rest of this entry »

Cook’s Guild Repasts

posted this on July 4th, 2013.
Categorized as cook's guild, crafting, Eastemnet, lotro, New Player Guides, repasts, The Academy.

Shorthand Link:
Full link: http://lotroplayers.mymiddleearth.com/2013/07/04/cooks-guild-repast-spreadsheet/

Cooking in lotro makes my head spin (it occasionally does in real life too!)  The amount of ingredients needed (vendor bought, farm produced, cook produced) and the different tiers of expertise involved is pretty complex, so in an effort to tame the virtual storecupboard I produced this spreadsheet ;)  This is just for the Cook’s Guild repasts (rep items).

Click for a larger image, you should either be able to save or print the image.

Read the rest of this entry »

Crafting Explained.

posted this on June 17th, 2013.
Categorized as crafting, lotro, New Player Guides, The Academy.

Shorthand Link:
Full link: http://lotroplayers.mymiddleearth.com/2013/06/17/crafting-explained/

What better endeavour to while away the hours then with a craft.

What better endeavour to while away the hours then with a craft.

Read the rest of this entry »

Crafting to Mordor, part 2: Words of Wisdom and Rest XP

posted this on June 11th, 2013.
Categorized as Angels, crafting, farming, lildanas, Supergirl, Towynia, universal toolkit, Update 11.

Shorthand Link:
Full link: http://www.danania.net/2013/06/crafting-to-mordor-part-2-words-of.html

DanaArodel is head high in fields of grain I get questions periodically asking how the lildanas (lil-danas) are progressing in their craft-adventure toward Mordor? All nine of them are full time crafters. Originally, five of them adventured to level 25 to get better tools. The four quadruplets were storage/AH-sales/greeter hobbits and were level 6. Well, to suggest that the first five “

Weekly Store Sale Starting June 7, 2013

posted this on June 6th, 2013.
Categorized as crafting, crafting guilds, Free Sample, LotRO store, potion, steed of rhun, Weekly Sale.

Shorthand Link:
Full link: http://casualstrolltomordor.com/2013/06/weekly-store-sale-starting-june-7-2013/

20130607hd_en

The following items are on sale from June 7 – 13. Below you will find the sale listings as well as our recommendation on purchasing.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Ups and Downs of LOTRO’s Update 11

posted this on May 18th, 2013.
Categorized as beta, Bullroarer, crafting, Equipment, Free to Play, gear, instances, legendary items, lord of the rings online, lore, lotro, mounted combat, Raid, Trechery of the White Hand, Update 11, Virtues, Warband.

Shorthand Link:
Full link: http://docholidaymmo.com/2013/05/18/the-ups-and-downs-of-lotros-update-11/

DocHoliday's MMO Saloon DocHoliday's MMO Saloon - LOTRO, Secret World, & Rift with an End-Game View

For me Update 11 has been a bit of a mixed bag.  There are a number of cool little things they’ve put into the game and of course the new epic story line, but I can’t help but be overly frustrated by the lack of quality and revision control that Turbine continues to show with its launches.  There’s also the slightly shadier aspect that I’m not sure I like or dislike, and that’s the continual push to have players log in every day.

Let’s start with the good parts, I’ve already talked about the zone and it really doesn’t disappoint from a visual perspective.  The whole footprints in the snow things is pretty darn cool!  I like the new housing tweaks, especially being able to pay for 20 weeks up front, in case you know you’re going to be gone (or forget) and that 5 weeks just isn’t long enough.  Foreclosure doesn’t impact me at all, but I think its a good middle ground way to get out of the corner they backed themselves into.  While the launcher has had issues, I do like the fact that it FINALLY respects your default browser when clicking links from within it.  I’m also quite happy with the way the epic line (not that I’ve done that much) mixes in your story with session plays to allow you to flesh out the rest of the story and allow us to check in on other areas.  The LOTRO story is quite geographically diverse, and this tech is a great way to show what’s going on without forcing us all other the map.  They also added in new craftable items for those who have maxed out not only their crafting skills, but their guild reputation.  I’m quite happy these don’t require any other reputation (like Wildermore) as it allows for folks with lower level crafting alts to still make usable items for people at the end game.  These items are a touch better then the Hytbold items, and offer quite a bit of flexibility with their multi-output options, so they’re definitely worth a look.  One other thing that I haven’t checked out, but was mentioned in the LOTRO Reporter interview was mounted fishing, and while you may or may not like the idea, the technology and concept behind it is quite intriguing and points to further growth and flexibility of the game engine, which is always a good thing.

Read the rest of this entry »

Update 11 Store Updates

posted this on May 13th, 2013.
Categorized as crafting, LotRO store, pricing, relic, store, Update 11, Wildermore.

Shorthand Link:
Full link: http://casualstrolltomordor.com/2013/05/update-11-store-updates/

Turbine has published a store update for Update 11 listing the changes to the LOTRO Store.

Unfortunately, there is no prices listed for their new items. I am not able to get into game and get these for you at this time but feel free to help out by posting in the comments below!

See the forums for the store offer update post by QuartermasterU.

Read the rest of this entry »

LOTRO Update 11 Goodies

posted this on April 29th, 2013.
Categorized as beta, Bullroarer, crafting, End Game, Equipment, gear, Helm's Deep, lord of the rings online, lotro, screenshots, Update 11, Warden.

Shorthand Link:
Full link: http://docholidaymmo.com/2013/04/29/lotro-update-11-goodies/

DocHoliday's MMO Saloon DocHoliday's MMO Saloon - LOTRO, Secret World, & Rift with an End-Game View

Of course this is all subject to change, but there are some pretty cool aspects to Update 11 that I wanted to share with folks.  I also will have a couple of suggestions for folks towards the end.  Don’t get me wrong, Update 11 isn’t perfect and it won’t keep end-game folks busy until the Helm’s Deep expansion, but this update is better then what I was expecting.  And I haven’t even done any of the Epic line, which always have good stories tied to them.

Visually, the area is quite stunning and unlike the other winter zones in the game – which is quite nice.  Turbine always impresses me with how they’re able to keep creating different and unique zones.  Adding to the beauty of the area, Turbine has stepped it up with their armor designs in this update.  The end-game sets with Rohan were honestly pretty disappointing as the Hytbold sets were incredibly un-inspired.  As some examples, check out some of the gear below:

Read the rest of this entry »

Notes on Update 10 Release Notes

posted this on March 12th, 2013.
Categorized as Battle for Erebor, Bells of Dale, crafting, Fires of Smaug, flight to the lonely mountain, Medallions, Mithril Coins, moors, mounted combat, rk, RK armor, runekeeper, seals, stat math, Update 10.

Shorthand Link:
Full link: http://www.danania.net/2013/03/notes-on-update-10-release-notes.html

   I took the Update 10 Release Notes, ripped out all the parts that didn’t seem interesting, and reorganized it into a more coherent set of information. I interspersed a few comments of my own as I went (in blue). I will dig deeper into some of the stat number changes in a follow-up article. BTW... sorry that the text looks wonky, Blogger is refusing to accept the fonts the way I am

Notes on Update 10 Release Notes

posted this on March 12th, 2013.
Categorized as Battle for Erebor, Bells of Dale, crafting, ettenmoors, Fires of Smaug, flight to the lonely mountain, Medallions, Mithril Coins, mounted combat, rk, RK armor, runekeeper, seals, stat math, Update 10.

Shorthand Link:
Full link: http://www.danania.net/2013/03/notes-on-update-10-release-notes.html

   I took the Update 10 Release Notes, ripped out all the parts that didn’t seem interesting, and reorganized it into a more coherent set of information. I interspersed a few comments of my own as I went (in blue). I will dig deeper into some of the stat number changes in a follow-up article. BTW... sorry that the text looks wonky, Blogger is refusing to accept the fonts the way I am