LOTRO Reporter 226 – Man Talk! “Now with real men!”

posted this on March 27th, 2014.
Categorized as braxwolf, End Game, General, layanor, lotro, LOTRO Players, LOTRO Reporter Podcast, Rorgg.

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Cari is gone this week, dealing with trauma from hosting alone last week. Layanor leads the show with Braxwolf of LOTRO Players, and Rorgg, a theater actor that happens to love the game.


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LOTRO Update 11 Official Patch Notes

posted this on May 13th, 2013.
Categorized as captain, End Game, Equipment, Free to Play, legendary items, lord of the rings online, lotro, mithril coin, Patch Notes, pvp, Raid, Traits, Trechery of the White Hand, turbine, Update 11, Warden.

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Full link: http://docholidaymmo.com/2013/05/13/lotro-update-11-official-patch-notes/

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The patch notes are live for folks to check out as the servers should be up soon-ish.  I’m not going to post them in full, but a few highlights:

<Update> Don’t forget there’s a new batch of top tier guild craftables as I mentioned previously <Update>

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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.

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

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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:

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LOTRO’s Player Council Announcement

posted this on April 26th, 2013.
Categorized as beta, End Game, lord of the rings online, lotro, Player's Council, Raids and End-game, turbine.

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Full link: http://docholidaymmo.com/2013/04/26/lotros-player-council-announcement/

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It was delayed a couple of times, but I have to admit I’m pretty please overall with the folks chosen for the council.  I certainly don’t know everyone (I do know and respect  both Silverlode representatives) but in all the places I’ve read (including the unofficial forums) there are very few criticisms of the folks chosen.  Granted, it could be that people can’t make the connection between the character names and the forum names, but I still think the lack of push-back from the community is a good first step.

For those wanting to get more involved with the council, there are a couple of ways.  My only suggestion would be to be understanding of the fact that the council members are bound by an NDA and as such may not be able to tell you anything, however some have already come out in various ways and made themselves available.  They probably are also getting a few other requests coming into them, so it would probably be best to be patient and not take their lack of a response personally.

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Turbine with an Interesting News Day

posted this on April 25th, 2013.
Categorized as beta, Bullroarer, End Game, expansion, forums, Free to Play, gear, Helm's Deep, isengard, lord of the rings online, lotro, Raids and End-game, Riders of Rohan, Rise Of Isengard, rohan, screenshots, Skirmishes, Update 11.

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Full link: http://docholidaymmo.com/2013/04/25/turbine-with-an-interesting-news-day/

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I’ve been waiting a little bit to absorb and digest the releases yesterday as there are certain things that just don’t make sense to me.  We saw 3 main pieces of news that I wanted to go a little deeper into.

After a delay hit last week, Update 11 finally makes its way over to Bullroarer for public testing.  I will admit that I’ve only popped on the server for a little bit, so this isn’t any sort of thorough review of the update.  For the most part, we knew much of what is in this update but I wanted to touch on a couple of things.  I was a bit underwhelmed by the changes to mounted combat, as Rowan made it out to be a pretty significant change to the mechanics as well as giving the mount trees more options.  At first glance, it really just seemed like the removed many of the basic traits and rolled them into the base mount.  While I appreciate the change, I was hoping for more of an evolution.  But, I will reserve full judgment until I play with it more and see the new content in case they added something spiffy there.  I am (as always) happy to see new zones and am VERY curious to see where the story continues, and visually it appears that the new zone doesn’t disappoint.  I did check out the new Hobbit Presents, and I really don’t have any personal issues with it – but at least now we should be able to get confirmation regarding non-VIPs and gold boxes.  On my first roll I did win 50 Mithril Tokens, so I used those up for research purposes.  The main thing that jumped out to me is that the gear in there maxes out at level 80, but there are Teal and Orange drops.  Below are some shots of what’s possible to get, notice the orange item is not that far off from my Hytbold gear. In addition to this use of coins, there are new ways to spend them, which is all well and good but I’m just not entirely sure the rationale behind the change.  We shall see how much of this build stays the way it currently exists and how many BR builds we get before live, but for the most part I’m liking the Update for what it is.

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LOTRO Official Update 10 Release Notes

posted this on March 6th, 2013.
Categorized as End Game, Equipment, ettenmoors, gear, instances, legendary items, lord of the rings online, lotro, moors, ost dunhoth, Patch Notes, pvp, Raid, Warden.

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Full link: http://docholidaymmo.com/2013/03/06/lotro-official-update-10-release-notes/

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<Update>

Shockingly enough, there’s a known issues list already posted.  Pretty significant especially when there’s so much in there regarding loot not hooked up, which was one of the main selling points for this update.  Seems like a minor issue – and I don’t understand why Turbine springs a release with no warning when there are this many “little” things un-resolved.  Granted, it probably will take them time to wrap everything up but it seems like another pass of polish would’ve done quite a bit of good and not let the community down at all.

<End Update>

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LOTRO Update 9.1.1 Patch Notes

posted this on February 11th, 2013.
Categorized as crafting, End Game, Equipment, gear, group, instances, lord of the rings online, lotro, Raids and End-game, Riders of Rohan, rohan.

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Full link: http://docholidaymmo.com/2013/02/11/lotro-update-9-1-1-patch-notes/

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I didn’t even realize there was going to be a patch today but there was and 2 things from this really jumped out at me.

First, I was surprised that they’re doing server side performance enhancements ahead of Wednesday’s extended downtime.  I’m all for them doing things, it just seems strange timing to me.  But hopefully it will help as I know since Rohan many (including myself) have been having issues.

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LOTRO Update 10 2nd Bullroarer Patch and Armor Screenshots

posted this on February 5th, 2013.
Categorized as beta, Bullroarer, captain, champion, champions, End Game, Equipment, gear, group, instances, lord of the rings online, Lore-Master, loremaster, lotro, Minstral, Minstrel, Patch Notes, Raids and End-game, screenshots, Warden.

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The second build hit Bullroarer today and it included quite a few additions that were not there previously.  You can find the full patch notes here, but there aren’t too many changes mainly the finishing off of the changes they had already announced:

  • Fate determines out of combat power regen, not Will
  • Quests can be completed/advanced in raids
  • All sorts of class tweaks – mainly power related
  • Various Mounted combat tweaks, again mainly power related
  • All sorts of creep changes – shockingly enough, power related
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LOTRO Update 10 hits Bullroarer

posted this on January 31st, 2013.
Categorized as beta, Bullroarer, End Game, Equipment, Free to Play, gear, group, hard-mode, instances, lord of the rings online, lotro, ost dunhoth, Patch Notes, Raid, Raids and End-game, stats, Warden.

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The initial build hit Bullroarer yesterday for Update 10, and we also have some patch notes.  There’s a decent amount in the notes, but also a number of things that are not in the notes, so I’m expecting not only Dev. Diaries to clear things up but also a couple other builds before it goes live.  Here are the notes, but I also wanted to discuss a few items in more detail.

There’s a lot of debate on these new Mithril coins but in all honesty I don’t really care that much.  The biggest thing that bothers me about the whole is that it was the first thing they decided to talk about, really ANOTHER currency added to the game is the most exciting and pressing thing for Update 10?  But this really has very little impact on me since I don’t use those items and it will actually clear up some inventory that I was hoarding from lottery winnings, so there is that bonus.  But I am wondering what’s behind this move and if we’ll see more of this kind of consolidation going forward.

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LOTRO Update 10 hits Bullroarer

posted this on January 31st, 2013.
Categorized as beta, Bullroarer, End Game, Equipment, Free to Play, gear, group, hard-mode, instances, lord of the rings online, lotro, ost dunhoth, Patch Notes, Raid, Raids and End-game, stats, Warden.

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Full link: http://docholidaymmo.com/2013/01/31/lotro-update-10-hits-bullroarer/

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The initial build hit Bullroarer yesterday for Update 10, and we also have some patch notes.  There’s a decent amount in the notes, but also a number of things that are not in the notes, so I’m expecting not only Dev. Diaries to clear things up but also a couple other builds before it goes live.  Here are the notes, but I also wanted to discuss a few items in more detail.

There’s a lot of debate on these new Mithril coins but in all honesty I don’t really care that much.  The biggest thing that bothers me about the whole is that it was the first thing they decided to talk about, really ANOTHER currency added to the game is the most exciting and pressing thing for Update 10?  But this really has very little impact on me since I don’t use those items and it will actually clear up some inventory that I was hoarding from lottery winnings, so there is that bonus.  But I am wondering what’s behind this move and if we’ll see more of this kind of consolidation going forward.

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