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 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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Full link: http://docholidaymmo.com/2013/02/05/lotro-update-10-2nd-bullroarer-patch-and-armor-screenshots/

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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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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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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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LOTRO Developer Chat Thoughts

posted this on January 25th, 2013.
Categorized as beta, Bullroarer, Developer Diary, End Game, epic line, Equipment, expansion, Free to Play, gear, group, instances, lord of the rings online, lotro, Raid, Raids and End-game, threat, Update 10, Update 11, Warden.

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Full link: http://docholidaymmo.com/2013/01/25/lotro-developer-chat-thoughts/

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Yesterday’s developer twitter chat had a bit more information in it then previous ones, but I think that’s purely just because they’ve got a release ready for Bullroarer Smile  The majority of the real news was around Update 10.  I’m not going to hit on everything, just a few items that jumped out for me.  The full transcript is up on the forums if you want to check it out.

With regards to Update 10, the biggest news for me was that it will be hitting Bullroarer next week.  I’ll be curious to see how long it stays there as I hope it goes through a couple of iterations considering the new instances and armor sets that historically have issues but it wouldn’t surprise me if there was some internal pressure to get it out earlier.  Here’s what was announced:

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LOTRO Update 9 Patch Notes and Known Issues

posted this on December 17th, 2012.
Categorized as Equipment, gear, group, instances, lord of the rings online, lotro, Mirkwood, Patch Notes, Raid, Raids and End-game, Update 9, Warden.

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Full link: http://docholidaymmo.com/2012/12/17/lotro-update-9-patch-notes-and-known-issues/

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As you wait for the servers to come up from today’s game updates, you can check out the Patch Notes as well as the Known Issues post.

I’m not going to repost the patch notes, and much of it we have already seen through all the postings over on Bullroarer.  But certainly some good stuff coming with Update 9:

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LOTRO Update 9 Patch Notes and Known Issues

posted this on December 17th, 2012.
Categorized as Equipment, gear, group, instances, lord of the rings online, lotro, Mirkwood, Patch Notes, Raid, Raids and End-game, Update 9, Warden.

Shorthand Link:
Full link: http://docholidaymmo.com/2012/12/17/lotro-update-9-patch-notes-and-known-issues/

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As you wait for the servers to come up from today’s game updates, you can check out the Patch Notes as well as the Known Issues post.

I’m not going to repost the patch notes, and much of it we have already seen through all the postings over on Bullroarer.  But certainly some good stuff coming with Update 9:

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2 New LOTRO Update 9 Developer Diaries

posted this on December 13th, 2012.
Categorized as Developer Diaries, End Game, Equipment, gambits, gear, group, instances, lord of the rings online, lotro, Raid, Raids and End-game, Update 9, Warden.

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Full link: http://docholidaymmo.com/2012/12/13/2-new-lotro-update-9-developer-diaries/

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We got a couple new diaries today, although in all honesty there wasn’t really anything new in these nor was there that much depth.  I read these as just PR pieces to advertise the new Update as opposed to giving players an insight into what’s going on.  Said another way, I didn’t gain anything more out of these diaries then I did from reading the patch notes.

The first diary covers the new Instance cluster and is labeled as just Part one of the instance diaries.  Essentially this diary lays out the stories behind the 3 Hobbit themed 3-man instance spaces.  I do like the ideas behind them and look forward to running them, but this diary really didn’t change anything on that aspect.

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