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LOTRO: Gently Holistically Improving Community

27 Jul
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3rd version due to spelling mistakes…oops!

A reworking on the comment I made on the LOTRO PLAYERS Article, which I found linked on the LOTRO FB page – go and like it 🙂

Turbine Reaches Out to the LOTRO Community 

Cordovan, the new LOTRO Community Manager (Looks like Frelorn went during the last TURBINE cuts :()has been posting on the  LOTROCommunity forums, an alternative forum to the official LOTRO forums. WOW this is a great step forward.

I arrived relatively late to the LOTRO party and I think the LOTRO community shine had started to wane. Don’t get me wrong it was then shining brightly, it is still, now 4 years later, an inspirational force to be reckoned with but it is far from the multi-faceted and connected happy family it had once been 🙂

Any attempt at stimulating interaction between the many diverse LOTRO community groupings can only be praised 🙂

Because of its ‘mature’ nature (age not content!) of LOTRO it has led to the creation of many diverse groups with varying opinions and points of view upon almost all aspects of the game… finding a common thread and unifying them all maybe impossible but at least approaching them and starting the conversation is amazingly positive 🙂

There are PVP’ers, RPG’ers, solo’ers, PVE’ers, cosmeticers(?), film makers, musicians, hardcore and casual gamers, bloggers, podcasters and twitchers, youtubers and every spin-off and combination, among others we cannot even imagine (I did once imagine of an in game LOTRO Acting Troupe – Commedia dell’arte!) And they all have vested interest in LOTRO, they all have strong opinions and nowadays they all voice them separately.

There are so many creative LOTRO blogs, websites, resources out there, some may have gone to sleep and some (like my own) ticks along slowly but they are still useful and incredible informative. Having others to share creative gaming ideas, not always LOTRO ones, I found so inspiring and many a time it incentivated me back into LOTRO to try something new or different.

Their creativity, leads to our creativity which can be feedback into our LOTRO gaming 🙂

It’s a positive vicious circle, or a virtuous circle even!

Cordovan’s post:

“Hello! I wanted to create an account here just to introduce myself, and see what’s going on. I know there’s been some animosity between the community folks and this forum in the past, but AFAIK it didn’t involve me (much?), so I figure this new era of sorts is a good time to say hello. I’m the current Community Manager for LOTRO and DDO (and to the extent AC is still supported, Asheron’s Call.) I’m an old-school gamer and pen and paper nerd. Ask me about my THACO!

There’s a lot of work to do in the LOTRO community in the coming weeks, and I plan to do it. If you have a short bullet-list of what you feel is most important for the community (not development, that’s a different thing), lemme know.” – Cordovan

And leading on from that, as it does so many times with Tsu’s LOTRO blogging, I found something that sparked a memory; the use of holistic by Cordoven led me to instantly remember Douglas Adams’ – ‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’. What an awesome book, please read if it passed you by, if you laughed out loud to Hitchhikers, like myself, you will love it!

Holistic: characterized by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.’

Well I can get behind that and I hope it is possible to apply to the LOTRO community 🙂

And as I digress down Tsu’s rabbit hole of a blog post I found another quote from the same book:

“Sir Isaac Newton, renowned inventor of the milled-edge coin and the catflap!”
“The what?” said Richard.
“The catflap! A device of the utmost cunning, perspicuity and invention. It is a door within a door, you see, a …”
“Yes,” said Richard, “there was also the small matter of gravity.”
“Gravity,” said Dirk with a slightly dismissed shrug, “yes, there was that as well, I suppose. Though that, of course, was merely a discovery. It was there to be discovered.” … “You see?” he said dropping his cigarette butt, “They even keep it on at weekends. Someone was bound to notice sooner or later. But the catflap … ah, there is a very different matter. Invention, pure creative invention. It is a door within a door, you see.”
Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

I just had to investigate further: to find out if Newton really did invent the catflap?

But as always Wikipedia provided the answer: ‘In an apparent early modern example of urban legend, the invention of the pet door was attributed to Isaac Newton (1642–1727) in a story (authored anonymously and published in a column of anecdotes in 1893) to the effect that Newton foolishly made a large hole for his adult cat and a small one for her kittens, not realizing the kittens would follow the mother through the large one.[6] Two Newton biographers cite passages saying that Newton kept “neither cat nor dog in his chamber”.[7][8] Yet over 60 years earlier, a member of Newton’s social circles at Trinity, one J. M. F. Wright, reported this same story (from an unknown source) in his 1827 memoir, adding: “Whether this account be true or false, indisputably true is it that there are in the door to this day two plugged holes of the proper dimensions for the respective egresses of cat and kitten’ – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_door

An old girlfriend of mine used to crack up telling a story of how a friend used to keep her keys in her cat flaps… I suppose you had to be there!

So Cordovan has flung open the door (and maybe the catflaps!) to the community and I hope it grasps his outstretching hand to work together and put the communal house in order. LOTRO community was the GREATEST, is GREAT and can be the GREATEST again.

“Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.” 
― Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

TURBINE, Cordovan and LOTRO Community please don’t eff it up again!

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LOTRO:More Doors Opening…

25 Jul

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Good news from TURBINE (not as oxymoronic as I thought!): Its official LOTRO is going to MORDOR, the land of shadow!

NAKT was the first to bring it to my attention 🙂 : https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/5185802/posts/1095437140

SO I jumped over to LOTRO PLAYERS to confirm: http://lotroplayers.com/2016/07/22/turbine-planning-something-big-for-mordor/

AWESOME 🙂

Good news wakes me from my LOTRO snooze…

I dug up my old Mordor Brewery idea and decided that they would would like to celebrate by whipping the slaves of Núrn into overproduction of the finest special edition beer ever fermented in a MMO – I do wish they would do more brewing in LOTRO! So here it is:

SORT PORT (Danish translates to Black Gate)

The Darkest Stoutest pint ever conceived of, so dark that it glows blackly in the shadows.

Ingredients: Mount Doom roasted barley and volcanic rock flaked barley, and so pale a malt, it’s almost ghostly, complete the mash. Common yeast and the most pungent hops round off the brew. Additionally some of the unfermented wort is soured in the sulfurous doomy airs to be forced back into the beer just before bottling, carbonation was found not to be needed, it has a peculiar chemical perculation or its own!

This really is a pint where we can say it is, ‘Warts and All!’

Something BIG is coming …Hurray for LOTRO and oh my I must get busy…my highest leveled Char is Tsukuld my lv85 RK!

 

 

 

LOTRO: BOWIE!

11 Jan

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Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
“I’m a laughing gnome and you don’t catch me”
Ha ha ha, hee hee hee
“I’m a laughing gnome and you can’t catch me”
Said the laughing gnome

Laughing Gnome should be inserted into GAME..er or maybe not!

David Bowie passed today, more than an iconic musician… a poet!

Ashes to ashes, funk to funky
We know Major Tom’s a junkie
Strung out in heaven’s high
Hitting an all-time low

And:

Blackstar:

Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried

And finally this space oddity:

Major Tom has left his capsule
Float on in your most peculiar way
There is nothing we can do

 

LOTRO: Miner’s Teeth… ARRIVED!

27 Oct

MINER'S TEETH

So the next update to LOTRO has arrived, that snuck up on me! A huge indication that I have not been playing seriously for some time…

MINAS TIRITH

RELEASE NOTES: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?580912-Update-17-Release-Notes

Lots of interesting stuff…I just need to get playing… new servers need to be kickstarted… server mergers need restarting and then I can get back to doing what I like doing most which is exploring every LOTRO inspired whimsy that is let loose within my head… here is where I share it… let the tsunami of LOTRO madness roll on.

Oh and thanks to Patrick Ward‘s amazing photo of 2 miners cleaning up after a hard days/nights graft!

miners teeth

LOTRO: Swallowing the bitter pill of disappointment…roar…

26 Oct

roar

Well I had installed Bullroarer LOTRO to my wife’s computer earlier in the week but was dismayed to see that it began patching at 10 AM in the morning… 7/8 hours pre TEST and TP giveaway… And of course it didn’t finish patching until 8 o’clock at night after TEST/giveaway had ended.

After checking forums I could see that even those with up to date clients couldn’t get on to BULLROARER. Compounding my bitterness was the fact that those that did get in are entered into the giveaway, they also had a lot of fun!

So my comeback to LOTRO left a very bitter pill indeed, if a slight desire to play LOTRO.

So even 2 days later and still bitterer than a bit of bitten bitter bitter thing! I actually took my lv13 champion on Laurelin for a quick spin, but this only reminded me than I created him to level up and head off East of Esteldin to farm Sturdy Leathers for my Hobbit Burglar to level Tailor to get some improved armour to level himself up to enable me to engage in some more creative storytelling in the Adventures of Opopa. All of which adds to my little bite of bitter bitten bit of a very bitter thing…especially as the rapid bitterness bites home that, after the server merge of Withy to Laurelin, I will have oodles of sturdies, tons of GP and a whole friendly kin to insta craft such stuff! Then I can continue my Adventures of Opopa and even keep levelling Tsukuld to lv100.

And the server mergers, slow as they are, are presently on hold until the new servers are up and running…

‘More bitter than death!’ Well, death may be slightly more so…

A hard and bitter pill to swallow, a pill of Picraena Excelsa, intensely bitter…bitten in a tent, ten bites of, attempting to remove the vile after-taste of the fact I cannot play LOTRO the way I want to… but swallowed it is an aperitif, an appetizer and aid to digestion of the fact I must wait, I will wait, until the server mergers and then once again I can get my daily fix of sweet and stimulating LOTRO.

The Bullroaring didn’t go to plan but it has wet my palate, even if that palate has a lingering bitterness to it!

LOTRO: BUSY BUSY BUSY!

11 Aug

When life is too busy to complete your projects its time to cut back and relax…right?

NOT in TSU’s world…

LOTRO play is minimal, slow crawl to server mergers has started…

Opopa LOTRO fan-fiction bogged down in devilish philosophical detail…Chapter 3 is over a week late…it will BE, it will!

Doodlings from my commute to work have been pushed aside by inane Clash of Clans android play… JUST STOP!

My Eve Online play has sunk into the depths of minor skill tweeking… and creative doodles in response have also started to decrease… Rixx my online muse has also taken a vacation, I’m confident it will pick up again soon…

WORK has got super busy, and will only get worse on the run up to Xmas… 1 QC editor left and 1 on placement to New York! OK that’s not healthy!

So it’s time to get that illustrated Ork poem done… !

Draft digi doodles to base drawings on have started to coalesce out of my head…

ork on my fork

Oh yeah, Mork the Ork on my fork is BACK!

ORK ON MY FORK

There is an ork on my fork
Is a bit of a dork
Called Mork from York
Feeds off pork and cork
At work likes to roar “Rork!”
That ork on my fork
Worked forking pork
Not po’kin and fo’kin cork
For k, (in Spanish, ‘por k’
Porque? no se!) Wor’ k! Cor! k!
That ork on my fork
Forked tongue ork twisted
Torked norking sork zork
Korky oorky gorky tork
Borkin’ mad that Ork
On my Fork

GAMING: Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want!

10 Aug

Or no I wont, cos I don’t really know what I really really want!

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And most GAMERS don’t either…

Great post by BRAX on Gaming Conversations.

http://braxwolf.com/2015/08/08/what-do-gamers-really-want/comment-page-1/#comment-4309

and related piece by Syl on Green is the new Green.

http://mmogypsy.com/2013/09/green-is-the-new-green-why-none-of-this-really-matters-but-its-fun-all-the-same.html

SO WHAT DO GAMERS WANT?

It’s like watching your favourite movie ever, when you were 12… again 20 years later and finding it banal!

But we are human beings and have the most amazingly complex set of emotional and psychological sliders in our heads that I think enable us to enjoy stuff and different moments in different ways. Being consistent and marketing games at such a complex audience is impossible. Only the brave and foolhardy persist…

I have always said originality, fun and passion from the game maker is always appreciated much more than anything else… I may not like your game but I will hi five your spirit… And you never know, tomorrow my head, may, more likely than not, be somewhere else and those sliders may have realigned somehow and I find myself having fun in your game.

Thanks fools… this song is dedicated to you!

Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want, 

So tell me what you want, what you really really want,
I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want,
So tell me what you want, what you really really want,
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna really really really wanna zigazig ha.

If you want A future forget THE past,
If you wanna TO get GAMING better make it fast,
Now don’t go wasting precious GAME time,
Get your act together IT WILL be just fine

I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want,
So tell me what you want, what you really really want,
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna really really really wanna zigazig ha.

If you wanna be A GAMER, you gotta get with my ONLINE friends (gotta get with my friends)
Make it last forever GAMING never ends,
If you wanna be A GAMER, you have got to give,
Taking is too easy, but that’s the way it is.

What do you think about that now you know how IT IS,
Say you can handle GAMES are you for real,
I won’t be hasty, I’ll give IT A try
If ITS REALLY bugGY then I’ll say goodbye.

Yo I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want,
So tell me what you want, what you really really want,
I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna really
really really wanna zigazig ha.

If you wanna be A GAMER, you gotta get with my ONLINE friends (gotta get with my friends)
Make it last forever GAMING never ends,
If you wanna be A GAMER, you have got to give,
Taking is too easy, but that’s the way it is.

So here’s a story from A to Z, you wanna get GAMING you gotta listen carefully,
We got ALL GENRES in the place who likes to WAVE it in your face,
SUBSCRIPTION GAMES R NOT FOR FREE
WHILE F2P doesn’t NORMALLY come for free!
AS FOR FUN JUST WAIT AND SEE

Slam your CONTROLLER down and wind it all around
Slam your CONTROLLER down and wind it all around.

If you wanna be A GAMER, you gotta get with my ONLINE friends (gotta get with my friends)
Make it last forever GAMING never ends,
If you wanna be A GAMER, you have got to give,
Taking is too easy, but that’s the way it is.
If you wanna be A GAMER, you gotta, you gotta, you gotta,
you gotta, you gotta, slam, slam, slam, slam

Slam your CONTROLLER down and wind it all around.
Slam your CONTROLLER down and wind it all around (uh uh).
Slam your CONTROLLER down and wind it all around.
Slam your CONTROLLER down zigazig ah

If you wanna be A GAMER.

Spice Girls – Wannebe

 

LOTRO: The adventures of Opopa: Bingo, COVER

23 Jul

Bingo

Characters

Opopa – One legged hobbit burglar (wooden leg, you could never tell if you didn’t know!)

Bingo Boffin –  a hobbit who wants to PARTY!

Sid – a barstool

An annoying Elf with no name…
A hobbit librarian…
Vegetables!
A spoiled pie makes a guest appearance!

Chapter 1 starts tomorrow…

CAN YOU WAIT!

Lets go play BINGO!

NOW!

LOTRO: Field of Rings

13 Jul

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Tsukuld decided to head off into town… Thornhope

Ok let’s go into an occupied, small burnt down village  choka with Orks, Uruks and Goblins and find survivors! REALLY? And yes there ARE survivors to be found! I was most shocked to find a small girl and NOT have to escort her out! Really: ‘OK girl, I found ya…now run along …don’t worry you’ll be OK..Cheerio!”

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Ninja RK moves while treading water!

Tsukuld took a fancy to frying pan woman…

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It just goes to show if you venture forth they will come: a field full of flying gold rings!

A field of dreams…

LOTRO: Bear Necessities

13 Jul

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Tsudryt on Landy has found a new daily grind to drag out for as long as possible…wolf slaying in Trollshaws. To spice life up he can also do a daily bear and worm hunt…

Its a jungle out there:

‘Baloo: Now look little britches all you have to do is Look for the bare necessities The simple bare necessities Forget about your worries and your strife I mean the bare necessities Old Mother Nature’s recipes That brings the bare necessities of life Wherever I wander, wherever I roam You know I couldn’t be fonder of my big home The bees are buzzin’ in the tree To make some honey just for me When you look under the rocks and plants And take a glance at the fancy ants Then maybe try a few [Speech] Mowgli: Hey Baloo do you eat ants. Baloo: Oh you better believe it little britches And you’re going to love the way they tickle Hey baggy you hungry Bagheera: Mowgli look out. Ensemble: The bare necessities of life will come to you Mowgli: But when. Baloo: They’ll come to you! Ensemble: Look for the bare necessities The simple bare necessities Baloo: Forget about your worries and your strife Ensemble: I mean the bare necessities That’s why a bear can rest at ease Baloo: With just the bare necessities of life Baloo: Now when you pick a pawpaw Or a prickly pear Mowgli: Ow Baloo: And when you prick a raw paw Well next time beware Ensemble: Don’t pick the prickly pear by the paw When you pick a pear Try to use the claw Baloo: But you don’t need to use the claw When you pick a pear of the big pawpaw Have I given you a clue? [speech] Mowgli: Golly gee thanks Baloo. Bagheera: Pawpaw ha of all the silly gibberish. Baloo: Come on baggy get with the beat. Ensemble: The bare necessities of life will come to you.! Mowgli: They’ll come to me. Baloo: They’ll come to you! [Speech] Baloo: Hey Mowgli How ‘about scratching’that old left shoulder while you’re up there, Mowgli?

Now just a hair lower. There, right there. That’s it. Ahh..

This is beautiful. That’s very good. Kid, now we’ve got to get to a tree, this calls for some big scratch! Mowgli: Gee You’re lots of fun, Baloo!

Baloo: Right on it

Yes! That’s delicious! Oh, ooo! Just a little bit more-

Mmm. yes. ha-ha. ooo. Mm. Mmm. ha-ha. ooo. yes! Oh man, this is really living’. Baloo: So just try and relax,in my backyard Because if you act like that bee acts,You’re workin too hard. And don’t spend your time just lookin’ around For something you want that can’t be found When you find out you can live without it And go along not thinkin’ about it I’ll tell you somethin true

Ensemble: The bare necessities of life will come to you Baloo: They’ll come to you! [Speech] Bagheera: Ahh. I give up. Well I hope his luck really holds out. Ensemble: The bare necessities of life will come to you. [Speech] Baloo: Hey Mowgli, how ‘about you start singing with me? Ensemble: Look for the bare necessities, The simple bare necessities Baloo: Forget about your worries and your strife [Speech] Mowgli: Yeah, man! Ensemble: I mean the bare necessities, That’s why a bear can rest at ease Baloo: With just the bare necessities of life Baloo: Yeah Ensemble: With just the bare necessities of life Mowgli: Yeah, man!’

BEAR NECESSITIES – JUNGLE BOOK