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LOTRO: U13.1 First Aid

8 May

LOTRO: U13.1 First Aid

Lots of work to fix RED line Champs

and some pets but yet to find details of what, where and how…


Photo by Erwin Blumenfeld, Vogue photographer from the 50’s n 60’s.


22 Apr


‘More pity that the eagle should be mew’d,
While kites and buzzards prey at liberty.’

William Shakespeare, Richard III

7 days after Update 13 arrived

The biggest talking point has been Challenge/Difficulty

I like a challenge and I like having to work for good equipment and grind virtues and finally learn which combination of skills are needed to progress, after HD arrived it was irrelevant…nice new trees but skills they gave had no effect on gameplay. Progress became almost automatic.

Since U13 I have found myself having to use skills correctly and using more of my skills…even on my Champ I need to use his HoT skill occasionally to keep the slaughter flowing, running Taradans for Brood killing at lv23-25 and I have really noticed that I get close to bottoming out morale and need to hold back with pulling more spids.

SQUISHY questions is ongoing on FORUMS as casual vs Hardcore vs 95ers heats up…but as well all know FORUMS are NOT the true picture of the game…also heated discussion on LOTRO PLAYERS NEWS aptly named Difficult Discusion

I believe and will stand by this even most casual LOTRO player will prefer a more demanding game to one that is a simple case of button mash to progress. It is simply less tiring on the fingers in the end!

Where TURBINE is struggling is to introduce a balanced difficulty throughout the game, the difficulty is too ‘ALL OVER THE PLACE’ for classes, areas and levels…inconsistency is a killer.

Other U13 Stuff

Flexi bags are great and I am finally getting used to a new set up…big bag for junk, 1 bag for healing stuff left open …like an extra tool bar, 1 for crafting stuff and 1 for buff stuff!

In game post …keep forgetting to try out in the landscape…up to 10 items just makes life so much easier! Now when will AH work this out and return not sold stuff in one mail!

Have yet to explore new areas…my new champ will be heading to North Downs soon(ish)

Overall am really enjoying LOTRO and simply want more time to play

‘To die, to sleep –
To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come…’

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

LOTRO: Hanging Out With The In Crowd

16 Apr

Tsukuld is ready to depart from Rivendell and head into Moria…but first must meet some ME celebrities.

gandalf n frodo

Frodo: What do you think of Elven civilisation? Gandalf: I think it is a great idea!


aragon n that carpet

The purple carpet treatment…must look like I am interested or is that interesting?

gimli the 'man' er dwarf

He is the ‘man’!…er dwarf!


This guy is too cool!

legolas levitating

Your tall enough elf…less of the levitating!

But before then Tsukuld is running support only for Tsucan, lv12 Warden and Tsuchump, lv12 Champion.

I need 950TP for Friday morning to get Helms Deep in the 50% LOTRO store sale!

So a grind run of EPIC length is about to start…thank you Easter Bunny for coming early to Argentina…Thursday and Friday work!

Warden levitates_boaring!

Tsucan can levitate too! Boring you say…oh Boar!

When Helms Deep is in the pocket…(Deep pockets needed for Helm!) will continue to play with U13 changes…


14 Apr

No more waiting its here at last…


‘I got a crazy teacher who wears dark glasses
Things are going great, and they’re only getting better
I’m doing all right, getting good grades
The future’s so bright I gotta wear shades’

Timbuk 3 – ‘The Future’s So Bright’

 …er ok they are updating NOW…

Still no U13 notes

Oh yes we do: Updated 11.02 BA time.

Only one question: ‘You can now drag contextual quickslot bar quickslots to your main quickslot bar to set up temporary shortcuts to the skills which you can then use your keyboard to activate.’ What does that mean? I suppose I will find out later 🙂

So fingers and toes crossed they finish on time…

Oh wow on FB Wuzabby has a ‘Guess what time it finishes contest going!’ 10GP for a Landy player for closest to completion time.

13:31 for me…

Also if you missed the naked truth of the new class head here for the answer…

Or read the Exec Prod Letter from Rohan here. (Pity about Housing…but I do appreciate the honesty and loving the much better communication!)

Oh please don’t mess it up TURBINE…have a great update day…

‘I’m so excited
Look what you do to me
I just can’t hide it
You got me burning up
I’m about to lose control and I think I like it
I’m so excited
I know I want you
I’m so excited
Look what you do to me
You got me burning up
I think I like it…’

The Pointer Sisters – ‘I’m So Excited’

Pointing the way to an issue free update after work and an understanding wife who will let me play LOTRO all night long!

(play on, play on)…
…We’re going to party
Karamu, fiesta, forever…
All night long! (all night)
All night long! (all night)
All night long! (all night)’

Lionel Richie -‘All Night Long’



LOTRO: Bare Neccesities…

14 Apr

Nudity in LOTRO? no Bears…

Beornings Coming to LOTRO…

A letter From Executive Producer Aaron Campbell – April 2014

‘Beornings are noted in The Lord of the Rings trilogy as a race of Man, with close origins to the Rohirrim and the Men of Dale. Most Men are not shape-changers, so we envision the Beorning as a light armor casting class with a focus on control of the battlefield. When a Beorning gathers sufficient rage, they may transform into a mighty bear.’


I for one am interested?

LOTRO: 1 Day, Be Happy U13

13 Apr



‘I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.’

Groucho Marx

TURBINE iced the cake by putting Helms Deep on 50% TP sale…so this week need to grind as fast as possible…I really do hope the update has no extended downtime…

Another pearl of wisdom which equally applies to playing LOTRO as it does reading books:

‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.’

Groucho Marx

LOTRO: U13IN2OR3? Confused?

11 Apr


‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is an indispensable companion to all those who are keen to make sense of life in an infinitely complex and confusing Universe, for though it cannot hope to be useful or informative on all matters, it does at least make the reassuring claim, that where it is inaccurate it is at least definitively inaccurate. In cases of major discrepancy it’s always reality that’s got it wrong.’

Douglas Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

It  is my own fault, I started my own confusion with yesterdays GIF

Well I have given you something else to look forward to…

Will I work out when LOTRO Update 13 arrives before Update 13 arrives?

And while you are at it check out this amazing LOTRO art!

ugly 13

Ent it cool…! NOT!

Am I the only one who finds this pretty ugly… an in-game shot would be better!


LOTRO: U13 in 4 (&3!) Don’t Panic.

10 Apr


Had to do some corrections here as technically there are only 3 days left to U13 arriving so the above contains 4 and 3 together.

We also found out more info about the upcoming class…

Ranger and Boerning are leading the guessing and NEITHER is very popular from LORE loving LOTRO fans…

Join in the discussion: here


LOTRO: U13 in 5!

9 Apr


Update 13 is getting closer, just 5 days to go…

‘Zinc’ sounds like ‘cinco’, Spanish for…5

For 55 I use the mnemonic of a ‘zink sink’



which leads onto LOTRO U13 as this surely will be a



LOTRO: U13 in 6! Sexy or 666!

8 Apr


The countdown to Update 13 continues…

(Danish for 6 is ‘seks’ pronounced sex!)

Hopefully non level capped players will notice it getting harder from next week

Harder to log in is NORMAL after an update…

Harder to kill mobs in landscape… (although if u play stupidly like me that cannot be compensated for!)

And how are they doing this…

Giseldah has been doing some research posted (pic below) on the FORUMS here 

Also another Forum about Bullroarer Changers here.