LOTRO: WOW

12 May

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Casual Stroll through MMO’s FB page linked me to the following:

World Of Warcraft Designer Gets Real About Complaint That Blizzard Doesn’t Listen

In which as has been stated so often, John Lydgate:

“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”

I do wish big games would stop pretending to cater to EVERYONE! TURBINE u listening?

The comment section discussion descends into the murky waters of ‘how WOW is such a failure nowadays’…

I agree stongly with those in the ‘no it is not’ camp. MMO’s have changed, online gaming has changed…GAMING has changed since 12 years ago!

Having so many players (around 5 million guesstimate and that’s with a subscription system) in this day and age demonstrates that it successful in so many ways.

Blizzard has been keeping lots n lots of minorities happy! The smallest minority being the one… letting those players group with like minded gamers to play the game they want to play within WOW is the key to its ongoing success.

WOW is a game in which I have never partook, although I have craved to join in many times.

If WOW was to fall I would imagine MMO’s across all spectrums would detect the oncoming death of a genre.

 

CoC: TH NIN(e)

9 May

Bow down before the one you serve
You’re going to get what you deserve
Bow down before the one you serve
You’re going to get what you deserve
NIN – Head Like A Hole

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Been th nin(e) over a month and I am enjoying myself, the early days of a new town hall level are always busy times, lots of new structures to place, base redesigns, new research and new units which give rise to new strategies. I love the Archer Queen, going to lv5 as soon as I can!

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Little Queen

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Purple archers…(lv6 giants 6d5h now!)

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My base as is…still messing around…

They have also been some nice updates in game which have increased the fun factor.

The latest has really inserted a boost of amphetamines into play… we are talking SPEEDY! Due to reduced construction times Armies can be built and destroyed in much quicker times. The one remaining hurdle, to full enjoyment, is the actual process of finding a base to attack that still grates. It does not take long  before the frustration of not having found that juicy cash cow to milk or that ripe th grape to juice leads to choosing unwisely and which leaves a lingering element of disappointment which is slowly replaced by the lust for ‘gold’ as the next attack army quickly queues up for use…

So it is now possible to farm again, generate a steady trickle of resources and slowly build and upgrade and boy do you need the resources… as the early th golden days pass the th middle blues will start to grow and unfortunately then the th end game will start, the long, long drag to the next th level, of maximizing EVERYTHING before jumping up a level… which I need as mush as a hole in my head…

Clan Tsu (Not my clan) is almost at lv5! Woot! but it’s mostly quiet, we now have four th 9’s and a couple more on the way but as we get to greater heights the clan is thinning. I am glad to not have more pressure of more WAR but a busier reinforcement circle and more in clan chatter would be nice.

Well we cannot have everything we want but I will fight you tooth and nail if u try and take away my CoC from me…

No, you can’t take it, no, you can’t take it
No, you can’t take that away from me
No, you can’t take it, no, you can’t take it
No, you can’t take that away from me
NIN – Head Like A Hole

LOTRO: This corrosion…

4 May

“This Corrosion”
SISTERS OF MERCY

‘Gimme the ring, kissed and told
Gimme something that I missed (Gimme the ring)
A hand to hold, wild and what it seems(Gimme the ring)
Kill the king with love is the law
And the wheel turn round… (Gimme the ring)
Gimme dream child
And do you hear me call? (Gimme the ring)
On the loan and on the level
…Still on the floor (Gimme the ring)
Sing dream child
And do you hear at all?

(Sing)
(Sing)
Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me
Hey now, hey now now, sing…’

Ended up listening to this old fav this afternoon at work and wow this could really be LOTR inspired, the corruption is the evil intent that the ring imbues upon the wearer and that desire for the ring….
Well all I can say is LAMBCHOP:
but the original also imparts quite a kick…
Now only days to go of the 9th anniversary festival and the associated firey worky grinding and then back to GREAT RIVER or ROHAN? Only time will tell…
Hey now, hey now now, sing This Corrosion to me…

LOTRO: Gettin INTO LOTRO again…

26 Apr

Exploring a new area with my RK GREAT RIVER has not turned out to be such a good idea, yes I do suffer from bouts of completionitis so now that I have begun I will continue… well until the grey mobs and lack of challenge, same same same rotations ad infinitum and, generic questing make me look elsewhere or yet again take another LOTRO break!

I enjoyed a couple of the quests, there are always some gem lines and moments that entertain. But they are few and far between. Instead of immersive play the questing reinforces your rail-like progression, the lack of choice and minimal impact you have. The lack of choice is simply shocking and I had not really given it much thought of late. There are no instances where making a decision will branch the story in any shape or form. The eventual outcome is always the same. The order of events can sometimes be altered but again it all comes together in a planned denouement that is inevitable.

NPC cannot be interacted with unless as part of the design, there is no idle conversation, no snippets of irrelevant gossip, no red herrings. Questing can be a brain dead exercise in ring chasing, NPC conversation can be glanced over and frequently completely ignored. The quest chains are generally linear in nature, minor branches add fluff but lead nowhere.

Orc camps are orc camps they have orcs in to be killed, they react as all NPC’s have reacted since Bree. Oh look a cave, I bet I go there and do something and upon completion I will be sent back in to do something else!

I cannot toast the obvious traitor the first time I meet him and save a 2 hour detour, making a mistake and toasting an obvious traitor that turns out to be innocent does not lead to being chased out of town and having to earn forgiveness to enter, whereas not toasting would have been quicker you miss out on some quests. There are not multiple ways to follow a quest line with multiple endings depending on your choices.

There are no real surprises and the hand holding of the quest narratives can be quite demeaning!

I don’t want to pick any more flowers on the hills, I want to be able to bake the NPC a cake or donate a weapon instead, and depending on how much the NPC appreciates my gift I can expect differing quests with differing rewards.

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It all simply drives me to despair… Tsukuld ends up harvesting grass… now where is his pipe!

LOTRO: back again…

18 Apr

I actually got online in LOTRO this weekend.

Woot!

…for about 20 mins before my kids came and kicked me off the computer.

…oot!

I was itching to get back into LOTRO the whole weekend… was this due to a desire to get back into the newly updated LOTRO? Or due to my growing malaise with casual gaming?

I have been playing:

CoC for must be nearly a year and I can imagine I will keep playing but it is not exactly immersive, long army build times and even longer building upgrade and research times keep this interesting but not exactly relaxing or even a place to spend time having GAMING FUN.

Clash Royale, the new ‘card battler’ game has its moments but they are getting further and further between… and I find myself thinking of developing a good team in maybe 5 years time by simply collecting the free chests; which if you think about it is not exactly gameplay! Its advancement simply for the sake of advancements sake! I had a rare match which was actually fun the other day, where both players were attacking and counter attacking and I lost with his King’s castle on the brink of falling too!

And my main time sink and what has eaten up my morning gaming sessions has been MARVEL Contest of Champions; a basic beat-em-up with collecting mechanics mixed with social grouping and peer pressure and almost constant new rewards to work for individually and very cleverly collectively! I find there is always some kind of incentivation to grind out a new quest, level a hero or beat up the silly computer controlled opponent in yet another ‘versus’ match! And that’s not including the month long story quests for newer heroes and the daily contests needed to unlock upgrade items for your favourite heroes!  The graphics are great, the game runs very smoothly on the family ipad, the sound effects are even pretty atmospheric. Wanting to level Dr. Strange my favourite 4star hero is my main goal but getting Black Widow 4 silver stars and by far my heaviest hitter and Groot my first ever 4 star and others to their max, and being able to take on the game on heroic for even better prizes and maybe even one day getting a 5 star hero… oh dear can you see the addiction….

Oh and I love superheroes and have done so from when I was a kid, and my sons love the game too, my youngest even to the point of claiming to have HULK inside him! Which we constantly remind him he does NOT! My eldest loves to irritate me by using up hard earned in game gold or credits!

But… But… But… its getting tedious and I am starting to realise that it is just a pointless exercise in grinding up levels to get the same heroes (for the most part) stronger and stronger, whereas the core game of beat-em-up is pretty basic and the ‘vs’ mode is quite obviously an AI played version of player selected hero line up! Even this basic beat-em-up would be awesome if head to head with other players. Then no ‘got-to-get-em-all’ gimmick would be needed. Mind you then why am I not just playing Street Fighter?  Oh how I would love to have an arcade SF machine in the living room, exercise n gameplay every morning!

Oh how I digress…

Instead of the latter I am tempted to get back into the lukewarm water of LOTRO MMO gameplay! It has stories, the ME world, the long term grind, mediocre graphics (well on my wife’s non gaming PC I push it to high quality graphics for stationary screenshots!) old school MMO questing, old school MMO advancement…but it offers constant gaming FUN. ‘Offers’, you have to find it but when you find it is even sometimes fantastically immersive and surprisingly GREAT FUN!

I was really enjoying the Bingo weekly adventure, and have my one legged hobbit Opopa fan-fiction project to continue…

Tsukuld was levelling nicely in ROHAN, solo mounted combat crapness ignored, it was enjoyable.

Diverse alts dot the spectrum of levels  and character types throughout LOTRO for diversions sake.

The server consolidation and lag issues arrived and my interest waned markedly… my RW existence has become more time consuming, work is busy (too busy!), kids getting older and more demanding, wife, well is WIFE! Less weekend time to play, fewer long immersive sessions which drove the smaller weekday pre work sessions… I have long battled for an early evening gaming slot where I can log in the same time as my mainly European kin mates… rather than catching them mostly ‘out to lunch’/’working’ during my Argentinian early morning sessions.

I have always loved LOTRO, but I grew tired of the repetition, grew tired of the samey gameplay, grew tired of my RK’s combat rotations, and I found I was not finding FUN often enough,  I am back but I don’t know for how long I will last before I grow tired again!

I hope I find lots of FUN in LOTRO 18.1!

LOTRO: STRANGE U18

12 Apr

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So U18 finally arrived: ‘The Battle for Pelennor Fields’… is it me or does the promotional artwork keep getting poorer and poorer 😦

Anyway, read more about the update here: https://www.lotro.com/en/u18

and here: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?608442-Update-18-Release-Notes

I will not be shelling out the 2000TP for the update anytime soon, I don’t have it for starters, finding time to log on at the weekends to play LOTRO is hard enough, my sons sense me moving silently through the house aiming for the PC and they rise from slumber to confiscate the PC and even the ipad relegating their gaming daddy to CoC and CR on his tiny android phone!

And why is this day strange for an update? Because it was delayed a day from the eleventh?

NO!

Because today the Dr. Strange trailer will be released and oddly enough my LOTRO fandom has been superseded by my desire to see a movie trailer!

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LOTRO: ANORAKS!

7 Apr

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4 days to go and promised DEV diaries still not available…Awaiting translation(?)

The talked about price of 1995TP is has upset quite a few people, I wont be rushing to get the expansion as I have yet to get a character within the last 4 expansions…

I will again try to get busy this weekend with LOTRO either with Tsukuld in Great River or Opopa in the Shire, I am way behind with the BINGO story line 🙂

Oh and if you want a NERD anorak like above:

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http://shop-tokyo.jp/?mode=f414

 

 

 

 

LOTRO: U18 XXX

5 Apr

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ADULT CONTENT COMING TO LOTRO SOON…

ADULTS ONLY
Content suitable only for adults ages 18 and up. May include prolonged scenes of intense violence, graphic sexual content and/or gambling with real currency…

Maybe that will bring back the masses…

A belated April Fool…

But the real Update 18 is coming on APR 11 (or so I have heard…), with less than a week to go I have yet to see any advertising for it (What a surprise!) so I will just guess that it will be called “Far Anorien”

Some nice links here:

http://www.linawillow.org/home/2016/03/maps-far-anorien-lotro-update-18/

http://lotroplayers.com/2016/03/19/far-anorien-update-18-beta-videos/

So all us ME fanboys n fangirls can go far in our anoraks…

 

LOTRO: Andang dang gan an dan’agan!

16 Mar

1 YEAR VIP GIVEAWAY!

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Andang dang gone and done it again: http://pvmpandang.com/2016/03/15/1-year-vip-code-giveaway/

I keep looking for incentivisation to get playing LOTRO again. Each weekend I promise myself to get up early before the kids and wifey rise and do some quality LOTRO’ing but each weekend I sleep long and rise with my sons who simply never let me play LOTRO, they have developed from simply taking over to jump around, head off in search of water and swim to logging me off quickly and loading up Youtube or Netflix instead! So nowadays I am relegated to my mobile gaming (CoC) or the ipad (Marvel Contest of Champions) while they control the PC… My dreams of having sons to play LOTRO with fade with each passing day… By the time they become GAMERS, which I am pretty sure they will do, they will laugh at LOTRO and want to play their kinds games whatever those may be!

And I find without the satisfying meaty session of weekend LOTRO I am uninterested in grabbing a mini session (about an hour) each morning before work as I used to. I have tried and find that I log in and then wander around, lost and unfocused.

Poor Tsukuld, RK with endgame action just a fiery stone throw away… will he ever get there?

Opopa, the one legged hobbit and creative writing inspiration languishes awaiting a new set of armour, sturdies (hides east of esteldin) simply too boring to harvest…

Tsudryt, the orange captain on Landy, future acting sensation as comedia d’art and LOTRO gaming fuse.

Tsuhelm, namesake, first LOTRO character languishes in obscurity on an empty windfola, to be transferred to another server, to which, unknown.

My kin, The Family, from what I can tell, is super busy on Laurelin and I would love to get back into the action with them, Saturday morning fun with the big players coming to help are really missed. I could never fit in the weekend afternoon Family organized activities mainly due to time difference and parental activities!

A number of other factors have also aligned themselves to hinder my LOTRO gaming, the family moved back to the center of Buenos Aires, small apartment and the PC ended up becoming the center of family entertainment; more a TV than anything else. It is also located close to my wife’s smoking perch on the mini ‘balcony’ whereas before she would smoke further away from the PC, but being so close the rest of the family also gravitates to her and it is not so much her interference to my LOTRO gaming but the impossibility of playing with my son’s constant interruptions.

I have also become more engaged again at work, by choice and necessity, so less time to blog, my pain in the butt supervisor sits beside me, so that is also restrictive to creativity! My TL with whom I am on good terms is further away and more relaxed/forgiving of my creative endeavours! And working harder at work is more tiring especially when family duties await at home, kids n wifey to entertain, I cook half of the time and wash up 90% of the time, so when I am finally able to rest I am knackered…

And then the thought of a laggy LOTRO, I do hope its all fixed now after the new hardware went live!

But I am sure I will be back one day. Tedious CoC and undemanding Marvel Superhero bashing does not make this GAMER happy.

Offers to play FFIV (its FREE for 14 days) and GW were not taken up for all of the above reasons plus my wife’s computer won’t run em!

So until I have my own gaming rig and oh ever so important gaming space I will just keep trying to get back into the flow… Obviously winning a VIP helps…even writing about the chance of winning a VIP helps 🙂

Thanks Andang…for everything you do for LOTRO players…

Even reminding us ‘ex’ LOTRO players to try and come back…

Maybe I will even start blogging again…

 

CoC: Treasuring the Lootcart

28 Jan

SO last update has been implemented and we now have Treasury and a Lootcart that appears after being attacked.

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OK thats 333k elixir safe…only a little bit more to go!!!!

The treasury is great and I wish I could move more of my resources into its safe(r) walls… I have been working to get my drags upgrade to lv3 and no matter what I do I am simply unable to maintain 2million plus elixir… with the treasury I will get there eventually… the five star bonus is nice and roll on clan war this weekend… if we actually win one would be nicer.

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Did u know loot smokes!

The lootcart is a pretty weird system… it recoups a small amount of your lost resources but without reducing the attackers reward… so it just springs into existence. I’m sure Terry Pratchett could have explained it… somehow! But the net effect is slightly less loss of resources and that I can like.

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It took me some time but there is a counter until next star bonus is available after you start to find a village to attack! (Bottom left.)

Clan TSU has lost a few good players during the last couple of weeks and we have not grown enough new players to replace them. Activity is down as well 🙂 I am now counted in the top 5 players and I suck at clan war (my main reason I want lv3 drags!)

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OK in top 6! 

My farming technique is now using a mix of wizards and archers with giants: GiWiA??? Amounts vary a lot due to clan donations, I am trying to dig myself back to having a slightly less selfish ‘troops given to used ratio’… I am 2000 troops behind at the moment and by far the ‘greediest’ clanner and with so little progression to show for it!

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On a weirder note I mentioned that I intended to upgrade my WB to lv5 and am pretty sure I started the upgrade soon after… I realized after my Wizards were upgraded that they were still lv4… I must admit it is possible that my dizzy brain is mistaken but I am pretty sure they should be lv5! I will send a ticket to SUPERCELL but am pretty unhopeful… I wish I had taken more screenies during that period as I have no pictoral proof!

Oh well…