Tag Archives: TURBINE


19 Jul

mobile turbine!

I was shocked into blogging again after discovering the horrible news from WB about TURBINE, further layoffs and yes they will be affecting LOTRO!

COMPANY STATEMENT: “Turbine is transitioning into a free-to-play, mobile development studio, and as a result we are eliminating some positions. The Lord of the Rings Online and Dungeons & Dragons Online games will continue to operate as they do now. Re-focusing and reducing the studio size was a difficult decision for the company, and we are grateful to all of the Turbine staff for their considerable contributions.”

LOTRO: ‘…will continue to operate as they do now.’ – But that is in the sense that it will continue as before which is pretty neglected and on the slow descending spiral to closure… if lucky the game will be able to eventually stay alive in maintenance mode but with it’s expensive IP that probably would not be permanent…

If I could I would advise them to stop jumping onto boats after they have sailed and just milk the old MMO market, they could even get lucky and find there is a resurgence in interest in oldschool grindy MMORPG’s at some point…

I may be inspired to pop back into LOTRO sooner rather than later, but my sons have reached an age where me playing games without them has become almost impossible, and me playing LOTRO with them fighting over the controls equally frustrating!

I wish all affected the best in the future and lets keep our fingers crossed that LOTRO limps on for many years to come!

free to blow

After the world wide success of ‘Pokémon Go!’  TURBINE will be jumping on the bandwagon with ‘Blow Blow Go!’

…And if successful I can even imagine the sequel already, ‘Suck Suck Come!’


12 May


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.


LOTRO: Sighs… silence shattered!

21 Jan


The long goodsigh…
Depressed Mode, Silent
Crazy Gem… Polishing needed…

The lotro good sigh

Raebidus inspires today with his blog sigh:

Sobering Sighs…
LOTRO woes
Turbine blows

‘Words like violence
Break the SIGHING
Come crashing in
Into my little world
Painful to me
Pierce right through me
Can’t you understand
Oh my little GAME
All I ever wanted
All I ever needed
Is here in my arms
Words are very unnecessary
They can only do harm’

Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence

LOTRO is not a WOW clone but, WOW! an amazing Middle Earth, online game!

MMO’s are suffering at the moment… the gamers have seemingly moved on and the hardcore have spread themselves thin across the spectrum of offerings available.

But serious LOTRO players should be able settle down to some seriously well done Middle Earth exploration. Whether solo or grouped up, with friends and together with kin mates or just whomever you bump into… LOTRO aint so lonely anymore…

If only the players could log in, move through the lag and chat! Some slight technical issues remain after the server upgrade(!)

So TURBINE you have consolidated, you have upgraded. Now you must FIX and polish the gem you possess, do not try too HARD to cut more facets into this GEM you possess, cutting this crazy diamond of a game; you risk shattering it!

‘Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
You were caught in the crossfire of childhood and stardom, blown on the steel breeze.
Come on you target for faraway laughter, come on you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine!

You reached for the secret too soon, you cried for the moon.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Threatened by shadows at night, and exposed in the light.
Shine on you crazy diamond.
Well you wore out your welcome with random precision, rode on the steel breeze.
Come on you raver, you seer of visions, come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!’

PINK FLOYD Shine On You Crazy Diamond

PS: Not just poetic but ‘Crazy‘ refers to an actual term for when a gem starts to ‘crack’

LOTRO: From the ashes it will RISE again…we hopes!

1 May


Well with 3 days to go TURBINE have updated the loading page with some promotional art for Ashes of Osgiliath (BELOW)… Update 16 is almost here…


LOTRO: MAY U16 go FOURTH n conquer…!

24 Apr

oliphaunt cake

8 years of LOTRO – TODAY

As the Anniversary event winds down in game the celebrations for the upcoming update 16 grow.

TURBINE twitched yesterday that the release date would be May 4th!

More details of the testing on Bullroarer will continue to arrive in the coming days.

Serendipitous timing as that is the adopted Star Wars birthday…

May the force be with you….

LOTRO: Swift to ANGRY!

16 Apr

Tsuchump is warg breakfast…NOT!

Tsuchump is in the North Downs, East of Esteldin, AoE killing machine can wrap up some tedious class quests on the nice green mobs. He has wrapped up the Hillmen Enmity killing deeds and the Warg enmity III and serendipitously can do the advanced warg slayer deed for North Downs to do as well!

He had not been here and is starting the area from scratch, so taking all and sundry quests as well…

A slight hiccup to my plans reared its head, when I noticed after the first morning of Hillman slaughter that the Swift Stroke deed (champs) was not counting… Even hindered by the pet slaying auto farming event taking place in the vicinity I was easily able to get the 1st hillmen enmity and half of the advanced enmity done and not a single swift stroke count added…I was using a 2* skill and class deed boost as well…

I sent a support ticket and TURBINE replied next day that a GM would contact me next day.

Next day no contact and still no count…after investigating I found out that only VIP can actually call for GM help in game so I replied to support ticket… they replied again the next day…GM work from 10am until 1am (no time zone was given!) but I reckon US time is most likely and I have yet to log on during those times…they also suggested I try doing the deed in another Trait specialization…

So the next morning I switched to RED line…DPS… and lo and behold swift attack started to count again…back to AoE and OH it STOPS! So stuck in red line…great for solo killing but not so useful for slayer deed slaughter… oh well I can sense another deed and class skill being used this weekend…

Meanwhile anniversary event has started, 8 years of LOTRO:) what awesome gifts TURBINE are giving away. Daily log in rewards with a token and some xp. I can tell my hobbit present receivers may be leveling soon. Will do a daily run with Tsukuld for some XP (letters and quests, and fireworks, night permitting!) and spend tokens on I have no idea as nothing is needed or wanted…I think I have all the maps (if you don’t have GET as the Cartographer deed is a very nice TP bonus for all chars generated!)

And in Landy: Tsudyrt has taken a very small step in getting active again… he started killing giants and worms in Trollshaws… he is OP and with archer is a nice 5 min daily activity.

LOTRO: Oligarchical Control

15 Apr

great idea

I am not so sure what ideas will be bad or poorly implemented…maybe this time none will 🙂

LOTRO: FB Caption!

16 Mar

I do like the Caption it challenges that pop up on the LOTRO FB page from time to time…

Today’s had a wolfy flavour:




I suggested: ‘We’are wolves!’

I liked these old ones as well:



7 Jan

T&C,true romance

‘Troilus and Cressida*, that most vexing and ambiguous of Shakespeare’s plays, strikes the modern reader as a contemporary document—its investigation of numerous infidelities, its criticism of tragic pretensions, above all, its implicit debate between what is essential in human life and what is only existential are themes of the twentieth century. … This is tragedy of a special sort—the “tragedy” the basis of which is the impossibility of conventional tragedy.’ Joyce Carol Oates

*The Guardian also had an article mentioning some of the better stage versions: HERE.

Mr. Oates could be talking about LOTRO…I was looking for the etymology of the idiom ‘stake my reputation’, something that TURBINE were thinking of doing with REP ITEMS…put them to the stake…a slight exaggeration, but certainly a restriction to their use in response to perceived ‘abuse.’ 

My first reaction was to think of Vlad the Impaler…(Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (1431–1476/77),also known, using his patronymic, as (Vlad) Drăculea or (Vlad) Dracula. He was posthumously dubbed Vlad the Impaler (Romanian: Vlad Țepeș, pronounced [ˈvlad ˈt͡sepeʃ])how dare TURBINE call its players using games systems they designed abusers! They quickly climbed down on this…and even withdrew the suggestion with mention of a review in the new year.

LOTRO PLAYERS broke the news on Dec 23, 2014:


This is my rejigged LOTRO FORUM post from:

After a LOT of reading [9 pages now] I am slightly disappointed at some of the comments here…LOTRO´s F2P system is AWESOME! (Yes maybe a wee bit generous! More on this later.) I truly believe without the many F2P players the game would unfortunately not be in the state it is today…er OK that is maybe not that great but imagine worse… The system attracts players to the game (who may or may not spend RW dosh OR even SUBSCRIBE and it also fills(well kinda) servers with activity.

I truly believe in the adage; ´If you build it they will come.´ Tis a crying shame that of late LOTRO is more: ´If you build it and slowly neglect it they may go away!´ But: ´If you build it and slowly neglect it while giving lots of stuff for FREE they may go away more slowly!´

My kinnie NAKT commented on the FORUM: ‘There is no need to change system that does work perfectly and is appreciated by great many players.’ I agree full-heartedly and indeed NAKT is an example of F2P player that gives so much to LOTRO without paying a cent…and I raise my hat to him.

Back to the issue at hand, REP ITEMS…and by default TP grinding.

I TP grind, in a slow, slow way; I have only ever deleted 1 alt after a TP run, Fredem on Windfola was over lv30 and it took quite a time to play and I miss him, sad old man!

I do throw REP ITEMS I gather at my alts for TP, I do find it very useful…I do farm REP items at times, I kinda like the grind… sometimes better than the continual(inevitable!) level progression to ´ENDGAME´… I have even been known to BUY N SELL on AH…(This works only on busy servers, Withywindle AH is almost empty!). I have never really used SKIRMISH vendor for REP ITEMS…and as stated many times in this thread the serendipitous low price of REP (in MARKS) and quick Beorning Intro have made the old create, feed and delete TP generator method faster than ever before…especially combined with a 30ish level run through Bree, Ered Luin and Shire (possibly some of Lone Lands) and with Cartography deeds quite a lot of TP for FREE!

[Mar-Evayave created a summary of possible options to resolve the REP ITEM situation: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?561430-Reputation-Items-An-Analysis&p=7293091&highlight=#post7293091]
ASIDE (option H – Lengthen the Beorning intro or making this intro be more like the tutorials that other races go through (and then have the Beorning do the standard Archet intro afterward)): I find the original STARTER areas tedious and char generation in LOTRO is old school and slow, if TURBINE really want to get some new blood into the game this really needs a facelift. I would love for ALL starter areas to be freely skippable, but obviously that would(could) have further ramifications to the GAME…

As leaving the REP ITEMS alone looks less and less likely I suppose the 2 options given D (Making rep far more expensive in the Skirmish Camp.) or F (Find level restrictions more favorable to us) are my preferred choices…

We have:

Give it away, Give it away, Give it away NOW!

I would hate to see a complete over-the-top:

Take it away, Take it away, Take it away NOW!

cos then TURBINE would have to:



LOTRO: Superman Exploited in LOTRO!

23 Dec

MASSIVELY reported:

LotRO cracks down on superman exploit


‘By the power of Krypton, YOU SHALL NOT PASS!’Karl_Hungus

And I liked this comment as well:

 ‘…not one that allowed you to wear your undergarments on top of your pants!’ – BalsBigBrother1

 ‘Turbine is currently working on a fix for the problem.’: erm…the introduction of compulsory Kryptonite piercings coming soon to LOTRO?