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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 9:29AM ReijMan said

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This is a Turbine event, so it's only for NA players. (not for Codemasters: Europe)

Why do these announcements never tell us that!? Hard to believe for some people, but the world doesn't end at the big pool!

Posted: Aug 20th 2009 10:05AM Seraphina Brennan said

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Because every time I make an announcement for Europe, I drop in the words "Codemasters" and "Lord of the Rings Online Europe." :)
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 9:47AM (Unverified) said

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@origosis: Age of Conan has the same sort of map feature for quests. It will show either an X (for precise quest locations) or an orange shade over areas where the currently highlighted quest is located (and the X or area will be grey for non-highlighted quests). I just thought I'd mention that LOTRO isn't the only MMO to have that feature built in.

Posted: Aug 20th 2009 10:23AM ultimateq said

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Oh boy 4-5 days of free game play! I'll be happy to spend 12 hours of that time installing and patching to get 4 days of game play.

Not knockin' the game, it's a fine game. But their free game time is kind of a joke. They should entice players like me by giving us at least 2 weeks free, maybe even a month free.

Posted: Aug 20th 2009 10:42AM Tom in VA said

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^^ My feelings exactly. All that downloading for 4 days? Not likely to happen.
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 11:29AM RogueJedi86 said

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Unless your harddrive is very small(in which case why are you playing MMOs?), just keep it installed and open the game's launchpad to update it. I do that to all my installed MMOs, even ones I haven't played in a while, just for times like this.
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 1:29PM ultimateq said

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What does a small hard drive have to do with MMOs? And dude, your talking about terabytes of space. Yeah sorry, I left my raid array in my other pair of pants.

Between backup of music, images, work (very imporant), school (very important), work and school software (more important than games), and about a dozen large games. Yeah sorry I ran out of space. It makes sense to uninstall games and applications you don't play.

I only play at most 3 games at a time anyway. One of those may be an MMO. Sorry I don't have time to commit to 15 MMOs.
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 10:24AM TheJackman said

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Sorry Lotr, is a crappy rusted game with bad use of the IP! Taking all the epic part away from the books and movies.... using by the "book" designs with out over maps for city's. Still not got any other pvp them monster play. And end game content is way too slow and boring.

Posted: Aug 20th 2009 11:03AM Neurasthenic said

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Jack - out of curiosity, what MMOs do you actually enjoy?
Not trying to start an argument, it just seems like every comment of yours that I can recall has been bashing whatever game the story relates to.

LOTRO has some of the best use of pre-existing lore I've ever seen in a videogame. The book-based design for the main questlines does a great job of creating a narrative and keeping you focused.

Posted: Aug 20th 2009 11:35AM JaySpeed said

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Not to mention all the little touches in the game world. There are so many LOTR and The Hobbit references in the world. Turbine put alot of love into making this game and you can tell. The game currently does not have an open world PvP system because it doesn't make sense in the lore. This part of Middle Earth is not being assualted by Sauron and Sarumon yet. You can't have player controlled Uruk's attacking lvl 10 hobbits in the Shire. Perhaps open world PvP will occur in regions like Rohan, Gondor, and Mordor but we're not there yet.

Also the download client has been updated so people shouldn't be getting 4 hour patch fests. You should be installed and patched up within an hour tops.
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 11:48AM (Unverified) said

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Warhammer does this as well.

Posted: Aug 20th 2009 12:11PM Mr Angry said

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I used to be a massive LOTRO fan, I dunno, it's gone a bit off the boil these days, bit slow with updates and the content isn't quite as polished. I've still got my account, but I'm a bit disappointed with the progress the game is making these days, a bit frustrated that it's not quite as it used to be.

Posted: Aug 20th 2009 12:49PM JaySpeed said

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I agree Mr. Angry. The game definately went in a different direction when MoM launched. They started focusing more on the hardcore raiding/grinding audience instead of the casual gameplay that made SoA so much fun. Book 8.1 is a step in the right direction with the bounty quests and new craft recipes. They finally made end game crafting worth while again. I'm looking forward to the Book 9 radiance system changes too. I hate grinding for gear so that change will make it easier for people to get into the gear gated raids.
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 2:32PM Tom in VA said

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What? I actually agree with Mr Angry? How very troubling... ;)

But, I had pretty much the same experience, Mr Angry. I enjoyed the game up to the beginning of Moria and then I lost interest. I had worked a captain, lore-master, minstrel, champion, and hunter all up to the early stages of Moria. But the "fizz" just went out of the game at about that point.

My main reasons for leaving LotRO were:

--MORIA. Moria really did not do much for me. It was dark, twisty, depressing, and confusing and my pet classes (captain and LM) would lose their pets at virtually every pebble in the path.
--GROUP QUESTS. Finding groups in LotRO was, for me, as frustrating as it is in WoW. If it had been a matter of just having to skip dungeons (as in WoW) that would have been bad enough, but in LotRO this also means you cannot progress in the epic quest line since you keep getting "stuck" at the group quests.
--TRAVEL TIMES. The amount of time you spend traveling in this game is unreal. Combine that with a lot of FedEx type quests and what you get, in LotRO, are ... "virtual saddle sores."

Until Turbine remedies these problems, I will not be going back. Not for the Rohan expansion and not even for free-to-play periods, as in this offer.
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Posted: Aug 20th 2009 1:38PM (Unverified) said

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I can honestly say there is nothing of Turbine's bastardized version of LoTR that I miss.

Posted: Sep 13th 2009 6:10PM (Unverified) said

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I'm a LOTRO "founder" member and dual account holder. MoM was the straw that broke the camels back for me.. mobs every 3 inches, repetitive grinds and grinds.. work through a radiance gear instance for 2-3 hours only tomiss out on the roll..so run the same instance again 25 times (actually occurred) just for 1 Armour part and still needing many many more (so just multiply the time required by about 6 Armour parts) and those with jobs, families and outdoor hobbies found while SoA was a delight and job, MoM killed the joy. So after leveling 5 cool fun alts in SoA and then through levels 56 and 58 - knowing only 1 toon would ever get all the gear to enjoy end-game raids .. I pulled the plug and left the game. Worse was the falling quality of the ingame GM system. Shame to go from 14 hr play sessions to not even logging in for weeks after War came out. Looking forward to Aion.

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