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Posted: Oct 9th 2009 10:42AM (Unverified) said

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Go Riddermark!

Sometimes I think I did myself a disservice by not giving this game an honest shot. Oh well.

Posted: Oct 9th 2009 11:02AM (Unverified) said

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Well I just started playing it very recently Lemmo. It is not too late to join! You will find the starter areas still full of players. And the game is truly a lovely experience.
Completely different from any other MMO in that it is a journey, not the destination (as I am desperately grinding away at Aion *sigh*).
If you are all about end game, then this game is not for you. If you are all about enjoying the levelling and simply spending time in another world, you cannot beat it.
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Posted: Oct 9th 2009 11:09AM (Unverified) said

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I couldn't get past the sharp edged UI graphics. I must confess, I am now too an Aion player, and I don't think I'll be jumping ship any time soon.
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Posted: Oct 9th 2009 11:23AM Seraphina Brennan said

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NOOOOO, WHAT'S HAPPENED TO YOU LEMMO?!!?!?!?! Whyyyy Aion? Whyyyyyy????
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Posted: Oct 9th 2009 12:58PM RogueJedi86 said

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What do you mean by "sharp edged UI graphics"? Do you mean the interface is too pretty? Because LotRO allows you to use user-made skins for the interface if you don't like the current. If not that, then what do you mean?
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Posted: Oct 9th 2009 2:00PM (Unverified) said

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I don't want to bore you with a play-by-play of what about the UI I don't like (I wrote it up, and then realized I was being "that guy" on the internet). I think the gist of it is that I grew up playing console (eastern) RPGs like Final Fantasy, and prefer their aesthetic over the classic PC RPGs like Ultima. i.e. I gravitated towards Aion over LotRO.

Heh. Sera, hit me up offline and we'll talk shop about games. As always, your opinion matters to me.
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Posted: Oct 9th 2009 3:23PM RogueJedi86 said

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I don't get it, you didn't say exactly what you meant by "sharp edged ui graphics". You instead said something about liking the UI of console RPGs more, then saying you're playing a game like Aion, which has the same standard UI as Everquest and WoW and LotRO.

If you prefer the console Final Fantasy aesthetic, then FFXI would be up your alley. It doesn't use any of the typical action bars that the other games use. It instead uses one menu for all your combat actions, just like the regular FF games. But I'm not here to argue or convert you to FFXI. I was just trying to figure out what you meant about LotRO's ui.
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Posted: Oct 9th 2009 4:28PM (Unverified) said

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RogueJedi86, Since you asked again, I'll pinpoint what I can. I don't like that the icon corners have a 3 pixel ladder instead of an antialiased bevel. I don't like that the action animation isn't fluid, and that the cooldown timer is just an alpha layer on top of the icon. I don't like the Magic Card style artwork crammed down to a 20 pixel icon that lack an artistic uniformity, and often showing european faces that, while thematic, I find unattractive. I dislike that the UI is pixel perfect, so if you rescale it it becomes blurry, unlike games like City of Heroes that keep the UI scaling consistent with the pixel resolution of the screen. These are all niggling elements to a gestalt, an overall je ne sais quoi. And it's not the only reason I stopped playing LotRO, it's just one of them. The UI is also not a reason I moved to Aion, but that tangent could fill an entire blog.
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Posted: Oct 9th 2009 5:18PM (Unverified) said

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Lemmo, you *are* "one of those guys" :)
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Posted: Oct 9th 2009 10:43AM ReijMan said

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I wonder what exactly made them going off schedule or differ from the schedule everyone expected and got used to..
Good news nevertheless!

Posted: Oct 9th 2009 11:34AM (Unverified) said

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This expansion "formerly known as the Riders of Rohan" is becoming a bit of a long saga. We all know they have to do Rohan eventually, why don't they tell us if it is next year or they year after. Are there tricky issues that remain to be solved? Something to do with mounted combat perhaps??? (/salivates).

Posted: Oct 9th 2009 2:57PM aurickle said

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I suspect that Helm's Deep is the thing that's making life tough for them. Players would lynch them if they didn't provide some means to be involved in that epic event. But players would also not be happy with it being anything short of epic.

I suspect that the technology behind SoM's Skirmishes system is the test platform for what they're going to use with Helm's Deep. They would want to get the system working well and tested to death in order for it be able to really shine in key elements like Helm's Deep. (As well as the far off -- and even more epic -- war in Gondor.)

So they're using SoM as a test bed. Then they'll improve the tech for Rohan (or whatever it ends up called) and push it even farther for Minas Tirith.

That's just my guess. But it does make sense as a reason for the change in release schedules and for making SoM a mini-expansion rather than a full one like MoM was.
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Posted: Oct 9th 2009 5:00PM JaySpeed said

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They did say we'd be getting to an expansion every year with quarterly free updates too. MoM was a full expansion because it came out 18 months after LOTRO launched. SoM is releasing 12 months after MoM so that's why it's a mini expansion. Turbine is not the size of Blizzard so you can't expect a full sized expansion once a year plus 3-4 free content updates each year too. Not even a giant company like Blizzard can get large expansions out every 12 months.
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Posted: Oct 9th 2009 12:01PM (Unverified) said

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er, whoopsie? Mayhap someone said a bit too much.

Posted: Oct 9th 2009 12:08PM Mr Angry said

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No, no, no take it back, take it back!!!

Hahahaha. If a representative gave confirmation, how can you unconfirm news?

So with removing the 'good news' from this article, all they got to tell us is that you don't get the "Epic Story" for free anymore, just some 'content'....

That's akin to handing out shit sandwiches, then asking for the bread back....

Posted: Oct 9th 2009 12:21PM Pingles said

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I left this game after hitting about level 25 and for some reason have no interest in returning. It SEEMS right up my alley but I found the worlds far to grey/green/brown and devoid of other players. I have been told that the NEXT zones I would have run across would have been the ones that latched onto me but I just couldn't take any more of those drab environments. :(

Sometimes a giant purple mushroom with a helicopter crashed into the side of it helps to break up the monotony.

Posted: Oct 9th 2009 1:18PM JaySpeed said

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There are no giant purple mushrooms or helicopters in Middle Earth. The land is supposed to be green, grey, and brown as it's based on The Lord of the Rings. WoW has the high fantasy cartoon look if that's what you prefer.
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Posted: Oct 9th 2009 4:03PM (Unverified) said

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The giant purple mushrooms are in the Foundations of Stone in Moria. No helicopters that I've seen, though.
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Posted: Oct 9th 2009 12:35PM (Unverified) said

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First we will have to save Gondor, before moving towards Rohan! :)

I suspect "Footmen of Gondor" (FoG) to be the name of the next expansion. It will probably deal with hungry & heavily armored foot soldiers that want to eat the Rohirrim horses with sugar and pie.

Posted: Oct 9th 2009 12:56PM RogueJedi86 said

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Why would we liberate Gondor before Rohan? The books progressed through Rohan before getting to Gondor. We loosely follow the fellowship in their journey.
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