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Posted: Mar 30th 2010 7:56PM Mr Angry said

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This is an example of 'bad MMO management'

Since when did playing a game involve us getting to grips with the technical aspects with release schedules, patching protocols, we just want to play the game. Or really caring if a horse was a skill or an item? While it's good to get an explanation, why not just fix it?

If it's a client side fix, well that's bad design, no fault of the players. The reason why this was in fact pulled was that someone screwed up the initial price of the horse, so it wasn't caught in testing.

Coincidentally enough horse rewards have long been a problem for Turbine, the nerfing of PvP mounts, the issues last year with the same festival and mounts.

and yes it could be rolled into a larger patch, but as a LOTRO player I feel it's about time Turbine tried a bit harder and fixed it up anyway, rather leaving us at the mercy to red tape and release schedules. I don't feel this is bad news in particular, but symptomatic of the general malaise which has been encountered by the more faithful to LOTRO over the last year.

The LOTRO ship is under-resourced, or this would have been sorted sooner. I notice that the travel costs were patched last week to allow returning players to travel for free, however, they didn't see this as worth doing then, and to be honest, it's kind of typical of the recent management of this great game to do the minimum possible, then spend resource explaining why they can't do things properly.

Great game, but I'll say it again, Turbine are taking their eye off the ball.

Posted: Mar 30th 2010 8:07PM EdmundDante said

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Yeah - I have been with LOTRO for three years. And I can tell you from my player perspective - the quality control for this game this last year has not been as stellar as it was the first two years. LOTRO still IMO a great MMO and probably one of the best on the market right now (though with a few caveats such as they have allowed their PvP to grow a bit stale).

I wonder if the massive effort with DDO had some side effects? Really don't know.

Posted: Mar 30th 2010 8:09PM Sorithal said

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I don't get what the issue was o.o;

Was it that black horse that looked awesome and didn't seem to really be Spring themed?

If so, darn.

At least they're doing a Spring Horse lottery on mylotro frequently ^^ *got his Springfest mount from the lottery*

Posted: Mar 30th 2010 8:51PM Sunaris said

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Turbine is a great company with a great product, i know that sounds fanboish, but seriously play ANY other mmo and it lacks the depth and quality of LOTRO. I've played LOTRO on and off since a little after launch, and i can honestly say i'm having more fun now than i ever have.

Posted: Mar 30th 2010 9:42PM aurickle said

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It is worth noting that they also extended the length of the spring festival to compensate for this. Not only does that allow people to still get their new mount, but it gives everyone a longer window in which to earn not only the mount but also the many other festival items.

Posted: Mar 30th 2010 9:55PM (Unverified) said

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Isn't this the 3rd or 4th festival in a row to be bugged in some sort of way?

Posted: Mar 31st 2010 7:56AM Softserve said

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Changing some prices for travel isn't really the same as having to fix an issue with a mount item. Some things are a flick of a switch, some aren't.

Posted: Mar 31st 2010 8:06AM Kalec said

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I have a small question, even though this is not the place for it.

Is it possible to play LOTRO on the american server from europe ?
If not, could some one tell me how the european servers are doing ? I don't trust Codemasters!

Posted: Mar 31st 2010 8:35AM DancingTaco said

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I actually put this in the comments section on Friday when the weekly Lotro thing was released..

No this is not the 3rd or 4th festival to be bugged, but the 2nd Spring festival to have issues, both related to their horse races/horses. I do not claim to understand how this made it into LIVE without being caught. I do know that with this last Book release Turbine now has a new dev or GM who is in charge of directing the testing. This person made daily schedules and provided lots of feedback to those who were on Bullroarer testing. I think what happened is they held the Spring festival off until near the end and did not give it enough time to test it. The things they were testing were things like the functionality of the race (they changed that so you can go under the rails as well as over and still pass), the new Shrew Stomping event, etc. I know from past experience that the costs of things during testing can be significantly lower such as Skirmish marks were alot lower to buy things in testing than what came out LIVE, so perhaps it was overlooked because of that. People thought the cost would just be something that would be fixed once it went LIVE so they didnt report it. Again I am only guessing here, but that seems likely.

Posted: Mar 31st 2010 10:24AM aurickle said

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By the way, while this is the second spring festival in a row to have the horse vendor bugged, it is for a completely different reason this time. Remember that with the SoM expansion last fall they changed to the Mounts 2.0 system. Last spring you bought an item that stayed in your inventory and you used every time you wanted to ride it. What's more, you could only have one. Getting a new mount required you to give up your old one. Now when you use the item it is consumed but creates an ability in the Mounts tab of your skill list. You can have as many mounts as you want.

From what they described regarding the issue this year, it is directly related to the new mount system. Therefore it could not be the same issue as existed last year, before the new system. At most, it could be a situation where they implemented a fix last year which then had unintended consequences this year when the new system kicked in. That, unfortunately, is something that happens in any software.

Posted: Mar 31st 2010 11:35AM Snow Leopard said

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Okay, did anyone else see the words “horse vendor” coupled with the image of a man roasting a piece of meat and make the mistaken impression that this was a more culinary related issue?

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