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Posted: Sep 8th 2010 12:12PM Aurakis said

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Thanks for all this information, good package.

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 12:30PM Deadalon said

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OFC it got delayed in Europe. But hey - its free to play title. We expect less quality product anyway !! (sarcasm off)

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 12:33PM Dril said

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Not to be a sour trout (crout? flout? bout? lout?) nor put too fine a point on it but couldn't Massively use a bit of investigative journalism to ask WHY the EU launch has been postponed without explanation? I'm happy for the US players (/wave) since they get a nice game today...but as per usual Europe drew the short straw (surprising, huh?)

I mean, it isn't "unfortunate" at all, it's down right disgusting that there has been little to no communication about what we can expect here in the EU and then this rushed announcement giving no details as to why we *can't have nice things*.

AND it was raining again the UK today. British person is sad panda :(

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 2:05PM DancingTaco said

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My condolensces Brit! If I had to guess I would say that before they get you guys going, they want to address some of the issues they had with the launch yesterday(today).. There were quite a few points issues and account issues and they are working through those, along with whatever is going on with the websites today... As for the rain, well not much I can say about that, but I wish you fond wishes and happy gaming when it does finally come your way!
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Posted: Sep 9th 2010 5:11AM Snichy said

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Whilst disappointing, I would agree with most of the community of the forums in saying it is better for it to be delayed until the problems which the US had get resolved so the EU game is good from the start. Although it would have been nice for them to say that was the reason!
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Posted: Sep 8th 2010 12:36PM EdmundDante said

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Good luck to Turbine and their Staff (and gratz) on the launch. I am a lifetime subscriber so was able to get an early start yesterday and very much liked the changes and looking forward to the new influx of players to Middle Earth with F2P.

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 12:39PM ScottishViking said

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I was in yesterday, and was very pleased with what I saw. I'm most curious about how the layered zones will be -- I was in Bree near the Prancing Pony, and couldn't tell if they were "active" or not. I guess that's the trick, really. Unless you're talking with someone in kin chat, and are like, "But I'm standing right next to the Pony's mailbox!" and they respond, "I don't see you! I'm standing here too!"

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 1:39PM (Unverified) said

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a little icon pops up (like the old volcano when there were too many people on).
can't remember exactly what the tooltip says, something about it being layered and when you join a fellowship you will be moved to the same layer as the leader. Noticed it in Bree and Enedwaith last night. certainly wouldn't have noticed if not for the icon.

i'm gonna miss people playing in front of the pony, but i'm not gonna miss the lag.

Loving the update so far!
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Posted: Sep 8th 2010 12:42PM Renko said

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When the game launched I went with Codemasters and the EU servers but I'm not nearly so stupid anymore so this time it's been Turbine and the US since closed beta. Anyone who sticks with Codemasters really needs their head examined.

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 12:43PM Deadalon said

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The most intresting part about the EU delay that the Turbine and Codemaster moved the F2P forward because everything was going so smooth...

Yea... right

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 2:30PM madbassman39 said

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Just stop. Your nay saying is annoying.
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Posted: Sep 8th 2010 12:52PM Ocho said

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Excellent. We've heard the naysayers nay, so heres to hoping the move to f2p is everything they were hoping and more... my guess? More, but I will have to check it out later on tonight as I start up a new toon on one of the new servers.

Right now, with STO having episodic content (really, I want to start playing immediately tonight, but want to get to the latest STO episode first...), GW2 on the horizon, and now one of my fav mmo's, LotRO, going f2p, my mmo obsession is at an all-time high.

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 1:00PM Seffrid said

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The European delay is frustrating, especially as Codemasters now say they've known for a while that the scheduled launch wasn't going to be feasible and yet they didn't bother to tell us that until after the US update and headstart had happened. Even now they won't say what the exact problem is or whether the delay will be a couple of days or several weeks.

Moreover, today is doubly frustrating for many British players who haven't been able to log in to the game at all yet today because of a network failure somewhere between their ISP Virgin Media and Codemasters, with both companies failing to respond to massive forum complaints for quite a few hours.

Why is that companies specialising in computer technology and communication are so bad at communicating with their paying customers? It isn't hard!

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 1:38PM Icemasta said

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Yay! Tons of bugs for old subscribers!

Just to list what has happened to me so far:
1) My 2 last characters, a rune-keeper and a Lore-master, seems to have vanished from my character list. Also, I've lost 2 characters slots that I bought back when Mines of Moria was released.

2) For some reasons, I've lost a lot of virtues because of the changes they made to deed.

3) No sign of the free turbine point they said they'd give to old subscribers (250 points per month paid, up to 10 months, 2.5k turbine points max).

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 3:45PM DeadlyAccurate said

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"3) No sign of the free turbine point they said they'd give to old subscribers (250 points per month paid, up to 10 months, 2.5k turbine points max)."

I wondered if I'd merely imagined that, because when I went into the game, all I had were the 125 points I got for, I assume, deeds completed that were grandfathered in. I also can't get to any page but the home page and the ones off it. (I can't get to my.lotro.com, or the forums).
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Posted: Sep 8th 2010 4:30PM Icemasta said

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@deadlyaccurate
Everything was down for maintenance until about an hour ago, but forums are still down. I logged back in and out, still no changes. I am guessing they screwed up somewhere for adventurer's pack because a lot of people I talked to lost characters/character slots. The problem seems linked to people who aren't subscribed anymore, but own LOTRO/MoM/SoM and the Adventurer's pack (+2 character slot, 20 cross account slots, free mount, cloak and stuff).
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Posted: Sep 8th 2010 1:41PM Theeinferno said

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For some odd reason it won't let me update after I updated the launcher.

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 1:46PM delphinius81 said

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Ran a revamped GB instance last night. It was quite fun, and, we actually died! I haven't died in GB since the first time I went into that instance. I've never been so happy about dying before. Can't wait to see any changes to Annum tonight.

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 1:51PM Ephe said

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So you guys are bashing Codemasters because their decision was to delay the update in order to get the bugs from the US version patched and give people a smooth start, instead of the trainwreck EU launch like Warhammer had? Short-sighted much? :)

Posted: Sep 8th 2010 1:55PM Seffrid said

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No, we're criticising the lack of communication. They should have announced the delay when they knew it was going to happen, and they should have given some kind of ETA no matter how vague on when it was going to be re-scheduled. Just giving a bland "it's postponed, no date available" half apology the day after it went live in the US isn't acceptable.

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