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Posted: Jan 14th 2011 10:21AM MMOaddict said

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ROHAN!. That is all. I know I know. Isengard first. But I want to see Rohan by December if possible.

Posted: Jan 14th 2011 10:33AM MrsAngelD said

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Not much else to say from me your list pretty much hit all my LOTRO nails on the head.

Posted: Jan 14th 2011 10:33AM lmollea said

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A decent, accessible to all (f2p included) and meaningful PVP.
It's still something that Turbine lacks in all its games, and I'm positive that they can do it right.

Posted: Jan 14th 2011 2:27PM mechanicalturk said

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@lmollea

Agreed. This and the combat mechanics are my two areas of wishful improvement for LoTRo. DDO isn't suited for meaningful PVP, but LoTRo can be. Adding DDO's combat mechanics and meaningful PVP should definitely be attainable by Turbine.
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Posted: Jan 14th 2011 10:44AM aurickle said

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I am SO with you on the LI effect. I've always hated it. The really sad thing is that the effects for Westernesse and other damage types on non-LI weapons are gorgeous. All the devs had to do was take those effects and make them a little more pronounced for each title tier. It would have looked great.

Posted: Jan 14th 2011 11:09AM Enikuo said

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My completely unreasonable request would be to make quest NPC reactions match what is going on. It's so weird to have a quest NPC you've been helping for several quests react as though they don't know who you are or act aggravated that you're bothering them. Then, you open the quest and suddenly they're so thankful to see you. It's like they are all afflicted with transient global amnesia.

Posted: Jan 14th 2011 11:35AM Tisirin said

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In regards to housing, I'd like to see more housing instances in different places, like Buckland, Esteldin or Othrikar for example. With instancing, there is no reason not to have your house where you want it. It has always rubbed me the wrong way that the housing instances are all in out-of-the-way places and all slummed together.

Posted: Jan 14th 2011 12:04PM Ryn said

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I really would like to see the price of "renting" housing come down or be eliminated. Other games do not make you pay up keep for your house, like Runes of Magic. And also the elimination of the hook system that limits what you can display.

I must say though that the game looks incredible with the latest graphics. There is a lot of things right with the game.

Posted: Jan 14th 2011 12:13PM cowboyhugbees said

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More steed variety. Do we HAVE to be limited to a horse or the occasional goat?

Also, better facial models and customization options for characters. I got spoiled on Star Trek Online, I guess, but still. There's only four races, we need to be distinguishable somehow.

Other than that, I'm perfectly happy with my LotRO. More please!

Posted: Jan 14th 2011 3:45PM Nandini said

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@cowboyhugbees I think even adding goats was a bit of a stretch. What other steeds, besides horses and ponies, did characters ever ride in this story? (We're not Nazgul, so no Fell Beasts for us; and no, getting picked up and carried off by eagles does not count.)
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Posted: Jan 14th 2011 12:20PM Ryukan said

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All these ideas for changes are great ideas, but I doubt it would rekindle me love for LotRO...especially now that I am hooked on Rift. Played LotRO for years, but it has become stale and unfin for me.

Something I want them to change now that should never have been is the gawd dayum full screen map...I hate that and have hated it since the beta.

Posted: Jan 14th 2011 12:25PM Caerus said

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While all of the things you listed are important to me, except maybe VO, my biggest wish is to feel appreciated as a subscriber again. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth to not only be constantly assaulted by ads (which completely ruin the atmosphere for me), but ads that are so *CHEESY*. Is it really that hard to make in-universe ads, or ads with elegance? It's the difference between a high-end jewelry store and street hawkers - which bring in more cash? Not the hawkers. Is it really necessary to make me feel that the money I'm investing in your game isn't enough, that you need more or I won't have a full experience? I'm more likely to not buy something that I want out of spite to try and send a message that such low-brow tactics won't work on me, but I know the F2P crowd is a bigger cash cow and so I'll probably be ignored still. I pay a sub, if JimBob is unemployed and plays the game 8 hours a day and still can't get everything available without spending more something is wrong, and valued customers are being exploited.

Maybe I'm out of touch with the way the genre is moving; I'll get a lawn chair and a loudspeaker to yell at these damn kids one day.

Posted: Jan 14th 2011 1:23PM delphinius81 said

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I want them to give me a meaningful reason to log on my L65s again. Since their announcement that they are removing radiance, I've had no desire to run instances to obtain new gear. I'm tired of the instance grind for marginal gear upgrade game.

I would like to see it not take so long to max out a LI. Getting the LI to 60 either requires excessive instance grinding (so sick of school, lib, SH) or tons of skirmishing (which give great ixp, but get old fast). Then by the time you get the LI to 60, you have to work on upgrade scrolls, which equate to around 7 skirmishes per scroll. Since most legacies are T2/3 to start, that's anywhere from 30 to 40 skirmishes to get a single legacy to T6. It's such a grindy system and made me completely disenfranchised.

I would also like to see a new zone for levels 35-42. Travel in Trollshaws is a complete mess and there isn't very good quest progression. You spend half your time navigating gorges and getting lost. Evendim also suffers from quest progression issues and a lack of travel convenience options. At least we have a boat now though.

A new L35-42 zone that followed the newer quest hub progression seen in Eregion and Enedwaith would be stellar.

Posted: Jan 14th 2011 1:33PM deluxe2000 said

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COMBAT: Its my biggest gripe with the game - combat lacks a visceral quality, made so much worse by the terrible combat sounds. Graphically, LOTRO combat is several toons swinging at air and watching little numbers float skyward over each others head. But why is the 'aaaaaugh!!' vocal taunts/DD's sound the only thing that really jumps out at you of LOTRO combat???? Because combat should be full of sword clash sounds, whooshes when you miss, meaty thuds when you hit, and clangs when you parry. It should sound different when you swing/parry/hit with a two-hander vs a mace, ect. Spells should have a decent audio quality to match its visual delivery and affect.

Its this lack of anything visceral with LOTRO's combat that keeps me unsubbed and unsatisfied with the game.

Posted: Jan 14th 2011 2:21PM mechanicalturk said

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@deluxe2000 +1

I will have to echo your sentiment on the combat in LoTRo lacking in many ways. This should be a reasonable request. Turbine already has a great combat system in-house with DDO. Many DDO players, back in my DDO days, expressed a disinterest in playing LoTRo because it did not share the same combat experience.
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Posted: Jan 15th 2011 7:11PM turkeyspit said

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@deluxe2000

Agree 100%

This was primarily the reason I stopped playing my Champ. She was dual-wielding axes, and although I would execute a maneouver that saw her strike multiple times with her weapons, all you hear is a mild 'whoosh' sound, and a string of yellow numbers scroll up over the mobs head.

Turbine can do much better I think.
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Posted: Jan 14th 2011 2:09PM Valentina said

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I'll have to agree with most of what you want for LoTRo, especially in the way of player housing. The Icon overhaul is something I would not mind either, and I would love for them to give us a different default UI option, especially one that isn't royal blue...dark red or brown would fit better.

However, I'll have to disagree about the Ke$ha part :P I love her music, most of her songs are clever, well written and humorous and they are meant to be that way. Hehe

Posted: Jan 14th 2011 2:18PM stealthrider said

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Decent looking hairstyles, and the ability to change hairstyles with outfits (and/or on the fly).

That's all I ask for.

Posted: Jan 14th 2011 3:23PM Wisdomandlore said

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The sad thing is that Turbine has redone the icons more times than I can count (that includes in beta). They've reduced the amount of trash and crafting mats you have to keep around. And it's STILL a problem. Not that I think this is a problem specific to Turbine. Every MMO I've played has a terrible inventory system.

This is the year when I will probably quit LOTRO for good (my sub ran out again sometime in November). With Rift coming soon, SWTOR on the horizon, and the shining hope that is GW2, I just don't see myself subscribing again. New dungeons to grind (another) armor set and (more) LIs just isn't going to pull me in. It's sad because I've been with the game for over 4 years now (counting closed beta).

Posted: Jan 14th 2011 3:27PM Valentina said

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I thought of more stuff I want to see. I want to see character models updated and given more fluid animations. Right now they feel and look so stiff and unnatural.

And new hairstyles is always a plus :) I hope Turbine is reading this!

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