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Posted: Jun 7th 2011 10:03AM elliotrock said

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sounds great.

Posted: Jun 7th 2011 10:10AM Pewpdaddy said

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Yay for LoTRO players, finally something other than Barad Guldur and Ost Dunoth to run =p On a side note, two raids since Murkwood, c'mon Turbine your better than that.

Posted: Jun 7th 2011 10:10AM yeppers said

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So now will I finally be able to level an Ent Runekeeper?

Posted: Jun 7th 2011 10:51AM sauceofmagic said

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@yeppers It will take you a month to cast a spell ;)
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Posted: Jun 7th 2011 2:49PM (Unverified) said

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@sauceofmagic QFT man I would have stuck it out with this game if it were not for clunky GCD's and cast times; felt like I transmitting to servers on the moon.
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Posted: Jun 7th 2011 5:27PM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) Is there a way to make action more fluid though, if I could make the spells/melee abilities less clunky I might be more inclined to play the game. If you could get the Global CD system from WoW or Rift and combine it with LotR then the game play would be very fluid like and enjoyable.
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Posted: Jun 7th 2011 10:12AM Khalus said

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I like their lack of too-many raids design, cause I hate to raid. My preference are of small scale 1, 3 and 5 man dungeons.

Posted: Jun 7th 2011 11:25AM DarkWalker said

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@Khalus
Same here. Raiding takes too much time and effort, and I'm not sure it is actually worth it; I usually have more fun in the same time by playing solo or in smaller groups.
BTW, I now need to see how store-bought mounts work to determine which is the best pack for me. I'm not into cosmetic items, but if they work akin to WoW's ones - i.e., account-wide - I might be interested. Otherwise, as an altholic, I'm not interested in getting them for just one of my 9 characters.
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Posted: Jun 7th 2011 11:29AM Khalus said

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@DarkWalker

I'm in-game now, and I believe I read other players reporting all the goodies are account wide!
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Posted: Jun 7th 2011 12:35PM pcgneurotic said

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@DarkWalker

Mirkwood and Moria pre-order stuff was account-wide, whereas a mount from the store is character specific (I think).
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Posted: Jun 7th 2011 10:18AM aurickle said

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From the description on the official website, it sounds like players will be arriving at Isengard to handle cleanup duty. That would mean that Helm's Deep has already happened and Saruman has been cast out. If so, this will be a major letdown for me. I hope I'm wrong.

Posted: Jun 7th 2011 10:22AM Khalus said

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@aurickle

I highly doubt Turbine would skip allowing up to play through a massive Helms Deep instance, or at least an open zone with a massive raging battle to wade through!
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Posted: Jun 7th 2011 10:28AM delphinius81 said

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@aurickle

You arrive prior to Helm's Deep. That was stated in a dev post at some point, but hell if I can find it at this point. The xpac is titled the "Rise of Isengard" afterall.
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Posted: Jun 7th 2011 10:21AM Khalus said

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Well that is very interesting. I've been really temped to get back into LOTRO lately. Even re-installed and logged in the other day for a few hours. And I don't have the Mirkwood expansion yet, which would cost me $10.

However, the Legendary Edition of Isengard includes the Mirkwood expansion, plus 1000 turbine points, and all the other goodies, making it cost less than the base edition at $29.99.

I'm thinking that I might just fold and get it here very soon! Though I may wait until after Nintendo's press conference coming up in the next few hours, then decide!

Posted: Jun 7th 2011 10:22AM Nerves said

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Turbine still hasn't stated whether you'll be able to purchase the expansion for Points, as they alluded to in the past.

The legendary edition includes a bunch of quest packs including Moria and Mirkwood (2 former expansions) if there is a free player who hasn't purchased these yet, it's a super value.

Posted: Jun 7th 2011 11:35AM Nerves said

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@Nerves
To answer my own question, you'll be able to purchase the expansion with Points, but not pre-order for the extra goodies.
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Posted: Jun 7th 2011 10:30AM delphinius81 said

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Personally, I got turned off with the grind fest the game has become. They really screwed up gear itemization with Moria and have really never recovered. Once I hear more about end-game activities I'll make a decision, but I think I'll just stick with Rift.

Posted: Jun 7th 2011 10:40AM Tom in VA said

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@delphinius81

I agree with you. I'd say "grind fest" is pretty apt.

I also did not like Moria at all, so all my characters (I have 5 now in the low 50s) are just cooling their heels around (or just inside) the Gates of Moria, likes dogs at the vet: not one of them wants to actually go through Moria: claustrophobic, dark, dreary, monotonous, aggravating, and totally not fun, imo.

Once Turbine offers a "Moria Acount-wide Bypass" ticket in their online store, I'll consider coming back to this game -- but not before. Just saying.
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Posted: Jun 7th 2011 10:56AM aurickle said

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@Tom in VA
It's honestly ridiculously easy to almost completely bypass Moria now.

The content outside Moria (including Forochel, Angmar, Misty Mountains and Eregion) can easily get you to 52, if not 53. Add in Volume I of the Epic questline and some skirmishes, this will bring you to 54 or even 55.

The Great Delving and Durin's Way in Moria can then get you to 57 without much trouble at all. Especially if you still do some skirmishes.

And that's not even counting the new 25% XP boost pocket item from pre-ordering RoI.

At 57, leave Moria and never look back. If you follow this strategy you won't spend more than a day inside Moria.
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Posted: Jun 7th 2011 11:03AM sauceofmagic said

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@Tom in VA

The mistake NOT to do is to rush into Moria without finishing the lower level quests in Eregion/Misties.

I've come back about a month ago and enjoying the story immensely. Lore-less Rift, Aion and the rest can rest in piece as far as I'm concerned.
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