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Posted: Jun 21st 2011 8:49PM ElfLove said

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How is this game now? is it a little more friendly to windows XP?

Does it still use the pando media down loader thing?

I'd love to join up again...but the 1st time I did it just refused to run on my PC...and i have a really good PC. o_O

Posted: Jun 21st 2011 9:22PM (Unverified) said

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@ElfLove

It still uses Pando but what I did is get the downloader on my machine then uninstalled pando. It has worked ever since.
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Posted: Jun 21st 2011 9:30PM ElfLove said

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Ahh ok good...I worried that Pando was one of those things that you couldn't get rid of.

How is it for stability?



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Posted: Jun 21st 2011 11:02PM (Unverified) said

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@ElfLove I've never had any stability issues with Lotro on xp or with vista (dont have 7 yet).

There is some lag still if you crank the settings and have a lot of effects going off, but that might just be my computer/net connection.

I find it a great game.
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Posted: Jun 21st 2011 9:30PM Sorithal said

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While I enjoy this festival much like the other ones, it seems this one really lacks in a real "fun" minigame/area. I know they're busy with Isengard so they probably didn't have much time to add in anything majorly new, but it'd be nice to see something really unique/fun added to the holiday.

And I honestly greatly dislike the scavenger quests. They're too time consuming to be worth only a single token imo.

Hopefully Turbine will give more to this holiday to make it as fun as the other ones next year >.>

Posted: Jun 21st 2011 9:41PM alphaman00 said

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@Sorithal Actually, there's more of a minigame area planned for future (soon?) festivals, called the treasure hunt. YMMV though on that one
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Posted: Jun 21st 2011 10:23PM jslim419 said

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the only thing is each of the holiday events aside from the revamped yule festival/halloween/spring festivals is that they all blur together. there is not much separating them except for a different skinned horse/pony

Posted: Jun 21st 2011 10:42PM Graill440 said

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And again this year...wargs will be left out of the summer fun.....

Posted: Jun 22nd 2011 12:00AM aurickle said

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This actually represents why I've been so frustrated by LotRO's switch to the hybrid model. Supposedly it was going to allow the team room and budget to create more content faster and result in more bang for our VIP buck. Yet content is still coming out at a pace that's slower than pre-Moria and the Summer Festival appears to be completely unchanged from previous years. With the exception of a different horse skin, of course.

The truth is that at this point I'm finding it harder and harder to even care about the game anymore. It's sad.

Posted: Jun 22nd 2011 5:57PM JaySpeed said

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@aurickle There's been 3 updates in the last 8 months and we're getting a paid expansion pack in September which leaves room for another free update in November/December. The development schedule has certainly improved from where it was just before F2P.
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Posted: Jun 22nd 2011 6:20PM aurickle said

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@JaySpeed
Since the couple years before F2P -- yes. Definitely. Of course, it would be almost impossible to be worse than the year before.

Since before MoM (which is what I originally said) -- no. Not even close. Before 2008 there was a major update approximately once every two months:

6-14-2007: Shores of Evendim. A whole zone.
8-21-2007: Storyline, chicken play, reputation and barter system, 100 quests, PvMP content.
10-24-2007: Player housing, a raid, Tal Bruinen in the Trollshaws and Goblin Town, 100+ new quests.
2-13-2008: Outfits, more cosmetics, barbershop, 3 class updates, the PvMP zone under Ettenmoors, complete revamp of Angmar
4-24-2008: Forochel (another whole zone). Also fishing and a new PvMP class.
7-22-2008: Part of Eregion (another whole zone). Released to everyone for free ahead of the paid expansion.
11-18-2008: Remainder of Eregion, free to everyone including those who didn't buy MoM which released that same day.

All of these updates also included continuations of the Epic storyline.

So while the updates that have come out since F2P are certainly an improvement over 2009/2010 they are only about half the scope of what we enjoyed before the Mines of Moria expansion. The pace is a little shy of what it started out as and the scope of each update is drastically smaller.
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Posted: Jun 22nd 2011 10:47PM JaySpeed said

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@aurickle

You're talking about content that was created during initial development of the game with the exception of Eregion and Forochel. Eregion really should have been included with MoM but they decided to give it away for free. So that leaves Forochel and Evendim as the zones added for free in the SoA days. TB is small sub zone within the trollshaws and GT/High Pass is a small subzone in Misty Mountains. They don't really count as new regions added to the game. Since MoM, we've gotten Lothlorien west of Echad Andestal, Mirkwood (expansion), and Enedwaith. Not many new regions but there's been lots of new instances and scalable instances added. Skirmishes were a big addition IMO. And it's good to see Turbine continue to add new skirmishes instead of ignoring the system like they did with housing and hobbies. The time from Mirkwood's release to F2P launch was BARREN though so I'm just glad they seem to be churning out content updates every 2-3 months again.
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