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Posted: Jul 15th 2011 6:05PM (Unverified) said

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Ah yes, the mystery item. In EQ I had a bank full of items that just reeked of some unknown importance. Sadly they were mainly Red Herrings. I did love to ponder their use however.

Posted: Jul 15th 2011 6:06PM Rayko said

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I just got back into LotRO and I did not know about this, so this is really cool to me.

Posted: Jul 15th 2011 6:08PM StClair said

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Maybe it wards off tikbalangs.

Posted: Jul 15th 2011 7:18PM Irem said

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@StClair
Or the wily drop bear!
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Posted: Jul 16th 2011 12:11PM Nepentheia said

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@StClair

Or perhaps with the launch of the expansion, it allows one to tame,shoe and ride a GhostBear of their very own!

That or they've decided to go with Horseshoes as the next mini-game instead of Golf...
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Posted: Jul 15th 2011 6:09PM Rayko said

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I began playing WoW about a month after release and someone back then told me that if I kept one of the grey con rabbit's foot in my inventory it would increase good loot drop rates. Now I know that is probably BS but it became a tradition of mine to keep one in my inventory on all my characters, even though I never really noticed it "working".

Posted: Jul 15th 2011 6:15PM Lenn said

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My warden has equipped the horseshoe on occasion, and I can unequivocally confirm that he has yet to be attacked by a tiger.

Posted: Jul 15th 2011 6:20PM Graill440 said

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The devs say "It's in the script". Your answer of Number 4 is probably correct.

Posted: Jul 15th 2011 7:23PM Eamil said

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Their hint-dropping sounds VERY similar to the kind of comments Blizzard used to make about the mysterious Chat Gem in Diablo 2 that, it was finally revealed in the end, turns out to do absolutely nothing.

Posted: Jul 15th 2011 8:31PM Alph said

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I find it to be rude and is one of the many, many, MANY reasons I'm proud to no longer sub to that game.

Posted: Jul 15th 2011 10:50PM Alph said

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@Alph
Seeing as I got rated down, let me issue a formal apology to all the fanboys whom I offended. I didn't mean to troll you, it was my honest opinion.
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Posted: Jul 16th 2011 6:13AM Ref Minor said

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@Alph

I have never played LOTR and I voted the comment down, I dont see that adding a little mystery to a game so everyone doesn't follow the same path with the same cookie cutter build can be considered as rude. I just thought the comment was ill thought out. Just my non fanboy opinion.
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Posted: Jul 16th 2011 11:18AM Alph said

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@Ref Minor
Sorry for the wrongful assumption then.

To me it's rude because of all the white lies that go around it and the mind games and deception... I didn't subscribe for that crap. I subscribed to play a MMO, run numbers and have fun.

You said you don't play the game so by default you don't understand the full spectrum and gravity of the situation as you didn't experience it yet you feel capable of calling my opinion 'ill thought out'.

In a way, your opinion on my opinion is more accurately applied to your own opinion.

Look at the title of this article: "For want of a horseshoe, my sanity was lost". Sure, it was a silly title meant to be funny but there's a reason why the article jokes about loss of sanity.

To make a 'dummy' item, answer questions about it in a very cryptic way, go so far as to even add a 'buff icon' when equipping it... only for it to amount to nothing would be just plain rude.

Even if it does amount to something, let us not for the whole Absolute Virtue fiasco from FFXI. For years(and I do mean years), players could not figure out how to beat it. Finally SE makes a video showing the use of 2-hour abilities to beat it, the video show multiple uses of some 2-hour abilities... people spend insane amount of time trying to kill it, to the point of members getting physically ill from the length of it. So what does SE when the bad press hits about players getting ill trying to kill an unkillable monster? They limit the length of the fight (including the time it takes to kill the monster that pops AV) to 2 hours. Now remember you need your 2-hour ability to kill it and the video showed the same person using their 2-hour more than once.... yeah it's the same crap.

There comes a point where devs need to stop toying around with their players and just tell them something if it can't be figured out for an overly long time... I think a year is more than a safe mark.
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Posted: Jul 16th 2011 3:26PM Lenn said

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@Alph Wow. Overreacting much?
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Posted: Jul 16th 2011 4:28PM Alph said

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@Lenn
Nope.

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Posted: Jul 19th 2011 12:53AM (Unverified) said

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@Alph

"I didn't subscribe for that crap. I subscribed to play a MMO, run numbers and have fun."

I think this is the key to your problem. Not everyone subscribes to games to "run numbers" and sometimes game developers put stuff into games for players OTHER than you. Hard to believe, but it's true!

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Posted: Jul 15th 2011 8:37PM hereafter said

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Whatever the explanation that's really cool. In a sense, they've engineered a kind of superstition around the item. It's not some stat-boosting good luck charm in name only, it seems like people are actually treating it like a bona-fide charm, hoping not to miss out on whatever good fortune it may bring.

I like that kind of stuff. I think devs should always keep quirky stuff like that in mind.

Posted: Jul 15th 2011 9:29PM Sorithal said

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Seems almost like it'd have something to do with mounts or maybe a blacksmith NPC, or a certain NPC that might have bad luck or something. *shrug* There could be many possible answers or in the end it might just be another red herring item.

Posted: Jul 16th 2011 12:04AM Space Cobra said

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I don't play LotRO nowadays and I ain't level 65, but what happens when you mouse-over the Horseshoe Icon under your character's portrait?

Has anyone found this horse, Erebrandir or the Farrier Londan and talked to them with the Horseshoe in your inventory (or activated)? Maybe that applies to Saerdan and you should talk to him?

I have some other ideas/questions, too.

Posted: Jul 16th 2011 12:53AM wfseg said

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Volume 3 Book 2 huh. I'm still on Volume 1 =p. I plan on using the Derudh's Stone for the +25% exp until 65, so hopefully I don't get that horseshoe before then. If i do, I'm just going to vault it along with the other various useless cosmetic items in LOTRO.

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