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Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 10:05AM pcgneurotic said

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Didn't I say this Justin? Didn't I say this last week? Eh? The basic meat and potatoes of this pack will more than make up for the lack of vegetables, garlic bread and dessert! :D

Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 10:19AM SnarlingWolf said

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@pcgneurotic

Dessert and garlic bread, two of my favorite things.
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Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 6:58PM Faction 3 said

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@SnarlingWolf

Gotta agree, The lack of Garlic Bread and Dessert is a bit of a issue.
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Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 10:23AM jaycrockett said

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Wait there are tasks in the new zone?

Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 11:08AM Nandini said

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@jaycrockett Yes, so far there are Tasks from level 65 to 71, meaning there are a few you can accept and turn in even at level 75.

Right now, they reward IXP and reputation for turning in your vendor trash.
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Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 11:44AM alphaman00 said

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@Nandini I knew about the new tasks (yay for not having to spam tasks early on to get the deed), but IXP for turning them in? Not bad!
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Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 10:29AM gildhur said

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That's great, except expansions are supposed to be about veggies, garlic bread and desert (new systems, new classes, big flashy group content, instance clusters). There is literally nothing here that makes it different than an Evendim or Forochel, just a slightly larger version.

Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 10:40AM Lenn said

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Is that picture one of the new cosmetic armour? If so, I like it. Turbine's armour design has become better and better over the years. They're adding much more detail now than they ever did.

Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 11:24AM ScottishViking said

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@Lenn Yeah, it's hard wearing some of the old stuff when the new cosmetics look so good. The Rohan gift armors in particular look gorgeous.
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Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 11:57AM Ardra Diva said

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@ScottishViking
Helps if you can enable the DX11 graphics too. The horses look a lot more realistic, I noticed.
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Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 10:47AM EdmundDante said

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More WoW - and more email advertisements for the money shop. The road to innovation and success ...

Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 12:31PM EdmundDante said

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@EdmundDante LOL any negative comments get shaded. Any way to make a buck right guys? Forget honesty.

Greed - alive and well in America - and destroying our ethics and our free press.



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Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 1:37PM Ehra said

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@EdmundDante

No, I'm pretty sure it was getting down rated because it's a dumb comment. "More WoW"? Yeah, that makes sense. Complaining about them advertising their game? Perfectly reasonable.

Plenty of people make negative comments on games (including LOTRO) without getting shaded, many even manage to get blue! It just requires not making yourself look like a tard by complaining about ethics and "free press" because someone in a public blog down voted your comment.
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Posted: Sep 3rd 2011 12:41AM EdmundDante said

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@Ehra Tard. Been awhile since some juvenile Lotro employee called me a tard.

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Posted: Sep 3rd 2011 1:01AM EdmundDante said

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@Ehra What has it been now? About over a year when Turbine was sold to Warner Bros. Then it was turned into a cash shop - with a number of pay-to-win items? There was a long drought of no major updates - and now we get what is called an expansion, where no new major toon type is introduced, no new major mechanics - no combat on horse - a region that many are saying are not as big as previous expansions.

PvP has languished now for over two years - with almost next to no real work done in regards to balance, and was not fully accessible to the F2P player base.

Many of the LOTRO employees were doing double duty between LOTRO & D&D.

So once again - we see, as many MMOs are taken over by the corporate giants - how the player is being exploited with the least amount of quality - subscription or F2P money is going into developing other company titles and not really focused on the game itself - and the innovation and expansiveness when the title originally came out is long been beaten out of it - into a formulaic, endless drone of the same text based tasks and grinding - without a lick of imagination of anything truly more engaging than what the game was two years ago.

Sad, sad, sad.

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Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 11:18AM angryhoar said

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Any upgrades to the fugly avatars?

Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 7:03PM JaySpeed said

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@angryhoar

Have you seen the new Rohirrim NPC's? The character models look MUCH better than previous NPC's. Animations look good too. Wait till you see Draigoch move around and talk. It's very well done.
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Posted: Sep 3rd 2011 6:56AM angryhoar said

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@JaySpeed ok thanks, it'll be worth a look then
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Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 11:20AM ScottishViking said

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Hot damn I'm excited about the cosmetic changes. Yay for my War-Song Minstrel FINALLY being able to look like a badass warrior!

Posted: Sep 2nd 2011 11:53AM Ardra Diva said

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I have to say, 4 years now, and we don't have any upgraded hairstyles or character models (not to mention any meaningful avatar customization as far as face and body).

Meanwhile the avatars in games like Second Life have grown to be nearly photorealistic, with animated hair and eyes and so forth.

The avatars in LOTRO are, to me, the biggest flaw. They look too generic, and one elf girl looks like the next. They all look suspiciously like Liv Tyler, to me, anyway. Which isn't so bad, but gimme some variety, please.

I never could understand how Arwen isn't really very pretty when you meet her up above Rivendell on the way to the Misty Mountains.

If Second Life can improve their avatars by an order of magnitude in the last 4 years with hobbyists making them, why the hell can't Turbine improve their avatars?

The environment is still beautiful, but the avatars are looking aged.

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