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Posted: Oct 29th 2011 2:10PM Gwuen said

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You know, I never see anything pertaining to a party or server event happen on Nimrodel like this what you outline in the post. We're all just a bunch of cranky pants apparently. That makes my Hobbit cry. :(

Posted: Oct 29th 2011 5:11PM BigAndShiny said

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Are you playing War in The North from this Tuesday?
Looks like a great LOTR game!

Posted: Oct 29th 2011 10:33PM (Unverified) said

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I wish more mmo devs actually CARED about their games being REAL mmoRPGS and not just plain ol mmos like many other games.

LOTRO gets it right! So many other games have tons of lil things available to real mmorpg gamers - the RPERs! Remember, ALL MMORPGS were made for RP, period! Lets hope devs take a page from Turbines book and start catering more to the RPers in all of us, instead of just the level rushing, gear farming, mob and content skipping rabid masses that dont even know how to play an mmorpg correctly.

Cheers for LOTRO! Keep it up!

Posted: Oct 30th 2011 7:17PM (Unverified) said

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Planning and organization is key to most any event. That and consistency. Dyrre's trivia, as seen in the second photo (with my red-cloaked glory sitting in front of the master dwarf,) was an example of exceptional consistency. Nearly two years of moving venues, did not hurt anything once it was a known and expected event on Landroval. We held it before our weekly Sons of Numenor mounted patrol, itself a clock-work kinship only event.

Larger events we find having a kinship with both size and experience aids greatly. But planning is everything. For our "Symphony of Light II" event last month, we fired 1,200 fireworks. (see the link on SonsOfNumenor.com) In that event, we choose Rivendell, and a rock we used before. We planned supporting activities to make sure we could fill space and time and start right at the start of the night cycle. We used the location that gave attendees a lower location, for perfecting viewing. We coordinated with Eriador Music Society to provide enough music to span the timing. We had a member create a "Bilbo Baggins" impersonator, who worked the crowd (since it was Bilbo's party,) and we escorted low level people into the zone from across the map, using in-game summoning, and a themed ride from the Shire. We had three in-game "raids" running. One to run the fireworks show. The second to stage-manage the music and impersonator. And a third anybody online could join to be summoned.

The result was an epic three hours of sustained, heavily attended fun, complete with an afterparty that lasted nearly two hours in the Hall of Fire.

This past Thursday we threw the "October Surprise Party" in an instanced housing area. We did provide the tentacle pool as noted int he article, along with the famed "Kegs of Doom" which cause players to pass-out and land in random locations across the game. We overcame being in an instance and using the Kegs, but stationing a Captain outside the entrance of the zone, who ran an open server-wide raid, and summoned people back as needed. We stationed people along the path of the instance to the hall we used, giving out "trick-or-treats," which both served to get people to the right place, and added an activity to ensure everybody had something to do. We also had "impersonator" characters sitting in a pumpkin patch waiting for "the great pumpkin," and another asking those trick-or-treating what they got, then saying "I got a rock." Add another great fireworks display, music from Eriador Music Society, and we had another hit.

Next month? TBA, but we will contend with moving around and through a holiday season, so the task is different.

Promoting the event also helps. You can see examples of our event promotions on our thread on LOTRO.com

http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?237126-Sons-of-Numenor.&p=5785595#post5785595

In all cases, it only happens if you have a great group, be it a Kinship, or volunteers from several groups. We enjoyed having both.

The server community also makes a big difference. Landroval is known for these events. The community supports its own. It may not be pure role playing, but it provides a depth of entertainment that makes it the finest RP server of its kind in MMOs.

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