Kaylorin: Thank you all for attending. Fairly full agenda so we will try and get through it fairly quickly.
Kaylorin: Firstly the latest on SHIELD. Having been injected with alien dna agent c ... oops.. wrong one.. The details on the Strategic Hobbit Incursion to Evacute Lost Dwarves has now been published. The first run is on the test server on June 17th and the first real run, Eldar is on June 24th. Vilya get our turn on Tuesday 8th July.
Kaylorin: A reminder that we have the first Draigoch run we have done in a while this Saturday (tomorrow) at 9 pm cst. To participate you will need to be 75+ and have completed the prerequisite quests which start at the south gate of Galtrev. The Draigoch cloak is one of the best items in game for many levels so still worth getting for your characters when they reach 75.
Kaylorin: We are anticipating the run will start on time since Weatherstock should be over by then however, if there are any delays there then we may end up running a little late. We will be here however and it will happen. Which bring us to Weatherstock. I occasionally get asked how someone gets the title I have displayed - namely Weatherstock wayfarer.
Kaylorin: It was granted for attending the Weatherstock festival which is a music festival which takes place annually on the Landroval server at the top of Weathertop in the Lonelands. I have attended for the last three years and it is an amazing experience. Last year we had 8 kinmates travel to Landroval for the concert.
Antawine: how does that give a title on this server?
Randiriell: It's an account-wide title that the Devs grant you
Kaylorin: The bands are very good, they audition for a place in the concert and they reflect all musical tastes you can imagine, from modern music such as Led Zepplin, Tolkien related lyrics to a variety of songs such as Who Shot the Sherrif and original compositions like an elf re-imagining of a hobbit tune. Pretty much all tastes are covered.
Randiriell: If I recall correctly, you PM a specific Dev at Weatherstock (they tell you whom to message) and within a week or so, you should have the title. Basically, they have to go through the list of PMs and give the title to everyone who messaged.
Arelgaze: question on Draig which lvl are we doing 1 or 2?
Cait: we always do the 12 man, not the 24
Randiriell: so, Tier 2.
Percyval: can i join in progress if i get home in time?
Cait: once an instance starts, typically you can't join, unless gods forbid we wipe
Kaylorin: There is a huge turnout. Last year in excess of 700 people from a wide variety of servers. Nothing will test your graphics card like that so if you do intend to attend you are advised to turn down graphics settings to low. Now if you don't have a character on Landroval you still have time to make one before the concert .
Lesraldor: if we are between attempts, if we do not do it on the first try which is very rare
Kaylorin: There will be people taking low level characters to weathertop so all you have to do is get out of the starter zone and probably get to bree. So if you want to attend.. I do encourage it.. its an amazing experience.
Cait: for this 1 day, they turn off layering, so you will see every one of those 700+ players
Randiriell: And it's insanely crowded
Cait: music starts at 11:30 am EST at the forsaken in, at 1pm EST is the move from the Inn to weathertop, and the first band starts 2pm EST. expected to last til about 5pm
Kaylorin: Update 14 is now up for testing on Bullroarer (test server). Anyone can download the bullroarer client if you want to try it out. It includes the first areas of Gondor and so far feedback has been fairly positive. It also adds a new system whereby gear from level 50 onwards will have slots into which you can insert a new item, essences, which come from drops or crafting.
Kaylorin: Essences allow you to add extra of a trait, such as vitality or increase a stat such as mitigation, tailoring your gear to your needs.
Antawine: so there will be craftables also, good
Antawine: I was worried the system would kill the need to craft anything
Percyval: which trade will be able to craft them?
Cait: they haven't said. Kay is guessing each profession will get to make some
Kaylorin: We will also see an increase in the length of kinship message of the day (motd) from 80 characters to a massive 132 .. wow.. so much space.. how will we ever fill it.. so much more information we can now give you.. wow almost as many characters as twitter offers.
Kaylorin: Another change will be a new global world channel which you will be joined to automatically .. however if its like most of the current global channels I am taking a bet I will be leaving it after about 3 seconds.
Kaylorin: For those who are neither tempted by dragons or music, this weekend also offers a 25% bonus to skirmish mark acquisition. So you may want to get out and do skirmishes and epic battles to earn marks. This is the first time they have done anything like this so do take advantage.
Randiriell: Not whatever Officers feel appropraite. Those messages are for kin use, so it's for what you guys want.
Randiriell: Whatever interests you or you find noteworthy
Kaylorin: Item of the Week is a level 49 sword. Might, Agility and Will. Would be nice for an LM who is using staff and sword combo. [Harvester]. Please let an officer know if you have an alt who can use and you would like.
Kaylorin: In this week's turbine store sale there is 20% off storage related items, namely vault space, shared storage, inventory slots and currency cap (premium/ftp only).
Kaylorin: You can also get a free black dye, should you be wanting an outfit in kin colors and you forgot to talk to Cait about a dye, using code DYE45.
Kaylorin: Speaking of Cait. It is time for her ever popular and informative segment Did You Know. Where she will dazzle us with information about some easily overlooked aspect of LoTRO.
Cait: In this week's Did you Know, I want to talk about something we hate to need, a ressurection! While in LoTRo, it is really just a revive, as we don't truely die, most call it a ressurection, or Res for short, because that's what it has been call in other MMO's for years. There are 4 classes that can do a res in LoTRo. Minstrel, Captain, Lore-Master and Rune Keepers. Mini's get their res the earliest and are the only class that actually have a class deed that requires them to res other players, a total of 100 times. They get the deed at level 20. So, if you are wih a mini and you die, you might want to let them res you, to help them out with a very tough deed. Cappies used to have a res deed, but it has been removed from the game...of course not until after I had suffered thru completing it! Another tip, if you are helping a mini get their deed, don't accept the res, let them cast the skill on you 5 times before you accept it. and that's my tip of the day. Next week I have a very good one planned, so be sure to show up!
Kaylorin: Thank you for that Cait. Always very helpful. Now I was about to moan at our birthday co-ordinator for not letting me know about an important birthday when I realized we don't have one anymore. So.. I guess I will do this one myself.. I am pleased to announce this kinship is through the puking and tantrums stage and should now be off to school. If we shouldnt already be there.
Kaylorin: Yes Dawnbreakers will soon be 6 years old. Congrats to us all.
Tomorrow is the 6th birthday of the Dawnbreakers
Lesraldor: yaaaa we are going to kindergarten
Eleenadal: Wow - didn't know. Grats
Randiriell: Oh gosh...that's gonna be a pain for the kin's parents. Young kid in kindergarten....
Randiriell: *cough* Good luck you two! *cough*
Percyval: where's the cake?
Caitulla cringes at Randi.
Eleenadal: stop eating the frosting.
Arelgaze: I have pies on me...lol:)
Kaylorin: Speaking of learning Coursera is again running their course from Vanderbilt University on Online Games and New Media which features LoTRO. So if you feel like getting some more education there will be an opportunity this july. The course is free. http://lotroplayers.mymiddleearth.com/2014/06/13/lotro-coursera-class-returns-this-july/
Kaylorin: And that concludes all the points I have. Does anyone else have any issues to raise or questions to ask of their kinmates?
Kaylorin: If not we will be seeing about getting an epic battle run together shortly.