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Kin Meeting November 21, 2014
, Nov 22, 14 11:52 AM.
Kaylorin: ok short kin meeting so it doesn't matter we are a little late starting.. image searching is so much more interesting than the turbine forums anyway.
Kaylorin: We will be doing Moria runs tomorrow at 9 pm so characters in their mid 50's and over should be able to participate. Sunday is low level group which is making its way nicely through Angmar. Tuesday is Deed Night we did Dol Dinen this week for the Beornings and suggestions welcomed for this week. There was a 100's group last Wednesday but should be one as normal this week.
Kaylorin: Speaking of whining there was an outcry over the new music system. The reaction split into two camps, those who wanted to keep the new system and work to improve it and those who wanted to revert it. Turbine have now announced they will be reverting it. We hope work will continue on it but it wouldn't surprise me if it was the last we see of it as this was Produktion's pet project and he is no longer with Turbine. I am not sure how much resources they can devote to projects like this now.
Kaylorin: Also on projects they don't have resources for, on the most recent of his weekly sleepfests, er livestreams, Frelorn was asked about raids and instances and indicated exciting news would be coming in the forthcoming Producer's letter.
Kaylorin: Finally, the new 6 man epic battle Retaking Pelargir was put up for testing on Bullroarer earlier today. So might be an idea to download the client and give it a try. I think it will work much better as a group event than it does a solo and will be interesting to see how it plays. Its a shame we don't have time to download it after this meeting and do it as our weekly epic battle.
Kaylorin: Item of the week is a nice staff for a level 30 LM [Strong Staff of the Eternal Sun]. Please let an officer know if you have an alt who would like it.
Kaylorin: On sale this week in the Turbine store are Legendary Level Cap increases (Scroll of Delving), Stat Upgrade (Scroll of Empowerment) and relic packs. All 30% off. A good reduction but you can obtain all these in game so I wouldn't really recommend spending tp on any of them.
Kaylorin: Use code SLDE7 to get a free 60 minute slayer deed accelerator
Kaylorin: And now, once again the best part of the week, its over to Cait for her Did You Know? segment.
Most MMO player characters are designed to level up and get stronger, especially the ones, like LoTRo, that are based off of the Dungeons & Dragons model. The main mechanic of the game is to run around, kill monsters and complete other objectives (quests) in exchange for experience points that make your character stronger and able to kill bigger monsters.
Killing bigger monsters and completing quests in higher areas gets you better loot, that you then sell for more gold or wear to make your main attributes better, so that you can in turn kill harder and harder creatures. Rinse and repeat.
But, like in the original D&D game, LoTRo gives us ways to have a permanent boost to our basic attributes. By attributes, I mean Might, Agility, Will, Vitality and Morale, etc.
In LoTRo, we have 2 ways to bolster our base attributes. The first is Virtues and the second is stat tomes.
Virtues is a quasi-temporary boost, as you can change out which virtues you have "equipped". You can pick up to 5 virtues, which each bolster 3 attributes. Virtues are earned by completing deeds. Most 2nd tier slayer deed as well as the quest count and explorer deeds give 1 or 2 points in a given virtue.
Virtue points can also be gained by certain equipment. Many loot boxes (especially the ones from the meta deed for completing all deeds in a given zone) may have teal loot that will have a plus to some virtue.
Stat Tomes can be bought in the store, found as incredibly rare loot or found in occasional loot boxes. Stat tomes give a permanent boost to one of your basic attributes. Typically, that is +15 to a single stat, though I understand that there are some +20's and maybe +30's.
The stat tomes must be used in numeric order. So you can't read Tome of Vitality 8 until you have read tomes of Vitality 1/2/3/4/5/6 and 7 first. One problem with getting stat tomes from loot or boxes is that you always seem to get a higher one than the one you need. When Stat Tomes drop, they are not bound to your character or even account, so they are tradable. It is very common to find them on the Auction House.
Once you read a stat tome, you can never loose the points it grants you. You can also not read the same tome twice. Many players find stat tomes to be crucial, I personally rarely spend the TP or gold on them. If you decide that you want to use them for your characters, they do go on sale in the Store regularly, either as a single tome or as a bundle of five tomes, so grind out those deeds and save up your TP!
Kaylorin: Thank you Cait, and for those hoping to find a stat tome in a loot box, I believe this weekend is a loot box weekend, so good luck hunting :) that concludes all the points I have. Does anyone else have any issues to raise or questions to ask of kinmates?
(sorry for the slow posting of the news, my browser was being temperamental)
Kin Meeting November 15, 2014
, Nov 15, 14 3:00 AM.
Kaylorin: Thank you all for attending. Fairly short agenda so should be fairly brief meeting.
Kaylorin: We will be running CD tomorrow night, which is about 48+. So if you need to get the class quest items for your new Beornings that will be an opportunity.
Kaylorin: Tuesday will be deed night. It will probably be a Beorning themed one again but non-Beorning characters are welcome to attend as always since most of the deeds are applicable to everyone.
Kaylorin: Wednesday will be 100s night. We will probably be running one of the scaleable instances at level 100. If you have any ideas or suggestions about what you would like to see please let us know.
Kaylorin: That pretty much concludes all the kin part of the news. We do always welcome suggestions about things you want us to run so if any of your characters need a specific instance or quest let us know.
Cait: of course Sunday night will be the medium level group. We have started working Angmar and will be there for a few more weeks
Kaylorin: Ooops. Of course mustn't forget what use to be the low level group. Yes, anyone in early 40s is welcome to attend at 7 pm cst Sunday.
Kaylorin: Early in the week there was a somewhat cryptic post from Turbine in their forums, saying that they were wanting to spread some seasonal cheer and would players therefore visit
and make sure their [snail] mailing address was up to date.
Kaylorin: We don't know what this entails. It might be we will get some kind of card with a code or something but we are probably lining up for some WB junk mail but most people probably already get that anyway. So it is at your own risk but it is probably worth doing.
Kaylorin: Another slightly unusual thread from Turbine this week asked players to list their top 10 bugs. You can find the thread at
Now it is possible that if you do list a bug here it might get fixed but I wouldn't hold your breath. However if there is a bug that bothers you particularly, I would definitely take this opportunity to bring it to Turbine's attention again.
Kaylorin: In some ways doing this is a shrewd move on their part, since most people don't manage to name more than 4 bugs it gives them the chance in the future to point to the fact there are clearly less bugs in the game than most people think.
Kaylorin: The turbine forums, also by comparison making the World channel look like a meeting of Mensa, large numbers of people have listed anything other than bugs, including feature requests and things they just disagree with. The last time I looked some moron was complaining about wanting more wardrobe space.
Kaylorin: So please, if you do have bugs that need fixing, please list them with in the thread with enough detail that the developer can identify and reproduce the error - Draigoch -- fix it! is not very helpful
Kaylorin: Even if it is a valid sentiment.
Kaylorin: Finally this week saw a new official policy from Turbine. One of the things that does make this game unique is the amount of player-organized events, such as musical concerts, that takes place particularly on the larger servers. Recently there has been a number of players who have taken to disrupting these, often invading the stages with their mounts.
Kaylorin: The music community was not feeling exactly warm and fuzzy towards Turbine over the changes to the music system and the resultant bugs, so this provoked a large backlash particularly as GMs were closing all tickets related to these incidents without taking action.
Kaylorin: There is now a formal policy that GMs will respond to attempts to disrupt player organized events events on designated stage areas. You can read the full policy at
Kaylorin: Item of week is a level 100 ring with will and vitality and fate. [Potent Resolute Ring of Fate]
Kaylorin: Let an officer know if you have a character that could use this and you would like it. If you want to see more lower level items offered in this slot feel free to send me some :) As long as I mostly get level 100 items that's all I can offer you though I am very grateful for any items provided.
Kaylorin: In this weeks turbine store sale we find 20% off quest packs (not the new Gondor one), mithril coins, 1 hour 100% xp boost scrolls and 20% off max morale and power scrolls. If anyone is looking at the 100 mithril coin unlock for the third tree, say for your new Beorning, this would be 680 tp with the sale on mithril coins this week.
Kaylorin: You can get a free scroll of combination using the code RELCOM
Cait: This item is normally 795 TP!!! And it lasts 15 minutes
Kaylorin: And now, it is the highlight of the week. Cait is going to astound us with her knowledge of some aspect of the game. So time to wake up and pay attention as I hand over to our erstwhile deputy kin leader, as she again asks, Did You Know? to which I will probably answer yes.
Cait: well since I proof read it to you every week, you better know, my love
Kaylorin: sssh.. I was trying to persuade them of my psychic powers and eidetic memory
There are several quests in the game that are intended to teach the player about the mind-set of the class. These are the class-specific quests. Teaching the captain that the morale of their men is paramount, teaching the minstrel that is their role to keep the spirits of their comrades elevated, teaching the beorning to temper their wrath with compassion for a wild beast.
Class quests happen at certain intervals. For most classes, they happen at levels 15, 30 and 50. Some classes get more than that, particularly Hunters. Completing these quests frequently are a portion of your class deeds, one third of the tier deeds.
As you ding 15 you'll receive a mail telling you that there is a pressing matter, and you should go see a certain person of importance, frequently in Bree. They will have you do a solo instance, helping to defend Bree in some way.
At level 39 everyone should visit their class trainer and buy 3 books from the trainer's shop. Reading the books opens up a quest, sending you to talk to someone important to your class. Hunters talk to Legolass, for example, in Rivendell. Most of the level 39 book quest givers are in Rivendell.
Then at level 50 (can accept the first quest as early as level 45) we get sent back to a quest giver in the early starter areas, Nogolond, Combe, Archet and Staddle for example.
They then send you on 3 separate quests, the first is to kill a named mob for an item it has as well as some creatures for parts of their bodies on the first quest. The second quest of these chains send you to get items that are dropped on the landscape of Angmar (and other locations you can find level 45-50 mobs, like Forochel) and the third and final quest stage has you get items that are generally dropped by enemies found in Urugarth and Carn Dum, the instances of Angmar.
This makes sense as these were some of the original "end game" content. When LoTRo was first released, 50 was max level.
The rewards for these quests are gear and weapons that are specific to the class. Unfortunately the classes have been re-worked several times over the years, but it seems like the rewards have not been.
The kin keep stocks of the items that are needed for the second and third stages of these class quests. When you hit 45, please see Kay, Randi or myself for these items. While the second and third tier items can be bought at the skirmish camps as well, it would be a shame for you to spend your hard earned marks needlessly!
Kaylorin: And any Beornings not sure what items they will need for their 45 class quest should see the thread Les kindly wrote for our forums.
Kaylorin: Thank you as always Cait. That was very helpful and we are always delighted to give out these class quest items to people so please don't be shy people!
Zyion: yeah. he's a beast,, no pun intended
Kaylorin: Are there any other points people want to raise or questions to ask/
Cait: and while this weekend is a bonus Marks Weekend, there are still many better things to spend your marks on!
Svartharth: yes take it from someone who bought the 3rd tier items for my hunter from a skirm camp, its a waste of marks, alot of marks, a ton of marks
Kin Meeting November 7, 2014
, Nov 8, 14 12:35 AM.
Kaylorin: Ok thank you everyone for attending. It will be a short meeting tonight then you can get back to interesting things like levelling a Beorning :)
Kaylorin: Well as we are all aware Update 15 hit and brought with it 4 new regions of Gondor, a new solo epic battle and of course, the Beorning, the first new class in the game since Moria. All I can say to those who haven't purchased the class yet is that it is a lot of fun and most of us are having a wild time ;)
Furaibeard: yep i may need to get it. I didn't expect so many people across the server to jump on it.
Kaylorin: Yes, for a people that are few and withdraw.. there sure are a lot of them about currently
Kaylorin: We will be celebrating the arrival of the bears with a few themed events including a couple of deed nights working on getting bears a firm foundation in their virtues and racials. There is also talk of doing a couple of bear only events, maybe Hobnanigans and maybe an instance run - for laughs since its unlikely to be a success without healers
Kaylorin: We did cancel 100s night this week to give people a chance to experiment with their bears. However it will be running as normal this week. Which means Les will be bringing his 100 Beorning which I am sure it will be by then.
Kaylorin: Also with update 15 there was another quest pack with 4 new regions of Gondor. This quest pack is available for 795 tp in the LoTRO store for those who are not VIPs.
Kaylorin: It was pointed out recently that our Which Quest Packs to Buy article on the kin website under the Library section is getting .. a little out of date .. what with new quest packs and also the revisions to North Downs, Misties etc. I am aware of this and will be looking at making some revisions in the near future. I think the basic info is still sound but though.
Kaylorin: More like months. It has proved somewhat difficult to keep updated. We did have someone volunteer to help with those aspects of the website who then disappeared and has hardly been on since.
Svartharth: there are alot of things outdated on the kin site, we are working to update them
Kaylorin: Indeed we are, and thank you to people who do point out the errors .. its nice to have proof people are reading the website ;)
Kaylorin: Speaking of item of the week, we have a nice 100 shield. [Potent Resolute Shield of Tactics]
Kaylorin: Let an officer know if you would like this item for an alt
Kaylorin: This week's turbine store sale concerns traits including trait slots, virtues, virtue bundles and slayer deed boosts. All at 25% off
Kaylorin: You can use code 4LOOT to get a sturdy steel key for free
Kaylorin: And now, over to Cait for the high point of the meeting, as in her Did You Know segment she presents some aspect of the game which people may have overlooked. So over to Cait (time to wake everybody!)
Every different MMO that I have played since the early text based MMO's has used a feature called "Keymapping". Press a button on your keyboard and you can see your inventory/bags, see your character's stats or even move. Every game I have played has had a different mapping system. In LoTRo, you can access the keymapping table by using the "ctrl o" mapped key to open your options panel. You can also get there via the blue ^ at the far left of your skills bar.
There are over 200 mapable functions in LoTRo. Each one can be set to a unique key or combination of keys on your keyboard to trigger it, and in LoTRo you can set 2 different mappings to the same function. So, for example, I could set both i(nventory) and b(ag) to open my bags. Both are used in different games and both can easily be remembered. C is used in most games to open your character's attributes table, where you can see your gear and basic stats, but p for player would also make sense and is used in some games.
One of the default key mappings that gets people confused is the very last one in the list, "Toggle Target Lock-on Mode". What this does is it moves your camera angle to follow the monster or item that you have targeted. If you ever see your camera angle suddenly moving unexplainedly, this is probably the cause. I personally reccomend removing the keymapping for this feature. To remove the current mappings for any feature, press the red circle with the slash thru it to the right of that maping. To set a mapping, click the button with the name of the mapping, then the next button pressed will become the first availavle mapped button or combinations of buttons for that function.
Kaylorin: Thank you as always Cait. Now before we see about getting an epic battle together are there any other issues people want to raise or questions to ask?
Svartharth: i have been making a thread for beorning deeds on the kin forums, in those deeds are your skill deeds, it is a work in progress and any beornings that know the daily limits of the skills feel free to add to that or any other part of the thread in the comments
Kin Meeting October 31, 2014
, Nov 1, 14 1:59 AM.
Kaylorin: hello everyone. Thank you all for attending. I realize for many people this is another of those big days when real life intervenes, so it is good to see so many here when you could be out blackmailing people into giving you candy instead. Short agenda but fairly important items.
Kaylorin: Update 15 is now scheduled for release on 5th Novemember. This will bring the new class, the Beorning, into the game, plus 4 new areas of Gondor and a new offensive epic battle.. and from the comments Kayloradan made when he tried it, they sounded pretty offensive.
Kaylorin: The Beorning class will be available to buy for 1000 tp. It is a medium armor wearer who can turn into a bear in combat. There is a bundled option of 1295 tp for both a Beorning unlock and a character slot. Earlier today Turbine confirmed this will be an exclusive slot, much like the Moria ones, so is only obtainable this way and extends your max char slots by 1 extra.
Kaylorin: The Gift of the Valar, the special insta-level to 50 option is available at 50% off until 4th. So those who want to level their Beornings can buy this now and store it for their new character when they create them. Its an account bound box that can be passed to any of your characters. So for anyone wanting a level 50 beorning with 1 gold and 4s in their virtues, the cost is 2498 tp
Kaylorin: The 6 man version of the new epic battle will not be available on 5th but should be coming sometime between now and April. Once it is available though we will be running it as a kin event like the other epic battles.
Kaylorin: Speaking of kin events, tomorrow we will be running Draigoch. So those of you with chars of 75+ feel free to come along. The cloak you can get from this raid is good for some time so it is well worth having. We only run Draigoch periodically so it is best to take your chance to earn the precious scales for the cloak. That will be 9 pm cst tomorrow.
Kaylorin: The Sunday group will be continuing with Trollshaws and the epic story before ultimately entering Angmar. Anyone with a char in the early 40s is welcome to join the Sunday group in levelling, questing and skirmishing.
Kaylorin: Tuesday will be Deed Night. This week we did Sarnur, completing some of the more tricky deeds to do, including killing all the bosses. Suggestions are always welcomed for regions, instances or deeds that you want to do Tuesday. Pass these along to Cait.
Kaylorin: Wednesday is 100s night, for max level chars. This week we did a number of scaled instances including one Anuminas one. Again suggestions are welcomed and I know some people still need to do TC. Both Deed Night and 100s night start at 8 pm cst.
Kaylorin: Remember that in the US the clock changes this weekend, so don't be late .. early .. whatever.. to events as a result. Most of the rest of their world reset their clocks last week.
Kaylorin: This week's item of the week is a pair of 100 boots, medium armor with plenty of agi and vit. Speak to an Officer if you have an alt who could benefit from them and you would like them.
Kaylorin: [Greater Dextrous Boots of Fate]
Kaylorin: This weeks turbine store sale is 20% off movement related items, including riding traits, milestone skills, hurried and returning traveller and simple rally horns.
Kaylorin: You can use the code RELL9 to obtain a free random relic pack
Kaylorin: And now, its time to prop open your eyelids, the boring part of the meeting is over. Light shines upon you as Cait moves forward to present her latest Did You Know. In last week's episode she talked about setting up your UI for grouping. This week continues the grouping theme.
In tonight's Did you Know, I want to cover looting. When you are soloing, you obviously get all of the loot, that is, if you check "always loot all" in the options panel. When you are in a group, the leader of the group sets the rules on how loot is divided. There are several settings to choose from.
Turbine made changes to the way looting is handled a while back. For the most part, the game assigns loot to everyone in the fellowship. The loot assigned is almost always geared towards the stats your character uses the most, so wardens burgs and hunters will get agility gear, cappies guards and champs will get might gear.
There are exceptions to this, such as the random chests out in the world and (partially) the loot chests at the end of an instance, as well as the loot on enemies that have been killed by the group.
Free For All means that anyone can loot, and having always loot all enabled will trigger the looting. It used to mean that the person that clicks on the lootable item got all the loot, but I think Turbine's changes to looting have altered this a bit.
Round Robin means the first piece of loot is given to the group leader, the second piece to the second group member, so on and so forth. This tends to be a very fair way to split the loot.
Master Looter means that the group leader will have controll over the loot chests and is frequently used in instances such as Draig. Splitting the loot this way is time consuming, but it also tends to mean that someone who the loot is good for will likely be the one that gets it before someone that just wants it for vendor trash. (Vendor trash means you want to sell the item for gold.)
Roll/Pass and Need/Greed will cause an in-game mechanic where party members click a button to say if they want the item or not. roll/pass is very simply yes/no. need/greed is a little more complicated.
Need is meant to mean that you absolutely want the item BECAUSE it is an upgrade for you. Greed is meant to mean that you want it for an alt or vendor trash if no one absolutely needs it. Many people, un-affectionately known as loot ninjas, have for years caused unhappiness to their fellow party members when need/greed was the looting option. A Champion clicking need on will/fate gear that is bind on acquire is irritating to the LM that was hoping for a better robe, and is a perfect example of what loot ninja'ing is.
roll/pass/need/greed is complicated a bit by the addition of the "quality level" options. These options refer to the value of the loot. Common would include task items, and the scale goes up from there.
When in a group, it is of course important that any loot that drops goes to those that need it. It is considered proper etiquite by the gaming community and by the Kin that loot goes to those that need it who are on the run where it falls. If no one needs a piece on those specific characters, then it can be taken for alts or finally the kin chest/vendor trash/cosmetics. If you want to farm for gear for an alt, it is courteous to tell the enite fellowship at the start that you are trying to collect gear, iXP runes or weapons of a given type.
Be aware of the loot rules when in a pug group, as you may find that the group leader that sets the loot rules to master looter just before the final boss fight is a loot ninja.
Kaylorin: Thank you as always Cait. Loot is always one of those highly contentious things and I know many kins that have been split over it. I dont think we have ever lost anyone over the issue but it is definitely something to be aware of. As a general rule Need/Greed is the preferred kin loot system though I know we havent always followd it.
Kaylorin: It is worth saying that the system is determined by the group leader's settings so those who lead instances for the kin should be aware of this and modify their settings where necessary.
Kaylorin: It is worth saying that we have run whole instances for one person who at the end failed to get the item because someone else accidentally or deliberately rolled on an item that was bind on acquire so the issue couldnt be rectified. Master Looter stops that happening which is why we use it for things like Draigoch.
Kaylorin: The kin's general principle is that loot goes to the person who can benefit most from the piece and I am grateful that kinmates do treat each other with respect and understanding. A rule like we have over the Draigoch scales wouldnt be possible in many kinships where there is not that core trust in each other.
Kaylorin: Ok that concludes all the points I have this week. Does anyone else have any questions to ask or issues to raise before we see about getting an epic battle run together?
Percyval: yes...milestone skills are on sale and there is free relic pack available
Kin Meeting October 24, 2014
, Oct 24, 14 11:15 PM.
Kaylorin: ok nap time.. er I mean its time for the kin meeting to start so all pay attention
Bredor: nap time!!! WOOT WOOT!!!
Bredor: oh and bull pucky a relic removal scroll doesn't remove crafted relics!
Kaylorin: it will eventually.. you just have to wait to do it.. we covered that I think 2 weeks ago now in kin meeting
Hezraldor: in update 15 relic removal scrolls will remove crafted relics
Kaylorin: that is one of the changes they introduced into the build with the beornings that has been tested on bullroarer.. so when that becomes live you should be able to remove crafted relics.. assuming that change makes it to live, most do but not everything they test
Hezraldor: one thing they didn't mention but was added, is stat tomes are getting a boost, instead of +10 its +20 and +20 its +40 for upper level tomes, and they will go to 20 available tomes
Kaylorin: Ok not a very long agenda again this week. Things have been mostly quiet. So should be a brief meeting. In fact Cait's Did You Know should be about twice the size of the rest of the meeting.
Kaylorin: Since we are talking about Bullroarer currently there was a new build introduced this afternoon. So those who want to try it out update your bullroarer clients. Mostly its improvements to Beorning class but there were a few other things I noticed.
Kaylorin: Firstly .. drum roll .. the Thespian Deed of the Yule festival has been fixed. You will now be able to complete the deed and it only took them 4 years to correct that bug.
Eorand: One of those times where I kinda wanna say better late than never...but it's pretty late!
Kaylorin: The cost of all Hytbold rebuild quests stages have been reduced to 1 token. Meaning if you are still bothering with Hytbold and its something you should probably do if you never have, then it should go much faster in future.
Kaylorin: The damage output and morale of the mobs in the new Pelargir epic battle have been reduced to what they describe as something more reasonable. That might make it suck less but probably not.
Kaylorin: Beornings use 3 wrath every 3 seconds rather than every second so you get to be a bear for longer. There have been various changes to graphics to reduce clipping issues and there are now Beorning LI traders in the usual places.
Kaylorin: That concludes the bullrorarer but feel free to use our forums to give news about anything else you find or your experiences with Beornings etc.
Kaylorin: Suggestions are welcomed for Tuesday deed nights. Lately we have done specific virtues and worked through the areas that give that virtue however we can also do specific areas if people need. So be sure and give us your suggestions.
Kaylorin: Most regulars now have completed the Tarlang's Crown quests but we can run them for new people when needed. Otherwise the Wednesday 100s group is now mostly doing 100 instances. Suggestions also appreciated there.
Kaylorin: The Sunday mid level group is now questing its way through Trollshaws and anyone in late 30s - mid 40s is welcome to attend.
Kaylorin: For tomorrow's instance runs we are thinking Bells of Dale and/or one of the Erebor 3 mans.
Kaylorin: So if people have any preference let us know, and hopefully see you there. Most events are 8 pm cst, saturday night runs are 9 pm cst and I believe this weekend the civilized world changes their clocks so non-Americans may find a greater than usual difference between their local time and CST.
Kaylorin: This week's item of the week is a level 30 wrist piece with agility, power and crit and extra Tolerance virtue. [Gemmed Bracelet of the Fox]. Speak to an officer if you would like this item.
Kaylorin: On sale this week in the Turbine store we have Runekeeper and Warden classes at 25% off, both very good classes and worth getting if you don't have already. Also 25% off character slots and slayer deed accelerators.
Eorand: Supposedly with Update 15, the maximum number of character slots will bump up to 21 or so.
Kaylorin: Finally the best part of the meeting is here. It is time for Cait to enlighten us with details of some aspect of LoTRO which is easily overlooked and I understand its a good one this week, especially with all the group events I have outlined already coming up. So with no more ado, other to Cait. Time to wake up everybody!
As you know, the Dawnbreakers run group content events 5 days a week. In tonight's did you know I wanted to share some of the commonly recommended settings that can make running instances a little easier.
Target assist is a small window that shows the name of one or two fellowship members and what they are targeting. As a leader, I am horrible about remembering to set a target assist, but the idea is that you select the tank or a knowledgeable DPS'er. Then the group clicks on the target assist window so that everyone is killing the same monster, which then means that when there are multiple foes we are taking them out faster. This also centralizes the threat and aids killing mobs in the right order, esp when that is crucial.
Target skill forwarding works hand in hand with the target assist window. It allows your skills to forward to the target of the team mate you have selected. This is especially important for a healer that is there to heal and do dps.
Target direction arrow puts a dotted line on the ground at your feet, and leads off in the direction of your target. The dots are a bit hard to see until you get used to looking for them.
Put your FM window as well as the FM Selection UI window in a spot where you can see them easily when they pop up. Make sure that they aren't over top of each other. If there is an FM pre-selected for the fellowship, it is important to follow the pattern, unless a leader calls out to go all green/blue.
Target of Target is another useful feature. If you're the Tank, you want to know when the enemy is heading toward your healer.
Turning off Other's Floating Damage can help a little bit with lag.
For healers in particular enabling the UI to only show dispellable effects can clear much of the clutter of icons under the health bars of your fellowship. It lets you quickly identify when someone has a disease or wound that can be cured.
Another good trick for healers is the shift/H interface. Mouse over a fellowship member and then press shift H and you'll get a small panel that pops up. This allows you to position it any where on your screen and have an easy box to click to re-select that party member. It works on non-party members too, so could be used on bosses as well.
and that is my Did you Know this week!
Kaylorin: Thank you as always Cait. Very informative. I use the Shift H trick a lot when healing. It is also worth saying that for those of you who use plugins there are some good ones that can highlight when particular buffs are in place, like buffbars, which can also be useful for seeing when benefits are in place and timing the use of particular skills.
Kaylorin: That concludes all the points I have. Does anyone else have any further points. If not we will see about getting an epic battle run together.
Eorand: Love Buffbars and Palantir..and a handful of other plug-ins. They're quite helpful without making the game overly easy. They just help increase awareness.
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