Kaylorin: Thank you all for attending. Fair amount of news this week.
Kaylorin: The first announcement is my least favorite duty as kin leader, other than actually kicking people out of the kinship that is. LoTRO is a great game and it brings us a lot of pleasure, however for some people it is more than a game, it is what provides for their children and pays their rent.
Kaylorin: I therefore regret having to say that WB confirmed earlier in the week another round of layoffs at Turbine.
Kaylorin: We do not know how many left, Turbine have not said anything about who was effected, though we believe Produktion, the producer and Kehleyr, one of the chief quality personnel who organized testing are believed to be among the victims. It is noted that neither has posted since or replied to the speculation about their departure.
Kaylorin: Previously when staff were still at Turbine they have often posted to confirm this. We do have a statement from Rowan, LoTRO producer, who says that the layoffs were anticipated and do not change any of their current plans for LoTRO.
Kaylorin: Infinite Crisis, their new MOBA is due for launch soon, so it may be many of the extra staff they took on were no longer needed. It also seems that WB is transitioning Turbine to focus more on the mobile market and there are several current vacancies at Turbine for mobile developers.
Zyion: mobile, like smart phone apps?
Eleenadal: I don't doubt you but -- and I may be wrong, but that sounds like a political statement I would hear from Washington.
Alkurelm: I wish Infinite Crisis had a BOT mode.
Kaylorin: Interestingly, we saw a new Lord of the Rings game released from WB Games this week. I speak of Legends of Middle Earth which is an android RPG. It is available on Google Play. I tried it earlier today. It is graphically very nice but there is no game play to it at all, essentially it consists of pressing the explore button a lot. Combat doesn't involve any player intervention at all
Kaylorin: So if this is the future, this release doesn't entire bode well for complexity of game play.
Kaylorin: However we will see what happens and our thoughts go to those turbine staff who lost their jobs this week and we can only wish them the best for the future.
Alkurelm: The future of gaming is 1 hour campaigns and PvP being forced down our throats.
Cait: fewer staff also means it is even less likely that they will change their minds and add raids back in
Kaylorin: Last week we heard about the postponement of the new imbuing process which enables LIs to level with you.We have discussed it a few times here but today we learned about changes from the original plans.
Kaylorin: "The original plan was that you could only imbue an item that was at level cap (100) and fully leveled. Hoarse may have pulled back on that (to make it less restrictive), but we fully intend to make your existing LIs imbue-able"
Cait: Hoarse-Dev...a lead programmer
Kaylorin: This could mean that if you have a level 95 first age LI and not a level 100 one, it might be worth hanging onto it and potentially leveling it to see if you can imbue it in the future.
Kaylorin: There was a new Bullroarer release today. No major changes from the previous one. Generally Beornings have got a good reaction from the players who have tested them out. If you want to try them yourself, download the bullroarer client. You will need to purchase it with tp but there are free tp each day on bullroarer so that isn't a problem.
Cait: TP purchases on Bullroarer do not affect your TP total on normal servers
Hezraldor: it is a good idea to read all the sticky threads on the Bullroarer forum if you plan to play beta for the first time
Kaylorin: I also tried out the new epic battle. I think it will be good as a 6 man but unfortunately only the duo/solo version is currently available and I thought it sucked. Those who don't like epic battles will like it, but those who enjoy the existing battles may not like how little impact their roles have in the new battle.
Kaylorin: Its also tough for light armor wearers as you lead a group of brain dead soldiers about who refuse to engage the foe until you have got their attention first and in many cases died. Oh and finally if it couldn't get any better.. the suicidal sons of Elrond are there too.
Bredor: So I take it you didn't like it much Kay... lol
Kaylorin: I thought I hid that well.. what gave it away?
Bredor: Just a gut feeling.
Eleenadal: I think it was his laugh as he stabbed himself
Kaylorin: It will probably work well with a group and a real tank etc, but its not one I would try solo without a heavy armored character.
Kaylorin: Deed nights run every Tuesday and we are always glad of your suggestions and input. This week we did some of the deeds for the fidelity virtue including the Angmar Circle of Despair deed which involves running up to many strongly fortified and patrolled citadels. That may be the first time someone under level 40 has got that deed.
Kaylorin: Wednesday we have 100s night which will either be in TC or possibly a level 100 instance, whatever people want in future as most people are close to finishing the TC quests now.
Kaylorin: And Saturdays, including tomorrow, we will be running an instance or skirmish. Precisely what has still to be determined. So turn up and enjoy the surprise ;)
Kaylorin: Those events are all 8 pm central time except Saturday which is normally 9 pm.
Zyion: what levels are welcome on Saturdays?
Cait: all are welcome, but skirms start at 20 and instances generally start at 30
Kaylorin: Sunday is the low, now mid level group, which is now questing its way through the Trollshaws. Anyone with a char in late 30's - mid 40's is welcome to attend.
Kaylorin: for anyone not sporting one of those nice extra xp stones, we have a nice mid 50's pocket item as Item of the Week, this week. Lots of agility and fate and a nice stacking crit buff. [Key of the Ancient Barrow]
Kaylorin: This week's turbine store sale concerns storage-related items including 20% off shared storage, vault upgrades, inventory slots and currency cap (f2p/premium only)
Kaylorin: Use code RALLY5 for a free rally horn. Useful for summoning group members.
Hezraldor: the free item code can be used 5 times per account
Kaylorin: And now over to Cait for another in her wonderful series of Did You Knows? In which she sheds light on some remote and neglected aspect of the game. So time for everyone's favorite part of the meeting and time to wake up as I hand over to our deputy kin leader
Collecting materials for Crafting is often very tedious. The earliest zone with a special mini-instance that is known as Crafting Instances is Moria. These solo instances allow anyone to go in and do quests to kill assorted monsters, though someone who is a crafter of that certain type will be able to also collect approximately 20-40 nodes in a very short period of time.
You can collect wood, ore and scholar mats in these instances. These are daily quests, repeatable once a day per instance. I did read something about the Moria crafting instance nodes apparently spawning once every 3 days.
The mats for collection are:
Scholar - Tier 6 - Moria, winding way(west of 21st hall)
- Tier 8 - Hytbold, East Rohan (Behind the mead hall)
- Tier 9 - Entwood, Gemyndsted
Lumber - Moria, Zelem Melek(S out of 21st, left, fall down 1 story, 2nd entrance on the right)
- Hytbold, East Rohan (Behind the mead hall)
- Direnfirel, Kingstead, West Rohan
Ore - Moria, Red Horn Lodes (along the northern wall, about 2/3 of the way to the Mirror in the bug area)
- Hytbold, East Rohan (Behind the mead hall)
- Stangraf, Entwood
Each of the Moria crafting instance areas have 2 instances that you can go in and clear out. All the mobs inside them are ones needed for Moria slayer deeds, merrevail, cave claws(these drop leather) and orcs. There are 3 rep vendors outside the 2 instances, selling assorted things, including a key that opens a chest next to them that will have more of that resource item. Another item you can barter for are the level 65 Loth Lorien gold leaves that are great for level 65 teal jewelry...a good option if you aren't doing big battles for jewelry. There are 3 quests per crafting instance, so you can get a max of 18 barter tokens a day.
There is only 1 of each type of instance at Hytbold, and you have to rebuild a bit of it before you can gain access to them. All 3 of the Hytbold crafting instances are located behind the mead hall, follow the path around the left side of the Hall.
The 3rd set of crafting instances came into the game with Update 13, this past April. I have to admit that I haven't ever run any of these, and from the limited info I could find about them, they came in with the flooded Isengard area, but the slayers inside them were linked to that level (95) and to the 85 deeds.
The Crafting Instances also are one of the few ways to get the Compendiums of Middle Earth, a component needed for making crafted relics, the 4th relic slot in your LI's.
Hezraldor: to access the 95 crafting instances you have to go to the fangorn and done the prereq fangorn quests to access them
And that is this week's Did you Know!
Cait: That's all the points that we have. Does anyone have any news or comments to bring up to the Kin?
Lalfo: I have one
Lalfo: for Mac Client users
Lalfo: the client works great on 10.10, however the store is not working
Lalfo: but i am not crashing every 45 mins...
Cait: hmm. I wonder if that was Ivrenn's problem last night...
Hezraldor: Tuesday is the start of the fall festival and runs till November 2, which means the haunted barrow will be opening
Alkurelm: Speaking of Early AM, that's the time I'll be playing on my days off for a while. I'm out of the training stages of my new job and the shift I'm going on is at night right now.