[Kinship] Kaylorin: ok everyone thank you for attending.
Cait is currently asleep.. she had a long day and though she will probably kill
me for not waking her I am going to let her sleep as she needs the rest. She
did prepare a Did You Know but I am not sure where it is on her computer. There
is a good chance she will wake before the end of the meeting though..
[Kinship] Kaylorin: especially as I will be doing my best to
extend the meeting length to 4 hours to make sure this happens :)
[Kinship] Kaylorin: I am of course not joking about this,
though you will wish I was ;)
[Kinship] Kaylorin: Today saw a new version of update 15.1
added to the Bullroarer test server. This includes retuned versions of the
Pelargir 6 man and lots of Beorning related changes, including the ability to
fish in their homeland, the ability to use -beorn as a name for your character
and correcting a few things which Beornings are currently not able to
[Kinship] Kaylorin: There are quite a number of these
apparently where quests or instances are dependent on race and Beornings have
been overlooked. This includes not being able to legitimately gain access to
the hobbit village in Enedwaith to the end boss in the Forochel ITA instance
not being able to "possess" the powers of Beornings.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: Apparently in this last case if there is
a Beorning in the instance, the Burglars get a double dose of being
"it" which is great for the Beorning but sucks for the Burglars.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: Other changes include those Gondor
"archers" having been sat down and explained at length what an archer
is, and they will now be using ranged attacks.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: And the world will be a lot quieter as
Lore-Master bears will no longer be roaring whilst not in combat.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: You can find the full list of changes at
[Kinship] Svartharth The Fellowship version of Retaking
Pelargir yields superior victory boxes that come with higher drop rates of good
stuff, plus an exclusive surprise. that sounds interesting
[Kinship] Kaylorin: Yes I wondered about that but no one has
apparently found out what it is as there are no posts on it yet.
[Kinship] Svartharth it also sounds like there will be some
new stuff for the winter fest since its active in the current beta build
[Kinship] Kaylorin: But since this hopefully means the 6 man
will be released in the next few weeks we will hopefully will get a chance to
discover for ourselves as well as any changes to the winter festival which has
hardly been modified since it was introduced.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: Chance Thomas was the composer of the
music for the original Shadows of Angmar LoTRO as well as the Riders of Rohan
expansion. His music has always been well received and popular with players. It
was therefore with sadness that we learned this week that his association with
LoTRO has now formally come to an end.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: Music can add a great deal to the
atmosphere of a game. Though I wouldn't say I was a great music lover by any
means I find that I always halt on the Brandywine Bridge to hear the short
turne that plays there and it introduces the appropriate air of brightness and
frivolity that the Shire represents. I do find it sad then that Chance states
that Turbine no longer regard music as a
[Kinship] Kaylorin: high priority. Whilst the HD music was
better than some of their previous in-house stuff I didnt find it anywhere near
as powerful as the Rohan material that Chance Thomas wrote. He also used to
hang out on the LoTRO forums and discuss his music with players and obviously
cared about the game a great deal.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: So I do regard it as a bad sign and
another example of LoTRO being starved of resources since WB took over Turbine.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: You will find in our kin Message of the
Day a link to a competition Turbine is currently running on Facebook to tie in
with Peter Jackon's Hobbit movies. This include a chance to win a copy of the
Bluray/DVDs as well as a 1000 tp. Using the form at
https://www.facebook.com/LOTRO?v=app_194975693850063&rest=1 you can
register for the competition.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: As I say the link is in the MOTD for
those of you that can't remember that. Since I am not a Facebook fan I will not
be taking part but since most of you are probably users of Facebook it is
probably worth doing.
[To Kinship] one thing to note you dont need a facebook
account to register, it is just a form where you input you own information
[Kinship] Kaylorin: Straightforward item of the week this
week, a nice level 54 second age Champion rune Legendary item. A very good
opportunity to replace your starter LI with something very powerful. So if
people have a Champion alt that could benefit speak to an Officer.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: [Champion's Rune of the Second Age]
Kinship] Kaylorin: This like all the Item of the Week
objects was donated by a member. We are always greateful to receive fresh
donations, especially non level 100 ones, though level 100 items are very
welcome too :) Send any items you dont want and think others might find useful
to myself in a mail marked item of week.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: As well as the usual weekly Turbine
store sales, they are also going to be doing special weekend-only limited
sales. Keep an eye on this thread
details of the sales. Not anything great yet though 30% off epic battle
promotion points might be of use to some people
[Kinship] Kaylorin: though with Pelargir out in solo there
are now more points that can be readily earned so its less valuable a purchase
than it once was
Kinship] Kaylorin: The normal sale this week concerns
crafting with 30% off ingredient packs, crafting guild access , craft xp
boosts, rapid crafting boosts, tiers and recipe books.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: You can also use the code BUILD6 for a
free universal solvent
[Kinship] Kaylorin: Now we reach the high point of the
week.. Cait's Did You Know.. so Cait what have you to say to us this week on
LoTRO. Hmmm.. ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz. Let me translate that.. It is important for
LoTRO players to maintain a healthy sleep schedule and not stay up too late
playing the game. I know a lot of players definitely don't know that ;)
[Kinship] Kaylorin: In tonight's did you know I wanted to
cover a few small topics that aren't big enough for a full session on their
[Kinship] Kaylorin: The first topic tonight is a handy
little command when doing the dreaded task of escorting Sara Oakheart. This
will work best for classes with a large variety of ranged skills.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: Click on Sara (or anyone else that you
have to escort) and type /followJust like following a player, this keeps you
with the escort. Use tab to select the next target and take them out before
they get close to Sara, Sally the hog or the children of Langhold!
[Kinship] Kaylorin: Next up, a quick reminder that the
vendors in the kin neighborhood, and the neighborhood where your personal home
is located will buy goods from you at a higher rate. They will also sell to you
for cheaper rates and finally they will charge you less to repair your armour
[Kinship] Kaylorin: When you need to stop by the bank too,
considering porting there, especially if you always change your milestone to
the camp where you are questing from!
[Kinship] Kaylorin: Finally, despite popular opinion, I
[CAIT] am not the only source of good info on all things LoTRo. [That is true
.. there is me too :) Kay addition to notes]
[Kinship] Kaylorin: Every week, Kay and I listen to several
pod casts about LoTRo and middle earth. Short audio talk shows by people who
play the game and do a lot of research and share it with anyone who wants to
listen. These programs are free to listen to and are frequently very
[Kinship] Kaylorin: We regularly listen to LoTRo Reporter
and LoTRo Academy. No longer in production, Casual Stroll to Mordor back
episodes may still give some info, espicially the episodes about the assorted
holiday festivals, were above average. LoTRO players has its own podcast too
which has taken over from CSTM in providing regular LoTRO news.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: For general info on Lord of the Rings
look up pod casts that feature Corey Olsen. He is a professor of English on the
East Coast of the US, specializing in the works of Professor JRR Tolkien.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: In fact, Corey calls himself "the
Tolkien Professor" and has a few classes at the "Mythgard
Institute", part of the online "Signum University", on the works
or Tolkien. These are college level classes, and are not free to take though
are cheaper than many conventional university courses.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: The institute has a donation-supported
Academy which does however provide some free classes on fantasy literature
[Kinship] Kaylorin: Mythgard Academy has free college level
classes on Tolkien. There are 3 podcasts on LoTR which you can find available
for free download under their past classes.
[Kinship] Kaylorin: And that concludes my .. er her .. Did
You Know this week
[Kinship] Kaylorin: Thank you Cait, very informative as
usual and can I say how expecially pretty you are looking tonight ..
[Kinship] Kaylorin: That concludes all the points I have.
Other than to congratulate Les on being the first 100 Beorning in the Kin. He
is now ofificially the Beorning expert, please direct all your questions to him
and I look forward to reading his class guide in our forums soon ;)
[Kinship] Kaylorin: Since there are login problems I don't
think we will be able to do a 6 man epic battle tonight. So I will just see if
anyone has any other questions or issues to raise with kinmates before I close