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Kin Meeting July 25, 2014

Cait, Jul 26, 14 12:24 AM.
Kaylorin: ok everyone thank you for attending. Will be a short meeting this week as not a lot on the agenda. After that we will see about running an epic battle.

Kaylorin: For those attending in person be warned Cait will be doing her equivalent of a mugging again.. she forceably gives you things ;)
Bredor: If only mugging was always that enjoyable!
Cait: in other words, get yourselves over here and help me clear my bags!

Kaylorin: First item of news is that there will be a small patch on Monday. I have taken a quick look through the patch notes and isolated a few items of interest. From Monday the level 100 Blemished Symbol of Celebrimbor used to make 2nd age Legendary items will require a seal, so if you don't have any seals currently it might be an idea to go barter now before that becomes a requirement.
Kaylorin: The cost of items and traits at the skirmish vendor is going down by 20-50%. It strikes me that if you can afford a skirmish refund scroll for the traits you have already paid for this might be a good investment given they should be cheaper in future. I have not heard about a skirmish trait reset so am assuming there will not be one.
Kaylorin: Finally Quickbeam will no longer take 18 hours to ponder things .. oh thank god yes... and the huorn pets will be purchasable with leaves directly from the vendors.

Kaylorin: This kin has generally got pretty good at running the Epic Battles including the 6 man however success in these is dependent on getting to where you should be quickly and doing what is required, therefore I spent a few hours updating the 6 man guide in the forums this week. If you do run or plan to run epic battles with us you are advised to read it to understand the kin strategy
Kaylorin: and what is required in the various sub missions. The one area of uncertainty still remains the precise order of the missions and we are still working on determining that, every time I find an order and test it something immediately contradicts it next run. So working on gathering data from the 6 man to determine the pattern of missions still.
Kaylorin: You will find the guide under the Epic Battles subforum of the main Gameplay forum on the kin website and it is suggested you read it to prepare for the 6 man runs especially if you havent done them before. We also welcome comments, feedback and corrections.

Kaylorin: We have now seen another 2 SHIELD runs. First Maiar (one of the german servers) which took 5th place with 23mins 13 secons and Brandywine which managed 8th place with over 33 mins. This means Vilya is still in 3rd position with Eldar and Winfola ahead of us.
Kaylorin: The pace of SHIELD runs is to be accelerated since they were due to finish at the end of September however Turbine's Community Manager, Sapience, who organizes them is leaving the company on 1st August. He is going to the Extra Life charity he has spent some years raising money for and remember if he raises 100K this year he will be getting a tatoo..
Kaylorin: So if you have money, and fancy getting some rare mounts and in game pets as a reward, remember the Extra Life charity and give to Team Turbine :)
Kaylorin: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?547850-Extra-life-2014-Play-Games-Heal-Kids
Kaylorin: Is the main forum post which includes the donation link
Kaylorin: Sapience's replacement will be Andy Cataldo, known as Frelorn, who is already with Turbine, and has started covering some of the duties and has introduced himself on the main forums. Sapience will however still run the SHIELD events and get them finished before he leaves.
Cait: he is currently at $30,595

Kaylorin: This week's item of the week is a level 62 piece of heavy armor with might and vitality. Nice for a Guardian or Captain etc [Amon Beleg]. This is part of a set with set bonus if you get the other pieces. Speak to an Officer if you would like it.

Kaylorin: This week's turbine store sale concerns legendary items and includes 30% off level cap increase (Scroll of Delving equivalent), State upgrade (Scroll of Empowerment equivalent) and relic packs. It is a good price and if you trust Turbine spending money to improve your LI before it is locked and attuned might not be a bad idea. On the other hand we don't know
Kaylorin: for certain what will carry over when an item is attuned and what else may be required and if things like starlit crystals might still be reset in future when level caps change, so there is a risk. And if you do trust Turbine there is a Nigerian prince who would like your email address.
Kaylorin: You can get a free relic removal scroll using code: REREL
Antropyne: on the LI front, I do wish they'd spell out in more detail exactly how it's going to work so that we could make more educated decisions regarding the building (or not) of level 100 LIs

Kaylorin: And now, it is that time again. The highlight of the week. The chance for your grey matter to get some exercise as Cait takes it out for a run around the lesser known parts of LoTRO with her hugely successful and popular - Did You Know? segment. So over to Cait.
Cait: and, in an effort to make this even better, I pre-typed tonight's Did you know...Getting & Using TP wisely...
Grind the low level zones. It really doesn't make sense to spend TP on extra virtue slots if you aren't willing to get the max possible points in your virtues. If you start in ered luin and shire, by the time you hit bree, half the quests are still green, if you do bree 1st, then the Shire & Ered Luin are grey. The low zones also require fewer kills to complete slayers, and so are faster for earning tp for higher zone purchases. Don't use a slayer scroll on the early zones, they are easy to complete with out them. save them for zones where the slayers are 300!  Remember though, you can use skirms to get the slayers out of the way if you do prefer to do Bree first. buying a zone and its skirm will help with slayer deeds, and the marks will help you buy rep tokens to also earn TP, as I have discussed in the past. Buying extra character slots is also a good way to earn more TP fast. Esp if you are willing to deed EL/Shire/Bree then delete and restart the toon, you'll quickly get to the point where you have enough TP generation to buy more content zones towards progressing higher with your preferred class. DPS classes and Mini's are, in my opinion, the best for low level sacraficial toons but whatever class you are most comfortable with is really the best choice for you!
And that is this week's Did you know, speed tip!

Kaylorin: Thank you everyone :) We will be running an epic battle shortly after the meeting when you have had time to digest your lembas. Speak to Cait if you would like to participate as I will be switching characters

Kin Meeting July 18,2014

Cait, Jul 18, 14 10:58 PM.
Kaylorin: Thank you all for attending. We will probably be running an epic battle after the meeting so stick around. Not too long an agenda this week. 

Kaylorin: Firstly congratulations to the low level group which ran GA on Sunday. They successfully completed the 6 man and then the 3 men. Well done to them all. If you have a character of the appropriate level (currently 32+) the group runs from 7 pm cst and you will be welcome.

Kaylorin: I hope people are enjoying the new content. For those of you who haven't yet found their way to Dol Amroth, or are in the dark about what to do there, one of our members, Inch, has written a very good guide which you can find on the kin website under the Quests & Instances area. I thoroughly recommend it. Is very detailed and developing by the day. Thank you to Inch for the guide.
Antropyne: I second that, tyvm Inch.

Kaylorin: As well as the update, monday also saw the publication of a Producers Letter giving us details of what we can expect in the future. For those who haven't heard the news here is a summary of the main points.
Kaylorin: The planned additional 5 level cap increase later in the year has been cancelled. Level 100 will be top level for this year.
Kaylorin: In response to feedback (definitely not from me as I would prefer to claw my eyes out with my fingers than go through the level 40s with a character again) the new class, Beornings will now start at level 1 and not 50 as originally planned.
in other news, in an effort to maintain what minimal level of eyesight Kay has, Tina promissed to grant Kay's Beorning Character the gift of the Valar...

Kaylorin: There are major changes to the LI system. Rather than scraping an LI each time a level cap changes and having to level a new one, the one you have at 100 will be locked and from that point will level with you for the remained of the game. This partly explains the astronomical costs of the level 100 scrolls of empowerment as these are the last you will need.
Kaylorin: They have also talked about plans to allow further customization and allow LIs to unlock special skills. Allowing you to make a truly unique and customized weapon.
Lesraldor: i think you will be able to use your lvl 95 one for that, they just said at character lvl 100 you can lock your LI
Kaylorin: Between update 14 and 15 we will get a special session play updating us on Frodo and his progress through the Dead Marshes.

Kaylorin: Update 15 will take us to the great port of Pelargir in Gondor. We will have a new epic battle, the first offensive one which will involve an attack on the corsairs.
Kaylorin: It will also bring an update to mounted combat and the steed max levels as there will be some mounted combat required in Gondor.
Kaylorin: Some of this was expanded upon in a livesteam on twitch where the producer also indicated a willingness to relax or dispense with the racial restrictions on certain classes.

Kaylorin: This week's item of the week is a level 65 necklace. Good for a Captain, Guardian etc, lots of might, vitality and parry. [Greater Steadfast Necklace of Parrying]

Kaylorin: And this week's store sale has 25% off quest packs, mithril coins, 1 hour xp boosts and max morale and power scrolls.
Kaylorin: Use code STA7 for a free skill and slayer deed boost scroll

Kaylorin: And now.. once again we come to the highlight of the week .. the time when Cait will fill our heads with useful and often overlooked information. It is time for Cait's Did You Know? !

Cait: this week I passed out some Lembas. There is yet another eating deed that we will be working on. It requires 100 lembas. I'm passing them out in small stacks so as to not overwhelm anyone
Cait: In this week's Did You Know, I wanted to discuss Fellowship Manuevers (FM's).
FM's were originally called Conjunctions. They are a bonus attack to a given monster and can only be triggered in a party of 2 or more
there are 4 colors that can be selected in an FM. Red and Yellow (on top and bottom of the wheel) can only be triggered by a character in Melee range
Blue and Green (Right and left) can be triggered either from melee or ranged distance
The colors each have a basic ability, red is high damage, yellow is a debuff. Green is morale healing and Blue restores power.
There are special FM's that will trigger a much more effective attack, and if you play poker you have a basic understanding of the needed patterns.
They are pairs, 3-4-5 or 6 of a kind, 2 pair, full houses, and the hardest are straights.
Straights are done by going clockwise or counter/anti clockwise around the wheel. so: RBYGRB would be a royal straight, basically
straights that are 5 or 6 moves long and end in a blue have a cool effect that they summon a pair of oath breakers that center on the player that cast the last blue
there are 2 group runs that require FM's to be accomplished to do better in the run. The first as most of us know is the Draigoch raid
The Draig FM's are all combos of red and yellow...melee attacks
The other is the Rift Skirmish, but only when it is done as 2 or more players. The nice thing about the FM's for the rift skirm is that they are all single color FM's
getting those FM's will kill the mini volcanos much quicker, so you face fewer waves
if you are trying for a straight and you mess up your turn, either jump or move to cancel your selection. The bad thing is that if anyone clicked after you, their move takes the place of yours and you will now be at the end
also, if you make a crazy pattern that isn't a good pattern, one good thing is that all the greens and blues that were selected will at least heal power/morale of the group
oh! one type that I missed are the 5 of a kind plus a kicker....RRRRRY, for example, is also a good pattern
Any questions?
Prabo: just a comment
Prabo: when a Burglar triggers a FM, it can be all kinds, not sure if that was covered while i was booted
Prabo: so either melee or ranged i mean
Cait: I did not menntion that. Oh! I didn't know that either
Lesraldor: oh one thing to note, burg triggered FMs last longer than random tigger FM's
Prabo: most Burglars have 2 ways to trigger a FM
Prabo: I think the trip/ exposed throad (forget the last one) might be a melee only one, but exploit opening is all for sure

Lesraldor: well i have something to add
Lesraldor: this week Sapience released a schedual of all the events they have planned up to september
Lesraldor: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?551891-Official-Summer-Time-Events-%28Tentative%29
Lesraldor: this is tentative and subject to change but one of the things that pops out it July 22 the start of Summerfest
Lesraldor: so starting tuesday until August 8 is summerfest
Kaylorin: Thank you. Does anyone else have any issues to raise or questions to ask? Once meeting is concluded we will be starting an epic battle run and I will switch to Kaylorwulf.

Kin Meeting July 11, 2014

Cait, Jul 12, 14 1:04 AM.
Kaylorin: Thank you all for attending. Fairly short agenda but a few meaningful items so let's get started.

Kaylorin: More progress in the SHIELD competition which for those who haven't been following, involves guiding a turbine employee through moria safely. First up was Anduin which of course was the server which smashed our record time during the Hobbit event, so we of course wished them well ;)
Kaylorin: It was an interesting run. They were fairly fast unfortunately they swept past 21st hall and all the other locations required for the deed. No one is quite sure what happened. The instructions were clear. So they actually didn't finish at all which means anyone who finishes the deed regardless of time will not come bottom.
Kaylorin: Next up was Vilya. It was a brave attempt. I don't know the people who organized this run and my impression was it was mostly different from those who did the Hobbit run. I respect them for stepping up to the mark however the feedback I have heard is that they weren't always responsive to ideas and their strategy had a few flaws, not least failing to allow for respawns. 
Kaylorin: It was a respectable time but not outstanding and put us into 3rd place with 22 m 52 s. Sadly if the trends are similar to the Hobbit event that means we can probably expect to finish around 9th once all the servers have had their attempt.
Kaylorin: Finally this week was Nimrodel who put in a very slow run which took 5th place overall but at 32 mins is probably going to be one of the bottom times.

Kaylorin: Monday brings update 14 which will give a new epic volume and introduce us to Gondor. So for those wanting some new content it will be an exciting time with new quests and ultimately new dailies including a barter system like Bounders Bounty where serverwide token donations can eventually open extra content.
Kaylorin: Also welcome are some tweaks in epic battles which will enable those with less points to have more of an impact, hopefully meaning you don't feel you need to progress as far before you feel you are contributing positively.
Cait: and of course in this kin, you should know you are always welcome to join in public events no matter your skill level!
Kaylorin: Turbine have also announced that conciding with the update will be a new Producers Letter containing 3 things which they believe will make players happy (I respect their optimism) including one that shows they do respond to feedback. One at least appears to be about the Beorning but we will see what they have to say.

Kaylorin: For anyone who can't wait for the update or wants to have something useful to do during the maintenance down-time. Turbine did a quick walkthrough of the main areas of the update and you can view the video here - http://www.twitch.tv/lotrostream/b/546007346

Kaylorin: Also this week turbine gave us a very tentative look at the planned events for the next few months. Whilst accepting non of this is confirmed it nonetheless is useful in planning events of our own. So anyone interested when Hobnanigans is going to run again for example, should check out the thread here https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?&postid=7198453

Kaylorin: Some months back we suspended our class mentor system to give people time to learn their classes again following the major class changes. I think most people have now had an opportunity to get an idea of how the class plays and therefore we will soon be looking for experienced players to offer support and advice to others.
Kaylorin: I will therefore be sending out a mail shortly asking for volunteers again to act as class mentors. If you feel you know your class well and would welcome being a source of knowledge for other players let us know and we will add you to the list.

Kaylorin: This week's turbine store sale is 25% off various monster play things including classes. So those who PvMP might be interested though I can't honestly say the sale raises any enthusiasm in me.
Kaylorin: You can use code BOTH5 to get a free max morale/power scroll

Kaylorin: This week's item of the week is a pocket item at level 53 with agility, fate and a nice proc. Now I know most people keep the 25% extra xp pocket item equipped who have it but if you need to up DPS in an instance this could be a good way.
Kaylorin: [Key of the Ancient Barrow]
Kaylorin: So well worth taking and keeping for that especially if your class uses agility as a main trait. As always if you have a character who can benefit speak to an officer.

Kaylorin: And now.. it is the time everybody waits for .. me because its a chance to finally take a bio break and you because its the most exciting and enlightening thing you will hear all week. It is indeed time for Cait's Did You Know?
Cait: and Speaking of traveling to another place in a hurry, that is just want I want to tell you about in this week's Did You Know! Traveling across Middle Earth can be tough for some classes, others have skills that allow them to move great dinstances in the span of a load screen. Most of us know that Hunters are known as the Taxi Service of Middle Earth. With 22 Guides, that allow the hunter and their party members to move quickly around the game world, they have by far the best travel System. Of their 22 travel destinations, they acquire 5 from leveling, 5 from quests they have to complete, and the other 12 they get from earning Reputation with various factions. Wardens also get many travel points, but they can't carry any passengers, and they get a few less than Hunters, but it is another reason that Wardens are a worth-while class. Guardians have a skill where they can create an Acorn, and give/mail that to another player, who then uses the Acorn to summon the Guardian to their side at a later time. Captains can purchase a special horn at level 40 from their class trainers that allow them to go in advance and then bring their party member to them at a desired location. Around ME, you may have also see a Mustering Horn. These red-flagged camp-sites allow any character to summon a member of their party to their side. The are usually located near the entrance door to instances. These are not as needed now that the instance join pannel lets all members of a party enter an instance from anywhere (except the kin housing districts). and finally, burgs can summon a vendor when they are near a campsite. It isn't quite the same thing, but they insisted that I give them credit too.

Kaylorin: Ok thank you Cait. We have an instance run tomorrow which is to be determined. Tuesday will be deed night and epic battles as usual on wednesday. We are currently talking about doing something with the group content that will be coming in update 14 and we may have a plan for that by the next kin meeting.
Padhric: hey don't forget Sunday night!
Kaylorin: Of course, I wasn't going to.. it gets its own paragraph. Sunday night is the low level group which is now in the early 30s and should be attempting GA this week if we get a good turn out. So if you have a character in the appropriate range feel free to join the group sundays starting at 7 pm cst.

Kaylorin: ok that concludes all the points I have. Does anyone else have anything to ask of their kinmates or points to raise. If not we will end the meeting and shortly afterwards start an epic battle.
Lesraldor: i do
Prabo: I have one
Kaylorin: ok Les first
Lesraldor: before anyone gets too excited about the essence system i want everyone to know currently it is still in testing stages, it will come with U14 but they will be rare both the essences and gear
Lesraldor: it will be a grind to find them so dont be disapointed if you dont find them
Lesraldor: if turbine gets good feedback about them they will turn up the drop rate on them in U15
Lesraldor: that is all
Antropyne: interesting, thanks
Kaylorin: Ok useful information. Thank you for that Les. Helps to keep our enthusiasm in check ;)

Prabo: there are some food eating deeds
Prabo: and I am a GM westenmet cook
Prabo: if you would like to do the deeds, ill make your foods
Kaylorin: Thank you for the offer Prabo. The deeds don't give tp but they do give titles which are rather rare given the quantity of food that must be made and consumed. So if you are a completionist this could be a good opportunity for you.

Kin Meeting July 4, 2014

Cait, Jul 5, 14 12:02 AM.
Kaylorin: Thank you all for attending. I know today is a day of celebration in the US and lots of kinmates will therefore have discovered their families again and that mythical state real life that normally only exists during game maintence. I am grateful to see those of you who could make this meeting and to you, and those reading on the website, my best wishes!

Kaylorin: We live in a world generally fixated on the individual. It makes things nice and convenient for simple news stories but it is rarely true. Whilst some might believe Steve Jobs saved Apple the truth is that the team he was able to gather around him did. One person of vision is nothing without the support and advice of others.
Kaylorin: When we look at our kinship today, having just passed its 6th birthday it is difficult to appreciate just how fragile it was at one point. Down to less than a handful of actual players and with only one Officer logged in during the previous 20 days.
Kaylorin: It could not have been saved were it not for a few highly dedicated and committed individuals who gave their time and energy to helping me turn around the decay. Without their vision and support and the belief they placed in me by becoming my first Officers this kinship would have died.
Kaylorin: It is with much sadness therefore I announce today that one of those individuals has now decided that the time has gone to move on and he will be stepping down from the Officer team. No words can ever pay accurate tribute to the contribution he has made to this kinship over many years. He has been a source of wisdom, commonsense and humor.
Kaylorin: I will miss his contributions to our Officer discussions. He is living proof of the fact that often the best thing a kin leader can have is someone who doesn't say yes but stands up to you and for the principles he believes in.
Kaylorin: A previous kin meeting already bestowed the title Savior of the Kin upon him and Learael. In accordance with that special status though he will be demoted in game he will retain full access to the forums and may even if he wishes occasionally offer a few helpful words to a kin leader who is prone to get bogged down in bureaucracy
Kaylorin: Since Juvenal is a lifetime account holder I hope he will pop in and stay in contact with us and wish him well in the hunt for new games to offer him challenge and fun. I have been and am proud to call him a friend and can never repay my indebtedness for all he has given this kinship. We all wish him the best for the future.

Kaylorin: in other news we saw another SHIELD run and Winfola set a new record time of 21minutes 37 seconds. Vilya's attempt is coming up on Tueday 8th and those wishing to sign up there is a link to the website in our message of the day.
Eleenadal: Although I have been involved for two years, much of the undercurrent escapes me. Where do I go to see what the SHIELD run is?
Kaylorin: https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?550034-Strategic-Hobbit-Incursion-to-Evacuate-Lost-Dwarves-OFFICIAL-SCHEDULE-AND-INFO&p=7183519#post7183519 for the official announcement and http://www.twitch.tv/lotrostream/profile/pastBroadcasts to see previous run videos and timings
Eleenadal: Are we doing this as Kin effort or just support?
Cait: support. it is a every server event hosted by Turbine
Kaylorin: I think they have most things covered now so its more if individuals want to support or watch. We have been less involved with this than we were the Hobbit runs as a kinship mainly because most of the discussion hasn't been semi public in the same way. Also a smaller core team is needed.

Kaylorin: Satuday (tomorrow) sees another Draigoch run so those of you 75+ who have done the prerequisite quests should come along for a chance to challenge a big scary dragon. The start time is 8 pm cst this week. Otherwise our schedule is standard next week with Deed Night on Tuesday, Epic Battles Weds etc.

Kaylorin: Turbine have now confirmed that the next update launches on July 14th which brings with it 5 more levels, the new essences, parts of gondor and tweaks to epic battles. There are also some things to unlock as a server by contributing tokens, ala Bounders Bounty style.

Kaylorin: People who have been playing this game a loooong time, probably as long as Juvenal, may remember the legendary Ghost Bear. A mysterious growling which followed players around in the early days of the game before it was finally patched out. Turbine have announced if they get to their 55K donation goal those giving 25 dollars or more to extra life will get a ghost bear pet in game.
Kaylorin: So if you have disposable income and want to support a good cause. You could do worse than help team turbine and get a pet and a rare mount or two for your troubles.
Eleenadal: Where does the money go to?
Kaylorin: Boston Childrens Hospital since Turbine is based in Boston
Cait: children's hospitals, there are other extra life fund raisers too...like some of the LoTRo pod cast shows and I think frogpants network (pod casts on lots of geek wonderfulness)

Kaylorin: This week's item of the week is a level 72 pocket item with parry block and morale. [Strong Polished Feeler]. If you have an alt who can benefit please let an officer know to claim it.

Kaylorin: This week's turbine store sale is on travel related items including riding traits, milestone skills, hurried/returning travellor cooldown reductions and rally horns all at 20% off.

Kaylorin: Use code MARX3 for a 100% bonus marks acquisition scroll, 90 mins, for free

Kaylorin: And now, once again we reach that time. The highlight of the week. The time that our sheer ignorance is brought home to us with a bump.. yes.. its Cait's wildly popular -- Did You Know? segment.
Cait: it's popular because it is the last item on the agenda...
Cait: So, this week I wanted to talk about Task Boards. You see them on your mini map as a feather icon, and they are where you collect quests to turn in some of the trashy items the things we kill give us. You only see the feather if the board is your level or higher. The quests that are given usually give you reputation with the main faction in that zone. Some task give no rep, so watch for those. It used to be that the number of items that you had to turn in varried between 4 and 15, but I believe every task has been revised to be 10 items now, which makes the stacks easier. task items stack in lots of 50. Since a few months back, Task Boards can now be infinitely done...so you can now go to the task board in Gondomon and turn in dirty filth. Tasks that do give rep give 300 points, so a full 5 would be 1500 points. when you hit 100/200/300/400/500 tasks turned in you will earn 5 TP and a title and a cloak. you also get a token that is bound to account that lets you increase the number of tasks you can turn in per day by 1. and that is my Did you know for this week.

Kin Meeting June 27, 2014

Cait, Jun 27, 14 11:16 PM.
Kaylorin: The first two of the actual SHIELD runs have now been held. See previous meeting notes if you are not sure what these are - essentially its a race guiding a Turbine employee through Moria. Eldar who won the previous contest were the first to hold theirs and finished with 22 minutes and this week saw Dwarrowdelf complete it in 25 minutes.
Kaylorin: Our opportunity is coming up on the 8th July and if anyone wants to participate there is a website to sign up on, you can find the url in the kin message of the day.

Kaylorin: Today saw another release of Update 14 on the Bullroarer test server. Following the criticism about the high cost of the Fangorn materials used to craft essences, Turbine have reconsidered and largely removed this component though I understand the new cost of Gondor-related rep materials is now equally high so its unclear if this is much of an improvement.

Kaylorin: There are a couple of tweaks to epic battles. In Hornburg Final Blockade the foes will now start in the center before attacking ballista rather than materialising behind them. In Deeping Coomb the Darkwater spirits will now move slower and spawn slower making it easier for people who are not hunters to kill them before they leave the water.

Kaylorin: In terms of kin events we have Moria runs tomorrow night for the 55+ and sunday will see the low level group. They should be finishing off Lonelands this week and probably soon making their first attempt at the GA instance.
Kaylorin: Tuesday will see Deed Night as usual and Wednesday our Epic Battle runs.'



Kaylorin: LoTRO has a new producer, Produktion Malphunktion who has been active on the Turbine forums this week introducing himself and canvasing the views of the player base. He assists the Executive Producer, Rowan and basically handles all the back-end stuff necessary to make LoTRO happen including co-ordinating interaction with the devs and other teams.

Kaylorin: As most of you know this kinship recently celebrated its 6th birthday which is an amazing achievement for any in-game grouping. It means that we have got some things right but we never like to get complacent and are always happy to hear views from kin members on what you would like to see and have us do. I am taking this opportunity for an ongoing review of our practices
Kaylorin: The first stage of which concerns the Officers and will be published to them this weekend having been subject to discussion already with the Deputy Kin Leaders. I can never praise the Officers enough and the wonderful job they do without them this kin would not be able to run.

Kaylorin: This week's item of the week is a level 30 bracelet with plenty of agility so good for hunters and burglars etc. Perhaps someone in low level group would like. Anyway if you have an alt who can use please speak to an officer to claim it. [Gemmed Bracelet of the Fox]

Kaylorin: This week's turbine store sales concerns legendary weapons and legacies. Included are Legendary Slot unlocks, legacy tier upgrades, scrolls of combinatiion and relic removal scrolls all at 25% off. Not a bad price and most of the things are worth purchasing though I wouldn't normally advise buying legacies since you can obtain them in game fairly easily.

Kaylorin: Speaking of extra xp it is a Welcome Back weekend with a bonus to xp though its only 25% this time which is one of the lower ones they have done. Still worth taking advantage of though.

Kaylorin: And now.. the moment you have all been waiting for.. the woman who fills our brains.. and sometimes our stomachs.. presents us with another in her ever popular series.. Did You Know? I hand over to Cait.

Cait: This week, I am filling your tummies with another eating deed...Tonight you'll earn the Pie Maven when you eat all 42 pies! I still have a few and will hand them out shortly..
In this week's Did you know, though, I am not talking about food to feed you. I wanted to cover an aspect of Virtues...
Virtues can be found by pressing J and going to the 3rd tab in the top left corner
Virtues are a way to make your character a little bit stronger, and more effective. They aren't mandatory, but they do help for those trying to ekk out that little bit extra...
Lesraldor: migitations
Cait: Once you've looked at the stats a given virtue gives you, you should try to concentrate on earning as many points as you can in them. While you could load up the spreadsheet that is linked to in the members forums on the kin site and track down which deeds you haven't completed for the virtue you want to rank up, there is a fast way to do it in game
Lesraldor: though the benefits only apply to rank 18, you can get up to rank 22 in them
Cait: by opening J, going to the 3rd tab and then click on the virtue you want to improve in the outer circle on them, you'll bring up both the store where you can spend TP to buy a point in that virtue, and you'll bring up the Deed log showing the lowest level spot that you have opened up towards earning that virtue
so, for example, I want to work on Zeal...I click on Zeal, and up pops my deed log, showing me that barrow spiders is the lowest level Zeal deed I have unfinished (not true in my case, but I know that is a low level Zeal deed)
if you haven't opened the advanced tier of that deed, it won't show you that it offers Zeal
This should help you stream line grinding those important Virtue deeds...find 2 or 3 in the same zone to save yourself running back & forth across the world!
this week's tip was given to me by another officer...and unfortunately senility is preventing me from giving proper credit

Kaylorin: Thank you Cait. Those are all the announcements I have so its your chance to speak if you have anything to share with your kinmates. We will be running an epic battle afterwards for those who have HD and have done the prerequisites. 
Cait will be organizing whilst I go switch characters.

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