Durin’s Day in LOTRO

So this weekend is the time of Durin’s Day in Lord of the Rings Online and there’s a Deed available if you visit the monument in Erebor where the thrush tapped on the stone on Durin’s Day, when the light of the setting sun revealed the secret door (in The Hobbit) The deed is available until Monday 22nd October, 2018.

I visited on several characters before taking my Captain, Diaspora there and summoned a load of characters to claim the deed (while promoting the Charity LOTRO Twitch stream, currently raising money for Extra Life)

I got this lovely shot on Diaspora, showing the spot and the one place in LOTRO where you see the sun and the moon at the same time.

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LOTRO Anniversary 2017. How to get those Niels’ Bounties.

As The New LOTRO Anniversary Festival Requires Characters To Complete Niels’ Esteldin Bounties, I Thought I Should Repost This From My Old LOTRO Blog. Some Of The Numbers Might Be Out Of Date, But If You Haven’t Done These Before, It Should Help.

NIELS’ BOUNTIES
Affectionately known by the Defenders of the Right as simply The Bounties, any call of such on kin chat sets hearts racing as everyone leaps on their 55+ toons to join in.
Simply put, this is a series of 5 daily quests, where the adventurers are set on a path from the Misty Mountains to North Downs via Trollshaws, The Shire and Forochel on an epic battle against 5 five fearsome creatures.
In this post I endeavour to make these quests clear for those that haven’t yet done them, and give newcomers an idea of what to expect.

This is Niels. He can be found in pretty much the central square of Esteldin, and offer’s the five bounty quests required to kick start the fun.
As the quests can be easily shared, it makes sense for one character to grab these, preferably the hunter, who will prove invaluable to the fellowship in these quests.

Once the quests are obtained, the first point of call is the camp in the Misty Mountains. The order is by no means set in stone, though my personal preference is to start in the Misty Mountains as this is the hardest and if you can handle this one, the others will be simple.
The camp site is just south of Helegrod and North of Gloin’s camp, this acts as the perfect muster point to gather the fellowship together. For Hunters that regularly run these quests, having this set as your campsite can prove a great time saver.

Once everyone is together, the fellowship need to make their way to High Pass (27.8S, 5.3E) and the lair of Rothlug – The Drake of Storms.
He is an Elite Master Drake with fire damage attacks, and 36k Morale. One point to note when dealing with him is he will throw you off the edge of the mountain if you’re not careful, so keep you backs to the wall and hit him with all you’ve got.
As with all the quests here described, loot and run to a safe distance, respawn is fairly quick.
Once you are sure everyone has looted and is together, the hunter can port to the next location, Ost Guruth. From Ost Gurth, take a slow horse to Thorenhad then part way through the Trollshaws, leap off your mount.

Look for the point where you enter a valley as that is the best point, but keep an eye on the quest arrow and you’ll have a good idea. From there, it’s a short run north until you find the statues of Tom, William and Bert, the trolls that Bilbo encountered and were turned to stone. Step beyond the statues and your next quarry will appear, Dhit the Troll.

Dhit is fairly easy pickings compared to the previous encounter, so do your stuff – slay, loot and run away to a safe distance before respawn.
Next port is to Michel Delving in the Shire. From there, it’s a short ride north into the marshes to find Mangemaw.

This giant wolf sits on a hill and is probably the easiest of the five. Kill, loot, run.

Next up is Suri Kyla in Forochel. From there you need to take a fast stable horse to Kuru Leiri. It’s possible not everyone will have this travel route in which case the easiest method is to summon once the party get there, but the route can be achieved by completing the quest, Frozen War which is obtained from Vamma in the main tent in Suri Kyla.
Once at Kuru-Leiri, it’s a quick run to the east to find the cave of Farathlug.

As the mobs in Forochel might be green to anyone at 55-56 you might have a few pulls, so dispatch them before approaching the cave. The cave itself is protected by 2 Ice Worms which need to be killed before Farathlug makes his appearance, but once he does, kill, loot and run.

Final port of call is Evendim. From Tinnidur, take a slow horse to Esteldin or Trestlebridge, as again you will jump off part way. The point to jump is a couple of bends after you pass through the gate of Evendim into North Downs. Again, keep an eye on the quest tracker and you can’t go wrong.

In a small abandoned ruin, Morrafn sleeps. Take out a couple of trash mobs before he shows himself, then let loose. Kill, loot, run.
That’s it! Now all you need is to port back to Esteldin, and in to Niels and get your rewards.
REWARDS
And now the here’s the reason for doing this
Rothlug. Simple Heritage Rune of Learning 35,000 + 6259 item exp
Dhit. Simple Rune of Lore 22,500 + 6259 item exp
Farathlug. Simple Rune of Learning 15,000 +6259 item exp
Morrafn. Worn Rune of Knowledge 10,000 +3779 item exp
Mangemaw. Worn Rune of Knowledge 10,000 +3779 item exp
So overall that’s 26335 Item Exps plus 92500 xps for specific weapons. For half an hours work! What are you waiting for?

LoTRO and the 2017 license speculation

Recently at Dadi’s Lotro Guides, Cordovan, the community manager for Lord of the Ring Online (LOTRO) commented in an interview on the subject of the much speculated end of licence for the game, purported to be 2017.

“Cordovan:  I would like to chime in on the licensing thing too, it is something that comes up on the forums quite a bit.  What we do with LOTRO is not particularly different from other video games that operate under a licensing agreement for intellectual property (ex. super hero games, etc.).  They all have license holders and LOTRO is no different.  Typically these kind of agreements are pieces of business that are not really disclosed to the public.  As part of the corporate business decision making that is involved with the creation [and maintenance -ed.] of a game like LOTRO.  The LOTRO community has historically had some particular sensitivity over the licensing agreement, but the agreement itself has basically always been a routine piece of business from the very start.  So while we can understand that some folks like to talk about it on the forums and as you said; “doom say”, the reality is that it is just a private piece of business that has been routine (lawyers getting together).  Ultimately if there was a major issue with the license you guys would probably find out about it because the game would no longer be operating after a certain point.  This is not a reality show “are they going to get kicked off the island” thing worth speculating month after month, year after year.  It is basically just a routine piece of business and we have no reason to think this won’t be a continuation of that.”




Now as much as Turbine may view this as “a routine piece of business” they need to realise that speculation from the community without any input from the company will have a severely negative impact on the business and the game in general, after all, who wants to invest time and money into a game with what could potentially shut down with 12 months. 


I was a die hard fan of LOTRO for seven years, though 6 months ago I started to lose heart. The game became too grindy with less and less content and to add to that, the constant speculation of the game’s license ending made me step away and after close to 7 years of constant subscription, I unsubscribed. Now I can’t be the only one driven from the game in that way.


So rather than ignoring the speculation, Turbine need to deal with it, openly and honestly and encourage those they have lost to return to this great game and give hope that there is a long term plan for the world they have lovingly created.

#IntPiPoMo 2015 Post 6 – Even more LOTRO – Minas Tirith


#26 Approaching the Tower of Ecthelion

#27 Minas Tirith Statue

#28 Minas Tirith Statue

#29 Minas Tirith Statue

#30 At last – a familiar face!


To Quote Chestnut from Gamer Girl Confessions


“IntPiPoMo is the picture equivalent of National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo).  The goal is to share fifty screenshots during the month of November. Why fifty screenshots?NaNoWriMo is about writing 50k words throughout the month of November. If a picture is work a thousand words, that would mean we’d need to post fifty pictures!These can be screenshots from any game, or even photographs you take in real life and want to share on your blog. They can be anything–character selfies, shots of combat, sharing your game UI, showing off that awesome-tacular Deathclaw kill you got in Fallout 4… you get the idea”

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#IntPiPoMo 2015 Post 5 – More LOTRO

As the month is drawing to a close, I’ve realised I spent far too much time playing and not enough taking screenshots and posting for IntPiPoMo. This set takes me to the half way point with little over a week to go. Stay tuned!



#21 Pinhealer the Minstrel finally hits 100 during a run through Warg Pens

#22 Jonhah the Burglar with his new chum outside Orthanc

#23 Jumping for joy as Treebeard



#24 Pinhealer making a heroic dash through Western Gondor


#25 The splendour of the Docks of Dol Amroth





To Quote Chestnut from Gamer Girl Confessions


“IntPiPoMo is the picture equivalent of National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo).  The goal is to share fifty screenshots during the month of November. Why fifty screenshots?NaNoWriMo is about writing 50k words throughout the month of November. If a picture is work a thousand words, that would mean we’d need to post fifty pictures!These can be screenshots from any game, or even photographs you take in real life and want to share on your blog. They can be anything–character selfies, shots of combat, sharing your game UI, showing off that awesome-tacular Deathclaw kill you got in Fallout 4… you get the idea”

If you want to sign up, drop Chestnut a line either by leaving a comment on her blog or sending a message on Twitter

#IntPiPoMo 2015 Post 2 – LOTRO Minas Tirith

Having recently arrived in the Gondorian capital of Minas Tirith, Jestro has done a little exploring…
#6 Free running for hobbits

#7  Entering The Citadel

#8 Jestro’s New Warhorse

#9 Resting under the White Tree

#10 The King has returned!
To Quote Chestnut from Gamer Girl Confessions

“IntPiPoMo is the picture equivalent of National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo).  The goal is to share fifty screenshots during the month of November. Why fifty screenshots?NaNoWriMo is about writing 50k words throughout the month of November. If a picture is work a thousand words, that would mean we’d need to post fifty pictures!These can be screenshots from any game, or even photographs you take in real life and want to share on your blog. They can be anything–character selfies, shots of combat, sharing your game UI, showing off that awesome-tacular Deathclaw kill you got in Fallout 4… you get the idea”

If you want to sign up, drop Chestnut a line either by leaving a comment on her blog or sending a message on Twitter

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