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  Minas Morgul expansion's novelties
Posted by: Kairos - 29 Sep, 19, 07:27 - No Replies

The release of LOTRO's Minas Morgul expansion has been announced for October 29th (with a few reservations in the fine print). This will be the most substantial update to the game we will have seen in a long time, and hopefully it will bring more players back; it certainly looks as though there will be plenty to occupy them.

Minas Morgul will include two entirely new regions: Minas Morgul Vale, and what SSG are calling “Mordor Besieged”. There was little explanation about the latter in official press releases, but last Friday's Livestream by Community Manager Jerry Snook revealed that "it will take players on a time travel trip to the Second Age and the last time Mordor got trounced by the Free Peoples. Here’s a fun twist: You’ll be able to store all of the loot you get in the Second Age part and then dig it up to keep on your main character!" (a direct quote from Massively Overpowered, as I find life too short to waste on watching promotional Livestreams). The other novelty, of course, will be the new playable race of Stout-Axe Dwarves, which will no doubt excite hardcore altaholics. Following a long-standing request the new dwarves can be male or female but (surprise!) the sexes will look identical.

In terms of numbers, there will be a 10-level cap increase to 130, a new virtues cap of 65, and "at least" two more class trait points. No significant changes to the legendary system, though presumably caps will rise there as well.

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  Apologies for the blackout!
Posted by: Kairos - 11 Sep, 19, 14:25 - No Replies

Good afternoon, everyone. I’d like to explain why the kinship site was unavailable to all members from about the middle of July for over a month, and why no explanation was forthcoming even after it came back online on August 8th.

Basically, the entire site was taken down for non-payment of dues by MyBB in early July; this was largely my fault for having been offline and travelling for almost three weeks, which means I only saw the warning message literally 24 hours too late to do anything about it.

Thankfully, it turned out that Crucio had kept a complete copy of the site on his hard disk, even though, as he wrote to me, he no longer logs onto the game. We also discovered that Ingaras still owned the Northern Alliance name, so it was possible to open a new account under the old name. This has been due very largely thanks to the sterling efforts of Grimdoin, who has continued to be my go-to person every time I am baffled by the intricacies of forum mechanics.

As it happened, even after the site became operational again, I was unable to post an explanation because every time I tried, the forum page went ‘all funny’ (as we scientists call it). If anyone has been having the same trouble, the answer is “deselect the ‘Show the MyCode formatting options on the posting pages’ under Your profile/ Edit Options in the User Control Panel” (thank you, Grim).

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  ALERT!
Posted by: Kairos - 09 Mar, 19, 12:08 - Replies (1)

Do NOT attempt to log into LOTRO until it is confirmed that everything is back to normal. There appears to be some damage to the database, and there is a strong suspicion that (some) accounts may be compromised following the screwed-up server transfer.

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  Update 23.2: The Anvil of Winterstith
Posted by: Kairos - 10 Jan, 19, 12:14 - Replies (2)

Update 23.2, with the new raid, The Anvil of Winterstith, is now active.

Full notes here!

I'm AFK for a few days, but I hope to get a first look at the raid soon, and will report back.

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  Usurpation!
Posted by: Kairos - 19 Dec, 18, 14:57 - Replies (2)

Just in case anyone is worried that I might have committed treason, Meth pointed out to me that the "Usurp" button had appeared on the kinship page, which only happens as a warning that the kinship might be disbanded when the kin leader had been absent for a long time. So this is a purely temporary usurpation...

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  Update 22.4.1 Release Notes (and comment)
Posted by: Kairos - 30 Jul, 18, 12:56 - Replies (1)

Vacation in Frostbluff

A new quest has arrived in Frostbluff called Stolen Sweets! Visit snowy locations throughout Middle-earth to recover stolen treats for the poor children of Winter-home, and earn the rewards of a white Yule Rabbit and the title "Bringer of Sweets"! The quest is bestowed by the Frostbluff Stable-master. This new quest can be completed once during the run of the Vacation on Frostbluff event, and does not require visiting regions above level 50. Additionally, the other activities available during the Yuletide Festival are now available! Vacation in Frostbluff begins at 10:00 AM Eastern on July 31st, and runs through August 7th!

Miscellaneous

  • Corrected a chat issue that was causing problems on some servers.
  • All characters who have completed, or will complete, The Armies of Isengard meta deed will now receive a second steed reward called the Steed from the White Wizard's Tower. This steed features an Isengard banner and new colors for the caparison and head piece shimmer. Characters who previously completed the Armies of Isengard meta deed will receive the Steed of Many Colours and the Steed from the White Wizard's Tower in their pending loot when first logging in after Update 22.4.1.
  • All Isengard icons and motifs have been removed from the caparison, bridle, and saddle of the Steed of Shifting Hues. The Steed of Shifting Hues mount granting item now binds to account on acquire, and will not auto-consume. Icons for the Steed of Shifting Hues have also been updated.
  • Festivity Tokens now have a cap of 40 in the Barter Wallet. If you already have 40 or more Tokens, you will need to spend tokens before you can gain more. Festivity Tokens are now named correctly if you have more than one, and can be found in the Festival Wallet category.
  • Thrang's Vault Tokens now always go into the Barter Wallet, and have a cap of 40. Thrang's Vault tokens can now be found in the Instances and Skirmishes wallet category.
  • Newfound Coins can now be found in the Instances and Skirmishes wallet category if you have the Premium Wallet upgrade.
  • Additional diacritics have been added to the game filter, to allow for these diacritics to be used in Kinship, IA, Bio, Mail, Item, Message of the Day, and Chat messages.
  • Joining the Northcotton Farm instance AFTER the first boss has been defeated will no longer block you from completing its instance quest.


COMMENT

Like every other MMO, LOTRO has a finite quantity of developer resources to play with. Allocating developer resources is therefore a zero-sum game: resources spent on festivals and assorted peripheral or purely decorative material are resources denied to core game development, like new regions, instances and raids. Unfortunately, it looks as though current thinking at SSG favours the former. It's usually the quick and easy solution, but festivals are the 'empty calories' of MMOs - quick and easy to produce, they satisfy the sweet tooth of some players, but work to the ultimate detriment of the game.

Seriously, "Visit snowy locations throughout Middle-earth to recover stolen treats for the poor children of Winter-home, and earn the rewards of a white Yule Rabbit and the title "Bringer of Sweets"? If I wanted sugary treats, snow bunnies and bling, I'd play My Little Pony. Let's get our eye back on the game, SSG.

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  Council Elections 2018
Posted by: Eresmir - 28 Jun, 18, 00:17 - Replies (4)

Elections are upon us friends!

  • Polls will open on July 10th and we are looking to elect a council consisting of a Leader, a Deputy and 4 officers.
  • Terms will last 6 months.
  • This is a TWA community election, any active member in the community may apply. That means you don't have to log in-game regularly although that would of course be beneficial.
  • Any full member on day one of elections may cast their vote.
Applications for candidacy start NOW!

Leader election:
July 10th to July 12th

Deputy election:
July 13th to July 15th

Officer election:
July 16th to July 18th

For any questions contact an officer or read the constitution (which you obviously have already done).
Interested in becoming an officer? Read our information thread here!

Please consider applying and good luck to all candidates.

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  Trouble Logging In?
Posted by: Eresmir - 11 Jun, 18, 23:11 - No Replies

Our forum email service is working as normal however some returning members are still having trouble logging onto the forums, be it having trouble resetting old passwords or not being able to remember their old email accounts.

If that is the case simply contact me on Discord (access through the home page or via this link), and I can sort it for you. Once logged on you should be able to reset your password or update your email account as normal.

See you on the forums!

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  Arise TWA!
Posted by: Eresmir - 11 Jun, 18, 00:37 - Replies (4)

Greetings all,

TWA had it's first Kin Meeting in over 4 years tonight, and it's fair to say that it was a big success! The full minutes can be read here
I'd like to thank everyone who not only attended, but also those who got in touch over the last few days, it was brilliant to hear from you all and to hear so many familiar voices again!

I'd like to quote from the meeting's minutes:

Quote:The immediate goals of the kin:
  • Activity: to regain a core group of active regular players in LotRO. To encourage those, and those older players who cannot log ingame but want to remain part of the community, to be active on the forums and on our Discord channel.

  • Encouragement: To help all characters at all levels. With a lot of old players and lower level characters returning to LotRO, and specifically the kin, it is incumbent on all kin members to help out.

  • Build: Towards regular grouping for quests and events. The principal endpoint of a restored kinship will not be endgame raiding, that must be emphasised. But it is an achievable option for those of us who want it.

This will require all of our input. So this thread will form a little to-do list. A miscellany of tasks that we can complete as a community to get ourselves going again.

The Council:
As you guys who attended the meeting will know, we will hold council elections in one month's time (details to follow this week in a separate dedicated thread). Until that time, I think it's important to spell out those who can help you as we get back into the game.
  • Leader: Eresmir
  • Deputy: Kairos
  • Officers: Thoronthor, Arohtar, Crucio, Grimdoin
  • Honourary Council Members: Belegwe, Ingaras
So those above are who you should contact if you have any queries, or want an invite, or an alt invited etc. We will be hosting an officer meeting in the weeks ahead. Minutes will follow as always.

Returning to the Game:
A lot has changed in Middle-Earth in the last 4 years. Players will return to find a better game in my opinion, linked intricately to Tolkien's universe, with more group content, interesting gameplay and beautiful landscapes then ever before. But trait-trees? Gondor? Mordor? featured instances? new skills?  Standing Stone Games?! It can be a lot to take in. 

So current active endgame players, where available, will post class guides to our Class Tactics Board. I will do champ (with help from Hroth I hope), Kai will do Hunter, Aro Warden. I invite every member to contribute or even start their own class thread.

A great place to start for returning/new players is Arohtar's game updates: May 2017June 2018.
Turbine have left LotRO and been replaced by Standing Stone Games.
The most recent release notes, including class updates, can be found here.

Recruitment:
Former members have been contacted through email and via the Facebook Group (which we should all join). All returning members will be automatically promoted to their former ranks.

Recruitment of new members should (and has) start immediately. All new initiates should post an introduction in our recruitment forum. They will then be interviewed by an officer ingame before an invite. The recruiting officer should create a thread in the initiate forum. Any member who has interaction with a recruit should post feedback in the thread which will be deleted after the three week initiation. Any council member, or 3 full members, can veto a recruit.

Website and Discord:
There are some issues to fix here. 
  • The website is in dire need of a spring clean. A lot of outdated stickys, forums, threads etc. from the time of our hiatus. Those hawk eyed amongst you will undoubtedly have noticed that that is already beginning to be addressed. It will continue over the course of the next month.
  • We desperately need an even scheduler. I'll be looking into this with hopefully a little help from Crucio.
  • The layout needs work. Unread posts does not include all forums (open council board for example where I would like to post the meeting minutes). It also doesnt appear anywhere but the home forum page. 
  • Permission for both Discord and the website will be worked on. I made our Discord server public to facilitate the meeting, once permission as sorted with Crucio I will reverse that.
Your suggestions are welcome.


That'll do for starters. Its only a rough guide and all of the above is subject to change.
Please reply to this thread with your own suggestions, ideas, solutions, etc.

It's great to be back folks. Let's all push to be active ingame or on the forums/discord as we push towards our shared goal, a vibrant TWA community once again.

Le meas,

Eres

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  Running instances with the kinship
Posted by: Kairos - 08 Jun, 18, 08:54 - No Replies

I am happy to join in instances at any level to help members move up. My game times are currently a bit too irregular for me to be available at set times, but if you PM me in-game or on this site, adding when you plan to be online, we can set a date and time. I will in any case be logging on daily.

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