Burnout in MMOs is not only common, it is expected. No one picks up an MMO to play forever, and we all expect that someday, we will move on to something different. Today I want to look at some of the things that cause burnout in games, my experience with burnout, and the ways you can address burnout in your own life. Read more…
Draigoch armor set
Rise of Isengard shipped with one new armor set per class. The first four pieces (boots, gloves, chest, and legs) are available by bartering Superior Fourth Marks. The last two pieces (shoulders and helm) only drop from the Draigoch raid, thus this armor set is known as the “Draigoch set” or the “Dragon set.” I just hope they don’t shorten it like they did with the “Hele set” (Helegrod). I don’t want to be walking around in the “Drag set”…
Superior 4th Marks, or “S4Ms” as they are seen in chat, are granted upon completion of Challenge modes of any 3- or 6-man Classic instance and 12-man Skirmishes, sans Icy Crevasse and Attack At Dawn, and they are also found in chests at the end of those instances. Challenge modes grant 3 Superior 4th Marks apiece. Read more…
Orion made a post today about future changes to the Tier 7 crafted minstrel instruments.
Basically, he is addressing something I think should have been taken care of a long time ago. There was an update a while back to woodworking recipes to allow for multiple outputs with one recipe. Orion is trying to make the Tier 7 minstrel instrument recipes into multi-output recipes, that way you can have whatever instrument you desire paired with the buffs you want.
These changes are slated for Update 5, towards the end of the year.
The following combinations are the ones he is considering. He is pairing two regular buffs for each recipe, with a third buff available on critical success. Read more…
There was a new Developer Diary released Tuesday on Freep rewards. Several months ago, Jared “Kelsan” Pruett, a developer in charge of PvMP in LOTRO, set up several feedback threads for Creeps and Freeps alike. One of the threads was on Freep rewards.
The first thing Kelsan talks about are the Freep quests. The following changes are intended:
- All quests are now Dailies.
- All quests reward the player a combination of Destiny, Glory, and Coin.
- Quests to kill Tyrants or Chieftains now reward the player with Tyrant Crests and/or Chieftain Brooches on completion.
- Rewards for each quest can be more potent, i.e. more Crests per quest, as each quest can only be done once per day.
- Freeps HAVE to move around the map. To get all of the quests done, they will have to move, which means no farming (at least less farming).
- Freep consumable potency has been increased to be comparable to top tier crafted potions.
- Barter cost for consumables have been reduced & unified: all potions now cost 10 Dull Spirit Stones for a stack of 5.
As I don’t want to see the Delving be completely abandoned all the time, this is okay with me, as that is a cheap cost and requires a minimal amount of PvE for a good stack of pots. I hope comparable costs are implemented on Creepside.
Ranger Session Play
“The following changes were made to the Ranger to help him fulfill his role on the battlefield; that of a single target assassin that focuses on key targets.
- Damage output increased across the board (roughly 25%)
- Critical Chance increased by 10%
- Fly True
- Cooldown reduced to 10s
- Removed Stealth requirement
- Removed Dunedain Mark requirement
- Induction reduced to 2s
- Increased Critical and Devastating Critical damage
- Dagger Throw
- Cooldown reduced to 15s
- Mark of the Dunedain
- New FX added to help fellows recognize marked targets
- Added Parry Rating debuff
Additionally, the Ranger now has map skills for all of the key locations in the Ettenmoors. This will allow him to more easily traverse the landscape.”
This is really cool, as I like the Ranger (except when I am playing my Creep haha). I would like to see both the Ranger and the Troll playable more often.
- As was mentioned earlier, the PvMP armor sets are moving off of the Delving of Fror stones barter system and onto the Tyrant’s Crests and Chieftain’s Brooches system.
- The cost will be 20 Chieftain’s Brooches and 20 Tyrant’s Crests per piece. This means 120 of each total. That is a whole lot.
- Current armor sets will be barterable for the new armor sets, so the hard work players have been putting in isn’t wasted.
- The new armor sets will reflect itemization and stat changes though.
Jewelry and other equipment
There are some very sweet items available, including ring sets for hunters/burglars, champs/wardens/guards/captains, and lore-masters/runekeepers/minstrels. It was interesting though, Kelsan apparently didn’t get the memo on captains getting their primary stat changed to might, as he grouped the captains in with the tactical classes. The rings are not restricted by class, though, so captains will be able to use them.
Some other items that were available were off-hand weapons for appropriate classes, shields for guards, minstrels, and wardens, a new captain banner that looks pretty much awesome, and a riffler for runekeepers that will clear movement speed debuffs with Prelude to Hope, which is very interesting.
Finally, Kelsan mentioned that there will be special cloaks available for rank 10+ freeps for a limited time, as the quest will expire on October 31st, 2011. There will be quests that grant titles to both freeps and creeps that are r10+, and they will be a reward for the veterans of the Moors, to help differentiate who has been there “for the long haul.”
I actually got to see the cloaks in the Beta, and they are pretty awesome looking. I wish I had taken a screenshot. The cloaks will also be featuring a new technology that allows the stats to change based on rank. I imagine that technology will be implemented with other items too, as new updates roll in.
Creeps have always had one purpose: to fight player-vs-player. That is why you play a Creep. Freeps, on the other hand, could PvE if they wanted to, but instead come to the Moors to try their skills on the ultimate enemy: human players. This was the only draw for a long time, and it was sufficient for most. There are some “rewards for PvP” available, such as armor sets (which require rank AND PvE in the Moors), jewelry (which require rank and PvE) and now special relics that enhance Freep skills (also gated behind rank and PvE).
The number one complaint that Freeps and Creeps alike have about the Moors is the amount of PvE required for Freeps to get rewards. The Freeps don’t like it because it limits the amount of fun they can have ranking and PvP’ing. The Creeps don’t like it because it makes the Freeps sometimes avoid Creeps and go into the Delving of Fror for the Delving stones needed for the armor. This makes it hard for Creeps to have fun PvP’ing too.
With the removal of Delving stones requirement, there will be more moving around the map, more PvP, which will be great. I am not fully convinced that the devs didn’t just give freeps more reason to farm Tyrants, but we will see. I am greatly looking forward to the changes, and I hope to see more freeps come out to meet the billions of reavers coming with the opening of PvMP to free players.
Hello all, this is just a little update on what I’ve been doing and what is going on in the LOTRO community. I plan to post another installment of How to Harness the HUD soon, so keep an eye out for that.