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Cows…and the ‘Steed of the Guardian’

Posted in Diary, lotro, Mounts with tags , , , on November 15, 2011 by Corleth

I’d normally pay Turbine’s ‘Store Exclusive’ mounts about as much attention at I would a bug squashed on my car windscreen. A passing glance at best. However, by some weird fluke, my guardian picked up one of the new ‘Steed of the Guardian’ mounts from a mylotro lottery win last Sunday night. And you know what? I love it!

'Steed of the Guardian' (pony)

'Steed of the Guardian' (pony)

The pony (it is a pony, rather than a horse, ‘cos my guardian’s a dwarf) matches in very nicely with my guard’s preferred colour scheme, and looks the part to boot. Would I have paid real world money for it? Not in a month of Sunday’s, but I’m certainly not one to look a gift horse (sorry, pony!) in the mouth 😀

Whilst we’re on the subject of in-game animals (tenuous link, there, I know), I also have to pass comment on a bit of Dunland that I hadn’t noticed before now. The cows are just awesome. ‘Cows!!?’, I hear you yell. Yup, cows. Next time you’re passing, take a look at them. They’re not only very detailed (you can even see their ribs!), but also move in an incredibly realistic manner – flicking their ears and swishing their tails, à la your average Holstein-Friesian.

A cow - in Dunland

A cow - in Dunland

Whichever dev/designer(s) did this work, I’m impressed. Most of the animals in Turbine’s middle earth have no real-world equivalents. The chickens are pretty shapeless; the sheep also. But the cows are really looking good! Fair play, Turbine. Lovely detail, for a part of the game which is almost certainly ignored by the vast majority of players.

Apart from admiring bovines, I have made rapid (well, rapid for me) progress on my rune-keeper this week. She’s now up to level 72, up from 68 last week (and yes, I do call me female toons ‘she’ – see this excellent article on CSTM here, pretty much all of which I agree with). I have to say the last couple of levels have been, in places, very challenging. At the stage where I felt my guardian’s gear was beginning to creak, I have to say that my rune-keeper’s build is really failing badly. Multiple pulls, on-level, at 70, 71 and 72 are often proving fatal. I’m dying – a lot. RKs are squishy, I know, but hey…

A 'ding' in Dunbog

A 'ding' in Dunbog

Anyway, no more whinging from me about an easy ride though Dunland! So, onwards go the brave, and bring on level 75. It can’t come soon enough for my female zapper.

Meta Deed Complete

Posted in Deeds, Instances, lotro, Mounts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2011 by Corleth

So Update 2 has been live here on the EU server for about four days. My first impressions of the Legendary Item changes are positive; I quite like the whole new melding gig, and being able to make the relic that you want, albeit with the use of shards, is convenient. I spend all of Thursday night playing with my LIs across my main toons. I now have most of them equipped with a reasonable set of tier 6 relics – some of which are ‘old’ tier 8 & 9 relics in disguise. All in all I think the system is more flexible, and less random – which was always the point, wasn’t it?

Over the past few months I’ve been gradually working my way through the Saviour of Lothlorien Meta-deed. The last part of this deed hanging over me was the Morroval Slayer deed from Lumul-Nar. Despite repeated pleas, my kinnies have given me the cold shoulder in recent weeks – nobody wanting to go back to Lumul-Nar for the umpteenth time.

Broin in 'The Peaceful Path'

Broin in 'The Peaceful Path'

Now, with update 2 here, there is a new solo version of Lumul-Nar available from Broin the the Peaceful Path. This solo quest ‘Replay: A Relic in Lumul Nar (solo)‘ is available to anyone who has previously completed the small fellowship version of 2.8.3, plus those coming to 2.8.3 for the first time.

So, on Friday night, I ran this new solo instance twice, equipped both times with deed accelerators, and finally completed the Morroval Slayer deed, and in so doing also the Lothlorien Meta deed. Thank ~@&*. I’m chuffed to bits with my new Wild Mountain Goat, mind you. 🙂

Lothlorien Meta Deed Mount

Lothlorien Meta Deed Mount

(Edit: There is also a  solo version of Nala Dum (2.8.4) – also available from Broin – ‘Replay: A Relic in Nala Dum (solo)‘).

In a fit of mount-a-holic-ism, I’ve also splurged on the second Mirkwood steed (that I hadn’t previously picked up) too – the Malledhrim steed.

Mirkwood Mount

Mirkwood Mount

In my next post I’m going to vent a little (or maybe a lot) about the new Volume 3 Book 3 epic quests. But I’ll save that for later in the week…

Another New Mount

Posted in Epic Quests, Instances, Legendary Items, lotro, Mounts, Reputation, Traits with tags , , , , , on March 14, 2011 by Corleth

I’ve finally hit Kindred reputation with the Grey Company with my lore-master – and picked up the Grey Company mount as a result. Nothing too exciting, I know, but there’s not much been happening in-game over the last week or so.

Grey Company mount

Grey Company mount

I think everyone is waiting for ‘Update 2’ to hit. From what I’ve read, it looks like it will hit the EU servers on or around the 22nd March – maybe. After the huge delay to ‘Update 1’ here in the EU (last autumn), nobody is counting any chickens 😉

I have to say that the thing I’m most looking forward to with regard to the new update, is the LI changes. As a casual player, and a bit of an alto-holic, I’m not someone who has ever gotten near maxing out my LIs with regard to relics. I have a few tier 9s scattered across my various level-caped alts…but only a few. The new changes should make it much easier for me to acquire top level (now tier 6) relics, for each of my LIs. Still, we’ll see…

I’m also looking forward to the new raids. In my kin, I think we’re all a bit burnt out on the existing raids – BG excepted; and as I’ve said before, whilst we’d love a crack at the Lieutenant in challenge-mode – we don’t have the radiance (as a group), so we’re all awaiting radiance removal with some enthusiasm.

Elsewhere in-game, I finally have my rune-keeper up to Kindred with the Malledhrim in Mirkwood. My plan now is to finish the volume 2 epilogue quests, and then through run volume 3 as far as it goes (i.e. into Enedwaith) – but without running any of the Enedwaith quests outside of the epic line.  I also need to max out some of my RK’s traits; I’m one of those players who only ever looks at traits as a last resort – i.e. when I’ve done everything else that I want to do with a particular toon….I’m just lazy, I guess!

Warg Pens and Rivendell Rep Mount

Posted in Instances, lotro, Mounts, Reputation with tags , , , on March 9, 2011 by Corleth

I had a trip back to Warg Pens on my minstrel on Monday evening. Yet again I was reminded how much I like this instance. It’s just so different to most other dungeons that we run. On this occasion we failed challenge-mode as the wargs on the last boss refused to eat just one of the meat-slabs. But hey, I still enjoyed it.

Last night was one of those rare evenings that I didn’t have anything planned, in game. Nothing on the calendar at all. I think a lot of my kinnies were happy with the break, as was I. Everyone seemed to be relaxed – crafting, running daily quests, or leveling alts. I even found time to pickup a Rivendell reputation mount on my (now level 48) warden.

Rivendell Reputation Mount

Rivendell Reputation Mount

This is the first toon that I’ve picked this mount up on. I’ve had the rep on my higher level toons for ages – but just hadn’t bothered to pay the gold to acquire it. My warden, until yesturday, was still riding around on her Dusky Nimblefoot Goat, and was therefore in need of a more resilient mount.

Anyhow, I think the Rivendell rep mount is a fine looking beast of burden (see above) – the image also shows how photogenic Rivendell is, I think 🙂

Bog Warden and Tundra Horse

Posted in Deeds, Diary, lotro, Mounts, Reputation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2010 by Corleth

In real life, the spring weather has been fantastic for the last week, so what with the longer daylight hours, I’ve been spending most of my spare time away from the PC. That said, I’ve not been entirely inactive, so here’s a wee update…

Last weekend, I completed the ‘Hero of the Upper Levels’ deed in Moira, with my lore-master (still level 59). I’ve also managed to get to Kindred rep with the Iron Garrison Guards, so I’ve picked up the ‘Nature Friend’ legendary trait. See the attached picture of my Bog-Warden!

Lore Master and Bog-Warden

Lore Master and Bog-Warden

Finally, at time of writing, I’ve just completed vol 2, book 4, chapter 7 ‘The Drowned Treasury’, so I’ll be working though the solo quests to get to the next fellowship quests in vol 2, book 5, chapter 5 before I head on out to Lorien.

With my rune-keeper (level 51), I’m finally out of Forochel, having hit Kindred Rep with the Lossoth – so I now have a Tundra Horse to show for my patience (see below). Eregion, here I come!

Runekeeper plus Losseth tundra horse

Runekeeper plus Losseth tundra horse

I’m not really using my level 65 (tank) at the moment, apart from an hour’s soiree into the 16th Hall last Sunday to help a couple of kinnies complete their level 58 class quests (rune-keeper and hunter class quests).The only part of the game I really still want to do at level 65, is to successfully run Sammath Gul, but my kin appears to have gone to sleep in the Spring sunshine, so I’ll bide my time. If I don’t get to complete it, c’est la vie. I certainly don’t have the time, or even the inclination, to be raiding (Barad Guldur, Dar Narbugud, The Rift, etc) at the moment – most of my current playing time is in chunks of about an hour, or less…real life is just too busy.

Talking of spring, the end of the in-game ‘Spring Festival’ is almost upon us. Like a lot of folks, I’m still awaiting the festival horse vendor bug-fix, so that I can pick up a ‘Spring Festival’ mount for both my lore-master (level 59), and for my warden (level 36). I’ll post a picture of each, as and when Turbine sort it out.

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