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Fungus Investigation

Posted in Deeds, Instance Guides, Instances, lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 16, 2011 by Corleth

One of the Deeds in Dar Narbugud is the Fungus Investigation. On a couple of occasions now, on various toons, I’ve actually missed one or more of these mushrooms, on my way around DN, and ended up scratching my head, trying to remember where to go to find the missing fungus in quersion. DN is big enough and dark enough to easily miss things. So here’s a very brief guide:

  • Smelly, red mushroom – in the first cave where you kill Blagh & Rung. The easiest to find.
  • Strange, blue mushroom – after the second trash pull, after killing Blagh & Rung, you’ll pass this mushroom on the left hand side of the corridor as you move downwards.
  • Colourful Mushroom – about 10 meters inside the ‘Istum’ wing.
  • Divergent Mushroom – in the cave where you fight Zholuga.
  • Inconsistent Mushroom – Once the blind one is dead, drop down into the pool below, and follow the corridor down – you’ll find this mushroom before you get to the Mistress.
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Misty 21st Hall

Posted in Diary, Instances, lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2011 by Corleth

You’ve heard of then Misty mountains, right?

Well last week I ran my rune-keep up to Forochel to find the entrance to Sari-Surma – the mist up there was thicker than pea soup. I’ve never in fact seen Forochel like it!

Anyhow, on porting back to the 21st Hall, I found that the mist had travelled with me. Mad! The 21st Hall looked like something out of a 19th century London – i.e. smog filled and dark! I took a screen shot for posterity…

Misty 21st Hall

Misty 21st Hall

A quick note on last week’s tier 2 Lost Temple run. It bugged out on us. In the last boss fight (Furndur) our minstrel died; she retreated and came back to the gate – and Furndur promptly reset. Despite raising a ticket, nothing we could do would then re-activate the fight. As such, a pretty much wasted couple of hours. 😦

I was also back in Dar Narbugud last night with my kin. We only had 11 raiders, but it was by far the smoothest run that I’ve ever been on. No wipes at all. We cruised through Balgh & Rung, Flagit & Zholuga. The other three bosses (Istum, The Blind One and The Mistress of Pestilence) are for tonight’s follow-up.

Zholuga

Zholuga

Oh yes, and I’ve still yet to win a single roll on a DN armour piece, on any toon. 30 odd rolls and counting…last night, on the Blagh/Rung chest, I even managed to roll a 93…only for someone to roll 100…*sigh*

Codemasters LoTRO Service – RIP

Posted in Diary, Instances, lotro with tags , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2011 by Corleth

Well, all of us EU players are currently in limbo. The Codemasters service was shut down just after midday yesterday (Tuesday), and it’s likely to be at least tomorrow (Thursday) before the EU account migration is up and running for the Turbine servers. I await developments patiently…ish…I’m currently catching up on my Casual Stroll to Mordor podcast listening!

Will I miss Codemasters? I hope not and I doubt not. I had a brief dabble with DDO (Dungeons and Dragons Online) a couple of months back (yeuk!). DDO is another Turbine MMORPG, serviced exclusively from the good ol’ US of A. Did I have any technical problems (e.g. laggy-ness) with it? Nope, none, zero. Assuming this is the case for LoTRO, I’ll shed no tears for Codemasters, and I’m already looking forward to those added extras such as the LoTRO lotteries.

Anyhow, during the final week of the Codemasters service, I spent most of my in-game time raiding. Two evenings were spent running though Dar Narbugud. My kin hadn’t been there for a few months, and I really enjoyed going back. It’s still an enjoyable challenge and the armour set (obtained by trading the ‘Greater Elf Stone’ barter tokens dropped by each of the six DN bosses) is still worth collecting.

As an aside, I conservatively reckon that I’ve rolled on some 30 odd DN armour set tokens and not won a sausage. This aggravates me some (well, a lot actually). Anyone out these got some lucky DN-compatible dice that they could loan me?? 😛

Ost Dunhoth Wound Wing - Victory Is Ours

Ost Dunhoth Wound Wing - Victory Is Ours

To end the Codemasters EU reign on a positive note, last Monday evening our kin decided to tackle first the ‘Wound Wing’ and then the ‘Fear Wing’ in Ost Dunhoth – both on tier 1. We completed the wound wing at the first attempt (me on my guardian), and the fear wing after only a couple of wipes. I think we now have three out of the four OD wings cracked. Frothmar, last boss in the Poison wing, is still alluding our attempts. Maybe the shift to Turbine servers will bring us some better luck 😉

Goodnight Watcher

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , on January 19, 2011 by Corleth

There are, at the time of writing, three radiance-gated 12-man raids in LoTRO:

  1. The Vile Maw (the Watcher)
  2. Dar Narbugud (final boss is The Mistress of Pestilence)
  3. Barad Guldur (final boss is The Lieutenant of Dol Guldur).

I have now completed both 1 and 2. To find out the latest, read on…

Monday evening was a good evening. My kin have been trying to bring down The Watcher – on and off – for the past few months. We’re a casual raiding bunch, and I’d say we’re tried about twenty odd runs covering five or six different events. Anyhow, on Monday we did it – killed ‘The Watcher’. I started off on my guardian, but due to some necessary tweaking, ended up on my lore-master for the successful run.

For the majority of us, it was our first time bringing the Watcher down. My major ambitions coming into this year were (1) kill the Watcher, and (2) kill the Lieutenant. To manage one of them this early in the year is a real bonus! Oh yes, and to cap the night, we followed the Vile Maw with a trip to the turtle – which we completed without a hitch. So two raids completed in one night. I went to bed happy.

Mistress of Pestilence – Downed!

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , on December 2, 2010 by Corleth

Well, my shiny new PC arrived last week. I’m very happy with it. But what I neglected to check when I ordered it, was the power output of the PSU (Power Supply Unit). The supplied PSU outputs a mere 300W, and my graphics card requires a PSU with an output of at least 400W. So, new PSU on order – *sigh*. In the meantime, I’ve been plodding along using my kids’ PC which, I truth be told, has at least allowed me to get in-game.

My major news from the last couple of weeks is that I was finally in on a run all the way through Dar-Narbugud with my kin, which brought down the Mistress [of Pestilence]. Added to that, my LM also completed the ‘Reaver of Dar Narbugud’ deed! The only slight downside is that I still haven’t won a roll for one of the 20 radiance armour pieces, even after rolling 20-odd times – but am I worried…? Nope!

The EU version of the autumn festival finished here in the EU last week, and despite trying everyday, I didn’t manage to get the skeleton horse on any other toon other than my warden. Still, one skeleton horse/pony is better than none – with the 1 in 100 chance of one dropping, per day, one is still an achievement.

I’ve also managed to run the majority of the newly revamped ‘Classic’ instances, at this stage. I’ve so far managed:

  • The School (HM)
  • The Library (NM)
  • Helegrod Giant-Wing (HM)
  • Helegrod Drake-Wing (HM)
  • Annuminas – Ost Elendil (HM)
  • Annuminas – Haudh Valandil (HM)
  • Great Barrow – The Maze (HM)
  • Great Barrow – Thadur (HM) 

But crash-and-burned whilst trying to complete:

  • Helegrod Spider-Wing
  • Great Barrow – Sambrog

I’ve yet to try:

  • Helegrod Dragon Wing (24 man)
  • Annuminas – Glinghant 

Out of the above completed instances, I’ve so far picked up a total of 8 Superior Third Marks – but have yet to decide what to do with them. I’m torn between bartering them for a Symbol of Celebrimbor, or for the new Helegrod armour pieces. Anyhow, so far I have to say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the re-vamped Classics – they’re new, challenging and entertaining.

In my ‘spare’ time I’ve been working my way through Enedwaith on my main. I’ve now found all of the stables and am probably about two-thirds of the way through the zone on my main. So far, I have to say, it’s been very enjoyable – if a little ‘unchallenging’.

No F2P For Me – Yet…

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2010 by Corleth

Well, free-to-play has officially hit Europe. As I type, many of my kinnies have successfully downloaded the patch and are now running around happily inside the Gilrain world. Me? No joy. This has error has been appearing all afternoon, and there’s no sign of any resolution yet.

Hash Error while patching

Hash Error while patching

In the meantime, I thought I blog what I’ve been up to.

Last week I ran 2.6.8 with my rune-keeper, and in the process acquired my last-but-one legendary trait. I then headed out into Lothlorien, and have already achieved Friend status with the Galladhrim. I’m currently back inside Moria undertaking volume 2 book 7, and hope to be in a position to run 2.83 and 2.8.4 with a couple of kinnies, next week.

Last weekend three groups of us formed up for a concerted bash at doing Sword-Halls in challenge mode (HM). After a few wipes, all three groups succeeded. In my case, I managed this on my guardian, so I’ve no completed Warg Pens, Sword Hall, and Sammath Gul, all in HM, on this toon. Not much chance of achieving the same in Barad Guldur, unfortunately – our kin just doesn’t seem to have the interest in running that, at the moment. That said, I’m organising a bash at the Dungeons 3-man instance for next week….I’ve actually never been in there on any toon, so it should be interesting…!

Yesterday we had an hour and a half inside Skumfil, just to complete all the quests, and as many deeds as possible. Again, I was on my guardian. It’s good fun in there at level 65, and fairly straightforward.

Elsewhere, last week I took my LM back into DN on two separate nights. We got past Flagit and Zholuga, but Istum gave us major problems for some reason, so we never got as far as the Blind One. We were lacking a Cappy, and I think this had a major affect on our lack of success – that together with some novice DNers – we all have to learn though, so we’ll do better next time…

More Ups and Downs

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by Corleth

First the ups. My level 35 burglar finally reached ‘Supreme Master’ farmer last Saturday – it’s been a long time coming! I’ve been busy both farming and then cooking over the last week, as my level of raiding has dramatically increased. I’ve actually spent three nights raiding out of the last six.

It started last Thursday when I took my LM into Dar Narbugud for the first time. We got past the troll bosses, and hence the furthest I’d been with any of my toons, and then on past all of the orc bosses, stopping just before ‘the Blind One’. We went back again on Saturday night, brought down the Blind One at the second attempt, and then…I had to leave the raid due to a real life call. My kinnies found a replacement, but couldn’t bring down ‘the Mistress of Pestilence’ – I’m not sure whether my presence would have helped or not – probably not! Anyhow, we’ll be heading back for another attempt this coming Thursday…

And the downs? Yesterday we had another bash at ‘the Watcher’ too – but despite always getting to stage three of the fight, we never looked like bringing Mr Squid down – we (the kin) clearly have a lot of learing to do. I also got dragged into the final boss (Demafaer) in Sammath Gul on Sunday night – and we wiped four times. How come I’ve never wiped on this guy before? I mean, I even picked up my Glass Flask off him last week, and now we can’t even get close to killing him?!? weird – and more than a little frustrating.

Elsewhere, I got the Sword Hall run that I needed out-of-the-way on Wednesday last week, so my LM now has 65 radiance. I’ve decided that I’ll need another 25 radiance armour piece, for sure, as I was burning hope tokens to beat the band in DN. I’m going to try ‘Warg Pens’ tomorrow night, mainly for the quests, but the Dol Guldur medallions will hopefully see me some way to that second Mirkwood armour piece.

Finally, I got my 10 Empathy on my guard – by murdering an awful lot of wargs in Mirkwood. Happy Days!

Oh yes – and still no sign of the EU Free-2-Play. Do I care? Not in the slightest!

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