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Durchest (HM) RIP

Posted in Diary, Instances, lotro with tags , , , , , , on August 25, 2011 by Corleth

So Isenguard is still a month away. I’m not playing too much, at the moment – probably about an hour or so a night, on average. A wee bit more over weekends. So what have I been up to? Well, I’m still tipping away at deeds on my level 65 toons; plus working on getting my skirmish soldiers up to level 65 together with all of their equipped traits.

I’m also still levelling my burglar. Since my last post, I’ve moved him on to level 43, completing the vast majority of the solo quests in Evendim en route, as well as hitting kindred with the Wardens of Annuminas. I now have him in Aughaire, questing in south-western Angmar – mainly in the hope of acquiring page drops for my three legendary skill books. So far I have six out of the twelve pages [that can be collected in Angmar]. Providing that I manage to get the remaining six pages before I hit level 45, I’ll then head up to Forochel to continue levelling.

Overlooking Rantost in Evendim

Overlooking Rantost in Evendim

Grouping wise, I missed out on my kin’s Helegrod runs last week, due to real-life stuff, but I did tag along on a Barad Guldur run last Monday. I brought my rune-keeper for her first outing in BG, and we even managed to kill Durchest in challenge mode. This is the first time that my kin has successfully managed this feat, so we were delighted. Mind you, we couldn’t get past the Twins on the following night, so we obviously had used up all our luck…

In Barad Guldur - looking down!

In Barad Guldur - looking down!

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Spider Wing trouble

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2011 by Corleth

Last week, we again completed the Barad Guldur raid, again on easy-mode with each of the three bosses. Next time out, it will definitely be time to start having a go at the challenge-mode – at least on Durchest and the Twins. Until radiance is removed, there’s no realistic way that we’ll get a shot at the LT in challenge-mode.

Elsewhere in game, I’ve being trying to finish Enedwaith on my Lore-master. All the non-repeatable quests are now done, and I’m just trying to grind out Kindred reputation with the Grey Company. The number of repeatable quests for Grey Company reputation (only four) makes this annoying. I’ll probably do it one more time – on my guardian – but that will be it. My rune-keeper, who I am currently completing the Volume 2 epilogue quests in Mirkwood with, will definitely NOT be doing anything in Enedwaith, apart from the Volume 3 quests.

Talking of my rune-keeper, I joined the back-end of a kinnie Sammath Gul run last night, and promptly ticked both Gorothul and Demafaer off my ‘to kill’ list. I didn’t win any nice loot, but hey, I didn’t have to grind through either of the first two bosses, either.

We followed SG up with a run though the Helegrod Spider wing (at level 65). Is it me, or is the last fight in this instance insanely difficult? After two hours of trying to kill Zaudru, we gave up – and there seems to be little or no help out there on the forums. Is there a big secret, and does everyone have a problem with the last fight in the Spider Wing?

Oh yes – I gave Rift a try. After three or so hours of play, I’ve decided it’s not for me. The lore leaves me cold, as does the game play. It looks nice, but that’s about all. But that’s just me – I’m sure many, many folks will love it. My only gripe is that I spent my ill gotten euros on a game I almost certainly won’t play again.

A Symbol, Some Boots and A Legendary Trait…

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2011 by Corleth

The last week or so has been good fun!

On Sunday last (eight days ago) I ran the Annuminas instances on my LM, with my kin, and I won my first ever Symbol of Celebrimbor roll. I promptly converted it into a shiny new second age level 65 staff, which I’ve been levelling up ever since.

On Monday & Thursday my kin was back in Barad Guldur, with me yet again on my loremaster; the Monday run saw us repeat our [previous week’s] kills of Durchest and the Twins of Fire & Shadow – and I won the roll on the Dark Emblem of Courage and so am now a proud owner of the BG 30 radiance boots. It’s just a shame that radiance is in its final days as a LoTRO game mechanic. Unless Turbine decide to improve the stats on the BG armour set when radiance is removed, the set will become no more than a cosmetic set. I digress – anyhow, as a coup de grace on my night’s work, at the Twins, a very nice sword (at least for an LM) – ‘Saelwagol’ – dropped and found its way into my bags too, so completing a very good night for me!

Saelwagol

Saelwagol

Last Thursday, after the weekly reset, we went back to BG and did for Durchy and the Twins for the third time in a row. Tonight, we’re going to attempt the run from the Twins to The Lieutenant. I don’t for one minute believe we’ll succeed in killing the Lieutenant – it’s our first try, after all – but heck, we’ll give it a go…!

I also spent a good bit of time on my warden last week. She was level 46 at the start of the week, and by Saturday night was up to 48. As well as leveling, I completed the first chapter of Volume 2, and so picked up my first legendary item, a javelin, as a result. I also picked up my first legendary trait by completing my level 45 class quests. I had to use skirmish marks to get hold of the Crimson Gorthorog Horn that I needed, but I was lucky enough to have the other three items (Bloodstained Tally Stick, Rune of Evil Presence and Teeth of Gorthorog) that I needed from my old kin’s bank (which I raided just before my old kin was dissolved).

Talking of skirmishing in the mid-40 level range – the XP that you pick up, even running a tier-1 solo skirmish, is far in excess of what you’d pick up running equivalent quests on level. You almost go through the levels too quickly when skirmishing, I think – but if you want to keep your skirmish soldier at the same level as you, and fully skilled up, regular skirmishes have to be run.

I’m using a banner guard for my warden. It’s not a choice that I’d make again as (1) banner guards seem to be a bit too squishy for my liking, and (2) they insist on being out front where they can spoil my ambushes half the time – not to mention grabbing aggro when I’m not watching closely! That said, I suppose grabbing aggro back, is good practise for end-game grouping…

Anyhow, the next steps for my Warden will be to complete questing in the Misty Mountains and then move on to Eregion – and hopefully in the process pick up the remaining pages that I need for my three legendary-trait books.

Durchest and The Twins, downed

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2011 by Corleth

After being involved in at least a dozen attempts at bringing down Durchest [the first boss in the Barad Guldur raid], last night was the night that we managed it. As usual, I was on my LM. Ok, we didn’t do challenge-mode (HM), but we did it. What a relief after so many previous wipes – and what a sense of achievement.

Many kins have BG on farm now, including Durchest, but this was our first, and one that I’m delighted to have been a part of. To add to the delight, we then ploughed on, and with only two wipes, managed to bring down the Twins [Morgaraf & Cargaraf], too (again though, not in challenge mode)! We would have had a crack at advancing on to the Lieutenant – but it was just too late. My only hope is that we have now learned our lessons and will progress at least as far again, in the near future – and come back and finally take down the LT!

The only down side to my evening was the fact that my rolling, when it comes to the radiance gear drops, is still awful. I’ve now been through Dar Narbugud a good few times, killed the Watcher twice, and now advanced as far as the Twins in BG…I’ve seen somewhere in the region of twenty-five radiance pieces (well, the coins to barter for them) drop – and not won any of them. I’m beginning to think DKP may have something going for it after all….

Christmas Activities

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2010 by Corleth

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, and the Christmas break has seen me busy, in-game.

My rune-keeper is now finally at level cap. Thanks to some time off work before Christmas, I brought her all the way through Lothlorien, hitting ‘kindred’ with the Galadhrim on the way, and also completing volume 2 book 8 of the epic quest line; I then brought her through the Mirkwood starter area, and I’m now questing in Mirkwood proper, while also working on finishing up volume 2.

I have to say, at this stage, that I find the RK a hard class to play at level cap. The lack of a reliable mezz makes for very hard multi-mob pulls, and I find I die much more regularly than with any of my other level 65 toons…that said, my equipment still isn’t as good as I’d like it, as I haven’t ground out an end-game set for her – I’ll probably start looking at grinding the Helegrod set once I have the majority of Mirkwood out the way – but with the end of radiance now on the horizon, I’m less inclined to put in the time…that said, the Helegrod sets, even without considering radiance, look to be a good bet when compared to any of the other end-game armour sets.

Elsewhere, I finally got my lore-master enough radiance to join a couple of my kin’s raids into Barad Guldur. For the uninitiated, this 12-man raid in Mirkwood, currently requires a minimum of 115 radiance for a toon to be effective, so I used some ‘Superior Third Marks’ and picked up the Helegrod 25-radiance ‘Beast-Master’ head piece for my LM, bringing her total radiance up to 120. Two runs through ‘The Gauntlet’ later, and I can honestly say “What damn good fun!”. That said, we’ve so far failed to bring down Durchest, but the last attempt was oh-so-close….one of our minstrels managed to acquire aggro near the end of the fight, and Durchest then proceeded to wipe us…grrrrr!

I’ve had a bit of an epiphany, in fact. I’m now a raider. When I say that, I mean that the part of LoTRO that I enjoy the most is raiding. In game, I’m now at my happiest (most of the time) with my headset on, running group content with kinnies. That’s some change, as I always used to be an alto-holic – more interested in levelling than grouping. Is this a change for the better? Only time will tell, I guess…

So, what else have I been up to? Well, running my toons through Enedwaith, mostly. I’ve yet to hit kindred with either of the Enedwaith factions (the Grey Company and the Algraig) – but I’m not far off. I particularly want the shield/pocket item combo for my guardian – but that will be another week or two coming. And after that….? I might just try to grind out a couple of Helegrod armour sets…

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