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Like Father, Like Sons…

Posted in Diary, Guild Wars 2, lotro with tags , , , , , , on November 4, 2013 by Corleth

My LoTRO experiment on Landroval is still going well and I have to say that I’m enjoying same. My one toon, a minstrel, is currently finishing off some quests I the north-west corner of Evendim and is racing up on level 44. I say ‘racing’ because the 100% XP boost that Turbine currently in place means that it’s almost impossible not to level rapidly. My gaming is currently restricted to weekends, more or less, so I’ve pushed on twenty-odd levels in only a couple of weeks, in reality.

I’ve taken care to try to tackle quests that I’ve not done before too, particularly around Dol Dinan and Meluinen in the North Downs, Oatbarton (North Cotton Farm) in Evendim and Garth Agarwen in the Lonelands. I’ve also been running all ‘Volume 1’ epic quests on-level which, again, is a first for me.

Evendim - view from the Colosus

Evendim – view from the Colosus

It’s very noticeable how much more populated Landroval is compared to my home server of Gilrain, too. The global lff channel on Landroval often ticks over 250 users where as I’ve never seen more than 150 on Gilrain, and that only in exceptional circumstances; presumably as a consequence, there’s noticeably more grouping activity too. This all leads to a server with a more active feel to it than what I’ve been used to, which is definitely ‘fresh’.

In short, I’m going to keep my Landroval experiment going for the foreseeable future. Quite what I’ll do when Helms Deep hits, I’ve yet to decide.

Elsewhere on the LoTRO front, my kids have noticed me playing again, and that it turn has renewed their interest in the game. My 9 year old now has a level 37 hunter in the middle of Evendim (Ost Forod) and my 11 year old’s level 29 guardian is questing around Oatbarton – both on Gilrain, so I’ll be popping back to keep a closer eye on their progress! As an aside, they’re both running on free-to-play accounts with the ‘Mithril Edition’ applied.

Away from LoTRO, I’ve also spent a few hours in GW2 over the past week – the latest Living Story update in the Kessex Hills actually caught my imagination. I really like the way that many of the mobs now have to be ‘finished’, much the same way as players in WvW (and PvP, presumably). It’s a fun touch, though maybe it would become tiresome if applied universally…I’ll be popping back over the next few days to see how much I get done before the (inevitable) next update takes it all away again!

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!

Dusting off a burglar

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

The lull before Isenguard is released is, unsurprisingly, persisting. I rather suspect that a good few folk are over on Bullroarer, testing – but of course, they have signed NDAs so we don’t know for sure!

As per my previous post, I’m continuing to skirmish and deed with my level 65 toons. During skirmishing, I’ve found that I’m picking up a good number of ‘Third Marks’, so I’ve converting these into 2nd age weapons for my toons that currently only have 3rd age ones (namely my guardian, RK and mini); my loremaster is already pretty well equipped, and all of my level 65 toons have 2nd age class items (thanks mainly to the epic quest-line in Enedwaith). In summary, I’m still enjoying the change of pace that this pre-Isenguard period has produced, and my level 65 toons should be well geared and traited when Isenguard arrives.

The only bit of grouping that I’ve done recently has been for runs through Helegrod. My kin are trying to get enough folk though the first three wings (drake, spider and giant) so that we can have a bash at the dragon wing. The Helegrod dragon wing is a 24 man raid however, so the feeling is we’ll need to team up with another kin to get the numbers – I’d say, at best, we’ll get 18 or so from our own kin…the provisional date for our initial assault on the dragon wing has been set for 20th September (just before Isenguard’s release)….I’ll keep you informed!

My burglar beside lake Evendim

My burglar beside lake Evendim

Oh yes, one last thing…I haven’t been able to resist playing my long-neglected burglar a little during this ‘quieter’ period. As such, he’s now moving through Evendim and has progressed from level 35 through to level 40, since my last post. I like the ‘revamped’ Evendim, very much. Since it was updated (as part of Update 2) questing flows much more naturally, and getting reputation with the Wardens of Annuminas is now almost too easy. The only part of the ‘new’ Evendim that I’ve skipped has been the North Cotton Farms quests – that place was just too much of a maze for me to be bothered with! Anyhow, after Evendim, I’m going to head directly up to Forochel, skipping Angmar. Let’s see how far I can get before Isenguard hits town…

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