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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!

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Keeping Busy

Posted in Diary, Epic Quests, Instances, lotro, Traits, Virtues with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2011 by Corleth

The last week has seen LoTRO in limbo – as least as far as life on the Gilrain server and within the Twilight Gathering kin, has been concerned. As I said in my last post, most folks seem to be doing other ‘things’ (i.e. non-LoTRO stuff) while they wait for Update 2.

As it happens, Update 2 has also just been delayed on this side of the Atlantic. Codemasters have decided to call off today’s planned go-live, due to the ‘relic bug’ that was found after the go-live on the Turbine servers, yesterday. I’m quite happy about the delay – I’d rather get the bug fix sorted before I get to play. Added to that, I’ve been keeping myself more than busy in-game, too.

Over the last week, I’ve….

  • Taken my minstrel on a kin run though Sammath Gul. This was without doubt the smoothest run though SG that I’ve ever been involved with. We had it done in a little under an hour, with no deaths what-so-ever, and Gorothul killed in challenge-mode to boot. The only down side was that I failed to win any nice shinies *sigh*.

    Out and about in Sammath Gul

    Out and about in Sammath Gul

  • Taken my guardian through Halls of Crafting. Again, a really quick run though, completed challenge-mode, with no deaths involved. Again, no shinies though 😦
  • Attempted and completed the 3-man Dungeons of Dol Guldur instance, on my guardian. We managed to get 7 our of the 9 elves out of their cells and into the main hall; and then one died in the boss fight, so we failed challenge-mode by one (saving 6 out of the 9 elves in total). A really fun instance. Again, no shinies worth a damn, but I’ll be going back to try for challenge-mode.
  • Completed all outstanding Volume 2 epilogue quests with my rune-keeper.

While I’m waiting for Update 2, I’m now off deeding with my RK, trying to get her Wisdom, Innocence, Loyalty and Fidelity all up to 10 – and maybe a few other virtues as well. Once that’s all done, it’ll be onto the volume 3 quests line – but Update 2 might interfere with that…

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…

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