Archive for Ost Dunhoth

Snoozing in the Summer Sun

Posted in Diary with tags , , , on July 12, 2011 by Corleth

Forgive me father, for I have sinned – it’s been nearly a month since my last blog post…(confession over). I’ve actually been away on my hols for a couple of weeks in the interim, so that doesn’t count ūüėČ

Anyhow, things seem to be very quiet in the world of LoTRO. The Summer Festival has been and gone. I didn’t do a whole lot, to be honest. I tried some of the¬†fishing¬†quests and, with the rewards, gathered about 70 pots of Saffron’s Lipstick to use on unsuspecting passers by. I’d venture to suggest that many folks are getting mightily peeved with all the fire-breathing and kissing going on. The new deeds¬†have¬†a lot to answer for!

At level cap, I’ve been fairly quiet. I tried out the Inn of the Forsaken instance (didn’t much like it), run though Stoneheight (tier 2) ¬†a couple of times, plus The Lost Temple and Sari Surma – both on tier 1.

Half my kin seems to be away on their summer breaks too – so raiding in Ost Dunhoth has come to a complete stop. Not that I mind as I’ve long since come to the conclusion that the tier 2 OD runs are just too damn hard. I¬†really¬†don’t need that sort of¬†aggravation. Maybe we’ll have another go at the tier-2 runs when we get to level 75 ūüėõ

Talking of which, The release for The Rise of Isenguard is now only two and a half months away. I’ve signed up for it already, but my excitement levels aren’t overflowing this far out from release. Come the Autumn, I’ll be suitably worked up, I’m sure. In the meantime, I’ve been working on my rune-keeper and minstrel – equipping them with second age, level 65, legendary weapons….that will of course be out of date in two and a half months…the joys!

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Welcome to Turbine

Posted in Diary, Instances, lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2011 by Corleth

The transition to the turbine service went smoothly enough. I experienced a worrying timeout error mid-way through my Turbine account creation process, but in the end it all worked out fine. My Turbine Points came across fine too – albeit a few days later.

My first impressions of Update 3 are positive too. I’ve run both of the new skirmishes – ‘Icy Crevasse’ and ‘Attack At Dawn’ – a couple of times each – once on my minstrel and once on my¬†guardian¬†– and found them to be challenging but by no means impossible. I didn’t die at all when running them with my guardian (on tier 1 at level 65), but my minstrel did die twice in the the Icy¬†Crevasse¬†alright (but not during at the boss fight, curiously enough).

For ‘Attack¬†at Dawn’, I found the way to handle the last boss with my minstrel was to let her soldier, a protector, DPS the boss, while I healed both the protector and myself, plus took care of the¬†goblin¬†scouts; helping out the protector with DPS, when healing and goblin killing weren’t required. With my guardian, it was just DPS all the way, taking care of the goblins myself while leaving my soldier, a sage, on the boss all the time.

For ‘The Icy Crevasse’, it was a similar call. Except no goblins to worry about, and I positioned my minstrel over the steaming vent for the healing buffs.

Elsewhere with regard to the Update 3 content, I’ve picked up the location for the new 3-man instance in Angmar on most of my toons – plus had a peek inside – but haven’t actually grouped up for a run through, as yet. For anyone who hasn’t found the ‘Halls of Night’ entrance – head north out of Aughaire, and¬†follow¬†the cliff around to the east (your right hand side if you’re running north out of Aughaire); the entrance isn’t too far along the cliff face.

Frothmar dead - now what's in that chest?!

Frothmar dead - now what's in that chest?!

This week my calendar is pretty full with raids and 6-mans.¬†On Monday and Tuesday we ventured back to Ost Dunhoth. The switch to Turbine does seem to have given us some added luck because we managed to clear both the Disease wing and, for the first time, the poison wing – both on Tier 1. I have to say it was a relief to get Frothmar down – he was certainly challenging. Anyhow, my kin can now report a clean¬†sweep¬†of all the OD wings on Tier 1. Next we’re going to attempt the Wound wing on Tier 2 – I’m looking forward to it.

Tonight it’s back down the ‘In Their Absence’ quest chain for a Lost Temple run, and then tomorrow we’re¬†following¬†that up with a trip to Sari Surma. I’ll let you all know how they go…

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?? ūüėõ

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 ūüėČ

The Killing of a Balrog

Posted in Diary, Instances, lotro with tags , , , , , on May 24, 2011 by Corleth

The long, bright evenings are dragging me away from my PC, and onto other real-life activities Рlike playing soccer in the back garden with my kids. So LoTRO is taking a bit of a back seat.

I missed my kin’s recent re-visitation of the Ost Dunhoth wound wing – which they successfully nailed (on tier 1). However I did manage to tag along, with my guardian, for the subsequent visit to the fear wing (again on tier 1); a mighty tussle with the balrog ensued …thankfully, following multiple wipes, it was a tussle that we eventually won.

The main principles with the tier 1 balrog fight seem to (1) aggro swapping between the tanks and (2) everyone else keeping well out of the way of his frontal damage. There’s also a lot going on graphically, so it’s easy enough to loose your bearings¬†and get in the wrong place (squish!). All in all, I have to say, it’s a challenging and enjoyable fight. I’m not sure we’ll be trying it on tier 2 in a hurry though!!

Elsewhere, I also took my guardian through the Lost Temple (again) on tier 1, and managed to win the role for the Gold Knot Bracelet.

On my rune-keeper I finished up volume 3, and had a successful hard-mode run though an old favourite РSkumfil. The Moria instances are still fun, and even though the reward drops are no longer of any real importance, the deeds are still nice to get.

Ost Death – Wound Wing

Posted in Diary, Instances, lotro with tags , , , , on May 16, 2011 by Corleth

We paid the Ost Dunhoth wound wing a visit last Monday evening. Good fun it was too.

For the uninitiated, there are three bosses in this wing – three huge mammoths. In part 1, the 12-man raid has to split up such that a path is cleared for each mammoth along a¬†separate¬†corridor (3 mammoths so 3 corridors). Along each of the three corridors are wights and wargs, in varying numbers – plus locked gates. The locked gates in one corridor can only be unlocked by pulling a lever in one of the other corridors. So, all three groups must succeed in (a) killing their adds and (b) pulling the levers in their corridor – and must do it fast enough such that¬†nobody¬†gets squished by the on-walking mammoths. In short, it’s a glorified DPS race.

It took us a good few attempts to get through this initial DPS race, but we now have it cracked. Part 2 involves taking on all three mammoths at the same time – plus adds – in one huge room. On Monday night, the best we managed was to get one mammoth down, and were doing well with a second, when one of our healers got squished – and caused a wipe – probably¬†because¬†the number of adds got out of hand…

We’ll be back for more punishment very soon. Determined to get this wing done. Reminder to self: I must by another stack of Wound pots – ‘cos you p*ss though them in this wing!

Yes, We Do Learn…

Posted in Diary, Instances, lotro with tags , , , , on May 6, 2011 by Corleth

I brought my RK on a kin run through Sammath Gul last night. As per ‘usual’, it went very smoothly, and we finished the instance, keeping¬†challenge¬†mode, in a little under 90 minutes. Not only did my RK complete all the SG deeds and quests, but she also picked up Ril Mir from Demafaer too. Happy Days.

However, this success was not always ‘usual’. When I think back, SG used to be very challenging for us. When I say ‘very challenging’, I mean it was so hard that we’d spend whole evenings at it and come out at the end with huge repair bills, Gorothul laughing at us.

SG hasn’t been nerfed, and it’s still a current level-cap (level 65) instance. However, we’ve learnt how to be¬†competent¬†at it. I use this to remind myself¬†that we can, and do, learn how do do these instances. The learning is usually painful (see my last post ‘Ost Death’!) and time¬†consuming¬†– but still enjoyable….in a¬†masochistic¬†sort of way, obviously ūüėČ

Roll on my next trip to Ost Death…

Ost Death

Posted in Instances, lotro with tags , , , on May 4, 2011 by Corleth

On the more positive side of my LoTRO¬†activities¬†for the last few days, comes the completion of tier 2 of the disease wing in Ost Dunhoth. We officially have the hang of Baleleaf and Dourbark. In fact we (my kin) have completed it twice since the last time I posted. I didn’t win anything exciting from the chests, but hey, am I sad? (yes!)…

On the not-so-positive side, we’ve been struggling with the poison-wing boss, Frothmar. We really just can’t seem to get to grips with the fight at all. Four hours last night, ¬†some huge repair bills, oodles of scrolls/food/pots, and we still didn’t get him down much beyond half morale :(. I personally think that we have too many champs splashing about in the acid pool, and not enough hunters/ranged DPS standing back a safer distance. The tank-swapping mechanic is also causing difficulties too. Watch this space for more updates…

Next week we’re going to have a bash at the wound wing – which means being trampled by mammoths…more death and destruction, I have no doubt.

In the meantime, I’m working on my rune-keeper’s virtues and starting her on Volume 3. But under no circumstances am I going to work through Enedwaith quests again – three times already is quite enough.

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