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Ost Dunhoth Ahoy

Posted in Deeds, Diary, Instances with tags , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2011 by Corleth

I’ve been busy enough in game, over the last week or so. I’ve completed Stoneheight (tier 2) on my minstrel and on my guardian, completed The Lost Temple (tier 1) on my guardian, and had a bash at the disease wing in Ost Dunhoth (tier 2) on my loremaster. When I say ‘a bash’, I obviously mean that we didn’t get it done. The mechanics of the boss fight (Baleleaf and Dourbark) took a while for our very inexperienced group to get to grips with; we then had a couple of very close attempts before the lateness of the hour caused us to throw the towel in. That said, we’ve already pencilled in another attempt for alter this week.

My kin also had their first post-radiance attempt at the Watcher last week – I took my minstrel for her first vsit to the Vile Maw, and we succeeded after a couple of unlucky wipes. I’m still chasing the helm and shoulders from ‘The Watcher’ armour set, but needless to say, was unlucky with my rolls again on this occasion. As an aside, I’m a firm convert to the ‘No Radiance’ world – all sorts of folks who couldn’t be bothered to grind for radiance gear, are now coming raiding, and enjoying it. It’s all very refreshing, to be honest.

A warden in our kin needed to get his class quest done in Dark Delvings last week too, so I took my guardian along for the trip. We got the warden quest done without much issue, but struggled with Gurvand. I lost count of how many times I got punted off the cliffs to my doom – if only the LoTRO Store sold parachutes ;). Anyhow, in the end we did actually manage to kill Gurvand, in challenge mode too; in the process I completed my last outstanding deeds in DD (on my guardian) and thus picked up the ‘Triumph within the Forsaken Deeps’ deed. I have now completed all deeds in two (Forges & DD) out of the six Moria instances .

Elsewhere, I’ve just about finished Enedwaith on a third toon – my guardian. When I say ‘finished’, I mean hit Kindred with the Algraig and with the Grey Company; plus completed all the quests and epics up to the end of volume 3 book 3. Phew. I’m not sure I’ll do it for a fourth time – I think I’ll be restricting my RK to the Volume 3 epic quest line only.

‘In Their Absence’ – the 3-mans

Posted in Instances, lotro with tags , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2011 by Corleth

In the real world, the weather here on the south coast of Ireland has been fantastic. Warm, sunny and more like mid-summer than mid-spring. As such, and taking Roger’s advice, I’ve not been gaming too much over the past week or so. 😛

That said, I did get to run North Cotton Farms a few times last week and once this week. I also ran Stoneheight on my LM last Thursday – I’m making an attempt to stick to the ‘In Their Absence‘ quest chain (as started by visiting Barliman Butterbur in the Prancing Pony, Bree).

Sticking to the ‘In Their Absence‘ quest chain means completing first North Cotton Farms and then Stoneheight (both 3-mans) before then moving onto the 6-man Lost Temple in the Trollshaws. My first bash at The Lost Temple will hopefully be at the end of this week; word is, it’s challenging.

Anyhow, back to North Cotton Farms…I’ve run this instance on Tier-2 with all four of my level 65s (LM, minstrel, RK and guardian), at this stage. I’ve only managed to complete the Umheryn (second boss) fight in challenge-mode once though – with my RK. My RK was fire DPS traited, and stood on the balcony (where the buckets appear) and just nuked Umheryn – killing ‘it’ (can a pot be called ‘he’?) with just under two full minutes to spare; the other two – a healing traited RK and a warden – dealt with the hobbits and poison eyes.

North Cotton Farms - a captive hobbit

North Cotton Farms - a captive hobbit

 

I’d say I’ll manage the tier-2 Umheryn fight with my other 65s, but keeping the DPS high enough has obviously been an issue with the groups that I’ve been playing with – DPS traited RKs excepted.

The drops in both North Cotton Farms and Stoneheight, are excellent. Most of the pieces dropping in NCF seem to be tank orientated with block/evade/parry/agility/might bonuses; there’s not a whole lot there here for the tactical classes, mind you.

Stoneheight, in the North Downs, is my favourite of the new instances – to date. I’ve now completed it on both Tier 1 and Tier 2 using my LM – and the drops here are very nice for tactical classes. The fights are fun too. My aim now is to bring my mini, RK and guardian through Stoneheight too and then, as mentioned above, be ready for some runs at The Lost Temple.

Update 2 – Some More Impressions

Posted in Diary, Epic Quests, Instances, lotro with tags , , , , , , , on March 31, 2011 by Corleth

Last Saturday night I ran my first toon, my lore-master, though the new epic book – volume 3, book 3. I did this with a kin-group and we fellowed for all the quests that had a fellowship option; and I have to say it was just too easy. At no stage in any of the instances, did we feel in any way challenged. This doesn’t surprise me. Turbine, seems to be nerfing everything in sight, when it comes to the epic quest line.

I can understand the reasons for reducing the difficulty level for old epic instances such as 2.4.7 and 2.5.5, but not for the latest epic quests. The three instances for 2.5.5 were always challenging – the ‘Battle of The Deepway’, significantly so, when run on level. 2.6.8 was another instance that I for one found challenging, when first attempted.

So why can’t we have some challenge in the new epic instances? On Saturday night, the six of us who ran through 3.3 were chatting and joking all the way though, doing everything but concentrating on what we were doing. Nobody came close to dying. No puzzle solving or special tactics were ever required. And none of us had ever run through any of the instances before.

Last night I tried the same 3.3 content solo, using ‘Inspired To Greatness’, on my minstrel. My impressions weren’t changed at all – again it was too easy by far.

Session play in Volume 3, Chapter 3

Session play in Volume 3, Chapter 3

On the plus side, 3.3 does have an interesting story line. The session play with Isuldur is well done, and the last chapter ends very sadly – which is kind of appropriate. That said, here’s my plea to Turbine…put the same level of difficulty into epic instances that you are currently putting in to the raid clusters.

Which leads me nicely onto…

I tried the new Stoneheight instance on Tuesday night. I liked it. This is one of the new three-man instances, and it’s based in the North Downs. I like the fact that you have to find the entrance to it first off. The bosses are challenging, and the trash mobs are not so numerous as to raise frustration. We only tried tier 1; tier 2 can wait for another day – but tier 1 was useful  for working out strategies for the bosses and seeing how the instance played overall. The whole instance, as befits a 3-man, can be run in well under an hour. A good job, Turbine.

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