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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 😉

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 😛

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on my rune-keeper and minstrel – equipping them with second age, level 65, legendary weapons….that will of course be out of date in two and a half months…the joys!

A Visit to Nala Dum

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , on July 26, 2010 by Corleth

Well, the Summer Festival ends today, which is fine by me. I picked up the last item that I wanted, last night, which was the summer fest door mat – it just looks better that the brown mat that I’ve been using since….well, forever. I’d long since given up on the Hobbit/Dwarf races, so I got what I needed for the door mat by fishing off the quay in Celondim – a stress-free way to spend twenty minutes.

Last Monday night I ran through 2.8.4 in Nala Dum with my lore-master. I say ‘ran through’ but we did it ‘hard-mode’, which I’d never even attempted before. I’d also never successfully brought down the last boss before, but then neither I, nor any group that I’d previously entered Nala Dum with, had been aware that you needed to pull the levers to stop the last boss regenerating his morale whenever he goes off for a snooze! Anyhow, that trick learnt, our group of three level 65s (my LM, a cappy and a hunter) brought him down without a wipe. I really enjoyed the fight as well!

So, my LM is now at 2.8.6 – which I’m hoping to get done with some kinnies later this week. My LM also still needs eight Moria Medallions to get the 10 Radiance leggings so I’ll be looking to run through GS or Forges one more time each, after which it’ll be back to Mirkwood for some Sword Hall runs (for the 25 radiance shoulders, boots and helm), and for completion of volume 2, and then on to volume 3.

Elsewhere, my Rune Keeper has pretty much completed all the solo quests within Western Durin’s Way, and hit level 56 in the process. Next up, I’ll be heading down into the Silvertine Loads for a bit of Goblin bashing.

The only other thing I’ve been thinking about is my guardian’s traits. I listened to the ‘Warden Roundtable’ podcast from CSTM last week, and the conversation around tanking traits was quite enlightening – Doc Holiday et al were advocating Innocence, Zeal & Empathy as must have traits for all tanks – all for their mêlée defence rating buffs, I presume. Now, I almost always run with Innocence, but I’ve never paid much attention to Zeal and Empathy before now. My empathy is at tier 10 already, so I could swap that in (in place of Justice, maybe?), but I’m going to have to do some serious grinding to get my Zeal up, if I want to use it. Hmmmm….

Un-Lucky Duck

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , on July 19, 2010 by Corleth

It was raining here most of the weekend, so I got more LOTRO time than I otherwise would. On Friday evening, I levelled my burglar to 35, and ran through the horse quests with him, and then on Saturday and Sunday I worked on Summer Festival quests.
At this point, I have to point out that I absolutely HATE the dwarf and hobbit races. They have driven me MAD. This is probably because I simply never seem to win – well, almost never. Two wins in thirty odd attempts is NOT a good investment of my time, and not good for my stress levels either. I play LOTRO for fun, and these races are NOT fun – to me, anyway. Rant over.
Anyhow, I did manage to pick up some festival tokens in some other events – fishing and horse races – so my burg now looks well on his summer fest mount. 
Pale Summer Golden Pony

Pale Summer Golden Pony


I also picked up one of the nice new hammocks for my house, as well as some new wall coverings – the one from Thorin’s Hall is particularly cool, I think.   

Summer Fest Hammock

Summer Fest Hammock


I actually took the opportunity to completely re-decorate my house, and I’m happy enough with the way it’s turned out! 

Newly Decorated Delux House

Newly Decorated Delux House

Missed Legendary Trait

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , on July 13, 2010 by Corleth

It was a busy weekend in Middle Earth for me. I spend a good while on Saturday afternoon with my hobbit Burglar/Farmer, and finally finished the master farming tier. I’m now working on my supreme farming tier….the joy! I’ve also decided to use this toon to do Summer Festival quests, but I need to get him to level 35 first. I hit level 34 with him on Monday, so hope to hit level 35 by the end of the week, and then do the horse quests before launching into the Summer Festival content, including the acquisition of one of those nice Summer-Fest ponies.

Last weekend I also did some work on my LM/Weaponsmith, and finished up the master tier on her too. I’m not quite sure why I’ve suddenly gone back to crafting again – it’s just an urge that needed to be scratched, I guess. In addition to the crafting, I also organised a run though 2.6.8 yesterday evening, with TWIGs. We rattled through it, and one of our group even picked up the almost mythical teal-version of the ‘Cloak of Shadow and Flame’! Anyhow, I thought that was it for my LM’s legendary traits (you pick one up for finishing volume 2, book 8), but I’ve suddenly realised that I never picked up the ‘Staff & Sword’ trait….not ever! So I now have to traipse around Angmar/Misty Mountains, etc, to grind for pages….how annoying is that?! Doh!

Dar Narbugud ahoy!

Posted in lotro with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2010 by Corleth

Heck! It’s been over a month since my last post. Slap wrists for being so tardy. In fairness, I’ve had a holiday in Portugal in the meantime, and the summer weather has been glorious (up until the last few days), so I’ve been busy with real life stuff.

So what of LOTRO…? Well, the Summer Festival has arrived, and I’ll be giving that a go over the next week or so – or that’s my intention at least. I feel like I really need to spend a bit of time making my deluxe house (Shire homesteads) look a bit more presentable, so my concentration, festival rewards wise, will be the new wall coverings and furniture items – see the fantastic guide from the folks at ‘A Casual Stroll to Mordor’.

So what have I been up to? Well, I’ve joined a new Kin, first up. I’m now a member of TWIGS, or ‘Twilight Gathering’ to give them their full name. They have a nice website here. I was just getting nothing done with my old kins (Ancient Artisans & The Hard Biscuits), so I’ve pulled all my main characters together into the TWIGS – and so far it’s paid dividends. I’ve defeated the Filikul Turtle twice, and been raiding in Dar Narbugud – all with my guard (Corleth).

My lore master is gradually making her way through Mirkwood, but I’ve also spent a good deal of time improving her virtues, and acquiring some Moria armour pieces. So far, she has 20 radiance (Moria robe and gloves), and I’m now after the 10 Radiance leggings before I move on to the Mirkwood instances (Sword Hall, basically) to acquire the 25 radiance Mirkwood armour pieces (helm, shoulders and boots). I’m still stuck on vol 2 book 6 chapter 8 which is a bugger, so I’ve still not picked up that last legendary trait that I’m after – maybe next week…! I’m making progress through volume 2, book 8 though – I’m now waiting to get 2.8.4 done in Naladum.

I’ve also been pretty busy with my Rune Keeper with whom I’ve now cleared all the solo quests in Eregion, and am now working on the quests around Dolven View and Deep Decent in Moria. I’m midway through level 55 and finding it refreshingly easy to kill those pesky Moria goblins – fast!

I’ve spent very little time with my Warden over the last month, but have progressed up to level 44, and am now working my way through quests in the High pass up in the Misty mountains. I’ve also turned her into a scholar, so am busy collecting mats and working through the journeyman tier…

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