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Into ‘The Rift’…and other bits

Posted in Deeds, Diary, lotro with tags , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2011 by Corleth

Ok. The deeding and skirmishing is wearing a little thin at this stage. We’re just over two weeks out from the release of Rise of Isenguard (RoI), and at least two of my four level 65s, are ready to go. That said, I’ve ground out about as much Zeal as I think I can stand, and it’ll be a long time before I kill another Dragonet in Zirakzigil…for those readers who aren’t aware, Zeal is being re-jigged in RoI to provide a bucket load of morale, which will make it one of the most desirable traits in the game.

One other little activity that I’ve been undertaking, is the crafting of symbols, on all my guilded crafters. This is because there’s a new crafting tier coming with RoI and the only way to get Kindred rep in this new tier is to make lots, and lots, and lots…of symbols…45,000 reputation worth! CSTM has further details here.

Elsewhere in game, I’ve moved my burglar up to level 47. I’ve now completed both chapters one and two of volume 2 (epic quest line), with him, and therefore acquired his first legendary items. Woot! Added to that, I have his level 45 class quests done too (ok I cheated a bit, I grabbed the majority of the items needed for this from my kin’s bank).  Now back to questing in Angmar, the Misty Mountains and Forochel until I hit level 50…I might make this before RoI release…we’ll see.

Balrog in The Rift

Balrog in The Rift

Finally, I can report that I’ve successfully finished that old chestnut, The Rift, for the very first time – on any toon. When ‘The Rift’ was the hardest and best raid in the game, I only had one toon (my guardian) and he was only level 48ish; it was pre-Moria. So I never ran ‘The Rift’ in anger, and certainly never got near to killing the balrog. So, last Friday, as a little distraction, we had a Rift kin run, and we went all the way through in about three hours – me on my minstrel. Great fun it was too, and the balrog fight was challenging enough. It must have been damn challenging at level 50!!! 😀


Thrang ‘n’ Chickens

Posted in Chicken Quests, Diary, Instances, lotro with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2010 by Corleth

It has been another fairly quiet, but enjoyable, week on the LOTRO front. I was busy with real life things for the majority the weekend, but on Sunday evening I met up with another ten others from my raiding kin and we headed off to ‘the Rift’. I’ve never been there before with any of my toons (when Mines of Moria came along to replace Shadows of Angmar, my highest level character was only 48, so I never got near the Rift when it was ‘the thing’ – I just jumped straight from questing in Angmar, into Moria).

Anyhow, on Sunday evening we headed off to the Rift with a mix of level 50 to 65 characters, made up of 2 minis, a burglar, 2 lore-masters, 2 captains, 2 hunters, a champ and a guardian. After three hours of great fun and one wipe, we’d gotten as far as Thrang, and we called it a night. Thrang is (I’m told) a nice 45 minute fight, so we’re planning on heading back there later this week with the aim of completing the whole instance – although that may take a couple of sessions.

Other bits that I’ve done in the last week or so, include levelling my lore master to 58, my rune keeper to 49, and I have nearly finished the chicken quests in the shire – I’m hoping the ‘Cloak of Cluck’ will be mine by this time next week! I only have the ‘big’ run to Rivendell to complete (so I’ll be badgering my kinnies to ride shotgun one evening this week, or over next weekend). What else would they be doing with themselves if they weren’t helping a level 1 chicken run from the Shire to Rivendell, without getting eaten?!!

Just as a comment, I’ve found the chicken quests quite good fun (although long!), and they are most certainly challenging; in particular, the Bree-land quest took three attempts, and consequently about 4 hours in total. If anyone wants to know more about my chicken questing, let me know, and I’ll post some more details…

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