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Nimble Black Goat

Posted in Diary, Instances, lotro with tags , , , , , on February 3, 2012 by Corleth

So last weekend, I finally killed the last few Kergrim that I need in Skumfil. The ‘Nimble Black Goat’, awarded for the Moria Meta-deed, now belongs to my guardian.

Moria Meta Deed complete!

Moria Meta Deed complete!

It took a while (!!), but it’s a handsome beastie (see below):

Nimble Black Goat

Nimble Black Goat

Over the last week, I’ve also hit kindred with Theodred’s Riders on my lore-master, and finished up all non-repeatable quests in the Isenguard and Dunland zones. That’s my third level 75 toon though the Dunland & Isenguard zones.

The big news this week came from Turbine, who announced that a new zone will be coming this spring, when ‘Update 6’ hits. This new “Great River” zone looks like it will link Dunland with Lothlorien. Another major change for Update 6 looks to be that skirmish soldiers will be summon-able during general play. This, to me, is a definite nod towards the perceived success of the ‘companion system’ in SWTOR – even though skirmish soldiers are not likely to be allowed in instances, for the time being at least, due to balance reasons. My opinion on this change is nothing but positive – for those players like myself, who only play skirmishes very occasionally, it will move the skirmish soldier from a neglected backwater into the mainstream of our play. I hope that Turbine see fit to increase the cosmetic options available for skirmish soldiers too – otherwise there will be a large number of very similar looking toons running around the game….

Looking further ahead, Turbine also announced within the last week, a major new release of content for the autumn, to include the plains of Rohan, mounted combat, and the level cap being raised to 85. Phew! It looks like it’s going to be a busy year for players and developers alike!

Moving back to the current content, I’ve spent a good bit of time this week running the 3-mans around Isenguard. This includes:

  • completing ‘The Pits’, tier-2, on my guardian.
  • completing ‘The Pits’, tier-1, on my rune-keeper.
  • completing ‘Fangorns Edge’, tier-1, on both my guardian and my rune-keeper.

Next up will be a run or two through ‘Dargnakh Unleashed’.

Out of the three, 3-man instances around Isenguard, I like “The Pits” best. The boss fights, as with “Fangorn’s Edge”, are challenging, but fun. I just wish the number of deeds wasn’t so great. You have to run each instance in about 20 (slight exaggeration, I know!) different ways in order to complete all the deeds, making them somewhat of a grind, in my opinion. I’d personally have preferred more random drops and fewer deeds!

Looking forward over the coming weeks, I really should start moving my minstrel on from level 67 on towards 75, but I’m just sick of Dunland at the moment, so I’m going to change pace a little and start levelling my burglar (currently level 50) again. First stop, Eregion!

Isenguard Pre-payment issues with Digital River

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

The ‘Rise of Isenguard‘ expansion became available for pre-purchse last week. I deceided to take the plunge, and paid for my selected option using my Visa debit card.

Now, any payments made with my Visa debit card come straight out of my bank account, so I’m aware within a day or so of making a purchase that involves foreign exchange rates, exactly how much I’ve paid over. In this case, the $49.99 came though as €32.04 – plus a foreign exchange transaction fee of €0.60 (odd?). These amounts were debited from my current account last Friday, and are clearly labelled ‘Turbine’.

However, on Sunday I received an email from ‘Digital River‘, who seem to be the company handling the Isenguard pre-purchase program for Turbine, stating that they had failed to receive the required payment within three days, and that, as such, my purchase had been cancelled.

An email to Digital River failed to yield any positive feedback – they only re-stated their position that they hadn’t recived payment and therefore my order was cancelled. I was told to contact Turbine if I had an issue with this position.

So, I’ve now raised a ticket with Turbine’s accounting department. I’m unsure what is going on, to be honest, but clearly there has been a fair mix up somewhere along the line. All I know, is that the required money has left my bank account, and that my pre-order has been likely been cancelled. That said, the in game rewards that came with my pre-order (25% XP boost, various cosmetics, and three new mounts) are all still intact. So maybe my order hasn’t actually been cancelled?

I’ll be posting further updates to this little mess, over the coming days, as and when I receive feedback from my ticket…Turbine, sort it out!

 

*EDIT*

It turns out that my purchase has not been cancelled. When I placed the order, I initially tried to pay via PayPal. This payment failed to work (an unknown error occurred when trying to access the PayPal website) – so I used my Visa debit card instead. It has now come to light that the Digital River email was in relation to the failed PayPal payment, and not in relation to the subsequntly successful Visa card payment.

Confusion all around, but alls well that ends well.

 

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?? 😛

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 😉

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