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RingCast #30
Fri, 12 Dec 2008 06:04:00 GMT [download/play]



This episode's topics:

- Moria instances
- Will the level 50 raids die?
- Legendary item XP
- More storage space
- Crafting guild halls
- Locking/unlocking items without a vendor

This episode's LOTR quote was recited by Gimli in The Fellowship of the Ring.

This episode's theme song is "Down Below" by Cambridge.

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Episode 30 Discussion Thread

'First time poster' by MrGutts
Submitted on 2008-12-12 15:55:15 CST
Nice to find a Lotro zune-cast.

Currently I am working on my little Rune Keeper, I put my mini on Ice because of the huge nerf bat that hit them. But the RK is very very fun to play..

Anywho, keep up the great work..



'First time poster' by MrGutts
Submitted on 2008-12-12 16:02:53 CST
Nice to find a Lotro zune-cast.

Currently I am working on my little Rune Keeper, I put my mini on Ice because of the huge nerf bat that hit them. But the RK is very very fun to play..

Anywho, keep up the great work..



'ooooh' by MrGutts
Submitted on 2008-12-12 16:03:44 CST
Ooooh that is weird, it re-posted my post on a page refresh. That's not very good.


'Empty Zones?' by Jaxom92
Submitted on 2008-12-12 16:41:34 CST
I think that on the whole, the older zones aren't too empty. One of the big things that's helped that is the two new classes available in Moria. Many people have begun to level the Rune Keeper and Warden and flooded the old zones with characters. However, if you go out to places like Forochel and maybe even Evendim they're noticeably less populated.

I think we'll begin to see this more and more as the wave of new classes get higher in level and start to enter the Moria content in a few months.

The question of reusing or keeping old content interesting is an age-old problem in MMOs. I can't think of any game that has handled it well, and I had hoped to see LOTRO manage to come up with a way of keeping the content used (aside from the new classes). They haven't really done so as far as I can tell.

Overall, I'm really enjoying the expansion. Haven't gotten into Moria proper except to unlock it through v2b1 but Eregion is a nice change of scenery. Glad to hear you have regained your enthusiasm and excitement for the game.



'Re: Empty Zones?' by Sinaea
Submitted on 2008-12-12 19:22:44 CST
Gutts, I've learned to be much more cautious while fighting solo on my minstrel, using more food and pots and watching my aggro, but you're right, it's painful with the nerfs we got hit with.

Jaxom, yeah, I'm sure there's no easy solution to it, since no one's seemed to solve the problem. I'm glad to see the world expanding, but you're right, there are definitely quieter areas. There are some places that I know I really never go into: The far sides of Evendim come to mind. There are some low-to-mid-level areas that I don't bother looking for a fellowship for, like the Great Barrow or Fornost. I guess we'll just have to see how LOTRO fares in the coming months and years.

Glad you're enjoying what you've seen of Eregion so far!



'Kinship' by Shawn
Submitted on 2008-12-13 14:07:38 CST
I'm glad to hear you're having a better experience with the new kinship. I've done the exact same thing and I completely agree. No offense to anyone in our previous kinship, but when everyone solos or dualboxes, it's not fun for everyone else looking for a fellowship. The kin/guild/clan can make or break a game sometimes.


'Re: Kinship' by Jaxom92
Submitted on 2008-12-13 18:49:11 CST
I totally agree with your sentiment about a kinship/guild/clan making or breaking the game. Well, not so much the game, but the game experience. I was fortunate enough to land in a great kinship in LOTRO and I feel it is this group of people I've come to know that's really kept me going in LOTRO even more than the content (which I love as well).

I've come across a few moments where I've gotten a little burned out on the LOTRO gameplay, but I logged in simply to see what my kinmates were up to, and if anybody needed help. Certainly that's a testament to my own playstyle, but I wouldn't have cared nearly as much, if at all, if everybody was a soloer or didn't really give a damn about their fellow members.

I've had a couple more thoughts about reusing old content. I think the level 50 instances and raids could see new life through a two-fold system. First, use a barter item system similar to the one used in repeating the epic quest instances to reward higher level players for repeating the lower level content. Second, to avoid trivializing this content with level 60s, implement a system of scaling the character to an appropriate level for the duration of the instance. This will keep both the content *and* the rewards relevant.