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Everyone talkin up a storm then its ghost town..........how goes LOTOR guys

It rocks man. It REALLY rocks. I was talking to Rick the other day, I realized I haven't touched GW since I picked up the Lotro bug. So much you can do. It's not just hack and slash. You can go grow grains and vegetables, forge weapons and armor, make jewelry, craft bows and spears, and cook food and brew ales and beers. It rocks Bro.

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Was hunting with Merlin regularly, then it just tailed off. And Hind was well on the way to becoming able to forge some serious weaponry.

It's a crying shame that we all can't link.

Just got into online flying, but I think it's time I payed My Lady a visit...

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Met up with Stag last night, as always had fun, got our arses kicked a couple of times but also got some stuff done.

I've been playing a couple of hours a day since getting it in early August, but over the last couple of weeks I never seemed to be on at the same time as Stag. So it was good last night when I had been on only a minute when Stag came on.

As Gunny says there is a lot of crafting to be done, I've got 5 characters which cover all the professions, so they can help each other out.

I must make an attempt to get my level 31 Elf Hunter, Curundor, out to Rivendell, he's still not got all the way, but I haven't tried for a few levels.

I started my lower 2 characters really only to be able to cover all the crafting professions, but I'm becoming as attached to them as my main characters. The buggers take on an identity of there own after a while.

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Well, last night I finally Grand Mastered forestry. One of my alt, a level 12 elf loremaster Grand Mastered farming a couple weeks ago and is now pumping out (when I feel like it) bundles of straw to sell on the auction house. I'm trying to build up the war chest before the housing becomes available at the end of the month. All my alts are stuck right now as far as the crafting goes because the crafting quests are way yonder higher than any of them. Stostine, my human burglar needs a piece of heartwood found in the high Moors but of course, at level 17 there is no to get her there short of an armored platoon with heavy air support. Since I doubt they are going to let me have said support, I'll have to work her up through the levels. She's so close to grand mastering wood working which is important since Voslic, my main char is a hunter. Would like to craft a nice bow instead of rely on a drop or spend money on the auction house.

Merlin, Rivendell is something to behold. Schatten took me over there and in my mind, it's one of the prettiest places in-game right now. There and Evendim. The lake there is magnificent and the terrain actually reminds me of where I grew up. The architecture, minus the fact that most of it is ruin, gives you the sense of the once mighty kingdom the area was home to. Just prepare to get wet. Oh, and once yall do go up that way, let me know what your reaction to the Kings Crossing (I think that name of it) is once you see it.

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My level 25 Hobbit Guardian, I know, an choice but it appealed to me, has just completed Artisan Cook 1st level. To open up Grandmaster he needs to kill agiant boar in the Trollshaws, a level 40 quest :o , so he's stuck at the moment.

I took him after the shipwreck up into Evendim a few days ago, he swam from the Shire as the mobs were way above him and you're right the Kings Crossing is stunning, especially swimming under it. Once at the outpost on the island of Tinnudir I talked to the stable master and discovered that I could get a ride to Trestlebridge. Scary ride for a level 25, was rubberbanding a bit and thought, if I come of this horse I'm done for, but luckily it righted itself and I made it.

My level 10, Gwenan a Burglar Scholar, is my 2nd richest character as she sells Gold Dye in the Auction House at 75s a go. All my characters look out for Yarrow Root for her, and I've made a deal with Stag, my nephew and one of his friends to split the profits with them for any Yarrow Root they supply me with. I don't know what it's like on the US servers but on the European servers it seems only Gold and Black Dye sells. Although when I get my first Black Dye I've promised it to my nephew as he wants black Armour.

I'm definitaley going to make another attempt at getting Curundor my Elf Hunter up to Rivendell next time I log him on, someone offered to take me there the other day, but I resisted as I really want to make it on my own, or at least on foot. Maybe I'll get Stag to accompany me with his level 24 Elf Minstrel Hind, sounds like a plan, I'll have to mention it to him.

HEY STAG WANNA MAKE A RUN FOR RIVENDELL :D

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Word to the wise, and you two also, don't try and fight your way into the High Moors. Only thing that'll do is get you both dead. Run and dodge aggro and run some more and run faster when you can't dodge the aggro and something is chasing you. Oh yeah, and run. That's the only way I made it when I did and that was with a level 47 (at the time I think) burglar escort. Schatten's main char. And do not, I'll say again, DO NOT go at night. Quoting on of my favorite Charlie Daniels songs, "There are things out there in the middle of them woods'll make a strong man die from fright". Well, they aint in the middle of the woods, they in the middle of the road.

And Merlin, one of Schatt's other alts is a Hobbit/Guardian. He made that alt to run with my main when I started playing. The plain was to level Otso along with Voslic. Well, Voslic kinda out gained him but Otso is still one tough little SOB. The thing with Hobbits, they have some of the best starting stats in the game. I really should have picked a Hobbit for one of my alts but I didn't. Running three humans, a hunter, a burglar and a captain, one Dwarf, my champion and an Elf loremaster.

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Made it it to Rivendell :D, running away from big bad beasties.

Stag and I, or I should say Hind & Curundor have been doing the tourist thing taking pictures of each other with celebrities. We haven't found them all yet and Stag's connection has gone. Rivendell is a beautiful place, I've set my map home marker here so whenever I decide to use one of my other characters Curundor can return here. Luckily as he's a Hunter he can fast travel to Ost Guruth and Michel Delving and gets Bree in 2 levels time.

When I leave though I'll probably ride back as I'm not sure I took the best route across the High Moors.

Well worth the trip :)

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Yeah if you hit the road to Rivendell (that almost sounds like a bad Hope/Crosby flick) after the sun goes down you get some very bad company on the road in the form of elite trolls. Serious bad news there lads. It aint fun locking horns with them under level 40. I actually solo'ed one a few days ago but let me tell yall, it was not a sure thing.

It really does bite now that we can't run together. Now that you're in Rivendell, we could head up into the Misty Mountains. Very nice up there.

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When Stag's connection went I was waiting for him where Boromir hangs out looking up this still road disappearing into the mountains. I'll have to check out the level of the monsters up there before I head back to the North Downs.

When I was about level 20 I poked my nose over the Last Bridge and got surprised by a huge Troll, realised it was night and decided it was a bad move and legged it.

Would have been good if we could have all teamed up, especially for when the game world expands.

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I've been thinking about that and though it could be done it would cost. Either we buy the US version of the game, or the colonials buy the European. But not really feasible; aside form very real cost, we'd have to start from scratch I think. Even if characters could be exported from one licence to another, which I doubt, it would cost even more.

Hey, we never found the Shards of Narshil! Where's my camera?

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We haven't found Arwen, Legolas or Gimli yet either.

As for playing on a US server or Gunny and Schatten playing on a European server, apart from when we would have a pre-arranged get together, due to time differences you could play a hell of a lot of the time in a very quiet world. My brother used to play Eve-Online and as it was just one game world it didn't matter what time you played as there always seemed to be the same number of active people. With regional servers there is going to be a problem for those playing out of region.

On the server we use the Shire is really quiet now and trying to get fellowships to do some of the early fellowship quests is getting hard. And when you do it's usually alt's rather than new players. Mind you a quiet Shire almost feels more realistic, now the Ring has left the Shire.

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Legolas is north of the Last Homely House on a ridge at a pavilion. He is in Rivendell. Gimli on the other hand, is up that road you were gazing up Merlin. You follow it and it cuts right and leads on up into the mountains. You follow the road through a canyon like area. When that widens out into almost a glade you bear to the left and you'll find Golin's (?) camp. Gimli is there. As for Arwen, I've not seen her. Found the entire fellowship, including all four Hobbits. Don't know about the rest of yall, but isn't Frodo a whiny little bitch?

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It's the Ring that probably makes Frodo a whiny little bitch, as soon as you go near him you are affected by dread. Maybe that's why all hobbits look like they've crapped their pants, they forgot to only implement that for Frodo, now all hobbits have that look.

I know that in the films they gave Arwen a more prominent role than in the books, but she is Elrond's daughter and Aragorn's future wife so you'd think she was somewhere in Rivendell.

I logged on as Meriodoc last night and noticed it was midnight so I logged him off and logged on as Curundor to see what Rivendell looked like at night. Very nice.

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Hey guys, been busier than a 1 legged man at a buttkicking contest so haven't be around, but now I am, and saw this and will now babble... ;)

Level 30 and you were leery of going to Rivendell? Old Bean I had to run my Elf up there at level 15, because level 15 was the cap back in Open Beta and I just had to see it. I died twice, but made it! :D Now everything in the High Moor is grey to my little Burglar, so much for him being little anymore. He hit 50 2 nights ago, and said Elf Champion is now 49 1/2.

So to answer your question Red the reason (well for Shawn and me at least) that we haven't been talking about LoTRO is because...well we been playing it. :D

And don't feel odd Merlin, Hobbits are the best race ever. I mean I can stand at the stables in Rivendell, point at the horse master and say,"Sneaky sneaky! Stabby Stabby!" and not only does it fit but people know I want to go to the Ettinmoors and kill Creeps. I have 3 Hobbits. My 50 Burglar, a 35 Hunter and the aforementioned 22 Guardian. I also have 2 Elves, my 48 Champion and my 14 Hunter. The Hunter I only use as a vault character, I really hated playing a Hunter for the longest time so he basically almost hit the level cap in Open Beta and then he just stayed there, I only use him to hold on to stuff for me as a vault lackey, or to boil hides since he's a GM Forester; then I made the Hobbit Hunter and loved the class. I dunno why. Now that Shawn's main character has hit that I can probably delete his Elfy butt and make something useful. I've played every class, and then done rerolls on most of them, so I know that Minstrel is out because I just fail at healing people, so that leaves either Loremaster or Captain. I tried both, liked both, but will probably go with the LM. Downside is that neither class can be Hobbits! Which makes me cry. Hobbits simply rule.

My so-called-main character (since I actually pretty much have split time between him and the Champion) shows off all the cool things you can do with the game all in one package really. He's a level 50 Burglar, Grandmaster Weaponsmith, Scholar and Farmer, and I actually somehow got ranked in the Ettinmoors so he's also a Footman. So I got the PVE, PVP (as it is) and the crafting all rolled up in one bundle. He's also a Kindred to the Elves of Rivendell...just because that's insanely easy to get as a scholar, and I'm now working on his Mathom Society reputation. Which is hard as hell to get as a Scholar, but easy as a cook, so my Hunter is a Friend to them. That's the other cool thing about the game, even though I'm at the level cap, and capped in crafting, there is still a LOT for me to do with him. Don't mind what the doom and gloom types on the forums say, there's is a ton of "End Game Content" to be had. I have Legendary Weapons to make, factions to woo, Books to finish, Legendary Traits to finish, more Ranks to get and when book 11 comes in I'll have a very fine Hobbit Hole all of my own. It rocks Red, from start to so-called finish, even though I'd say that even a level 50 character is nowhere near "finished" especially since another book is coming out this month, then another in December, and the first disc expansion should be sometime in the spring-summer with further free expansions every 2 months until then...

...and that's not counting all the stuff I can do with all my other characters. This is simply the best MMORPG I've played, ever. And I've played all of the big name ones either for a short time (couple months of WoW) to a couple years (DAoC) and I still find things that make me go "Holy Crap" in LOTRO on a daily basis. I mean hell a few days ago we were in a Fellowship that fought a Nazgul, yes you read that right. No we didn't win...but we fought the sucker! Book 11 has some sort of encounter with a Balrog (not THE Balrog mind you) plus an expansion of the Misty Mountain zone...plus Gollum. Oh yessss Gollum looking for his preciousssss. ;)

Like I said ignore the whiners that you see on the forums, the game is incredible in every facet and just keeps getting better. Plus...It's Tolkein for God's sake! Enough said. Even though I said a lot, as usual. ;)

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Well Rick , GW is rapidly becoming boring , not much left to do really unless you count mindless grinding for titles , if things aren't better by early next year im dumping GW and moving over to LOTOR , yes GW is getting that stale , and its my all time favourite game , but grinding just shits me to tears , having said that i read a review saying that GW2 was going to be awesome , i then read its simply followong in the footsteps of WOW and LOTOR . we shall see

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Guild Wars is really fun too, for what it is, which is a quasi-MMORPG. I mean with everything being instanced it's good in some ways (no one ninja'n your loot) and bad (groups hard to find, only ever see other people in the cities, etc) and the classes, well at least some of them, were very innovative and cool. But...there's always a but isn't there, a lot of the things that happened in the game were all revolving around the PVP aspect, even if you didn't PVP what the PVPers did weighed in a lot on things from changes to your class "balance" (aka nerfs) to not being able to get to some of the content because guilds could "own" instances. So it was a lot like a multiplayer RPG, but not massive in the true sense of the word. Plus the fact that we really didn't do PVP meant we missed out on a lot of the content of the game too.

With LOTRO there is all sorts of content, I mean even though my Burglar is "end game" there is a metric ton of stuff for him to do. Also unlike some games, GW included, doing alts is actually fun since the classes are definately both more defined but also each one has more utility. I mean most classes can self heal, so you can actually solo effectively if you feel like it, and the ones that can't have pets with the exception of the Hunter. But the Hunter also has both the best overall damage and can use traps, lures, snares, etc to allow them to solo (very I might say) effectively. There are good tools for forming groups, for everything from random mayhem, regular quests, Book quests to instances and Raids. There are all sorts of factions you can try to get in good with, or you can completely ignore it and it won't matter to you either. You can run around in the Ettinmoors (which is the PVP zone) or not and again either way doesn't matter if you don't want to do it. Same with crafting, lots of options but you can ignore it too if you want without it affecting you. There is a LOT to do in this game and they're always adding more things you can, or don't have to do, as you see fit. You can pretty much play the game any way you want to.

Plus they pump out new content like clockwork, every 2 months give or take a couple weeks, since release there's been a major content patch that you get absolutely free.

Yeah I gush about the game, because I like it that much. Besides man...it's freakin' Tolkein!

:D

I'd be willing to bet cashy money that you'd dig it too.

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Schatten, tried to go to Rivendell at level 16, got my butt handed to me. But at level 16 on my Elf Hunter I really didn't understand the game, didn't even realise that I had a skill that gave me a permanent +15% on speed.

I then got sidetracked by learning the game, taking my Elf to the North Downs and leveling my other characters. I think it was only on the resurrection of this thread and Gunny saying how cool Rivendell was I thought it was about time to visit Rivendell and as Stag's main is an Elf as well thought lets go be tourists together :D .

Red what version of the game do you get, US, European or another one entirely. If you get the European one Stag and I are on the Eldar server.

Was doing some farming last night chatting to Stag who was sightseeing in Rivendell again, he's just given his 7 day trial to a mate of his, so that could be someone else to fellow with. Which would be good, it's always easier doing stuff with someone you 'know'.

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I have a Dwarf guardian named Stoneforge , im stuck in the mountains and no idea on how to go else where....if i can , level 3 and killing orcs , i have so far just done the one area , it seems a little on the cartoon side to me , ill keep going and see where i can get to

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