Archive for the ‘Erebor’ Category

5½ Years of screenshots

July 13, 2014

So thanks to CSTM’s facebook page, I found this, a collection of screenshots from Lotro, all the way back from early beta.

I started playing Lotro in January 2009, and has since then managed to snap almost 1000 screenshots. I recently went through all my old computers/harddrives, to make sure none of my old screenshots would get lost.

So why not share a bunch of them?

2009-11-20 – The very first screenshot I found, may very well have been the first I took. My hunter posing in Evendim

2009-11-22 – Oh, that old place! Probably the first time I ventured in there

2009-12-12 – Planning raids and smoking pipes in the Kinhsip house

2010-01-06 – My captain has found his look-a-like!

2010-01-17 – All dressed up and nowhere to go!

2010-09-12 – DN, low resolution and lots on the screen.

2010-11-02 – Crowded auctioneer in 21st hall

010-12-05 – School, or is it Library? Never could keep those two apart

2010-12-05 – The Kinship ventures in to BG (yes we wiped)

2010-12-07 – Looking pretty alive and kicking to me…

2011-01-13 – The old character panel

2011-01-25 – Wait, what?

2011-03-06 – Statue posing in Evendim

2011-05-07 – Bug reporting. That map skill doesn’t know where to send me

2011-06-08 – The good old “Tap em’ on the skull” skill

2011-09-10 – Warden posing in Evendim

2011-11-06 – Draigoch downed by the Kinship!

2012-02-14 – Hobbit on top of the world!

2012-02-20 – Saruman down!

2012-04-21 – My Reaver gets R8!

2012-05-06 – Draigoch 7-manned by the Kinship

2012-06-29 – Soo, any cappy available?

2010-07-09 – Saruman (T1) 6-manned by the Kinship. Video HERE

2012-07-26 – Nice even numbers on my kills there

2012-09-10 – BEHIND YOU!!!

2012-09-18 – Yeah…

2012-10-21 – You simply cannot have too much Tactical Mitigation… Or perhaps that’s just a tad too much…

2012-11-24 – /Played time @ lvl 75…

2012-11-24 – …and @ lvl 85. Got to love them tasks!

2012-12-06 – Yeah… Wouldn’t want to stand out would we?

2012-12-07 – 1 Infamy away…

2013-02-18 – Beta testing the Erebor instance cluster

2013-02-22 – He was indeed… (Guardian levelling)

2012-02-25 – More Erebor beta testing

2013-03-15 – Tanking Battle for Erebor on my Warden

2013-04-01 – My Reaver takes an involuntary flight through Ettenmoors

2013-04-06 – I may have to repair before our next try…

2013-05-11 – Archet, with minimal housing. Ended up here after falling through the map.

2013-05-18 – Bear, bunny, horse, man

2013-05-19 – Getting a bit rude after going through the epic on all my alts (hint:chatbox)

2013-06-08 – Rank 9 and 12k kills!

2013-06-17 – BfE T2C attempt

2013-06-20 – Not all creeps are evil!

2013-09-05 – Memorial walk for Odesius #1

2013-09-05 – #2

2013-09-07 – Beta testing Helms Deep #1

2013-09-07 – #2, nice map 😛

2013-09-07 – #3, Hels Deep itself

2013-09-08 – #4, The World builders never disappoint!

2013-09-08 – #5

2013-09-30 – Meanwhile back on Live, the floors seem to be missing…

2013-10-06 – And also walls…

2013-11-02 – Defiler raid (and one Black-Arrow)

2013-11-03 – Grodris duo

2013-12-07 – Big Battles / Epic Battles / The Battle for Helms Deep

2013-12-23 – No, that would never work…

2014-01-01 – A new year begins in Ettenmoors!

2014-01-18 – Rank 12, bunny-ears time!





Flight Challenge

July 26, 2013

A big GZ to Les gardiens de la tour blanche for getting the World First on Flight T2C

There’s also been reports of an increase of lag in Flight since U11.2. This evening I will be in a T2C attempt, and if there’s as much lag as people have reported it will make this instance even harder.

Flight to the Lonely Mountain

July 24, 2013

As promised todays post will be about Flight to the lonely Mountain. This is probably one of the most hated raids in Lotro history, and there are several reasons for it. For starters it’s a lair raid, just like the other Erebor raids, and they are generally disliked (Watcher would probably be the exception). But not only is it a lair raid, but there’s also no real boss, just trash mobs, and in general that just gives it the feel of one of the regular quest instances where you guard against attacking enemies (but without any NPC’s helping you). Flight also got of on a bad start, and was taken down almost immediately after release due to bugs in it. It stayed down for quite some time upsetting a lot of people not being able to complete their deeds. It also meant that the raiding kinships couldn’t even start their T2C attempts.

Another thing that makes this raid unlikeable is probably the huge differance in difficulty on T1/T2/C. This raid is probably the easiest raid out there on T1, where you just have to stack a few champs on the spawn point to aoe everything down, but becomes quite a tricky raid on T2, where you have to keep mobs alive, place the groups correctly and above all DPS the right targets in the right order. On T2C this might just be one of the toughest raids in the game, it has after all not been completed by anybody yet. If this is because of the difficulty, or because there’s less dedicated raiders now could be discussed, but I know that there is top raiding kinships that did try it for a long time without success.

What amazes me is that many of the raiding kinships have now stopped trying. I could understand it if T2C had actually been beaten by someone, but right now world first can still be claimed.

I’m not in a raiding kinship myself, but I raid on a regular basis with another kinship, and even after our many, many tries, we have not given up. There is individual players that has, but we still manage (if barely) to get people to still run it. The problem we have right now, is that we never have the same people, if we could have the same 12 every try, we would probably be a lot closer to completing it than we are now. The kinship I raid with cannot get people enough by itself to run it, so there’s where I, and some others, come in, but every single time we actually have to PuG the last 1-3 spots. That means that the whole fight, and tactics, must be explained once again, stealing time from actually being in there doing our stuff. We tried a brand new tactic last Friday and Sunday, and it seems really promising. Hopefully we’ll get some more time testing it this Friday.

The thing I would like to see is that the kinships that stopped trying it would post their strategies on the official forums. Since they no longer benefit from any of that information themselves anymore, it could be a nice thing to let other people (that are still trying) take part of their tactics, and perhaps above all, why they didn’t work. I could understand if kinships still trying it would keep their mouths shut, since you wouldn’t want to give away the world first to someone else by giving them the last piece of the puzzle, but if you don’t even have any intentions of trying it anymore, please share!

It would really suck if this raid wasn’t completed before Helms Deep arrive.