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Nakties Karys of Istaria

Biped warrior adventures in vast world of Istaria.

Author: Lithuanian

Update 13: a good start

Posted by Lithuanian Tuesday April 15 2014 at 7:25AM
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I was expecting Lotro to be updated at some 9-10 PM Lithuanian time…and was surprised Update 13 was ready way faster. Therefore, only NaktiesKarys was active, all other toon would have to wait.

First of all: tons of deeds completed. If you completed, say, Shire or Bree deeds – you get metadeed like “Slayer of Bree land”, receive some 100 marks, 1 key and 1 lootbox, sometimes – rune. I also got some potions, 2 maps and house decoration item. Lootboxes (lvl.10-50) were destroyed, keys deposited, one key and maps donated to kinnie.

Things started with Gandalf’s letter to ride to Rohan. I rode, game crashed, I relogged only to find quest was gone (letter too). Ok, time for the ents. Ride to Saruman’s fortress. And there – wellcome to Update 13…

Fortress looks very nice now. alls destroyed, fortification ruined, underwater levels flooded. Human settlement near former entrance with option to bind there and horse route. No sign of orcs or Saruman’s apprentices. Few fleeing Dunledings (well, guys, you have yourself to blame). An Ent gave me several tasks which I gladly did. Area was active, there were players in every territory. First quest – to search for Orcs in 3 locations (no sign of orcs). Auto-bestowed quests to free Dunlendings trapped in debris and tear up White hand banners. Search for seeds. Plant seeds. And then – move to new map, I will call it Ent Forest (EF).

And the quest in EF looks promising by far. I have to investigate there and here, clean stuff, search for seeds…and then daily quests began. They are made like Wildermore. Go to instance, kill leader. Oh, by the way, do this and that. Rewards – legendary item xp, reputation with the Ents and local barter currency – Fangorn leaves. This is where revamps first showed negative side: I was too weak to fight against 3 level 95 enemies. Health was dropping too quickly, so I had to pick maximum 2 enemies at once. Turbine also made precautions against frequetn use of “del”. If you are to search for stuff, they threw lots of walnut woods – so you target them. With the help of the Kinship I finished all of the daily quests.

EF quests, of course, involve ents. Look for seeds, find 3 little huorns, escort them, explore forest with Ent’s huorn. While you walk, huorn will ask you to do stuff, like investigate disturbed earth, kill flies etc.  Things were going good, reputation was flowing, new deeds received. And also – thanks, Turbine – there is Half orc camp, each Half orc contributes to Rohan Half-orc slayer deed (which was going too slow).

I forgot about Turbine points grind. Was looking at my inventory (now I can play with it, resize, increase or decrease slot size). I can purchase 5 slots for some 325 Turbine points. I can lock inventory bag 1, i can make it just one Super Big Bag. I can search in the inventory. Also, we can mail up to 10 items – superb news.

Developers also announced plans for next years. Housing is not an option, no radical revamp planned. A pity. Dear Turbine, please understand: place housing cosmetics under real ca$h shop and you will see how it works. Wanna Roof of Rohan HorseLord – here you are, only 9.99$ and it is bound to your account.  Want +5 crooks? Here you are, 5$ each.

New class confirmed, it would be Beorning, capable of chnging into bear. Light armoured (but when did bears need armour?).

First age relics are introduced. Unfortunately, they are rare-very rare drop form instances only. Very unwise move that won’t satisfy neither raiders (they have done every single instance at all difficulties) nor soloers.

In short, pros and cons:

  • New region, new quests: superb
  • This region being free for Helm’s Deep owners:superb
  • New quests: superb
  • New deeds, new Turbine points: superb
  • Pet huorn – very good
  • Advanced mail: superb
  • Trollshaws, NorthDowns, Misty Mountains revamped: I think, it’s superb.
  • First age recipes: superb, finally
  • New meta-deeds: very good
  • Rewards with marks and lootboxes for meta deeds: mediocre. Better give me 1 Turbine point
  • First age symbol: awfull, unless they have it as reputation item
  • Decreased statuses, at least for some classess: bad.

Overall by far Update13 is a success. I see Saruman’s fortress destroyed (have this for imprisoning ME! *evil laugh*), I can remember epic scenes from the movie and I am into understaning the world of Ents. There is new activity, and with daily quests I am planning to stay there for a long time, untill I grind Kindred with the Ents (and rep. keeps flowing, almost 5000 first day).

We have also discussed changes in Kinship chat. Some people are complaining about decreased vitality or (like me) First age symbol being practically impossible to get. Others just enjoy the content or keep asking. Most players tend to be satisfied.

And so the day has ended. I had earned 0 Turbine points, but was very happy with the new Update. Life is excellent in Lotro once again.


Update 13: today

Posted by Lithuanian Monday April 14 2014 at 7:05AM
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I think everyone is Lotro waits for Update 13. Some information is leaked even now. Like – those who own Helms Deep expansion, won’t have to purchase and alike. There are some negative information: first age symbols would be extremely rare drops, available only from instances, especially Big Battles. Turbine is making serious mistake there: Big Battles were not succesfull. Raiders disliked them, soloers hated them, nobody enjoyed them much. Instead of accepting mistake (well, everything happens) they are most likely to force us to do this. But I won’t do, I will wait for this symbol to drop as meta-deed reward or appear on Auction house. Prices are expected to be at ~1000 gold coins (I have never had that much). A pity Turbine mistreats players this way. Make it very expensive SKirmish camp item and no one would complain. Make it named lvl.95 monster drop and no one would complain. Just please do not force us.

NaktiesKarys was active and seriously helped by the Kinship. Did all “Big battles”. Disliked them all: too complicated, too difficult, you need to team with extremely experienced player to get good results and some kind of good loot. Mine was lame, trashed all of it. Tried my Engineer, constructed traps and it worked. After advice of kinnies- had to relocate BB trait points, now I invest heavily into constructing and deactivating – maybe it would help me one day. Battle of Hornburg was an impressive one, especially the end. I rode in a field of victory, talked to Gandalf, Theoden, Gimli, Legolas – all legendary characters.

There also was one not so bright moment. My hurry, it one more did wrong things. Once I deleted quest to encourage 4 Rohirrim defenders with emotes. This time some good person on wiki wrote it. I did it, then received tons of quests to do. All rewarding reputation with Helmingas (I’m already Kindred), all advancing slayer deeds (most were already finished). Once again, there were sad stories about towns assaulted, people slained. Had to make one decision for Thane: attack town (suicide mission), flee to Helms Deep (half-suicide) or ask people (they tend to attack town – suicide mission). I chose Helms Deep, half people left only to be slained. Another point: one Thane trusted word of an Half-Orc to call off town attack. She let prisoner go based on his “word of honour”. Of course, half-orcs arrived and only reinfocements saved poor town. Oh, dear Rohirrim, if you only had more brain..

However, I am doing almost every quest in Helms Deep region now and enjoying content. Also, it gives me Westemnet iron coins (and coins means relics) + LI experience. It is good too.

My new main toon, StormSong, started her activity. She does every quest and my gosh, it is a joy. I run, I use hardest attack, mob dead 30 meters away, I wait for 10 seconds and second mob is dead. Aggro would mean problem, have to pick targets one by one. So far did spider slayer, spider slayer adv., brigand slayer, brigand slayer adv., quests in Bree (15) deeds untill lvl.11. Feeling really good and hope life would be very bright with my Minstrel. The only problems are virtues (not sure which to slot) and stances. In agressive -self healing- stance I am overpowered, but of no use to the fellowship. In Melody stance I am healing, but doing 25% less damage and some of iconic attacks are not working as they should.

And so weekend, full of adventures, has ended. I had 5150  Turbine points from various sources:slaying lizards in Nala-Dum, Orcs in Dn, half-orcs in HD, reputation, as well as basic deeds in Bree. Life was very good in Lotro.

And let us hope Update13 won’t spoil much of it…


multiwinged instance, forgotten grind

Posted by Lithuanian Thursday April 10 2014 at 5:56AM
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Sometimes things just happen. You log in, you are determined to grind last 55 Turbine points…when suddenly something changes your plans and you forget grind.

NaktiesKarys logged in to check Hobbit presents when one kinnie asked if someone was up to one instance (only one instance per some hours is very little in our Kin. But yeah, it may happen). Of course I was. Instance was – Ost Dunhoth, part of “In their abscence” instances. It is level 70s instance, most of were lvl.95, we had tanks and healer. Initially had some problems with gathering sixth person (well, instance requires players to step on a platform and there are 6 platforms). When we finally got one – we started assault. Things were supposed to be easy: with tanks and champions, with healers and pets we were destined for victory. We ran, smashed any “opposition” we encountered, finally ran into some mammoth, ran from it. Then there was a big room full of mammoths and adds. We were told to take care of adds – our tanks would kill mammoths.

Then things went wrong. We were just wiped, no heals helping. One time wiped, second time wiped…had to leave and reorganize to raid. More players, some from other clans (I noticed Greyhammers). Only then we managed Mammoth Room of Death. Then we had to leave, leader started new wing. This time it was easier, we just DPSed monsters. Last wing – we were supposed  to kill monster, but were teleported to Grand Stairs in Moria, fought some mobs here while listening to Gandalf’s discussion with Durin’s Bane. Then we were transported to Zirakzil, faced Durin’s Bane, destroyed it quickly, were teleported back again.

Only to see fight with the last monster and mock it while it talked. He talked Gandalf was dead (I replied “Gandalf is alive, u noob!”), he was going to end us blah blah blah. Almost everyone mocked lame monster, I just half-angrily told him to shut up because I had little time to lose.

And then Gandalf himself showed up, made a mess and we finished monster. Instance was finished, I got many valuable relics. Returned to Forlaw, did some daily tasks…and hurray, reputation changed, now only kindred remains (30.000 points while I can get only 2500 a day). I also got 5 TPs for finding Ost Dunhoth.

Vytautas logged in, turned in almost last task items. Today I would have to turn in last ones…and start to fight my way to level 48. There are enough quests for some 20.000 xp points.

And so the day has ended. It was fun to fight in that instance and gain experience as well as get some rewards from loot. WbaF was forgotten as well as her grind. I had 4965 Turbine points, crafted some LI settings. Day has been very good in Lotro.


Posted by Lithuanian Wednesday April 9 2014 at 7:01AM
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Vytautaz logged in to turn traditional 5 tasks…and hurray, completed a deed. Vytautaz may now be know as Busy Beeand proudly wear Busy Bee’s cloak. The best rewards was 5 Turbine points. Later he did 2 quests in Angmar: to kill some Priestess and place weapons on Angmarim altars. Quest finished, reputation items looted and used – another reputation reached, yet another TPs.

NaktiesKarys did Wildermore quests and finally finished “Uruk slayer advanvced” deed. Some slayer deeds remain and these are going to be grindy. Later did one Nala-dum run to kill lizards, killed some 18 of them, now have 46 out of 240 needed. It would take long to grind this deed…as well as Morrovail slayer in another Moria instance.

WbaF, my new Minstrel, started her adventures, grinded some Turbine points. In one place I had to compete with lvl.38 rune keeper, lvl.7 Minstrel and one Hunter, otherwise hunt was going good, did some Ered Luin slayer deeds and today am going to finish the last. Minstrell may be a bit…annoying…if sound is on: she just screams and screams and screams.

I am waiting for Update 13…though am a bit scared of making game harder. The bright side – probably First age legendary weapons (it is for them I am crafting lots of relics and rolling for every single relic in instances!), crafting instance…and of course, new quests and Huorn pet! Less enjoying are lootboxes as reward for metadeeds: no thanks, I usually trash all lootboxes. However, let us see what will happen after April 14th.

And so the day has ended. I had 4945 Turbine points (some 55 remain untill magic 5000 TPs), had some fun and am ready for new adventures. Life was very good in Lotro.

Sword halls, deeding fun

Posted by Lithuanian Monday April 7 2014 at 7:06AM
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Weekend was full of acitivity. Vytautaz turned in task items in Angmar and did random quests to gain xp and reputation. Also, he was supplied with Moria reputation items, hundreds of them…so soon reached Kindred.

NaktiesKarys enjoyed Kinship activity. Crafting halls was started and assaulted many times, skirmish raids in the Way of the Smiths were organized as well. There were more activity, just I can’t remember it all. Finally, I took a liberty to do Crafting Halls solo. It went good, soon I finished meta deed (to do all deed there) and received a meta-metadeed (complete 4 metadeeds). More metadeeds – more instances – more fun, more TPs. Also finished some slayer deeds to advance my virtues. From various Moria/Lothlorien instances I gained hundreds of reputation items as well as sellable loot. Failed one deed – Roots of Fangorn (locked, because I did  not purchase this region).

I also was happy to help other kinnies. One of ours seems to enjoy power-levelling. Initially helped him with Mirkwood epic quests. Organized Sambrog runs, then we switched to tier2 Sword Halls. That turned into massive xp gain for kinnie – he reported some 100.000 xp per instance (with xp accelerator). I did it untill got all instances locked; well, Lotro has a limit of 10 instances per hour. I do not entirely approve his power-levelling. He is some lvl.66, so it won’t take long untill lvl.95 (provided he does Hytbold instances). But it’s his choice after all.

Other kinnie asked for help in North Downs, but he was too quick too hurry and died. Which was strange to see lvl.29 Minstrel dead. He is Minstrel, ranged self-healing tank, capable of killing a mob every 10 seconds. However, we finished his quests quickly.

We talked about Update 13. Folks are saying “easy mode is no more” which disappoints me. Now I could feel powerfull, what does top-level mean…and if they m ake it hard mode, it may mean begining of an end(for me). However, almost no one supports my opinion, lots of players thinks “easy mode has to go”, they are telling virtues and titles would be too important. Well, it’s more pain for me: I did enjoy easy mode by far.

And so weekend has ended, I had 4890 Turbine points. I am waiting for that Update 13 and feeling life is superb in Lotro so far.

Darth Naboo

Posted by Lithuanian Thursday April 3 2014 at 7:06AM
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Had little time to play – real life event were a bit more important.

Vytautaz turned in task items, reached first level of reputation with Council of the North (5 Turbine points).

NaktiesKarys logged in and was offered to run some “DN” by my Kinship. Name sounded weird, so I just renamed it to “Darth Naboo”. Well, it was Dar Narbugud after all, but who cares?

I went into another hard raid. Initially monsters were not too problematic, AoE worked well and I got lots of deeds, from “kill NN of these” to “inspect these fungus”. Raid was big enough to do some slayer deeds and inspect various fungus species. First named monsters were not too problematic: group was strong, we had minstrels, life was good.

And then came The Blind One. A terrible, too hard monster that spawns Darklings (and Darklings, if touch player, form “black holes” – you cannot move, but can be attacked or healed. Frozen for 10 seconds, in short). Then it spawns Shadows, each equal to original monster. Killing fast is a must, but we were wiped several times in a row. I went to despair once again. What force could deal with such evil that multiplies? I am starting to lose belief in any strategy, but brute force: gather 100 minstrels and ask them to attack at the same time. Finally, we were able to deal with this monster, went through several others and finally were victorious.

After some rest we went so Samat Gul, done it…and it was high time for me to sleep.  This “Darth Naboo” raid was interesting, but hard (and I do not like hard ones). If not deeds, I probably would abandon it: now, I have to do deeds here. Samat Gul left me very disappointed. I met with one Orc, attacked him with the strongest attacks…and took too little hp while my colleagues were doing much better. I was wiped by final monster in Darth Naboo…and my colleague, lvl.95 Champion hold the line almost all the time. Something -once again- is wrong with me. Not sure what it is though.

I also tried to loot (voted “greed”) LI runes, applied to low level items, later deconstruct them and gain some add-ons, like “setting of might”. Got several lvl.95 legacies to use on future First Age. I will use more smart approach: will go to Hytbold, loot every single dropped Champion stuff, level it, decon it and use only those legacies I will really need, like AoE, Bracing attack heal and so on. Thus, I will have an almost perfect weapon.

And so the (short) dau has ended, I had 4715 Turbine points and felt happy. Life was good in Lotro.


Posted by Lithuanian Wednesday April 2 2014 at 6:07AM
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NaktiesKarys felt still grumpy after last failures with the Rift…but things were not going that grumpy.

First, it was Forges of Khazad Dum. Teamed with one verfy kind Hunter and tried to kill last 36 trolls here. Had to use slayer deed accelerator and managed to finish within second run. Hurray, this deed was finished and some others too. Got nice number of Turbine points + titles + Nimble Goat. Goat looked really cool, a battle one and it had +68 speed. I was very satisfied with this.

Next, came Lumul Nar, the kingdom of merrevail and mirrors. Teamed with 2 kinnies to do deeds: collect mirror shards and kill some merrevail (in Moria and Lumul Nar). Kinnies knew how to operate mirrors, for me it still remains mystery. Finished crystal collecting, one merrevail slayer…and then by accident killed main merroval. Instance was over, but I will do it many times untill I kill all 240 merrevail.

Then went to one instance near Echad Mirobel, finished slayer deed here and one more time witnessed epic story, featuring Amarthiel (need possibly two more runs here to finish deed). Finally, was able to help kinnie with Sambrog, yet another time using /mock on this monster. With Sambrog being lvl.57 and me being 95, all I can say is – poor Sambrog!

Only few deeds remain in Moria and these are grindiest ones. Even slayer deed accelerator won’t help much, but I am determined to do them all. Kinship, as always, is of much help and they have more optimistic approach. For example, I take Rift raid as failure – they think as of victory.

Vytautaz continues to turn it task items and growing this way. He used all Moria reputation items and grew up a bit, earning yet some valuable TPs. DunedanMule, my own alts were inactive.

And so the day has ended, I had 4690 Turbine points, was in good mood. Life was good once again in Lotro.

Rift:the fail

Posted by Lithuanian Tuesday April 1 2014 at 6:06AM
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NaktiesKarys started the day with Vile Maw. Needed 9 tentacles, group gathered too quickly, had to convert to raid. Tentacles were killed withing few minutes, Watcher killed too soon. Deed completed, some meta-deed completed, Turbine points earned. I thought about going with someone to the Forges of Khazad Dum…but then we organized Rift run. Oh my, the Rift, the only place to earn reputation with the Eldgang and turn in some quests! Of course, I was in.

Group was good, all tanks, many minstrels. But then, almost everything turned just plainly wrong. First run to the boss: one side to wrong side, some evil fire-breathing immortal things spawns and I was dead. Resurrected. Next time – monster surrounded by 4 lesser mobs. Tried to attack lesser one, used AoE attack (I am AoE after all), AoE hit main monster – dead again. Next room, some monster with lots of hp, we almost killed it, it was with 1 hp…and then became immortal. No attacks, magic, melee, ranged – helped. Many of us were wiped. Then immortal one summoned orcs, we ran to them, I ran to my kinnies to aid…and was insta-killed. Resurrected again.

Next room was without deaths (strange). Finally – Mr. Balrog. Some kinnies dies because touched water (never ever touch green water!). Then water was cleaned and very soon our group was almost wiped out by some attack, no matter how strong everyone was. Not all kinnies made it to the chamber (the area is extremely hard to navigate). We tried to divide into 2 groups, pull some lame levers. I ran at all speed, saw few trolls running to greet me, was pressing button for attack…and was dead. I did not attack, trolls did not attack – once again, some nuclear weapon used. Retreated, run with one Hunter again…when I stepped on something, we got few flames following us, I tried to range-atack them and was killed. Flames were immortal too.

No one could resurrect me, so I was really angered and retreated. I really hate this instance. In anger, I cancelled all Rift quests, burrying any hope of finishing it…and some meta-deeds. It is just plainly impossible. All “strategy” is just lame, there is no strategy, except one, proven by time.

A military one. NOT invented by me, but by experts. If force A attacks city defended by force B, then force A should be triple stronger as force B. It is a rule, unless one is to use carpet bombing or weapons of mass destruction. Thus: Balrog has ~240.000 hp, hence total hp of players,excluding adds (pets, heralds…) should be ~800.000. Following my calculations, some 100 Minstrels, 75 tanks (guardian/captain) and 25 of any classes are needed to have a small chance of survival. Strategy is too simple: all minstrel fires their storngest attacks at once. Tanks rush to earn valuable 10 seconds for Minstrel to recharge. Maybe then Rift can be won. It can be won in any way by lvl.50s. If we stick to just ~160 players: 100 minstrels, 60 tanks. No champions, burglars etc.

Thus I left angry and grumpy. Switched to XbaE, did the last deeds, managed to show one lvl.12-13 Champion how he could be outperformed by Minstrel, finally did Cartographer of Eriador…and it was over.

And so the day has ended. I had 4605 Turbine points. Day has been…poor…in Lotro.

Finishing touches

Posted by Lithuanian Monday March 31 2014 at 6:05AM
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NaktiesKarys and Vytautaz were active in Lotro this weekend.

Vytautaz did very lazy things:turned in task items and used Moria reputation items sent to him. This way he reached lvl. 47 and 15 Turbine points worth reputation. At least some return of investment…

NaktiesKarys was over-active. Soloing all sololable content. Running one instance after another. Finishing Forges of Khazad-Dum. Last slayer and exploration deeds in Urugarth and Carn Dum (used 1 slayer deed accelerator there). Even fighting in Lumul-Nar, though this proved to be bad experience.

Kinship was helpful, as always. After my request we attacked Vile Maw and now I am close to last deed there. Also, folks helped greatly in finding specifc locations/monsters in Carn Dum. At the other hand – I was happy enough to help one kinnie with reputation items and for some others – with questing/instancing. A pity, one time had to abandon helping: PC slowed down, I got stuck and had to wait for some 2 hours.

Xbae, my new alt, was active: used 3 sets of reputation items and started TP grind in Ered Luin. She will finish her career today.

I am waiting for Update 13. Saving every single Turbine point. Not distracting myself with sales. When Update is released, I must have enough TP for everything. Currently we are discussing the price (and guessing it may be around 795 Turbine points).

And son weekend has ended, I had 4510 Turbine points and felt life was just superb in Lotro.

Update 13:soon!

Posted by Lithuanian Friday March 28 2014 at 7:22AM
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We are waiting for Update 13. Finally, wheels if history turns and the fortress of Saruman would be destroyed, evil pits flooded. announced more details: session play as an Ent (entirely optional, thanks to God!), taking care of the rabble.

And a pet Ent. New kind of daily quests that would keep players busy.

New inventory bag system. Unsatisfied with 6 bags? Buy more, each 5 slots for some TP amount.

New crafting instance. New meta-deeds (at least in Bullroared they were). Maybe even First age lvl.95 Legendary weapons.

I am excited about this. New things, new quests, new dailies (since Hytbold I like dailies) and opportunity to re-design your own inventory bags. It would mean only one thing: return to Army of TP Grinding Minstrels and grind for more Turbine points. All my toon need is more content and more space in vault/bags.

Meanwhile NaktiesKarys did some instances in Carn Dum and Urugarth, slayed trolls and orcs and completed 2 slayer deeds. Later got a bit bored. Kinnies asked if I was willing to do Big Battles, but I was too scary of all this turmoil. Refused (although our Kinship organizes BBs very often). Later we did some traditional instances: The Watcher (at my request, since I need to kill some 40 arms of the watcher), Skumfil and tier 3 Deep Way. Things were great, in the Watcher my AoE were needed, so I went shing-shing. Deep way skirmish raid went a bit hard, we were killed many times, but always did all main and side quests. Once again we were victorious.

Vytautaz was almost inactive: received lots of mails with task items, turned then in…and waits for next day. I will grow him up this way to some lvl.49.

Once again I will repeat how I feel: excited about my Kinship. We are active and really helpfull, should someone need something – there are more than enough kinnies willing to help.

And so the day has ended I had 4210 Turbine points, had much fun. Life is good and seems to be exciting after update 13 in Lotro.