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Nakties Karys of Istaria

Biped warrior adventures in vast world of Istaria.

Author: Lithuanian

Lotro: Gondor, finally

Posted by Lithuanian Tuesday July 15 2014 at 2:07AM
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Update 14, long awaited one. I logged in at some 19:45 (15 minutes till update ends)…and voila, game started patching. Update was done quickier than expected. It took some time and then…

A letter telling to see Eowyn. Rushing there, noticing players there and here, everyone in the same direction. Had to help some people, listen to them (though did not read text: me bad quester…). Finally, The Paths of the Dead. Iconic places, Oathbreakers to fight…and finally green, nice lands of Gondor. Starter area (first 2 settlements) are done very good. First quests were simple: find notes, speak to A, encourage B, C, D… While questing, killed some animals and started wild beast slayer deed. Then, I received many quests and started doing them. Had to fight Oathbreakers: sometimes problematic fight, but I still was victorious (+yet another deed started). Later had one session play about Oathbreakers.

Probably God/gods/developers had listened to players and Turbine introduced opportunity to choose. Oathbreakers have to choose whether go with the (false) Heir of Isildur, or with Saruman. I chose for Isildur, received a message that my fate was sealed (not mine, just that of Oathbreaker), saw a cutscene…choice was over. Yet it is excellent I had one, not obligatory “be a good one because you have to be”.

I was redirected to next quest hubs, played one instance, hunted and searched. Things were going smoothly and I really enjoyed scenery. As reviewers noted – Mediteranean style, something like Renaiisance Italy, so different from Rohan. Gondor is…more light, so to say, brightier. Villages and settlements at the starter area are small,yet equipped with Legendary items masters. Some quests are made harder, i.e. no magic coloured areas on the map, you have to find it were auto-bestowed quests, there were “help to take fish” quests…yet everything goes smoothly, almost without problems.


Yes, almost. Warbands: all require fellowship, one requires raid (and this is starter area). Some animals are hard to find and you have no idea where to look. Quest reward armour is almost a trash if compared to lvl.95 Big Battles one.

However, experience is good, one task items turn-in means almost 20,000 xp. Runes for LI does drop, I managed to get 1 essence of will and 1 emerald shard.

I do love Gondor so far (despite evil warbands I won’t be able to finish). And I do not love my yellow Champion, he performs so miserably: my lvl.60 Minstrel does perform better. Besides, one time was killed: decided to help one Captain with lvl.100 Corsairs. Was dead very soon.

And so the day has ended. I liked Gondor and received the very first 5 Turbine points for the very first reputation with locals. Experience was flowing, content was nice visually and realistic. The day in Gondor was an excellent one.


Crawling worms

Posted by Lithuanian Thursday June 26 2014 at 3:49AM
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DunedanMule was crafting same reputation items, Vytautaz was inactive.

StormSong was fighting in Trollshaws, doing available deeds. I was lucky to log when there was game night – went to hunt wighs. Unlucky me, I had Loremaster with his pet – pet alone could solo many monsters. I proposed a fellowship, he agreed and very soon I had my wigh slayer deed (advanced) completed. Had to return to neariest outpost to empty bags…and then to hunt some wolves, worms and crawlers.

Wolf slayer (simple) was soon finished. Worm slayer was going very well. Finally, went to one lake to hunt worms and evil crawlers. Some 4-6 crawlers in entire lake, guarded by lots of worms, including named one with ~3000 health. I killed them all, hoping they share spawns somehow. At the end of the very grindy day I had some 160/240 crawlers done. Stormsong is nearly lvl.46 and I have to do something with levelling. I need lvl.46 to equip Minstrel Badge…and I do not level 51 too soon. My crafting toon, DunedanMule, is not ready yet – she needs some 5 large patterns and has only 2. Later things would change and I could allow myself quick levelling. Just not right now, I don’t want to outlevel armour.

NaktiesKarys hunted a bit. Iw as very surprised I did not finish some quests in Ered Luin. To make things worse – forgot to finish 2 of them in my own Dwarven lands! Shame on me – completed, then re-checked Dwarven towns. Looks like I have completed everything there. There are still some Elven quests not done – one day I may start these too.

Kinship organized 6 man instances and it looks – it was all the day. I went to one, Great Barrows, looted some not-too usefull things. Gained valuable Legendary item experience there, had some fun with doing my favourite shing-shings. Our minstrel performed very well, heals were just spammed every now and then. Unfortunately, I was too late for second run, so had to log off.

And so the day has ended, I had done deeds and performed good. The day has been very good in Lotro.


Summer hiding

Posted by Lithuanian Tuesday May 27 2014 at 10:23AM
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Vytautaz and StormSong were inactive. Stormsong just took Hobbit present and was left to stand in Hobbit inn (hopefully she won’t get drunk…).

NaktiesKarys was forced to go to grumpy, evil Moria – after all, my Tailor needed Magnificent hides. Kinnies helped to find perfect location and so I started killing some Burrowing Claws. Things were going good, soon I had ~200 hides and recalled from this grumpy place.

DunedanMule crafted hides, crafted Guild reputation items (called “patterns”). Gaining new levels this way is evry easy, you just have to farm enough crafting materials. I am afraid I will have to buy hundreds of hides…but after all, I’m investing into Stormsong’s future. She is my tank, she has to prove where Vytautaz failed (i.e. Angmar).

Untill my Tailor could produce lvl.40 Guild armour – StormSong would be adventuring in the Shire and get Kindred reputation with the Mathom society. After all, I invested many Turbine points in her – time to repay.

Kinship was not active yesterday, but this may be due to summer (at least in Lithuania we have up to +35 Celsius). Many people keep hunting for Shrews: a sign, Turbine did it right.

And so the day has ended with hunting hides, i.e. hiding. The day has been succesfull in Lotro.

Shrew for me and you

Posted by Lithuanian Friday May 23 2014 at 3:49AM
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NaktiesKarys was inactive. Yes, I have received good advices from one helpfull Lotro forum member – setup, weapons, “virtues”…need to test some day. Just not now.

Vytautaz took flower collecting quest. I had some 50 violets (whatever grows near Bree). Continued to harvest there, meeting with little competition. First 10 minutes – “spotted shrew tome”. I was glad, used tome, learned ability. Then some 40 minutes of gathering without any shrews. I got to 100 flowers near Bree – went to Duillond, grinded there 100 flowers. Finally, Michel Delving, last 20 minutes left and some 70 flowers to grind. Met with 1 competitor, horse was of little use…but finally, got my 100 flowers. Then I could relax and last ~9 minutes spend without much work, chatting and standing.It was there that I found my additional 2 shrews. These were mailed to NaktiesKarys and DunedanMule.Recalled to Bree, bartered Steed of a Jester. It’s faster (+68), though cosmetics is non-existent. And now my Vytautaz stops. There are no more activities: stomping festival? Impossible. Maze? Too hard to do, too lame rewards. If not the horse – I won’t bother. Flower quest is worth something though: teleport to Bree, take quest, go to where you want to, wait for 1 hour, get rewards.

Vytautaz bartered Blue gift box, but outcome was lame cosmetic item. However,  I finally have a better horse, that’s what counts.

StormSong quested in North Downs. Continued epic book, took fellowship quest to defend Trestlebridge and succeeded. Took quest to kill named Orc for Elves…and failed twice. Orc was a bit took strong. Asked in Regional chat, one lvl.33 Champion responded. We went through orcs and goblins. My ranged attacks were impressive and where champion was in trouble – minstrel prevailed. We killed named monster easily. I was happy with my Minstrel: it just outperfomed Champion while our levels were almost equal (33 vs 34). I had to sacrifice most of firepower and switch from ‘red mode’ to ‘green mode’ – however, I was able to heal Champion this way. After some more killings I reached level 35. Got “Enmnity of the Wargs III” (250 beasts to kill).

Things are very good with StormSong. If compared to Champion, I am strong. I am ranged, I could perform medium strenght melee AoE attack, I could scare enemy and heal allies. This happens despite outdated Jewellery (besides, received one nice lvl.38 necklace from kind player) and melee weapon. To be superior in Battle – just a nice thing.

Now I must finish whatever easy quests I have in North Downs – and move to Shire, Ered Luin. These low-lvl areas will offer almost no xp, but will give some Turbine points.

And so the day has ended, I felt strong and victorious. Things are going great in Lotro.

silence & savings

Posted by Lithuanian Tuesday May 20 2014 at 6:31AM
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…was offline yet again. Maintenace should have been up to 10:00 Eastern time, then extended to 14:00 Eastern Time (well, 21:00 in Lithuania). And by some 16:00 Eastern time (midnight in Lithuania) maintenance was not complete. There were angry posts in forums, but a thread got soon closed by Turbine.

A pity. Turbine should realise that admitting mistake is not always a bad thing. If your maintenance is going to last up to 18:00 Eastern time, just state it. No time for forums – no problem, twitter/facebook it. Meanwhile in the forums there are many facts by other players aboud bad side of Downgrade 13: first age symbols almost non-dropping (tens of raids, no symbol), quests/instances impossible to finish even at lvl.95 – and no response from Turbine. They should roll back to the situation before Downgrade 13 untill it is too late.

I found myself in strange situation: having 2 other MMORPGs, I had nothing to play. Istaria is old and I have forgotten too many things there. Age of Conan is new, has my big-chested toon…but it is a harsh world, almost nothing easy, one-shot.

Meanwhile account things – I have purchased 6 trait/class/virtue slots. Each for 71 Turbine points.
Total paid:426 TPs.
Formal value: 570 TPs
Savings: 144 TPs.

Now I have to wait  for other discounts, like riding skill, shared/simple vault, additional inventory slots. Even if there are no realistic discounts, I already hade riding skill form my StormSong for free.

And so the day has ended with no gaming.

Lotro: minstrel rocks

Posted by Lithuanian Monday May 19 2014 at 3:41AM
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Vytautaz was active wiuth task items only. NaktiesKarys did one instance (lvl.51) and talked a bit in the Kinship chat. Kinship -as long as NaktiesKarys was online- was inactive.

StormSong finished all non-fellowship quests in Lone lands. Yes, some repetative quests remain, but they do not cound. Almost all deeds there are finished, except evil Garth Agarwen. And I am still too little, too squishy for Garth Agarwen + there are almost zero players around. I will probably return there after I reach safe level (some 39-40). WHile I was thinking – did last Bree exploration deeds and “Executioner of the wicked” in Bree.

Following kinship advice, travelled to North Downs. There were many quests, some autobestowed – to kill crabain, oathbreaker chiefs, orcs, wargs. I travelled from quest hub to quest hub, doing all quests I could. One quest was bugged (had to find person, she was nowhere, but at one place toon behaved as if she was attacked). later quest un-bugged somehow, toon was found.

North Downs after revamp are just a joy, things are going very goodd, experience and reputation are faster to achieve and all land is more user-friendly. Once again, kudos to Turbine for doing right things in a right way. One quest was interesting:I found a marker, had to run to farmer, he was heir of some prince, then run to ranger, then run to Esteldin, head back to farmer. Hurray, he was a heir of a Prince and now is the owner of huge land.

I managed to go to Esteldin, receive some quests there, reached lvl.33 and took all non-fellowship quests.  Deeds were going perfectly, many of them finished, I would have to work with advanced ones only.

My minstrel is pure joy. I level faster, because I kill enemies while I move. Two hits, monster dead, I run further. With champion i have to stop and run, with minstrel – I stop at some 30 meters from target. One of my attacks stun monster, so I can attack without worry for 5 seconds. Of course, I have some troubles with aggro – Minstrel lives with 10 seconds cooldown: if you are caught within cooldown, pray… Overall, this class is very good, I can level faster and more efficient.

Kinship was very kind in supplying me with advanced instruments: got new flutes and drums. Drums are for DPS (as I was told), flute for healing. I do not need much healing, so will stick with the drums.

Took use of Turbine’s trait/race/class slots sell. Purchased some of them with 20% discount, so that my StormSong is now almost fully equipped.

And so weekend has ended, I was…kind of satisfied. Days are mostly good in Lotro.

Lotro:old content

Posted by Lithuanian Monday May 5 2014 at 6:00AM
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Lotro store had some discounts, hence several regions were purchased:

  • North Downs: paid 476 TPs, standard price 595. savings: 119
  • Trollshaws: paid 476 TPs, standard price 595. savings: 119
  • Great River:paid 636 TPs, standard price 795. savings:159

Total paid: 1588. Total saved:397.

Do not know why did I purchase, since Lotro lost a lot of meaning for me. Anyways, Vytautaz was hard at work doing all deeds, quests and turning in every single task item. Finally, he reached Kindred with Rangers of Esteldin and all the deeds. Even managed to solo one hard quest – to kill named mob who had 2 healers. First time I went too confident (“Hey all, me is 20 levels above you, me Hulk, me smash!”) and was killed by a horde of monsters. Second time I killed every group one by one, then named monster. I died, but monster died earlier – I was victorious and satisfied. I also did some Evendim quests, since Evendim is now safe for me.

NaktiesKarys was active in Trollshaws. Troll slayer deeds completed, wigh slayer – too. Evil wighs were very active on night: on day time there were too little of them, I had to run back and forth, hunt every of them. Bright side: they do like to drop Mathom and Rivendell reputation items.

North Downs are revamped and changes are good. Region became more user-friendly, many auto-bestowed quests, and Rangers have now daily orders ro hunt orcs, wargs, spiders and do other stuff. At last Turbine did something right and I am satisfied about it.

One kinnie left the game due to Update13. he was a good, social player, helpfull and realistic. Recent downgrades made him angry and he quit. Even I tried to persuade – please stay, at least as I do: take Hobbit present, talk to kinnies and search for more suitable game. It did not work, one more person left. Rejoice, oh mighty Turbine, your downgardes are cutting down the population!  On the brightier side – we have new officers, chosen fromt he most active and helpfull members. We have kinship raids every day.

A pity I am not in these. My little squishy champion may perform spectacular shing-shings and nothing more. He’s of no use in combat now. I am as good in skraid as lvl.9 or 19: they too can perform shing-shings and be quickly revived by Minstrel. In Kinship we discuss Turbine’s new love, the holy Random Number Generator. Which means maybe 100 players from the game got Huorn pet. Which means there may be weeks no raid would every get 1st age symbol. I am sure RNG must go – instead, some guaranteed rewards (like raid NN has one 1st age symbol, 5 tokens and 1 piece of armour and some random stuff, like up to 2 first age symbols or 2 pieces of armour). We also discuseed huorn pet – once again, Turbine did it wrong. If they want “get pet for hard job”, it’s ok – make some deed, like “kill 10.000 spiders without slaying accelerator” or “get 99.999 gold and buy pet”. Nobody would object it. But to tell “work hard and get a lottery ticket where you will win just trash” is wrong”. However, no one would ever listen to it.

Update 13.1 is due to be applied today. No doubt, Turbine will ruins something more. Officially they promise (only NOT to deliver) to “fix” champions. My dear Turbine, I know one secret test to test it: I may come to flooded Isengard dungeon, take 2 orcs at once. My armour and virtues did not change, my equipment did not change, my trait tree did not change. If I am able to defeat them without losing more than 50% health – then you have fixed champion. If not – you are just kidding. I do not trust you anymore, my dear Turbine – but I will never join those who bash you every now and then like ill-famous “Lotro community”.

Oh, we are promised “summer festival” and…a new pet. A shrew. I can foresee what would happen: Entwood 2.0. Do daily quest, do  5 daily quests, get a gift box with trash, try your luck tomorrow. However, festival would be nice for Vytautaz to grow up to lvl.50.

Age of Conan

Not too much play. Levelled my toon above lvl.20, received resurrection ability, took place in “Destiny” quests to heal lame NPCs and protect them…then got stuck in one instance.

And so the long weekend has ended. Mood was mediocre – not too good, not too bad. I am doing old content, earning Turbine points, doing deeds, just enjoying old regions. I have many task items to turn it, it may take very long time. What happens next – I am not sure. Future is like big black mist in the moonless night.


Posted by Lithuanian Wednesday April 30 2014 at 5:46AM
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Vytautaz did last Anniversary festival quests and achieved level 49. Hurray, now I could equip with some new stuff and delete old one. Later travelled to Angmar and turned in some reputation items. NaktiesKarys just took Hobbit presents.

There was some chating with the Kin. I do confess I lost many interest in Lotro and care very little about things. New regions? New class cap? or a pet maybe? “It matters not”, as Darth Sidious said.

Age of Conan

My Tempest of  Set

tempest of set

continued her adventures. Took some quests, some even managed to finish. Electrocution works great so far. I can pick two on-level enemies and fry them. Three enemies may be a problem, but if they are 1-2 levels lower, they are managable. Got new ability to root enemy – maybe it would be handy for the future.

I am determined to cancell “Destiny” quests. they are making me forfeit all Tortage quests.

Otherwise things were going a bit dull. Almost no interest in Lotro (if it’s going to go hardcore mode, it’s not for me) and less interest in AoC. I knew the quests, I knew how easy/hard they were.  And I gain nothing from it. New level – yes. Tiny amount of money – yes…nothing more. In Lotro I could earn TPs and buy something. In AoC I could buy points…with real cash only.

And so the day has ended, with almost no inspiration.


Posted by Lithuanian Monday April 28 2014 at 7:16AM
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Lotro was easy and simple – all thanks to Update 13. Log in Vytautaz, do all Bree festival quests. Log in NaktiesKarys, take Hobbit present. I am not even doing Entwood dailies – see very little reason for this. Kinship talks about first age symbols and whether I got them. Of course, not, thanks to Update 13. And I am indifferent to what happens on Lotro. Fight is almost suicidal, hence not for me, crafting mastered (hence nothing to do). After festival I would have only Hobbit presents to do…and maybe help someone with some easy tasks.

Age of Conan

Necromancer, “NecroAxe” was born. A grumpy looking man smashing his way to endgame. Spellcaster, mediocre melee warrior. Untill lvl.10 it was pain, later I began using my mercyless army of undead, ending with some 6 zombies. Took some quests, but decided to wait for some lvl.20 to go to the dungeons (Ceremonies MAster and alike). Then ran into Destiny quests and ended in killing Strom, the tyran of Tortage. NPC appeared and teleported me to another city. In anger, I deleted al the quests in Tortage – only to find I could return there…

Army of Necromancer was impressive. I could solo things, I could attack target that was behind my range, I could one-shot weaker enemies. And I think it is numbers that count. The more zergs, the better chance for victory.

Fight at the Harbour and with Strom was too hard and no newbie would ever figure out what to do. After many many deaths I had to avoid all combat. Instant teleporting was disappointment for me. Yers, I could have told I want to go to daytime…but wasn’t sure if I would be able to find that NPC. Also, it was not a pleasant thing to see technical problems. Chat not working sometimes for me, sometimes for everyone else (and I got no infractions), then chat not working for all my toons, finally – being unable to post on forums because of…well, because of no logical reason.

New city (can’t remember name) wellcomed me in some Egyptian style, cult of Set and busy market. ALmost thought there would be no killings here.

In short, I enjoyed my Necromancer. With army of undead, he has higher chance to live than any other classes. Priestess of Mitra is not the one I thought to be. Not a ranged self-healing tank. Something very poor in melee and mediocre in spells. AoC should have taken Lotro’s Minstrel as a perfect example.

And so the day has ended. I have almost lost my faith in Lotro and AoC did not take Lotro’s place. My own easy mode low fantasy game is yet to be found. Untill then, will be levelling my own Necros.

do what must be done...

Posted by Lithuanian Thursday April 24 2014 at 8:09AM
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Lotro was on maintenance – no official notes, hence probably minor big there and here. After that NaktiesKarys logged in, took Hobbit present and logged off. I have very little arguments to play Lotro. It is becoming hard, lots of players telling it, especially lvl.74-85, it will become harder. It won’t be the game I want to play. I am no more interested in amounts of TPs earned:why should I care if I had five of fifty or half million Turbine points? It matters not, as Darth Sidious once said. What matters are internauts’ searches and they are looking for phrases “Lotro still offline”, “Update 13 is shit”.

Age of Conan

My almost nude big chested blonde Priestess continued her journey. I grew up a bit, now am lvl.16, got 1 supportive spell (just not the ranged one…not satisfied). Took all quests I could. Of course, died many times, it was natural, but fun anyway.

One time was invited by some generous persons to the group and we ran through dungeons. Once even managed to heal teammate. Not too efficient, but still some use from me. Another time tried to fight two lvl.17 (me being lvl.16): dead end. Literally. My toon killed, I think I will wait untill I grow bigger. Visited White sand island, killed some stuff there and here.

Lower level monsters give only 1 xp and do not see me – I run through them unnoticed. It’s good I’m not distracted from normal fighting. Some killing is a bit repetative, like “kill 50 monsters of this type”. Hey, why 50, not 20? Less grind, more fun.

Local community is still nice offering advice when needed, but I have to figure many things myself. That’s not a problem – since Lotro is almost over for me, I have more time for my nudistic Priestess of Mitra.

And so the day has ended. Lotro was of almost zero interest for me (reminds of Darth Sidious: Do what must be done, Lord Vader…looks like I have to leave Lotro behind) and Age of Conan, despite savage world, was of real interest. Soloable, though sometimes very hard, content, good rewards, many things I knew from Lotro (trait trees, teleporting cooldown etc). The day has been good in AoC.