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Nakties Karys of Istaria

Biped warrior adventures in vast world of Istaria.

Author: Lithuanian

Summer hiding

Posted by Lithuanian Tuesday May 27 2014 at 10:23AM
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Lord of the rings online

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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Lord of the rings online

…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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Lord of the rings online

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.