Welcome into Lord of the Rings online blog. Author of this blog can be found at Snowbourn european Lotro realm as Lousyanne (champ), Gloriela (minstrel), Darkwen (lore-master), Evuulsara (burg), Gildrien (captain). This blog will grow sooner or later in very handy resource about various aspects of LOTRO game, the same way as happened with World of Warcraft blog (author is no longer playing Wow).
English is not mother language of author, so forgive all mistakes and just focus on information.
First days in Moria are tough. Place is huge, whole new world. Endless tunells, dead ends, too many places to travel. Here is little helper. Shows all travel paths, including the swift ones (green) which unlock somewhere along the journey through Moria. The two dashed lines are walk-shortcuts.
LOTRO Moria map with instances - where to find them, how they are named and from which level you can start going. Two raid instances are (12) man. Click for bigger, better readable, version.
Just few days before new payment was due i closed my account at Codemasters. Good bye Lord of the Rings online, it has been nice 10 months and it was pleasure to play and grew few of my characters, unfortunately in last 4 months the game has nothing to offer to all players who reached it's end Promises of new content delivered by "end of the year" with Moria expansion are not enough to keep me paying and waiting.
Don't get lost in all those abbreviations (LG, EC, OR, etc). Just check map inside. And of course some more information which can be handy. Creep hints added. Ettenmoors Control points explained. Map of control points added
Champion is interesting combination of contact melee class with AOE abilities. Here are some infomation which might help you to get champion into right shape at end-game
Call to Greatness spell was added in Book 11. That and lack of description (see here, "You call out to a fellow, inspiring him to greatness.") is making it one from well forgotten spells. Yet, it is very usefull, especially in end-game encounters. Effects (please correct/add if i haven't got it complete) are as follows :
The resetting timer every 5 seconds (usually for 15 seconds) should be present for every class.
One last note - while in raid, it can be cast only in your own fellowship. And yes, minstrel can cast it on himself.
Some details about Book 12 emerged in two developer chats. And here we go with summary
Small patch, 5th/6th December 2007, fixing Mushrooms in Rift, some DX10 graphics issues, Troll/Ranger play in Ettens and few other small things.
Know all about factions, reputation items, reputation crafting. Get max out of your standing (like you should know about discount on repairs for example). And of course, rewards are listed too!
Few weeks and Thrang has been defeated. Aiya Earendil Elenion Ancalima kinship advanced again int The Rift. Yesterdays first attempt at Thrang was succesfull, after some nearly three quarters of hour fight, Thrang finally died. Balrog (Thaurlach) is waiting. And he will be dead soon. I am sure about it.
My minstrel is 50. Codemasters/Turbine should deliver some new content before xmass, at least i hope so. Lord of the Rings still must catch up in content richness and variety. And that lazy Fellowship of the Ring is still stuck in Rivendell.
I have spent some gold and time doing mining to get mats for my jewelcrafter. EvuulSara, name inspired by hellish Sara Oakheart, is hobbit burglar and now finally Master jwc. And will be a Grand Master for sure after some more time. Only few hundreths of Misty Mountain Silver Ore and all is set. Of course there is still issue to bring her up to (at least) level where she can use critting tools. But that will happen as well.
Bits and pieces about Annuminas area and instances located there. Important notes about game mechanics. November 11 updated with detailed map of Annúminas.
Overview of all potions used for healing, restoring power, removing debuffs, etc.
Learn how to create aliases (macros) and how to use them to help you and your fellows. And even see some examples
Get right instruments for improving your minstrel skill. Be ready to use Theorbo to reduce your threat or turn your minstrel into improved damage. Here we list instruments and their effects
Gloriela, my minstrel, is at lvl 50 and had few nice runs into Urugarth and Annúminas. It's interesting to see the difference between minstrel and priest (WoW).
The Rift after first Patch is still buggy. Third boss is bugging under stairs into evade, spawned monsters on stairs are bugging still as well. Anyway it's interesting fight now, at least. There is new bug at number six, Shadow-Eater. Summoner is spawning his worms behind fences where nobody can kill them. And while all are in combat, nobody can open the gate to start boss encounter. Mushroom picking-up quest is still not fixed.
Saving into instance in The Rift has one interesting feature. I went there with my minstrel through saved state of our raid (where i go with my main) just to check something. And as soon as i reached giant vendor (after first two bosses) i just got saved with whole #1 to #6. Even without killing anything. Call it bug if you want.
Playing with traits and virtues might be sometimes interesting puzzle. Deeds and Traits here has been updated, as i have spent some time revising and thinking about LousyAnne's setup. She is champion, so if anyone interested in possible Champion Traits Setup - Virtues (Tolerance, Determination, Discipline, Justice, Loyalty), Race (Eldar's Grace, Friend of man, Tactics and Conviction Bonus, Return to Rivendell, Power of the Eldar), Class (Deadly Strikes, Vicious Strikes, Swift to Anger, Fervent Rage, Flurry of Blow) and Legendary (Ferocious Strikes, Explosion of Blades)