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 "real" patch of problems in Book 11. Read through, as there are some important fixes (like those in The Rift)
Here it goes, the trash and bosses strategy for 12 man raiding instance The Rift. Work in progress as we started raiding it
The Rift is bugged, heavily bugged. Seeing through walls is funny, but does not make anything bad. Bugged bosses and their scripts are bad thing. Door getting stuck after wiping at Thrang is really bad. And Codemasters of course decided, that trash on long way past Eldgang vendor will respawn continuously, so even you killed bosses up to Thrang, you still have to spend a hour of fighting to get to him again. But no surprise, Codemasters have this weird idea : pissed players are best players. Still, The RiftIS wonderfull instance.
Gold sellers are having their own Harvest Festival. Standing in city and spamming channels with offer of their services every second. For hours and hours, nobody cares. Sometimes i have bad feeling that gold sellers and bots are in fact supported by game makers. It's good for their income. There is large pool of ppl who would stop playing without ability to buy anything they want.
Meet Gloriela, hobbit minstrel. Little hobbit minstrel of mine is slowly reachign its game maturity, level 50. Book 11 update was taking care of minstrel skills, mainly adding some "kind of" dps state to it. And nerfing healing skills. There are many ppl complaining about that. I have to say that i really like to play my minstrel. And those new skills, brought by Book11, are really good.
Book 11 introduced Goblin-town, large goblin city hidden in north of Misty Mountains. It holds a Goblin King as well as Gollum cave. And it realy pays to its "town" name.
Oh. I have met a Gollum yesterday. As my minstrel (44 now) is happy to try all new quests (added with Book 11), she has found a marvelous chain. It end's in private instance (single, not fellow) where you can see sneaky cheaky Gollum. First time ever in Lord of the Rings Online. Great!
Game has a maintenance day today, instead of usual thursday, promising some patches - i wont show you patch notes, as it's probably only joke from game writers. There are numerous bugs introduced in Book 11, but patch notes are just about. Well, nothing.
I can confirm that mezzing Hillmen-Slave at Boss #1/#2 will stop new waves spawning. Wild guess, it's not working as intended, so we will see this for sure fixed. I got my first "token" in The Rift yday. Which in turn means, i am proud owner of new champion boots (yes, my main is champ, minstrel is just first from alts).
Get your very own non-combat pet - new feature of Book 11 which is not (yet) well known.
First kin (Aiya Earendil Elenion Ancalima) run into new 12 main raid instance The Rift has been enormous succes. First two bosses downed without (boss) wipe in 3 hours of time. Great work done, and many thx to those from outside of kin who have done great job.
The Rift, new 12 man raiding instance, is interesting place. Boss fights are far away from usual tank-and-spank and require tactics. Trash mobs are hitting like train and are numerous, whilst pull must be made carefully and timed.
Killing first two bosses opens access to city located inside The Rift where giant race of Eldgang dwells and needs help of all who can help. And more bosses (nine in total) are awaiting with new challenging fights.
Overview of food with buffing abilities - Might, Vitality, Agility, Power, Morale, Threat, Mitigation. Be sure you cook right food before going to The Rift!
What's new in Book 11 from player's view - changes in reputation, where are new quests, where are new areas, shot at new deeds and more
Festival celebrations are running. Well, most of the time NPCs are broken, but there is plenty of time to try. Festival grounds in Bree-Land (north of Bree-Town), Duillond (Ered-Luin), Thorin's Hall (look into Inn) and Old Party Tree in Hobitton (Shire). Some rewards are handy for your housing. And there is chance you can get a mount at Festival grounds in Bree-Land.
New spell effects from Lore-Masters are huge drain to your fps, but lore-masters are very happy with update. Not only new pet, lynx, seems to be really a wonder, there has been a huge upgrade to LMs dpsing.
My (at this time lvl 42) minstrel was surprised from bunch of new spells, mainly from new War-Speech. Seems minstrels in LOTRO are having a chance to turn to "shadow priests" like creatures (those from WOW know). Only if it would drain less o power ... I still have to figure out for what are new spells allowing me to learn other ppl to play on musical instruments. Anyone care to explain?
Nice one, new design for www.lotro.com, looks better from previous one. European pages, www.lotro-europe.com are unfortunately still in old design. Would be good idea to switch them too - new design is easier to use and less cluttered.
Don't forget, today is the Book 11 release day for US, tomorrow for Europe. Bittorrent sources are so far reliable way how to download big Book10->Book11 patch.
Known Issues for Book 11: Defenders of Eriador might be a handy to read. Now and later as some other issues from new content arise.
List of all epic books in Lord of the Rings Online - starting locations, complete chain quest names and prerequisites (if there are any)
New zones are popping out, changes for PVP, numerous bug fixes, new quests, new 12 man raid instance. So far it looks really great
According to press release, the most anticipated day is 25th of October for Europe (24th for US). Book 11 : Defenders of Eriador is coming with new quests, new raid instance (12 man), two new zones and player/kin housing. See Book 11 for a slight overview of what is coming out
Class quests are available from level 45 and are based on collecting loads of items from monsters and bosses in Urugarth and Carn Dum.