Oh, I’ve just been in GW

The long and short of what I’ve been doing is Guild Wars with a smidge of SWTOR and LoTRO thrown in.

My LDoA character is nearly 12. Which is pretty good considering my attention span at previous attempts (I used to get to maybe 8 or 9). Doing dailies is hard enough but I’m getting to where I average about three times a week. Not terrible!

I need 8 more minipets to get 8/8 on my devotion monument. So that’s cool. I’ve been begging guildies and allies for their extras and buying up whatever I can on the cheap. I had a line on a mini Shiro but it got pulled for the owner’s guildie :/

I’ve been pretty good about knocking out Nightfall HM missions. It’s also the only campaign I don’t have protector for. Dzagonur Bastion is the only mission I really truly cannot seem to get masters on. I hit a rough spot with Pogahn Passage but an ally popped in and helped me sort it out. Not enough heals when I’m running around with discordway anymore. Now that I look at that pvx build I feel stupid because that’s not even close to what my discord necros were running. So that’s fun. Using builds from a year ago without checking the community rating isn’t really smart, okay?

As soon as I get my minipets solid I’ll be selling 90% of them as dedicated. Really, who needs 50 minipets? Not me. It’s that or I buy the two storage panes I don’t have already. Or yet another character slot; 12 is never enough (/facepalm). After that I’ll be farming for hero armor upgrades. A LOT. I had to take a break from vanquishing, that s*#@ is frustrating as s@&!. Yes, those are both the same word, okay? Deal with it. It’s probably been frustrating because of my crap discord builds ‘-_-

So why am I spending so much time in Guild Wars? I’ve got a fever and the only solution is beta! Not really. I mean, I’m excited but I also have social obligations during that weekend. Another reason I’ve been in game a lot is that I can’t sew without sewing machine needles. I’ve got a project that needs to be done before July so I’m stuck waiting until we’ve got some extra cash… Surprised smile I just remembered I have a little cash on my paypal >.< It took me not sewing for the past three weeks and blogging about it to remember. GREAT! Welp, now I’ve got to go to JoAnn’s this weekend too! And JoAnn’s is next to PeiWei, so I’ll want fake Japanese food and that’s just expensive. DANG IT! Sewing makes me want expensive food.

LoTRO failed to pull me in. For a game that has dx11 and was released 2 years after Guild Wars it’s got some pretty terrible graphics. Or maybe I’m just over the game. You know I have a post still in my drafts comprehensively comparing the two games. Never felt confident enough to hit publish. I have nearly 40 blog drafts. I logged in to take advantage of the anniversary celebration stuff. Mostly to see if I could go back to it to keep me busy before GW2 release. Nope. I even played with my friend Jack. It holds pretty much no interest. Having half my current quests being “locked” and needing to pay 5g to unlock my house just makes me feel hopeless about ever wanting to play again. My minstrel will probably forever remain at 65 and in Enedwaith ready to take on the baddies, while I sit at the keyboard and wonder what the heck happened to my skills. Yet again.

SWTOR is dangerous. Seriously. I’m a level 20 Chiss Bounty Hunter. I don’t know how that happened. Well, okay, I thought I’d do Ben a favor and make a Chiss so he could make a legacy Chiss Jedi. Then all of a sudden I’d played for a week, pretty much nonstop, and my house was a complete mess. I have to put on a kitchen timer when I do play so I’m not sitting there for 4 hours or more at a stretch. That’s why SWTOR is dangerous.

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My husband is awesome

If you don’t play LOTRO or Guild Wars you probably won’t understand this and he probably will be upset that I’m blogging it. We had an epic conversation. I’ve edited out little bits to make it flow better but otherwise it’s intact.

Celeste
any ideas for ask an asuran?

Benj
pets.. i wanna know about pets and minis
are there going to be some new and unique pets for rangers?
and will there be more minis in GW2

Celeste
hrm, there’s not a lot of info on that
we can make assumptions and discuss
good idea

Benj
Will the menagerie make a comeback in GW2?
will it be more personalized this time around?
and most importantly.. can I ride a flamingo or warthog this time?

Celeste
no mounts confirmed

Benj
im not asking for a mount..

Celeste
they’ve said we won’t be driving anything either
riding it would make a mount

Benj
I’m asking for an emote that lets me ride my pet in town

Celeste
LOL doubtful.

Benj
an asuran on a cute piglet would be awesome
instead of their golums
next week talk about the awesomeness of owning your own area for your kinship in GW1 and why the hell we dont have housing

Celeste
LOL
no housing at release
*at release!*

Benj
cause i want a pen in the back of my house to corral my pets
not a friggin zoo

Celeste
LOL

Benj
i mean it takes FOREVER to get to where you want to go for a pet
i mean REALLY
cant i just keep my flamingos penned up?
and wouldnt it be cool if you had a crocodile tamed and when you came home it had eaten your flamingos cause you were silly enough to pen them together?

Celeste
LOL they’d never do that
too many combinations

Benj
i mean COMEON!
its The SIMS GW Edition

Benj
we get keeps for our kinship.. pets to tame.. costumes and masks for holidays and special events.. how much harder is it to make a house with a wardrobe and rideable pets?!

Celeste
I changed kinship to guild and i’m tweeting that.

Benj
oops
i prolly shouldve tweeted that
silly lotro/gw mashup

Celeste
lol

Benj
also.. related to LOTRO
what does it take to stroll down middle earth in the rain and get a friggin umbrella!?

Celeste
LMFAO

Benj
my armor will polly rust at that rate

Celeste
unless you’re a medium or light class

Benj
should make swords, axes, and maces become damaged over time in the rain.. haveta repair more often during the rainy season
i doubt GW will have mounts
charrs ride scorpions..
i dont think charr and horses would even get along
asurans ride golums that are already slowish
yous have to put a golum on a horse and thats just redundant
and might kill the horse

Celeste
ok, golem or gollum?

(The following message could not be delivered to all recipients: ok, golem or gollum?) OutLoud: NOOOOOOOOOO!

Benj
and I imagine the plant people have something against herbivores…..

And then he had to get back to work, but I thought it was worth recording how awesome and weird my husband is.

Lore Continuity

I’m not much of a lore monkey when it comes to lotro. When I was reading the books not so long ago it was around the same time that the skirmishes were offered up. I ran through Stand at Amon Sul and something was bothering me, there’s a cairn for one of the encounters. A cairn which is described as having a deceased occupant, and the books strictly state that there are no graves on Amon Sul. The encounter is “Defeat Gwathrengor” in your deed log in case you’re wondering. It may make for an short and terribly uninteresting post, but it’s been nagging at me for quite some time. I can understand making some allowances for creativity and the skirmish system. I really can, it’s just that this one particular instance bugs me.

LOTROReporter Repost – Changes To Minstrels with Volume 3.2

Here’s a Repost from LOTROReporter.com explaining some brief changes that occurred with the Volume 3, book 2 update.

So with all the changes we’ve seen with the transition to Free-To-Play with LOTRO, you’d think I would have more to talk about with Minstrels. Fact of the matter is, there really isn’t much of a change for our happy little healing class. We’ve got a few skill acquistions moved around and a few other miniscule things.

  • Mentor skills can now be used while mounted.
  • “Song of the Hopeful Heart” is no longer affected by Hope-dispelling attacks like the Balrog’s roar.
  • Addressed an issue where Lothlórien instruments were not applying threat reduction properly.

Source: http://lorebook.lotro.com/wiki/Release_Notes_Volume_3_Book_2_Official

Changing around the order of some of the lower level skills seems to offer a bit more DPS to the newly created Minstrel but there’s nothing game changing about it. There’s not really any new surprises with this list, what is surprising is the addition of a Medium armor radiance set for any class able to wear it. There are also some other “endgame” armor sets available that offer similarly wonderful stats. I’ll be looking forward to doing Annúminas instances for a few weeks in order to get the new Medium Set.

Have a great week in Middle-Earth!

Community Shimmunity!

I was sitting in on the LOTRO Reporter live recording (a few weeks ago) when it came apparent that a majority of people in the chat room were quite upset over the new community site. Or lack of community in the site? Or perhaps just the manner in which it came to being. The information prior to the community site revamp was lacking indeed. All we heard previous to it was that the site would be undergoing maintenance. The surprise was in refreshing the page after said “maintenance” and finding a completely different and broken community portal. I wouldn’t say it was a “slap in the face” as Patience has officially chosen to ignore any post with that term. But I will say it was pretty disappointing.

I had low expectations for the Free To Play transition when it was first announced. I maintain that position even now. But I do believe that it was simply a poor decision that led to them rolling out a new site within the same week as F2P going live. The sheer amount of absolute FUBAR was overwhelming. The site was completely broken, though I’ve heard that it’s gotten better. The past few weeks of trying to use the lotro community site along with the terrible Lorebook problems has resigned me to give up on trying to edit the lorebook itself. I’ll probably post guides to certain professions on lotro-wiki.com or just here on my own blog in case anyone actually likes to read that sort of stuff. Maybe LOTROReporter can throw it somehow with the crafting guide, or make a more in depth guide. /Shrug. I’ve tried to go back and get the site to “work” properly and frankly, it’s infuriating how much worse the lorebook could get.

I sincerely hope that they’ll have ALL the kinks worked out before they start running the lotteries again. That’s something I do miss terribly.

LOTRO Reporter Repost – Healing Approaches to Different Tanks

Reposted here is my guide to healing approaches based on Class and Tanking priority, The Minstrel Column is published every Tuesday morning at http://www.lotroreporter.com.

1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila, Floor!

There’s a lot of tanking classes in LOTRO, or at least melee and taunting classes. They can be lumped into three categories: the main tank, the off tank, and the bad tank. We can dress them up all we like, but that’s what it comes down to in most gaming situations. Considering all the possible combinations we are always left with one question; which class is the easiest to heal while in a group? Obviously the heavy tanks are the easiest to keep track of, as long as they do their jobs properly ; ). No offense players, but I get pretty upset when someone other than the tank pulls aggro right away. It’s not your fault and we all know it, but its aggravating nonetheless. Continue reading

LOTRO Reporter Repost – Just Keep Plucking Your Lute!

Reposted here is my guide to take Minstrels from levels 50 to 60ish, The Minstrel Column is published every Tuesday morning at http://www.lotroreporter.com.

We’ll be picking up exactly where we left off week before last. Another one of the legendary traits you can pick up for yourself is Master of Tales which is acquired through finishing books 1-6 for The Mines of Moria. Master of Tales is pretty helpful, I think it makes the Tales skills more viable while grouping. It combines and creates new toggle skills from your existing skills; Tale of Heroism and Tale of Warding are combined to create Tale of Warding and Heroism. This gives you an increase to Hope, Will, Fate, and Armour rating. Secondly, it improves Tale of Frost and Flame to give you Tale of Frost and Flame’s Battle which gives you a bonus to Vitality, Frost Mitigation, Fire Mitigation, and Wound Resistance. You can also gain a legendary trait from becoming Kindred with the Iron Garrison Guards. Which will then allow you to purchase and read the book “The Versus of the North.” This will give you access to Call to War which raises your critical effect chance while using your War-speech only skills. Continue reading

LOTRO Reporter Repost – Let’s Get Classy, Minstrels!

Reposted here is my guide to the class quests for levels 45-60. The Minstrel Column is published every Tuesday morning at http://www.lotroreporter.com.

I wanted to jump in and get you going all the way up to the current maximum level of 65. Then I started compiling all the content together and I slowly but surely realized that 50-65 has a HUGE amount of content when it comes to class specific quests along with all the regular quests you’ll run into along the way. Generally, you’ll be leveling in Moria. The deep dark dank is certainly not the most picturesque locale. Something I’ve found terribly helpful during my time there is your ‘lantern’ activated by pressing Alt F10. It makes the run feel a bit more realistic, if that’s the term I’m truly searching for. Aside from doing the basic sets of quests (read: bare minimum), I avoid Moria like the plague. My goal is to attempt running through to the Exit Sign as soon as Elvenly possible(terrible joke—sorry!). Lothlórien is just more laid back, despite the reputation gate that every first timer finds out about the hard way. Pro tip: Avoid the pretty gates until you’re an Acquaintance with Galadhrim. Let’s not stray too far, I’m going to run through the class quests I brushed under the rug quite quickly last week. Continue reading

LOTRO Reporter Repost – Longest Levels 40-50

Reposted here is my guide to take Minstrels from levels 40 to 50ish, The Minstrel Column is published every Tuesday morning at http://www.lotroreporter.com.

As I was writing this post, I found myself stumbling, because really there’s too many places you can choose from to get your character to ding in that upper 40’s range. The earlier levels however were pretty tricky in the past. Since the inception of the skirmish system, these levels can be easily ‘ground’ with the cycle of all the skirmishes available, everyday. It may seem monotonous but you can always switch between a few characters and keep yourself from burning out. To me, the levels between 40 and 50 are the most agonizing, so having plenty of alts to cycle through is fantastic. Continue reading

LOTRO Reporter Repost – Minstrel’s 15-30

Reposted here is my guide to take Minstrels from levels 15 to 30ish, The Minstrel Column is published every Tuesday morning at http://www.lotroreporter.com.

First and foremost, let’s talk about Tiers and how they work. I know it may seem like a silly topic, but it really affects how your heals work while you’re in a group. You should have a basic idea of how it works by now, but let me go ahead and make a quick rundown. When you activate a Tier 1 ballad, you are unlocking your Tier 2 and giving your healing a bonus of 3% while the ballad is active on you/your fellowship. This carries on through to when you’ve cast a Tier 3 ballad. So when you’ve got a Tier 1, 2, and 3 ballad active your healing is increased by a combined percentage of 9. Getting this bonus to compound as quickly as possible is easy as pie with ‘Cry of the Chorus.’ Using an anthem will reset your ballad counter down to a Tier 1, so be aware of that while you’re playing. Essentially it’s just a gating system for your skills, similar to but far less complicated than a Rune-keeper’s attunement.

More than likely you should be finishing up the Old Forest/Buckland/Adso’s Camp area if you’re following the epic books quests line. If not, leave a comment and let me know where you quested to get through to 20. From 20 or so, you have the choice to either go into the Lone-lands or up into Trestlebridge. Personally, even after the re-vamp, I dislike the scenery of the Lone-lands. Generally, I avoid this area until I absolutely have to do the book quests. There’s a post over on Casual Stroll that covers the revamp and how to level through it. Don’t get me wrong, I would LOVE more revamps, I just don’t like the area they chose to do first 😛 Continue reading