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Mini Geekwatch

Too bad we don’t have pictures of baby asuras or I could’ve used one for this update. ;)

The one announcement I’d been waiting for just came: Lotro’s Yule Festival starts on December 20! Yaaay. They just tweeted it. That’s good because rumour said that it won’t be here until January.

As you can probably tell, I’m a lot more excited about this than about Update 5. I’m not doing much in Lotro anyway and me preparing the Christmas outfit for my characters was the most time I’ve spent in the game in weeks, I guess. But it’s also been lots of fun. So, hopefully, the Yule Festival will be fun again as well. It was last year. :)

Oh, and they also just tweeted the link to another developer diary about their reputation item revision. Interesting.

Still no news from Guild Wars 2. Not much time left till the end of December and they did say that closed beta would start before the end of the year and if I remember correctly, they also said we’d get to know the last class before that. So… *taps foot impatiently* ;)

Promotion time! ^^

As soon as we saw it, I created a Google+ page for us. So, if you like, follow us at Google+. We’re going to be linking to our blog postings over there but so far, discussions or comments have been added there a lot more frequently (well, at my personal G+ account up until now because I used that for crossposting until G+ added the pages). Still, we appreciate all comments, no matter where they’re posted. :)

And with that, I think we really do have enough places that we’re at. I think we also have a page on Facebook but we’re not really using Facebook anyway. So we’re at Google+, wordpress and on Twitter. That should be enough, right? ;) Oh, and Youtube if you count our GW2 PvP videos from GamesCom. Social networking is fun, if you ask me. ^^

The second part is, for a change, not a self-promotion. I totally forgot about the The Lone Hobbit. A blog that I’m theoretically co-author of – but I have never actually posted there! So I’m not taking any credit for it (and that’s why it can’t be a self-promotion… yet ^^). It did get me into wordpress, though, as I had created an account purely for posting screenshots there. It’s been inactive for quite some time now but as it’s about posting screenshots from Middle Earth (sorted by region), it’s still worth a look! The scenery never gets out of date, after all. ;) I might even post some new screenshots there when I find the time. So, have a look at the prettiness that is Lotro’s world if you like.

MMORPGs and their expansions

Recently, there’s been a lot of diversity regarding Lotro’s upcoming expansion “Rise of Isengard”. I’m not even going into the pricing “issue” now. But I’ve seen a lot of people argue about “there’s not enough content to call it an expansion” and the other side that says “all I want is in there, so there is enough content”.

I’m curious to hear more opinions and on more general terms (e.g. not necessarily bound to one single MMORPG). What do you want, as a minimum, in an expansion? I know MMORPGs differ, so opinions may also differ here… but still. Or back to Lotro: Are you happy with the upcoming expansion from what we know so far? What else would you want to have to make you happy/happier?

Or, to theorise further: Think about Guild Wars 2. What do you think will be in future expansions or how do you imagine your ‘dream expansion’ here? – Yes, I know, the game’s not even released yet. But we’re playing with our thoughts here anyway, so why not go even further? ;) Would you want extra levels in Guild Wars 2? Would you maybe have loved extra levels in Guild Wars already?

For me, I want more than “more of the same”. Yes, slapping extra levels on top together with new quests and new regions is nice (unless it is Guild Wars. Then please only new regions but no more levels – which is the way they went, fortunately ^^). So I’d put that as an absolute minimum for me. But then it’d be a minimal expansion and I’d only be minimally happy. ;) What I want to be happy and a satisfied customer, is something new and fresh. Something that wasn’t in the game before. For example, a new class, a new profession or a new feature (thinking about the heroes in Guild Wars that were added and can be customized while the NPCs cannot). In Lotro, I’m still dreaming about a) overhauls of existing things (housing redesign, for example), b) something new to play with (more hobbies than just fishing, new professions in general, a new class maybe) and c) “more of the same”: new regions with new quests. Maybe not necessarily on top with more levels. Going broader would be nice as well (for example, alternative regions to level and quest instead of Moria).

In GW2, I’m not sure about more levels. For that, I’d have to see the system first. I can imagine that introducing new playable races wouldn’t be too difficult (compared to Lotro where you have a predefined world that Tolkien created, so you can’t just invent new races), new classes like they’ve done in Guild Wars already or adding housing to the home instance. Plus new (old) regions like making Cantha accessible again.

Lotro Cremello Mounts: The winners were rolled

We used our 0 – 99 dice to decide for the 6 winners.

Our winners are:
1. Sylvyn
2. Ferret
3. Sarah
4. Chris Galbraith
5. Saelarien
6. Immanuel

We will send out the emails now (that is, within the next half an hour or so). Please respond to it! As we wrote in the original post, we want to make sure the email address is valid first before sending out a code.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you all for participating!

Edit: All winners received their codes now. Have fun with your new mount! :)

Contest at CSTM: “Secret Grove” Ring

Speaking of “giveaways”, Casual Stroll to Mordor is having another contest. You can win a gorgeous ring (see the bigger picture here) by sending in a screenshot (no interface, no names, no photoshopping) of your character wearing his/her favourite outfit.

Hop over to their website to read all about it and enter. It is open for everybody, not just residents of the USA! :)

Rise of Isengard – what will I get?

I preordered Rise of Isengard, LotRO’s next expansion, as soon as it became available. However, I still don’t know what I’ll get.

Three features are listed:
1) 3 new zones
Dunland, Gap of Rohan and Isengard. With those, we’ll get lots of new quests. Storywise and questwise, I will get something new and hopefully, it’ll be fun. I really like Enedwaith but greatly dislike Mirkwood. So hopefully, at least one of those new zones will be more like Enedwaith.

2) 10 new levels
I really enjoy levelling in MMOs. I love alts. In LotRO, however, this seems to be different. I like the game but I don’t enjoy the combat system as much as I do in other MMOs. It just seems slow compared to WoW or Rift. Still, I don’t mind those extra ten levels for my main character.

(3) A new 24 player raid)
A one-boss-raid. – I don’t get why that’s listed as a feature for the expansion. It was supposed to be added for LotRO’s 4th anniversary but didn’t make it into the game in time.
Massively mentions this here: What is coming, however, is a long-awaited raid against a giant dragon. The raid was scheduled for a previous update but had to be delayed for further development and testing.

So, we basically get 10 new levels and 3 new zones to quest in and, of course, a few new skills and changes to the classes. They will also reduce the different stats on the items to make the system easier.

Call me spoiled but… is that really everything? Why no new features? Something fresh and new to keep us playing the game instead of “more of the same”? A new hobby/profession? Housing overhaul (I do not want to believe that they were serious when they introduced this housing design)? Anything else?

We’re 2 months away from the expansion and only know about those few things. I’ve been following the official forums but there’s no news about anything else. There are optimistic players who are sure that there’ll be tons more. And pessimistic players who say that there won’t be anything else. I’m in between. So far, I can’t and don’t want to believe that this is really everything there is. On the other hand, if there was that much more coming and new features etc., then Turbine would’ve used all this stuff to promote their expansion.

If only I knew what the beta testers can see… *insert long dramatic sigh* Maybe they read the players’ fears and are laughing because they’ve already seen the nice amount of stuff coming with the expansion that Turbine is keeping from its playerbase to surprise them (or because they’re not sure it will be done in time).

GamesCom is coming soon (less than a month now) and I hope we’ll see something more then.