Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Special Episode #1- The Podmoot!

Hey all-

This episode is a special episode and is recording of the F2P Podmoot that was recorded just prior to F2P going live.  In this episode, I was able to join Bill and Chris from the LOTROReporter, Merric from a Casual Stroll to Mordor, and Xyderias and Fyurae from the Mordor or Bust Podcast to discuss our experiences in the F2P beta and our expectations for LOTRO going F2P.  Please check out the links to their shows on the right side.

Before getting into the Podmoot proper I do touch base on a couple of LOTRO and LOTR headlines including:

The 73 Year Tortured Journey of the Hobbit

A Map to Minas Elendur
I also included a brief bit of my technical difficulties before getting into the Podmoot itself.  It shows what a noob I am with Skype.
I hope you enjoy this Special Episode.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Episode 32 - First Things First

LOTRO is Free to Play!  Servers were up on Sept 7th and as soon as the news broke the servers were flooded with current and returning players.

So this short episode focuses on what are the first things you should do when logging into the new version of the game:

1)  Watch all of your deeds and titles popup on your screen.  It reminds you of how much you've done in game.
2)  Re-spend your legendary item points.  Turbine has yet again refunded your Legendary Item Points as they have tweaked the legacys.
3)  Re-spend your points on your Skirmish Soldier.  Similar to the Legendary Items, Skirmish Points were apparently refunded as well.
4)  Check in with your class trainer.  While my loremaster didn't have any skills to learn I have heard that some classes did have changes to their skills.  Plus it never hurts to check in to make sure you are up to date.
5)  Check out the new Vault and Wardrobe system.  Its not pretty, but it works.
6)  Visit the LOTRO store and purchase the 'must have' items which include:  Permanent increases to Virtues (but only the ones you use), Permanent increase to Stats (but them all), The Riding Skill (now available at lvl 5), and your first mount.
7)  Join a kinship.  The game has changed and a group of built in friends will help with the learning process.

If you are on Arkenstone and looking for a kin...check out Amistad Del Otro (http://www.delotro.com/).  Its one of the larger kins on Arkenstone and is a very friendly kin. 

Hope this helps when you log in.

See you all in Middle-Earth.