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Stormwaltz
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on: January 25, 2012, 08:39:26 AM

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Introducing Mounted Combat – Ride into Combat atop your loyal War-steed as you defend the people of Rohan from the forces of Isengard and Mordor. Customize your War-steed’s armor and level its skills over time to aid you in mounted defense of King Theoden’s lands. Mount your steed and gather your fellows to fight against Warbands, contingents of roving warg riders that have been scouted all over the Plains of Rohan! It falls to you to head off and defeat this new threat before they over take the land.

http://www.lotro.com/news/pressreleases/1736-warner-bros-interactive-entertainment-and-turbine-unveil-the-lord-of-the-rings-online-riders-of-rohan?lang=en_US

A forum post by Kate Paiz adds:

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We’ll also introduce the option to bring Skirmish Soldier along to aid you on your adventures throughout Middle-earth.

http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?442183-Forth-Eorlingas

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« Last Edit: January 25, 2012, 09:10:03 AM by Stormwaltz »

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Reply #1 on: January 25, 2012, 08:55:14 AM

I'll go ahead and be optimistic for now.

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Reply #2 on: January 25, 2012, 09:30:31 AM

Knew it was coming with all the work with animations on mounts. The Solider thing, a bit unexpected, but quite an interesting idea.

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Reply #3 on: January 25, 2012, 09:59:42 AM

Knew it was coming with all the work with animations on mounts. The Solider thing, a bit unexpected, but quite an interesting idea.

Hey, if it worked for SWTOR..  why so serious?

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Reply #4 on: January 25, 2012, 10:04:35 AM

OMGOMGOMGOMG

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…the spring update will add a completely new region to the game: The Great River.

The region takes its name from the Great River Anduin, and readers of the books or watchers of the films will recognize it as the waterway that the Fellowship took south from Lothlorien to Amon Hen. In terms of the game map, it will serve as a gateway between Lothlorien to the southern country of Rohan (and more on that later!), much the same way that Enedwaith led in to Dunland. It begins at the mouth of the Anduin Valley and travels down to the area right before Fangorn.

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Paiz and Mersky vowed that starting this year, players will be seeing LotRO adopt Asheron's Call's monthly update model.

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(Rohan)'s so large, in fact, that the regions developed for this expansion will be twice as big as Moria.

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The team's been hard at work developing the technology to toss large numbers of enemies at you; these enemy groupings which will be called Warbands. Warbands will be prevelant in the East Plains and will be defeated by players using a new tactic: mounted combat. The idea behind this "robust system" is the image of groups of mounted warriors dynamically clashing, wheeling about, and maneuvering to gain advantage over their foes.

http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/01/25/riding-into-rohan-lotro-maps-out-2012/

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Reply #5 on: January 25, 2012, 10:27:40 AM


Why am I homeless?  Why do all you motherfuckers need homes is the real question.
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Reply #6 on: January 25, 2012, 11:52:46 AM

Oh my dear god
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Reply #7 on: January 25, 2012, 06:21:07 PM

Wow that sounds amazing!  Hope it works out. 
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Reply #8 on: January 25, 2012, 06:33:42 PM

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We’ll also introduce the option to bring Skirmish Soldier along to aid you on your adventures throughout Middle-earth.


Nice.  Maybe I'll be able to do some of them thar instances finally.

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Reply #9 on: January 25, 2012, 06:52:45 PM

Impressive.  Everything they are doing is amazing and I cannot wait!

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Reply #10 on: January 25, 2012, 07:15:32 PM

Is it bad that I'm more excited about this announcement than I am any of the new MMORPGs coming out in 2012?
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Reply #11 on: January 25, 2012, 07:53:23 PM

Good.  Make it so. 

And remove x12 tokens plz.

Dd they ever get all tokens (not rep items which can go on the AH) into the wallet? 
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Reply #12 on: January 25, 2012, 08:25:38 PM

Good.  Make it so. 

And remove x12 tokens plz.

Dd they ever get all tokens (not rep items which can go on the AH) into the wallet? 

Yes.

No Nerf, but I put a link to this very thread and I said that you all can guarantee for my purity. I even mentioned your case, and see if they can take a look at your lawn from a Michigan perspective.
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Reply #13 on: January 26, 2012, 07:54:31 AM

Cautiously optimistic. It sounds too good to be true, so fingers crossed for a good fun implementation.

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Reply #14 on: January 26, 2012, 12:02:28 PM

The tokens aren't gone. My pack is full of ones from Moria, Lothlorien, and Mirkwood.

I feel very "meh" about the article. Mounted combat is good, but I dunno, horses just don't do anything for me. So good change, but not exciting to me.

The skirmish soldiers? I'd rather have them fix them than let me have a broken one in more places. I also wonder about balance. It already seems so easy to kill stuff, the only real challenge I've had was finding my way around Moria.

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Reply #15 on: January 26, 2012, 12:15:36 PM

Fix them?

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Reply #16 on: January 26, 2012, 12:37:18 PM

I've heard the warrior is worse than most, but my soldier gets lost, paths into mobs, stands with clear LOS and doesn't attack. It's better than doing it solo, but it's not reliable and can easily get you killed. Example, this morning I was trying to knock out a quick skirmish and got beat down by the final boss in Ice Crevasse because my soldier just stopped attacking in the middle and stood in a neutral corner.

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Reply #17 on: January 26, 2012, 03:29:40 PM

I've heard the warrior is worse than most, but my soldier gets lost, paths into mobs, stands with clear LOS and doesn't attack. It's better than doing it solo, but it's not reliable and can easily get you killed. Example, this morning I was trying to knock out a quick skirmish and got beat down by the final boss in Ice Crevasse because my soldier just stopped attacking in the middle and stood in a neutral corner.

Yeah, I gave up the warrior last night, and grabbed an archer, and whatever the loremaster equivalent is.  When it was off cooldown, and I could direct the warrior to attack something specifically, it worked well enough.  Other than that, he'd run around like a chicken with his head off, stand there doing nothing, or my favorite, strike some idiotic pose with both arms over his head, pointing his swords at the mob.

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Reply #18 on: January 26, 2012, 03:30:57 PM

This is why I just use the pure healer.

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Reply #19 on: January 26, 2012, 05:13:49 PM

I've heard the warrior is worse than most, but my soldier gets lost, paths into mobs, stands with clear LOS and doesn't attack. It's better than doing it solo, but it's not reliable and can easily get you killed. Example, this morning I was trying to knock out a quick skirmish and got beat down by the final boss in Ice Crevasse because my soldier just stopped attacking in the middle and stood in a neutral corner.

You can also only direct them into combat ...I'm not sure. Once a minute? Every two minutes? Aside from that, you need to be hit for them to engage mobs. Makes it hard when Skirmishes are giving you waves of mobs, bosses, and a need to change to this or that entrance.

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Reply #20 on: January 29, 2012, 04:51:59 AM

This is why I just use the pure healer.
Watching a full life/power herbie heal and power-regen itself while I'm dying OOP is worse than wrangling a warrior, imo.

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Reply #21 on: January 29, 2012, 05:23:21 AM

I use an archer since at least this way I don't have to deal with pathing and aoe cc breaking shenanigans. Still a far cry from, say, the GW hero implementation [from 2006!].

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Reply #22 on: January 29, 2012, 12:09:03 PM

They need to get sorted:
*LFD/LFG
*inventory mgmt
*balance/re-factor old zones

I have never cared about mounted combat and I do want a reliable soldier.  Agreed about the warrior.

Did they ever give a free respec to skirmish marks?  My earlier question was also about getting ALL marks into the wallet.
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Reply #23 on: January 29, 2012, 03:00:53 PM

Did they ever give a free respec to skirmish marks?  My earlier question was also about getting ALL marks into the wallet.

They did at some point; depending on when you last played.  And, yes, ALL marks are in your wallet. 

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Reply #24 on: January 29, 2012, 11:16:23 PM

This is why I just use the pure healer.
Watching a full life/power herbie heal and power-regen itself while I'm dying OOP is worse than wrangling a warrior, imo.

So don't slot the power regen.  tongue

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Reply #25 on: January 30, 2012, 01:17:17 AM

I use an archer since at least this way I don't have to deal with pathing and aoe cc breaking shenanigans. Still a far cry from, say, the GW hero implementation [from 2006!].

I'd say the archer is even worse than the warrior, due to the long direct cooldown times, so they spend an awful lot of time just standing around cheering at the scenery. Might be okay if you're a melee type yourself, but then a healer would be more practical..

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Reply #26 on: January 30, 2012, 03:01:50 AM

Yea, archer works well for me since I play a captain -- I'm insanely survivable and can keep the bad stuff on me, but my damage is very lacking. I used a warrior back when skirmishes were first implemented, and it was a bit more effective against zergs of little enemies -- the problem is that the warrior is so AOE based that CC is basically a lost cause unless you're willing to disable the AOEs and severely gimp his DPS. There were also a lot of very annoying pathing issues (tuckborough was pretty bad, iirc) that caused me to switch when they refunded skirmish marks.

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Reply #27 on: January 30, 2012, 05:45:09 AM

I don't do a lot of skirmishes - mostly with my friends who play a Guardian and Loremaster (both have healers). In the 3-player situation, the Warrior implementation isn't too bad, as I just run in and get myself hit to get him to attack mobs.

Since I play a Minstrel, the initial plan was for me to take the Warrior so I could tank-heal, while my wife who plays a hunter took the archer, to cover double DPS. Unfortunately, since the soldiers are such dumbarses, we never really bothered to play skirmishes since they're so hard to control. Funny thing is that if they just lowered the cooldown time on the direct attack button (why is there anything besides a GCD on it anyway?) then most of the problems would be mitigated.

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Reply #28 on: January 30, 2012, 10:17:54 AM

I have done an embarassing number of skirms (according to Turbine over 500 on my guard) and can safely say the only two pets worth a damn are the Sage and Herbalist.

I have dabbled with all of them at some point.  Archer is ok- the tradeoff over using a Sage is lower damage but greater survivability. 

How you slot your pet makes a huge difference.  Even the order seems to be important (I have learned to slot the skills I want them to use the most in the first space).  Also, with Herby, there is still a bug with certain LT's whereby he will just stand there doing nothing.  Telling him to attack will kick him into gear, though.

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Reply #29 on: January 30, 2012, 07:40:27 PM

Is there any point to starting/restarting this at this point? Like, if I resurrected my whatever-level he was character (I think I was questing in Angmar) from way back when, am I effectively solo until I get to Rohan? Or are there still people doing alts and all that?
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Reply #30 on: January 30, 2012, 07:49:14 PM

I would think solo, but the epic quest line is solo friendly all the way thru Moria now.  It's f2p, jump back in and see if you like it. 
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Reply #31 on: January 30, 2012, 07:57:43 PM

Is there any point to starting/restarting this at this point? Like, if I resurrected my whatever-level he was character (I think I was questing in Angmar) from way back when, am I effectively solo until I get to Rohan? Or are there still people doing alts and all that?

Nope.  Lots of alts and new players.  Tons of content for all levels.

Also, the 65 instances are ran by max level players a lot lately. 

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Reply #32 on: January 30, 2012, 11:56:45 PM

Honestly it depends on your server. Silverlode is dead-dead-dead... I have seen maybe two other players during my travels, and even though I'm in the LFD queue all the time as healer/dps/support (gotta love captains), I haven't seen a single group (both before and after LFD was implemented). The global LFF channel only has max-levels looking for the occasional 3/6man. This is at levels 30-60.

But yeah, the epic questline is soloable. Just be prepared... for a lot of soloing, unless you're on one of the populated servers I guess.

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Reply #33 on: January 31, 2012, 05:00:43 AM

I play on Brandywine and I'm level 55. Moria is pretty empty, but Bree is stocked with people.

I think that means everyone is either playing their low level characters or their max level characters... I don't see many people around my level. Lucky for me, I just tag along with some 75's on Grand Stair runs.
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Reply #34 on: January 31, 2012, 08:03:42 AM

I think after Bree is where you have to start buying Modules ( Zones ).

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