Thursday, December 24, 2015

Festivult is Here

♪♪ "Festivult" is here! / Coins have re-appeared; / Bring them all, and trade them all, / For cookies, cakes, and gear. ♪♪

♪♪ The Jester's everywhere, / Trading all his wares, / For the coins that you can find / In chests found here and there. ♪♪

♪♪ Eberron's the plane / Where "Festivult" does reign, / Not in the "Forgotten Realms", / Or any other planes*. ♪♪

♪♪ "Festivult is here!, / Gold coins are top tier, / Maybe you'll be lucky, too, / And pull some named loot gear. ♪♪

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I've Got to Leave Ol' Goblin-Town

Goblin-town.  If you've seen "The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey" (or read the book "The Hobbit") then you know it is a town of goblins (natch) located in (or under, if you prefer) "The Misty Mountains".  In LotRO, it is a massive, maze-like area, with several layers, that starts off completely masked by the "fog-of-war".  Fortunately, once you've explored an area, you lift the fog-of-war least, as far as I know it's permanent.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Ah, there is nothing like holding a contest.  If you never have, just know that they can be...contested.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Settling in at the New Digs

As has been foretold mentioned, LotRO is currently in the middle of consolidating; closing several servers and leaving a total of (10) others up and operational.  Of the remaining servers, five are in the "US" region, and five are in the "EU" region, and never the twain shall speak.  (By that I mean that a toon currently in the EU region cannot transfer to a US server, and vice-versa.)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Finishing Unfinished Business

I do not hate my job, but there are times when it just really gets in the way of things I'd rather do.  Which is not to necessarily imply that I'd rather be working on this blog, per se, but at the same time, it is one of the main reasons I sometimes go a few weeks between posts.  But I digress...

Monday, August 31, 2015

And Then There Was One

In my last post, I had mentioned that my "quest completionist" toon was down to (3) heroic-elite, non-raid (and non-challenge) quests left to run:  "Power Play", "Dreaming Dark", and "A New Invasion".  Now, only "A New Invasion" remains.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bump in the Road

I've been delayed.  Or maybe it's "belayed", if your of a nautical bent.  Or perhaps it's "detoured", "stalled", "stayed", or "hindered".  "Tangent-ed"?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What's in a Scream?

Like Chicken Man, it's everywhere, it's everywhere!  Odds are you've heard it, but you may not realize it.  Then again, a lot of you probably do realize it.  Of what do I refer?  Why, arguably the most famous of all multi-media screams, specifically, if not sound effects, in general:  The Wilhelm Scream.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

LotRO to Merge Servers

For some time now, there has been a plan at LotRO to merge some of the servers.  Way back at the beginning of the year (or so), Vyvyanne (yes, the very same, former DDO producer) announced in her "Producer's Letter" that there was a plan.  At that time, no details were given; but now, we have some details.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Tales from PnP: The Rules of Adventuring

So the question of the week in issue #149 of the DDO Chronicle is:  "What is the first rule of adventuring?"  Which got me thinking back to the days of yore* and our little PnP group.  For we actually *had* a list of "The Rules of Adventuring".

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Quest Completionist - There's a Light Up Ahead

On a server* known as Cannith, in a Guild called "Destiny", there lives a Hobbit resides a toon named Bilbo Baggins Zbran.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Unique LotRO Game Play: "Chicken-Man" Edition

I was browsing/lurking the LotRO Fora (sorry, "forums"), as I tend to do, when I learned something I had never heard of before.  Now, I've heard of the PvMP ("Player vs. Monster Player") mechanic, which is LotRO's version of PvP play, but this?  This is something I don't believe I've ever heard of in any game (though maybe something like it does exist somewhere else):  There is actually a chain of quests that you can play as...a chicken.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Tales from PnP: RP'ing Alignment

Pop Quiz:  Your LG (Lawful Good) Paladin has been fighting a CE (Chaotic Evil) being, when all of a sudden, the CE mob surrenders and promises to leave and never darken that part of the world again, if you'll just let him go.  What will you do?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Lurkers, Unite

Recently, Frelorn (the LotRO Community Manager) released the names of the 2015 Player's Councils (PCs).  Yes, "councils" - plural.  It seems that LotRO has a dedicated PC for PvE and a dedicated PC for PvMP (that's, "Player vs. Monster Player" - LotRO's version of PvP).

Saturday, May 23, 2015

LotRO Steed Giveaway

I have a couple of codes left over from...well, it doesn't really matter where they are left over from, does it?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Guilds of One

MMO - "Massively Multi-player Online".  The very name indicates that you are not alone in whatever game-world you choose to play in.  But just because there are (a lot of) other players, does that mean you are not allowed to play the game by yourself?

Monday, May 4, 2015

Filler - Some Metrics

As does happen from time-to-time, that most dreadful of all 4-letter words (W-O-R-K) has kept me somewhat busy.  Or at least, busy enough to prevent me from posting some trivial drivel in this blog that for some unknown reason some people like to read (and sometimes, even leave a comment).  That, and a small case of "writers' block" - but I'll mostly blame the aforementioned 4-letter word.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015


With U25 comes changes to the rogue Enhancements (ENs); all (3) Prestige Enhancement (PrE) panels* are getting changes.  And as is always the case, some changes are better than others.  But I want to focus on one specific EN change - the new, tier 4 mechanic EN of "Fletching".

Saturday, March 21, 2015

How I Would Change DDO's Enhancement System

Note that I did not say "improve" or "fix"; I find such statements to be arrogant and insulting - as if what that person proposes is the "only" way it could be "fixed".  That said, I do think my ideas would provide...betterment (at least, from the players' perspective - hehehe).

Sunday, March 15, 2015

NWO Delays EE Launch

NWO's "Elemental Evil" module, which was scheduled to launch this Tuesday (3/17), has been delayed.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Mimic Hunt Event (An Editorial)

I was thinking of calling this post a "critique", but that has a denotation of criticism, and criticism has a negative connotation.  And while, yes, I do have some criticisms, it is not my intention for them to be the focus of this post, even though they probably will be.  Editorial, on the other hand, makes it fairly clear that these are my opinions (which may or may not be shared by anyone else).

Thursday, February 19, 2015

My Least Favorite Armor

It's not a specific armor item, but a class of armor.  Well, more correctly, a 'sub-class' of armor.  I haven't seen anything like it with heavy or medium armor.  In fact, the only other 'armor' that comes close is "robes".  But then, robes are supposed to look like, well, robes.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

ESO Goes F2P

I predicted it.  I'm not the only one who did, of course, but I still did.  When "The Elder Scrolls Online" (ESO*) was in beta, there was a lot of speculation as to which MMO model they would choose when they went live.  The gaming blogs were divided.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Collectible Cards Update

Crunch time has been over now for a while - it ended with the release of U24.  I did not crunch all of my card.  I purposefully kept (1) of each type of card that I had, on each server (hey, they are collectible cards; so I collected them).

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Best Laid Plans

Between Christmas and New Years', I was on vacation.  I typically take that time of year off, for a couple of reasons.  Not the least of which is always having that week off from school (when I was attending, of course) - I got used to having it off, so I've just continued that tradition.