Yule War Steed

Today was my 10th day of the Yule Festival which meant I finally finished tier 3 of the festival deed and was able to purchase the war steed cosmetics.  I think this is one of the prettier horses that Turbine has designed.

I think it would look even better with a rich dark brown colour, but that’s a few too many TP for me to spend.

I’m not thrilled with what it took to get these cosmetics (more about that in a later post I think), but I’m happy to have them and definitely appreciate the work that went into creating the look. 🙂

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Lotro Summer Fest

The Summer Festival began yesterday in Lotro.  Not a lot has changed this year which is a bit disappointing as this is now the one festival that’s remained mostly unchanged in a few years I think.  Though with the added Anniversary and Farmers festivals, we can’t complain too much.  What has changed is the pie and keg races have now been moved into their own instanced area.  The pie race area is quite lovely, but due to a bug with the stable horse to the keg races, I’ve not been able to see that area yet.  Also a consolation box has been added in so that you receive a few tokens instead of walking away empty handed if you bet for the wrong hobbit or dwarf to win.  Gathering tokens is really paltry compared to the Farmers festival but I remember this being the case last year as well.  The only way to get a decent amount of tokens is from the races, but of course that’s completely luck based.  A combination of Lotro burnout and excitement for Guild Wars has left me feeling not so festive, so I’m thankful I got all my deeds done last year!  I’ve also decided to stop being a completionist and only go after things I want and there’s not really anything in this festival that I do.

I think the horse is actually quite pretty though they chose not to give it a proper saddle for some reason.  Turbine has made festival horses redundant for me due to the fact that they aren’t as fast.  62% vs 68% speed doesn’t sound like a big difference, but it’s noticeable.  Though I do wonder, can festival horse skins be put on our warhorses?  I think I’ll perhaps go after this steed just in case:

The new festival cosmetics had potential:

But as you can see in the next picture only the light area can be dyed.  The problem is, not much goes with green.  I tried lots of different dyes and I wasn’t happy with many of them.  I’m not a fan of this deep green colour so I think I’ll give the dress a pass.  My vaults have no room for cosmetics I’m likely not to use. :p

I thought the tunic might be interesting on my hobbit but once I previewed it, I decided against it.  I dunno what it is.. maybe the neckline?  But the hat!  What is up with that hat!? 😛  For some reason Lotro devs love their silly hats and helms! 😛

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Girly Girl

This is something I’m not.  I don’t really do flowery clothing and certainly not pink!  But this year’s spring cosmetics are strangely an exception. 🙂













I really like the new circlet.  I was never a fan of the previous flower circlet.  It just looked like a clump of flowers on your forehead. 😛  This one is elegant, delicate and beautiful.

Another variation with the hood from the store:

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Spring Festival 2012

Turbine finally released the spring festival, so I decided to have a look at the new horse, see if the last maps for the Cartographile deed were there and see if there are any new cosmetics.  I was pleasantly surprised by the cosmetics!  I’ve been on a Lotro hiatus due to dissatisfaction with aspects of the game, but this will be enough to draw me back for a bit. 🙂

They’ve come out with aSimbelmynë theme, which is appropriate as we head towards Rohan.  I’m a bit ambivalent about the horse but am pleased to see a proper saddle back.  The detailing is also quite nice.  Luckily I had some leftover leaf tokens so was able to buy the dress right away:

They also made a new flower circlet which I like quite a bit more than the old one.  I had to use Lotro’s standard dressing room to get a screenshot so the quality isn’t very good. (I really ought to stop being lazy and get a plug in for a larger dressing room window!)  Though taking screenies of cosmetics always makes me want a better computer and a bigger monitor as others out there get some really sharp pictures ingame. 😛  There’s also a matching tunic, cloak and floppy sun hat plus last year’s spring cosmetics.

The final maps are there, so the Eriador Cartographile deed will finally come to an end, yay.  i’ve yet to check out any of the quests and see if there is anything new.  The shrew stomping has returned as well and I shall be spending a fair bit of time there, finishing out my deed.  There do not appear to be any new consumables thankfully so none of those to grind out!

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Autumn Festival

Well long time, no post. My life has been going through some pretty huge changes that left me little energy for blogging. I obtained British citizenship but have ended up moving to Amsterdam.

Anyway, I wasn’t playing Lotro as much until the release of RoI as it seemed I need a break. I was playing Rift more. I really enjoyed the look of it and the classes, but in the end the game didn’t grab me I think because the story was so incredibly generic fantasy. There just didn’t seem to be much of a story. I might go back to the game now and again, but for now I’ve cancelled my sub since Lotro has been enjoyable again.

A lot has been going on in Lotro again but I thought I’d post about the latest festival. The main thing that happened for me is that I finally got lucky and got the skeleton horse. 🙂 I won’t use it outside of the Autumn festival time most likely, but during it I found it quite cute. I also enjoyed the quest text, as it explains why hobbits would paint up horses.

I also got the newest festival horse as I’m a horse collector. I’ll never ever use it though. I suppose in a way it’s nice, but the Halloween theme isn’t quite for me. A kinnie joked about the moon being over the horse’s rear end… that the horse is always mooning people. 😛

Any of you who have read this blog know I’m big on getting deeds done as well. 😛 Festivals always bring those. So there is always a lot of grinding to get the consumable deeds done.

The fall festival has quite a few consumables. I will only end up completing three. It bugs me that I have to wait until next year to get them all done. I didn’t grind all the quests every day as I just couldn’t face it. I calculated you needed over 1200 tokens just to get the consumables. This doesn’t count the tokens needed for the horse, let alone if you wanted to get anything else (luckily I didn’t as the dress and cloak were the same theme as the new horse). You normally got around 50ish tokens a day so really, it does not seem possible to get everything done. It’s a bit frustrating to have to wait until next year. Also, I feel slightly guilty using these on random strangers all the time. Some aren’t bad like the bugs or coveritol, but the black silk gloves that slap people could be seen as rude. I try to target people on horses as the effect doesn’t show or afk people in order to cause the least amount of annoyance. I’ve only had one person show disdain, but generally people pretend to cry or laugh it off. I always apologise then cheer for their good nature.

I very much like that Turbine has given us the opportunity to get consumables as permanent skills, but I wish they’d execute it a bit better. I’d rather still have to pay the same amount of tokens, but just automatically get the skill. Or make the consumables more expensive and require you to use fewer. Given there’s a thread that’s currently 43 pages long about this, it’s definitely a source of annoyance for some people….hence me targeting mounted or afk people now! Though anyone who was hanging around outside the Haunted Burrow was fair game!

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New dress

Well, long time no post. Starting a new job which I also have to bike to (haven’t done that for years so it’s a wee bit tiring :P) will do that unfortunately!

Yesterday I my Loremaster got a letter in the mail from Nora Strawley, thanking me for my kindness in Frostbluff and telling me that the townspeople were doing much better. She said that she’d come into a bit of money and had some things for me to express her thanks. Today I accepted the quest and headed over to Bree to collect my new rewards which were two cosmetics and a title.

I don’t quite get the ‘Villain’ title considering it was good work I was doing. Apparently this comes from completing the hidden deed in the Yule Festival which was to complete the giving coins quest 10 times. I only took pictures of the dress unfortunately. I deleted the robe straight off considering it’s manly and I’ll never wear it. I didn’t think to grab any screenies first. Apologies! The dress is pretty nice and will make for a decent change for a while. I dyed it with Ered Luin Blue I believe…or Evendim…can’t remember. 😛 It’s annoyingly but understandably bind on aquire. (cries for the state of her loremaster’s bags/vaults)

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Finally!…and then some fun

So some of you might remember the few posts I’ve made where I had just barely missed out on getting the DN robe for my Loremaster. Well no more! My plight has come to an end! 😛 Behold pretty robe #2! (though apologies for dx9 graphics…really wish xfire ingame would work with 10!)

So very glad to finally have it! Many many thanks to the group I was in! It was a very fun evening all around. 🙂

Yule festival finally started up this week and Turbine has done another great job improving the festivals. My LM has been busy in Winter-home and also working on her Inn League and Ale Association rep…though I’m starting to question my dedication on the later tasks as those deliveries are so damned boring.

Fun in the snowball field….oh, it was snowballs not tar I was supposed throw? Right, will try to remember that! *makes mental note* But tar effects can be quite funny!

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Green-eyed monster

It’s getting pretty tough to see all the US lotro blogs raving over the Haunted Cellar. I must say I’m quite jealous. EU folks did get a festival (much to everyone’s surprise) but it’s only the old festival. The Troves and Trickery quests seemed different though and we got some new consumables, so at least some effort has been made by Codemasters. But the jewel of the festival seems to be the Haunted Cellar which is tied to f2p which the EU doesn’t have yet…and who knows when we’ll get it. We’re supposed to be getting a date announced in the next week. I just hope this announcement won’t be f2p coming in a month or so.

So in the meantime, I’ll grind some virtues whilst those across the pond have fun in the cellar. At least I found these goblins to have a chat with whilst in Goblin Town…though I’m afraid their conversation bored me so much I had to kill them. 😛

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