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    Official Feedback: Festivals and Events Suggestions

    “We’ll continue to develop our festivals, new and old, and add more events for you to participate in throughout the year. If there are any festivals or events you’d really like to see us build, please let us know!” – Kate Paiz, Executive Producer, The Lord of the Rings Online

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapience View Post
    “We’ll continue to develop our festivals, new and old, and add more events for you to participate in throughout the year. If there are any festivals or events you’d really like to see us build, please let us know!” – Kate Paiz, Executive Producer, The Lord of the Rings Online
    The seasonal festivals are sort of Middle-Earth versions of ... well, generic seasonal festivals. I'm not a lore-monkey, but are there specific festivals mentioned in the LotR lore that could be added?
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    Little war-bands for every zone (sure without mounted enemies)
    Mini events : Defend the patroling caravans, escore the npc, clear the troll cave etc.
    Add treasure hunt event for all time with some monthly new items!
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    Well what I would like to see is not a new event but a add on to one of my fave festivals & that is the Harvest Festival.

    I would so love seeing a add on special region like the Yule Festival has for Harvest. An old spooky town that has a forest/graveyard. You could also have a haunted corn maze. Have your characters actually bobbing for apples, have different places where your character can go trick or treating & get special goodies, have complete sets of costumes you can barter for, complete theme sets of housing furniture.

    I don't know what all you can do with my suggestion but I really hope you consider it. I love the Haunted Burrow but it just is not enough, we need something more added to keep us busy & wanting to keep on doing the festival & I think this is a great idea.

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    I'd love to see this event reintroduced if bugs can be fixed: http://lotro-wiki.com/index.php/A_Game_of_Hobnanigan

    If not, would like to finally see some event that encourages grouping/teamwork rather than solo quests/competing for limited resources like egg hunt.

    Also, more decorations and more outfits to existing festivals that aren't just recolored versions of one another. I find the game to be severely lacking in good Thin Furniture items despite multiple spots in Housing for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosey21 View Post
    Well what I would like to see is not a new event but a add on to one of my fave festivals & that is the Harvest Festival.

    I would so love seeing a add on special region like the Yule Festival has for Harvest. An old spooky town that has a forest/graveyard. You could also have a haunted corn maze. Have your characters actually bobbing for apples, have different places where your character can go trick or treating & get special goodies, have complete sets of costumes you can barter for, complete theme sets of housing furniture.

    I don't know what all you can do with my suggestion but I really hope you consider it. I love the Haunted Burrow but it just is not enough, we need something more added to keep us busy & wanting to keep on doing the festival & I think this is a great idea.
    I agree! A special region for the Harvest festival would be magnificent. Going trick-or-treating at different houses throughout the area wearing a costume would be so fun, especially with other kinnies.
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    I would like to see more kinship/fellowship related activities on festivals (like the Chicken Ball mentioned above, races, etc.)...
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    I love the festivals purely because I love seeing so many players together in one place and the opportunities to get to know other players that brings. However, I really dont like the repeatable quests for items (I dont like repeatable quests anywhere in the game, once i've done a quest once I have no desire to repeat it!). I'm wondering if instead, these quests could have something similar to the tier system in instances and skirmishes. Once you have completed the quest once, you can do it again but there is an added challenge or it's harder in some other way, with greater rewards each time. That would make repeatable festival quests much more interesting!

    Other than that, keep up the good work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaxV View Post
    I love the festivals purely because I love seeing so many players together in one place and the opportunities to get to know other players that brings. However, I really dont like the repeatable quests for items (I dont like repeatable quests anywhere in the game, once i've done a quest once I have no desire to repeat it!). I'm wondering if instead, these quests could have something similar to the tier system in instances and skirmishes. Once you have completed the quest once, you can do it again but there is an added challenge or it's harder in some other way, with greater rewards each time. That would make repeatable festival quests much more interesting!

    Other than that, keep up the good work!
    DITTO! Well said and I agree wholeheartedly!

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    Use two tiers of barter of all events - one for the generic Festival Tokens that many of us have in the 100s: old stuff reposted at barter guy could be covered by these - and one for the new items, mounts and deeds etc that we can only get for participating this year and will have to use barter tokens gathered right now.

    It is nice if old deeds can be completed at a later date (i e more/merrier 1-3). I think those tiers for spending looooong hours running festivals is a very nice thing - by getting that tier/title you show dedication and it becomes worth something. I had The Openhanded after first Frostbluff year and proudly sported the title all the way to next year...when everyone got the title. Something special-for-grind is always nice. There are many who would rather be handed everything immediately but as I understand it, many of the same persons just will nor run festival activities amyway. There's simply no tangible reward they're able to apply in monster play or w/e.


    The yule frame is a superb example of something I will go out of my way for and will keep me participating for many hours.

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    until new ones, I would love to see the new ones improved.
    - Currently you have the feeling of grind and the joy and fun long gone.
    - No more MC to reset an quest in festivals please.
    - Dont make the cosmetics bind to account so others can share them or sell them, is no harm in that.
    - New items annually so we have reasons to join festivals, because once you done them some years each time, is no real motive to do them again.
    - Some funny deeds, not like the ones with fishing from autumn festival who ruined all the fun. That quest, you know which, .... grr, I don't want to see it again.
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    My favourite festival location is Winterhome, simply because one of my favourite parts of the LOTRO world is exploring new areas. Despite the fact that it was quite a grind to complete the T3 deed, I felt it was worth it, and enjoyed my play time there last year. I'd love to see a new play from the G.L.O.B.E. players, and perhaps advance the storyline with the beggars and the mayor (overthrowing him or aiding him depending on which option you chose), which may give the opportunity to search Middle Earth for support for one cause or the other... even a secret cave hideaway for the poor people... ah the possibilities are endless

    Next on my list of favoured festivals is the Haunted Burrow, which I ran dailies on for 11 characters - to get bounder's tokens and Bigby's shadow hand skill (which, by the way, needs to have the cooldown of the skill reduced to be the same as the consumable) - yet new quests within are always welcome.

    Third is the Spring festival, as the maze is quite enjoyable, yet it isn't really exploring something, rather attempting to escape from it. Perhaps it would be a good time to bring back the beloved game of Hobnanigan! It would also be nice to see the two different versions of tag incorporated into this festival - freeze tag is by far the better of the two at the moment - and perhaps have these turned into instances?

    Summer festival is by far the most lacklustre of the seasonal festivals - there's nothing special about it, and I feel a mini-festival area (like Winterhome) would spice it up a bit.

    My least favourite festivals, though, have to be the Farmer's Faire and the Treasure Hunt. The former is too in-your-face, and too grindy, and the latter is far too monetised - the trade off between picks and tokens and the desire to find interesting things inside the boxes just makes it dull and calculating, when I'd rather a festival was carefree and fun.

    Other festival thoughts:
    1) The Steed of the Bat was probably the most underwhelming appearance that I've ever come across for a festival steed - please put a bit more time and effort into making them look great again!
    2) The Inn League/Ale Association could do with some embellishment/expansion.
    3) Cartographile deed should be expanded.
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  13. I think it's simple keep them fun, unique and have plenty of good rewards.
    5th year Anniversary and Yule are good templates to work from, 5th year anniversary was so much fun it was extended twice and that was because there was a unique take on festivals, fun quests and some good rewards.
    The rewards for the last few festivals have been kind of bland lately so I haven't bothered doing the festivals.

    Other than the usual need for good fun festival content I think it would be cool to start having festivals in different places maybe an Elven Feast festival in Rivendell, or some beers with Dwarves in their various outposts.
    Maybe we could join the drunken elves at Lothlorien in their parties, they could certainly use some better party organisers since Elven parties look boring as hell.
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    Festivals... are ok... But feel a bit of boring as well. Their main concept is that of grinding... which is ok.. but i would like them to be more on deed side.

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    1) Like some people already said. Kinship events/games. Will help the Kins gather up more often. Try another type of fun.
    2) Upgrading some amazing ideas. Like the drinking ale ...i never bothered to do it . But its a great idea cause there was a lot of drinking in MIddle earth. Same with Fireworks. amazing idea not excited from the games so far.
    3) Existing events are old and so are their most items... How about a revamp... you also give many items reward that even if we take no one really use them or has a reason to use them... I mean how many go around with a chicken egg busket or a lamp or a flower in the hand.
    4) make games... Like treasure hunting, solving riddles, or real horse races that makes you travel middle earth
    5) Explore the lore.How did the elfs had fun how did the dwarfs...better implementetions...
    6)New areas that i would like to see a festival is... Lothlorien, Edoras,Rivendell

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    I would like to see festivities added to the higher level major cities: Rivendell, 21st Hall, Caras Galadhon, Galtrev, Snowborn, and Edoras. At first, it would be helpful to simply connect these to the present festival locations via festival stable horses. Rather than having something at every one of these locations for every festival, I would like to see location specialize in one or two festivals, or have their own festival. As an example, Rivendell and\or Caras Galadhon could focus on fall events, reflecting this time being the fall season of the elves, that is their preparation and voyage to the Undying Lands. Higher level cities might zone into a more peaceful time. I'd like to see something happen in Edoras, for example, but it's a bit deserted right now.

    Even though I'm not into PvMP, my mind keeps coming back to the idea of creeps escaping the Ettenmoors into the Trollshaws. I wouldn't want them terrorizing our lowbies all the time, and I do think they should have to earn it, so maybe at the beginning of each month, give them the opportunity to escape once they've taken every keep in the Ettenmoors. The door would remain open until the free peoples regain control of all of the keeps, (or a certain number) and each individual creep would respawn to Gramsfoot upon death. The should be able to acquire something extra special for their efforts of havoc and destruction, audacity should have no effect outside the Moors, as freeps should also be able to acquire something special for helping to send these fiends back to whence they came! Yes, this would involve another barter currency, and the rewards should probably be more cosmetic in nature. Can they burn and pillage, too? Then lower level characters could put out fires and such.

    I would like seasonal fishing expanded out into the higher level areas as well. Fishing feels far too neglected, maybe it should have its own separate fishing tournament. Some time in the spring\summer, or perhaps at more than one time outside the present festivals, the major city in each land mass should have some fishing quests. One city might have a quest to catch as many fish as possible in half an hour. Your reward would reflect the number of fish you caught. One city could have a quest to catch a certain number of fish, and another to catch a particular fish. The particular fish could be a first on the server catch which resets daily or every 12 hours. These should, please for the love of completionnist sanity, rely both on luck AND on skill. My hobbit whose fishing skill is maxed should be catching more and better fish than my human whose skill has only been leveled during the summer festival, though certainly even a new fisherman should be able to catch something. Those silly hobbits want to eat those tasty fish, so they would likely ask you to cook them, if you have some skill in such things. A skilled woodworker might help a hobbit make a new fishing pole, or help anyone other than a hobbit build a boat. A good fisherman also needs things like a lucky hat, a good chair, a bucket, a net, a filet knife, and a skillet. These things could be crafted quest items, quests available to those with the appropriate skill, and a quest which would scale to the crafting level of the character. My maxed crafters should be able to use Eorlingas crafting materials, but a new crafter should be able to use rowan\copper\light hides. Oh, and for cooking, please include a vegetable of the appropriate level, too.

    A pilgrimage along the footsteps of the Fellowship from Bag End to the Paths of the Dead would be very nice. Yes, we experience much of the story through the Epic quests, but it'd be nice to have a special walking\riding event, that is we talk to NPCs along the way, receive quest updates for travelling to certain locations, we must visit each in order, and please have enough that a person isn't tempted to take a stable route...oh, and no Mithril coin travel.

    I would like to see extended support for player run events. Last year's Weatherstock was fantastic. I might be in the minority, but I absolutely loved the Amarthiel attacks. My fondest memory from that was waiting at the camp outside the Rift when she appeared just outside the camp. Some of us were defeated...a few times...but it was great fun, and we did manage a few of the cosmetic items. It might help if an attacker scaled to the place where they were attacking. Can you imagine a band of level 15 goblins attacking the Shire? If someone appeared inside an instance, I would hope they would be polite and wait until the group wasn't attacking a boss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amandakay View Post
    I would like to see festivities added to the higher level major cities: Rivendell, 21st Hall, Caras Galadhon, Galtrev, Snowborn, and Edoras. At first, it would be helpful to simply connect these to the present festival locations via festival stable horses. Rather than having something at every one of these locations for every festival, I would like to see location specialize in one or two festivals, or have their own festival. As an example, Rivendell and\or Caras Galadhon could focus on fall events, reflecting this time being the fall season of the elves, that is their preparation and voyage to the Undying Lands. Higher level cities might zone into a more peaceful time. I'd like to see something happen in Edoras, for example, but it's a bit deserted right now.
    I too would like to see festivals in these regions - and if there was special stable travel to and from, it would help the lowbies get there, and at the same time - perhaps encourage f2ps who may not have bought everything to consider expacs or quest packs after seeing the region.
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    Here are some thoughts for festival additions and alterations.

    Trick/Festival Skills and Items
    One general idea for all festival that have 'skill items' like the Anniversary Fireworks, Tomato or Pedal items take these and turn them into festival skills.
    For all the trick deed items make these all Bound to Account please. This way if for instance you finish the deed on one char and have another who needs the items you can send it over to them to use.

    Housing
    If it is possible for Housing to have an environmental season theme added to the exterior of our houses it would be great to have one for each major season.
    Stop making housing items or cosmetic bind. These are fluff items we should be able to move them around, lend them out as we want instead of having them bound to a specific character.

    Expand each Festival to a different Region of the Map
    Use Festival horses to send players to instanced versions of Rivendell, Caras Galadhon, Snowbourn, Edoras at different festivals. Each would be fitted to a specific festival and theme. Snowbourn would be perfect for Farmer's Fair or Harvestmath. Rivendell would be good for Harvestmath. Caras Galadhon fits good for Spring or Summer and has its own vineyard for wine.

    Harvestmath

    Fil Gasha gave us this great armor disguise that many of us love. It would be really great to have a couple more housing items like this. One for a Cargul disguise for example would be great! Another option would be the dream state coloring as a temporary effect from Tomb of the Forsaken.

    Make the White Skeleton Steed quest/deed bound to account so that if you obtained it on 1. a char who already has it or 2. a char you don't want it on you can send it to the character you really want it on

    New Quest Ideas
    Leaf Jumping
    So its fall the leaves are falling so why not gather up a bunch of leaves and then either have us or children npcs jumping in them.

    Yule Festival
    Snowball fights are one of the most enjoyable aspects of this festival it would be nice to have these quests put back to their original timer allowing them to be redone any time the festival is up.
    Similarly it would be very nice to have a 'pile of snow' yard item that would let you pick up snowballs for use in housing zones for snowball fights.

    New Quest Ideas
    Toys for the Tots
    Get the quest from one of the people working on the wood. You have to go out and gather some wood from the forest areas. Then you have to craft toys out of the wood. It could work like the spears in Galtrev quest. Then you run around town handing them out to new children npcs placed around town.

    A Giving Spirit

    You convince one of the wealthy members of town to donate food or cloths to the less fortunate in town. You then either gather food or clothing and hand them out to the phased beggar npcs.

    Snowball Fighting Kids

    Add some Children to the Snowball Fighting Field. Add a new quest similar to Brigand Bashing and the Tag game in Langhold and Harwick. This time you are simply throwing snowballs at the children.

    A New Play

    Add another play to the theater making it so the plays alternate between one another. Exactly what the plot would be I'm not sure... maybe something around Frodo's leaving the Shire using the mysterious Black Rider who was looking for Baggins/Shire.

    Freeze Tag

    Why not bring the Freeze Tag game that exists by the Bree festival grounds and add a new section for use over in Winter Home?

    Ice Fishing
    WIldermore dailies introduced ice fishing into the game. Why not reuse this mechanic. It coudl be done with or without a mount.

    Spring Festival
    Add a Tag game into the Hedge Maze.

    Anniversary Festival
    Bring back and fix Game of Hobnanigan for the Anniversary

    Summer Festival
    New Quest Ideas
    Over Heated
    Why not have a quest where different npcs are over heated and need to be cooled off. Put in a couple different methods for cooling them off. Fanning them with big fans or getting them a drink like lemonade or dousing them with a bucket of water.

    Water Races
    Its summer and 'hot' out so why not use the lakes and rivers to our advantage and put in some swimming races.

    Farmer's Fair
    This festival currently feels very solid to me. Not sure what else I would add to it.

    Treasure Hunt Event
    The only real changes I would make here as follows.
    Make the mounts obtained from chests Bound to Account so you can trade them to alts.
    Put in a barter npc to trade the chest obtained mounts so if you got the Treasure Goat but want the Caveclaw Horse/Pony you can exchange them.

    Rohan Daily Style Quests
    With the Rohan and the Hytbold Dailies we've seen a number of new mechanics come into the game that would translate very well to game festivals. Here are a few ideas based on things I've seen in the game.

    Brigand Bashing
    We already have this in the form of the Ale Hall Arena when it comes to player verse player but a player verse npc version would be a nice change of pace and make it so you can always take part in the game regardless of however many people are online.

    Tag
    We've had the freeze tag arena in existence forever and people use it sporadically but with the Hytbold Dailies we have the game of tag changing the children around Harwick. This mechanic could translate very well to an area like Frostbluffs. You're given a task to catch the rowdy kids or something like that.

    Burning the Banners
    With one of the Cliving dailies we got introduced this mechanic of throwing javelins/spears at banners as we ride up to them. This I think is something everyone would enjoy a lot if added to something like the Spring or Summer festivals. If the mechanic requires a war-steed then maybe there could be a special arena with a game steed similar to how we use special mounts for the festival horse races.

    Jousting
    Similar to the banners javelin quest maybe it would be possible to have a jousting arena setup like the center of the Harwick Horse Stables where you either go against an npc or a player depending on how well it would work out.

    Climbing the Beacon
    Ok a lot of people don't like this quest as they tend to over move as they are jumping up. That said a lot of people in the game have always liked to challenge ourselves and the game environment by seeing what we can reach. We used to do this by climbing up to the top of the Bree Auction House before the on ramp to that was removed. People have since continued to test the bounds of each environment. So why not use this challenge to the games advantage and build it into an event location for peoples option of taking part in it?

    Resupplying the Lines
    Ok so a carrying quest isn't exactly fun but the the running the ropes and dodging the craban actually is something I liked with this quest. It could translate well to fun games similar to us walking the bullroarer's fence.

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    For the Farmer's Faire, I would move it. The area that it's in is just too small. It should be moved to the Buckland/Crickhollow area. There is allot more room there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKCrichton View Post
    Here are some thoughts for festival additions and alterations.

    Trick/Festival Skills and Items
    One general idea for all festival that have 'skill items' like the Anniversary Fireworks, Tomato or Pedal items take these and turn them into festival skills.
    For all the trick deed items make these all Bound to Account please. This way if for instance you finish the deed on one char and have another who needs the items you can send it over to them to use.

    Housing
    If it is possible for Housing to have an environmental season theme added to the exterior of our houses it would be great to have one for each major season.
    Stop making housing items or cosmetic bind. These are fluff items we should be able to move them around, lend them out as we want instead of having them bound to a specific character.

    Expand each Festival to a different Region of the Map
    Use Festival horses to send players to instanced versions of Rivendell, Caras Galadhon, Snowbourn, Edoras at different festivals. Each would be fitted to a specific festival and theme. Snowbourn would be perfect for Farmer's Fair or Harvestmath. Rivendell would be good for Harvestmath. Caras Galadhon fits good for Spring or Summer and has its own vineyard for wine.

    Harvestmath

    Fil Gasha gave us this great armor disguise that many of us love. It would be really great to have a couple more housing items like this. One for a Cargul disguise for example would be great! Another option would be the dream state coloring as a temporary effect from Tomb of the Forsaken.

    Make the White Skeleton Steed quest/deed bound to account so that if you obtained it on 1. a char who already has it or 2. a char you don't want it on you can send it to the character you really want it on

    New Quest Ideas
    Leaf Jumping
    So its fall the leaves are falling so why not gather up a bunch of leaves and then either have us or children npcs jumping in them.

    Yule Festival
    Snowball fights are one of the most enjoyable aspects of this festival it would be nice to have these quests put back to their original timer allowing them to be redone any time the festival is up.
    Similarly it would be very nice to have a 'pile of snow' yard item that would let you pick up snowballs for use in housing zones for snowball fights.

    New Quest Ideas
    Toys for the Tots
    Get the quest from one of the people working on the wood. You have to go out and gather some wood from the forest areas. Then you have to craft toys out of the wood. It could work like the spears in Galtrev quest. Then you run around town handing them out to new children npcs placed around town.

    A Giving Spirit

    You convince one of the wealthy members of town to donate food or cloths to the less fortunate in town. You then either gather food or clothing and hand them out to the phased beggar npcs.

    Snowball Fighting Kids

    Add some Children to the Snowball Fighting Field. Add a new quest similar to Brigand Bashing and the Tag game in Langhold and Harwick. This time you are simply throwing snowballs at the children.

    A New Play

    Add another play to the theater making it so the plays alternate between one another. Exactly what the plot would be I'm not sure... maybe something around Frodo's leaving the Shire using the mysterious Black Rider who was looking for Baggins/Shire.

    Freeze Tag

    Why not bring the Freeze Tag game that exists by the Bree festival grounds and add a new section for use over in Winter Home?

    Ice Fishing
    WIldermore dailies introduced ice fishing into the game. Why not reuse this mechanic. It coudl be done with or without a mount.

    Spring Festival
    Add a Tag game into the Hedge Maze.

    Anniversary Festival
    Bring back and fix Game of Hobnanigan for the Anniversary

    Summer Festival
    New Quest Ideas
    Over Heated
    Why not have a quest where different npcs are over heated and need to be cooled off. Put in a couple different methods for cooling them off. Fanning them with big fans or getting them a drink like lemonade or dousing them with a bucket of water.

    Water Races
    Its summer and 'hot' out so why not use the lakes and rivers to our advantage and put in some swimming races.

    Farmer's Fair
    This festival currently feels very solid to me. Not sure what else I would add to it.

    Treasure Hunt Event
    The only real changes I would make here as follows.
    Make the mounts obtained from chests Bound to Account so you can trade them to alts.
    Put in a barter npc to trade the chest obtained mounts so if you got the Treasure Goat but want the Caveclaw Horse/Pony you can exchange them.

    Rohan Daily Style Quests
    With the Rohan and the Hytbold Dailies we've seen a number of new mechanics come into the game that would translate very well to game festivals. Here are a few ideas based on things I've seen in the game.

    Brigand Bashing
    We already have this in the form of the Ale Hall Arena when it comes to player verse player but a player verse npc version would be a nice change of pace and make it so you can always take part in the game regardless of however many people are online.

    Tag
    We've had the freeze tag arena in existence forever and people use it sporadically but with the Hytbold Dailies we have the game of tag changing the children around Harwick. This mechanic could translate very well to an area like Frostbluffs. You're given a task to catch the rowdy kids or something like that.

    Burning the Banners
    With one of the Cliving dailies we got introduced this mechanic of throwing javelins/spears at banners as we ride up to them. This I think is something everyone would enjoy a lot if added to something like the Spring or Summer festivals. If the mechanic requires a war-steed then maybe there could be a special arena with a game steed similar to how we use special mounts for the festival horse races.

    Jousting
    Similar to the banners javelin quest maybe it would be possible to have a jousting arena setup like the center of the Harwick Horse Stables where you either go against an npc or a player depending on how well it would work out.

    Climbing the Beacon
    Ok a lot of people don't like this quest as they tend to over move as they are jumping up. That said a lot of people in the game have always liked to challenge ourselves and the game environment by seeing what we can reach. We used to do this by climbing up to the top of the Bree Auction House before the on ramp to that was removed. People have since continued to test the bounds of each environment. So why not use this challenge to the games advantage and build it into an event location for peoples option of taking part in it?

    Resupplying the Lines
    Ok so a carrying quest isn't exactly fun but the the running the ropes and dodging the craban actually is something I liked with this quest. It could translate well to fun games similar to us walking the bullroarer's fence.
    I love all of these ideas! These would make festivals a lot more enjoyable. My favorite thing to do at the Yule Festival is the play! I would love to see a variety of plays instead of just one over and over.
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  20. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by PKCrichton View Post
    Here are some thoughts for festival additions and alterations.

    Trick/Festival Skills and Items
    One general idea for all festival that have 'skill items' like the Anniversary Fireworks, Tomato or Pedal items take these and turn them into festival skills.
    For all the trick deed items make these all Bound to Account please. This way if for instance you finish the deed on one char and have another who needs the items you can send it over to them to use.

    Housing
    If it is possible for Housing to have an environmental season theme added to the exterior of our houses it would be great to have one for each major season.
    Stop making housing items or cosmetic bind. These are fluff items we should be able to move them around, lend them out as we want instead of having them bound to a specific character.

    Expand each Festival to a different Region of the Map
    Use Festival horses to send players to instanced versions of Rivendell, Caras Galadhon, Snowbourn, Edoras at different festivals. Each would be fitted to a specific festival and theme. Snowbourn would be perfect for Farmer's Fair or Harvestmath. Rivendell would be good for Harvestmath. Caras Galadhon fits good for Spring or Summer and has its own vineyard for wine.

    Harvestmath

    Fil Gasha gave us this great armor disguise that many of us love. It would be really great to have a couple more housing items like this. One for a Cargul disguise for example would be great! Another option would be the dream state coloring as a temporary effect from Tomb of the Forsaken.

    Make the White Skeleton Steed quest/deed bound to account so that if you obtained it on 1. a char who already has it or 2. a char you don't want it on you can send it to the character you really want it on

    New Quest Ideas
    Leaf Jumping
    So its fall the leaves are falling so why not gather up a bunch of leaves and then either have us or children npcs jumping in them.

    Yule Festival
    Snowball fights are one of the most enjoyable aspects of this festival it would be nice to have these quests put back to their original timer allowing them to be redone any time the festival is up.
    Similarly it would be very nice to have a 'pile of snow' yard item that would let you pick up snowballs for use in housing zones for snowball fights.

    New Quest Ideas
    Toys for the Tots
    Get the quest from one of the people working on the wood. You have to go out and gather some wood from the forest areas. Then you have to craft toys out of the wood. It could work like the spears in Galtrev quest. Then you run around town handing them out to new children npcs placed around town.

    A Giving Spirit

    You convince one of the wealthy members of town to donate food or cloths to the less fortunate in town. You then either gather food or clothing and hand them out to the phased beggar npcs.

    Snowball Fighting Kids

    Add some Children to the Snowball Fighting Field. Add a new quest similar to Brigand Bashing and the Tag game in Langhold and Harwick. This time you are simply throwing snowballs at the children.

    A New Play

    Add another play to the theater making it so the plays alternate between one another. Exactly what the plot would be I'm not sure... maybe something around Frodo's leaving the Shire using the mysterious Black Rider who was looking for Baggins/Shire.

    Freeze Tag

    Why not bring the Freeze Tag game that exists by the Bree festival grounds and add a new section for use over in Winter Home?

    Ice Fishing
    WIldermore dailies introduced ice fishing into the game. Why not reuse this mechanic. It coudl be done with or without a mount.

    Spring Festival
    Add a Tag game into the Hedge Maze.

    Anniversary Festival
    Bring back and fix Game of Hobnanigan for the Anniversary

    Summer Festival
    New Quest Ideas
    Over Heated
    Why not have a quest where different npcs are over heated and need to be cooled off. Put in a couple different methods for cooling them off. Fanning them with big fans or getting them a drink like lemonade or dousing them with a bucket of water.

    Water Races
    Its summer and 'hot' out so why not use the lakes and rivers to our advantage and put in some swimming races.

    Farmer's Fair
    This festival currently feels very solid to me. Not sure what else I would add to it.

    Treasure Hunt Event
    The only real changes I would make here as follows.
    Make the mounts obtained from chests Bound to Account so you can trade them to alts.
    Put in a barter npc to trade the chest obtained mounts so if you got the Treasure Goat but want the Caveclaw Horse/Pony you can exchange them.

    Rohan Daily Style Quests
    With the Rohan and the Hytbold Dailies we've seen a number of new mechanics come into the game that would translate very well to game festivals. Here are a few ideas based on things I've seen in the game.

    Brigand Bashing
    We already have this in the form of the Ale Hall Arena when it comes to player verse player but a player verse npc version would be a nice change of pace and make it so you can always take part in the game regardless of however many people are online.

    Tag
    We've had the freeze tag arena in existence forever and people use it sporadically but with the Hytbold Dailies we have the game of tag changing the children around Harwick. This mechanic could translate very well to an area like Frostbluffs. You're given a task to catch the rowdy kids or something like that.

    Burning the Banners
    With one of the Cliving dailies we got introduced this mechanic of throwing javelins/spears at banners as we ride up to them. This I think is something everyone would enjoy a lot if added to something like the Spring or Summer festivals. If the mechanic requires a war-steed then maybe there could be a special arena with a game steed similar to how we use special mounts for the festival horse races.

    Jousting
    Similar to the banners javelin quest maybe it would be possible to have a jousting arena setup like the center of the Harwick Horse Stables where you either go against an npc or a player depending on how well it would work out.

    Climbing the Beacon
    Ok a lot of people don't like this quest as they tend to over move as they are jumping up. That said a lot of people in the game have always liked to challenge ourselves and the game environment by seeing what we can reach. We used to do this by climbing up to the top of the Bree Auction House before the on ramp to that was removed. People have since continued to test the bounds of each environment. So why not use this challenge to the games advantage and build it into an event location for peoples option of taking part in it?

    Resupplying the Lines
    Ok so a carrying quest isn't exactly fun but the the running the ropes and dodging the craban actually is something I liked with this quest. It could translate well to fun games similar to us walking the bullroarer's fence.
    I don't know that I can add anything to these awesome suggestions. I would mention that after 6.5 years playing that I'm burned out on festivals. It feels like the rewards are just reskinned ideas and I don't have much desire to participate. But, new and exciting cosmetics, housing items, etc. would bring me back to grinding out the festivals.

    EDIT: And Armarthiel was absolutely the most fun; wish there were some way to do this again. Maybe a good job for some interns???
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  21. #21
    There have already been some fantastic responses in this thread.

    I agree that we've seen enough blankets on horses for a while. I pick those horses up for the sake of completion, but wouldn't be caught riding one.

    Please remove the mithril coin unlock for quest refresh and put it back on a timer of 1 hr or even 30 min. Why penalize someone who is truly enjoying your festival? Let them have as much fun as they'd like; it will only populate the festival and make it seem more enticing for other festival goers. Wouldn't it be great if people hung around Winterhome long enough that the snowball fights were actually of good size? If you really need to monetize festivals, you could put all of the reward behind MC as an option for those who don't want to quest to earn them.

    I'm fine with the current system where only this year and last year's mounts are available for barter. Long past steeds available for TP is ok, but I'd prefer it mean something to have been at the past event. If you are going to sell past steeds in the store, make the war steed cosmetic for it and either port it to those characters with the base steed or offer it at a discounted rate if you have the base steed skill.

    Please unify all festival tokens. This was supposed to be accomplished long ago.

    Beyond that, I agree with everything below:

    Quote Originally Posted by PKCrichton View Post
    Here are some thoughts for festival additions and alterations.

    Trick/Festival Skills and Items
    One general idea for all festival that have 'skill items' like the Anniversary Fireworks, Tomato or Pedal items take these and turn them into festival skills.
    For all the trick deed items make these all Bound to Account please. This way if for instance you finish the deed on one char and have another who needs the items you can send it over to them to use.

    Housing
    If it is possible for Housing to have an environmental season theme added to the exterior of our houses it would be great to have one for each major season.
    Stop making housing items or cosmetic bind. These are fluff items we should be able to move them around, lend them out as we want instead of having them bound to a specific character.

    Expand each Festival to a different Region of the Map
    Use Festival horses to send players to instanced versions of Rivendell, Caras Galadhon, Snowbourn, Edoras at different festivals. Each would be fitted to a specific festival and theme. Snowbourn would be perfect for Farmer's Fair or Harvestmath. Rivendell would be good for Harvestmath. Caras Galadhon fits good for Spring or Summer and has its own vineyard for wine.

    Harvestmath

    Fil Gasha gave us this great armor disguise that many of us love. It would be really great to have a couple more housing items like this. One for a Cargul disguise for example would be great! Another option would be the dream state coloring as a temporary effect from Tomb of the Forsaken.

    Make the White Skeleton Steed quest/deed bound to account so that if you obtained it on 1. a char who already has it or 2. a char you don't want it on you can send it to the character you really want it on

    New Quest Ideas
    Leaf Jumping
    So its fall the leaves are falling so why not gather up a bunch of leaves and then either have us or children npcs jumping in them.

    Yule Festival
    Snowball fights are one of the most enjoyable aspects of this festival it would be nice to have these quests put back to their original timer allowing them to be redone any time the festival is up.
    Similarly it would be very nice to have a 'pile of snow' yard item that would let you pick up snowballs for use in housing zones for snowball fights.

    New Quest Ideas
    Toys for the Tots
    Get the quest from one of the people working on the wood. You have to go out and gather some wood from the forest areas. Then you have to craft toys out of the wood. It could work like the spears in Galtrev quest. Then you run around town handing them out to new children npcs placed around town.

    A Giving Spirit

    You convince one of the wealthy members of town to donate food or cloths to the less fortunate in town. You then either gather food or clothing and hand them out to the phased beggar npcs.

    Snowball Fighting Kids

    Add some Children to the Snowball Fighting Field. Add a new quest similar to Brigand Bashing and the Tag game in Langhold and Harwick. This time you are simply throwing snowballs at the children.

    A New Play

    Add another play to the theater making it so the plays alternate between one another. Exactly what the plot would be I'm not sure... maybe something around Frodo's leaving the Shire using the mysterious Black Rider who was looking for Baggins/Shire.

    Freeze Tag

    Why not bring the Freeze Tag game that exists by the Bree festival grounds and add a new section for use over in Winter Home?

    Ice Fishing
    WIldermore dailies introduced ice fishing into the game. Why not reuse this mechanic. It coudl be done with or without a mount.

    Spring Festival
    Add a Tag game into the Hedge Maze.

    Anniversary Festival
    Bring back and fix Game of Hobnanigan for the Anniversary

    Summer Festival
    New Quest Ideas
    Over Heated
    Why not have a quest where different npcs are over heated and need to be cooled off. Put in a couple different methods for cooling them off. Fanning them with big fans or getting them a drink like lemonade or dousing them with a bucket of water.

    Water Races
    Its summer and 'hot' out so why not use the lakes and rivers to our advantage and put in some swimming races.

    Farmer's Fair
    This festival currently feels very solid to me. Not sure what else I would add to it.

    Treasure Hunt Event
    The only real changes I would make here as follows.
    Make the mounts obtained from chests Bound to Account so you can trade them to alts.
    Put in a barter npc to trade the chest obtained mounts so if you got the Treasure Goat but want the Caveclaw Horse/Pony you can exchange them.

    Rohan Daily Style Quests
    With the Rohan and the Hytbold Dailies we've seen a number of new mechanics come into the game that would translate very well to game festivals. Here are a few ideas based on things I've seen in the game.

    Brigand Bashing
    We already have this in the form of the Ale Hall Arena when it comes to player verse player but a player verse npc version would be a nice change of pace and make it so you can always take part in the game regardless of however many people are online.

    Tag
    We've had the freeze tag arena in existence forever and people use it sporadically but with the Hytbold Dailies we have the game of tag changing the children around Harwick. This mechanic could translate very well to an area like Frostbluffs. You're given a task to catch the rowdy kids or something like that.

    Burning the Banners
    With one of the Cliving dailies we got introduced this mechanic of throwing javelins/spears at banners as we ride up to them. This I think is something everyone would enjoy a lot if added to something like the Spring or Summer festivals. If the mechanic requires a war-steed then maybe there could be a special arena with a game steed similar to how we use special mounts for the festival horse races.

    Jousting
    Similar to the banners javelin quest maybe it would be possible to have a jousting arena setup like the center of the Harwick Horse Stables where you either go against an npc or a player depending on how well it would work out.

    Climbing the Beacon
    Ok a lot of people don't like this quest as they tend to over move as they are jumping up. That said a lot of people in the game have always liked to challenge ourselves and the game environment by seeing what we can reach. We used to do this by climbing up to the top of the Bree Auction House before the on ramp to that was removed. People have since continued to test the bounds of each environment. So why not use this challenge to the games advantage and build it into an event location for peoples option of taking part in it?

    Resupplying the Lines
    Ok so a carrying quest isn't exactly fun but the the running the ropes and dodging the craban actually is something I liked with this quest. It could translate well to fun games similar to us walking the bullroarer's fence.

  22. #22
    I absolutely loved the Amarthiel attacks too. It was the most fun I ever had in LOTRO. I surely hope they do it again, maybe with Saruman?


    Quote Originally Posted by amandakay View Post
    I would like to see extended support for player run events. Last year's Weatherstock was fantastic. I might be in the minority, but I absolutely loved the Amarthiel attacks. My fondest memory from that was waiting at the camp outside the Rift when she appeared just outside the camp. Some of us were defeated...a few times...but it was great fun, and we did manage a few of the cosmetic items. It might help if an attacker scaled to the place where they were attacking. Can you imagine a band of level 15 goblins attacking the Shire? If someone appeared inside an instance, I would hope they would be polite and wait until the group wasn't attacking a boss.
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  23. #23
    I remember an event they had in WoW once. Yes I KNOW this isn't WoW. And sometimes it's not good form to steal ideas. But I'm going to play devil's advocate and mention it anyway.

    I think it was before they released Wrath of the Lich King. Up until the expansion all the major cities would periodically get attacked by undead. I think there was a timing to it, but I'm not sure. Could have been random too. But it was kind of fun. Why not have orc attacks at random on cities in Rohan? Mainly the major ones. Make them strong enough not to get killed easily by the guards. Players could either be in a group or not. Maybe add deeds into the mix. Kill so many, get a prize and/or TP, then the next tier opens up. *shrugs* Just an idea. Make it a group of 50 orcs and watch the chaos. ;P
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  24. I.A. Unlike some here, I actually don't play in the Moors -- but I can see the allure of creeps wanting to escape and invade the free-lands. But how could this possibly be accomplished without 1) totally breaking lore (e.g. even the Nazgul couldn't find Rivendell), and 2) totally terrorizing freeps who do not want to be terrorized?

    1) I'd restrict the incursion to anywhere that is not guarded by freep NPCs. So all of the cities and starter zones are off-limits (rather, the creep is insta-killed by the uber-level NPCs at the gate). Probably also need to close off the housing neighborhoods. And make stable-travel safe between zones (it probably already is).

    2) Default toggle option for "I don't want to play your reindeer games" if you want to be immune from creep attacks (unless you go into the Moors of course). Works just like the immunity for forced-emotes: the creep can try, but you won't be affected.

    What does this leave for the rampaging creep-horde? Only those characters with the option turned on who are out in the landscape somewhere. But if you are killed once, then you are immune for some period of time (to avoid groups of creeps just sitting at the rez circles, or repeatedly chasing down someone who is just trying to turn in a quest or somesuch). Still, it might be interesting if it is well-balanced, limited duration, and perhaps if there are consequences for the creeps (lose prestige if your raid 'fails'?).

    I.B. Failing that, having the occasional random NPC warband show up in the lower-level areas might be interesting. Actually, these signature mobs already exist; perhaps the frequency with which they show up needs to be increased slightly?


    II. Sports.

    1. Horse Races between players. Use existing tracks like Hengstacers and Festival courses, but allow multiple riders. Some sort of automated random start-emote, once everyone clicks that they are ready. Disable all speed buffs in the vicinity. Random level-appropriate prizes (like how hobbit presents are generated).

    2. Golf. Come on ... Bullroarer Took? The Greenfields already looks like a golf course waiting to happen anyway. Tie it to the spring or summer festival and let folks play a few holes. Given the catapult physics in the epic battles, there has to be a way to do this. Increased proficiency (and or a higher-level club ala the crafted fishing poles) allows your 'target area' to be smaller, making a higher likelihood for the ball to go in. Fending off goblins during the round of golf could also be fun.

    3. Soccer. Or something like that. Swatting chickens with sticks sounds cruel. Kicking a ball through a goal-opening would have the same kind of team/game dynamic.

    4. Fishing tournament. You already have the mechanic in place everywhere. And the trophy-fish. Just figure out a way to have a tournament, perhaps during the summer festival. Folks register, then go fishing -- whoever catches the biggest fish in whatever category wins (excludes anything you've already got floating around in your barter wallet).


    III. Festivals.

    I can't think of any specific suggestions, other than what has already been mentioned. Rotate and/or add quests each time, so that it isn't exactly the same handful of repeatable quests each time that festival rolls around; or vary it by day, ala the Hytbold Dailies (X quests total, only Y of them available any given day or any given year). Change up the rewards, more variety in the cosmetics.


    IV. Hunting.

    Have it work much like fishing, certain trophies available in certain areas. But the 'hobby' part of it would have to involve something which would level the playing field with the hunter-class -- perhaps using some sort of standardized bow (no LIs!) which allows hunting but isn't good enough to defeat evil-doers with. As above, you could have a tournament during the fall -- whoever brings in the biggest game-animal during the time-period, wins.
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  25. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by rosey21 View Post
    Well what I would like to see is not a new event but a add on to one of my fave festivals & that is the Harvest Festival.

    I would so love seeing a add on special region like the Yule Festival has for Harvest. An old spooky town that has a forest/graveyard. You could also have a haunted corn maze. Have your characters actually bobbing for apples, have different places where your character can go trick or treating & get special goodies, have complete sets of costumes you can barter for, complete theme sets of housing furniture.

    I don't know what all you can do with my suggestion but I really hope you consider it. I love the Haunted Burrow but it just is not enough, we need something more added to keep us busy & wanting to keep on doing the festival & I think this is a great idea.
    This! Sounds like fun! You could go to the starter areas and Bree and talk to NPCs to get goodies.

    Also I'd love to see more housing items. Ones that I would like to see the most? Oddly enough I want a wintery welcome mat and a spring welcome mat. We have summer and autumn, so we need one for the other two seasons. I like to change my house and kinhouse to match the season in RL. Also... I don't know if this is possible with the game engine, but I'd love to see the housing areas change with the seasons too. But I don't know if it's possible. I know other people have said they'd love it too. Something to maybe at least look into? Please devs? I has cookies! You can has cookies!
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