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  1. #26
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    It would be silly for anyone NOT to take the horseshoe. I still feel like it's really just the largest psychological test ever created.


    *shrug* I guess I should be equipping it throughout Rohan though. It's not like the pocket item matters that much.
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  2. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by Lenton View Post
    It would be silly for anyone NOT to take the horseshoe. I still feel like it's really just the largest psychological test ever created.


    *shrug* I guess I should be equipping it throughout Rohan though. It's not like the pocket item matters that much.
    It's been equipped on my guardian ever since he got it...

    Edit: I might be a liar, apparently I swapped it out for something else. Do not remember doing this. LOL He had it equipped for over a year at least, anyway.
    Last edited by Sigram; Oct 11 2012 at 06:29 PM.
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  3. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by GodzillaX8 View Post
    Except that it has in-game effects that you can't achieve by any other means.
    Choices have consequence is my point. It is this way in every aspect of life. Some consequences may be large or small, monumental or of no meaning at all.

    This is something that has very little effect on a small part of the game. If it were anything majorly important, the playerbase would have figured it out by now.
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  4. #29
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    I'm afraid I have a low tolerance for items with 'mystery powers' so I think I've actually trashed it on several toons already. Learning now that it benefits "something" during "parts" of the epic quest line really doesn't make me regret my decision.

    I think the fundraising effort you guys are doing is epic btw. Great to see it exceeding your own expectations!
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  5. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigram View Post
    Choices have consequence is my point. It is this way in every aspect of life. Some consequences may be large or small, monumental or of no meaning at all.

    This is something that has very little effect on a small part of the game. If it were anything majorly important, the playerbase would have figured it out by now.
    That quest gives you the choice of "actually useful item" and "seemingly useless flavor item". Why would anyone pick an item that appears to serve no real purpose?

  6. #31
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    Sapience - Thanks for your persistence with this and getting us a little info.

    Horseshoe Dev - Thanks for your willingness to reveal some of the details relating to the horseshoe

    Community - Thanks for all the donations that have been made to help the children @ Boston Children's Hospital! Keep the donations coming!
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  7. #32
    Quote Originally Posted by GodzillaX8 View Post
    That quest gives you the choice of "actually useful item" and "seemingly useless flavor item". Why would anyone pick an item that appears to serve no real purpose?
    Sit back and think about it: why would they take the time to create an item that is useless? Everything has a purpose.

    That quest gives you a choice between the shoe and one of four Legacy of $stat scrolls which CAN be obtained by other methods. Why would anyone NOT pick up the one time item?
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  8. #33
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    I'm still imagining that there is a devoted Horseshoe Developer, whose cubicle is literally shrouded in mystery and spider-webs and whatnot. Perhaps an intern got this lucky project. I can also imagine the assault a bunch of the team made on the cubicle to retrieve this information. Hopefully some in LARP costumes.

    Thanks for the hints, though - there will no doubt be many whipping out their lucky pocket items come Winter Festival, and hopefully a chunky thread of testing and further theories here on the forum.

    Oh, and of course congratulations on reaching out to the community, and having the response that you have so far in the Extra Life charity event. Best of luck to all of Team Turbine for all their respective charities!
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  9. #34
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    First thing that went though my head when I saw the thread title was

    "Horseshoe!!!

    What is it good for??

    Absolutely nuthin'! Sing it again y'all!"

    (sorry...showing my age here...)

    PS congrats on the fundraising goal!

    Edited to add: I do think there's some use for it, I just did an Isenguard Epic quest today that mentioned the horseshoe again. I don't think it would keep cropping up like that if it was completely useless. I might start carrying it around with me just in case.
    Last edited by ShireDweller; Oct 11 2012 at 06:58 PM.

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    Thanks for releasing information on that.

    As for me, I'm not even going to bother with this item as I don't believe it actually does anything useful.
    Last edited by Graycient; Oct 11 2012 at 06:59 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigram View Post
    Sit back and think about it: why would they take the time to create an item that is useless? Everything has a purpose.

    That quest gives you a choice between the shoe and one of four Legacy of $stat scrolls which CAN be obtained by other methods. Why would anyone NOT pick up the one time item?
    I think the dev wanted to create an in-game enigma, not unlike Tom Bombadil.
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  12. #37
    Quote Originally Posted by Ravyrn View Post
    I think the dev wanted to create an in-game enigma, not unlike Tom Bombadil.
    That very well could be true, but even an enigma - Tom Bombadil is far from useless.
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  13. #38
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    The Horseshoe may well have a small effect in the Epics and some Festival events, but one significant thing it does now, and does even _better_ now than it did when it was first introduced is obvious - it creates speculation amongst the LOTRO community!
    Be well and good questing, all! See you about Middle Earth another time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boskone08 View Post
    The Horseshoe may well have a small effect in the Epics and some Festival events, but one significant thing it does now, and does even _better_ now than it did when it was first introduced is obvious - it creates speculation amongst the LOTRO community!
    Yes, exactly! And if there does turn out to be some specific use for it down the road, it'll be posted all over the place right away and the mystery will be gone. That'll be a little sad, I think.
    Last edited by ShireDweller; Oct 11 2012 at 07:03 PM. Reason: fix typo

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    If "it does more now than when it was first introduced","as time goes on it grows more powerful" and that's "a tip off for what it will do in the future" suggests whatever it does is linked to level, how precisely that relates to festivals and epic quests ........ erm dunno, yet

  16. #41
    Quote Originally Posted by Sapience View Post
    As time goes on
    I've had my suspicions that it lengthens the time given for the festival horse races. Given the daily cooldown I could never be bothered testing it, but now I just might.

  17. #42
    SPOILER ALERT POSSIBLE !







    Did the horseshoe have anything to do with seeing/not seeing Gandalf/Saruman in the instance at thror's coomb where he appears briefly at the top of the steps ?
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  18. #43
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    I think we learned something today: next time dont be greedy and choose the aparently silly but UNIQUE item. Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to RPG!

    Thanks Sapience for this info and gratz to the community that made this goal possible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chetdawg30 View Post
    SPOILER ALERT POSSIBLE !







    Did the horseshoe have anything to do with seeing/not seeing Gandalf/Saruman in the instance at thror's coomb where he appears briefly at the top of the steps ?
    ....the whatnow instance with the whatnow?
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    Sadly, after getting tired of lugging it around and taking up vault space i threw it away, oh well, one of my alts will know better now, thanks for the heads up Sapience.
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  21. #46
    So for those of who have accidently bartered it for needed vault space ect. what does this mean... will there be a chance one day to recover our lost horeshoe without having to alt another toon to that epic?? The Speculation is killing me
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  22. #47
    Quote Originally Posted by Rochendilwen View Post
    ....the whatnow instance with the whatnow?
    Epic book instance with Nar, one of Elrond's sons and Nona.
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  23. #48
    Quote Originally Posted by chetdawg30 View Post
    Epic book instance with Nar, one of Eldron's sons and Nona.
    OMG! I have a toon that needs to run that instance!!!!

    *runs to nearest vault*
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    Quote Originally Posted by chetdawg30 View Post
    Epic book instance with Nar, one of Eldron's sons and Nona.
    I ran it not long ago on my RK... no horseshoe. Didn't see it. Never had the horseshoe slotted on the other toons who have done it either... does it work when you redo the instance through a reflecting pool? Might head onto one of my old toons and try
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    Thank goodness none of my characters have done Vol 3. Book 1 (I skipped it :P)! The only thing I can think about for the horse shoe is....

    Our War-steeds have a busted Horseshoe. Replace it with this one and gain something-something as a buff/something.

    Meh, I fail at speculation.
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