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Our answers reflect our current plans and expectations, but are subject to change. #LOTRO
So let’s get to it. #LOTRO
Q1 Moonwalkintomordor Basically, any Update 10 info you can spare please. #LOTRO
A1 HoarseDev – We are removing Dread from defeat on landscape. #LOTRO
A1 RockX – In U10, Fate’s potency is increasing. Power pools are being standardized. #LOTRO
A1 RockX -Both the new instances/raids and existing Scaling Instances are receiving new loot. #LOTRO
A1 RockX -New Armour Sets are coming in, along with 1 st Age LIs. #LOTRO
A1 RockX - Wardens are being switched to use Agility as their main stat (there will be a grace period to allow you to get gear). #LOTRO
Q2 @Faulklls - Any news of when you are going to release the 2nd part of the instance cluster?
A2 Sapience Update 10.
Q3 @ForgotmyGambits – Can we please get an ETA for Update 10?
A3 Rowan - It will be on Bullroarer next week!
Q4 MrWarg - When are the class updates planned to happen? #LOTRO
A4 HoarseDev - We are laying the groundwork now (and there’s lots of it). Later this year, we’ll see the big changes. #LOTRO
Q5 Chris91 - Will class updates also bring updates to creep classes? ? #LOTRO
A5 HoarseDev - We need to see if the freep changes entirely explode in a fiery train wreck first. #LOTRO
Q6 AlmericITA - My Kinship doesn't show up in Mylotro, will be any fixing for us? #LOTRO
A6 Sapience - We’re aware that some kinships have this problem. We’re actually looking into some major changes to the community sites for this year. #LOTRO
Q7 Joene - Will housing get a much deserved revamp? #LOTRO
A7HoarseDev – This is also on the docket for later this year. We’re testing out some ideas now and we’ll see what shakes out. #LOTRO
Q8 Harmat - Can we please have some competitions for the community to design cosmetics for our charaters and warsteeds? #LOTRO
A8 Aubergine - We would love to! We are working with the various parties needed to set something like this up. #LOTRO
Q9 Brya - With the DG & ITA clusters both getting scaled, are you planning to regularly scale more old content in future updates? #LOTRO
A9 Eldorudo - We're always looking to go back and give old content new love and you can look forward to seeing more of this in the future. #LOTRO
Q10 What about server transfers? Any news on making it easier? #LOTRO
A10 Sapience I spoke to Customer service about this and they recognize it as a gap in our service offerings. #LOTRO
A10 They’re currently investigating ways to make it as easy as a name change. No details, but it’s being looked at. #LOTRO
Q11 Zalladi - Will Galuhad's Kinship proposal ever be considered? #LOTRO
A11 HoarseDev – That’s a tall order (and a great proposal). Kins need a lot of work. Presently, that work sits behind the class work and housing. #LOTRO
A11 HoarseDev – After we bang those things out, if I’m not summarily executed, I would like to get Kins to where they ought to be. #LOTRO
Q12 Herongol - what are your plans to improve server stability and preventlag-spikes? #LOTRO
A12 Sapience- Performance tuning is an ongoing process. It’s something we work on with every patch and update. It’s a difficult problem with no simple solutions. #LOTRO
Q13 Aelonaith - Will we have our faction rep mounts appearance for use as warsteed cosmetics? #LOTRO
A13 Aubergine - At this time, there is no plan to re-visit rep mounts as war-steed cosmetics. #LOTRO
Q14 Disident - Are there any plans to update the character models and animations #lotro
A 14 Sapience, I spoke with our Art director, here’s what he said… #LOTRO
A14 Tinkering with avatars can be risky. Players become very attached to the ‘look and feel’ of their character. #LOTRO
A14 It’s very personal. That said, we are discussing the best way to make upgrades and changes. #LOTRO
A14 We’ll be very interested in player feedback and suggestions as to how to go about making such dramatic changes. #LOTRO
A14 But yes, it’s something we’re currently investigating. #LOTRO
Q15 Aardnebby - Any idea when the destiny point perks replacement we were promised will be implemented?
A15 HoarseDev – This hasn’t been forgotten. We’re trying to get these back in a good integrated spot rather than slapping them back in somewhere clunky.
Q16 Nindolvoth - Are the beard shaving and beardless legolas sapience community update videos still in the works? #LOTRO
A16 Sapience – Yes! At least the Legolas beardless one. Turns out making the shaving one was more challenging than I expected. #LOTRO
Q17 @RJferret - What's the reasoning of effectively removing player interrupt skills from the game?
A17 RockX we standardized the times to make it more of a mechanic to react to an event, instead of just allowing constant spam. Now it requires an active decision.
Q18 @bhoristhespider Will Update 10 include a new epic book?
A18 Eldorudo – Update 10 will not include a new epic book, but there is a super sized epic being worked on for Update 11!
Q19 @lotrofollower - What can we expect for loot in older scaling instances in the future?
A19 RockX Older scaling instances can expect to see their loot revamped.
A19 with the oportunity to get rare through legendary gear.
Q20 @blackpuddings How about seasonal changes in the homesteads?
A20 AngryKoala It's something we'd like to do in both homesteads and major towns, but we'll have to see.
Q21 @cithryth - Are there new mounted combat thigns on the horizon?
A21 Eldorudo We're looking at some exciting things for the new region. We have some tricks up our sleves.
Q22 @blitzfactor - Will we ever get an option to change race?
A22 HoarseDev - We don't have any plans to add this.
Q23 @Ehefkae - I just want to tell Rockx that I take back everything I said about the captain shield. I'm in love with my new shiny.
A23 RockX - Awwwwwww.
A23 Sapience Really? Awwww?
A23 Hoarsedev Nerf it!
Q24 @ME_lundberg Will we be able to buy more wardrobe space anytime soon?
A24 Aubergine It's something we're looking into. There are technical issues around storage and inventory.
Q25 @earthmeaser would you guys made the Ost Dunnoth gear medallions/marks purchasable??
A25 RockX Yes. It's already in the works.
Q26 @DaniAngione Can we get some info on the landmass?
A26 Eldorudo It will be comparable in size to Great River. It will support mounted and unmounted combat.
Q27 @harperking Any chance of more warsteed items not from the store?
A27 Aubergine Yes. We'll talk more about it after Update 10.
Q28 @cordovan86 Will update 10 eliminate forced emotes?
A28 Aubergine No, but players will have the option to opt out.
Q29 @katabendroth Will hunters get more survivability, akin to the survivability of almost every other (non tank) class?
A29 Hoarsedev Future updates to classes will make things like this a choice but not a given. #LOTRO
A29 Would you trade damage for survivability?
Q30 @DavidSp64583582 What does standardizing power pools mean? #LOTRO
A30 HoarseDev Powerpools will seem less random between similar classes.
A30 This will clear the way to make overall class updates easier in the future.
Q31 @AdamSpitzley What was the reason for getting rid of Symbol drops in Durch and Twins? They actually created a lot of raid activity. #LOTRO
A31 RockX We wanted to reserve major rewards for completing an instance.
A31 It also lets us standardize how these things are earned.
A31 They're still available on challenge mode.
Q32 @pspchekers Will this region come with U10 or U11? #LOTRO
A32 Sapience U11. #LOTRO
Q33 @0Pinger will the forced emote opt out be store cash in or not?
A33 Aubergine It will not be in the store. It will be a free option for all players.
Q34 @GuildofShadows There is a lot of talk about balance on the moors. Are you currently looking into this for better balance between sides?
A34 Hoarsedev there's always a lot of talk about balance in the moors.
A34 it is built to shift back and forth.
A34 Next month we'll bring a Pvp dev to talk more about it.
Q35 @DaniAngione How many people from the art team hide in the restroom to doodle possible looks for Minas Tirith?
A35 Sapience 2 people just said 7. So we'll go with that.
Q36 @katabendroth Other classes don't have to give up DPS to survive, why do hunters have to do so? #LOTRO
A36 Hoarsedev With upcoming class changes ALL CLASSES will have some difficult choices.
Q37 @dpencil Is there an ETA for a revamp to the forums? What's been done to the main lotro site looks really nice. #LOTRO
A37 Sapience No ETA, but yes there are many changes coming to the forums and community sites.
A37 Soon. The real one, not Sapience soon.
Q38 @GuildofShadows Please tell us more! What do you mean all classes have to choose? #lotro
A38 Hoarsedev We'll talk more in future chats. #LOTRO
Q39 @lotrofollower Can we expect to get 2nd ages relatively easily once 1st ages arrive on the scene?
A39 RockX Second ages will be available for Marks, Medallions, and/or Seals. #LOTRO
Q40 @mgoeppner Sapience hasn't made a reference chart for developer #vagueness yet has he?
A40 Sapience I can barely understand when they speak english, I can't translate that stuff!