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  1. #1
    Sapience is offline Former Community Manager & Harbinger of Soon
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    Question LOTRO Developer Twitter Chat - Thursday March 21, 3:00PM Eastern Time

    Come chat with members of the LOTRO Team!

    When: Thursday March 21, 2013 at 3:00PM Eastern time.
    Where: http://www.twitter.com/lotro

    Members of the LOTRO dev team will be answering your questions live on Twitter starting at 3:00PM Eastern time. To ask a question, just tweet it to us @lotro and be sure to include the hashtags #LOTRO and #DEVCHAT.

    Please remember to keep your questions short, as we’ll be re-tweeting your questions along with the answers. Twitter has a 140 character limit per tweet, so we mean short!

    The following members of the LOTRO Team will be answering your questions.

    • Aaron “Rowan” Campbell - Senior Producer
    • Derek Flippo – Design Director
    • Matt "Hoarsedev" Zimmitti - Lead Systems Designer
    • Lauren “Budgeford” Salk - Senior Content Designer (Region Gameplay and Content)
    • Matt “Scarycrow” Fahey - World Builder
    • Evan "Verizal" Graziano - Associate Systems Designer (Classes, Items, Mounted Combat)
    • Rick “Sapience” Heaton - Community Manager

    Can't make the chat but what to ask a question? Post your questions here and we'll answer some of them as well.

    After the chat ends a complete transcript will be posted.
    Last edited by Sapience; Feb 06 2014 at 11:25 AM.

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    Jun 2010
    Wales, UK
    Any plans to change the Virtues system, in particular reduce the slayer deed grind that discourages alts?

    Rivendell redesign? PLEASE?

    Any plans for another region revamp in the style of Evendim/Moria anytime soon? Perhaps the Trollshaws or MM?

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    Any plans for regions which are near very well established areas, but not yet built, (such as the South Downs,) to ever come into being?

    I'm interested to know: what sources do you use when checking the lore, story and history of Middle-Earth?

    Will the Epic Quests, or any story line, ever come back through somewhere like Bree and give us new challenges in old territory?

    Thank you all for your time taken to do the devchats/questions etc!
    Last edited by RSmuppet; Mar 15 2013 at 02:41 PM.

  4. #4
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    Watertown, MA
    Any plans to rework the Fellowship Maneuver system along with the classes? I recall vague whispers about this around the time of Isengard.
    Cainwen Ciaphas, Captain of Crickhollow, HERO OF MIDDLE EARTH!!!
    I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered! My opinions are my own!

  5. #5
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    Jun 2011
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    in reference to the dev dairy of might to agi for warden

    some of you on our forums have speculated that this change is in some way tied to the upcoming class changes hinted at in our Dev Chats. <_< … >_> …maaaaybe.
    my question:
    will wardens be doing MOAH! damage in class update with agility? I know you hinted to something in the dev dairy...

    I know many want an answer to "why" might to agi, we all know it wasn't for just items can you give us a better hint :P

  6. #6
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    Sep 2007
    Token Creep Question:

    Will there be any interm balance/bug fixing for the moors prior to the class overhauls being worked on for later this year (web the earth bug, balance problems with U10, etc).

    Also, will creeps be getting a decent pass as part of the class overhauls? What will you do to make sure we're up to snuff in the new environment you are creating?

    Even my Signature is trolling!

  7. #7
    War-steeds are looks great! Only 1 thing left. Are you gonna add bridles to horses?

  8. #8
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    Jun 2011
    Q1: Any plans to handle multiboxing / cheating in the ettenmoors?

    Q2: Can we expect new instances within the new area of U11 this summer?

    Q3: Which instance cluster will be scaled and revamped next and when can we expect it? Moria, Angmar, Orthanc or Lothlorien (Scourge of Khazad-Dum)?
    Second Marshall Maywyn Eorthas of Rohan - Captain - Rank 13

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  9. #9
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    Sep 2010
    Who is the RK Developer and when will they begin to engage the RK Community?

  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by furtim View Post
    Any plans to rework the Fellowship Maneuver system along with the classes? I recall vague whispers about this around the time of Isengard.
    There was a similar question posed in last month's twitter chat:

    Q13 YageerSilverscale - While developing Draigoch's lair the dev team mentioned a CJ revamp. Do you still have plans on that? #LOTRO
    A13 JWB - Yes. Once the dust has settled from the class updates and we're prepping content these will have more relevance in I'm hoping to get this done. #LOTRO
    So doesn't sound like there'll be more info until after the class revamps. [I like CJs and was curious about this too.]

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    Any plans to help hunters and burglars get their mitigations above 40% more easily? (42-45% when traited with around 800-900 vit would be nice, or 50% with a 10-12k rating).

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    Apr 2007
    Any details/time line on the plans to fix the extremely broken and useless friends list that has bee broken since Rohan launched?
    Pie anyone?

  13. #13
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    Jun 2011
    My questions:

    • Are there any plans to address fight clubbing/rank farming & multi-boxing in the Ettenmoors?
    • Any thoughts on a way for creep players to show off their achievements in the wider game?
    • How will PvMP fit into the new expansion?
    • Are the devs happy with how instances are being run with regards to loot distribution i.e. instances being farmed repeatedly?
    • Any thoughts on reducing the grind at level cap i.e. legendary weapons, virtues, etc?
    • Any details you can share regarding Helms Deep e.g. how will it work?
    • Can we have more details about the class revamp please, specifically the implementation of skill trees?

  14. Any news on improving (or actually including) tanking gear especially vitality jewellery to better match the might and will drops?
    Last edited by radspakr; Mar 15 2013 at 06:53 PM.
    The Lone Wolf
    Radspakr 85 Guardian,Haluilas 82 LM, Varri 65 Champ

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    Are there any plans to rework the legendary item system to be a) more legendary (IE not having to destroy tons of supposedly legendary items every few levels) and b) less grindy (not needing to get carpal tunnel syndrome mindlessly clicking at the relic master)
    Edited due to violations of the community guidelines.

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    Oct 2012


    Where is the Hotfix for Update 10 ? And the Release Date für this Hotfix?
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  17. #17
    What will the next expansion be called and any news on when u11 will be hitting bullroarer?

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    Sep 2010
    Watertown, MA
    Quote Originally Posted by Rasdun View Post
    There was a similar question posed in last month's twitter chat:

    So doesn't sound like there'll be more info until after the class revamps. [I like CJs and was curious about this too.]
    Oh, thanks! Dunno how I missed that the first time.
    Cainwen Ciaphas, Captain of Crickhollow, HERO OF MIDDLE EARTH!!!
    I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered! My opinions are my own!

  19. #19
    Are you aware that 100s of people crash on loading their chars after U10? When can we expect a patchfix about that? (If you are not please check your support tickets + forum support thread).
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  20. #20
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    May 2009
    Sulking in the Corner...
    Q: Any more info on Update 11 apart from the fact there will be a new region?
    Q: Are there plans for a new skirmish due for release?
    Q: When will the next 'Player-designed relic' poll be started?
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  21. #21
    Question: Having experienced Update 10, any plans to change/improve the looting system?
    Last edited by Peter_Pan; Mar 16 2013 at 07:53 AM.

  22. #22
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    Jun 2011
    Q: Do you like the idea of completing questsobjectives even if you haven't talked to the quest giver yet? (skyrim)

    Q: There are a lot of recycled icons in tooltips/buffs. Why don't let the community make some?

    Q: Why not add a Universal Legacy Scroll instead of dozends of different legacy exchange scrolls?

  23. #23
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    Jun 2011
    Are Turbine/Warner Brothers going to extend their license for Lord of the Rings beyond 2014, and if not what will happen to it (Keep the servers up with no new content, or close the whole lot down)?

  24. #24
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    Jun 2011
    London, England
    Question 1: Can you hint at what the next cluster/instances to get scaled will be? Or when to expect it?

    I think many people will agree that the best thing about U9 & U10 is that with additional instances being scaled, and the existing ones finally receiving worthwhile loot, theres much more variety and fun to be had at the endgame. Rather than just grinding the same one instance over and over (Well, there's still BFE for that )

    The "Lothlorien" instances (DN, HoC, WW, HoM) would be a suitable sized chunk for dev work. Moria proper would be awesome too, but with 7 instances and 2 raids, that might be a 2-part job like the landscape revamp. GA should be an easy task to scale since that space was already split into three smaller instances. And of course, theres Angmar and the Rift

    Question 2: When can we get auto-loot in place for skirmishes?

    Skirmishes still have some damn good pieces, but it's so hard to get them, when only two items will drop, and the RNG gods always determine that it's never anything useful to your class. Plus even when the awesome item does drop, you're stuck rolling against all the other players (in pugs, many who dont genuinely need the item too), or are at the mercy or kin loot distribution systems, many of which are seeing little use these days due to auto-loot being involved in almost everything.

    The loot doesn't have to change (feel free to add extra itemisation options - particularly Vit<>Agi combos bearing the recent warden changes), just hook it up to use the new loot system with a decent drop rate.
    Leader of The Rangers of Eriador

  25. #25
    - Anything planned for class consumables? Eg. incomparable bow chants, quaint traps like Lure, very unequal value of class potions.

    - Any chance corruptions, inductions, countdowns etc. in solo content *really* pressure into dealing with them (at least like Ost Magol)?


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