O.K. I apologize for my sample size of 1. Like most, I am aware that you need a sample size of 3 for significance, and only if they fall in nearly a straight line. (Also when subject to outliers, these can instantly be made either insignificant, or significant. However, you've all heard the posts about what has been happening to Imladris. Vilya has survived, but others have not, so me and my friends just started from scratch there. We won't power level, but we will be back to where we were. I could argue that I did not have time to find more samples of soloers, but that is all subject to a selection bias. I found a raider on the landscape (a seemingly unselected zone, or even biased against raiders.) but the crafting hall is biased, as crafting toons, and soloers seem to be there more often.
Originally Posted by Khafar
Again, I have to take what I can get, and I made an inference based on what I was seeing. I apologize for my fears of the games peril, but with so many kins dying, it seems rational for me to claim this. I honestly don't know how much of the population is dropping, but the kin world is the world I live in. As shown before, I have not seen much of anything of the soloers' world. I do not know their perspective.
My conclusions were based on a dying server. (Or as I and others have observed.) I am now working with others. I honestly still do not know if I wish to purchase Helm's Deep. The sad truth is, while I know there are many games out there for "my type." I don't like them. I migrated here from WoW because I was fed up with #1 Wizard of Oz characters as major raid bosses. #2 All the flash. Honestly, I hate the flashy-nees of WoW. The LoTRO graphics are SO GOOD, and not painful for the eyes. I loved the game, during the SoM days, I was in a lucky position. I started pugging ye old Fornost, and Angmar instances. There was an amazing raid population. I recommended 3 friends to switch to this game. They all did. Some people can be a pain, but those people were also a foreign concept in regards to LoTRO
When I started the forum, I was worried. I am a raider, but finding a not flashy/annoying MMORPG that still has a system as good as this, and a player population to back it up will prove difficult. That is why I stay. I have not lost all faith in turbine, because I tend to hold a lower standard than most raiders. (Difficulty, for me, is still essential. If my group doesn't wipe the first go, or it just becomes unenjoy-able (Spending time with your friends?? Unenjoyable? Yeah. Talking via skype in a big group with a raid to talk about is great, but when everyone is just frustrated after we've won, it leaves a bad overall feeling.)
I am sorry I made biases about soloers. In my mind, they seem to not exist. Keep in mind, I am looking for players on the landscape or randomly encounter them. I know the formula. IF I go to Bree, THEN I will find players. (The same applies for the smaller metropoli (hehe.) of Lotro, but Bree seems to always be there, since launch.)
But they do exist, and I am well aware of it because turbine has told me so to explain what they were doing. Yes, it is called marketing. However, from my perspective, turbine's marketing to another group causes them to do things I not only don't like, but I absolutely loathe. (We are also talking about slot-machines, and trait trees. (As far as I am concerned, trait trees were a pain in my WoW experience (which was brief.)) but are talking, more particularly about their direction regarding group content.) At this point, it is almost like I am "at war," if you will (Granted, there is very little to do in the war but state your opinion on the forums, and the result of the forums has little to no affect of the objective in mind.) This makes sense because the other side, and what they do to the game seem foreign. Therefore, they act like a foreign country, and negative stereotypes will be created based on observations made of the game.
So what are we to make of all of this????? The bottom line is that I am a moderately long term player who does not feel like purchasing for an expansion with the direction they are going. I still have friends. We will still play LoTRO. (Granted we can't find something that meets my ridiculous requirements. (Considering how I do not want to buy their expansions, I still find LoTRO hard to top. I could go on for hours about how absolutely unplayable other MMOs are. Let's not even get into MMORPGs on console video games, I could rant about those for days.) I just wonder what turbine is doing? Why so many players are disappearing, being replaced by ones I rarely ever see.
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