I had a friend patching the game yesterday to try out creepside so I ended up spending 30 min or so last night throwing together a to-do list for him once he got in-game. I figured I'd share it as I didn't see any similar guides when briefly searching last night for him.
He has a standard laptop so all recommendations as far as performance and graphics were to keep him playable with RvR fights.
I'm no computer expert, I just wrote down what works best for my dinosaur of a laptop I use when out of town.
Hope it helps and feel free to comment with any addendums you want to add. The guide was meant to be used while looking at the options screen. If not you will most likely be lost.
once you log in to your character...
BEFORE YOU PLAY YOUR CHARACTER
Read how-to and install Moormap and Pvmp+ from the lotro compendium. Learn how to load/unload. (it requires folder creation and such in you C: drive.
Go to options< UI settings. (leave defaults as they are unless told differently)
If you don't find something in UI Settings, it'll be in combat options. check both.
Show Connection Status
Always Loot All
Adjust UI settings size sliders as desired (once you max out resolution under graphics)
Enable Skill Target Forwarding
Show The Vitals Of Your Selections Target
Directional Selection Indicator
Show Assist Window (important)
All Special Effects options (Combat hit effects, avatar hit effects,ect.)
Play Optional Combat Animations
Allow Combat Animation Blending
Enable Movement Assistance In Combat
Settings<Social Options (Important for performance)
Only Show Dispellable Effects
Only Show Effects Cast By You
Profanity Filter. (it beeps out the stupidest words. and it helps give you an idea of what people are cursing about lol)
These you just need to play around with. your bottom bar you start out with is unmovable. it's size is adjustable. but you have 5 other skills bars that are 12 blocks long for maps and skills that you can adjust by unlocking under the Settings and then CTRL+/ in game. that is how you adjust your UI in game. then just hit CTRL+/ again to make it go away.
Graphics Hardware Level should be DX9 (not for everyone, ymmv)
Full-Screen/Windowed Resolution should be maxed out.
Anti-Aliasing should be 2x or off.
Adjust Colour sliders to your preference.
Object Draw Distance should be High/Ultra High
Model Detail should be Medium
Material Detail should be Low
uncheck Distant Imposters
Landscape Draw Distance should be Medium
Frill Distance should be Medium
Atmospherics Details should be Low
DX11 Interactive Water should be Disabled
Texture Detail should be Low
Texture Filtering should be Bi or Trilinear
uncheck High Quality Lighting and Specular Lighting
Surface Reflections should be Disabled or Low
Landscape Lighting Quality should be Low or High
DX10 Distance Landscape lighting should be unchecked
Landscape shadows should be Disabled
uncheck Blob Shadows
Stencil Shadows Disabled
Environment Stencil Shadows unchecked
DX11 Ambient occlusion unchecked
uncheck all Post-Processing
Player Mesh Combining and 3D Object Portraits (this one is optional)
Max out Texture Cache Size
CHECK: Voice Enabled
adjust settings to preference.
ONCE YOU START PLAYING
- complete intro quests and accept all quests available in Gramsfoot.
- read each skill you have and arrange skills to your liking on the bar/quickslots
- go to Dar-Gazag and accept all those quests.
- kill 10 slugs.
- kill 15 morningthaw bears.
- Do the scouting dailies you previously picked up. (scout Tirith Rhaw, Grimwood Lumber Camp, and the Isendeep, Poison the Hoarwell.
- Say Hello to everyone on /OOC. Feel free to ask any questions.
- go to your class trainer and read up/familiarize yourself with traits and skills and how to advance them and modify it.