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    Quote Originally Posted by Rowan View Post
    Apologies on the audio from the Riddermark run frick. It might have been better if I just sat at my desk and chewed marbles.

    It wasn't just your audio that was at fault this time, but no worries! We know you were BOTH trying your best =)
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    Cool Eldar grabs top spot!

    There you have, we have a new server in the top spot and its Eldar! Felt really great to be a part of last night's run and kudos to all the Eldarians who could make it. May the grace of Eldar shine always!

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    Q&A Hobbits to Isengard - Estel
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    If anyone who was present has any additions or corrections, feel free to post.
    Q&A Hobbits to Isengard - Estel
    Video available here.
    1. Comment in chat about the world getting bigger and it being harder to talk to people at the other end of the world
      Solution incoming. In U14 they will be adding a global chat channel that will be turned on the minute we log in, and will enable players to chat with each other across the server without having to use or know about GLFF/unity/variants. We will immediately feel more connected to the world. Of course it can be turned off just like any other channel, for those who don’t want to use it.
    2. Question about guidelines for the new /world channel
      It will be a general chat channel. If down the road players still have a need for a global LFF channel, they will consider adding that, or a global trade or whatever.
      suggestion. Not sure how much effort it would be to replace the cloaks. He thinks a more fitting tribute would be for everyone to wear the cloak and we do a "marathon" to Rivendell.
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    Q&A Hobbits to Isengard - Riddermark

    Q&A Hobbits to Isengard - Riddermark

    Please note: I am paraphrasing here. Anything said here is coming through my interpretation of what was said, and is subject to being corrected, so don't take all this as the final word.

    If anyone who was present has any additions or corrections, feel free to post.

    Q&A Hobbits to Isengard - Riddermark
    Video available here.

    Guest for this run - EP Aaron "Rowan" Campbell

    1. What changes are going to be made for the next round of Hobnanigans
      Bug fixes, most likely. Assuming that the next round isn’t until U14, because that’s the earliest the game will be updated. As far as he knows , there is no 13.2 planned.
    2. Do you ever pen and paper in Middle Earth, and if so which system
      No. He used to pen and paper D&D a long time ago, but not for a good many years now. And now he’s getting “For shame!” from Tolero. Thanks everyone for opening up a Sapience shaming session in the office.
    3. When is the new class coming
      In the update in which it’s planned for. They won’ t be talking much more about it until we get closer to the time of its release. In the meantime the Players Council is actually having a lot of discussions about Beornings.
    4. Is there a discussion about obtaining the huorn pets and housing items in another way outside the random presents
      Not at the moment. He thinks at some point there will be other ways to get pets besides the random loot drop, but for now that is the system for those specific pets.
    5. Do you remember which version of D&D
      He honestly doesn’t. It was a very long time ago.
    6. Question about U14
      They will discuss it as U14 gets closer – probably sometime after the Spring Festival.
    7. Are there more Hobnanigans planned for the future
      Yes, it’s not a one-off event. They are going to turn it on at planned times in the year. More frequently than the Treasure Hunt (they’re actually bringing the Treasure Hunt back as well). It will be a weekend event they will turn on probably every 4 – 6 weeks or something like that.
    8. Someone retweeted a tweet from almost 2 years ago when they’d just introduced the Well-met title and had just given it two people (the winners of the Biggest Fan contest). So at the time those two people were the only ones with that title. They’ve given out quite a few since then. The only way to get the title is to physically meet a Turbine employee. There are various employees that have them, if you bump into them they’ll give you one. If you go to any of the meet and greets or parties you’ll get one. That is the only way to get one – to meet someone from Turbine in person. If he had to make a guess on how many Well-met titles there are out there right now – and it would just be a guess – it would probably be around 1,000, maybe 1,100.
    9. Will there ever be any meet and greets besides Boston or New England
      They’ve done meet and greets In Orlando Florida, North Carolina, Buffalo New York and Seattle. So yes, they’ve done them in multiple places. There is currently a discussion about a possible Niagara Falls or Buffalo New York meet and greet for June 20th, because he will be in that area.
    10. Suggestion to put the devs on a tour bus
      When the game launched they actually put a few devs in a car and toured around the US and went to various places. He remembers because he was a player at the time and they went to King of Prussia Mall in Philadelphia, and he went down there to see them.
    11. Do the DDO employees carry a copy of the Well-met title for when they meet players
      Cordovan has carried one a few times when he’s gone places, so he does have them. He’s the one we’d be most likely to bump in to, he thinks, for some kind of DDO meet and greet. Sapience makes a point to make sure that Cordovan has a couple things for LotRO players when he goes out in case he bumps into any LotRO players. But he doesn’t think any of the other devs do.
    12. Do you know why the breaking of Isengard was changed slightly from the official version, where Aaragorn meets the Grey Company before they confront Saruman as opposed to the books
      Yes he does, and in fact MadeOfLions has made a couple of posts explaining why. Expediency. It was a minor change to move the LotRO epic story a long a bit faster, and wrap up that book. He has a post in the forums about it.
    13. Discussion about the Buffalo/Niagara Falls meet and greet
      It has not yet been decided which side the meet and greet will happen on. If you have an opinion, drop by the forum thread and get in on the discussion there. He’s game for either.
    14. How come you never show your face in beta – we only see ApplePie
      There are no betas going on. When there are actual closed betas he’s usually more active. Not so much on Bullroarer when they have updates on there before going live, but actual betas for larger expansions, that’s when he’s usually on. Mostly because he tends to do the events when they do betas, especially when they do end of world events or any kind of specific event, he’s usually part of those. When they do smaller testing for smaller updates they don’t generally do events like that, or else they are much smaller or brief during very narrow windows, and not big “break the server” or “break the world” type events.
    15. Question about prizes for Bullroarer
      Prizes are specifically for beta, which happens to occur on Bullroarer when they have expansions. Having Bullroarer open for updates is not a major event.
      EP Aaron “Rowan” Campbell joins the chat
    16. Rowan says he had a lot of fun today. He got to see Paths of the Dead, and a run through of Belfalas and up to the gates of Dol Amroth. He thinks it’s the most beautiful region they’ve done to date. He has that backed up by the Art Director. It’s the most beautiful region he’s seen. He felt like he was in Greece.
    17. Todd the Art Director comes by and is seen on camera briefly.
      Rowan – Belfalas is the most beautiful region they’ve seen yet. You can see Dol Amroth in the distance and the region really comes alive.
    18. When do we get U14
      Rowan – Summertime. We’re a couple of months out.
    19. With these planned updates, are there any plans for a closed beta of any of it
      Rowan – No closed beta. It will all be on Bullroarer.
      Sapience – So everyone will get to see it at pretty much the same time.
      Rowan – Yes. They’ll give the more broken version to Palantir.
      Sapience – As usual.
    20. How is that going to affect the performance of the GPU, that being such a visually stunning area
      Rowan – There was a little stutter coming over the rise to Dol Amroth that they will have to work through. They’re really pushing the distance of view. The smoke from the individual beacons that are lit and stretching way out into the distance. But they will make sure to polish the performance on people’s graphics cards.
    21. What else, other than the new region, can we look forward to in U14
      Sapience – Without spilling too many beans.
      Rowan – He has such a broad view of everything they’re working on that he has to think a bit to separate them out. Beorning work is coming along well. That’s not a U14 thing, that’s a later in the year thing. They’re doing a lot of work around cosmetic pets. There will be a new item system coming with U14 – a new way for us to build out and customize the items we want.
    22. What about Hobnanigans, when will we see some of the bugs fixed
      Rowan – Yes, they will dig into Hobnanigans. They want it to be a regular event, they’re hoping monthly, which is part of the extended reward system we’ve been seeing. They expect a lot of those bug fixes to come for U14. He thinks some of those ‘bugs’ are more of a feature – the way the physics work, such as a chicken getting stuck on a haystack, jumping on the haystack and hitting the chicken way over your opponent’s head to score. But they are going to be working on the problems like the chicken going out of bounds and that sort of thing. He’s not sure how they are going to address players going AFK, and interaction issues.
    23. Could you share the size of Belfalas compared to other regions
      Rowan – Belfalas is only one of three areas in this update. And Paths of the Dead is pretty sizeable as well.
      Sapience – So these are not little bite-sized pieces.
      Rowan – What we saw in Fangorn recently is what they refer to as a mini-region. It was intended to be a very small place for a single piece of content and to illustrate some of the epic story. These will be more substantial. They’ve got the entire city of Dol Amroth. It’s rather large, actually.
      Sapience – Can you say if they are going to all be connected or if there are going to be ports?
      Rowan – It’s all contiguous landscape. You have to cross through the Paths of the Dead to get there.
      Sapience – So it’s not easy to get to.
      Rowan – No. And not all the oathbreakers have chosen to follow Aaragorn.
      Sapience – That sounds like it could be problematic for us as players.
    24. Sapience tells Rowan about the request made last run, for the winning server to get all the festivals turned on at once. Rowan makes “the face” of dread.
      Rowan – That breaks things. Choose your favourite.
    25. Can you show us some of the concept art from the upcoming update
      Sapience – Says they’re too far out yet to be ready to share anything.
      Rowan – He’s talking to the Middle Earth people later this week, so they’re not quite there yet.
      Sapience – To clarify, by “Middle Earth” people, they’re referring to their licensor. The things players are asking for right now, they need to show to them first. A lot of people don’t realize, they come up with these great ideas and then they have to go to the licensor and say “we think these are great ideas.” And 99% of the time they say, “we think so too.” But they still have to go through the process.
      Rowan – “They’re pretty nice to us.”
    26. Can you tell us about anything new in the Spring Festival
      Rowan – He’s not sure. (Some unintelligible comments here). They have plans to change some of the itemization and rewards for festivals moving forward. Some of it is going to key into the new item system they’re working on. They want to key that into festivals, they want to key that into guilds, they want to extend it out.
      Sapience – Someone suggested BBQ at the end for everybody.
      Rowan – There’s a really great BBQ place near there.
      Sapience – Last year’s Players Council know exactly how good it is. They took some of them out there.
    27. Can you share concept art from past updates
      Sapience – He’ll make a point of talking to Todd, the Art Director and digging some out.
    28. We know that Minas Tirith will be coming in the near to mid future. I know that not much can likely be said, but I imagine it will be a massive area in its own right
      Sapience – This reminds him of a conversation he heard with MadeOfLions about how big it really is compared to how big people think it is.
      Rowan – They’re taking a couple of years to do something that is a week and a half timeframe. And while the landscape seems really substantial, it’s actually quite compact. If you’re standing in Osgiliath looking out toward the edge of the Pelennor fields, Minas Tirith is right there and (unintelligible). One thing that has definitely come up in their discussions is that for aesthetic reasons – not just the movies, this is going back many years – have made Minas Tirith a much more vertical city and a much larger city in terms of presentation than was actually described by Tolkien. So they’re right now in the process of balancing out, what is the size of those walls. What looks impressive in the distance that you can still feel the impact of as you get closer. (A bit more unintelligible stuff that sounds like an elaboration of that basic concept).
    29. Do we know if U14 is going to have tier 9 crafting icons
      Rowan – He thinks that’s number 2 or 3 on their UI list right now. Number one is making sure they have beautiful maps for the new regions.
      Sapience – So it’s on the list, but it may not be U14, maybe 14.1 or something?
      Rowan – Nods.
    30. Do you have any plans to scale any of the traditional instances this year, like Moria or Isengard
      Rowan – Right now no plans. That’s a whole area they need to look at carefully and review. He’d like to find ways to (unintelligible). Of course they are doing a lot of work right now to improve the experience of epic battles.
    31. Sapience responds to a joking comment by a player in the chat
      Sapience – No, you did not just hear Rowan say free housing update for all in Minas Tirith.
      Rowan – (Laughs) He saw the Gondorian architecture today and his first thought was, everyone is going to be asking for housing there immediately.
    32. Unintelligible question about whether Bounder’s Bounty event will come back
      Sapience – Thinks that was a one-off event.
      Rowan – That was a completed event that he doesn’t expect to return. (Unintelligible, something about wanting to extend things like Hobnanigans, and putting that effort into some of the seasonal stuff).
    33. Request to restate the Minas Tirith answer because people didn’t hear it well
      Rowan – The big problem about Minas Tirith is that the landscape they’re looking at, the space they’re looking at when you come around to the northern side of the mountains, is very tight. The Pelennor fields and Minas Tirith not even in the distance – it’s kind of in your face. So that’s something they’re going to need to address and that’s why they’re already in multiple prototypes for the space. One thing that they’ve found looking over not just movies but concept art and artistic works referencing this for a number of years now is that the artists have almost inevitably made Minas Tirith a more vertical space. Tolkien described it with 100 foot walls in tiers. In the scale they are working with, it’s actually not that remarkable at all. It doesn’t have that impact or that feel, so they are playing with multiple versions of it, seeing what comes out best and really captures the impression and impact they want to make with Minas Tirith.
    34. Do you have any idea how bit the Paths of the Dead will be
      Rowan – Doesn’t want to talk too much about it and spoil any surprises MadeOfLions has for us. A lot of it involves the epic story. A lot of it involves making volume 4 heroic and that’s totally in his camp. (Some unintelligible stuff elaborating on that). For the most part we are going to be going through and following along after Aaragorn has passed through there.
      Sapience – That’s a good thing to point out. Generally speaking throughout the game, we are slightly behind the fellowship. So they’re doing the things in the book and we’re coming behind them and either cleaning up the fallout like we did with Moria, or kind of trying to round up the bits and pieces that they’ll need later.
      Rowan – Right. There’s so much more going on. Gondor has been besieged, the entire area has been panicked, and we might think, appropriately after watching thousands of dead rise up from the ground, come out of the mountain and walk through their town. So there’s a lot going on in the area.
      Sapience – Is hearing that basically there’s plenty to do then.
      Rowan – Yes. He especially likes the corsairs.
      Sapience – Says now they’re talking about corsairs. He wasn’t going to say anything about them.
    35. Sapience says that one of the things he thinks players would like to hear about is that they’ve been having a lot of conversations with the Players Council and he thinks sometimes that they don’t really explain what those look like or what shape they take. He asks Rowan to explain a bit about what’s going on, for example, with the Beorning discussion.
      Rowan – They’ve opened up their initial design manifest, a non-technical view on the intent and roles for the class, and the Players Council has done an incredible amount of research and a great deal of work and discussion around the impact of those roles, the (unintelligible), and given them feedback on what they as players would like to see out of this. Just over the last day or so they’ve been going over the visual impact of the class. What they would expect to see out of the class and how that translates into something that is visually impactful, but respectful of the lore, respectful of the game, and just balancing those pieces together.
      Sapience – Thinks sometimes the team gets so into it with the Players Council that they forget that they should maybe shine a light on what’s going on and when. And he knows that it’s a big deal for a lot of players, so being able to share with them exactly what the Players Council is seeing and discussing is really important.
    36. (Unintelligible discussion about request for a specific class, something said about there being other things considered first)
      Sapience – Thinks now they’re going to get a thousand questions about what other classes were discussed.
      Rowan – They had 24 pitches before settling on the Beorning.
      Sapience – 24 possibilities before they get to the Beorning, so for those who think they just pull things out of a hat, there were a lot of long discussions about a great many things before they decide on what’s going into the game.
    37. Someone asks to hear the Bounders Bounty answer again
      Sapience – The Cliff notes version is that it won’t be coming back in the form we’d remember it. There is a possibility of it maybe being repurposed as something else later. But as the Bounder’s Bounty event, no.
    38. Has there been any more discussion about the possibility of adding more housing hooks
      Rowan – Limited discussion. (Unintelligible, brief comment that sounded like something along the lines of “Not right now, maybe later”).
    39. Sapience apologizes for really bad sound, says he thinks it wouldn’t have been fair to drop out of the entire run because Skype crashed. They’ve been trying to do their best with the sound, and to me who will be trying to make a transcript. [Apology accepted, but I'm sending you the Advil bills! - Frick]
      Sapience Thanks Aaron for coming in to talk with us.
    40. Some more unintelligible stuff from Sapience, sounds like he’s talking about the time and how it stacks up against the rest of the times so far.
    41. Sapience gets his sound working a bit better and apologizes again for the sound quality and promises that he’s going to work out the sound issues before next run. Reminds everyone that there are only a few more runs before the event is complete. Someone suggests that my forum title be changed to "Strained Ears." [That would be quite appropriate! - Frick]
    42. Someone asks about the item system answer Rowan gave
      He doesn’t want to say too much about it because he wants to do a livestream about the system in its entirety later on. He and Rowan also didn’t want to go into it too much because HoarseDev would have killed them if they’d spilled the beans on him.
    43. Someone asks for clarification about what Rowan said about the housing hooks
      Changing the hook system around a bit, expanding it, giving us more are things they’ve discussed a lot and there’s really not any work being done on it at the moment. Maybe at some point if they find time they might try to take a look at it and see what can be done. But he was basically just reiterating what he said in his producer’s letter about housing not being something they’re going to invest a lot in this year.
    44. Sapience says more but there is now no audio at all, so he ends the livestream.
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    Wow, you guys really weren't joking about the sound!! That one took me longer than any of them so far, and there were quite a bit fewer questions covered! Some great info, though.

    It goes without saying that if anyone has any clarifications or corrections on what's up there, please post. hehe.

    Sorry again for the delay, it's been a busy week/end for me. Next one coming soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frickinmuck View Post
    Wow, you guys really weren't joking about the sound!! That one took me longer than any of them so far, and there were quite a bit fewer questions covered! Some great info, though.

    It goes without saying that if anyone has any clarifications or corrections on what's up there, please post. hehe.

    Sorry again for the delay, it's been a busy week/end for me. Next one coming soon.
    I'm sure it will all work much better after Google finishes taking Twitch over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Comstrike View Post
    I'm sure it will all work much better after Google finishes taking Twitch over.
    Another thing Google is taking over? *sigh*

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    Quote Originally Posted by frickinmuck View Post
    Another thing Google is taking over? *sigh*
    Only a billion dollars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frickinmuck View Post
    Another thing Google is taking over? *sigh*
    If it's not Google, it's Facebook. I just hope it doesn't get integrated into YouTube because that would really suck. I like Twitch the way it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galuhad View Post
    If it's not Google, it's Facebook. I just hope it doesn't get integrated into YouTube because that would really suck. I like Twitch the way it is.
    Yep, I deleted all my accounts on everything a year or more ago. Everything. And I guess now Twitch will likely follow, and I'll just be viewing as a guest again.

    I loved what Markus Persson said when FB bought Oculus. LOL I was pretty bummed out about that I have to say. I had high hopes for Oculus. But now it's just going to be another creepy Google Glass type thing.

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    How in the world did you decipher all of those words from all of that marble chewing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thurallor View Post
    How in the world did you decipher all of those words from all of that marble chewing?
    She has a babble fish stuck in her ear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galuhad View Post
    If it's not Google, it's Facebook. I just hope it doesn't get integrated into YouTube because that would really suck. I like Twitch the way it is.
    Anybody BUT Facebook. Google may have botched the YouTube account grab but they still have vastly better people than FB and more of them. To say nothing of enough money to buy and sell Zuckerburg's ego.

    I Google'd myself last week. The result came back was a paid ad that said on my death bed I would achieve total consciousness.

    So at least I've got that going for me, which is nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Comstrike View Post
    Anybody BUT Facebook. Google may have botched the YouTube account grab but they still have vastly better people than FB and more of them. To say nothing of enough money to buy and sell Zuckerburg's ego.

    I Google'd myself last week. The result came back was a paid ad that said on my death bed I would achieve total consciousness.

    So at least I've got that going for me, which is nice.
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    Again, a huge thanks to Frick for going through that recording to get the transcript done. I've done transcribing off of bad audio and can imagine how many rewinds you would've had to do to get through with so few unintelligible bits.

    Thanks as well to Sapience/Rowan for making the best of a tricky sound situation. It's hard to do the run, answer questions, and fix audio all at the same time, but you gave it a college try nonetheless. Much appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Palentian View Post
    She has a babble fish stuck in her ear.
    Hehe. That would have made it easier. What I actually had to do was crank the very bass-heavy sound and re-listen to it a few times to decipher what I could from it. Hence the headache afterward! I think I managed to get most of it, and what I didn't get I was at least able, I think, to get the gist of what was being said.

    It was pretty exciting to hear about Gondor. I can't wait. I really can't.

    Quote Originally Posted by Warmutkan View Post
    Thanks as well to Sapience/Rowan for making the best of a tricky sound situation. It's hard to do the run, answer questions, and fix audio all at the same time, but you gave it a college try nonetheless. Much appreciated.
    Indeed, they handled it as well as could be asked of them. I was impressed with their tenacity. Lesser mortals would have given up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frickinmuck View Post
    It was pretty exciting to hear about Gondor. I can't wait. I really can't.
    I'm more excited to hear about the new item system. Is this going to be a new LI thing?? Something like Dark Alliance's item creation? I know you guys are busy with Beornings, but I hope you can pull something awesome for the new item system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palentian View Post
    I'm more excited to hear about the new item system. Is this going to be a new LI thing?? Something like Dark Alliance's item creation? I know you guys are busy with Beornings, but I hope you can pull something awesome for the new item system.
    Yeah, I can't wait for that item system livestream. LOTRO itemisation needs some shakeups, so I'm looking forward to what they come out with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Palentian View Post
    I'm more excited to hear about the new item system. Is this going to be a new LI thing?? Something like Dark Alliance's item creation? I know you guys are busy with Beornings, but I hope you can pull something awesome for the new item system.
    I agree, that's exciting as well, but I've been excited about Gondor since way back in Angmar. I can't believe it's finally just around the corner. Hearing Rowan describe it just makes me that much more excited for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frickinmuck View Post
    Q&A Hobbits to Isengard - Riddermark

    Please note: I am paraphrasing here. Anything said here is coming through my interpretation of what was said, and is subject to being corrected, so don't take all this as the final word.

    If anyone who was present has any additions or corrections, feel free to post.

    Q&A Hobbits to Isengard - Riddermark
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    Guest for this run - EP Aaron "Rowan" Campbell

    1. What changes are going to be made for the next round of Hobnanigans
      Bug fixes, most likely. Assuming that the next round isn’t until U14, because that’s the earliest the game will be updated. As far as he knows , there is no 13.2 planned.
    2. Do you ever pen and paper in Middle Earth, and if so which system
      No. He used to pen and paper D&D a long time ago, but not for a good many years now. And now he’s getting “For shame!” from Tolero. Thanks everyone for opening up a Sapience shaming session in the office.
    3. When is the new class coming
      In the update in which it’s planned for. They won’ t be talking much more about it until we get closer to the time of its release. In the meantime the Players Council is actually having a lot of discussions about Beornings.
    4. Is there a discussion about obtaining the huorn pets and housing items in another way outside the random presents
      Not at the moment. He thinks at some point there will be other ways to get pets besides the random loot drop, but for now that is the system for those specific pets.
    5. Do you remember which version of D&D
      He honestly doesn’t. It was a very long time ago.
    6. Question about U14
      They will discuss it as U14 gets closer – probably sometime after the Spring Festival.
    7. Are there more Hobnanigans planned for the future
      Yes, it’s not a one-off event. They are going to turn it on at planned times in the year. More frequently than the Treasure Hunt (they’re actually bringing the Treasure Hunt back as well). It will be a weekend event they will turn on probably every 4 – 6 weeks or something like that.
    8. Someone retweeted a tweet from almost 2 years ago when they’d just introduced the Well-met title and had just given it two people (the winners of the Biggest Fan contest). So at the time those two people were the only ones with that title. They’ve given out quite a few since then. The only way to get the title is to physically meet a Turbine employee. There are various employees that have them, if you bump into them they’ll give you one. If you go to any of the meet and greets or parties you’ll get one. That is the only way to get one – to meet someone from Turbine in person. If he had to make a guess on how many Well-met titles there are out there right now – and it would just be a guess – it would probably be around 1,000, maybe 1,100.
    9. Will there ever be any meet and greets besides Boston or New England
      They’ve done meet and greets In Orlando Florida, North Carolina, Buffalo New York and Seattle. So yes, they’ve done them in multiple places. There is currently a discussion about a possible Niagara Falls or Buffalo New York meet and greet for June 20th, because he will be in that area.
    10. Suggestion to put the devs on a tour bus
      When the game launched they actually put a few devs in a car and toured around the US and went to various places. He remembers because he was a player at the time and they went to King of Prussia Mall in Philadelphia, and he went down there to see them.
    11. Do the DDO employees carry a copy of the Well-met title for when they meet players
      Cordovan has carried one a few times when he’s gone places, so he does have them. He’s the one we’d be most likely to bump in to, he thinks, for some kind of DDO meet and greet. Sapience makes a point to make sure that Cordovan has a couple things for LotRO players when he goes out in case he bumps into any LotRO players. But he doesn’t think any of the other devs do.
    12. Do you know why the breaking of Isengard was changed slightly from the official version, where Aaragorn meets the Grey Company before they confront Saruman as opposed to the books
      Yes he does, and in fact MadeOfLions has made a couple of posts explaining why. Expediency. It was a minor change to move the LotRO epic story a long a bit faster, and wrap up that book. He has a post in the forums about it.
    13. Discussion about the Buffalo/Niagara Falls meet and greet
      It has not yet been decided which side the meet and greet will happen on. If you have an opinion, drop by the forum thread and get in on the discussion there. He’s game for either.
    14. How come you never show your face in beta – we only see ApplePie
      There are no betas going on. When there are actual closed betas he’s usually more active. Not so much on Bullroarer when they have updates on there before going live, but actual betas for larger expansions, that’s when he’s usually on. Mostly because he tends to do the events when they do betas, especially when they do end of world events or any kind of specific event, he’s usually part of those. When they do smaller testing for smaller updates they don’t generally do events like that, or else they are much smaller or brief during very narrow windows, and not big “break the server” or “break the world” type events.
    15. Question about prizes for Bullroarer
      Prizes are specifically for beta, which happens to occur on Bullroarer when they have expansions. Having Bullroarer open for updates is not a major event.
      EP Aaron “Rowan” Campbell joins the chat
    16. Rowan says he had a lot of fun today. He got to see Paths of the Dead, and a run through of Belfalas and up to the gates of Dol Amroth. He thinks it’s the most beautiful region they’ve done to date. He has that backed up by the Art Director. It’s the most beautiful region he’s seen. He felt like he was in Greece.
    17. Todd the Art Director comes by and is seen on camera briefly.
      Rowan – Belfalas is the most beautiful region they’ve seen yet. You can see Dol Amroth in the distance and the region really comes alive.
    18. When do we get U14
      Rowan – Summertime. We’re a couple of months out.
    19. With these planned updates, are there any plans for a closed beta of any of it
      Rowan – No closed beta. It will all be on Bullroarer.
      Sapience – So everyone will get to see it at pretty much the same time.
      Rowan – Yes. They’ll give the more broken version to Palantir.
      Sapience – As usual.
    20. How is that going to affect the performance of the GPU, that being such a visually stunning area
      Rowan – There was a little stutter coming over the rise to Dol Amroth that they will have to work through. They’re really pushing the distance of view. The smoke from the individual beacons that are lit and stretching way out into the distance. But they will make sure to polish the performance on people’s graphics cards.
    21. What else, other than the new region, can we look forward to in U14
      Sapience – Without spilling too many beans.
      Rowan – He has such a broad view of everything they’re working on that he has to think a bit to separate them out. Beorning work is coming along well. That’s not a U14 thing, that’s a later in the year thing. They’re doing a lot of work around cosmetic pets. There will be a new item system coming with U14 – a new way for us to build out and customize the items we want.
    22. What about Hobnanigans, when will we see some of the bugs fixed
      Rowan – Yes, they will dig into Hobnanigans. They want it to be a regular event, they’re hoping monthly, which is part of the extended reward system we’ve been seeing. They expect a lot of those bug fixes to come for U14. He thinks some of those ‘bugs’ are more of a feature – the way the physics work, such as a chicken getting stuck on a haystack, jumping on the haystack and hitting the chicken way over your opponent’s head to score. But they are going to be working on the problems like the chicken going out of bounds and that sort of thing. He’s not sure how they are going to address players going AFK, and interaction issues.
    23. Could you share the size of Belfalas compared to other regions
      Rowan – Belfalas is only one of three areas in this update. And Paths of the Dead is pretty sizeable as well.
      Sapience – So these are not little bite-sized pieces.
      Rowan – What we saw in Fangorn recently is what they refer to as a mini-region. It was intended to be a very small place for a single piece of content and to illustrate some of the epic story. These will be more substantial. They’ve got the entire city of Dol Amroth. It’s rather large, actually.
      Sapience – Can you say if they are going to all be connected or if there are going to be ports?
      Rowan – It’s all contiguous landscape. You have to cross through the Paths of the Dead to get there.
      Sapience – So it’s not easy to get to.
      Rowan – No. And not all the oathbreakers have chosen to follow Aaragorn.
      Sapience – That sounds like it could be problematic for us as players.
    24. Sapience tells Rowan about the request made last run, for the winning server to get all the festivals turned on at once. Rowan makes “the face” of dread.
      Rowan – That breaks things. Choose your favourite.
    25. Can you show us some of the concept art from the upcoming update
      Sapience – Says they’re too far out yet to be ready to share anything.
      Rowan – He’s talking to the Middle Earth people later this week, so they’re not quite there yet.
      Sapience – To clarify, by “Middle Earth” people, they’re referring to their licensor. The things players are asking for right now, they need to show to them first. A lot of people don’t realize, they come up with these great ideas and then they have to go to the licensor and say “we think these are great ideas.” And 99% of the time they say, “we think so too.” But they still have to go through the process.
      Rowan – “They’re pretty nice to us.”
    26. Can you tell us about anything new in the Spring Festival
      Rowan – He’s not sure. (Some unintelligible comments here). They have plans to change some of the itemization and rewards for festivals moving forward. Some of it is going to key into the new item system they’re working on. They want to key that into festivals, they want to key that into guilds, they want to extend it out.
      Sapience – Someone suggested BBQ at the end for everybody.
      Rowan – There’s a really great BBQ place near there.
      Sapience – Last year’s Players Council know exactly how good it is. They took some of them out there.
    27. Can you share concept art from past updates
      Sapience – He’ll make a point of talking to Todd, the Art Director and digging some out.
    28. We know that Minas Tirith will be coming in the near to mid future. I know that not much can likely be said, but I imagine it will be a massive area in its own right
      Sapience – This reminds him of a conversation he heard with MadeOfLions about how big it really is compared to how big people think it is.
      Rowan – They’re taking a couple of years to do something that is a week and a half timeframe. And while the landscape seems really substantial, it’s actually quite compact. If you’re standing in Osgiliath looking out toward the edge of the Pelennor fields, Minas Tirith is right there and (unintelligible). One thing that has definitely come up in their discussions is that for aesthetic reasons – not just the movies, this is going back many years – have made Minas Tirith a much more vertical city and a much larger city in terms of presentation than was actually described by Tolkien. So they’re right now in the process of balancing out, what is the size of those walls. What looks impressive in the distance that you can still feel the impact of as you get closer. (A bit more unintelligible stuff that sounds like an elaboration of that basic concept).
    29. Do we know if U14 is going to have tier 9 crafting icons
      Rowan – He thinks that’s number 2 or 3 on their UI list right now. Number one is making sure they have beautiful maps for the new regions.
      Sapience – So it’s on the list, but it may not be U14, maybe 14.1 or something?
      Rowan – Nods.
    30. Do you have any plans to scale any of the traditional instances this year, like Moria or Isengard
      Rowan – Right now no plans. That’s a whole area they need to look at carefully and review. He’d like to find ways to (unintelligible). Of course they are doing a lot of work right now to improve the experience of epic battles.
    31. Sapience responds to a joking comment by a player in the chat
      Sapience – No, you did not just hear Rowan say free housing update for all in Minas Tirith.
      Rowan – (Laughs) He saw the Gondorian architecture today and his first thought was, everyone is going to be asking for housing there immediately.
    32. Unintelligible question about whether Bounder’s Bounty event will come back
      Sapience – Thinks that was a one-off event.
      Rowan – That was a completed event that he doesn’t expect to return. (Unintelligible, something about wanting to extend things like Hobnanigans, and putting that effort into some of the seasonal stuff).
    33. Request to restate the Minas Tirith answer because people didn’t hear it well
      Rowan – The big problem about Minas Tirith is that the landscape they’re looking at, the space they’re looking at when you come around to the northern side of the mountains, is very tight. The Pelennor fields and Minas Tirith not even in the distance – it’s kind of in your face. So that’s something they’re going to need to address and that’s why they’re already in multiple prototypes for the space. One thing that they’ve found looking over not just movies but concept art and artistic works referencing this for a number of years now is that the artists have almost inevitably made Minas Tirith a more vertical space. Tolkien described it with 100 foot walls in tiers. In the scale they are working with, it’s actually not that remarkable at all. It doesn’t have that impact or that feel, so they are playing with multiple versions of it, seeing what comes out best and really captures the impression and impact they want to make with Minas Tirith.
    34. Do you have any idea how bit the Paths of the Dead will be
      Rowan – Doesn’t want to talk too much about it and spoil any surprises MadeOfLions has for us. A lot of it involves the epic story. A lot of it involves making volume 4 heroic and that’s totally in his camp. (Some unintelligible stuff elaborating on that). For the most part we are going to be going through and following along after Aaragorn has passed through there.
      Sapience – That’s a good thing to point out. Generally speaking throughout the game, we are slightly behind the fellowship. So they’re doing the things in the book and we’re coming behind them and either cleaning up the fallout like we did with Moria, or kind of trying to round up the bits and pieces that they’ll need later.
      Rowan – Right. There’s so much more going on. Gondor has been besieged, the entire area has been panicked, and we might think, appropriately after watching thousands of dead rise up from the ground, come out of the mountain and walk through their town. So there’s a lot going on in the area.
      Sapience – Is hearing that basically there’s plenty to do then.
      Rowan – Yes. He especially likes the corsairs.
      Sapience – Says now they’re talking about corsairs. He wasn’t going to say anything about them.
    35. Sapience says that one of the things he thinks players would like to hear about is that they’ve been having a lot of conversations with the Players Council and he thinks sometimes that they don’t really explain what those look like or what shape they take. He asks Rowan to explain a bit about what’s going on, for example, with the Beorning discussion.
      Rowan – They’ve opened up their initial design manifest, a non-technical view on the intent and roles for the class, and the Players Council has done an incredible amount of research and a great deal of work and discussion around the impact of those roles, the (unintelligible), and given them feedback on what they as players would like to see out of this. Just over the last day or so they’ve been going over the visual impact of the class. What they would expect to see out of the class and how that translates into something that is visually impactful, but respectful of the lore, respectful of the game, and just balancing those pieces together.
      Sapience – Thinks sometimes the team gets so into it with the Players Council that they forget that they should maybe shine a light on what’s going on and when. And he knows that it’s a big deal for a lot of players, so being able to share with them exactly what the Players Council is seeing and discussing is really important.
    36. (Unintelligible discussion about request for a specific class, something said about there being other things considered first)
      Sapience – Thinks now they’re going to get a thousand questions about what other classes were discussed.
      Rowan – They had 24 pitches before settling on the Beorning.
      Sapience – 24 possibilities before they get to the Beorning, so for those who think they just pull things out of a hat, there were a lot of long discussions about a great many things before they decide on what’s going into the game.
    37. Someone asks to hear the Bounders Bounty answer again
      Sapience – The Cliff notes version is that it won’t be coming back in the form we’d remember it. There is a possibility of it maybe being repurposed as something else later. But as the Bounder’s Bounty event, no.
    38. Has there been any more discussion about the possibility of adding more housing hooks
      Rowan – Limited discussion. (Unintelligible, brief comment that sounded like something along the lines of “Not right now, maybe later”).
    39. Sapience apologizes for really bad sound, says he thinks it wouldn’t have been fair to drop out of the entire run because Skype crashed. They’ve been trying to do their best with the sound, and to me who will be trying to make a transcript. [Apology accepted, but I'm sending you the Advil bills! - Frick]
      Sapience Thanks Aaron for coming in to talk with us.
    40. Some more unintelligible stuff from Sapience, sounds like he’s talking about the time and how it stacks up against the rest of the times so far.
    41. Sapience gets his sound working a bit better and apologizes again for the sound quality and promises that he’s going to work out the sound issues before next run. Reminds everyone that there are only a few more runs before the event is complete. Someone suggests that my forum title be changed to "Strained Ears." [That would be quite appropriate! - Frick]
    42. Someone asks about the item system answer Rowan gave
      He doesn’t want to say too much about it because he wants to do a livestream about the system in its entirety later on. He and Rowan also didn’t want to go into it too much because HoarseDev would have killed them if they’d spilled the beans on him.
    43. Someone asks for clarification about what Rowan said about the housing hooks
      Changing the hook system around a bit, expanding it, giving us more are things they’ve discussed a lot and there’s really not any work being done on it at the moment. Maybe at some point if they find time they might try to take a look at it and see what can be done. But he was basically just reiterating what he said in his producer’s letter about housing not being something they’re going to invest a lot in this year.
    44. Sapience says more but there is now no audio at all, so he ends the livestream.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapience View Post
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    Q&A Hobbits to Isengard - Riddermark

    Please note: I am paraphrasing here. Anything said here is coming through my interpretation of what was said, and is subject to being corrected, so don't take all this as the final word.

    If anyone who was present has any additions or corrections, feel free to post.

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    21. What else, other than the new region, can we look forward to in U14
    Sapience – Without spilling too many beans.
    Rowan – He has such a broad view of everything they’re working on that he has to think a bit to separate them out. Beorning work is coming along well. That’s not a U14 thing, that’s a later in the year thing. They’re doing a lot of work around cosmetic pets. There will be a new item system coming with U14 – a new way for us to build out and customize the items we want.

    42. Someone asks about the item system answer Rowan gave
    He doesn’t want to say too much about it because he wants to do a livestream about the system in its entirety later on. He and Rowan also didn’t want to go into it too much because HoarseDev would have killed them if they’d spilled the beans on him.

    Oh, oh, oh! PLEASE tell: these new item systems... LI revamp, maybe?! *potentially excited* Surely HoarseDev wouldn't be that miffed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mar-Evayave View Post
    Oh, oh, oh! PLEASE tell: these new item systems... LI revamp, maybe?! *potentially excited* Surely HoarseDev wouldn't be that miffed!
    It is highly unlikely to involve the LI system, but yes, one can dream . I logged into Dwarrowdelf this afternoon and realized that I was early ;p for the TTHTI run. Dang. I tried to get the live stream and was not able to get that. Bummer , so it is wait for Frick time. 4pm CDT is not a great idea for US players. I hope the EU Dwarrodelfians do a good job. My Nimrodel is last. Oh well, no telling what mayhem will happen then.
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    A new Itemslot would be cool. This wouldn't hurt crafting so much.

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    I guess the ultimate question is whether the new item will occupy a new slot or go into one of the existing ones. I'm assuming it'll go into one of the existing slots, replacing normal gear.

    The real question is: Do Turbine have the guts -- either right away or after it's had a year to mature -- to replace LIs entirely with the new item type? Would people want that if they did?
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    Quote Originally Posted by furtim View Post
    I guess the ultimate question is whether the new item will occupy a new slot or go into one of the existing ones. I'm assuming it'll go into one of the existing slots, replacing normal gear.

    The real question is: Do Turbine have the guts -- either right away or after it's had a year to mature -- to replace LIs entirely with the new item type? Would people want that if they did?
    Regardless of what the new item system is, I'd personally like to see some (any!) improvements to the LI system. As it stands, it's the only thing that makes me grumble about a level cap rise (which otherwise I like).

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