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    Q&A Hobbits to Isengard - Dwarrowdelf

    Q&A Hobbits to Isengard - Dwarrowdelf

    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 - Dwarrowdelf
    Video available here and here.

    1. Can you share the reason why shrew pets were made random drop instead of providing a barter option
      That was a design decision on the part of the devs who created it.
    2. Was your answer a variation on “Because the devs said so”
      Yes, which is a further variation of “Because I’m the mom” he guesses.
    3. Shout out reminding people to check out the real-life player events section of the forums to get involved in a player meet and greet in the Buffalo or Niagara Falls area for end of June. It works best if people RSVP so they can get a head count so that whoever organizes the venue can give the bar or restaurant managers a heads up on how many will be there and when.
    4. Any rewards other than shrews
      He doesn’t know what the full loot table for the Spring Festival is.
    5. Any plans to put vendors in the Entwood
      Probably not, for obvious reasons. Not the kind of place vendors would be hanging out.
    6. Request for details on U14
      That’s a ways off, they won’t be sharing anything until it’s closer to going on BR, and that’s a ways off yet.
    7. What do you think about flying mounts in LotRO
      NO. There are no suitable flying mounts for LotRO. And don’t say eagles.
    8. Reminder that Weatherstock is scheduled for June 14th this year.
    9. Have you ever wanted to take control of your character during a run
      There have been a couple of times when he’s wished he could do something, but had to watch helplessly as he got stuck on something and had to wait the 30 or 40 seconds until the person he was following figured out he was stuck and ran back to get him.
    10. Do you think free character slots might ever be increased
      Not likely. Total number of character slots that are unlockable, that is a conversation that has happened. There’s been talk of increasing the limit up from 17 when the Beorning is released so that people don’t have to delete a character in order to make a Beorning.
    11. Have you obtained a shrew on your real account yet
      No. He hasn’t had time to do any Spring Festival stuff yet. He’ll probably play this weekend.
    12. Any idea what you’ll do when Mordor comes out
      He expects it will be dark, brooding, fire, big black gate. Other than that, not saying.
    13. Have you completed all raids on T2
      He doesn’t think so. Not all of them.
    14. Have there been talks about changing subscription types – premium, VIP, F2P
      They’re always talking about how to make VIP better. For example, adding more value to the package such as opening mail in the wild. But other than that, not a lot of discussion.
    15. Can you use your Persuasive Abilities to talk the artists into making something other than tablecloth mounts
      He will pass the suggestion on. He makes no guarantees.
    16. Is it possible to upgrade the current gear rather than get new gear when the level cap is raised
      Probably not. Level to cap, get new gear, new LIs. These things go hand in hand.
    17. Should the next event be Level the Hobbit to Isengard
      Grind him up to the current level (laughs). Actually there was some discussion yesterday about what the next event might be, and there was a suggestion of taking his hobbit through Moria based on the same rules. Getting his hobbit to 50 and get him into Moria past the LI intro quests, and take him through there and see how many times he gets chucked off a cliff, people get lost. He thinks it would be interesting, so he’s kind of kicking that idea around. He thinks it would be fun and would give players who haven’t seen Moria yet a chance to see what it looks like in the game.
    18. People are really into the Moria idea in the chat, so he’s going to give it more thought, think about when it might happen and how it might work. First he’s going try out the roundtable livestream in the beginning of June, some U14 livestreams as that gets closer, etc.
    19. HoarseDev mentioned working on a way to swap between trait and promotion presets, any update on that
      He recalls HoarseDev mentioning that, but he’s out of the office today. He will ask him when he’s back in the office.
    20. Any chance of a 24 hour all-nighter before Extra Life
      He was toying with the idea of a pre-Extra Life event, sort of a telethon or something. At least do an evening sometime between now and Oct 25. Something he’s definitely thinking about. It would be on his Twitch channel, not the LotRO one.
    21. Will the next event be taking Mrs Sapience to a well-deserved night out for her patience
      He’s been told that they’re going to the Top of the Hub tomorrow. A restaurant at the top of the Prudential, which is supposed to be a really nice place to go.
    22. Suggestion of having the devs come in and spawn monsters and things
      Bad things can happen if that is done, so they never do that on live servers, only on Bullroarer at the end of a testing cycle when it doesn’t matter if they crash things.
    23. Is there a character that starts at level 50 that the hobbit can be started as
      No. All though, the discussion is that Beornings are starting at level 50. But there is the Gift of the Valar, which could be used to level the hobbit to level 50 for the Moria thing.
    24. Around the office do you guys call each other by their given names, or by their game names
      They use the given names. He’s been a member of guilds in the past where they were so used to calling each other by their game names that when they met in person they just kept doing that, but in the office they call each other by their given names.
    25. Do you ever hang out on Crickhollow
      Sometimes. He thinks he was there in the Moors recently.
    26. Any plans of putting these runs on fast forward and playing the Benny Hill music
      No, but that would be pretty funny.
    27. How many first ages do you have
      He thinks his hunter has 4 at the moment, and his LM has 3.
    28. Do you ever tank with your LM
      No, but he’s tanked on his hunter from time to time.
    29. Any chance of cosmetic weapons and shields becoming a thing
      No.
    30. How many South African players have you met
      None. But as an amateur radio operator, he’s had radio conversations with people in South Africa, which is impressive when he’s only working with about 75 watts of output power.
    31. Any progress on getting devs to add a memorial to the Bridge of Hobbit Doom
      None so far. He thinks it’s going to be a really hard sell.
    32. Any chance of a light version of the client for mobile devices
      No. There’s absolutely nothing light about LotRO.
    33. Any changes to instance finder coming
      None that he’s aware of. He knows there have been conversations, but no plans that have come out of them.
    34. Question about how things went with the licensor today
      Rowan had a meeting with Middle Earth Enterprises today to go over some of the U14 and Beorning stuff with them. He talked to Rowan after the meeting and he said it went really well, and they’re moving forward. Generally speaking they are pretty happy with Turbine. They have a really good relationship with the licensor.
    35. Would you buy a real hobbit house if you could in real life
      He plugs a company that does sheds and chicken coops and things to look like a hobbit hole. He wishes he could afford to put a guest house hobbit hole in the back yard.
    36. Everyone wants to know what’s in your vending machines
      After the stream he will take a picture and tweet it out, for whatever bizarre reason. Probably not what you think. It depends on which kitchen you go to. They have a large office with 3 kitchens. One has just a standard vending machine, another one has a frozen food vending machine with ice cream and hot pockets.
    37. Is there anything planned to appeal to new players
      One of the things they’re adding with U14 is a global chat channel. A lot of new players when they first start out feel like the game is dead because they’re logging in at level one and all the players are up at 95 and there’s really no communication back and forth between those groups. GLFF isn’t used by new players, or by the majority of players for that matter. A lot of new players don’t know it exists or how to join it. Having the global channel well get them socially involved in the world right from the start.
    38. Will the Northern portions of Mirkwood be added
      No plans that he’s aware of at this time.
    39. More discussion of the vending machines
      They have standard chips, cookies, candy in one machine, the frozen stuff in another machine, and they also get a weekly fruit delivery of apples, oranges, grapes, bananas, in a big fridge. Plus coffee, soda, hot chocolate, water – all that stuff. He doesn’t know why that’s so interesting (laughs).
    40. Any information on how catapults will be implemented
      Nope. There will probably be more info closer to U14.
    41. Do you enjoy playing Dungeons & Dragons
      He does. He doesn’t have as much time as he’d like to play the games he enjoys, but he does login and play DDO. In terms of pen and paper D&D, he doesn’t play that anymore but he used to a long time ago.
    42. All questions you’ve answered should be written down and put on the internet
      That is a fantastic idea. He thinks that is outstanding. It’s almost like somebody has before. Every single run has been meticulously and in his opinion, slightly obsessively and moderately insanely, transcribed by Frickinmuck who even somehow managed to eke out some intelligible conversations from the audio wrecked run the other day. [Only moderately insanely? – Frick]
    43. Any more info on the new itemization system
      Just because HoarseDev isn’t in the office today doesn’t mean he won’t come in and kill him tomorrow if he did that, so no. That’s all HoarseDev, and when he’s ready to talk about it Sapience will drag him in and sit down and have a nice discussion about it.
    44. When are you going to start cutting Frickinmuck a cheque
      He doesn’t know.. sometimes... *shakes head* He thinks she does a fantastic job not only of transcribing things, but also of getting it right, like 99.9999% of the time, even when it’s kind of unintelligible. [I don’t do this for Turbine, I do it for the players. If it helps Turbine then that’s a nice side effect. – Frick]
    45. Can you work at Turbine as a college intern
      He doesn’t know the status of the internship program, but he does know they had some summer jobs for high school students. But they were actual jobs, not internships.
    46. Any plans to make sales more frequent, such as twice a week instead of once
      He wouldn’t say plans, but he sits next to the guy who deals with that stuff, so he’ll talk to him about it.
    47. Can we get a war goat
      There is no discussion of a war goat.
    48. Any chance of making a housing area in Rohan
      There’s absolutely no plans for that right now.
    49. Discussion of war chickens and shrew mounts, mention of Monty Python war rabbit
      Certain places in the game, he’s talking about certain caves, if you go in them you will meet a certain rabbit.
    50. Any changes coming to the Moors with U14
      Yes. They will talk about that as they get closer to U14. If Jinjaah was nearby he’d drag him in and see what he was willing to share, but he doesn’t see him.
    51. What are your thoughts on a one-off booster pack from 0 to level 95 for $1,000
      He will pass the suggestion along, is all he’ll say about it.
    52. What is your favourite festival and why
      He likes the Harvestmath Festival. He likes the Haunted Barrow. He’s a sucker for a good haunted house.
    53. Any advice for someone interested in getting into the gaming industry
      The same advice he gives people asking about getting into radio: anything you can. Get a job. Worry about getting “the” job later. But get a job in the industry, whatever that job may be. You may end up in QA or customer service, but get a foot in the door, regardless of what your long-term goal may be. Just get in the building. Even if you got a job working with the maintenance guy, you’re in the building, you’re going to meet people, talk to people, you will get insights into how the company works. If you’re in customer service you’ll get familiarity with the products, same with QA. Really just worry about getting your dream job later and just focus on getting into the industry in any way you can. Even if it’s not what you imagine yourself doing for the rest of your life. Just get in the door.
    54. Can you help me with getting a job in the gaming industry in South Africa
      Unfortunately he knows nothing about the industry there and has no contacts there, but he would think it’s pretty universal. Get a marketable skillset, get any job you can even if it’s slightly above your skillset – just get in there. He knows quite a few people start in QA. In fact he seems to recall that Rowan started in QA.
    55. Have you ever thought of selling one day in the Eyes & Guard
      No. For those who don’t know, the Eyes & Guard is a level up power up buff up tavern that lets you take a character who is new in the world and level it to cap with full gear, maxed out stats, maxed renown, infamy, all your monster play stats – pretty much a fully capped and maxed out character. So no.
    56. What is your favourite mount
      His favourite is the original Harvestmath steed. He just really likes the look of it.
    57. Suggestion for new cosmetic item “Don’t follow me, I’m lost”
      (Laughs) He’ll pass that along, but it would have to be written in runes.

  2. #527
    Sapience is offline Former Community Manager & Harbinger of Soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by frickinmuck View Post
    Q&A Hobbits to Isengard - Dwarrowdelf

    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 - Dwarrowdelf
    Video available here and here.

    1. Can you share the reason why shrew pets were made random drop instead of providing a barter option
      That was a design decision on the part of the devs who created it.
    2. Was your answer a variation on “Because the devs said so”
      Yes, which is a further variation of “Because I’m the mom” he guesses.
    3. Shout out reminding people to check out the real-life player events section of the forums to get involved in a player meet and greet in the Buffalo or Niagara Falls area for end of June. It works best if people RSVP so they can get a head count so that whoever organizes the venue can give the bar or restaurant managers a heads up on how many will be there and when.
    4. Any rewards other than shrews
      He doesn’t know what the full loot table for the Spring Festival is.
    5. Any plans to put vendors in the Entwood
      Probably not, for obvious reasons. Not the kind of place vendors would be hanging out.
    6. Request for details on U14
      That’s a ways off, they won’t be sharing anything until it’s closer to going on BR, and that’s a ways off yet.
    7. What do you think about flying mounts in LotRO
      NO. There are no suitable flying mounts for LotRO. And don’t say eagles.
    8. Reminder that Weatherstock is scheduled for June 14th this year.
    9. Have you ever wanted to take control of your character during a run
      There have been a couple of times when he’s wished he could do something, but had to watch helplessly as he got stuck on something and had to wait the 30 or 40 seconds until the person he was following figured out he was stuck and ran back to get him.
    10. Do you think free character slots might ever be increased
      Not likely. Total number of character slots that are unlockable, that is a conversation that has happened. There’s been talk of increasing the limit up from 17 when the Beorning is released so that people don’t have to delete a character in order to make a Beorning.
    11. Have you obtained a shrew on your real account yet
      No. He hasn’t had time to do any Spring Festival stuff yet. He’ll probably play this weekend.
    12. Any idea what you’ll do when Mordor comes out
      He expects it will be dark, brooding, fire, big black gate. Other than that, not saying.
    13. Have you completed all raids on T2
      He doesn’t think so. Not all of them.
    14. Have there been talks about changing subscription types – premium, VIP, F2P
      They’re always talking about how to make VIP better. For example, adding more value to the package such as opening mail in the wild. But other than that, not a lot of discussion.
    15. Can you use your Persuasive Abilities to talk the artists into making something other than tablecloth mounts
      He will pass the suggestion on. He makes no guarantees.
    16. Is it possible to upgrade the current gear rather than get new gear when the level cap is raised
      Probably not. Level to cap, get new gear, new LIs. These things go hand in hand.
    17. Should the next event be Level the Hobbit to Isengard
      Grind him up to the current level (laughs). Actually there was some discussion yesterday about what the next event might be, and there was a suggestion of taking his hobbit through Moria based on the same rules. Getting his hobbit to 50 and get him into Moria past the LI intro quests, and take him through there and see how many times he gets chucked off a cliff, people get lost. He thinks it would be interesting, so he’s kind of kicking that idea around. He thinks it would be fun and would give players who haven’t seen Moria yet a chance to see what it looks like in the game.
    18. People are really into the Moria idea in the chat, so he’s going to give it more thought, think about when it might happen and how it might work. First he’s going try out the roundtable livestream in the beginning of June, some U14 livestreams as that gets closer, etc.
    19. HoarseDev mentioned working on a way to swap between trait and promotion presets, any update on that
      He recalls HoarseDev mentioning that, but he’s out of the office today. He will ask him when he’s back in the office.
    20. Any chance of a 24 hour all-nighter before Extra Life
      He was toying with the idea of a pre-Extra Life event, sort of a telethon or something. At least do an evening sometime between now and Oct 25. Something he’s definitely thinking about. It would be on his Twitch channel, not the LotRO one.
    21. Will the next event be taking Mrs Sapience to a well-deserved night out for her patience
      He’s been told that they’re going to the Top of the Hub tomorrow. A restaurant at the top of the Prudential, which is supposed to be a really nice place to go.
    22. Suggestion of having the devs come in and spawn monsters and things
      Bad things can happen if that is done, so they never do that on live servers, only on Bullroarer at the end of a testing cycle when it doesn’t matter if they crash things.
    23. Is there a character that starts at level 50 that the hobbit can be started as
      No. All though, the discussion is that Beornings are starting at level 50. But there is the Gift of the Valar, which could be used to level the hobbit to level 50 for the Moria thing.
    24. Around the office do you guys call each other by their given names, or by their game names
      They use the given names. He’s been a member of guilds in the past where they were so used to calling each other by their game names that when they met in person they just kept doing that, but in the office they call each other by their given names.
    25. Do you ever hang out on Crickhollow
      Sometimes. He thinks he was there in the Moors recently.
    26. Any plans of putting these runs on fast forward and playing the Benny Hill music
      No, but that would be pretty funny.
    27. How many first ages do you have
      He thinks his hunter has 4 at the moment, and his LM has 3.
    28. Do you ever tank with your LM
      No, but he’s tanked on his hunter from time to time.
    29. Any chance of cosmetic weapons and shields becoming a thing
      No.
    30. How many South African players have you met
      None. But as an amateur radio operator, he’s had radio conversations with people in South Africa, which is impressive when he’s only working with about 75 watts of output power.
    31. Any progress on getting devs to add a memorial to the Bridge of Hobbit Doom
      None so far. He thinks it’s going to be a really hard sell.
    32. Any chance of a light version of the client for mobile devices
      No. There’s absolutely nothing light about LotRO.
    33. Any changes to instance finder coming
      None that he’s aware of. He knows there have been conversations, but no plans that have come out of them.
    34. Question about how things went with the licensor today
      Rowan had a meeting with Middle Earth Enterprises today to go over some of the U14 and Beorning stuff with them. He talked to Rowan after the meeting and he said it went really well, and they’re moving forward. Generally speaking they are pretty happy with Turbine. They have a really good relationship with the licensor.
    35. Would you buy a real hobbit house if you could in real life
      He plugs a company that does sheds and chicken coops and things to look like a hobbit hole. He wishes he could afford to put a guest house hobbit hole in the back yard.
    36. Everyone wants to know what’s in your vending machines
      After the stream he will take a picture and tweet it out, for whatever bizarre reason. Probably not what you think. It depends on which kitchen you go to. They have a large office with 3 kitchens. One has just a standard vending machine, another one has a frozen food vending machine with ice cream and hot pockets.
    37. Is there anything planned to appeal to new players
      One of the things they’re adding with U14 is a global chat channel. A lot of new players when they first start out feel like the game is dead because they’re logging in at level one and all the players are up at 95 and there’s really no communication back and forth between those groups. GLFF isn’t used by new players, or by the majority of players for that matter. A lot of new players don’t know it exists or how to join it. Having the global channel well get them socially involved in the world right from the start.
    38. Will the Northern portions of Mirkwood be added
      No plans that he’s aware of at this time.
    39. More discussion of the vending machines
      They have standard chips, cookies, candy in one machine, the frozen stuff in another machine, and they also get a weekly fruit delivery of apples, oranges, grapes, bananas, in a big fridge. Plus coffee, soda, hot chocolate, water – all that stuff. He doesn’t know why that’s so interesting (laughs).
    40. Any information on how catapults will be implemented
      Nope. There will probably be more info closer to U14.
    41. Do you enjoy playing Dungeons & Dragons
      He does. He doesn’t have as much time as he’d like to play the games he enjoys, but he does login and play DDO. In terms of pen and paper D&D, he doesn’t play that anymore but he used to a long time ago.
    42. All questions you’ve answered should be written down and put on the internet
      That is a fantastic idea. He thinks that is outstanding. It’s almost like somebody has before. Every single run has been meticulously and in his opinion, slightly obsessively and moderately insanely, transcribed by Frickinmuck who even somehow managed to eke out some intelligible conversations from the audio wrecked run the other day. [Only moderately insanely? – Frick]
    43. Any more info on the new itemization system
      Just because HoarseDev isn’t in the office today doesn’t mean he won’t come in and kill him tomorrow if he did that, so no. That’s all HoarseDev, and when he’s ready to talk about it Sapience will drag him in and sit down and have a nice discussion about it.
    44. When are you going to start cutting Frickinmuck a cheque
      He doesn’t know.. sometimes... *shakes head* He thinks she does a fantastic job not only of transcribing things, but also of getting it right, like 99.9999% of the time, even when it’s kind of unintelligible. [I don’t do this for Turbine, I do it for the players. If it helps Turbine then that’s a nice side effect. – Frick]
    45. Can you work at Turbine as a college intern
      He doesn’t know the status of the internship program, but he does know they had some summer jobs for high school students. But they were actual jobs, not internships.
    46. Any plans to make sales more frequent, such as twice a week instead of once
      He wouldn’t say plans, but he sits next to the guy who deals with that stuff, so he’ll talk to him about it.
    47. Can we get a war goat
      There is no discussion of a war goat.
    48. Any chance of making a housing area in Rohan
      There’s absolutely no plans for that right now.
    49. Discussion of war chickens and shrew mounts, mention of Monty Python war rabbit
      Certain places in the game, he’s talking about certain caves, if you go in them you will meet a certain rabbit.
    50. Any changes coming to the Moors with U14
      Yes. They will talk about that as they get closer to U14. If Jinjaah was nearby he’d drag him in and see what he was willing to share, but he doesn’t see him.
    51. What are your thoughts on a one-off booster pack from 0 to level 95 for $1,000
      He will pass the suggestion along, is all he’ll say about it.
    52. What is your favourite festival and why
      He likes the Harvestmath Festival. He likes the Haunted Barrow. He’s a sucker for a good haunted house.
    53. Any advice for someone interested in getting into the gaming industry
      The same advice he gives people asking about getting into radio: anything you can. Get a job. Worry about getting “the” job later. But get a job in the industry, whatever that job may be. You may end up in QA or customer service, but get a foot in the door, regardless of what your long-term goal may be. Just get in the building. Even if you got a job working with the maintenance guy, you’re in the building, you’re going to meet people, talk to people, you will get insights into how the company works. If you’re in customer service you’ll get familiarity with the products, same with QA. Really just worry about getting your dream job later and just focus on getting into the industry in any way you can. Even if it’s not what you imagine yourself doing for the rest of your life. Just get in the door.
    54. Can you help me with getting a job in the gaming industry in South Africa
      Unfortunately he knows nothing about the industry there and has no contacts there, but he would think it’s pretty universal. Get a marketable skillset, get any job you can even if it’s slightly above your skillset – just get in there. He knows quite a few people start in QA. In fact he seems to recall that Rowan started in QA.
    55. Have you ever thought of selling one day in the Eyes & Guard
      No. For those who don’t know, the Eyes & Guard is a level up power up buff up tavern that lets you take a character who is new in the world and level it to cap with full gear, maxed out stats, maxed renown, infamy, all your monster play stats – pretty much a fully capped and maxed out character. So no.
    56. What is your favourite mount
      His favourite is the original Harvestmath steed. He just really likes the look of it.
    57. Suggestion for new cosmetic item “Don’t follow me, I’m lost”
      (Laughs) He’ll pass that along, but it would have to be written in runes.
    A fantastic job as always.

    For those who don't know what the Top of the Hub is, here ya go: http://www.topofthehub.net/

  3. #528
    Quote Originally Posted by frickinmuck View Post
    Q&A Hobbits to Isengard - Estel

    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 - Estel
    Video available here.

    1. Any chance we will get new instruments
      There is always a chance that it will eventually happen, but there is nothing currently planned and so there won’t be anything anytime soon.
    2. How do you plan on improving epic battles this year
      They will talk about the details on this closer to the time, but they are currently looking at ways of making it so that players feel like they’re more directly involved, things like that.
    3. Do all these runs blur together for you
      Not at all, he really enjoys doing them, and seeing and how servers approach the run, different levels of participation and preparation, etc.
    4. Sapience reminds people that broad “is it possible” or “will this ever happen” questions aren’t likely to get a satisfactory answer because almost anything is possible, probabilities vary. The more broad the question you ask, the less likely you’ll get a satisfactory answer.
    5. Are the Hobnanigans field housing items functional are they cosmetic
      They are cosmetic only.
    6. Which has been your favourite run so far
      Anduin because it was like a military death march – they just went for it, they tore across the landscape and put up a crazy time. And it was more exciting because it came right after a time he thought wasn’t ever going to get beaten was just posted, and they beat it by a handful of seconds.
    7. Question about specifics of the new regions
      That is so far down the road that it’s not something they are talking about. Possibilities are endless.
    8. Question about U13.2
      He doesn’t know that they are doing a 13.2. If that changes he’ll let us know, but as of right now 14 is the next update.
    9. Any plans to scale the Rift
      None. For a variety of reasons you can find by reading the previous Hobbits to Isengard chats.
    10. Why do we have to quit the game to login to another server
      That’s just the way the game is built, and it would take too much work/resources to change that functionality, for the minor inconvenience of having to restart the client.
    11. Question about a bug
      File a bug report and they will take a look at it
    12. Is the current intention to skip icons for the Eorlingas crafting tiers and moving forward
      No he doesn’t think that’s the intention, it’s just a matter of work to be done and the icons being lower priority than other things. If the question is do they do icons or the cosmetic pet system, for example, they’re going to work on the cosmetic pet system.
    13. Could you stop making bear killing quests
      Probably not. Sorry. No one seems to be upset about killing the boars, though. He guesses it’s because bacon is so wonderful.
    14. If you were to play a character in any of the Tolkien films past or present, which would you choose
      He kind of likes Gimli, he has the beard. Or Faramir – he’s a big Faramir fan.
    15. Would Beornings get rage points if they walk into a house with a bear rug
      (Laughs) He’s going to pass that suggestion along.
    16. One these runs are done, what’s next
      They’ve been kicking around a bunch of ideas. One is to have a devs vs players Hobnanigans match or two, another is to do roundtables on a semi-regular basis. If you have suggestions for events similar to the hobbit runs, he recommends that you go to the forums and post suggestions there.
    17. How much longer will the screenshot of the week be running
      The current one is running until Monday. In terms of how long the contest will exist, they’ll probably keep doing them as long as people keep entering them.
    18. Can we expect to see the hobby system expanded on in the next 1 or 2 years
      He wouldn’t put a timetable on it. He doesn’t know of anything in the roadmap. He won’t say “never” but nothing is currently planned.
    19. Question about merging Moors of various servers together
      No. There currently is no tech for doing cross-server PvMP, and it’s not something they are working on or planning.
    20. Suggestion to turn on all festivals at once for the winning server
      He says the thought of that is really scary. He runs that by the ecommerce manager just to see the look on his face. No, he thinks that if he suggested that, the engineers and server teams would freak out. But the marketing guy was writing something in his book, and he’s afraid to ask what.
    21. Is there any entry limit on screenshot of the week
      One entry every 24 hours
    22. Why would the marketing person be freaked out by the festivals thing
      Because it actually takes several different teams and departments to coordinate everything that gets turned on with festivals, and there are store components for every festival, so adding everything to the store from every festival at once would probably be a full day’s work for him.
    23. Have you talked about the size/screen ratio of the in-game maps
      They haven’t got any plans of changing the size or ratio of the maps moving forward.
    24. 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.
    25. 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.
    26. Do you play the game in your spare time
      Yes he does. He doesn’t get to play as much as he wants. He was thinking the other day that if he’d taken all the time he’s spent leveling 29 hobbits to level 10 he could have gotten a few more alts to level 95. And he has a few sitting at level 40 he’d like to get to cap.
    27. Why does it matter if you are on a mount
      Because it’s a matter of rendering. Every time you add a mount, every time you add a cloak, every time you add additional animation, effects, trees, walls, you are demanding that your computer do more work. It really doesn’t have as much to do with the server side of things, although mounted combat does a bit. It’s just a question of, you’re asking for more and there is, as with all things, there is a limit. Imagine putting food in your mouth. There comes a point where you’re going to have a problem. You can only get so much there and still be able to chew and still accomplish the task of eating. It’s the same thing with this. Cloaks have animations and they’re usually unique. Mounts have animations and they’re not necessarily in sync, they’re running at different speeds, they’re running with different animations, and all of this is stuff the client has to deal with. You will see the more that show up, the worse it gets, the fewer that show up, the less lag there is. A very large amount of this has to do with client side performance. He’s asked for 20 some-odd runs for people to not wear cloaks, not use mounts, and those who follow that rule run through really fast, and those who don’t run into lots of lag.
    28. What is your opinion on an option that disables cloaks
      If you are asking for one that disables other people’s cloaks, he will pass the suggestion along. They did add one to disable cosmetic pets, because that is entirely client-side, so being able to disable that in a large group with cosmetic pets is pretty important, especially for players with older systems. Which seems to be a surprisingly large number of LotRO players.
    29. Question about feedback on bug reports
      They don’t generally give feedback on bug reports. The feedback is a patch note that says it got fixed.
    30. Any thoughts on converting the sound format for musical instruments from ABC to MIDI
      No, they haven’t looked at changing any of the formats. They actually aren’t looking at making any changes to the music system at this time.
    31. Comment about not being able to shell out for a new computer every few years
      This is true, which is why he recommends that when you buy a new computer, you buy the absolute best you can afford, spend a bit extra on more RAM and a better video card than you think you’re going to need, because in a few years your computer will be completely outclassed. Down the line you can upgrade, which is what he’s done with his home computer. The core of it is about 4 years old, but he’s upgraded various components multiple times. Decent video cards are pretty cheap right now, and that’s one thing he recommends spending on if you can. Especially if you have an integrated graphics card. He strongly urges against using integrated graphics if you can at all avoid it.
    32. Question about why expansions, etc get news announcements, while bugfixes don’t
      Because one is news and one isn’t. A new feature is news. A bugfix is just a bugfix. Bugfixes aren’t usually newsworthy or noteworthy.
    33. What about new hairstyles and cosmetics like long hair for elves
      Currently nothing planned or scheduled but he will pass on the suggestion.
    34. Any update on what the marketing guy wrote in his book
      He literally wrote “All festivals sometime?”
    35. Do you think they will ever open up classes to other races
      He knows they keep talking about it. Every now and then he will wander over and say, “Hey, what do you guys think of this combination.” And he thinks that as they go farther along it becomes more possible. He doesn’t want that to be taken as a statement that they’ll do it next week, but definitely the conversations do take place. When or if it happens is still up in the air. The conversation is happening, they’ll go from there and see what happens.
    36. Currently most special events happen on weekends. Any chance you’d ever do them during the week.
      They do them during the weekend because the overwhelming majority of the players are playing during the weekend. That’s why they do it on weekends, for maximum effect. They do try to start them on the Thursday and end them on the Monday to give people a better chance to get in on them, but generally speaking they run those things so the maximum number of people can play them, and generally speaking that’s a weekend.
    37. Do GMs share handles
      Not to his knowledge. As far as he knows they all have unique handles.
    38. Will Gondor get small updates in the same way as Dol Amroth and Pelargir
      He’s not sure that he fully understands the question but if it’s will these be expansions or just updates, they will be updates. They are not doing any full-fledged expansions this year. They will be more of a content update than an expansion.
    39. Are GMs working in the building or are they working from home
      The overwhelming majority of Turbine employees are in the building. There are a handful of individuals in Europe specifically for that region, but devs, most of the GMs, customer service and all that are in the building. So if you want a job at Turbine you have to first move to Boston or the surrounding area.
    40. When will the Spring Festival start
      He doesn’t have an exact date, but it’s sometime at the end of this month.
    41. What is your favourite Hobnanigans reward
      Chickens. He loves cosmetic pets.
    42. Are you going to multi-box and follow the run on your personal character from your home server to avoid suspicion
      Maybe, maybe did, maybe didn’t.
    43. Question about Bullroarer being open
      The Bullroarer server is only open when they have something new for us to test. Right now it is not open.
    44. Do you know if it’s intended that we can dye the various team rewards
      He doesn’t know.
    45. Can you pass on the suggestion to allow saving of different graphic and audio profiles
      He recommends posting the suggestion in the forums so he can point people directly to what’s being talked about. [That post is here – Frick]
    46. Can you tell anything more about the new kinship items
      Not right now, he doesn’t even think the Players Council has seen the outline of that yet. He will talk about it down the road in future hobbit runs.
      Conversation continues in text chat after the run.
    47. Sapience in reference to having tried to play a game of Hobnanigans while answering questions after the run (and it doesn’t really work out) says that one of the reasons that take the hobbits to Isengard works so well, is because he doesn't have to actually play during them. Once he tries to focus entirely on playing and doing it well, it becomes almost impossible to do a Q&A, keep an eye out for devs to grab, and anything else.
    48. Any progress on that 'Dev Roundtable' stream that was mentioned as a possibility?
      He thinks to expect updates every 48 hours is unrealistic. He’ll work on it. He has a lot he works on every day.
    49. How about make the symbol of the elder king (lvl 65) available in skirmish camps
      He’ll pass along the suggestion.
    50. Can you please do something with people who just block Hobnanigans fields with level 5-6 toons
      Report them.
    51. Would you please state what rule that's violating? It's not explict harassment. Especially when there's open fields/slots elsewhere. Multiboxing Legal, No botting, No Infamy (thus no rank farming)
      He would say griefing. He doesn't know what the GMs would call it, but it seems to him (in his sole personal opinion) to be a form of harassing/griefing. Ultimately, he thinks everyone does need to realize that if we want them to police everything rigidly we can't then complain about a "police state" when it means we get policed the same way. There has to be some flexibility and each issue is unique and handled that way.
    52. I'd like to see a stated response from the CSM team if possible
      Probably won't happen. Sadly people will quote out of context and complain. It's a no win.
    53. We've had the discretion vs consistency discussion. Communicated policies help
      Not really, mountains of rules and people still violate them then claim censorship, unfair, whatever. So no it really doesn't. And we’d be amazed at how many times people take rudeness for harassment. They're different. GMs and also the community team aren't there to make sure everyone is nice to us. Sometimes we just have to blow off the rudeness and worry about the real harassment.
    54. Is it sometimes hard to understand players, just because you are on the other side of the fence
      Not at all. He was a player before he got hired. He IS a player. You can't possibly do his job if you aren’t. He thinks the real issue is the other way around. He doesn't think players really understand the team. In fact, a lot of the time the things they say prove they really don't.
    55. I think there is a lot of "us/them" attitude that seems pointless at best, destructive at worst
      Yes. He thinks players forget one simple truth sometimes. They’ve got families and lives and this is how they support them. When we try to make the argument that they don't care or they're trying to kill the game or something similar, keep in mind we’re really saying, "You're trying to put yourself out of work." Obviously nothing could be farther from the truth. And that's without even going into the simple reality that they all love this game and the lore and the source material just as much as we do.
    56. Sapience mentions that we went over $1500 so far this year for Extra Life and just broke $70,000 combined for 2012-2014!
    57. It really grinds my gears whenever anyone says the devs are lazy or should spend 24/7 with their nose to the grindstone.
      He watches these guys come in sometimes at 8am and not leave until midnight and he knows they have wives and kids and are missing dinner with their families and then someone says these people don't care? It's unfair. Which is part of the thing about players not getting devs. Despite being a job, there is PASSION there. A lot of it.
    58. Players don't see them very often in person. Maybe that is a problem.
      Sapience doesn’t know if that helps. His photo is everywhere. A photo doesn't do much to humanize people. And it shouldn't matter. They're people. Photo or no. Treat them how you'd like to be treated. it's not a hard concept to grasp.
    59. What is your favorite moment of the LOTR saga
      It's not a moment it's a character. Sam. True friendship. No matter what. Good, bad, even when he's being doubted. He really admires that about him. Sam, to him, was always the one true hero. Because he was just trying to do what he promised Gandalf. No other motivation.
    60. You have a plane right? Can you fly loopings with it?
      He has RC planes. Several of them. Yes he can loop them. Fly inverted, do snap rolls, etc. In terms of real planes, he has flown several types of planes. The one in his Twitter pic is a 1937 Stearman PT-17 Biplane. The flight was a gift from his wife for Christmas a couple of years ago. It was a 30 minute 'check flight'. If he had had his license he would have ended up with a certification to fly a biplane. He’s also flown a Cessna 172, 152, and 182RG (SO FUN!) as well as Piper Warrior and Warrior II. He also has a standing offer from a local LotRO player to take a ride/flight in his WWII era Piper Cub J-5.
    61. Do you know if Festival Food use the same Food Channel as Trail Food, Regen Food, Coffee or Soups?
      He has no idea.
    62. Ever considered getting a student's pilot license in your off time?
      He knows a couple flight schools both local and in FL. They vary a lot. He has quotes from $9k to $13K for just a private certificate. Some of it is the aircraft they use, some of it is the cost of the instructor (they cost more in the Boston area than in Florida) and some of it is in Boston you have a limited number of flying days and in Florida it’s pretty much 365.
    63. Why not next year around the anniversary of Boston Marathon have Hobnanigans active but replace the cloaks with One Fund while playing.
      He'll make the 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.

    @ Sapience ....Question number 58 , this may be a tad off the topic, but I really respect the devs, and can't imagine the hours and effort they put in... however, where I can see people getting fed up is we get all of these updates ( good and bad), is we just don't SEE devs in the game, ( personally I've found that there are some people in the game searching for something to hate on.. devs are easy pickings) .. I digress, but I know at east for a better understanding, why don't devs actually PLAY with us , ( aside from TTHTI) , I can't say this always on all servers, but I know that I haven't seen devs playing on ark with me / moors for at least a solid YEAR probably more,

    Is there just not enough manpower to do that anymore ( especially in moors )

    Thanks for a response ( hopefully)

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    Quote Originally Posted by motumbo View Post
    @ Sapience ....Question number 58 , this may be a tad off the topic, but I really respect the devs, and can't imagine the hours and effort they put in... however, where I can see people getting fed up is we get all of these updates ( good and bad), is we just don't SEE devs in the game, ( personally I've found that there are some people in the game searching for something to hate on.. devs are easy pickings) .. I digress, but I know at east for a better understanding, why don't devs actually PLAY with us , ( aside from TTHTI) , I can't say this always on all servers, but I know that I haven't seen devs playing on ark with me / moors for at least a solid YEAR probably more,

    Is there just not enough manpower to do that anymore ( especially in moors )

    Thanks for a response ( hopefully)
    My understanding is that they do. We just don't KNOW its them. They keep their private accounts private so as not to get bombarded by random players while they're trying to relax. I know I wouldn't be advertizing if I were them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motumbo View Post
    I digress, but I know at east for a better understanding, why don't devs actually PLAY with us , ( aside from TTHTI) , I can't say this always on all servers, but I know that I haven't seen devs playing on ark with me / moors for at least a solid YEAR probably more,
    I would hope that when they play they are allowed the privacy and anonymity to allow them to just be a player. If you want them to play in an official capacity I could also see them catching lots of grief, both in chat and in gameplay. Unless it's a special event, I wouldn't want to be them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by motumbo View Post
    @ Sapience ....Question number 58 , this may be a tad off the topic, but I really respect the devs, and can't imagine the hours and effort they put in... however, where I can see people getting fed up is we get all of these updates ( good and bad), is we just don't SEE devs in the game, ( personally I've found that there are some people in the game searching for something to hate on.. devs are easy pickings) .. I digress, but I know at east for a better understanding, why don't devs actually PLAY with us , ( aside from TTHTI) , I can't say this always on all servers, but I know that I haven't seen devs playing on ark with me / moors for at least a solid YEAR probably more,

    Is there just not enough manpower to do that anymore ( especially in moors )

    Thanks for a response ( hopefully)
    There are a lot of reasons. First and foremost is that when we play we tend to play on our private accounts. We are not allowed to share that information with players. So you might be playing with one of us, you just won't know it.

    I understand what you mean, and I get it. The truth is very often this just leads to one big gigantic pile up and you can't really 'play'. We try hard not to intentionally create these types of issues.

    If the concern is how to change the people 'just searching for something to hate on', don't bother. As you say, they're just searching for something to hate on and you aren't ever going to change that no matter what you do or don't do.

    The most recent things we have done were about a year ago and the feedback was very negative at the time. The devs also weren't treated very well by players and lost interest in participating in these things. I cannot stress enough the fact that devs aren't required to post on forums, play, or do anything else as far as engaging with players. When they do, and it's a negative experience for them, they choose not to do it again.

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    I would hope that when they play they are allowed the privacy and anonymity to allow them to just be a player. If you want them to play in an official capacity I could also see them catching lots of grief, both in chat and in gameplay. Unless it's a special event, I wouldn't want to be them.
    I've never played in BR .. but don't they play officially there?? For instance like under the name of +(name)+ or maybe it was ~ before the names, I've seen videos regardless,

    You are most likely right, however personally there are functions to stop griefers and harrassers , but it could add a form of communication to players of the game that don't use forum. Ect .

    It could change the idea a lot of people have about devs, I'm not saying it would be easy, but it shows Visibly (key term, as a lot of people don't SEE the hours they put in, again much respect ) the work they do.. its all Conceptual, Theoretical, but appearance is everything

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    Quote Originally Posted by motumbo View Post
    I've never played in BR .. but don't they play officially there?? For instance like under the name of +(name)+ or maybe it was ~ before the names, I've seen videos regardless,

    You are most likely right, however personally there are functions to stop griefers and harrassers , but it could add a form of communication to players of the game that don't use forum. Ect .

    It could change the idea a lot of people have about devs, I'm not saying it would be easy, but it shows Visibly (key term, as a lot of people don't SEE the hours they put in, again much respect ) the work they do.. its all Conceptual, Theoretical, but appearance is everything
    The flip side of that would be to participate on Bullroarer, in the manner desired (testing the content), whenever it is open and to apply for closed betas or even the Palantir program, if you're willing to adhere to those NDAs. Interacting with developers on BR is enough for me. Knowing that they play (probably anonymously) on live servers when they can is icing on the cake. I don't have to see them do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by motumbo View Post
    but it could add a form of communication to players of the game that don't use forum. Ect .
    In all honesty, there is the forums, Twitter and Facebook that are used for communication. If players still CHOOSE not to use one of those, it could easily be assumed that they don't truly want to communicate. I know that may seem a bit cynical, but there it is. I really doubt having the devs show up in game is really going to add anything real to communication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Palentian View Post
    In all honesty, there is the forums, Twitter and Facebook that are used for communication. If players still CHOOSE not to use one of those, it could easily be assumed that they don't truly want to communicate. I know that may seem a bit cynical, but there it is. I really doubt having the devs show up in game is really going to add anything real to communication.
    I don't know about everyone else, but I prefer the devs... wait for it... developing the game!

    It's fun to interact from time to time, and that's what the forums and Twitter and Facebook and the livestreams are for, but if they are at work, I like the idea of them working on the game that we all love. If they aren't at work, they should be free to play on their own private accounts, anonymously and away from the prying eyes and million questions and griefing, etc. of players. If we knew what their accounts were and where they played and the names of their characters, that wouldn't be fair to them. It would be like being at work 24/7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motumbo View Post
    I've never played in BR .. but don't they play officially there?? For instance like under the name of +(name)+ or maybe it was ~ before the names, I've seen videos regardless,

    You are most likely right, however personally there are functions to stop griefers and harrassers , but it could add a form of communication to players of the game that don't use forum. Ect .

    It could change the idea a lot of people have about devs, I'm not saying it would be easy, but it shows Visibly (key term, as a lot of people don't SEE the hours they put in, again much respect ) the work they do.. its all Conceptual, Theoretical, but appearance is everything
    There are functions to stop griefers and harrassers in-game now yet many in the community who aren't Devs and just going about their business can't avoid them short of filing formal tickets and making their nights entertainment about fighting off stalkers and such. For Devs it would be 100 times worse and some folks would make their own game of waiting, hunting, and otherwise hounding anybody tagged as a Dev. There isn't a practical way of making this work that wouldn't turn things into a full-time job for somebody just to appear in-game, which defeats the point.

    Quote Originally Posted by Palentian View Post
    In all honesty, there is the forums, Twitter and Facebook that are used for communication. If players still CHOOSE not to use one of those, it could easily be assumed that they don't truly want to communicate. I know that may seem a bit cynical, but there it is. I really doubt having the devs show up in game is really going to add anything real to communication.
    I think I get what you mean. However not all are equal. External outlets are one thing for announcements, maybe even contests. But to faintly hint at making people "like" or retweet or have to participate in third party services to hear or be heard is nothing I'd take kindly to being told. That devs read other venues and formats is positive though.
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    @ frick:

    The link to the Eldar-stream seems to not work any more. It might have been moved... and I haven't found the video anywhere on lotrostream or LotRO's YouTube-account...

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    There are functions to stop griefers and harrassers in-game now yet many in the community who aren't Devs and just going about their business can't avoid them short of filing formal tickets and making their nights entertainment about fighting off stalkers and such. For Devs it would be 100 times worse and some folks would make their own game of waiting, hunting, and otherwise hounding anybody tagged as a Dev. There isn't a practical way of making this work that wouldn't turn things into a full-time job for somebody just to appear in-game, which defeats the point.



    I think I get what you mean. However not all are equal. External outlets are one thing for announcements, maybe even contests. But to faintly hint at making people "like" or retweet or have to participate in third party services to hear or be heard is nothing I'd take kindly to being told. That devs read other venues and formats is positive though.
    I gotcha, you guys are most likely right... it was just an idea.... but there were times on ark at least when they came out and played... why did they do that?? If there was THAT much harrasment ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orodbril View Post
    @ frick:

    The link to the Eldar-stream seems to not work any more. It might have been moved... and I haven't found the video anywhere on lotrostream or LotRO's YouTube-account...

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    Quote Originally Posted by frickinmuck View Post
    They aren't permanently archived on Twitch, so when they're gone, they're gone.
    ah, okay. Thanks!

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    There are a lot of reasons. First and foremost is that when we play we tend to play on our private accounts. We are not allowed to share that information with players. So you might be playing with one of us, you just won't know it.

    I understand what you mean, and I get it. The truth is very often this just leads to one big gigantic pile up and you can't really 'play'. We try hard not to intentionally create these types of issues.

    If the concern is how to change the people 'just searching for something to hate on', don't bother. As you say, they're just searching for something to hate on and you aren't ever going to change that no matter what you do or don't do.

    The most recent things we have done were about a year ago and the feedback was very negative at the time. The devs also weren't treated very well by players and lost interest in participating in these things. I cannot stress enough the fact that devs aren't required to post on forums, play, or do anything else as far as engaging with players. When they do, and it's a negative experience for them, they choose not to do it again.
    I gotcha ... its a shame a certain group of players / "haters" ruined it for everyone, if I still am active next year, I can hopefully get on Players Council to at least see the behind the scenes.

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    The last time I saw devs in the game was on the last day of HD beta. I hope this wasn't the "event" that gottten negative feedback. I kinda liked the interaction and chat with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frickinmuck View Post
    They aren't permanently archived on Twitch, so when they're gone, they're gone.
    Actually there is a way to archive past broadcasts. One has to go to "past broadcasts", then open the video and then click on the little cog button and click "save forever". Just thought I´d mention it and maybe Sapience will use it in the future.

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    Q&A Hobbits to Isengard - Morthond

    Q&A Hobbits to Isengard - Morthond

    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 - Morthond
    Video available here.

    1. What is the timeline for the new chat channel
      U14. It’s in a dev build as /world. Other changes for U14 include: friends list will be growing – roughly doubling. They will also be increasing the size of the kinship message of the day.
    2. Any patches planned before U14
      No, no patches planned prior to U14 for any reason.
    3. Which part of the Hobbit story are you looking forward to seeing in the Battle of the 5 Armies
      The Battle of the 5 armies, actually. The standoff at the Gate. It’s one of his favourite parts of the book.
    4. Will the global channel be turned on when we login, or will we have to sign into it
      It will be active on login. You can disable it as well, just like any other channel. It will be an official channel.
    5. How many characters will message of the day be
      It’s at 80 right now and he thinks it’s going to be at 132/134 somewhere in there.
    6. Which update will have the first 5 level update
      He thinks that’s U14. Also, just to be clear, Beornings are not part of U14 – they will be coming later in the year.
    7. Will Beornings be definitely starting at level 50
      Yes, that is the current plan, to start them at level 50 somewhere around Moria.
    8. Is the dev who is working on the new item system around for a quick chat
      He is, but he won’t be able to tell us the things we will want to hear. That’s something that’s going to be put in front of the Player Council early next week. He’s going to have HoarseDev sit in on a livestream and show it off when they have a working dev build.
    9. Will the LI system be replaced or revamped
      Replaced, almost certainly not. Tweaks and adjustments are more likely.
    10. Question about the meeting with the licensor
      Rowan met with Middle Earth Enterprises at the end of last week. It went very well and they really liked all the things submitted to them. They were really supportive of and happy with the concept of Beornings and the direction of things, so we can look forward to things progressing along the lines of what’s been publicly stated in Rowan’s producer’s letters.
    11. Is there the possibility of Beornings start at level one, or have the option to do so
      Very unlikely.
    12. Do you ever get tempted to seed outrageous, untrue rumours and if so what’s your favourite
      No, there’s enough people doing that already without his help. He’s endlessly amused by some of the things that people suggest but generally speaking he doesn’t feel the need to contribute to that.
    13. Will BB promo points be increased so we can spec out a tree
      As far as he knows not for U14, although he suggests making that suggestion in the forums.
    14. Will you be coming to Weatherstock
      Actually, he’s trying to clear off his schedule for Weatherstock so he can jump in and livestream it on this channel. He hasn’t been able to lock it down yet so he’s not going to officially say he’s doing it until it’s finalized, but he’s trying.
    15. Questions about the Beorning
      More information on the Beorning will be shared closer to the time. He’s not going to say anything more beyond that they will be starting at level 50.
    16. When you get on a server and there is more than one group contending to lead the run, which do you join
      The first one that invites him, he joins. The only exception is when it ends up being one person and they don’t invite anyone else to join the raid, then he’ll drop and take the next group that invites him.
    17. Question about raids
      No plans for new raids this year. That hasn’t changed.
    18. Any plans to revamp the Rift
      No, because if they did so it would mean significant changes and it wouldn’t be the Rift we remember, and people would be upset. They have no plans on changing it.
    19. Request for a title for the winning group that takes him to Isengard
      They’re not going to do that, it’s not practical. More likely they will be turning on a festival or an XP weekend or something like that.
    20. If you do come to Weatherstock and stream it, will you please save it
      Yes, if he does manage to do it he will be saving it, probably putting it on the YouTube channel as well.
    21. Did you poke HoarseDev about traits/promotion tree swapping
      HoarseDev is back now, so once he’s settled in Sapience will be sitting down with him and going over all the suggestions and questions players have brought to him while HoarseDev was away.
    22. How many entries to the screenshot of the week can we make
      The contest is weekly but you can submit one every day, so you can have as many as 7 entries per week. They also stockpile them, so if you submitted something and it didn’t get chosen, it could be chosen in a later week.
    23. Thanks for doing these
      He thanks the players for showing up to these and making them what they are. If after the first couple runs people weren’t showing up to them, they probably would have stopped doing them. So the players actually power this stuff which is really great.
    24. Any changes to festival steeds so they are available off-season or bound to account
      That’s sort of multiple questions at the same time, although the answer to them as far as he knows at this point is no. The bound to account issue does come up from time to time and they do kind of talk it over.
    25. Questions about housing
      Rowan’s producer’s letter for U13 gave a good solid answer as to why they aren’t focusing on housing this year.
    26. When I submit a screenshot why doesn’t it go through
      When a screenshot is submitted it goes into a pending queue, they don’t display automatically. They are approved manually to ensure people aren’t submitting inappropriate content. They usually get approved once or twice a day.
    27. Sapience talks about how he’s trying to do more livestreams. Yesterday he hopped in and did an impromptu livestream as he power-leveled the hobbit for this run up to level 10.
    28. Why did you choose Sapience as your name
      It refers to a specific type of wisdom that makes people human. It’s the wisdom to use our knowledge in a way that makes us human and benefits humanity. So there’s a philosophical reason there that he won’t dig too deeply into. It’s kind of a reminder to himself that everyone is a person, not a name. Someone posts the definition into the chat: “ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight.” That was also a very large part of why he chose it.
    29. Question about create a cloak or create a horse contest
      Currently there is no such contest running. He keeps poking people to try to make one happen but there are a lot of moving parts to it. Mostly getting legal issues out of the way, especially across multiple continents, because we have to sign off at the end and say it’s theirs at the end. But he does keep poking at it.
    30. Question about kinship changes
      He’s not going to talk about the changes HoarseDev has said are coming later in the year. That’s all stuff that he wants HoarseDev to speak about himself, and they’re kind of at an earlier stage. Until they get fully worked out and fully realized he doesn’t want to say anything . He doesn’t want to steal HoarseDev’s thunder.
    31. What is your favourite hidden nugget in the game, and why
      He likes the sand castle in Evendim. He also likes the snowmen. Lore-wise he likes the Bilbo’s Buttons quest in Goblin Town because of its direct tie to the Hobbit. He also just likes Goblin Town because of its obvious references to other films, outside of the Lord of the Rings. There are a number of those in-game, by the way.
    32. Are we going to get pet ferrets
      No, but Rowan didn’t seem completely opposed to the idea. Not anytime soon, he doesn’t think.
    33. When will we hear more about the mysterious new item system
      When they get closer to actually getting it up and running in-game. He does want to get HoarseDev into the stream and talking about it himself. Right now he’s trying to get a roundtable livestream set up with some of the devs all in one place, talking on camera and having a conversation with us.
    34. Did you see the article about the long lost recording of the Professor talking about the meaning of Lord of the Rings
      Yes, and he’s very much looking forward to hearing what it is. He thinks there have been so many years of speculation and wild guesses and assumptions that it will be interesting to hear from his own mouth what he intended.
    35. Are there still Russian servers and if so do you have contact with them on a community level
      There are. He doesn’t have a lot of contact with them. From time to time players will reach out to him. They have their own forums and their own community manager because it is hosted by a different company.
    36. When will U14 come out
      They aren’t sharing a date just yet.
    37. What would you name all your pets
      He won’t go through the whole list. He tends to name any in-game pets after actual pets he’s had, especially if they’ve passed, just to keep them with him that way. He’s a softie.
    38. Will pets only be available during events and festivals like Hobnanigans
      For the time being yes, down the road they’ll probably look at other ways to bring them into the game. The huorns can be earned at any time.
    39. Are there plans for more events after each server has completed TTHTI
      Yes, we’re talking about doing a Gates of Moria to Gates of Caras Galhadon, something like that. He thinks he’ll spend a lot of time dead because there are so many cliffs, etc. He’s kicking around a few other ideas he doesn’t want to get into until he’s figured out the logistics of them. But something in Moria is seeming increasingly likely. After a break, if for no other reason than he needs to get 29 characters to level 50 and even with the Gift of the Valar it’s going to take some time.
    40. What’s your favourite LM pet
      His snowy lynx.
    41. Anything special planned for the final run next Friday
      No, he doesn’t want to do anything different because he wants to make sure all the runs are fair, and are the same. Maybe afterward we can go to Rivendell and party.
    42. Who’s employee of the month
      Good question. He doesn’t know.
    43. Will there be new pets for the Spring festival
      Yes, there are shrews. They’re currently in-game. Go play.
    44. Could you not wear an amusing hat for the final run
      He likes that idea and has something in mind he may wear.
    45. Will you ever play these hobbits again or will they just be left alone
      He’s not sure. He can probably find some way to use them again in the future. For Moria he wants to do Dwarves, since that seems more appropriate.
    46. Would you make special visits to some servers if you had a chance
      The whole point of doing things is to do things for everyone. One thing he may do for Extra Life is he’s promised that he’ll play in the Moors as a freep and in the Moors as a creep. He may select which server he does that on based on which server donates the most money. He may come up with a plan where servers can earn a hangout.
    47. Request to add new instruments to the list of things he pesters the devs about
      He can absolutely add that to the list, but it could take as long as the 5 years it took him to get Hobnanigans back. There are no plans to do anything to the music system right now.
    48. Which servers impressed you the most with how prepared they were
      Eldar, Vilya, Anduin – some servers clearly spent the time to organize, but there were some others that really stepped up and became hyper efficient after the death and did a good job of the second run. Evernight really did a great run after the death and had it been their first run they might be in the top 5 right now. Laurelin had some problems at the outset and really turned it around, too.
    49. What is the hardest boss you’ve experienced in LotRO
      Raina, after her hurling multiple Balrogs at his head during the Bullroarer run.
    50. Will the new class be a reason to revamp the starting regions or even get a new starting region like the Gladden fields
      No, because the class will be starting at level 50 and it won’t need a new low level starting area. It will be starting around Moria, which is already a level 50 area.
    51. Plug for VeryBeary’s Brockenborings Bars that she made for the team. Raina earlier was making the comment that she’s going to huff them because when you open the bag they really smell spectacular. Big thanks, the team was really happy to get them.
    52. Is there anything about LotRO that you don’t like
      Yes – the fact that there are only 24 hours in the day and he doesn’t get to play as much as he’d like to.
    53. Any idea who would make the best pie for the devs
      If you’re talking about who on the team could make the best pie, DeviledEgg makes awesome stuff, and HoarseDev is also a pretty fierce cook
    54. Clarification that they were talking about having a pie making contest for the devs
      That could be risky, as someone might be a little less than kind and make some interesting things. He thinks it might be better to have people submit their recipes and have the devs try and make them.
    55. Can you say why Beornings will probably be starting at level 50
      Because that’s the design decision that was made. There are probably other reasons, but that’s the one that he can think of that’s the most accurate.
    56. Have the devs made the cooking recipes from in-game and figured out which ones taste good
      No, but some of the players have. One thing that immediately comes to mind, a German kin called Riders of Lembas, who came to GamesCon one year and actually brought them lembas. It was fantastic. Broccoli is the name of the individual who did that.
    57. Question about whether employees ever voice NPCs
      Most of the in-game sounds are done by professional actors. Some Asheron’s Call stuff may have been done by employees, but most of LotRO stuff is done by voice actors.
    58. Can you share concept art from U14 or U15
      No. They will share stuff like that closer to the time.
    59. Have you ever voiced any characters
      No, he has not. He’s done one piece of voiceover for the company, but it was an internal project. Very dry and boring, straight-up voiceover.
    60. What are your thoughts about the game Shadow of Mordor
      From what he’s seen it looks very cool. He knows the community manager for that game, but he hasn’t talked to him about it. He did throw the Shadow of Mordor trailer up on the Facebook page if you want to check it out. It links back to their page. It looks like a very cool game and he’s going to be pre-ordering it.
    61. Suggestion to, instead of a marker, have an NPC that Sapience voices, warning people not to fall off the Bridge of Hobbit Doom
      He likes the idea. Doesn’t think they’ll get very far with it, but he likes the idea.
    62. How many meetings do you have each day
      Depends on the day. Mondays are usually bad, Fridays are so-so, Wednesdays are so-so, Tuesdays are usually wide open. But it also depends on what’s going on. The closer they get to releases, the meetings start to pile up. He meets with the team once a day, sometimes twice a day, of actual scheduled meetings. Then they do what they call drive-bys – he’ll walk by Rowan’s desk or HoarseDev will come by his desk, or he’ll go sit with Jinjaah and talk about something players are talking about. Structured and casual meetings are two different things, but they take up a good chunk of the day.
    63. Someone commented that he needs to go to Central America – like, Oklahoma
      He was thinking that he’d love to go to Brazil or Peru… Oklahoma. If you guys tone down the tornadoes a bit out there, he’ll think about it.
    64. How do you work in the games industry and what do you need to know in terms of schooling
      Don’t think that to be in the games industry, you have to know how to make games. The games industry employs accountants, marketing people, PR people, lawyers, people whose job it is to take care of the building. Getting into the games industry doesn’t always mean you have to be a programmer, or you have to be a great artist. For example, his background is in mass communications, journalism and broadcasting. All of those skills play into what he does, and he doesn’t make the game. The devs make the game. They have content designers who write all the quest text, place all the various items where they need to be, they have world builders who build the world, they have artists who create the art that the world builders use. People get into the mindset that they have to be programmers to get into the games industry but it’s just not true. Find a skillset that you excel at and you can probably find a related job in the industry.
    65. How many people does the dev team consist of
      That’s hard to say because they tend to take people out and plug people in depending on what they’re working in, plus they have an awful lot of shared resources. For example, they may have UI guys working on something specific to LotRO that aren’t technically part of the LotRO team, or they may have engineers working on the engine and the engine team is technically its own team. So there is a pretty large group of people who sort of float in and out of what you’d consider working on LotRO.
    66. Question about voiceover work for games
      There are definitely people who do professional voiceover work for games. He can think of a couple of people whose resumes consist of commercial voiceovers, and stuff in games.
    67. Question about music submissions for the game
      They actually don’t seek out musical submissions for the game, sorry.
    68. What are the requirements for becoming a GM – do they speak German or are they using translate software
      They do have native-speaking German GMs. For English speaking GMs the first requirement is that you live in Boston. For the French and German that is not the case – they live in Europe. The requirements vary depending on what you’re applying for, English, French or German. Jobs do show up from time to time on the website. Generally if you’re looking for a GM job it will show up as Customer Service, or In-game Support. You need to live in Boston for 99.999% of jobs at Turbine.
    69. Do you have GMs available 24/7
      Yes, they do.
    70. Is the game industry hard to break into
      It’s like with anything in the entertainment industry – the teams tend to be small and people tend to move around a lot within that. It is tough. A lot of it is firmly based on skillset, ability and talent, like any entertainment type position.
    71. What is the biggest change you’ve noticed since being acquired by WB
      They have a really nice office now.
    72. Any changes for war steeds due to their speeds
      Not that he’s aware of. If you’re headed toward a wall or fence, turn.
    73. Question about GMs helping with bugs
      GMs cannot help with bugs. You need to submit a bug report, which enters it into a buck tracking system. Bug reports do not get a response, they are reports.
    74. Will you all be gone on Monday
      Most of the team will be gone. There will be some GMs still available, but he will be gone. It’s Memorial Day holiday for them.
    75. There will be downtime on Tuesday, it’s a maintenance downtime, hardware downtime in the back end. Not an update, not a patch, no changes will be made to the game.
    76. Who made the skies in LotRO
      He doesn’t know who specifically is responsible for the skies in LotRO – that’s all part of the world builder team. They make the world go round.
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    Herd of Horses for Final Run

    I think that last run had the record for the most questions asked so far!

    Hey guys, so for the final run on Friday I am going to be doing the run as a horse. I hope others will join me and we can have a herd of horses to run with Hadacar (behind the group so as not to contribute too much to lag). Come on guys, if you have the RoR horse play quest access, get a horse ready for the final run!

    Come join the horse herd on Friday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frickinmuck View Post
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    2 Any patches planned before U14
    No, no patches planned prior to U14 for any reason.
    I think the question was slightly different.

    2 Is a localization patch planned before U14?

    Reason: Partially objects/tooltips/new quests of Update 13 are still not been translated. In the revised areas quest partly can not played without questtracker because questtexts reference to old locations/NPCs instead to the new places/NPCs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frickinmuck View Post
    I think that last run had the record for the most questions asked so far!

    Hey guys, so for the final run on Friday I am going to be doing the run as a horse. I hope others will join me and we can have a herd of horses to run with Hadacar (behind the group so as not to contribute too much to lag). Come on guys, if you have the RoR horse play quest access, get a horse ready for the final run!

    Come join the horse herd on Friday!
    I'd love to do that, Frick, but I'm not aware of a way to run anything outside of the daily session plays as a horse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cdq1958 View Post
    I'd love to do that, Frick, but I'm not aware of a way to run anything outside of the daily session plays as a horse.
    You would need the Herding to Trollshaws quest, or the Herding to Lone Lands quest, and join the group when it gets to that location. Of course, you would likely not make it all the way to Isengard unless it was an amazing run that took the lead. But it would still be fun. Alternately, if people prefer, we could go as chickens. That might be a bit more inclusive, since not everyone has the RoR horse play option.

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

    [*]Will BB promo points be increased so we can spec out a tree
    As far as he knows not for U14, although he suggests making that suggestion in the forums.
    So does this mean that the alleged new big battle of U14 got scrapped? Or that any new big battle has zero medals to earn from? I take it then the U14 region will be a wildermore/fangorn type update (no new things to do apart from quests/dailies?)

 

 
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