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  1. #151
    I wish they did it like WoW and other MMOs. It is a toggle that you have and can choose to use it or not. I don't like the idea of losing a set piece. This could be easily implemented. The LI already has that option. But I doubt that they will go that way. Right now it is a money maker. I used it on one of my toons but I think that it being BtC is a little too much.
    they are all dead.. they just don't know it yet....

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    Q&A Hobbits to Isengard - Laurelin

    Sorry if this one is a bit patchy, there were issues with the Twitch stream.

    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 - Laurelin

    1. Question about bugs
      As soon as you see a bug, make sure you bug it right away and, most importantly, give detailed instructions to the developers on how to recreate the problem. He doesn’t currently have any information about the status of specific bugs
    2. Question about lag
      Most players tend to have their settings higher than their system can handle properly. They think their system can handle more than it actually can. Also, a lot of people set up their graphics for solo play, with settings higher than can be handled for group play. If you’re in a group, or in areas where there are a lot of players, you may need to readjust your settings to suit the higher load. When your system has to render all those extra players, animations, weapons, etc. it really adds to the load. Another tip is, if you are running SLI or Crossfire, disable it. Just run on one video card. You will gain framerates in most cases.
    3. Is it better to use a 64 bit client, and are there any plans to make LotRO 64 bit capable
      No plans to make LotRo 64 bit capable, but a 64 bit client will absolutely help because you have access to more memory that the OS can use, you can run a higher cache, etc. A 64 bit OS with 8GB of RAM is leaps and bounds ahead of running a 32 bit OS with 4GB of RAM, because of the memory management available. You will have more resources available for your machine to use. The worst thing you can do for performance is run a 32 bit OS with low RAM. Also, regarding the issue of ram, the game will not use much more than 4GB of RAM, but your OS will take as much RAM as it needs and leave you with what’s left over. So you need enough RAM that your OS will leave you enough for the game. 64 bit OS with 8GB of RAM should be fine for most people.
    4. Does using a SSD help game performance
      Using a SSD will make load times faster, so any time you are loading textures and data (i.e. moving through zones) it will be faster.
    5. How about SLI/Crossfire and multiple monitor setup support to the game
      The game is not set up to support multiple monitors or SLI and Crossfire, he doesn’t know when or if that will happen.
    6. Are all the servers running on same hardware
      Contrary to what many people think, a “LotRO server” is not a machine, it’s a series of machines. For example it may be 8 different PCs, a load balancer, databases and various other hardware. But all the servers have pretty much the same hardware and are pretty much equal.
    7. Is the Turbine de-fragger tool still around and can it be used on the current build
      The Turbine defragger doesn’t exist anymore and he greatly discourages using it. If you still have it you should not use it, you could destroy your install.
    8. Any plans to bring back a MyLotro app similar to Wow armoury
      The previous one was player-created, and he knows of no plans to recreate or restore that functionality
    9. Will the people who are on the Bounder's Bounty plaques be able to choose which character they want displayed in the future
      When they started sorting out what was going to go on the Bounder’s Bounty plaques it was discovered there was going to be a group of 1,400+ people needing to respond with which character they wanted on the plaque, and that was going to take way too long to organize, so instead they went with the accounts that had the highest count, and which of the characters on that account contributed the most.
    10. Will any shard-droppers be added to the newer areas
      He will bring the suggestion to the team
    11. Could we get a shard-dropper deed
      Not likely there will ever be a shard-dropper deed
    12. Are there any plans to have any discussion based on the feedback to the Producer Letter threads on Housing, Inventory, etc
      The point of those threads was to get an idea of what players were looking for, see what the consensus points were. Even taking into account all those threads on English, German and French forums, at most it is the opinion of maybe 300 people, not a significantly large portion of the player base. So when they seek player feedback they do so through multiple venues, and they look at multiple sources of suggestions and input to see where the consistency lies across all sources of feedback, rather than focusing on one particular forum thread and taking that as the definitive answer to what the players want.
    13. Why isn’t this an event for taking a creep somewhere, or staying alive in Hoarhollow
      Because the players created the event, based on some discussions in chat. If the conversation had been different and someone suggested a monster play event, this could have been “Take the Reaver to Hoarhollow”
    14. Are there any plans to allow Dwarven ministrels to get legendary axes
      No plans as far as he knows for legendary axes for Dwarven minstrels
    15. When is U13 coming
      It is scheduled for March, probably toward the latter end of the month. He doesn’t have a date yet but when he does he will let everyone know.
    16. Can we get a Dwarf warden
      No current plans for that to the best of his knowledge
    17. Is there any hope of us ever getting a 'gym' that allows us to alter our characters build
      Not likely that will ever happen
    18. Will creeps ever be let out into the normal areas
      No plans for that. The Moors was created for creeps, and that’s where they’ll stay
    19. Are there plans for any other bare-chested cosmetics
      There was a joking discussion about bare-chested elves at one point, but no, there are no current plans to add more bare-chests. Although he won’t rule it out. He doesn’t usually get a heads up on the art that goes into any update, so he can’t really say or predict whether any particular cosmetic will end up in the game.
    20. Any chance of a design a cloak contest
      It’s something they are working on doing right now, but he has no ETA on when it will be ready, there are still some loose ends that need to be tied up
    21. Is there a mentoring system planned
      Not as far as he’s aware
    22. Is there a way to get a cloak back if you lose it
      Be careful when deleting something, because for the most part once it’s gone, it’s gone
    23. Any plans for crafting in homesteads
      It’s been discussed, but he doesn’t know if it will happen, in what form or when. It’s a discussion that’s been happening as part of the larger housing revamp
    24. What about rumours of two new open world servers for PvP
      Someone is pulling your leg, there are absolutely no plans for that
    25. Can we please get more than 17 character slots
      This is a suggestion he’s made in the past, and he will pass it along again. At one point there was a technical reason for that limit but he doesn’t know if that technical issue still stands.
    26. Can you get mobs who are grouped up to be linked so they just don't stand there when you attack their companion
      He’s not aware of any plans to change the way mobs aggro when they are in groups but he will pass the information along
    27. Will you be filling in the map with outlying areas such as South Farthing, etc
      MadeOfLions had a great answer to that in the 20 questions the other day. They do fill outlying areas of the map from time to time, but right now we are at an important part of the story so they will probably follow the path of the fellowship more closely for awhile
    28. Do you roleplay
      No, he does not
    29. Is Gilrain becoming preferred server
      Good question. Next time they have a maintenance he will ask
    30. What determines weather in-game, is it based on real world weather somewhere
      No, but it’s not entirely random. There is a day file in the game that gives a region its day/night cycle, etc. and generates weather at what appear to be random times. It’s not based on real world weather or anything like that.
    31. Question about a kinship revamp
      Read the Q/A from the other day, there is a bit of information there. Beyond that he can’t really comment.
    32. Will we ever see changing seasons during festivals
      No because the regions are locked in time based on the part of the story they appear in. That is why Winterhome was created; to have a wintery region for the winter festival
    33. Does your wife play LotRO
      Yes, she does. She is a good healer and plays a captain and a minstrel well, and has several characters at cap.
    34. Question about reward for the winner of this event
      There is no formal plan for a reward of any kind beyond bragging rights, which is fitting since the event started because of bragging. Realistically the only thing they will really be able to do for the one server is maybe turn on an enhanced XP weekend.
    35. Will there be new festivals or changes to the existing ones in the near future
      Definitely something they are looking at – how can they improve and add to the festivals to keep them exciting. The Anniversary festival is currently being worked on
    36. What is your least favourite class
      Doesn’t really have a least favourite, but there are classes he’s not good at. You don’t want him healing your raid, for example.
    37. Why does his voice sound different here than in the community updates
      When he does the community updates he doesn’t talk for as long, and they give him professional recording equipment to use which is much better quality.
    38. Is there a possibility of people becoming GMs from outside of Turbine HQ area
      No, the positions are in Boston in the Turbine offices. There are a couple of rare exceptions for German and French servers.
    39. Do you get free Turbine points
      Yes, in fact he just got his yesterday. Once a quarter they get an allotment of TP for DDO and for LotRO. They get a handful of codes for about 1,500 each.
    40. When you first started at Turbine what were you most excited about
      Meeting the team, moving to a place where he had family, working for a game that he’d been playing since closed beta
    41. Have you ever done any voiceover work for LotRO
      No, he has not
    42. Do you play in a band in LotRO
      No, he doesn’t
    43. Advice on getting into radio
      About radio, and it actually also applies to the games industry, get ANY job you can. It might not be the job you want, but a foot in the door and getting to know people goes a long way. He knew guys who started in radio as the janitor. They ended up as major market DJs making 100k a year.
    44. What did you get with your 25% off code
      XP and rep boosts
    45. What are the most popular classes
      He hasn’t looked in a long time but Hunter and Champ use to be the most popular classes.
    46. When will Bullroarer be open for testing
      He’s not sure what the schedule is for BR, but doesn't expect it to be any time soon. Usually it opens a week or so in advance of an update
    47. Do the “lucky” named items (rabbit foot, coal etc) have any hidden benefits
      He’s answered that question many times and is surprised people don’t believe him. No, they have no special effect.
    48. With the revamps of ND, Trollshaws and MM, will we see graphical updates as well as quest clusters/changes
      Probably not. At least nothing as dramatic as Bree. It's more about making them more playable and improving the flow.
    49. Some pics from the run
    50. Why did turbine start to add invisible walls to the game
      To prevent people from going to places they aren’t supposed to. In an open world such as LotRO has, sometimes it’s just what you have to do. You can't really make an endless landscape. Also there are ways to get stuck between buildings, in 'yards' and other places that you cannot use /stuck to get out of and a GM cannot teleport you out of. You can lose your character, permanently, if you aren't very careful and sometimes very lucky.
    51. Will it be possible, someday, to take a chicken past Isengard (perhaps via a Strange Chicken Nest)
      It might be possible, but he doesn’t know what the plans are for chickens beyond Isengard. Though the devs have spent time recently kicking them about.
    52. What keyboard and mouse do you use
      Right now he’s using a Mad Catz STRIKE 7 Keyboard and a RAT 9 wireless mouse. He really loves the mouse but is still adjusting to the keyboard.
    53. Was Hobnanigans removed because of animal cruelty
      No it had performance issues
    54. What is the right venue to appeal which name was used on the Bounder’s statue
      He doesn't think they are able to make changes now, but whatever the outcome, submitting a ticket is almost definitely not going to be the answer, but he will pass along the suggestion.
    Last edited by frickinmuck; Mar 13 2014 at 02:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silmelin View Post
    Maybe around 5-6 or so I have too many mains to have time for more alts XD
    lol I can believe that! Regardless, my hat is off to you!

    In reply to the newly posted Q/A, I really feel sorry for the Bounder's Bounty winners, as most apparently don't have the name they wanted on the statue...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galuhad View Post
    Seems that the items were added to the game already, but either didn't work when tested, or Turbine changed their minds and pulled them from release.
    Yes, they were pulled from release due to a very loud and annoyed player base (I think this was during beta so the population as a whole didn't see them). Basically they floated the idea, then quickly unfloated it. These shouldn't have been visible outside of beta and shouldn't be in the store, so not sure how you see them today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonyx View Post
    I wish they did it like WoW and other MMOs.
    It is in WoW because of a particular feature of WoW that we don't have here. That is because their PVP arena system has a tiered ranking system based on level ranges. Thus you can fight in the arena with only levels 20-29 players, and so on. This is a big deal there, and players take it seriously. For those players, levels 19, 29, 39, etc are their end-game. Disabling XP means you can spend more time finding the best gear and aren't as reliant on WoW's random loot rolls. It is only a trivial side effect there that this may be used for role playing as well.

    So by the criteria of WoW, this is an important feature that earns them money as it keeps players in the game and subscribing. For the LotRO viewpoint though, they make more money by players leveling up than otherwise and they don't see an XP toggle as a money maker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lohi View Post
    Yes, they were pulled from release due to a very loud and annoyed player base (I think this was during beta so the population as a whole didn't see them). Basically they floated the idea, then quickly unfloated it. These shouldn't have been visible outside of beta and shouldn't be in the store, so not sure how you see them today.
    They were on bullroarer for during a period of public testing access. Thus the public as a whole had the opportunity to see them and comment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frickinmuck View Post
    Sorry if this one is a bit patchy, there were issues with the Twitch stream.

    Please note: I am paraphrasing here. Anything said here is coming through my interpretation of what he said, and is subject to being corrected by him so don't take all this as gospel.

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

    Q/A Hobbits to Isengard - Laurelin

    1. Question about bugs
      As soon as you see a bug, make sure you bug it right away and, most importantly, give detailed instructions to the developers on how to recreate the problem. He doesn’t currently have any information about the status of specific bugs
    2. Question about lag
      Most players tend to have their settings higher than their system can handle properly. They think their system can handle more than it actually can. Also, a lot of people set up their graphics for solo play, with settings higher than can be handled for group play. If you’re in a group, or in areas where there are a lot of players, you may need to readjust your settings to suit the higher load. When your system has to render all those extra players, animations, weapons, etc. it really adds to the load. Another tip is, if you are running SLI or Crossfire, disable it. Just run on one video card. You will gain framerates in most cases.
    3. Is it better to use a 64 bit client, and are there any plans to make LotRO 64 bit capable
      No plans to make LotRo 64 bit capable, but a 64 bit client will absolutely help because you have access to more memory that the OS can use, you can run a higher cache, etc. A 64 bit OS with 8GB of RAM is leaps and bounds ahead of running a 32 bit OS with 4GB of RAM, because of the memory management available. You will have more resources available for your machine to use. The worst thing you can do for performance is run a 32 bit OS with low RAM. Also, regarding the issue of ram, the game will not use much more than 4GB of RAM, but your OS will take as much RAM as it needs and leave you with what’s left over. So you need enough RAM that your OS will leave you enough for the game. 64 bit OS with 8GB of RAM should be fine for most people.
    4. Does using a SSD help game performance
      Using a SSD will make load times faster, so any time you are loading textures and data (i.e. moving through zones) it will be faster.
    5. How about SLI/Crossfire and multiple monitor setup support to the game
      The game is not set up to support multiple monitors or SLI and Crossfire, he doesn’t know when or if that will happen.
    6. Are all the servers running on same hardware
      Contrary to what many people think, a “LotRO server” is not a machine, it’s a series of machines. For example it may be 8 different PCs, a load balancer, databases and various other hardware. But all the servers have pretty much the same hardware and are pretty much equal.
    7. Is the Turbine de-fragger tool still around and can it be used on the current build
      The Turbine defragger doesn’t exist anymore and he greatly discourages using it. If you still have it you should not use it, you could destroy your install.
    8. Any plans to bring back a MyLotro app similar to Wow armoury
      The previous one was player-created, and he knows of no plans to recreate or restore that functionality
    9. Will the people who are on the Bounder's Bounty plaques be able to choose which character they want displayed in the future
      When they started sorting out what was going to go on the Bounder’s Bounty plaques it was discovered there was going to be a group of 1,400+ people needing to respond with which character they wanted on the plaque, and that was going to take way too long to organize, so instead they went with the accounts that had the highest count, and which of the characters on that account contributed the most.
    10. Will any shard-droppers be added to the newer areas
      He will bring the suggestion to the team
    11. Could we get a shard-dropper deed
      Not likely there will ever be a shard-dropper deed
    12. Are there any plans to have any discussion based on the feedback to the Producer Letter threads on Housing, Inventory, etc
      The point of those threads was to get an idea of what players were looking for, see what the consensus points were. Even taking into account all those threads on English, German and French forums, at most it is the opinion of maybe 300 people, not a significantly large portion of the player base. So when they seek player feedback they do so through multiple venues, and they look at multiple sources of suggestions and input to see where the consistency lies across all sources of feedback, rather than focusing on one particular forum thread and taking that as the definitive answer to what the players want.
    13. Why isn’t this an event for taking a creep somewhere, or staying alive in Hoarhollow
      Because the players created the event, based on some discussions in chat. If the conversation had been different and someone suggested a monster play event, this could have been “Take the Reaver to Hoarhollow”
    14. Are there any plans to allow Dwarven ministrels to get legendary axes
      No plans as far as he knows for legendary axes for Dwarven minstrels
    15. When is U13 coming
      It is scheduled for March, probably toward the latter end of the month. He doesn’t have a date yet but when he does he will let everyone know.
    16. Can we get a Dwarf warden
      No current plans for that to the best of his knowledge
    17. Is there any hope of us ever getting a 'gym' that allows us to alter our characters build
      Not likely that will ever happen
    18. Will creeps ever be let out into the normal areas
      No plans for that. The Moors was created for creeps, and that’s where they’ll stay
    19. Are there plans for any other bare-chested cosmetics
      There was a joking discussion about bare-chested elves at one point, but no, there are no current plans to add more bare-chests. Although he won’t rule it out. He doesn’t usually get a heads up on the art that goes into any update, so he can’t really say or predict whether any particular cosmetic will end up in the game.
    20. Any chance of a design a cloak contest
      It’s something they are working on doing right now, but he has no ETA on when it will be ready, there are still some loose ends that need to be tied up
    21. Is there a mentoring system planned
      Not as far as he’s aware
    22. Is there a way to get a cloak back if you lose it
      Be careful when deleting something, because for the most part once it’s gone, it’s gone
    23. Any plans for crafting in homesteads
      It’s been discussed, but he doesn’t know if it will happen, in what form or when. It’s a discussion that’s been happening as part of the larger housing revamp
    24. What about rumours of two new open world servers for PvP
      Someone is pulling your leg, there are absolutely no plans for that
    25. Can we please get more than 17 character slots
      This is a suggestion he’s made in the past, and he will pass it along again. At one point there was a technical reason for that limit but he doesn’t know if that technical issue still stands.
    26. Can you get mobs who are grouped up to be linked so they just don't stand there when you attack their companion
      He’s not aware of any plans to change the way mobs aggro when they are in groups but he will pass the information along
    27. Will you be filling in the map with outlying areas such as South Farthing, etc
      MadeOfLions had a great answer to that in the 20 questions the other day. They do fill outlying areas of the map from time to time, but right now we are at an important part of the story so they will probably follow the path of the fellowship more closely for awhile
    28. Do you roleplay
      No, he does not
    29. Is Gilrain becoming preferred server
      Good question. Next time they have a maintenance he will ask
    30. What determines weather in-game, is it based on real world weather somewhere
      No, but it’s not entirely random. There is a day file in the game that gives a region its day/night cycle, etc. and generates weather at what appear to be random times. It’s not based on real world weather or anything like that.
    31. Question about a kinship revamp
      Read the Q/A from the other day, there is a bit of information there. Beyond that he can’t really comment.
    32. Will we ever see changing seasons during festivals
      No because the regions are locked in time based on the part of the story they appear in. That is why Winterhome was created; to have a wintery region for the winter festival
    33. Does your wife play LotRO
      Yes, she does. She is a good healer and plays a captain and a minstrel well, and has several characters at cap.
    34. Question about reward for the winner of this event
      There is no formal plan for a reward of any kind beyond bragging rights, which is fitting since the event started because of bragging. Realistically the only thing they will really be able to do for the one server is maybe turn on an enhanced XP weekend.
    35. Will there be new festivals or changes to the existing ones in the near future
      Definitely something they are looking at – how can they improve and add to the festivals to keep them exciting. The Anniversary festival is currently being worked on
    36. What is your least favourite class
      Doesn’t really have a least favourite, but there are classes he’s not good at. You don’t want him healing your raid, for example.
    37. Why does his voice sound different here than in the community updates
      When he does the community updates he doesn’t talk for as long, and they give him professional recording equipment to use which is much better quality.
    38. Is there a possibility of people becoming GMs from outside of Turbine HQ area
      No, the positions are in Boston in the Turbine offices. There are a couple of rare exceptions for German and French servers.
    39. Do you get free Turbine points
      Yes, in fact he just got his yesterday. Once a quarter they get an allotment of TP for DDO and for LotRO. They get a handful of codes for about 1,500 each.
    40. When you first started at Turbine what were you most excited about
      Meeting the team, moving to a place where he had family, working for a game that he’d been playing since closed beta
    41. Have you ever done any voiceover work for LotRO
      No, he has not
    42. Do you play in a band in LotRO
      No, he doesn’t
    43. Advice on getting into radio
      About radio, and it actually also applies to the games industry, get ANY job you can. It might not be the job you want, but a foot in the door and getting to know people goes a long way. He knew guys who started in radio as the janitor. They ended up as major market DJs making 100k a year.
    44. What did you get with your 25% off code
      XP and rep boosts
    45. What are the most popular classes
      He hasn’t looked in a long time but Hunter and Champ use to be the most popular classes.
    46. When will Bullroarer be open for testing
      He’s not sure what the schedule is for BR, but doesn't expect it to be any time soon. Usually it opens a week or so in advance of an update
    47. Do the “lucky” named items (rabbit foot, coal etc) have any hidden benefits
      He’s answered that question many times and is surprised people don’t believe him. No, they have no special effect.
    48. With the revamps of ND, Trollshaws and MM, will we see graphical updates as well as quest clusters/changes
      Probably not. At least nothing as dramatic as Bree. It's more about making them more playable and improving the flow.
    49. Some pics from the run
    50. Why did turbine start to add invisible walls to the game
      To prevent people from going to places they aren’t supposed to. In an open world such as LotRO has, sometimes it’s just what you have to do. You can't really make an endless landscape. Also there are ways to get stuck between buildings, in 'yards' and other places that you cannot use /stuck to get out of and a GM cannot teleport you out of. You can lose your character, permanently, if you aren't very careful and sometimes very lucky.
    51. Will it be possible, someday, to take a chicken past Isengard (perhaps via a Strange Chicken Nest)
      It might be possible, but he doesn’t know what the plans are for chickens beyond Isengard. Though the devs have spent time recently kicking them about.
    52. What keyboard and mouse do you use
      Right now he’s using a Mad Catz STRIKE 7 Keyboard and a RAT 9 wireless mouse. He really loves the mouse but is still adjusting to the keyboard.
    53. Was Hobnanigans removed because of animal cruelty
      No it had performance issues
    54. What is the right venue to appeal which name was used on the Bounder’s statue
      He doesn't think they are able to make changes now, but whatever the outcome, submitting a ticket is almost definitely not going to be the answer, but he will pass along the suggestion.
    These are accurate. Well done again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapience View Post
    These are accurate. Well done again!
    Give that guy a title or something He has done good work on sharing accurate information to all of us who do not have the time to listen through all 2+ hour twitch feeds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TharbadThief View Post
    Give that guy a title or something He has done good work on sharing accurate information to all of us who do not have the time to listen through all 2+ hour twitch feeds.
    That's a neat idea, Frickinmuck deserves a title. How about Recorder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angadan View Post
    That's a neat idea, Frickinmuck deserves a title. How about Recorder?
    I'd second it as a Forum title.
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    Or Messenger/Summoner/Herald

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angadan View Post
    That's a neat idea, Frickinmuck deserves a title. How about Recorder?
    LOL You guys are awesome. Maybe "Know-It-All" would be most accurate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by frickinmuck View Post
    LOL You guys are awesome. Maybe "Know-It-All" would be most accurate!
    How about "De Scribe-It-All"? hehe
    If you give away gold bars, someone will complain they're too heavy.
    .: Dannach, 100 WDN :.: Daire, 83 LMR :.: Gyrefalcon, 92 CHN :.: Brandon, 72 CPT :.: Honey, 71 GRD :.: Griffon, 69 HNT :.: Kaelenea, 72 RNK :.
    .: Iryth, 56 WDN :.: Baye, 56 WDN :.: Samtal, 64 WDN :.:Dunnock, 56 WDN :.: Sedgewald, 68 LMR :.: Breyon, 41 CHN :.: Tieran, 50 HNT :.

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    Scribe of Streams

    :P

    A play on the Lady/Lord of Stream title in game, since she's transcribing the live-streams.
    Tarphindiel~Hu~100, Tolella~Mi~86, Ryeberry~Gu~80, Torfrik~Rk~80, Arindis~Be~60
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    Quote Originally Posted by LethalLethality View Post
    Scribe of Streams

    :P

    A play on the Lady/Lord of Stream title in game, since she's transcribing the live-streams.
    Yeah, a very nice one

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    Quote Originally Posted by LethalLethality View Post
    Scribe of Streams

    :P

    A play on the Lady/Lord of Stream title in game, since she's transcribing the live-streams.
    Oooooh!! I like this one!
    If you give away gold bars, someone will complain they're too heavy.
    .: Dannach, 100 WDN :.: Daire, 83 LMR :.: Gyrefalcon, 92 CHN :.: Brandon, 72 CPT :.: Honey, 71 GRD :.: Griffon, 69 HNT :.: Kaelenea, 72 RNK :.
    .: Iryth, 56 WDN :.: Baye, 56 WDN :.: Samtal, 64 WDN :.:Dunnock, 56 WDN :.: Sedgewald, 68 LMR :.: Breyon, 41 CHN :.: Tieran, 50 HNT :.

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  17. Quote Originally Posted by Angadan View Post
    That's a neat idea, Frickinmuck deserves a title. How about Recorder?
    Lots of good ideas

    How about "Town Crier"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unique View Post
    How about "Town Crier"
    Hehe, that one has a great dual meaning that is all too fitting.

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    Thanks for going to all this trouble, Frickenmuck. Information is so much more valuable than opinion. Of course, that's only my opinion.
    Your new title should definitely reflect that it is an accolade proposed by your grateful audience.
    How about 'Top Reporter'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheery View Post
    Information is so much more valuable than opinion.
    100% of why I do this. I was so angry when a bunch of disinformation started spreading after the first couple Hobbits to Isengard events, stuff that made it to gaming sites and blogs outside these forums, that I decided that I would personally take it upon myself to ensure accurate reports came out of these events. The last thing this community needs is more negative, manipulative, opportunistic hysteria.

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    Thanks for the transcript of the Q&A.


    Quote Originally Posted by frickinmuck View Post
    [*]Will the people who are on the Bounder's Bounty plaques be able to choose which character they want displayed in the future
    When they started sorting out what was going to go on the Bounder’s Bounty plaques it was discovered there was going to be a group of 1,400+ people needing to respond with which character they wanted on the plaque, and that was going to take way too long to organize, so instead they went with the accounts that had the highest count, and which of the characters on that account contributed the most.
    This sounds hollow in my ears +Sapience, it is only a big job because the way it was to work was changed after the event was over.
    There are many people on the servers who are willing to help you do the job, if it really is to much for the team.
    If we read the thread that is about it, it is also shown that it is not the characters whom has contributed the most that is on the list either, there are problems with chars who have gotten a rename and then there are chars on it that doesnt exist.
    Bazzakrak - Champion - Riddermark - LvL 85 - Still looking to get correct name on Bounder token plaque.
    Now also banned from posting on the lotro facebook page.

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    Thanks for a great time, Brandy!

    I had a blast, even with the whole dying thing. Twice... (me, not the designated Hobbit to be delivered to Saruman's gates.)
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    Notes from Brandywine coming shortly. I couldn't access the forums all day yesterday, hence the delay.

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    Q&A Hobbits to Isengard - Brandywine

    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 - Brandywine

    1. Question about balance
      Balance is constantly being addressed. Some balancing is done with every update. It may not necessarily be called out, but it is there. You can always expect more balancing to be done.
    2. Sapience looks over at Aaron’s desk and mentions that Aaron is currently reading the forums. So yes, developers do read the forums.
    3. Will multiple mail attachments (coming with U13) add to postage cost
      It seems likely, but he will ask the engineer working on it and get back to us
    4. Question about adding new features/functionality to the forums, particularly to make it easier to follow dev posts
      Likely not going to happen. They’re trying to keep the forums as simple as possible to reduce load times and reduce the need for development time.
    5. Mention of using the dev tracker to follow dev posts
      Sapience agrees, that is useful since dev posts always show up in the dev tracker
    6. When will player council applications open up
      The plan is to open them on March 14. The Player’s Council has been great about making suggestions, so the application will be changing a bit based largely on their feedback
    7. Are the council members going to you with ideas and questions, or are you going to them
      It actually works both ways. He wrote up the document for the new announcement and they’ve given feedback on it, and he’s been editing based on their feedback. The announcement we see will be probably about 75% based on their input.
    8. Are there any new instances or raids coming
      As they’ve said before, nothing for 2014. Nothing about that has changed, and until you hear differently from them you can assume that it hasn’t changed.
    9. Any teases you can give us about the inventory option additions
      It’s an inventory revamp not an itemization revamp, it will be focused on your bags. He’s seen the revisions and says they’re really cool. When U13 gets closer to being put up on Bullroarer he will ask the engineer to sit down and walk everyone through the revamp on livestream so they can see it for themselves.
    10. Will the new inventory help with cooking
      It will not change how and what will be stored, it will just enable you to rearrange your bags. For example, you can make them all into one big bag if you want. So it will not really affect the way items themselves are handled. It’s the functionality of the inventory, not the items in it.
    11. Discussion of aggro range – it increases as a character goes to levels higher and higher above their own, so that it becomes more and more difficult to stay alive. That isn’t true for chickens, though, because they are meant to go to dangerous places.
    12. Are there any itemization changes coming
      They are always adjusting that, but there’s no major revamp in the cards as far as he’s aware
    13. Are Misty Mountains and Trollshaws still being revamped for U13
      Yes, they are.
    14. Question about bringing back Lifetime accounts
      No plans to do so, sorry.
    15. What changes are coming to the Ettenmoors for U13
      Jinjaah just made a post in the forums about that.
    16. If someone were to sell a lifetime account, how much would it be worth
      Absolutely nothing, because they would do everything in their power to permanently ban the account. So any money spent on the account would be wasted. That’s true for any account that someone tries to sell. They permanently ban accounts that people buy/sell.
    17. How many women are on the LotRO team
      He doesn’t have a number, but it’s more than a half dozen.
    18. Why does it seem that some people do something minor and get banned, and others do something heinous and don’t get banned
      A lot of this is based on your perception of what happened rather than what actually happened. Players don’t have all the facts on these situations, so it’s easy to misinterpret. Infractions are cumulative, so someone who did something that seemed minor might have already had 9 previous infractions, and this last one finally pushed them over to the ban. The person doing something more serious, that might have been their first infraction, or they might have actually received consequences you don’t know about. For example, they might have had a short ban of a day or a few days, and just didn’t say anything about it, or they might have had a long conversation with a GM and gotten an unpleasant note on their account, and the next time they do anything something may happen. You just don’t have all the facts, and your perception doesn’t necessarily line up what’s really happening behind the scenes. Everything is handled on a case-by-case basis. What were they doing, when did they do it, what did it impact – that is all up to the GMs.
    19. What kind of headset are you using
      It’s a TRITTON headset. At home he’s on a Cyborg FREQ 7, at work it’s the TRITTON. He thinks the TRITTON has slightly better sound quality.
    20. Will any quests be removed during the zone revamp
      That is often the case with revamps like this. Quests may be rearranged, altered or removed. He can’t say whether any specific quest will be removed for the upcoming revamps, but it’s likely to happen with at least some.
    21. Discussion about lag – turning off post-processing effects alone will clear up a lot of issues. Often what people think of as lag is actually just a performance issue with your PC and not having the settings tuned to what your machine can handle.
    22. Are there any LotRO T-shirts available
      They do sometimes have T-shirts available for sale, especially for conventions. Occasionally he gives them away as prizes for various events or contests. So they do exist, they’re just not widely available.
    23. Question about playing LotRO on a laptop
      He would never play LotRO on a laptop if there is any way he could at all avoid it, unless he’d just spent a fortune on a screaming hot gaming laptop. He does occasionally play on his laptop at home if he’s crafting or something, with absolutely everything turned way down to their bare minimums. People in the chat disagree with him on that and post various examples of how LotRO plays just fine on laptops. He says his is just really old and not very powerful.
    24. Question about bugged Champions
      He can’t answer specific questions on stuff like that, he just doesn’t know. But if you absolutely want to make sure that something is seen and addressed by the devs, something that is a bug, then /bug it. Anything that is bug reported ends up on their internal tracker. Forum posts and the like just don’t fall into that process and are less likely to be seen and addressed.
    25. Question about the dev round table livestream
      He did talk to Aaron and some others about that. There are some challenges in terms of getting everyone in a place where they can all sit, have microphones and be on camera. Those types of challenges are relatively easy to overcome, but the logistics of getting it all done is a different matter. He’s going to try to get that together closer to U13. He’s going to get the engineer who did the inventory revamp on to do a livestream, he’s going to try to get Aaron on, and try to get more dev interaction in general. Obviously they’re all really busy right now. Anything like that will definitely be 2 or 3 o’clock eastern time just due to their office hours.
    26. Will catapults be in the Moors for U13
      Sapience asked Jinjaah, who was in the office, and he said no, they will not be in for U13.
    27. What about using Google Hangouts for the dev event
      Google Hangouts don’t change the basic problem on their side, of getting everyone connected, and they have a lot of limitations that a livestream wouldn’t have. If they have to solve the problem technically anyway, he wants to make sure that they do it in a way that can reach the most people.
    28. Will you be adding war goats in the future
      He would be very very surprised if they added war goats in the future. Very entertained, but also very very surprised.
    29. What about Skype for the dev round table
      Skype is one of the approaches they are discussing, but that still means making sure all the devs have headsets (which not all do at their desks), and Skype accounts that are not their own personal accounts. Like he said, logistics are the issue, and not a lack of desire or interest.
    30. Request to raise stack sizes
      He’s asked in the past to raise stack sizes. Sometimes the devs have a reason for limits, but he will pass along the request.
    31. Will there be a crafting wallet
      He knows that it’s been discussed, but doesn’t know if or when it will ever come to pass.
    32. What about the official global chat channels
      Official global chat channels is one of the things he keeps pushing whenever he sees an engineer, which probably explains why they now run from him. ? It is being talked about, it’s one of those things they just need to find the time to do. It’s just a question of where does it fit in development.
    33. Question about more details on U13
      They will probably start giving more information in a week or two.
    34. Have you tried the new prototype of Hobnanigans
      Yes, he has, and it’s a lot of fun. When it’s ready to release he thinks players are going to enjoy it a lot. It’s a lot of fun, and it works. Those who were around for the previous version will remember it had a lot of issues. This one works really well.
    35. Question about whether we will have any future ability to redesign our character’s physical appearance
      Not likely to see any options beyond what’s currently available at barbers anytime soon
    36. Question about transfer support requests
      He doesn’t have any direct involvement in that, and doesn’t know what their backlog is. He’s sure they will eventually get to people’s requests and to just be patient.
    37. Question about level 95 FA symbols
      No current answer on that, sorry. He will look into that next week and post it in this thread when he has an answer so keep checking back.
    38. Question about scaling instances
      As per Joe Barry’s answer given in the recent Q&A, there is no content currently set to be scaled
    39. Question about checking the status of a ticket
      When you submit a ticket you should get an email response. Reply to the message, don’t change the subject line, and check on it.
    40. When you play is it just for fun or do you do find groups too
      Jokes about the implication that grouping isn’t fun. It all depends on what he wants to do at the time. Sometimes it’s group, sometimes it’s crafting, sometimes it’s solo. Sometimes he just picks a server at random, logs into chat and just watches to get an idea of what people are talking about.
    41. Question about what’s coming in U13
      If you want a good idea of the changes that are coming for U13, you should check out Aaron’s producer’s letter. Beyond that they will start talking about it in more detail probably within the next week or two as it gets closer to Bullroarer.
    42. Will current Big Battles be changed so that we can play them at any size we want
      Nothing he’s heard suggests that’s coming any time soon
    43. If you die and it’s clear that the server won’t succeed can we just call it a run
      There is a two try rule, so if he dies or gets stuck during a second attempt, the run is ended
    44. Question about Spring and Anniversary festivals
      They’re not on the calendar right now. They are still finalizing the plans on when they will occur, but as soon as it’s finalized, he will add it to the calendar and make a post about it.
    45. Will the new anniversary prize be a character portrait
      He doesn’t know. He knows that’s one of the things that was discussed, but has no idea what the final choice was.
    46. Question about a megaserver merge
      Sounds like someone has been pulling your leg. There are absolutely no plans whatsoever to merge servers.
    47. Who do you think will get the Oscar for best picture
      He thinks 12 Years a Slave absolutely deserves it, but he thinks that it and Dallas Buyers Club will split the vote and make room for Gravity to slip in and take the win.
    48. Why are you answering questions about the Oscars and server mergers and not about lag and the future of the game
      He’s been answering those questions all along (if you read through this entire forum thread, you will see that is true). Server lag – when you get a lot of people in a group this large there is going to be issues. In terms of helping you with specific lag problems you may be having, there’s a great post in the forums on it. In terms of the future of the game, read Aaron’s producer’s letter. He talks a lot about what’s coming for U13 and comments on how he will be updating us on what’s coming for 2014 and 2015.
    49. Did you guys get a pre-screening of the new Hobbit movie
      He thinks they saw it maybe a day early
    50. If you could add one thing to housing that exists in some form in the game already, what would it be
      If he could put Durin’s Bane in his kinship’s front yard, he would do that. And he’s not saying that will happen – it probably never will.
    51. What other kinds of games do you play when you’re not playing LotRO
      Mostly flight sims, racing games and some RPGs.
    52. Would you ever consider allowing crafting inside housing or kinship houses
      It’s been discussed several times recently, but there’s no plan yet to add it, and it may or may not ever make it into housing.
    53. Will you be adding easter eggs in any of the new content
      That is up to the devs and whether they have time to add something into what they are working on.
    54. Who or what decides the weather on each server
      It’s a script. Certain places can have certain types of weather, and it happens more or less randomly
    55. Will AMD Mantle support be added to LotRO
      Not terribly likely
    56. What is your opinion of Brandywine lag
      Considering that this run was one of the less laggy of the runs so far, he thinks it’s pretty good, actually
    57. Whose personal project was the LUA implementation
      Two of the Turbine engineers came up with the idea, pitched it and were given the go-ahead to pursue it as a side project
    58. Are those engineers still around
      Yes, they are. One of them is currently working on the inventory revamp
    59. Will the game be adapted to iPad or iPhone
      The game is monstrous, so that’s not likely unless there are some radical changes to those devices
    60. Question about viewing previous runs
      Yes, you can view previous runs on the Twitch stream.
    61. Will you use consumables if we send them to you
      No, he will not use any buff of any kind himself. Not for morale and power, not for run speed, not for anything. Players are welcome to put any buffs on his character that they are able to, but he will not use any himself
    62. Do you think the bare-chested cosmetic should be available for all races
      The conversation has actually happened before (among the devs), but for his part, he’s neutral on the issue.
    63. Player’s Council question
      The current plan is to open applications on March 14th. As for the council members who some devs and others have asked to be on the council, they can still apply, but Turbine will probably reach out to them directly.
    64. Will the council size be expanded to accommodate those people who are staying on or being added
      The council size is 30 – 50, and the size of the council will not be expanded. One of the changes that are being made to the council this time is that they will not be listing character names, only forum names. But if you apply for the council and then try to hide your identity you’ve kind of missed the point.
    65. Why did myLotRO go bye-bye
      It was a system that was really challenging to support. It couldn’t be fixed, it would have had to be rebuilt from the ground up and would have cost a lot to do because it would have involved changes to the game as well. It simply wasn’t in the cards.
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