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  1. #101
    We are coming to the end of a chapter in Slowtro.
    Currently the group is at level 47, which has allowed us to finish the Epic Volume I
    Its a pity about the Inspiration Buff, we found it too easy apart from maybe the final fight.
    We are travelling through Eregion, finishing off the last few things whilst still mopping up stuff in Angmar instances.
    BG is proving a little difficult as we lack the full 6 man, but with a bit of polish, we will get there.

    During the holidays, we shall be delving into Moria having already done the Vol II intro for our Legendary Weapons.

    Until next time.

  2. #102
    Currently the group has just turned level 49 to allow us a chance at Helegrod - Giant, which the group successfully completed with 4 people. (Raid pfft, congrats to Kasey, Gilangol, Lirduiniel and Siggar, Slowtro's 'Challengers of Thorog'.)
    Questing continues in Moria for some whilst others are catching up with missing deeds and such.

    Our updated plan for 2017 is as follows.

    Highlights from 2016: Our Company have succesfully conquered the Armies of Angmar including all of the Commanders of various fortresses and the Witch King himself. We have aided the Rangers immensely and saw to the destruction of Narchuil. We have also established the Eriador Base of Operations southeast of Bree and one of our contingent has helped the initial efforts of the dwarven expedition that set out to reclaim Moria.

    First Quarter (levels 48-50):

    We have been receiving ill news from the far corners of Angmar and the Misty Mountains. Our Company will assault Helegrod in the first half of the quarter and move on to explore The Rift of Nûrz Ghâshu in the second half.
    We will also launch a more active recruiting campaign that will likely persist through Q2.


    Second Quarter (levels 51-53):

    Having lifted the Shadows of Angmar, we will celebrate the closing of a long chapter by joining the festvities of spring and the 10th Anniversary.
    Later this quarter we will put more emphasis on forging some Moria storylines for the Company and Legendary Items for its members.
    We will establish a forward operating base in the Twenty-first Hall and celebrate the 3rd birthday of Slowtro.
    Apart from the first two group instances, The Forgotten Treasury and The Grand Stair, Turtles should focus on catching-up this quarter (e.g. deeding, Epic Volume II up to Book V, enriching character's stories, etc.)


    Third Quarter (levels 54-56):

    Hopefully, with our ranks somewhat reinforced, we will be able to take on some of the finest challenges of Mines of Moria while simultaneously moving on to solo questing (and much more) in Lothlórien.
    The level range for this quarter will allow us to finish Book VIII of Volume II of the Epic as well as all quests for this expansion.
    Our aim will be to complete as much as possible of the above while taking the summer holidays into account.


    Fourth Quarter (levels 57-59, possibly 60):

    At the start of this quarter we will move our forward base of operations to the outskirts of Caras Galadhon (hopefully with the blessing of Lady Galadriel and Lord Celeborn) and help fellow Turtles that are in need of catching up from Q3.
    Simultaneously, venturing into Mirkwood and Enedwaith will become an option so we will be resuming the co-operation with Elrond and the Rangers.
    Ideally we conclude Q4 with the three Moria Raids.

  3. #103
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    Jun 2011
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    Hey guys. I'd be interested in joining up with you guys if you accept new members. My nearest character to you guys is my Warden, though he's level 50, not 49 like you chaps currently are. What days would you typically run events?

  4. #104
    Quote Originally Posted by Halavorn View Post
    Hey guys. I'd be interested in joining up with you guys if you accept new members. My nearest character to you guys is my Warden, though he's level 50, not 49 like you chaps currently are. What days would you typically run events?
    Hello Halavorn.
    A level 50 Warden would be a most welcome addition to the group. We generally allow those at our level +1 to join us, given most in the kin have at some point forgot to equip their Stone of Tortoise before levelling. We have had a level 50 in our group in the last few months, who was a returning player from SOA cap days, so the time it took us to catch up allowed him to fill out his character.

    Generally, Wednesday is our choice of evening for events, tho we have members on most nights, tho not always in an organised event. As we hit level 50 we will need to organise more evenings as we tackle the Rift due to raid locks and such, depending on how successful we are.

    Level 50 is a level we would be looking to promote our group more as we acknowledge that perhaps new High Elves come to the game perhaps using a level 50 boost from Gift of Valar.

    For more info, please look to the web forums http://slowtro.shivtr.com/forums where you can introduce yourself.
    Hope to meet you in game soon.

  5. #105
    Sunday night saw 5 of our members victorious against Thorog at level 50.
    The Rift is our final raid to conquer in Eriador whilst tortoised at this level. We would welcome any characters wishing to join us on this, and future episodes, around the adventuring world. Find your way to our forums and say hello, or search /who tort 1 50 and message any of our members. Joining the kin isnt a requisite to adventuring with us, having fun is.

  6. #106
    Mixed emotions about our trip into Rift last night. We succeeded to battle all the bosses up to the Balrog, with just 6 players, before retiring for the night.
    Maybe its rose tinted glasses, but the selection of gear available nowadays compared with level 50 cap hey day makes our group very much stronger.
    The balrog is level 54, so attempting before level 49 would not really be a wise option, but I think the jump to level 50, combined with stuff we have gained from U12 loot and some with Osgiliath Armour / Big Battles Jewels and Moria quest gear means we are certainly having an easy time so far.

    I remember back in the day, running Rift, we were casual kin but liked a good crack at it and battled the bosses. Guardians were often given the first choice of the armour gems that dropped, then on an open roll people would be biting your hand off for it. Now.. it doesnt compare with other stuff. I think my mini had less than 2k morale back then too. Slacker.

  7. #107
    Last night saw our group of 5 (plus one on follow) defeat the Mighty Balrog on our second attempt.
    We now have a few 'Saviour of Eriador' titles in the group. Well done all.

  8. #108
    Club Slowtro are currently level 56 and have all bought sun glasses as we leave the dim light halls of Moria and venture forth to ask the pesky pointy ears of Lothlorien for help regarding our current predicament in Moria.

  9. #109
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    Jul 2011
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    Slowtro still going strong! Bera has retired, but the turtles are stronger than ever!
    "The turtle is my trinket". Founder of Club Slowtro.
    Tolkien fan and LOTRO completionist, taking my time to see all the places. Clabauterman on Steam.

  10. #110
    Slow does not equate to lazy. It has been a busy Summer for Club Slowtro.
    Emerging from the darkness of Moria into the splendor of Lothlorien, only to be told by the Elves we need to go back into Moria again.

    Regular 5-6 members have completed all Moria instances including the Vile Maw and Dar Narbugud.
    The last month has seen us take some respite under the bows of the Mallorn Trees of Caras Galadhon.

    Level cap has been raised to level 65 as we venture forth to Mirkwood and then Enedwaith.
    We have moved away from 1-2 level ups every other month or so as we try out raising 5 levels/quarter as we have found that doing content even at -5 levels has become unchallenging. Where as when we were attempting raids, even though the raid may have been marked, say level 50, bosses inside might be level 53, meaning our level 45 characters could not hit stuff or use combat fears/disease/poisons etc. So we were finding ourselves stuck between two extremes, stuff being overly easy or stuff taking forever to fight through the additional 'resists' we would recieve.

    Gearing up for 'historic' expansion level caps (50/60/65) also meant that the stuff you worked for would often be out of date within a month, so hopefully with the 3 month period we will have longer at intervals so as to benefit equipment and also to achieve deeds such as killing 200 mobs in an instance that invariably means 'farming' the instance repeatably.


    Anyway, enough of the chitter chatter. Anyone interested, we are always welcoming to any new faces who are not in a rush to get to end cap and find out there are only repeatables left to do... give us a shout.

    www.slowtro.shivtr.com

  11. #111
    The threat of Mirkwood is no more... (well for now)
    Our gallant group saw off the Lieutenant of Dol Guldur with our usual Bombastes Furioso.
    Special thanks to Hunfri, Kasey, Lirduiniel and Siggar for their great grouping.




    Elrond now seeks our help to gather up the Rangers of Eriador for some mission... as is always the case.
    We welcome anyone that is willing to join us that is interested in tackling content where possible on level with the aid of The Stone of the Tortoise.
    More details can be found at our website www.slowtro.shivtr.com.

  12. #112
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Republic of Ireland
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    Severed White Hand

    Greetings, Fellow Laurelin Players!

    Club Slowtro has made it to level 75 and has bravely fought the armies of Isengard throughout Dúnland. We have set up camp with the Ox-clan Merchants and are now planning our moves against the ominous Tower. Simultaneously there will be questing in The Great River area (including Limlight Gorge) to gain access to Roots of Fangorn and more epic rewards. We will challenge Saruman's allies in all of the Rise of Isengard Instances during the month of May and probably June. We would like to invite players with characters of level 73-79 to participate if they like a bit of fun, challenge or desire the deeds/loot associated with the above.

    3- and 6-man Instances will most likely be run on T2 while the Raid(s) on T1 difficulty. Experience with the content is not a must, there will be instructions via chat / in-game voice. Make sure you have high mitigations for T2 (12k+)!

    Times will be posted on our website (mostly Tue/Wed evenings 2030HRS UK time). You don't have to register but we always welcome newcomers!

    May the Valar Bless You All!

  13. #113
    Browsed through your forums a bit and seems like a nice bunch :-) My character on laurelin is far from high levelled enough but I am definitely interested in joining in the future What timezone are you guys based in? Everyone from aprox uk time?

  14. #114
    Quote Originally Posted by Enedraith View Post
    What timezone are you guys based in? Everyone from aprox uk time?
    Indeed, primarily UK time. Most Slowtro events start at 20:00/20:30 GMT.

    Would be great to have you with us!

  15. #115
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    Aug 2013
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    The journey down the Anduin and casual Raids

    Greetings, Dear Friends!

    Club Slowtro has been busy the last 6 weeks, most of our members have completed questing in the Great River area and we dedicated some evenings, specifically Sundays, to travel South in the tracks of the Fellowship (Epic Books VII and VIII during the next couple of events). At level 75 we have completed the ToO and OD Raids and Roots of Fangorn on T1; The Foundry and the 3-man content on Tier 2 (some Challenges here still missing). In the coming weeks we will be revisiting ToO on T1 as it is fun and T2C for both RoF and Draigoch's Lair...

    For events and progression keep an eye out on our website and join the /slowtro channel in-game! (It's free )

    Blessings to You and Yours, 'til we meet again!

  16. #116
    the company have traveled down the mighty Anduin and currently are camped beneath the Argonath on the northern border of Gondor of old. Orcs swarm the shores of Nen Hithoel but there is little sign of what became of Frodo or his fellowship.....

  17. #117
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
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    Do you guys have lower levels? i can imagine not everyone is yet up to date to the current scale. I myself level only according to the level of my quests.

    oh, and i find the 5 levels under content very interesting, i take it that is to make it more of a challenge. does it work tho? or do you miss a lot? i'm used to on-level, but can acknowledge that even then everything is way to easy, say on a challenge scale of 1-10 its maybe a 2, 3 and with bosses a 4 or 5. I'm a loremaster and that helps a lot in terms of ccand tankyness of my pet.

    Hope to hear back from you,

    Fighterkill

  18. #118
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    Dear Fighterkill,

    Thank You for your interest!
    Most of us would have quite a few alts ranging from level 10 to end game but we don't regularly run the story on various levels as, being a casual bunch, we primarily focus on the main group (currently in East Rohan, still lvl 75). Also, summer is usually a very relaxed time for the Club due to members' holidays. Having said that, we do run instances on any level (ad hoc or organized), given we have enough people online that have alt(s) at the preferred level range (we did some Rift with 5-6 players, levels 47-61, for 2 consecutive weeks in July, for example).

    Indeed the level difference helps make the content a bit more challenging, the Deflect mechanism kicks in when you are fighting mobs 3 or more levels above yours, iirc. At 5 levels below the number of Deflects can be quite substantial yet still situational due to its RNG nature. Ranged classes will generally have an easier time - as is always the case...
    So the -5 level rule is not enforced over having fun For example, I found doing slayer deeds on my captain with such restriction extremely tedious so I generally opt for 0-3 level difference max. Whereas our hunter still 1-3 shots mobs 6 levels above hers...

    Feel free to join us on the slowtro channel and/or website!

    Happy Gaming

  19. #119
    Slowtro team take down the Big Red. Level 75 T2c


  20. #120
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    112
    I've always wanted to do something like this.

    While your to far ahead for my liking, if you ever plan on restarting I'd love to join.

    In the meantime, keep on slowtroing

    Edit: Im also curious on what your gearing rules are, if you have any? As someone with a capped character who has run most of the old content numerous times, I have a lot of old barter tokens for the raids and such. Would it be frowned upon if someone "skipped" the content by gearing up with an alts tokens? Or is that fine? It doesn't matter to me I am just curious!
    Last edited by WhiteWolf21x; Oct 05 2018 at 08:28 PM.

  21. #121
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    Aug 2018
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    I have a low level character on Laurelin and I'd like to join too, if a restart is doable or a stable new leveling group is formed!

  22. #122
    Quote Originally Posted by WhiteWolf21x View Post
    I've always wanted to do something like this.

    While your to far ahead for my liking, if you ever plan on restarting I'd love to join.

    In the meantime, keep on slowtroing

    Edit: Im also curious on what your gearing rules are, if you have any? As someone with a capped character who has run most of the old content numerous times, I have a lot of old barter tokens for the raids and such. Would it be frowned upon if someone "skipped" the content by gearing up with an alts tokens? Or is that fine? It doesn't matter to me I am just curious!
    Hi - re gear ,my own view would be is that we're not in a position to enforce any particular way of gearing. Most of us have been active with the slowtro turtles for some time and its been possible to 'earn' the best gear available (or close to) the usual way. Using a high level player as a benefactor for a new turtle (in order to catch up) doesn't strike me as problematic (I dont think i'm missing any unforeseen implications). What IS important is that all turtles play with respect and solidarity for the group and story to make it as fun as possible. One caveat I'm still patching U23 at present so we need to see how that turns out for mid level toons, it may be we re-examine the gearing question if the concern about skewed balance prove correct. Until this point anyway we have concluded that gear 'rules' are ineffective and undesirable. So yes you could use your account's marks, meds and relics to catch up.

    thanks for your interest, if you decide to look for a new group to experience this game in the way we have and do I am sure we will all wish you well and support you in anyway we can. I am also sure our current members would happily run instances and group content with you if you needed more numbers.

 

 
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