Lord of the Rings Online’s latest patch expands Minas Tirith questing

    
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Lord of the Rings Online is releasing a medium-weight patch today tailored to Minas Tirith gameplay.

Of note, there are new quests scattered throughout the White City in iconic locations as well as Sandson’s Farm. There’s a new “public endgame space” in the Cisterns and new stable points too. Expect tweaks to the Dol Amroth endgame tokens, melee mounted combat skills, and furniture hooks, plus a dozen-odd big fixes.

The most critical patch note involves the new emote collection UI. LOTRO players are currently contemplating the mystery of how to restore the fabled fart emote, which was allegedly removed from the game a few years ago thanks to griefing and is not included in the UI, even though using it still produces a cryptic message. Hey, you guys wanted secrets in MMOs. Be careful what you wish for!

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digi_owl
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digi_owl

tobascodagama digi_owl Jigawatts Meh, in both case its “here is a taste of the game, pay up to experience the whole thing”.

tobascodagama
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digi_owl Jigawatts They’re not remotely the same. LOTRO offers you a carrot (pay to unlock more content), TOR gives you the stick (pay up or we literally break your character’s legs).

digi_owl
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digi_owl

Jigawatts Indeed. But if you play without buying anything, things kinda de-rail somewhere after Radagast. This because Turbine adopted the same concept as they did with DDO, and put area quests into “packs” that you have to unlock either by earning their store currency through achievement grind, or waving your credit card.
The story quests are still available, but without the area quests to go with them you end up with big level gaps that has to be fulfilled by running the few skirmishes that are not locked away.
Frankly it feels like Turbine and Bioware has adopted the same “F2P” scheme. F2Pers are second class citizens, effectively turning their experience into an extended demo.

tobascodagama
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tobascodagama

Jigawatts Their story guy says they have plans, but we don’t entirely know what they are. Some of the skirmishes and raids give hints, though. IIRC, Trouble in Tuckborough, Thievery and Mischief, and the Battle for Erebor instances all take place after the Ring is destroyed, echoing the Scouring of the Shire when the Hobbits return and have to kick out all of Sharkey’s men.

Jigawatts
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Jigawatts

I’ll be completely honest, I’ve never played this game, but I have heard it loosely follows along the path laid out in the book/movies. Given that they are at Minas Tirith now, what are they going to do after they come to the time of the destruction of Sauron?

JudgeDavid101
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JudgeDavid101

“And my axe!”

/smoke

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf

Greaterdivinity breetoplay

which was allegedly removed from the game a few years ago thanks to griefing …

Karl_Hungus
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Karl_Hungus

breetoplay BenesHacha 
Your large stack of money is probably more than what Turbine’s got to spare for anything other than driving this game one step closer to Mordor before the license comes up for renewal again.

breetoplay
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breetoplay

BenesHacha Sorry. :( It’s just like three tiny things.
Does anybody believe housing will ever be revamped? I would put a large stack of money on that never, ever happening. Depressing.

Greaterdivinity
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Greaterdivinity

breetoplay Ah, thanks. Will have to give it a read when I’ve got time to dive into it.