LOTRO Update 21.1 works to improve Mordor

    
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The road goes ever on for Lord of the Rings Online — as does the work needed on its newest expansion, Mordor. Today the team released Update 21.1, a patch designed to fix a few glaring errors, add in a smattering of content, and deliver quality-of-life improvements to the new High Elf race.

High Elves have gotten their own horse summoning animations and some new starting characteristics, and the devs have fixed several hair options for Elves and Man characters.

Over in Mordor, where evil never sleeps because it’s too dang loud, there are now “Scourges of Gorgoroth” populating the country for players to find and defeat. Players who struggled with the early quests dealing with spies and surrendering mobs will be pleased to know that they’re now easier to find.

With the Summer Festival over, LOTRO plans to kick off its Famer’s Faire on Wednesday.

Source: Patch notes
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Melissa McDonald

Gonna be a while before I get there, starting over with a new Hunter, at present only level 46 (but progress is much faster than it used to be).

Honestly the chests have given me some of my best gear so I don’t view them too unkindly. I’m not in a guild so can’t depend on crafted items that much, I use what the game gives me. Between chest loot and Mathom Hunter’s Armour I am way better equipped than a character I started a year ago that is at similar level.

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MesaSage

Meanwhile, Lootboxes in Gorgoroth drop like acid rain. There are currently 37 auction pages of lootboxes on my server (mostly Gorgorithian) with a price around 2 gold. Seems SSG wanted to soak up all the keys they passed out for anniversary gifts and perhaps stimulate some store sales. Seems it’s not working very well.

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Valenn2

That and the pricing policy of the Mordor speaks volumes (80$ for high Elf? Uhm, thanks i’ll pass! [Fun Fact: Any ‘High Elf in LOTRO-Store?’ Question on reddit will be deleted by the mods within hours])

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Paragon Lost

Yeah the Gorgoroth Loot boxes are annoying as hell. Oh and what’s also annoying a few days before the expac launched I bought a few keys to open up some boxes in my inventory just to move them. These keys won’t open the new Gorgoroth boxes. You have a new key you have to buy, black keys versus the steel keys. Stay classy Turbine err SSG.

I’ve been tossing my boxes. You know how hard it is to annoy me? I’m one of those dumbass whale players, I’ve actually given them close to $400.00 in the last couple months if you count the fan’s edition of Mordor. I was expanding character storage, shared storage and inventory bags, plus snagged the improved wallet and some other sundry items.

I refuse to buy any keys as of the other days when I noted the previous keys I had bought from them won’t work on these new boxes. I’m just tossing boxes, deleting them. Real asshattery on the part of SSG. Btw the update 21 didn’t actually fix the avatar animation with the travel mounts. My 68 speed mounts for my humans/elves still do that really annoying as hell out of sync bounce/bob.

Where as my dwarves and hobbits are fine and don’t do that. When they get out of sync on the 62 speed mounts if you change to a walk for even one second it fixes the sync, that doesn’t work on the faster mounts. I’d buy more mounts from the store but not when that’s an issue.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Yeah, I toss lootboxes like crazy. Never buy keys. That’s just a chump’s game. Disappointed that SSG has gone all-in on this.

Out of sync mounts is one reason that, despite its other problems, I prefer to ride warhorses.

Anyway, update looks like they’ve been busy and that it always good to see.

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Paragon Lost

Yeah I don’t recall the loot boxes dropping so heavily before. :/ I mean I’d get them but not like I’ve been getting them in Mordor. I also use the warhorse as much as I can, but in some places it’s kind of a pain in the ass, especially if you are getting the yo-yo-ing effect. Good way to ride off of a cliff. lol.

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Viktor Budusov

Except that keys are now gotten through dailies. But whiners gonna whine.

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zoward

I’m not sure why, but I seem to have more fun with festivals in LotRO than I do the main questlines. Go figure.