Lord of the Rings Online cultivates better lootboxes for impatient Elves

    
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We all know that if there’s an important bug in an MMO, developers will get around to fixing it… sooner or later. But if something’s wrong with the lootboxes? An alarm is sounded, all hands go on deck, and a top-priority patch is issued before players know what is happening.

And so it is with Lord of the Rings Online’s Update 23.1.6, which primarily adjusts some underperforming lockboxes and their contents. Players can now rejoice (?) that they can use lockboxes at lower levels and will enjoy better pre-50 gear stats in these chests. In addition to this silliness, the patch also advances the Bingo Boffin quest series on the progression servers and fixes a nasty bug that resulted in stat-free scaling gear that used to scale from nothing to nothing.

One very interesting note is that Standing Stone Games hinted that Beornings will transition to be a heavy armor class in a future patch. Plate mail bears, rawr!

Source: Patch notes

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Paragon Lost

So, they’ve found it easier (less man power resources) to just swap Beornings to plate armor, instead of tweaking them as leather armor wearers. I predict over powered Beornings for a bit before they down tweak them, probably over correcting.

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“There is a reported bug where players swimming in the city’s river get stuck there and they can’t log out. It blue screens their computer sir.”

*sigh*
“Anything else?”
*Casually blows a ball of lint across his wide oak desk*

“Well…we did get a minor report saying that our new Winter Wonderland lootboxes where giving an inordinate amount of green elf shoes. You know? The ones that had little balls on the toe? Cute. *ahem* Well, they are same as the other color shoes sir BUT the green shoes were supposed to be delivered at lesser odds than the others shoes.”

“DEAR. GOD.”

“Sir?”

*throws metal globe at intern’s open mouthed face – smashing out three of his teeth. as he looks up, tears making the scene blurry…*

“YOU. YOU SON OF A BITCH! WHY DID I FIND OUT ABOUT THIS FROM YOU YOU DIRTY SON OF A SLOPPY WHORE?!?!?”

*man grabs PA system mic*

“LISTEN HERE YOU DIRTY INGRATES. I’LL HAVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU THROWN INTO A WINTER’S DITCH IF YOU DON’T SOLVE THIS GREEN SHOE DROP PROBLEM. FIX IT NOW. NOT TOMORROW NOT IN AN HOUR. NOW! CHRISTMAS BONUSES ARE CANCELLED.”

*CEO kicks the intern in the ribs, shattering three while piercing his lung*

~~~scene~~~

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Dividion

About time… The Beornings were in a weird place with Might as the primary stat, but using Medium armor (which often didn’t have Might). Should be interesting to see how that turns out. I haven’t played my Beorning in a year now (currently in eastern Rohan), but that change might warrant another look.

As for the lock boxes, I just delete any I find. #notafanoflockboxes