Lord of the Rings Online’s Midsummer Festival has returned

    
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Lord of the Rings Online’s newest holiday, the Midsummer Festival, has returned for another bout of wedding-themed events. While Standing Stone Games isn’t bringing back the Midsummer Hobbit Presents (this year, at least), the studio has introduced a whole bunch of pets, outfit pieces, steed cosmetics, housing decor, and even summer-themed musical instruments.

If you want to make the most of this festival, might we suggest checking out both LOTRO Wiki’s article and FibroJedi’s guide to the event? In any case, the Midsummer Festival is scheduled to conclude on July 5th, so you’ve got just over two weeks to get what you want out of the holiday.

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Stormsong Minstrel

Never ever gonna quest in infamous Lag Tirith and ill-famous Lag Pelennor fields. And for me, there are no reasons to even try festival. Cosmetics? No, thanks, do not use it. Housing decorations? Sorry, do not have extra 99 houses to put all quest rewards there.

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Viktor Budusov

That’s different MT…

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Vincent Clark

MT was such a let down when it was released. It was so highly anticipated, we were all so happy to finally make it to the shining city…and then SSG gave us a lagging fortress of despair lmao

But seriously, they started taking the piss with the go fetch quests in MT and I remember one quest chain in particular that everyone was mad about because it was clearly designed to get people to use the mithril coin fast travel option ($$).

Sigh…

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Viktor Budusov

Never encountered quest that was ‘clearly’ designed for mithril travel. If you mean running from one point to another is this ‘clear’ design than i remind you Volume 1 Epics with tons of running across Eriador. Problem is in that time there was no monetization.

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Vincent Clark

Of course you haven’t. Granted, you’d probably wouldn’t acknowledge it even if you did.

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Viktor Budusov

Of course i haven’t because running doesn’t mean “clear design to use mithril coins”.

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Vincent Clark

Allow me to blunt, you can’t be objective about this game. Going back and forth about it with you is pointless. And that is ok, I get it. I should have simply ignored your reply and will do so in the future.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I’m not feeling Midsummer. I’d not done this festival before (only its second year) and was looking forward to it. But it was

1) damn confusing, you literally cannot find the quests in Minas Tirith if you don’t know to go talk to Aragon, whose ring does not appear on the map and whose throne room is titled “Hall”. Unless you know that King Elessar is behind THAT door, you’ll never find him.

2) extraordinarily time consuming, even with a guide carefully put together by players to limit how much running around you have to do, it’s a beast.

3) alt unfriendly, see 2) above.

While having a festival in MT seems perfect, and it does, the reality of MT is that you spend 70% of your time traveling; 20% of your time asking yourself WTF, where is the item I’m right on the ring, only to realize it’s the next tier up (or down); and 10% of your time actually doing anything.

With the exception of a handful of fluff items that my full wardrobe can’t handle anyway, it’s a hard pass for me. I can’t see any benefit to spending my time like this.

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Bruno Brito

that my full wardrobe can’t handle anyway

Why is this limitation in the game? The wardrobe should be like GW2, you get the item freed and to change your mog, you pay for each item. Way better than having to hold a finite number of items and the rest have to be either in your bags or in your vault.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

After 14 years, you just have stuff. Wardrobe max is 270 items. Which sounds like a lot until you hit festival 5 times a year, each with new outfits. Then add in cosmetics for swords, shields, offhands, spears, axes, maces, clubs, bows, crossbows. Adds up fast.

Though, to answer your question, the great part about Wardrobe is the dyeing. Once an item is in the wardrobe it can hold every dye, so you can dye to your heart’s content with every color saved. But it is well past time for them to increase the maximum.

It’s a system I prefer over others that charge you every time you change your outfit.

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Bruno Brito

But that’s literally how GW2 works: You have a wardrobe which unlocks that specific appearance ( i have issues with WoW transmog system locking like 4 appearances of the same item because they don’t have a dye system ), and you can dye it as you feel like it, up to 4 dyes on a item if it offers that many slots. Dyes are unlockable, so are your fashion items, and to transmog one item into an appearance you have in your wardrobe, you use a item called a “transmutation stone”. It’s easily acquirable through playing the game, and it’s also buyable on the cashshop.

I think LoTRO has great appearances and a good fashion, but the system itself seems outdated and purposefully convoluted. Having to save items in the vault because you don’t have wardrobe slots?! Just do it like ESO and make the appearance unlockable.

I’ll never believe that SSG makes a profit when they nickel-and-dime their loyal playerbase like this. Honestly it feels they’re just scared of being fairer and losing their goose.

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cambruin

It’s called monetization, the bane of MMO existence. What could just as well be without limit has been limited, just so the idiots (90% of lotro playerbase) will fork up money to unlock that which should not have been locked at all.

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teppic

It’s no coincidence that you can use cash to skip to the quest objective for all of the quests and bypass all the insane amount of back and forth travel.

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Stormwaltz

As a player who’s never gone higher than around level 85, being sent to Minas Tirith for this event is like getting dumped on the steps of Grand Central Station with a paper map and told to find six very specific and obscure addresses across the Greater New York Metropolitan area.

It took me 20 minutes to figure out how to reach the festival NPCs. The fast travel points aren’t remotely close, and often drop you off pointed in the opposite direction from where you want to go.

If Minas Tirith is going to be used for a level-agnostic festival, it really needs a navigation pass for noob-friendliness. :/

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Ashfyn Ninegold

There’s no good way to navigate Minas Tirith, even with traveling between stables, it’s a long way to anything, concealed somewhat by the circular design, unless you notice that it takes hours to do the quests.

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cambruin

Been to MT a few times in all those years and I hated each and every time I was in it. I skipped the festival last year after trying to figure out where to go and how to get there.

MT was met with a lot of backlash when it launched, so picking this as a location for a festival is a questionable decision at best.

Skipping it as well. And the cosmetics aren’t really worth it anyway, not my style.