LOTRO expansion pre-patch adds Halloween, Brawlers, LI revamp, and housing hook consolidation

    
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While Standing Stone Games might not be calling today’s Lord of the Rings Online update the expansion pre-patch, but… it’s the Fate of Gundabad expansion pre-patch. Update 30.3 arrives on the live servers today with several major features listed under Gundabad’s umbrella.

With the update, players who pre-ordered the expansion can go ahead and roll up the brand-new Brawler class. According to SSG, “Brawlers forgo weapons in favor of Battle-gauntlets and heavy armor, hurling themselves into battle to the benefit of friend and devastation of foe. The main focus for Brawlers is damage, off-tanking, and support.”

Additionally, Update 30.3 trundles out the revamped legendary item system and a consolidated hook approach for the housing system, while also putting an end to weapon swapping in combat and allowing landscape mobs to disarm players (for the most part).

The Fall Festival, with Westmead and the Haunted Burrow, starts back up today as well. Apparently there are no new rewards or content for it this year, but you can catch up on all of the stuff you missed from previous years even so. Here’s a great guide to the event.

It should be noted that many players across several of the game’s servers are reporting massive lag spikes as of late. While SSG acknowledged the issue back on October 6th, well, it’s October 13th and it’s still happening.

Source: LOTRO
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MesaSage

I took my lowest level alt so I could make all the mistakes and learn without caring too much about the outcome. Worked well. I only made one mistake and that was buying an extra tracery that I can’t use right now. I didn’t play on Bullroarer, but I read forum threads and watched some videos and learned what I needed to do. It’s not that hard, but all the new stuff is a little overwhelming at first. It would have been nice to have an in-game guide, quest, tutorial. something. The most common question in World was “how do I start?” Lots of helpers around.

I’m happy with the result and looking forward to moving my characters to new LI’s.

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Darthbawl

Logged in my 109 Champion after patch. NOT A SINGLE THING of any help. No vector quests, pointers, pop-ups, nothing. No tutorial or anything of the kind. Had to figure out on my own that I needed to appraise/claim on a few LIs to get the Ancient Script to buy my first two new LIs. At that point I stopped. Going to wait for a good video/article before buying traceries and such.

SSG really dropped the ball on this. I’m sure once I actually figure out WTF to initially do to get these new LIs going it will get better.

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GumpsGang

Here .. published 9/30 on the launcher … https://massivelyop.com/2021/10/01/lord-of-the-rings-online-explains-legendary-item-revamp-and-conversion-method/ … also lots of help to be found in World chat … kin discords .. forums … Youtube … and Twitch. I suspect there will be more polish in the future (at least they said that is the plan)

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Ashfyn Ninegold

As predicted. SSG did very little to reach out to players. They posted one article, which if you are unfamiliar with LOTRO’s crappy forum set up, will be a tad difficult to find. They put nothing on the launcher. They have no in-game help.

You either played Bullroarer and figured out what to do or you didn’t. Based on in-game chat, the majority of players learned nothing about the LI system revamp before today. And a lot of them were caught off guard.

All of this frustration and confusion on the part of players could have been avoided if SSG did more outreach to players. Even a simple World Announcement during the peak playtimes for their three main time zones (East, West, Aus/NZ) on the US servers yesterday would have helped immensely. A link to YTers covering the revamp. A link to their own article. Anything.

This was a huge, missed opportunity for SSG to make new friends in the player base. It is so damn frustrating.

The good news? People, once they get it sorted, seem to be fairly happy with the resulting new LIs. And as usual, the LOTRO community steps up where SSG fails. Lots of helpful people in chat walking folks through the process.

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GumpsGang

see above post … maybe wait a few days to make sure all to shaking out OK?

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Oh, heck yes. I maxxed out all my slotted LIs before today, but haven’t done anything about the new LIs yet. Waiting for some clever person at LOTROHQ or the like to post some good build options. Not a raider so I need to spend the few Cracker Morguls I’ll get carefully.

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Vincent Clark

Folks aren’t too happy with the LI rollout if the OF is anything to go by. Not just the loot box shenanigans (which, honestly, at this point should surprise NO ONE) but the overall lack in quality and the fact that there is so preciously little out there in information about the new LI system. In-game or otherwise.

So, typical SSG.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Can you drop a link or point to where you saw this about lootboxes? I’ve heard this several times, including in-game, but I can’t find any solid info about it. Much appreciated.

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GumpsGang

Early LI report at level 130 … a lot of characters are about the get a lot more powerful (esp those who don’t normally raid). It’s easy to cap out some stats now. I need to explore more with class/builds.

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teppic

So for the new system the most powerful traceries (sockets) are not only available from cash-only lootboxes, but ONLY available from them. Classy, SSG!

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Paragon Lost

Ouch. ☹

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GumpsGang

A raider just got a top end drop and a T2 raid. Also note the stuff scales 131 to 140 is going to be a part of the expansion, we don’t know about these drops as of yet. There is still hope.

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teppic

I knew it wouldn’t be long before ones of the regulars came along to defend completely pay to win stuff.

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GumpsGang

A second report is out, but can’t fully confirm the truth on drops. Did not see the item myself. We should find out more soon as raid locks reset.

Don’t care about loot boxes myself. Also, don’t use the term P2W as it means too many things now. Nothing wrong with trying to get a full picture of the current state of the update.

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teppic

When the best items are directly available by gambling real cash it’s unethical and pay to win by just about anyone’s definition. When they’re only available that way it’s plain disgusting.

I’m sure they’ll change it eventually, after people have spent tons of money opening lootboxes, and then the game’s defenders will congratulate SSG for it.

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GumpsGang

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