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Love Is In The Air For LotRO

Female Beorning Face Tattoo

This week I re-installed LotRO. LotRO is receiving love from the bloggers this week on the heels of a new update and a ninth anniversary celebration.

When LotRO originally went F2P, I was disgusted at the cash shop tactic takeover of the game and interface. Now it’s the norm (unfortunately) and I hardly even notice.

Last week I was playing Ms. Pacman, the new SEGA release on Steam. I made fourth place on the leaderboards and started thinking: I could be playing an outdated MMO for the millionth time, and it would be more fun, and have a better story.

I had to buy the Beorning class and try it. A few years ago, I argued in the official forums for a tribal race, including face tattoos. Turbine provided them! I love my Beorning. I love her grunting she-bear attitude.

There is a wee deal-breaker: a rage mechanic.  For some reason, this mechanic frustrates me.  I quit trying to play Bear druid in WoW because of this.

So I’m playing a Warden. Today I watched some of the six-hour anniversary livestream from a few days ago, which was entertaining, offering a lot of candid dev interviews.

One highlight was the assertion that we will surely see the gates of Mordor within the next year. At least the black gates.

Another highlight was Edgecase’s emphatic assertion that Burglars were in a bad place, and they were a “high priority”.

I’ve never seen an MMO class more abandoned by the players. There are ten classes in LotRO, and about 1.5% of players are currently playing Burglars at cap at any given time, i.e. two players on Landroval.

This is what happens when you ignore a problem for so long, like updating your server software, which as of yesterday was super glitchy, rubber-bandy, and the worst ever. Today the servers are better, so maybe they fixed some issues.

A few years ago the Turbine organization was crass greed (to me), and now they are more like cute, clever, small-handed hobbits, underdogs. The livestream was nice.

Some players today are only now reaching the original conclusion of pure greed, of course, while others are just now discovering LotRO. For the latter, I’m trying to update my Newbie Guide To LotRO as I go along.  The guide still sees 10-20 views per day.


Gaming Stocks


This last week was a brutal week for corporate earnings in the U.S.. Google, Apple, and Microsoft all fell on their faces.

I sold $MSFT at break-even. I tried to buy Sony at chart support, but was forced out immediately when the Bank of Japan held fast on their policy, causing the Yen to skyrocket, and $SNE to break support.

The dollar is plunging, sending every Uncle Joe piling into spiking gold and silver prices. I rode that for a short while, but good grief people.

High Yen puts pressure on exports and revenue in Yen denomination. I guess. So I might be watching the Yen for another Sony entry point, or I might just forget getting into Sony before E3.

Sony is also now under some pressure as an iPhone sensor supplier, like all iPhone suppliers, after Apple’s disappointment, not to mention the work stoppage for the recent earthquake. So I was thinking buy the bad news, but I was too early. Now it looks like the U.S. markets could roll over, dragging down others with it.

With Sony’s supposed PS4.5, Playstation VR, and Sony’s VR games in the pipeline, which were heralded by the Gamestop CEO as something special, this is looking like Sony’s year to push forward after some recent impressive PS numbers.

Nintendo also mentioned this week a new console-type product for possible spring 2017 release, but that still seems to leave Sony in command of the hardware holidays.


Weekly Wyrm ~ Oct. 11, 2014

turtle earrings for rift nightmare tideThe positive highlight of the week was purchasing my traditional expansion-themed earrings for Rift. They’re little gold turtles. I made my own earrings for Rohan and Gondor, but they didn’t hold up due to materials issues.

The negative highlight of the week was being called a “nigga bitch” in Rift. I won’t wallow in filth by speculating etymologically what this is supposed to mean. I was playing my rogue, stealing Unstable Artifacts from the big meany Seastonians (the U.S. PvP server).


Artifact Mining On A PvP Server


Eve Online has a similar gameplay scenario with high sec and low sec. Whenever an Unstable Artifact zone event hits Seastone on the cluster-wide event tracker, it’s an opportunity to reap richer rewards for increased risk.

On average I was dying once or twice per event as of last week. This week I adopted a strategy of riding to a safer hunting location before shard hopping, and also going only with my rogue. My mage is a puny stick of 2-shot goo to a well-geared murder machine.

The payoff for my artifact hunting has been 1.5k plat earned in the last few weeks, mainly from a 450 plat Freemarch epic unstable artifact. I’ve invested most of that back into Dreamweaving, and now I can convert arties into dream cloth for even more coin.

So speaking of investing.


THE BEARS = WINNING


This week the 3-year bull market in U.S. securities finally ran out of steam. There’s just no place for them to go with the interest rate increases looming, Europe threatening a recession with decreased oil consumption, and weak earnings being reported by Intel, Samsung, and others partly due to low sales in China.

Not to mention multiple wars and Ebola.

For three years, this kitty has been rooing the days (i.e. jumping up and down with anxiety) when she was hunkered in a cabin writing novels four or five years ago instead of catching the bull market and getting rich. Well, the wait is finally over. It’s bear time.

No, this section isn’t about football.

In other bear news, LotRO’s Beorning class has hit the live servers, and screens are appearing of tough tattooed bear women. I love this.

For years, including in my newbie guide to LotRO, I’ve been lobbying for a native-type race with facial tattoos, and Turbine is doing it.

The LotRO Community boys seem to be making fun of how ugly she is, but Turbine deserves kudos for implementing realistic female figures, much like Blizzard’s healthy femme-panda forms.


Wasteland 2


Wasteland 2 has finally released, the new retro RPG from Brian Fargo, Mike Stackpole, Liz Danforth and the like. I like what I’m seeing on the Youtube videos and the reviews.

Stackpole and Liz Danforth are venerable Tunnels and Trolls developers, and I’ll be pressing the buy button and happily handing them money for this amazing effort. The soundtrack by Mark Morgan, the original Fallout and Planescape Torment composer, is also worth checking out.

I can’t explain why I’m not more excited about Dragon Age 3, which releases in November. Wasteland 2 seems more like an open story where I can make my own roleplay characters. Dragon Age 2 felt like playing a character in a movie, and it got old.

The only reservation I have about Wasteland 2 is that the endgame looks like fighting against robots, which I really didn’t like in the Fallout games. It’s the same formula over again. Robots just aren’t good “bad guys” from a fiction perspective, in general. Terminator had Arnold. I doubt if this game has Arnold.

Until next time, happy gaming! Thanks for reading KKBB.


Beorning Combat: Beta Image Leaked

The guy posting a live stream of the closed Elder Scrolls beta was off the chain, but this beta leak is bearly within the bounds of believability. A big thanks to the anonymous tipster from Romania who sent this picture in.

This is the “static electricity” skill tree for the new Beorning class in LotRO, channeling pure energy through the electro-conductive power of loveable fur.

You heard it first here on Kitty Kitty, where the MMO news is hard hitting, sometimes accurate and sometimes not, and whatever other great things we handle between chasing balls and taking naps.

Don’t forget this is 100% bonus XP weekend, with a 25% bonus persisting until the end of September, which was added today in a good PR compromise by Turbine.

Beorning combat image