LOTRO Update 10 hits Bullroarer
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 January 2013, 1:43 pm

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The initial build hit Bullroarer yesterday for Update 10, and we also have some patch notes.  There’s a decent amount in the notes, but also a number of things that are not in the notes, so I’m expecting not only Dev. Diaries to clear things up but also a couple other builds before it goes live.  [...]

LOTRO Update 10 hits Bullroarer

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Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 January 2013, 9:39 am

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Yesterday’s developer twitter chat had a bit more information in it then previous ones, but I think that’s purely just because they’ve got a release ready for Bullroarer   The majority of the real news was around Update 10.  I’m not going to hit on everything, just a few items that jumped out for [...]

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The Secret World January Game Director Letter
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 January 2013, 10:21 am

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Joel Bylos put out another Game Director Letter today and there’s a good mix of the good and bad, but one thing I love about Joel (and the whole TSW team) is that they’re not shy about admitting what’s going on. He starts off with describing what’s going on with corporate Funcom and how it relates [...]

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LOTRO Update 9.1 Patch Notes
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 January 2013, 8:31 am

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I didn’t even realize a patch was incoming until I saw the notice that the servers were coming down.  Nothing too exciting here, mainly bug fixes and tweaks to the instance loot.  Check out the full notes here and here were the top things I picked out: Fixed the armor values for the level 85 Dol [...]

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The Secret World Announces Store Changes and Veteran Rewards
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 January 2013, 12:09 pm

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Joel Bylos, the Secret World Game Director, has been out of pocket for a bit since he was head down with the team over in Montreal.  His first post clears up a couple of items that had been kicking around, and so far from the initial glance I like them. First up, he talks about the changes to the [...]

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Talking About The Secret World Ability Combinations
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 January 2013, 3:02 pm

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It has taken me a while to really start to dive in and understand the depth and complexity of the ability system in The Secret World but I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.  When I first started playing I mainly just grabbed things that looked cool and didn’t really think or look too much [...]

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Furthering my Secret World Addiction
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 January 2013, 1:10 pm

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Lately my main MMO of choice has been The Secret World and I wanted to highlight 2 quest chains that I think really show off the reason why I’m so addicted to TSW.  I will try to keep this post spoiler free as much as possible as although I’m still quite early on in the game I’m sure there are some [...]

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2013 LOTRO and TSW Predictions
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 January 2013, 2:42 pm

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I do find in interesting and enjoyable to not only look forward, but also take a look back at what we’ve done in the past.  I’m going to limit my predictions to the two main MMOs I’m playing these days (LOTRO and TSW).  Before I look ahead, lets see how well (or poorly) I did predicting 2012. I [...]

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Ringing in 2013 With All Sorts of Changes
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 7 January 2013, 5:17 pm

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This has been a pretty eventful holiday break for me with both a newborn and lots of family in town.  I won’t bore folks with the details, but needless to say I haven’t had too much time for normal gaming, but I did want to catch up on a few things and let folks know that I’m still around and what [...]

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Lore-mastery: Back on the (war) horse
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2012, 11:23 pm

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Well, first of all an apology for dropping off the scene completely like that. I decided to take a break from the game in August because I was a bit burned out in the pre-expansion lull, and wasn’t sure if it’d just be a short term or longer term thing. In between the expansion being delayed and a [...]

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LOTRO Update 9 Patch Notes and Known Issues
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 December 2012, 9:40 am

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As you wait for the servers to come up from today’s game updates, you can check out the Patch Notes as well as the Known Issues post. I’m not going to repost the patch notes, and much of it we have already seen through all the postings over on Bullroarer.  But certainly some good stuff coming with [...]

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Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 December 2012, 4:50 pm

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We got a couple new diaries today, although in all honesty there wasn’t really anything new in these nor was there that much depth.  I read these as just PR pieces to advertise the new Update as opposed to giving players an insight into what’s going on.  Said another way, I didn’t gain anything [...]

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The Secret World did NOT go Free to Play
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 12 December 2012, 1:05 pm

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I woke up this morning to all sorts of articles in my RSS reader and twitter pretty much blowing up with news of the new model Funcom has adopted for The Secret World.  However, I have a slightly different take on it.  And I personally think this is a great move by Funcom and one that I really [...]

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Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 December 2012, 5:14 pm

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Don’t get me wrong, I actually really enjoy mounted combat and like the way it was implemented.  I was holding out hope that we would see the system grow and evolve over time as an integral system to the game, like Skirmishes and Legendary Items.  However, according to Aaron “Rowan” Campbell that [...]

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Joel Bylos Talks Issue 5 of The Secret World
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 December 2012, 6:04 pm

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The initial patch for this update hits the servers tomorrow, but the specifics of it won’t be turned on for another week, I’m assuming to coincide with the ARG event raging on.  We will get patch notes tomorrow too, so I’ll be curious to see what is split out and what isn’t.  And a quick ARG [...]

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Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 December 2012, 12:19 pm

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In advance of the new Update coming for LOTRO, Turbine has released a number of screenshots showing off the new instance spaces.  As much as I may be disappointed about what’s not in the Update, there are a number of good aspects of it and I do like 3-man instances.  And these spaces do look pretty [...]

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The Secret World ARG Event Kicks into High Gear
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 December 2012, 11:08 am

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For those of you looking to flex your mental muscles, there’s no reason not to pop over and check into this event.  There will be tie-ins to the game, but you don’t have to play the game to participate.  They announced it a couple days ago and have since released some more pieces of the overall [...]

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Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 December 2012, 7:06 pm

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Turbine announced today that they are making SOME changes to how things will work for this year’s Yule festival.  Still sounds a little grindy for a festival for me, but we shall see what else they tweak. Deed Quest amounts are dropping from 100 to 60 for Tier 2, and from 200 to 120 for Tier [...]

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Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 December 2012, 1:45 pm

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These are pretty short and sweet, but in addition to these there have been two posts clarifying the Hobby Horse fiasco, and I have to admit I’m not sure I like their response any better. First xRaina comes out with the following post, where she also confirms the horse will not be live AT THIS [...]

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Turbine Disabling more LOTRO Content
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 December 2012, 4:41 pm

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Turbine hasn’t had a good run of things lately and today they announced the following instances are closed until further notice: The Siege of Eaworth Defence of Faldham Defence of Walstow Defence of Harwick These are the public instances involved in the Hytbold daily quests.  They haven’t said [...]

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Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 December 2012, 5:33 pm

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The End of Days is coming as this is the next Alternate Reality Game (ARG) launching for The Secret World.  We saw many of these kinds of things prior to launch (when there was nothing else to play) and I was curious to see how often they would do events like this.  It makes perfect sense as [...]

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LOTRO Update 9 Patch 2 on Bullroarer
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 November 2012, 6:35 pm

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Well, this certainly is an interesting update to the next LOTRO Update that’s posted to Bullroarer.  This is one of those updates that I can honestly say I have no clue what Turbine is thinking.  The actual patch notes are pretty small, but there’s a lot there that they’re not fully [...]

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Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 November 2012, 3:21 pm

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As always, these are preliminary notes as this is the first update to Bullroarer.  I will stop predicting what this means for launch as we’ve seen short and long test periods on Bullroarer.  Personally I was pretty skeptical about what was announced, but there’s some nice additions: Dol Guldur [...]

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Clarification on the New LOTRO Instances
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 November 2012, 7:37 pm

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The announcement earlier today about the new Instance Cluster caused quite a bit of confusion amongst many, and I’ll admit I’m still not 100% sure I see how this will work out.  However, I will give them a little wiggle room here, but I’m still getting a shameless Hobbit plug vibe here and not [...]

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LOTRO Update 9 Instance Cluster Information
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 November 2012, 2:47 pm

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As they hinted at last week, Turbine has released information about the upcoming Instance cluster promised when they announced the Riders of Rohan Expansion.  The good news, is that the cluster is still included in the price of the expansion and we will not have to pay extra for the instances. [...]

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