All sorts of LOTRO news today
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 April 2013, 3:07 pm

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It has been a busy day, but many of the expected announcements either haven’t come or have not come in the way expected. First up, the Player’s Council announcement initially scheduled for the 19th (tomorrow) has been delayed to give more time to the review process.  This doesn’t really phase me [...]

All sorts of LOTRO news today

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What’s Keeping Me Busy
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 March 2013, 12:47 pm

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I haven’t been writing all that much, and that’s mainly due to not playing much of anything lately.  But things are coming around and I’m getting settled at my new job and getting into a better routine with our newborn, so I should be getting back into more of a schedule.  But it shouldn’t be a [...]

What’s Keeping Me Busy

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My Hopes for the new Turbine Player Council
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 March 2013, 2:02 pm

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I must admit that I’m on the fence about this whole player council thing Turbine is rolling out.  A part of me thinks this is a good idea for Turbine to have a more structured way to get feedback and guidance from the community.  However, I also think there’s the distinct possibility that this will [...]

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LOTRO Official Update 10 Release Notes
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 March 2013, 9:04 am

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I was a little surprised that they sprung Update 10 on us yesterday, mainly because there had been so little PR for it.  Pretty much the VERY light “developer diaries” were the only things leading up to this update, without too much fanfare.  Maybe Turbine feels guilty that many people paid for [...]

LOTRO Official Update 10 Release Notes

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The Secret World Update 1.5.5 Patch Notes
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 February 2013, 11:48 am

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Like many of TSW’s updates, this one came and went pretty quickly without too much fanfare.  However, this not only brought some fun social items but quite a few other changes and tweaks.  I’m not sure I’ve figured out TSW’s numbering schemes but this to me seems pretty big for a tertiary update.  [...]

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LOTRO Update 9.1.1 Patch Notes
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 February 2013, 8:33 am

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I didn’t even realize there was going to be a patch today but there was and 2 things from this really jumped out at me. First, I was surprised that they’re doing server side performance enhancements ahead of Wednesday’s extended downtime.  I’m all for them doing things, it just seems strange timing [...]

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LOTRO Update 10 2nd Bullroarer Patch and Armor Screenshots
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 5 February 2013, 5:15 pm

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The second build hit Bullroarer today and it included quite a few additions that were not there previously.  You can find the full patch notes here, but there aren’t too many changes mainly the finishing off of the changes they had already announced: Fate determines out of combat power regen, not [...]

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LOTRO’s “New” Player Council?
Posted by DocHoliday's MMO Saloon [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 31 January 2013, 2:55 pm

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Kate Paiz today released her first Producer’s letter in a while but there’s not a whole lot of new information there.  It is a pretty quick read and I appreciate that Turbine is putting out things like this in addition to similar efforts from Aaron “Rowan” Campbell. However, I have to admit there [...]

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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.  [...]

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LOTRO Developer Chat Thoughts
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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2 New LOTRO Update 9 Developer Diaries
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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Mounted Combat in LOTRO Purely a Gimmic?
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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LOTRO Update 9 New Screenshots
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 [...]

LOTRO Update 9 New Screenshots

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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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