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Some more videos before ROI

There’s going to be a new expansion for LOTRO on September 27th called Rise of Isengard. You can read more about it here. I already pre-ordered it and will be leveling all my characters up to 75 when it comes out. Not sure what other plans I have after I do that. I loved making my burglar videos starting level 40 in the Ettenmoors. I might do the same with this expansion. Going out at 65 when all the creeps are at 75 might be interesting again for me.

So before the expansion comes out I am finishing up all my videos I made. Check my previous post with all the links to my previous videos. I have uploaded 3 more videos after that post. I’m still working on 2 other videos which will show me getting Rank 9. It took a long time and I did it outside of a raid or group. I didn’t get into many 1v1’s because I liked going after the gankers at the rez circle. There were a lot more action at the rez circle these past months for some reason. I ranked a lot faster because of that.

I played mostly with bad gear but still found a lot of fun. I wasn’t the best at 1v1 but willing to try my best. I loved being able to help others when they were being ganked. I also had fun trying to help out small groups or raids when I can. I have 2 more videos I’ll be posting in a few days showing me getting rank 8 and 9. I probably won’t be pushing hard for rank 10. I’m going to relax and have fun. Lot of players are way too serious sometimes and I can get so many to run after me leaving their friends to die. I just laugh about it and I’m sure they are happy to kill me.

 

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Playing with new CPU

Playing with new CPU

I just got a new CPU, AMD Phenom II X4, for my computer which is probably 2x the speed of my last one. I didn’t need to change the motherboard which is a good thing. I wish I could get more memory but I would rather save money for other stuff. 6GB of Ram works enough for me. I don’t think 2 more GB would make much difference in the game. Maybe for video editing it would allow me to do stuff faster and more things at the same time. I can play in Ultra high graphics at directx11 in the majority of places for PVE. In the Ettenmoors it does get a bit slow when there are a lot of people running and fighting around me. Medium setting fixes this problem most of the time.

Now that I have this new setup I did some testing. I uploaded 2 videos on my youtube channel. The first one shows my hunter fighting in PVE at the highest graphic setting. The second one shows my Burglar doing his thing in the Moors for PvMP. I tried showing the new water effects while I was fishing. The new shadows for directx11 doesn’t make much of a difference in my opinion. You can see my new setup for my interface and how I fight at level 65. I still fight when the odds are against me. It’s what I do in RL so it makes sense to do it in a virtual game.

My level 65 hunter in Directx11.
Johnnyboi in Directx11 fishing and fighting in the moors!
You can catch up with all my past videos from this game here:

My Level 40 Burglar visits the Ettenmoors in LOTRO
Lotro burglar level 40 pvp action
lotro burglar Level 41, 42 and 43 in the moors
lotro burglar Level 44, 45 and 46 in the moors
Lotro burglar Level 47, 48 and 49 in the moors
Lotro burglar Level 50, 51 and 52 in the moors
Lotro burglar Level 53, 54 and 55 in the moors
Lotro burglar Level 56 and 57 in the moors
Lotro burglar Level 58 and 59 in the moors
Lotro burglar Level 60 and 61 in the moors
Lotro burglar Level 62 in the moors

I will be adding 3 more videos so I show how I got to level 65 and got rank 7. There will be a new update in a few months which will change a lot of things including max level. I want to get as much of this done before that so I can actaully explain the many changes I haven’t talked about. This game is now free for everyone to play. At this time free players can’t participate in PvMP but for the new update they will. I am still finding a lot of fun with this game. Many friends in the game. I do plan on playing other games which you can check out on my other blogs.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in characters, pvp, videos

 

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Playing Lord of the Rings again

Playing Lord of the Rings again

It’s been a long while since I wrote anything about this game. There has been a lot of changes. My last real article I wrote was back in 2009. I played a few months in 2010 which I started recording some videos of my adventures. I thought it would be cool to see how my burglar at level 40 could do in PVP. You can check them out at my youtube channel playlist. I have to finish a few more videos to catch up where I am now. It was fun doing it and lot of people enjoyed watching the progress. I saved all the videos I made last year for this project so it’s just editing things together. My burglar is now at 65 so lot of the video is old and no longer a representation of the game now.

My main character used to be my minstrel, Johnsono.

Johnsono (Minstrel)

My main character is now my burglar, Johnnyboi.

Johnnyboi (Burglar)

I am going to be recording videos again soon because I’ll be getting my next rank in a few weeks probably. It’s been so much fun playing again and trying to remember everything. I don’t play to be the best at 1v1’s. I am thrilled when I can win a fight against a 1v1 but my main focus is to defend others and help our side. If I die in the process then that’s fine. If I have to die 100 times just to keep a few creeps busy while we take some keeps then I see it as a win.

My hunter is Johnboi in LOTRO

Johnboi (Hunter)

My runekeeper is named, Johnlandir.

Johnlandir (Runekeeper)

My small guardian with power is Johnsmall

Johnsmall (Guardian)

I recently got a new video card which I thought would make things go faster and allow me to play at a higher graphics level. Well I found out I was able to play at a higher level with directx11 but was really slow. Either my memory or motherboard is causing this problem. I recently went back to directx9 and I am able to log in very fast compared to directx11. I didn’t try directx10 which I might later. I want to see how well I can play with directx9 at different settings. Last night I got into a raid and had no problems but this was at the lowest settings. I will be posting more about all my characters and continue my burglar adventure in the game.

My warden is called Johnlangard

Johnlangard (Warden)

My Loremaster is called Johnmoth

Johnmoth (Loremaster)

My captain is called, Johnborn

Johnborn
(Captain)

My champion is named, Johngnaw

Johngnaw (Champion)

I Bought a new CPU this week which I’ll be getting next week. It should make things a lot faster. I am hoping this will allow me to play at a higher graphic settings. I am running right now with AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor 2.50 GHZ. I have 6 GB of memory. My video card is a Radeon HD 5850. I don’t need my computer to be the fastest. I just want to play this game at a nice looking setting. Wouldn’t mind if I could play at a medium setting with no slowdown. The new CPU I bought is AMD Phenom II X4 840 3.2 GHz. Shouldn’t have to change the Motherboard.

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2011 in characters, news

 

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Lotro Video project continues

Lotro Video project continues

I have continued my video project of showing my burglar in the moors from level 40 to 65. I have recently made 3 new videos which I would like to share with everyone on here. It’s a lot of fun trying my best to help out the freep side with my low level burglar. Need to learn a lot more and finish up his deeds.

  1. Burglar at level 41, 42 and 43
  2. Burglar at level 44, 45 and 46
  3. Burglar at level 47, 48 and 49

I will continue these videos until I reach level 65. It keeps me entertained so I won’t get bored in moria. I also want to start a video featuring my warden but using more of a epic storyline in the future. I think that would be interesting to do.

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2010 in pvp, videos

 

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Little moors drama.

Little moors drama.

Wow I’ve been really good staying out of moors drama for years. I let my emotions take me into some drama today. Oh my. The lesson today is perspective is everything. Freeps don’t know what is going on creep side and creeps can’t know what is going on freep side. One side is counting kills to figure out who is winning. The other side is counting wipes. Creep side has plenty of rezes. Freep side does not.

Today a hunter raid went out with some melee to follow for some support. Was able to take LC but it got flipped back quickly. Was able to take Isen. Had a fight in Isen and wiped the creeps but even they acknowledge they would wipe. Going into a fight knowing you will wipe is not really a win for the freeps. Jumping out of a keep into a raid of freeps is certain death. Not really a win for the freeps. I call a win for the freeps at EC. Great fights happened at TR and LUG but it was very rough fighting in a creep held keep. I’d call those a win for the creeps because of their rez power. I remember the days on creep side when we didn’t count kills we counted wipes. Back then we knew creeps would die more then freeps so a win for creeps was to survive.

I don’t know. A fight at OST on a red map doesn’t sound terrible. A challenge? Yes! Dealing with hunters shooting down from the walls is a problem. You deal with that by not going to OST or waiting for the freeps to come down. Today the creeps wiped in OST with 1 attempt and then wanted the freeps to go to DG for fair play. Not really fair in my eyes. That’s called a wipe for the freeps or even suicidal. So it seems the creeps logged out and let the freeps take some keeps. Most of the freeps logged out by then due to being tired of wiping and being insulted by a post telling them to come to DG.

The moral of this story? A very good one. People are biased to whichever side they are on and influenced by others. Would I have seen it different if I was playing on creep side? YES! Am I wrong with my perspective of things that happened? NO! Are the creeps wrong with their perspective? NO! Should the drama have happened? NO! Did I have fun? OH YES! Did others have fun? YES!

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2010 in drama, pvp

 

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My lotro videos and intro

My lotro videos and intro

Hello everyone! I thought I should write something on here especially because I am making some lotro videos I would like to share. I’ve been playing this game ever since it came out. I played in the open beta. I liked playing on creep side for years. I play a spider. I got it to rank 10 but stopped due to rl issues and bad changes in the game for pvmp. I am a very casual player. None of my characters have any gear from mirkwood instances. I haven’t even stepped into one of those group instances. Not because I can’t but because I have other stuff I like doing.

I do bring out my characters in the moors sometimes. Getting better gear will help out so it is something I will need to do in the future. I am having fun with my warden. I feel very comfortable playing solo or in groups with him. My hunter is mainly a group or raid player. I can’t solo with him yet if ever. My minstrel is also a group or raid player. I also bring out my lower level burglar in his 40’s to the moors to have some fun. This is where I am starting to create videos of his adventure in the moors. So if anyone want to check them out here are the links to the first 2 videos.

 
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Posted by on April 19, 2010 in experience, videos

 

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My Adventure in Lotro

My Adventure in Lotro
Lot of changes and updates to LOTRO after all these years

It’s been a very long time since I wrote about LOTRO. I thought I should update on my adventure in this virtual game. Recently the game came out with the first paid expansion called Moria. It brought 10 more new character levels and a huge area to explore in Moria. This post isn’t going to be a review of this expansion or the following update, book 7. I want to write about my experience in this game and how it relates to real life.

I started in this game playing with my best friend. We played and supported each other for a whole year. I enjoyed the PVP side of this game a lot more then the PVE side. Since Moria came out things have changed in friendships and groups. I have joined two Kinships since my last post and both have had some great moments and some drama. Recently some of my new friends I made in the game have decided to leave the game or leave the kinship I’m in. This new update, Book 7, has brought changes in the PVP side that doesn’t match my style of play too. I found myself not logging in as much due to these changes and missing my friend and the new friends I had.

I still play LOTRO but not as much as I did before

With all these new changes I am going to take a break from the game and try to work on my business, life and new friends. I already lost my best friend to this game which I really feel bad about. I never knew a virtual game could make people so emotional and change lives so fast. Maybe I’ll have some time to make a real review about the new updates to this game. I still really feel this game is good and the updates have made some things a lot better.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2009 in drama, experience

 

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LOTRO, Real Life Changes

LOTRO, Real Life Changes

I used to play a game called Lord of the rings online every day. My friend and I would play together and share stuff in the game with each other for almost a whole year. I really got hooked with the PVP, Player vs Player, where I can play a spider and fight other people. That has changed with the last update. It made the creep side a bit too easy and the freep side is struggling now. Not much fun when there are no fights. Maybe in the future it will get better but I’m taking a break from it.

The PVE side of this game doesn’t give me much hope too. The kinship I am in lost some good friends I had so all I do is log in for the raids so I can help out. I already lost a great friendship to this game and I’ve lost some of my new friends as well. The Kinship I am in just isn’t the same without those people I got to know these past months. I never would believe a virtual game can be so emotional and make things so difficult in real life. A break from it will be good and lot of other people have decided to do the same. I bought a lifetime membership to the game so I’ll be back just hope everything gets better.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2009 in drama, experience

 

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Lotro – The Road to Moria

Lotro – The Road to Moria
First expansion of this game is Mines of Moria

It’s been more then a year that LOTRO has been out. I’ve been playing ever since and I am still having fun. In the fall there will be an expansion to this game. All the free updates to this game has ended with book 14. Out of all the free books I enjoyed book 14 update the most. I’ll be reviewing the other books soon but with this new update the live events really made it enjoyable for everyone!

Now that the last free content update has happened everyone is looking to the first expansion. From some of the press releases this expansion seems it will be very good. You can already pre-order this expansion which should be released sometime in November.

 
 

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Lotro – Welcome back weekend

Lotro – Welcome back weekend
Lord of the Rings Online has a welcome back weekend

LOTRO, Lord of the Rings Online, is having a special weekend for previous players. If you have played this game before you will be able to log on with your account and play free through May 8th to May 12th. There’s been plenty of new updates since this game started a year ago. They also have a special new pricing for this month. You can pay for a 3, 6 or 12 month plan and get the special pricing of $9.99 a month! You can also pay for a lifetime subscription for $199. I’m sure there will be new players trying it out but I think AOC, Age of Conan, beta will still be a big draw for ones who have their key. I was lucky enough to get a key and I’ll be reviewing it soon.

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2008 in specials

 

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