Thursday, 26 November 2009

ONLY IN IT FOR THE LOOT?

Back on the Stateside forums, a vicious little argument erupted on 17 November over the top-end raid loot in Siege of Mirkwood, namely the armour set dropping from the Dol Guldur instance, and raged for two days until the thread was closed. The title given to the thread by the original poster says it all: “If you value raid loot, Mirkwood is NOT for you...”. Well, we already knew (see previous post!) that DG armour will be a visual disaster, but it seems that it’s going to be distinctly poor in terms of stats as well – some posters felt it will be barely better than the full Watcher set. And to add insult to injury, it turns out to be (oh, the shame!) purple rather than teal.

At the same time – and I’m definitely confused as to the thinking behind this - it seems the new SoM legendary weapons will only come in Second-Age flavours. No First-Agers at all. So will a l.60 First-Ager be better or worse than a l.65 Second-Ager? I would guess worse, but who knows?

However, yesterday’s DevChat included a couple of interesting comments about both these issues. In response to a question about the purple DG armour set, dev ZombieColumbus (no, really) responded: “In the past, we have gotten burned by giving out the best possible gear our game could generate with the initial release. This immediately makes itemizing further instances impossible. The advantage of holding back like this, is that the jump between our subsequent raid sets will be more noticeable”.

Dev Jalessa comes in for some very bitter criticism in the forum thread; according to the original poster, “the fault lies not with the instance designers, but with the LOTRO Systems Team, led by Jalessa, which intentionally made the loot weak, ignoring all of the mountains of player feedback begging for desirable raid loot throughout beta”. However, when asked whether “we are to see Teal Armour sets and First-Age weapons in the next book update?”, Jalessa responds with “… level 65 First-Age legendaries will not be available immediately with launch of Siege of Mirkwood. We plan on introducing them in a future update”.

The obvious implication of these two comments seems to be that top-end armour sets and First-Age LIs will both come available later, though still before the next volume – in other words, as part of a Mirkwood expansion. Whether this implies that there will be yet another 12-man raid in the region remains unclear. I rather doubt it, though, given that the one currently implemented ends with the death of the resident Nazgul; I mean to say, how could you top that? On the other hand, will a second (teal) armour set start dropping from the same raid? That sounds equally unlikely. Baffling…

5 comments:

SeaEagle1 said...

Mirkwood will be the closing chapter of Volume II. They've said before that with the free book updates they're going to start Volume III. No doubt that will lead us into new territories because, as you say, if you've killed the resident Nazgul, what else is there to defeat left?
Those new territories will have room for a new raid or instances.

Degwarg said...

They mess things up, and now they have to add layer after layer of confusing, convoluted nonsense to smooth it out. Got me a headache trying to read the changes to LIs and legacies.

I hope other devs learn a lesson from post-Moria LOTRO...keep it simple and straightforward, or you'll be stuck constantly filling the holes you dug for yourself.

Oh man, if only we had a 'classic rules server' with all the landmasses but no radiance or LIs...

ron said...

I wonder what percentage of the games population is currently decked out in full DN gear?

I am not taking one side or the other, I just find the argument interesting. One thing I find a bit silly is the purple/teal thing. I mean...does it matter? If they changed the current +30 rad armor teal...would people be happy? Heck no. Of course not everyone would be happy no matter what the Dev's came up with.

I rate the game on my personal enjoyment. I am already a tad unhappy about the lack of pre-download. Hopefully the new content will be as fun as I think its going to be no matter what color gear I end up with.

Kairos said...

Ron, if you're playing on a European server, you can start downloading now...

ron said...

Just saw that. I am not however. Guess I will have to fight the hordes tomorrow unless they somehow let us DL it tonight. That would be great!