WarCry: Welcome to WarCry's War Council! Today we are pleased to have the developers of Lord of the Rings Online here to chat with about Book 12 and and maybe even a hint of what is in store down the road! Lord of the Rings Online is has won several awards of late including WarCry's Best New MMO of 2
Ringleader: Hey everyone - thanks for coming out to speak with us! I'm Jeffrey Steefel, Executive Producer of LOTRO. So I am here simply so the designers can mock me publicly.
Scenario: Good evening folks! My name is Matt "Scenario" Elliott, Lead Worldbuilder for the LOTRO team. My day-to-day responsibilities include managing a rowdy pack of world designers, aiding them in their rowdy world designing and, at times, dropping cryptic tidbits about future landscape additions on the message boards.
Rhidden: Hello, I'm Rhidden; content designer and lorebie for LOTRO.
Keth_Turbine: Hi, I'm Keth! I am the very model of a modern Major-General,
Keth_Turbine: I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral,
Keth_Turbine: I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical...
Keth_Turbine: I suppose I won't bore you with the rest.
Keth_Turbine: Oh, I also make content!
TurbineMeghan: I'm going to kill you.
TurbineMeghan: Hi everyone, and thanks for coming! I'm Meghan "Patience" Rodberg, and when I'm not snuggling my Companion Cube and searching for cake I'm the Community Manager for Turbine.
TurbineMeghan: Many thanks to Warcry for hosting us tonight, but even more for choosing us as Best New Game of 2007 in their Editor's Choice Awards! :D
TurbineMeghan: The team's been hard at work on Book 12: The Ashen Wastes, the next free content update for LOTRO. Book 12 offers more character customization options, updates to the Guardian, Burglar, and Champion classes, a new PvMP area in the Ettenmoors, and lots more tweaks and features.
TurbineMeghan: The release notes for Book 12, although still in progress, can be seen on our Lorebook at http://lorebook.lotro.com/wiki/Release_Notes_Book_12_Official.
TurbineMeghan: As many of you know, Book 12: The Ashen Wastes is now available on our public preview server to anyone with a valid LOTRO subscription. More information about Roheryn is available on our forums at http://forums.lotro.com/forumdisplay.php?f=137.
TensLOTRO: Hey everyone. This is Ryan "Tens" Bednar, Systems Team Lead on LOTRO.
TensLOTRO: Patience forgot I was here :P
LOTRO_Saffron: Evening! I'm Vanessa "Saffron" Price, Online Community Specialist for LOTRO. Apparently I'm suffering from a classic case of space dementia...but I'm getting a second opinion.
TurbineMeghan: On to the questions! :)
LOTRO_Saffron: I am currently "Stealthy" today.
WarCry: Sargo_of_Meneldor: What can we expect for changes in reguards to the housing system? And will there be more revamps of that system forth coming?
Scenario: Book 12 sees the additions hook rotation, usuable hooked items and better functionality for identifying the homes of your friends and neighbors.
Scenario: There are also numerous new items on tap for your decorating purposes and we have plans for other new and improved features down the road.
WarCry: Jov: Do you have plans for giving us something to DO in our housing? IE: Crafting stations, or games (tag). Will you give us the ability to light our torches and fireplaces?
TensLOTRO: Funny you should ask about that...
TensLOTRO: You will be able to light your torches and fireplaces in Book 12.
TensLOTRO: In fact, one of our Engineers were bugfixing that very feature today!
WarCry: aharon: Some of the NPC clothing art is excellent in LOTRO (Elrond, Gildor, etc). Is there any chance we will see social clothing on par with these designs?
Keth_Turbine: Well, I suppose it's a matter of opinion, but since we have a lot of new social clothing outfits coming in Book 12, I think you'll find at least something as cool amongst those new clothes.
WarCry: littlehobbit484: Hello Turbine I am enjoying this game very much. Does Turbine have any plan to introduce Lotro to some other areas except North America and Europe?
Ringleader: We've always said that we're launching LOTRO as a global brand. We're already in North America and throughout Europe and we've launched in Japan.
Ringleader: We are launching in China and Korea this year and we'll be announcing another new territory as early as next week.
Ringleader: We are also working on even more regions around the world. So...YES!
WarCry: Nymriel: Here is my question, what kind of mount advancements will we be getting in the future?
TensLOTRO: In the short term, you can expect additional mount variants to come along with our future Festivals and Book content.
TensLOTRO: Aside from that, we're looking into a new type of mount to take you into places horses would dare not go.
TensLOTRO: But that's all I can say about that. :)
WarCry: Falthorn: Will we be seeing any live events soon, such as attacks on Trestlebridge?
LOTRO_Saffron: Yes! We currently have tons of live events plans, including attacks to areas at some point in the future. ;-)
WarCry: King_of_Dragons: What are your plans to combat the ever-present gold selling spam in the public channels?
TurbineMeghan: Hiya! Funny you should ask...
TurbineMeghan: Gold spam is an ongoing issue in just about every MMO, and ours is unfortunately not an exception. We've introduced several new tools in the last few books, and Book 12 includes a new "Report as Spammer" right-click function and "Report as Spam" in in-game mail as well.
TurbineMeghan: We've also added a couple more internal tools. We'll continue to fight spam (we've banned thousands of accounts over the past few months) as long as it's in the game. I do have to applaud our players for adopting so many spammers through the Pedigree system lately. :)
TurbineMeghan: It's nice to see our players offering so much love to the spammers (which coincidentally messes up their scripts and silences them) :)
WarCry: Tetrasodium: There has been a lot of talk about the changes to infamy in the MP forum. In one thread someone tested 3 grouped freeps vrs a 1.0 rating creep and got 33 each, but someone else was seeing "signifigantly more than normal" in a group of 20. Are there any details you can give on what size group is needed before the changes start to kick in?
TensLOTRO: While I don't recall the specific math changes off the top of my head, the updates to the way we distribute Infamy and Glory will be much more noticeable in larger groups.