Episode 133: Decoupaging Second-Agers

March 25, 2012

Episodes from 2012, Podcast

ScreenShot00110This week we discuss the 6.0.1 patch notes, the re-scheduling of the spring festival and the upcoming Turbine Party at PAX East. Plus developer bites. *chomp chomp chomp*

Goldenstar’s Dum group spent their time this week in Grand Stair. Goldenstar blew hard mode for the group on the first run through but we were able to make the time limit on the second time.

Merric did Lightening and Fire & Ice wings in tier 1 Tower of Orthanc and also attended a skirmish raid this week.

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Riddles in the Dark

Riddles in the Dark is a bi-weekly podcast series by Dr. Corey Olsen (The Tolkien Professor) and David Kale. Discussion will focus on the themes, characters, and events of Middle-earth and lay the groundwork for intelligent speculation about how the book may be translated to film. Each episode will culminate in the hosts making a specific prediction about the upcoming films, to be proven or disproven when the films are finally released.

More information on RITD can be found at http://www.mythgard.org/exclusives/riddles-in-the-dark/

How will the trolls’ defeat and subsequent transformation to stone be portrayed on screen?

A. Gandalf will accomplish it as he does in the book, through sheer cleverness
B. It will happen via epic LOTR-style action sequence
C. Gandalf will accomplish it via magic, directly or indirectly
D. The trolls will fall prey to their own stupidity

Raise Your Glass

Eckee, Knights Who Say Ni! Brandywine

Just wanted to let you know (in case you wanted to spread the word) that The Knights Who Say Ni! will be hosting a Free Range Chicken Run on April the 7th at 7pm EST on the Brandywine server. Anyone is welcome to come along, but you will need to have completed the 8 location quests beforehand to get the Free Range quest unlocked (if you have the cloak, then you’re ready).
We’ll have a vent server available and an escort or two to help in our journey!
Come along and have some fun.

PS the whole run should take 5-6 hours so be prepared!

Eckee, Knights Who Say Ni! Brandywine


I completed your radio survey shortly after you went to the new host (great idea). Just curious if you’ll be sharing some of the information you learned with your audience. I, at least, will find the highlights to be interesting.

Good job, btw. At a time when there is so much stridency in player rhetoric (I think the elections are rubbing off on us) it was really good to see that more than 80% of respondents were “happy”. That’s a pretty high happy figure once you think about it.

Happy Birthday, Goldenstar.

Wineberry of Gladden

Dear Goldenstar and Merric
(my lotro idols),

First off, let me say how much I LOVE your site and podcast!! I have listened to every episode at least twice and you never get old! (on a side note I do kinda miss the “main topic” from the early episodes, it was always my favorite part. Just sayin’.) I am looking for a kinship and while I have been to the forums, the posts seem to mostly be old (like a year or more old). Maybe the age of the post doesn’t mean the kin isn’t still recruiting but I was wondering if, in your extensive wisdom and insight, you might have more recent info. Since between the two of you you know EVERYONE, do you know of any casual kinships on Gladden? I appreciate any advice you can give!

With Great Regard,
Wineberry of Gladden

Davoin of Elendilmir

Hi Merrick and Goldenstar,

I just uploaded my first plugin to LotroInterface and was hoping you would take a look at it and if you like it mention it on your show :)

The plugin lets you create views into your backpack for different types of items. I use it primarily to work out what items are Junk and I am going to sell at a vendor. This way I don’t need to remember what is useful and what is not, as soon as I make a decision about an item it is remembered by the plugin and available to all alts on the same server.

Adding items is easy. All you need to do is drag an item in and it’s remembered. You can resize, reposition, rename and hide and show windows easily. All this info is saved and remains for the next load.

I made this because I am a serious altaholic. I know your are an altaholic too, and I think it’s also for Inventory challenged hobbits too (in case you know any).


Davoin of Elendilmir


Hi There,
Love the show and the blog, can you help?
I am a lazy warden, i admit it!
At lvl 40 or so on Gilrain but have not played him for months.
I just don’t find it fun having to learn what all the different gambits do at given times, which puts me off playing the class and with the changes I am more confused than ever. I used to have “warden ease” plugin running and it was a massive help to me. I take it with the most recent changes this is pretty much useless now. I was wondering if anyone can recommend something that can do a similar job as this plugin after update 6 thanks

Trowa of Imladris

Hi CSTM, I thought I would share some news with you, news that turbine is trying to keep on the down low apparently. I’m doing this with hopes that you will then relay this warning to the community at large. As of the update 6 the loot tables connected with our loot boxes have been broken, or corrupted in some manner. After some heated forum angst, Sapience finally spoke out about it, claiming it was players fault for opening loot boxes earned pre update 6 AFTER update 6. This has been proven wrong and completely out of touch had he read the forum posts. Turbine has no idea what is in fact wrong with the loot tables. They are dropping absolute garbage, wrong leveled pots and food, dyes (again), 1 single LI orc hewer scroll, 1 single mammoth tusk, etc…

This list of loot has been quite humorous since the update actually, however Turbine is still charging people 100 TP for keys to open boxes of vendor trash, despite knowing the system is broken. Most people have no idea this is happening, so I was hoping you could let the community know to hold on to their loot boxes and wait for further information from the devs. If we are no longer buying keys from them they will want to fix the system.

Thanks for your time and keep up the good work,
Trowa of Imladris.

Here is a link to this information on the forum, http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?450214-TURBINE-Did-U6-revert-lootboxes…

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4 Responses to “Episode 133: Decoupaging Second-Agers”

  1. davidt Says:

    In reference to the Riddles in the Dark question, I’m not sure that the lack of physical action would necessarily preclude option ‘a’.

    In the LOTR movies the arguments Gollum had with himself were pretty much action free and they were done quite well, and good dialogue is a staple of good movies.

    I think the scene will be done very much as it is in the book.


  2. Avatar of Ethelros
    Ethelros Says:

    As far the RiTD question goes, I think that while the scene will be dramatised and made more ‘epic’(the brief clip in the trailer suggests this) the actual cause of their defeat will remain roughly the same. That being the sunlight of course.


  3. Nethila Says:

    I confirm that the Guild Access Unlocking is for only 1 guild. And if you are not VIP, you kinda have to pay for it if you want to craft Legendary Items, Westfold stuff, Crafted relics, etc..


  4. Kanatii (Silverload) Says:

    FYI: Michael Bay officially jumped the shark with Bad Boys (his first movie). He has never been anything other than a truly awful director. Any movie in which he is involved should be avoided at all cost.


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