Episode 200: Thank You

June 30, 2013

Episodes from 2013, Podcast

This week is our final episode planned for Casual Stroll to Mordor. Thank you everyone for nearly four wonderful years of sharing our love of LOTRO!

There is very little news this week but its ok because we have four-hours of chatting with CSTM fans. You read that right. FOUR HOURS. This is a whopper of an episode but we just couldn’t see not allowing any more call-ins when folks were waiting around hours to say hi to us. We think we were able to talk to anyone who expressed interest in chatting with us live and was still awake!

It’s impossible for us to explain how much you guys have meant to us. CSTM has been a wonderful experience for us that we are very proud of.

This episode is for you guys. Thank you!

What We Are Up To


  • This week the Dums went back to that unpronounceable Annuminas dungeon with 5 Dums and 1 adopted Dum – Kinnie named Serenyalen – and kicked it in the pants! Unfortunately one of the end bosses only took Westernesse damage and that meant like 2 out of the 6 of us could actually hurt him. I worked feverishly to make sure he stayed tricked and addled as it was basically all I could do.
  • I was unable to finish the dungeon quest because there wasn’t enough kergrim dudes in there. 19/20 completed. And it wasn’t just me, Hoppy had the same results!
  • I got to witness @Ranni ding level 85 at the Treasure Hunt (my hobbit hunter is standing right next to her in the photo)


  • Nada. I’m keeping it real!

Town Crier

Official News

Developer Bites

Store News


  • Very special thank you to Turbine for giving us extra prizes for the farewell giveaway and the nice C.S.T.M. lottery they had put up earlier in the week.
  • Special thank you to Massively, Middle-earth News, Doc Holiday for their very nice blog posts wishing us farewell.
  • Thank you to MMO Reporter for their special farewell episode! It was very touching!
  • Thank you to Whiteberry for her tribute giveaway

Show Links

Some links I believe I said I would put in the show notes during our discussions with live players and the chat room. I’m certain there is more I’m missing (it was four hours and I was tired!) so if you notice something missing here feel free to leave a comment and I’ll fish up the link to share!

2,500 Turbine Points Giveaway

Courtesy of an anonymous Minstrel on Landroval! Congratulations Stephen!

Call In Show

Listener sent in a picture of his limited edition CSTM mug back when we had a merch shop.This will be the largest length of the show. We spent the time to chat with any CSTM listener who wanted to talk to us. We actually had very little technical difficulty which completely shocked us so it went smoothly and worked are way talking to many many wonderful people.

We seriously wish we had thought of doing this earlier as it was so great to talk to folks directly!

I wish I had had the forethought to have written down all the folks we talked to so I could post a list. I was not that prepared. So sorry you aren’t listed here but you know who you are and you are all awesome! I can’t believe that so many people stayed up soo soooo late and waited hours just to talk to us. It was amazing!

Triple Pack Giveaway

Courtesy of the Late Night Steamer podcast. Congratulations Silverandir!

Raise Your Glass

Dave O.

Hey guys. Thanks for all you’ve done for us LotRO players. It’s really been a great time. Sorry to see y’all go. I have a favor to ask. We have a Kinnie that has pretty bad cancer, breast cancer that has spread to her lungs and brain. Her name is Jessie and if you look on facebook, she has a page, jessies journey. Her mom and dad also play lotro and are in our kin Roxxi Manor/Brandywine server. She is getting sicker and sicker and its not looking good for her. She is a single mother that is leaving 2 children behind. My fiance is holding a fund raiser for her, donating 100% of her profits from Avon sold to help Gliv get to Carnigie Hall. It would be awesome if we can reach out to more of the lotro community and let them know. Gliv is a very special person and was pretty well reguarded in LOTRO. Any help we can get getting the word out would be appreciated. I am the kin leader and I can tell you the whole kin is pitching in to help as best we can. Mostly getting the word out to others and sharing the links. And of course buying Avon stuff. Doesn’t do much good if all we did was like and share without buying anything. Take a look and let your hearts guide you. Thank you.

The Avon "Send Jessie to Carnegie Fundraiser" is NOW LIVE! http://bit.ly/19F0Idh Use code DREAM4JESSIE at checkout! Remember, 100% of the profits are going to the fund.

Supergirl of Lorien:

Dear Goldenstar and Merric,

I want to wish you well on your final farewell…

I hope life treats you kind and I hope you have all you’ve dreamed of.

And I wish you joy and happiness, but above all this, I wish you love.

Throughout my adventure through Middle Earth, you have always been there.

When I didn’t know where else to go to learn and enjoy the game, you were there.

You expanded this game more than any site or organization, and I would venture to say brought my entertainment than some of the expansions. :)

Your legacy will live on long after your podcasts have ended because YOU made a difference.

A wise poet once summed up my feelings,

"Did I ever tell you you’re my hero?

You’re everything, everything I wish I could be.

Oh, and I, I could fly higher than an eagle,

’cause you are the wing beneath my wings…"


Supergirl of Lorien <3



Merric and Goldenstar,

It was incredibly sad to hear that you will be ending your podcast.  I have spent many a night listening to you two talk about the game and provide insights  So, it was hardto see that part of my "life ritual" come to an abrupt end.

BUT, I also know how life goes and how hectic it can be (especially with children!!).  I’ve never done it, but I can imagine that preparing for and putting together a podcast is no easy task and requires a lot of time to complete.  So on that end, thank you for all that you contributed these years with the podcast and with improving our LOTRO experience.  I totally understand and support your decision to do what is best for you and your family.

Thanks again and I wish you many blessings at work, in your family, health podcasts, or whatever else you do away from LOTRO!

Sincerely, from a member of THE BEST MMO community ever–

Timi- Riddermark

Sheenah- Landroval


I, Calalilie Tylpe Hobbit Warden of Kindred Spirits on Gladden, wish to say that I have come to love your show and used them many times to not only cheer me up with a bout of good hearted laughter but also it was your shows that brought me back to LotRO after a several year absence, something even my husband couldn’t do for very long. I was shocked to learn that you and Merric both play on my old server, one I’ve often thought about going back to given my husband is on a LotRO break at the moment.

Anyway I have a bit of a funny tale of my own baby hobbit I’d like to share with you and Merric. My daughter Haylee was watching her father battle a dragon,and began to cheer him on so much as screaming at the dragon, waving her arms about as if she was striking the dragon. H later on let her press buttons and she ended up killing her first warm in LotRO at 1 years old! But the cutest moment was when I looked up from my LotRO session to see her holding a book(tome) in one hand and a walking stick in the other, banging it as she took a step forward. I suddenly called out ‘You shall not pass!’ Right as she banged the stick down again and she started to laugh. We now have a baby Loremaster in the house.

(Not to mention that she has a rattle made from an old coke-a-cola bottle that had some of our old D&D dice inside. She’s definitely a gamer girl already :) )

So farewell and good health to you and your family, until that day our paths cross again, be it inside of LotRO or be the joys of you two returning to the world of podcasting as CstM.

Calalilie Tylpe of Gladden.


Dearest Goldenstar and Merric (and baby hobbit),

Being on the other side of the globe it’s impossible for me to call during the last podcast, but nevertheless I really want to send you a big hug and a backpack full of thank you notes for everything you have done for the Lotro community over the past years.

Lotro will never be the same without you guys and I will dearly miss CSTM!

Much love,



Despite having listened for three years (and working through the backlog, yes I listened to those first episodes aswell) this is actually my first e-mail to the show.

I just couldn’t let you end without giving my direct thanks for the information, the entertainment, and the comfort you have given, or deprive you of the chance to butcher Swedish, which I don’t think I’ve heard on the show yet.

Ett hjärligt Tack för de här åren! [Translation: A heartfelt Thank You for these years]

I doubt any LOTRO podcast will be able to really fill the gap you guys leave.

God speed and thank you for all you’ve given us listeners!

Cadd, of the Swedish kinship Friskyttarna on Evernight.


Hello Merric and Goldenstar, and of course Baby Hobbit.

I have been listening to your podcasts for awhile now,

it allows cheers me up and makes me laugh, and so I am sorry to see it go,

although I fully understand.

My favourite episode was back last year, when merric mentioned

one of my posts in the podcast about changes to champions with ROR,

and I still go back to listen too it :)

If ever I move my characters over to landroval, ill be sure to wave to you.

I wish you all the best.

Skyil of Gilrain

P.s.  Will podcasts still be available to stream on your website :)


Hey you two, I can’t make it to the Live Recording tonight. I just want you to know you guys are great and you helped me a lot along the way. Enjoy your future and good luck!


2,500 Turbine Points Giveaway

Courtesy of an anonymous Minstrel on Landroval! Congratulations Hadoriel!


Merric while still taking calls hours later during this episode.I had them in order of which the voicemails were received but Merric kinda did his own order on the live show so this order does not match the order they were played in the show but it is a complete list of all the voicemails!

  • Haldare
  • Lorgelas
  • Jestro of Windfola
  • Whiteberry
  • Theobald
  • Bandoras
  • Damper
  • Draculetta
  • Cascades
  • Arwen
  • Draugelen
  • Taryn
  • Hadoriel
  • Layanor

Player Achievements

  • Kuba Says:
    Finished Book 8, reforged cool LW and (finally!!!) completed Helegrod raid quests:)
  • Limm Says:
    In game, my hunter Limmenel, of Gladden, achieved level 80, woohoo! And for a little shameless self promotion, I have an out of game achievement too, I finally started a blog about lotro (something I’ve wanted to start for a while) at limm.mymiddleearth.com
  • Mark Says:
    Leveled my 74th Hunter up to level 85, which means I now have 322 toons all level-capped and all with rank 16 virtues. I now have 22 million Marks and 4.5 million Medallions. The amount of Seals I have is a shameful 217 thousand. I now have 92 accounts that I regularly use on a daily basis.
    In real life, I haven’t been outside in about 6 months (Christmas 2012 was the last time I had human-to-human interaction) but my online life more than makes up for it!
  • Andadrien Says:
    My kinship, The Phoenix Rising, beat Battle for Erebor on Tier 2 Challenge mode. That was a server first on Vilya and my first server first!

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36 Responses to “Episode 200: Thank You”

  1. Avatar of Andang
    Andang Says:

    Thanks to you!


  2. Maladhros Says:

    Thanks for everything. Listening to your final episode as I run around the Shire on a new hobbit. Seems like the perfect setting.


  3. Avatar of Ellishul
    Ellishul Says:

    An amazing night with everyone.I’ll remember it forever. Thank you, CSTM!!


  4. Nusnogard Says:

    4 hours for 4 years :D


  5. sean Says:

    and a big Thank You from me as well. I’m a long-lapsed LOTRO player, but both when I was playing, and since then, CSTM has been an incredibly valuable resource for keeping up to date with happenings in-game. As a general rule I really dislike podcasts, but I’ve listened to more CSTM podcasts than all other podcasts combined! Really big thanks for all your work.

    Sean from The Netherlands; once Naesraen from Gilrain-EU


  6. Ralgel Says:

    Looking forward to listening to the podcast! Thanks for everything you have done Merric & Goldenstar!!

    Safe travels!


  7. Lilikate Says:

    Hey what a great episode. I have so far listened to the first two hours and it really dosn’t seem that long at all. I can confirm it was my old laptop that kept breaking down when skype called…I’m going to see if I can get it functional if not have to beg, borrow or steal (I will do all three) as we must chat one day, as well as hooking those wee Hobbits up!

    Fantastic last show and thank you both for all that you have done, not just for me (I know it really is all about me actually) but for the LOTRO community as a whole. I hope we can hear from you in poddy form somehow! Be AnDANGS! guest or somesuch.

    Lastly for not living in London for 21 years now I so represent WANDSWORTH in my accent! (It’s soo strong! lol)


  8. Avatar of Tish
    Tish Says:

    Was a great episode had a lot of fun listening to all the other lotro players calling in. Didn’t want to leave the chat room afterwards. Still haven’t lol.


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  10. Rorgg Says:

    Wow, if I’d known it was going to go that long, I would have made an effort to come right home after my play. Ahh well. Just keeping up hope that we can get the irregular round-table get-togethers — even if they’re not even produced and released, just HOLDING them would be a boon to those who attended. There’s a reason I made every class (and eventually leveled them all all the way up — each and every one of those gave me something to want to experience).


  11. Avatar of Lal
    Lal Says:

    I’m really sorry for the microphone on but I woke up at 3:30 am just to listen to you and I was on my laptop. Thank you for having me on your podcast! That’s something I will remember fondly!

    Lalvende of Landroval


  12. susan Says:

    *waves bye


  13. Texborn Says:

    Thank you very much. You two (and the rest of the CSTM gang) have significantly increased the fun and enjoyment of playing this game.

    Texborn – Landroval


  14. paul wirtz Says:

    Best of luck in all your endevers. I like the ‘cast and was glad to contribute a final thank you


  15. paul wirtz Says:

    Best of luck in all your endevers. I like the ‘cast and was glad to contribute a final thank you.


  16. Avatar of Chromite
    Chromite Says:

    Very touching final podcast you two. Hearing Goldenstar cry at the end made me get misty-eyed at work!

    I’d ask you to take a bow, but “My friends, you bow to no one.”


    You will both sorely be missed. I hope that with the relaxed obligations that you have you will get some well-needed rest, relaxation and fun.

    Chromite from Brandywine


  17. Avatar of Sullo
    Sullo Says:

    Thank you for everything, Goldenstar and Merric! And thank you for letting Amberflower and me be part of the show (we were the awkwardly excited couple that totally forgot to give you our character names, whoops). Good luck, and hope to see you around the Shire!


  18. Hobbitmeister Says:

    Episode 200 was awesome! And once again it shows why CSTM was so popular. It was a long podcast but you went the extra mile for the fans,the callers, the voicemails, the write-ins, the live chat. This unselfish and giving attitude towards your fans is what makes you a shining star in the LOTRO community.

    Other LOTRO blogs and podcasts will come and go to fill the hole. I wish them well in their endeavors. It will be a lofty goal they try to reach because CSTM has set a very high mark of acheivment for a LOTRO fan site to reach.

    You will be missed and I feel very honored to have witnessed your contribution these past four years to the LOTRO community.


  19. Avatar of Tsu
    Tsu Says:

    Listened to the whole 4 hours and agree with above sentiments…

    U guys are great! You lasted to the end giving your all to the community.

    We will miss you.

    Also great to put voices to comments!

    It was an emotional end, deservedly so, GREAT Job and thanks.


  20. Triski Says:

    I just finished listening to the whole thing, and got teary-eyed at the end myself. But that’s ok, because “not all tears are an evil”, as a wise wizard once said.

    Thank you, with much love, hugs, and best wishes. Let us know the next time you go for a stroll!


  21. Avatar of Suzhran
    Suzhran Says:

    This is strange… you guys called me and I was on the show but not in the recording of the podcast you posted. It was somewhere around the 1:20-1:30 mark, after the Elven tailor and before Adang I think. I was in bed by around 5 am, so about 11 pm your time. Suzhran / Suzia from Landroval. We talked about the Fellowship walk amongst others.

    Anyway, thank you for all you have done for LOTRO!!


    • Avatar of Goldenstar
      Goldenstar Says:

      hmmmm I’ll have Merric look into it.

      All I can think of is our recorder broke the session into two files (just due to it being like “FOUR HOURS OMG YOU GUYS ARE KILLING ME”). I wonder if you ended up on the break. If we can get it back we will!


    • Avatar of Goldenstar
      Goldenstar Says:

      I’m listening and you are in the show! You start about the 50 minute mark! You were right after Sparthir!


  22. Kanzid Says:

    Just finished listening to the Epic final show. It ended up taking 3 days to listen to which can only be a good thing seeing as it is the last episode.
    Thanks for all the amazing work you’ve done over the past 4 years. It was a great final episode it was great to be able to hear from all the different people who have loved the show.
    Thank you and Good Luck to you for the future.


  23. Avatar of Lorgelas
    Lorgelas Says:

    Thanks again for all the good podcast goodness!


  24. Stu Says:

    Thank you for all the info, laughs & chuckles :)

    And all the time, energy and love you put into the site and podcasts!

    Wishing you the very best of roads to travel…all of your days.

    But remember,

    “there is no journey’s end” – bujun saying



  25. Avatar of Achazia
    Achazia Says:

    thank you Merric and Goldenstar : Going to miss you guys! :)


  26. Roger Ferrari Says:

    I was long time away, I know it is not my business, but why are CSTM ending?
    It is the best fan site of a game I ever saw. Will miss you guys.

    Cheers from Brazil


  27. JBB Says:

    Score: 1
    I reley dont wan to say this, but I have to now
    This podcast game is so esey. I mean, all you do is hit the play button. thats it! how is this an RPG podcast anyway? you can’t contrail anything but what it says in the speakers! what if I didn’t want to buy the potion? what apout quests? all you can upgrade is might? there is no way you can lose to episode 200 at the end! this game is crap! its not even an RPG at all! I mean listen to it! in what way is this supposed to be an RPG if you can do quests and stuff? all you do is press one butten the entier time! explain to me! I dont even know how this d*** podcast got the daily 3rd prize, or a rating of 4.26 on iTunes!
    Pepole think this review is worthles
    Go ahead! say it! I dont care! im just trying to make a bad parody here!
    Blam this piece of crap!!!!

    P.S the only reson im giving this a 1 is beacuase the girl’s voice whas pretty sexy. but thats it!



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