February 16, 2018 squirle No comments exist

The race has finished by now. The red roses from Imlod ehtuil and the red squirrels from Aldburg have been deliverd to the Argonath. With

  1. Cuthraul
  2. Olaphyra
  3. Whitedoom
  4. Simrien
  5. Estenion
  6. Moonlyte
  7. Adhelis

Making it to the end and winning a nice view and the gold prizes. Speaking of prizes and screenshots. The lottery is still open and will be in the Buried treasure events. Extra entertainment, games and sparring available as well at 20:30 Cet. For the screenshots there is still time to enter yours. For some extra help. A great tutorial on setttings, themes and general photography tips.

How to Take a Great Screenshot

February 3, 2018 squirle No comments exist

Welcome to our next weekend of parties, races and contests.

Valentine race
Join us at 20:30 Cet on the 16th of february for a love-filled (warsteed) race. If you’re there during halloween you will know its a themed track that will lead you across some of the loveliest places of Lotro.
http://exploremiddleearth.com/wordpress/mushraider-master/events/view/164

Lovely Lottery
During the kin gathering and party on the 17th of february we’ll have the live-drawing of our Lovely lottery. To enter the lottery get your tickets beforehand by sending 500 silver to the character Lottovalar.  During the evening we’ll host games, trivia, music and there is the opportunity to spar, be merry and have a nice time with your kinnies.
http://exploremiddleearth.com/wordpress/mushraider-master/events/view/165

We love a good picture
What we also love is a good screenshot. A valentine screenshot competition is open till the 19th of february after which you get to vote for your favourites. There will be two prizes for each theme – a public vote and a jury (well me).
We’ll have 3 themes to enter

  1. I’d love to ….
  2. Lovely views
  3. 10 things i hate about ….

Each theme can have one entry per member with or without a caption. Upload your screenshot to the forum, facebook group or provide a 3rd party link to Bearlee ingame.

January 3, 2018 squirle No comments exist

This sunday we’ll have a kin gathering at the kinhouse, yule area and bree. Come and welcome the new year with your kinnies. Join in some music, dance, games, hide and seek, spars etc.

http://exploremiddleearth.com/wordpress/mushraider-master/events/view/141

December 17, 2017 squirle No comments exist

The new raid has been out for a few days. Below you will find the things you will need to get and do before you can take a serious attempt at the raid. I’m not going to sugarcoat this post this time.

The raid dictates a few pre-reqs that you need. Remember to have fun, but do keep these things in mind. A raid is not for everyone, just as much as some don’t do festivals, dailies, roleplay or alts.

Non-material ones.

  • Have the time to attend and be attentive during the fights
  • Be prepared to spend time learning the new mobs and bosses (It’s a hazardous place)
  • Stricter in class roles and requirements then normal runs

Be prepared – global

  • Have consumables like hope tokens, battle/warding scrolls, fortifying foods
  • Repair your gear beforehand
  • Teamspeak installed (no microphone possible/listen only)

Raid specific – global

  • Raiding is different then a quick 30 min pelagrir. Its more about the group then the person.
  • Every character has to have 150+ Light of erendil (160 minimum suggested)
  • Have the entry discovered (either through travel or the Gimli quest from the reflecting pool)
  • Limited class slots available, cant use 12 hunters or 12 tanks. We’ll try to balance it, but sometimes it wont work

Raid specific – character

  • Hold your class to the highest standard that you can. Trait points, essences slotted, Legendary item maxed, replacing sub level 112 gear etc
  • Non-tank classes 65k+ morale, Tank classes 100k+ morale
  • Mitigations capped (a dead hunter does no dps)
  • Play a traitline that fits the role required for the raid. Sorry for a yellow hunter, dps minstrel or a dps beorning.
  • Raiding is a big group effort. The loot system allows relogs before looting or bind on account for other classes.

Kin specific raiding – Bearlees/squirle opinion
The kinmembers and activities we provide to them vary a lot. Raiding is just one of them. I’m going to leave the leading and organizing to more capable people. Bravery and Adye as officers and other members will lead the charge into the Abyss of Modrath. I’ll provide support, coordination and participate in the raid where i can. Activities in the near future may shift around to give everyone the best chance to enjoy each event they like to participate in, but respect each other choices. And if there is an issue bring it up with one of the officers.

December 6, 2017 squirle No comments exist

Sinterklaas has left the building and it’s time to think about our Holiday extravaganza. Last year we had the Big lottery and 12 days of wotv. And this year will be special again. But it will not be a classic lottery draw. The holidays, awkward weekends and a game update makes it hard to schedule a specific night. Too  many plans and too few days.

Holiday extravaganza
This will be a running lottery that starts on the 11 of december and will run straight into the 7th of january. Will have to wait and see a few more days. On the 7th we’ll have our new years reception party and on the 23rd we’ll hopefully avoid christmas chicken dinner.

Update 21.3, raid, yule festival, mordor, pvmp, box runs and more “probably”
On the 14th the yule festival starts dictating a downtown that will have an update to lotro.Which most likely will contain the raid and other updates. These might be the long awaited update to pvmp and creeps. As you see thats a lot of might and probably. The officer team will make adjustments accordingly to our events like freepnight, raid cooperation in unified, recruitment etc.

We’ll continue to provide a mix of activities across the week. And yes the raid T1 will be part of it (suprise, we wont aim for a server first). The new raidlock system will make it easier. Ettenmoors might be more fun, yule festival eating your time, new and fresh box run (loot), returning members going for questing and mordor. We’ll have to see how it all works out.

Stay tuned and see you ingame

November 23, 2017 squirle No comments exist

Lotromarket – 85% off – $ sales 

  • Mines of Moria™ – Digital Download –$19.99 $3.00
  • Siege of Mirkwood™ – Digital Download – $9.99$1.50
  • Rise of Isengard™ Base Edition – Digital Download – $19.99 $3.00
  • Riders of Rohan™ Base Edition – Digital Download – $19.99 $3.00
  • Helm’s Deep™ Base Edition – Digital Download – $39.99 $6.00

Verdict, Get them now if you ever considered getting one of these expansion. Especially Helms deep. Weirdly no sale on the quadpack for easy clicking

Lotro ingame store – $ sales – Double bonus points
With every packet of lotropoints you get a bonus of 20 to 80% extra points. During this you will get double those extra points.

Base Bonus % offer Type
500 200 40,00 Double bonus point
1250 700 56,00 Double bonus point
2500 1900 76,00 Double bonus point
4200 5000 119,05 Double bonus point
8400 11200 133,33 Special offer
12600 18800 149,21 Special offer

Remember, you usually get half of these bonus points. So the numbers are a bit lower. But still a nice boost.

Verdict, It’s not 85% off, but still one of the best times to get them*. Cause you will usually want these points. Especially for the next paragraph

Lotro in-game store – LP sales

The long-awaited release of the expansion and the high elf to the lotre is here for the price stated in August

  • The mordor expansion is now available for 2495 lotropoint – No Aria of the valar included
  • The high elf is now in the store for 1000 Lotropoints

Other sales

  • Today
    • Wardrobe storage,
    • Cosmetic items
  • Till monday
    • 75% off Virtue Bundles if you want them
    • 3 more unlocks for shared storage and bank storage
  • 50% of select housing sets (no idea which)
    • Complete Crafting Tiers
  • 30% off Valar and Valar upgrades
    • Third Age Item
    •  Legacy Scroll Boxes

Mordor showdown – sale prices

Which mordor do i want to get? They balanced the prizes and sales pretty well.

Option 1 Full – Aria of the valar  (5021) + mordor (2495) + high elf (1000) = 8500 Lotropoints/ $60  or $ 80 digitial sale
Dont want the cosmetics, mount etc for the digital sale. Get the double bonus lotro points

Option 2 LP expansion – No valar + mordor (2495) + high elf (1000) = 3500 Lotropoints/ $40  or $ 80 digital sale
Easy, Get the double bonus lotro points.

Option 3 Mix
Option 3.1 – Mordor (2495) $30 or $ 40 digital sale, but with valar that you don’t want
Dont buy the lotromarket Mordor if you dont want a valar. Get LP and buy it from the store. Safe 10$.

Option 3.2 – Aria of the valar  (5021) + mordor (2495) =7500 Lotropoints/ $60 (1700 leftover)  or $ 40 digital sale
If you do want the valar, but you don’t want the high elf. Buy the 40$ market standard bundle. Safe 5 to 20$

Option 3.3 – Only high elf  (1000) $ 12 or $ 80 digital sale
Be smart and get the lotropoints

November 5, 2017 squirle 1 comment

In a continued effort to place as many beornings in spots for Middle-earth domination Miriku will join the officer team of Wisdom of the Valar. Or it might be to help members have an officer available during more times then we currently can.

Newer members will know him as Miriku, others will know him by all his Sig* characters. He has offered his assistance to help us and you. We’d hearthley welcome Miriku to the officer team of Wotv.

Other news (discord)
Over the past few weeks we’ve discussed the option to switch from teamspeak to discord. Had the discussion before. Utlimatley we decided to forego this option again. Since most people that would use discord, would also use teamspeak at this time. It would provide a good option if we didnt have a nice website, twitter, teamspeak.

But since it’s already all set up. We figured some might like it anyways. Our main communication will remain to be teamspeak, kinchat and the website/fb group. https://discord.gg/FVRraM2

Other news (cap group/slowtro)
One of the features that did draw is to discord is the easy switching between different servers. That would come in handy with a revival of the cap group we had pre-mordor expansion. We’ll keep the target level cap at 60. Which will allow us to run a lot of scaled instances, raids plus Moria and Angmar.

Recently a cap group project started on Evernight called Slowtro. It has a moving cap level that allows everyone to join as long as they are under that cap. This saturday they upped it to 32 allowing them to run Agamaur and Fornost.We’ve offered them a regular instance night where kinnies and people from their user channel can team up to tackle these instances on level. Kin activities and slowtro are two seperate plans. They maintain a stricter ruleset for the level cap then we do.

/joinchannel slowtro – to join their channel

Plans (bearlee/squirle)
Old cap group nights were monday and saturday. These days are open to change. And will depend on the animo from kinnies. I’ll choose a focus for the evening making it a nice mix of 32 or level 50-60 depending on who will join. Signing up or letting know which char or instance you want to do is nice ofc.

November 1, 2017 squirle No comments exist

As we get into the last 2 weeks of the Hide and Seek here are the standings in this competition. Come and join us in the last 2 secret places for fun and treasure.

These are the current H&S standings after having done 4 games with still to 2 to go! The top 3 in rankings will get the overall reward after all 6 games have been done!

1.Melodriel (EH) 43p
2.Bearlee (WotV) 30p
2.Toffeecake (EH) 30p
4.Jablac (WotV) 25p
5.Shenburg (EH) 24p
6.Finitas (EH) 23p
7.Cyen (EH) 19p
8.Elentilien (WotV) 17p
9.Ardarion (WotV) 14p
9.Edrdir (EH) 14p
11.Cuthraul (EH) 12p
12.Jarolas (WotV) 11p
13.Celasnion (EH) 10p
14.Dento (EH) 9p
15.Gazar (EH) 8p
16.Halapanda (WotV) 8p
17.Daoko (EH) 7p
18. Melthrindel (EH) 6p
18.Tiralmo (EH) 6p
20.Kragras (EH) 5p
21.Ardieth (EH) 4p
21.Cuinor (EH) 4p
21.Maxkaizerorin (EH) 4p
24.Estenion (WotV) 2p
24.Miamo (EH) 2p
26.Evonous (?) 1p
26.Sinephrey (EH) 1p

October 30, 2017 squirle No comments exist

On a stormy weekend a drunken Elf vineyard occupatant blamed the evil “spirit” and send a group of 6 wanders on a race towards the Nines crossing at Buckleberry ferry. Seeking advice from tom bomabdil send them to see the wandering shade in the barrows. The presence they felt was his family returning to Middle-earth. He asked the riders to warn his oathbreakers aunt near Minchams camp and afterwards make their way to Oathbarton to grab their stealthy ghost pup and make their way to the reunion at the haunted burrow.

For the halloween race 6 racers set out across the ghostly track with Bagofpies coming in 1st place with Simrien 2nd. Closely followed by Burglaris,Penbre and Lerine. Toffeecake joined us later in the race. But was making good ground.

The race was just day 1. On the sunday we’ve had our grand yak-fur centered trivia, firework and lottery party at the kinhouse. After some scary empty bugged kinhouse we made it towards the stage for the lottery draw. Without further due ..

  • 500 gold  Elboreth
  • 400 gold Mampi
  • 300 gold Throfro
  • 200 gold Lerine
  • 100 gold Darkarise, Adhelis
  • 75 gold Davtona, Adhelis
  • 50 gold Leonmon, Adhelis
  • Mystery box – Riga, Throfro, Mikkye, Bosef, Xintieja items of choice

The keg race could end at no other place then the haunted burrow ofcourse. A nice gathering of kinnies made their way for a few shots.