Critters casual – Help i’m 105 – A full guide for fresh and returned players

Quick note – Lotroplayers layout functions differently it seems. Tables need to be replaced with images at a later point.

Envision, you have watched the lotr movies or your friend has been talking about Gandalf again. You remember you once played a game that was build around that world. But for some reason you just stopped playing. Now that your interest has peaked again you did some googling and found the client again. The long and hazardous travels through the installation are done and the patching has been completed. You even remember your old account details and you find yourself in Middle earth again. But what is this lotro store, trait tree and why am I seeing all these people talking about in this thing called /world? Continue reading

Help im 105 2nd post first draft

What can i do?

You spend all that time installing lotro again. You’ve found your account and after some time you hit that big ding. You’re 105, but also a bit overwhelmed what to next. Gone are the days where an expansion resets all gear and you could just do the latest things and be up and running. Lotro is  a mix of old and new. With lots of ways to improve and explore your character or the game.

What you can do will depend on how you got (back in) to the game. From completely new and fresh from the blessing of the valar or just  a few months away and already 105. To each their own, but what most people would call a nicely played and equipped character is a character that has ¾ of their available stats. Truth is somewhere between a gear full with advanced …. And pelenor raid gear. But for most ingame activities I feel ¾ are fine.

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Help i’m 105 Essences and their armours – first draft

First draft – For better or worse. Essences are your bread and butter in 105 land.  This guide hopes to shed a light on the different type of essences that are available in the game and the armour that you can put them in . Where you step in with your character will depend on the amount of time and gold you can/want to spend.

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Guide – All things Hobnanigans and chicken pets

Hobnanigans

Besides being one of the hardest words in the lotro vocabulary to repeat a few times when you’re doing your standard dwarf weekend activities. It’s also the name of the whack-your-chicken festival that for the better part of the last few years is held on the first weekend of the month.

Besides certain quests its also your main source for chickens as a freep. This critters casual will focus on the game itself and the barterable rewards. Mostly focussing on the cosmetic pet, the source of George, chickens. Continue reading

Guide – How to get premium account cheaply

Now that you might have chosen to skip the very long TP grind to 100 by going to get premium account access.  In this guide we’ll show you some cheap ways to your account set to premium. Both kind of premium account are the same in their base level. Though if you get to SP through VIP you will retain some additional bonuses you get when going VIP. As described in a previous guide. If you plan on playing lotro longterm that is the one with the most bang for the buck. Continue reading

Guide – Minimal VIP for Max result

While being a VIP isn’t the cheapest way to get a premium account. It does come with plenty of extra options that you would eventually get when you play a bit more.  The most common point at which most people go for a 1 month VIP subscription is at level 15 to 20. At that time the restriction on mail, AH, swift travel, gold cap and bags will become a small to large obstacle to your certain playstyles. Some people wait for level 30 to skip buying Evendim and whatever 40-50 area you will level. Continue reading

Guide – Help, i want a horse

You got yourself a nice little hobbit or dwarf. But their feet grow tired quite fast. Then you spot those things with four legs with players on them. You already had one like those, but it dissappeared after 24 hours. And now you’re dammed to walk to mordor on your own two feet. For surely a horse is too expensive and in /world you get all kinds of advice about f2p, premium and vip horses. But you just dont walk to walk anymore. You’re even more confused now and just give up. But wait. Continue reading

Guide – F2P/Vip accounts and content

A small quick reference guide to the different kind of accounts. What are you, how do i get it and what is the point of being a specific account.

Lotro has a few different account types. But after a little while most players will settle in what is called a “premium” account.  When you create your account on the lotro main website your account will be classified as a Free 2 play account. Mostly referred to as a F2P account.Afterwards if you decide to spend real world cash your account will go to either premium or VIP. Continue reading

F2p guide – an update to budget lotro

Don’t the critters have no need for a budget? Sure they can eat straight from the environment in Middle-Earth?

Yes they can. That’s why this series will focus on how to get most out of lotro without breaking your vault in Bree. Lotros first big influx of new players that don’t want to spend too much real world cash came in when lotro turned into non-subscription based mmo. No longer did you have to balance is this update or new instance worth it me paying for a month of vip. Or when you got too few hours in game to justify having that subscription. A lot of guides, tutorials or video’s are from that era. They are either outdated, have incorrect information or are just lost in the Numorian seas that went down with the Lotro lorebook and other websites. Continue reading

Critters casual – Minimal VIP for Max result

While being a VIP isn’t the cheapest way to get a premium account. It does come with plenty of extra options that you would eventually get when you play a bit more.  The most common point at which most people go for a 1 month VIP subscription is at level 15 to 20. At that time the restriction on mail, AH, swift travel, gold cap and bags will become a small to large obstacle to your certain playstyles. Some people wait for level 30 to skip buying Evendim and whatever 40-50 area you will level. Continue reading