Daily Archives: November 24, 2009

Changes to festival horses with Mirkwood


I found this post in the Dev Tracker (Using Yahoo Pipes to filter) that talks about how you’ll be able to get the festival horses in the future.  Nice changes, but also mentions the discount which I believe will also drop the cost of all horses purchased, not just festival ones.  Normally they cost around 4 gold, but with that discount they cost 1.6 gold, which is very nice!

The details are as follows:

  • New vendor Will Peartree will be there at the farm for this purpose
  • You can only buy the festival horse during that festival
  • Each mount costs:
    • 1 Festival run token
    • 12 festival barter tokens
    • 1 “Document of Mount Ownership” purchased from Will Peartree

Further down that thread, Ransroth confirms that when you convert a festival mount to a skill it will provide the discount as a Passive Skill.  I certainly will be more likely to pick up reputation and festival horses with this discount.

Full post written by Budgeford, over at LOTRO forums.

Final Dev Diary on Skirmishes


ZC posts the wrap up on his phenomenal series of diaries on the skirmish system.  Basically it is a good summary of the system and some shout-outs to those who made it possible.  I do especially like these diaries that give us the behind the scenes look as it helps us all better understand the process.  Working through this system during beta I can certainly echo ZC’s comments on the rest of the dev team with a particular nod to JWBarry who was a very vocal developer who did a great job of communicating the new stuff and what they needed us testers to do.

There’s also a little Q&A on the second page with a couple good points brought up.  The first was regarding that some things worked differently in beta and in some cases that was done on purpose such that they could be tested out before scaling to the final values.  Makes sense to me, but then again I might have a bit of a different take on beta’s then some.  Also ZC mentions that most of the “good” drops will be for the entire group while in a skirmish such that there’s no need to roll on drops.  There will be some single item drops but that sounds more like an exception then the rule.

Take a look at the diary over on the LOTRO forums.