I’ll keep this quick as I just wanted to make a couple comments on the latest Dev Diary on the new Vault. I really like the new vault and since I will most likely be buying more slots it will become much more useful. With all the icons, it can get hard to find things sometimes so the filters really do help.
However the part that I really wanted to point out was the discussion on the beta feedback. This new vault caused a HUGE uproar and I was quite impressed by how Turbine not only responded but let the players vent. This to me is the main reason why there are NDA’s as if that news had hit live, people would’ve gone even more ballistic and many would have not come back or at least the damage would have been done before Turbine had a chance to flesh out the system. In addition (I know this will come off as me being a fan-boi) but Turbine does seem to be more than willing to let people disagree with them and that the main reason they shut down threads is do to flaming. They didn’t completely change their course but I think their compromise shown below is a very good attempt to satisfy everyone.
It will take a bit to get used to the new vault, but overall it will be a more flexible and scalable system.
First off, with the overhaul of the UI my current one is completely hosed. Luckily, I just happen to follow the LOTRO Interface RSS feed and noticed the Multibar Clean Toolbar UI. This only works with the Mirkwood client, but for me I really like it as it is nice and clean. Notice the buttons on the bottom are customizable just like the normal UI – I’m not sure I’ll stick with those, but I’ll usually either have my whole inventory up or just the first bag.
I also decided to check out one of the survival skirmishes – sadly the only one I had access to was the small fellowship one, but figured I’d give it a go. Sadly real-life was not cooperative and I didn’t get very far, but it is a very cool idea that I can’t wait to check out more once live hits.
I’ll also include some stat comparisons, which aren’t 100% accurate as my legendaries from live and bullroarer aren’t quite exact nor are my traits. However, I did notice that on live I’m at 19% incoming melee so I’ll have to figure out what I’ll dump to get back down to the cap. Most likely it will be runes/settings but I haven’t decided yet.
Bullroarer (mainly the thing to look at here is the UI and morale jump)