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Bor Plays Rift……..Again

After having a little disagreement with LOTRO I started subscribing to Trion Worlds Rift.  I hadn’t played Rift in quite a while ( from the alpha and beta to be exact) and I must say that a lot of the changes made seem to be wholly for the better.  Being this is only the second MMO that I have ever subscribed to you would think that I say better just because it is different.  But I do have a few other MMOs to pull from.  I have to say on the whole I think that Trion is a company that has it almost completely figured out.  From small things like aoe looting to larger things like world events it is like they themselves still remember what it is like to be a gamer.  I have been playing Rift since mid to late December and I have leveled 1 character to level 40 and multiple other to 20 or better.  And the only major issue I have is fining groups for dungeons or group quests, most of which is my fault for not using the chat system.  I have mostly just used the LFG option in Rift which seems to be underutilized or just not enough people know how or want to use it.  Otherwise I feel that it has been a very solid and enjoyable experience.

I truly believe the given unlimited resources the people over at Trion could make a true WOW contender, although I still contend that WOW is more of an anomaly than the goal that people make it to be.  Due to timing and a story in a world that was familiar to a large sum of people was the main cause of Blizzard’s success.  Now to get back on the rails I know that people believe that any development team can make a great game with unlimited resources, I do not believe that to be the case.  I am not saying the Trion team is infallible but they do seem to get more right than wrong.  I know that in the MMO world there is no pleasing everyone but it does seem they come pretty close.

I know that this is usually when I start pointing out the issues with whatever I am writing about. In this case however I really don’t have much to say.  The only real problems are just the typical MMO issues.  Most of which normally caused by the players themselves.  I will issue a final thought to go along with my former article about Rift.  Rift is a solid game and quite enjoyable, by no means could it be a WOW killer.  After playing for this short time I will say that I don’t believe at this time the game needs to be free to play by any means.  Save that my original thoughts on Rift still remain the same.

So thanks for reading if you have any thoughts leave them below or email me at TheBorReport@gmail.com and also try Rift out for yourself here www.riftgame.com levels 1-20 for free and then let me know how you feel.  Until next time ~ Bor

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A Thought on Role-Playing

Welcome_FullI just wanted to take a few minutes to share my thoughts on RP in LOTRO and other games. I am not much of what has been come to be know as an RPer. Although I do believe that anyone playing a game in a fantasy world where they are able to customize their character are technically role playing I do know that isn’t considered RP. RP is taking the story to a new level by going beyond the just the character creation by creating a back story for their character which they play out as they go through the game. Also they will be seen carrying on conversations in character or doing other group events with other role-players. I can’t imagine the amount of work that people go through to play this mostly because my creativity is maxed out with just the facial features of my characters. I do however want to applaud the people who take the time to play any game that way. I also want to say to anyone that thinks RP is weak or lame to remember whether you want to admit it or not you are role-playing just with less effort and thought put it to it. These are just my thoughts you can choose to agree or disagree and feel free to let me know either way. See you next time ~ Bor

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MMO Etiquette and Protocol

imageLately I have been playing a few games at a time and have noticed quite a bit of the normal American “I am the most important person in the world” attitude in the communities. Even in LOTRO which I always felt was one of the most mature and creative communities around has even gone down hill since they introduced the free client model. This isn’t me just voicing a complaint I am just pointing out things I have noticed, nor am I trying to lump all players into this category. Most of the things I have noticed seem to be either a lack of community members speaking up or just a lot of new players that haven’t been told otherwise. Most of these are just little things like blind invites to either groups or guilds which really just drives me nuts at least introduce yourself. Some things are a little more of a social shortcoming like mob or resource jumping. I mean just because you can do it doesn’t mean that you should. For example if there is a quest mob in an area and you don’t need it leave it alone, if you do need it and someone seems to be waiting on it send them a Tell/Whisper to find out maybe even team up and take it down. Like I said these are just a few small things that if people would be more considerate it would allow everyone to enjoy the game that they are playing more. And I want to stress that it doesn’t matter if you are paying to play a game or not you should treat everyone with respect. Just remember that the Golden rule IS “Do unto others as you would want them to do to you” NOT “do unto others before they do unto you”. This is just something I have wanted to get off my chest for a while and now I have. If you have any comments or questions don’t hesitate to ask either below, email me at bor.nimrodel@gmail.com or leave me a message (304) 534-9BOR (9267). Until next time I will see you when I see you. ~ Bor


Turbine Store helpful links

Here are some helpful links for some information from the Turbine Stores including the Turbine Tuesday sales from the DDO and LOTRO Stores.

Turbine Tuesdays


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Lord of the Rings Online Downtime

Turbine will be working on the game servers or sites.

Click the sign for more info.

Thanks for your patience, and we’ll see you back in the game soon!

Have fun and I will see you in Middle-earth ~ Bor


To Guardians

Glorinbor MithrilshieldRecently I have received emails from Stratus of Crickhollow and Senseye of Evernight requesting some more information for Guardians I have chosen to answer them here.  First there is a guide on the lorebook that is very involved  you can find it here.  Second as to virtues there are two very good resources the virtue finder at Mmorsel.com and the virtues tab at  burgzerg.com.  I have only used the one at burgzerg myself but try them out and see what you think.

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Gondor Awaits Podcast

Greetings all,

Just a quick post to let you guys know that the Podcast is archived over at Mordor or Bust.  For those who use Itunes and Zune to subscribe I do not believe the RSS feed will work anymore we are trying to tackle that problem but you can listen direct from the MoB site.  I do not know how long I am going to be gone from the game but I will continue to answer any questions that I can get you an answer for.  As to the emails I have outstanding I will get you the answers you want.  Thanks you for your support and I’ll see you in Middle-earth ~ Bor


Downtime 9/27/2010

This Monday 9/27 the LOTRO game servers will be down for the first patch since F2P launch please check out the release notes as to the changes. Until later see you in Middle-earth ~Bor

Original post by Sapience

The LOTRO Game Servers will be brought down on Monday, September 27 from 6:00AM – 10:00AM Eastern (-5 GMT) for an update to the game. (Click here) to read about the changes. Bullroarer will remain up and available during the downtime. Thanks for your patience, and we’ll see you back in the game soon!


Captains lets finish this 61-65 for now

Captains are armoured melee fighters and masters of buffing; skills that enhance allies. They may summon a Herald companion to fight by their side, ensuring they always have an ally to buff. They can also Mark foes, giving benefits to all who attack them. In fellowships, a Captain supports his allies with healing and buffs, while still dealing respectable damage. The Captains of Middle-earth hold the future in their hands. By their own strength of arms and the inspiration they instill in others, they must lead the Free Peoples to victory. With this in mind let us move on into Mirkwood or soon into Enedwaith. You may want to wait to level 62 to head into Enedwaith but that is entirely up to you.

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Hunters lets finish this 61-65 for now

Hunters are masters of field and forest, unmatched in their dexterity with the bow. They use their survival skills to guide companions and lay traps for enemies. The coming of the Enemy has forced them to adapt these skills to use against new prey. With this in mind let us move on into Mirkwood or soon into Enedwaith. You may want to wait to level 62 to head into Enedwaith but that is entirely up to you. (more…)