A whats new in Lotro
2009 was exciting, as for a while there were two major exploits which have both been removed on the NA servers and I believe the EU servers but may still be working (but being banned for) in the Russian server.
The NA Lotro is (to me) doomed, dying, done....
The life time subscribers get on mostly to talk they go through the motions just to have something to do while talking but most kins are reaching out to just get 6 people to do some of the instances (when you get begging tells from people every night needing a healer, and they say they thought yours was one of the biggest kins? and are told yeah but no one gets on anymore...)
The forced three month extensions that many had to buy to get SoM, expired March-ish and those that extended three months didn't re-subscribe after even getting our massive (complete in three hours) March 1st patch....
The Spring Festival is here but as usual Turbine can't even get that right a list of known issues: http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?&postid=4510986
The spring festival maze map (seems to work the same as last year)
While you cannot actually turn in your token for a horse right now, tips on racing: http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?t=309238
The developers said there would be prizes for 50+ characters this time:
The question I have - Will 50+ mobs drop new coins this time?
Yes. I'm hesitant to go into details because until something is Live you never know what might happen.
The March 1st patch changed the low level crafting quests (you could almost power level a new alt 4-5 levels by crafting/buying 26 items to complete 22 quests) but Turbine changed it so that you see no crafting quests until you choose a vocation and then ONLY those of your vocation) BUT again Turbine changed the three jeweler's quests items but the NPC's do not recognize/accept the new items wtg Turbine QA my workaround on still doing the 22 quests is here: it's an update of the original Mazzlefizz guide....
Most of the instances that you could disband group and try to reset the lock out timers do not work either, or so I have read/been told
if your group of friends kin is breaking apart because when people do show up they do a solo skirmish (better reward/for time invested and many skirmishes were not properly changed to go into duo mode, they still do small skirmish (wtg QA!) and you cannot invite anyone into a group who is doing a skirmish I suggest using http://getgsc.com/ for free voice servers so you can stay in touch....