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March 29, 2009

Elendil’s Sword and a Pub Crawl

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 9:52 pm

It has been a busy week for my dwarf in Middle Earth. The Spring Festival arrived and among the activities on offer he was invited to join the Shire Inn League. No dwarf is going to turn down a free beer, or in this case forty two free beers as he raced around the Shire to seven taverns and knocked back six at each location. By the end, the screen was blurry and he was swaying back and forth. Despite the challenges, he completed the quest and is now a member of the Inn League. Having obtained that honour, he acquired the title of “Inn League Sage of Fine Spirits”  by sampling twenty-three brews from as far afield as Michael Delving and Rivendell.

The Spring Festival also brought gifts in the mail which included a rather dashing corsair’s hat which you can see in the pictures below. Whilst in the Shire, he also helped a local baker collect pies from a tainted lot without having them nabbed by passing hungry hobbits.

On a more significant level a group of us went to the long lost tomb of Elendil to retrieve a gem that was needed to reforge the blade that was broken. This was the last step in a long series of quests that we have been following since Aragon requested our aid. This final step was a great challenge, but finally we triumphed and brought the gem back to Rivendell. We were present as the sword once called Nasril and now known as Anduril was made anew at Elrond’s forges. Without our aid this mighty blade could not have been forged.

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March 24, 2009

Entering the Housing Market

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 6:29 am

My dwarf reached level 42. The large jump largely due to a changed in mid week to reduce the experience needed for each level, causing all of my characters to gain 2-3 levels. My dwarf also bought himself a small house in the caves that run through the mountains of Eruid Luin. Here you can see him stood outside the front door – note that he has a new burgundy coloured outfit.

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March 19, 2009

Estimating

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 6:26 am

A piece of estimating advice from Good Math, Bad Math blog

When a programmer gives you an estimate of how long something should take, multiply it by two and increase the unit. So if they say it’ll take a day, assume two weeks. If they say a week, assume two months.

March 16, 2009

Black Rider and Blue Lady

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 6:33 am

It was a busy and varied weekend in Middle Earth. My dwarf, elf, and hobbit all saw activity.

My dwarf reached 39 and is three-quarters of the way to 40. In addition to a slew of ordinary quests, he also worked on the main epic storyline quest. The chapters completed over the weekend involved investigating what happened to the Nazgul after they were washed downstream at The Ford of Bruinen. He found the corpse of one of the horses. Further investigations lie ahead. We found a barrel of pipeweed, some of which we delivered to Pippin in Rivendell, but I retained some of it; it is clearly made by some wizard as I can blow smoke rings in the shape of a dove which can be seen by all around and not just those smoking the weed. He is also looking for the metal needed to reforge Aragon’s sword and as part of that quest he met with a mysterious woman called The Blue Lady.

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I was doing some crafting work with my elf on Friday night when I saw a call for help with the quests in the Great Barrow; a wight invested set of tunnels in the Barrow Downs that lie between The Old Forest and Bree. My dwarf had not explored that area, so I leapt at the opportunity and joined the group. Despite a couple of minor setbacks, the adventure went well and we accomplished our goals and my elf gained a couple of levels and is now 24. I also worked on his farming; Sunday morning is obviously a popular time for people to sort through seeds as can be seen from this busy scene.

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The son of one of our group also plays and he needed help with some quests that his newly created elven Runekeeper was working on. We joined him with three small hobbit characters that we have. Small in stature and level. It provided a rare opportunity for me to play a fighter; something I did not do in Everquest2 or here. It went well, despite the crazy behaviour of another hobbit who joined us and tended to rush ahead and attract the attention of more monsters than we wanted to handle at once. My hobbit guardian progressed from 12 to 14, but it will probably be several more weeks before he adventures again.

March 10, 2009

Dilbert on the iPhone

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 5:37 am

OK, the phone is not mentioned by name, but I am fairly sure it is Apple’s little piece of magic that is the subject of this Dilbert strip

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March 9, 2009

My Kingdom for a Horse

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 5:41 am

My Dwarf in Lord of the Rings Online reached level 35 during the week and by Sunday was level 37. Reaching level 35 allowed me to purchase a horse; except it is not quite that easy. I went to the horse farms North of Bree, but before the farmer will sell me one of his steeds I had to show that I was capable of handling one safely. This involved delivering three horses to three different locations and then running back to the farm after each delivery. Once these journeys were completed my dwarf had to ride a marked course around the farm within a set time. I failed my first attempt, by heading off in the wrong direction. I went through the first set of markers and the quest guidance still said ride through the first gate. The time lost in this little directional mess-up left me with insufficient time to complete the quest.

I do not actually have a horse yet; firstly as a dwarf I cannot ride actual horses just ponies. I do not have a a pony because the cost at somewhat over 4 gold coins is very nearly my entire wealth and being able to move about faster than I can on my short legs does not seem worth rendering me penniless. I shall continue to try to sell fine items of crafted jewellery and mined ore at the auction house to gain more coin. Given that the pony that The Fellowship purchased from Bill Fearny cost a few silver, I think I am being over-charged.

I also had a walk in Rivendell with Frodo at Gandalf’s request, listening to this concerns about his upcoming mission. I was able to reassure Gandalf at the end that Frodo is bearing up well. It was odd though, usually my mood is light and upbeat in Rivendell; during that walk there was an almost perceptible feel of doom lying upon us. That sense faded as soon as I was out of the hobbit’s company.

Here is a shot of us in a Troll  Cave looking at an a stone statue, with an occasional fourth member of our fellowship; a hobbit minstrel.The hobbit is looking in the opposite direction to the rest of us, maybe there was food in that direction.

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March 2, 2009

Middle Earth Update

Filed under: Geek Stuff — britinla @ 6:47 am

My dwarf reached level 34 after a day of questing in Garth Agarwen, an eldritch instance in the North of the Lonelands. It is full of evil men, wights, and animated water demons. I took no pictures in this zone, as it is dark and bloody, so here is a picture of a lake in Evendim.

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On a brighter note, the dwarf also completed Artisan Proficiency as a jeweller and completed the quest to open up Master Jeweller recipes.

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