LOTRO Lord of the Rings Online – A Beginners Guide to PVP

Is there any form of PvP in LotRO?

There sure is. But it’s different from what you might expect. Being that the notion of elves mass killing hobbits was distinctly un-Tolkien, Turbine has created Monster Play for players to help them free the beast within.

What is Monster Play?

Monster play, or PvMP, is Player versus Monster Player. What that means is instead of hobbits and elves fighting it out among themselves, a system has been created that lets players take temporary control of “monsters” and fight the higher level regular player characters of LotRO.

Great, so now instead of worrying about an elf killing my hobbit, I have to worry about roving bands of Monter Players?

Not at all! The PvMP system is 100% consensual in nature for just that very reason. Anyone who does not wish to partake in the PvMP never has to, not even for a second. The ongoing battle takes place in the isolated world area of the Ettenmoors, and you won’t find yourself accidentally stumbling into the area either. It’s only accessible through talking with specific NPCs.

Hmm… okay, I’m intrigued. Tell me more about PvMP.

Well let’s give you a run-down of its features, and we’ll go from there.

– The Ettenmoors is a large, fully-developed region, about the same size as the Shire.

– Players on each side start in a “no-kill zone”. You won’t be thrown into the Ettenmoors, and immediately waylaid by opponents.

– The objectives that either side must strive to attain are defeating the enemy in combat, completing PvE and PvP driven quests, and of course, maintaining your sides hold on several Keeps and Towers.

– There are five monster classes to choose from when creating a Monster to patrol the Ettenmoors with.

What classes are available for creating a monster?

The five “classes” of monsters are as follows:

The Uruk Warleader – The main tank of the Monster side, this hefty orc is directly intended to be the leader in groups. With powerful in combat and out of combat buffs, as well as the ability to heal and do moderate damage per second, the Warleader is sort of a jack of all trades.

The Orc Reaver – The Champion class for Monsters, the Orc Reaver is your most essential damage doer. Also with the ability to de-buff, interrupt skills, and do some tanking, he’s a crafty foe not to be taken for granted.

The Uruk Blackarrow – And expert Uruk orc Archer, this class is a ranged damage dealer with some crowd control abilities, and a sprinkling of area of effect damage dealing.

The Warg Stalker – A stealthy canine abomination of the Dark Lord’s army. These pups are proficient in doing high burst damage, they can serve as a tank in some pinches, and are capable of interrupting opposing players spells and skills.

The Spider Weaver – Similar to the spiders often found giving travelers trouble across Eriador, these little 8-legged freaks are efficient at crowd control, damage over time, some light damage dealing, and even some ambush attacks.

It should be noted that you can’t have alts of your monster characters. You can play one of each class though, and their names are permanent upon creations. So choose wisely.

How do I play as a monster in the Ettenmoors?

Below are listed the basic requirements for entering the Ettenmoors as a Monster Player.

-Level any one of your characters to 10 or above.

– Travel to Bree and locate Beggar’s Alley (the eastern side of the map, a small dirt path, and very run down area.)

– Find the red and black obelisk called the “Scrying Pool” that is at the end of the alley.

– Right click it and select the option “Play as a Monster”.

– Select one of the five available classes and click the “Play” button, you’re off!

Can I level my monster and make him stronger over time, like a normal character?

Yes and no. Your monsters will start as level 50 regardless of what level you first step into its skin. They’re not on par statistically or skill-wise with a level 50 player, but more so like a mob that a player would be fighting at that level.

This was done because Turbine anticipates at all times there being more monsters than players (who must be upper-level to play in PvMP) and therefore the fighting field should be level. Monsters can grow in strength though, through the acquisition of Infamy and Destiny Points.

What are Infamy and Destiny Points?

Sort of like experience for monster players, these can grant or enable things like additional skills, improvements to current skills, bonuses to the monster’s Morale, regenerations rates, armor mitigation, and so on. Players can also gain additional appearances to change the look of their monsters over time via the Infamy system.

Okay, now I know how to be a monster, but how do I play my main character in the Ettenmoors? Glad you asked! Of course, you’ll first need to level your character to level 40 though, as that’s the lowest level you can enter the Ettenmoors as. It’s probably a better idea to level him or her a bit higher though, as everything in the zone is geared towards top level players. Once you’ve done this, here’s what you’ll need to do:

– Travel to Rivendell by any means possible

– Find the Horse Stables in the Western section of the area (known as Elrond’s Stables).

– Right click on Stablemaster Remros then select Ettenmoors and click the “Go!” button. You’ll be taken to the Ettenmoors, where you can begin your quest to rid the area of Sauron’s forces.

The objectives for the player character side of things are similar to the monster side. Kill the monsters, complete the quests scattered across the zone, and attain and keep control over the keeps and towers in the area. Doing all of these things will reward your player with Destiny Points.

What can my character do with Destiny Points?

Destiny Points are earned for the player by completing quests and generally waging war with the Monster Players in Ettenmoors. They can be used for special buffs and traits for your character as well as “per-session” buffs upon entering the Ettenmoors.

Will my weapons and armor take damage when I die in PvMP?

Your character’s items will not take damage when he or she is killed by a Monster Player. It is important to note however, that they will take damage if you are killed off by one of the many mobs patrolling the area. But worry not, for no matter who defeats you, revenge is only a few minutes away. You simply need to “rez” at a nearby respawn point and head back into the fray.

What about player character rewards, like items and other things of that nature?

Oh, they’re available. Destiny points and general partaking in Monster Play will help you acquire the necessary things needed for acquiring such rewards. I’ll leave it up to you to find out just what is available for your acquisition. Here’s a pick of some of the perks available, just to wet your whistle.

Is there anything else I need to know, before I go smiting the evil (or the good) of Middle-Earth?

Just remember to travel in packs, be you on the bad or the good side. A solo-player will likely be eaten up in the Ettenmoors, as most players go with the mob mentality when indulging in PvP. Secondly, remember that defeat is not permanent. If you fall in battle, all you need to do is run back to the fight, and give it another shot. No shame in being beaten. And lastly, remember to have fun. That’s what the game is about. Friendly competition, with the added perks of rewards from all your bloodshed.

Free Online Games – Some Basic Tips for the Beginners

If you are alone and bored, playing online games can be a great resort. When you look online, you will come across many sources that are offering maximum enjoyment for the players. It does not matter what type of game you are interested in, if you perform a research online, you will come across different gaming options that suits your needs and interest. Most of the games that are provided online could be played at a mere click. Moreover, you do not require any type of additional software or tools for playing them on your system. In some cases, you may need to download the plug-ins for playing the games. However, this could be done within seconds.

During the initial stage of video games, they were provided at a very expensive rate. Due to this, only a small number of people were able to play games as many of the people could not afford to pay such high rates just to play games. However, today with the help of the advancing internet technology, you can play any type of games online. Most of these games are provided free online. Therefore, you just need a computer and an internet connection for playing the games. When you are looking online, you will come across different genres, from which you will be able to select the right ones. This will also help you to find something that suits your taste.

Apart from just playing online games, you also have an option to change the levels setting in them. For instance, if you are looking for a game for your kid, you can set the difficulty level at the start of the game. Before you start playing, you will be provided with an option to select, easy, medium or hard, from which you can select the difficulty level you require. However, if you are a start up player, starting with easy level and then getting into the further level could be the best option for you.

The great thing with online gaming is that you get the chance to play with players across the world and there is no saying how many people you will get to interacting with, challenging and winning or losing games. When you are an avid online gamer, it would be a good idea to optimize your internet connectivity so that the game you are playing does not suffer due to lagging. This is rather frustrating especially when you are in the midst of an exciting and thrilling finish.

Tera Berserker Guide – A Beginners Guide To The Berserker!

If you are looking to play the Berserker class in Tera then this article will give you an overview of the class and a few tips that you can use.

This class is an offensive juggernaut and wields a massive axe. The cool thing about the Berserker is that you will be able to take on multiple enemies quite well and the arc of your attacks is immense due to your axe so you will knock most enemies off their feet.

The other thing to note about the Berserker is that you have above average defence abilities but the thing to remember with this class is to make sure you get a decent axe as soon as you can because it directly relates to your defence ability.

With better than average defence and a heavy attacks the Berserker is for people that don’t want to worry about taking on foes 1 vs 1 and want to be in the thick of the battle.

Let us have a look at a few of the skills that will make up your arsenal with the Berserker:

Combo Attack – This is your standard attack and if you hold down the mouse button you will start a combo. The other thing to note with the Berserker is that you will actually get stronger the more you hit an opponent. This combo attack will restore about 10% of your MP per successful hit.

Glyph of Carving – This is a glyph that is well worth picking up and will increase the critical chance of carving by 10%.

Block – This is your standard block and you will block the stat that is equal to the weapon. This is why it pays to have a good axe as soon as you can. For instance if you have 3000 block on your axe and you take 4000 damage from the hit with a successful block you will only take 1000 damage.

Glyph of Spirit – This is a decent glyph to have with block as you will gain 3% mana with each successful block.

The other glyphs that you will want to pick up depending on how you play the game are:

Glyph of the Slick – This will remove the movement speed reduction that you get with some spells.

Glyph of Energy – This reduces the cooldown of certain spells which is handy.

Another skill that is worthy of note is the Thunder Strike which is a HUGE strike with your axe and it will land 4 metres in front of you. This is your strongest attack and you will also be able to keep on advancing due to the animation of this skill.

The Berserker is great fun and is recommended for Beginners to Intermediate MMO players.

A Surefire Horse Racing System For Beginner’s Luck and Betting on the Races

Anyone who gambles or places bets on horse races eventually learns about beginner’s luck. Beginner’s luck (BL) is the phenomena of beating the odds whenever you bet on a new game or go to the horse track for the first time. It is usually balanced off by that other natural law of gambling known as, “what goes round comes round.” That is usually experienced the second time you go to the track and bet extravagantly because it seemed so easy to win the first time. The result is that usually you lose all your winnings from the first trip with a little more thrown in, just to keep the pot full for the next beginner, and so it goes.

So how can anyone use BL to beat the odds consistently? It seems that it is impossible to keep being a beginner at the race track, or anything else in life. But a friend of mine actually did find a way to beat the system, for a while anyway, and developed what he called the Beginner’s Luck Horse Racing System.

The key to my friend’s method was that he had to have someone who had never been to the races with him whenever he used the system. He wasn’t much of a planner and didn’t like the cerebral strain of handicapping the races. Being a free spirit, he was more inclined to decide to go to the race track at the last minute. The problem with this method, of course, is where do you find someone who is willing to drop everything and go with you at a moment’s notice?

His remedy for the situation was to drive to the part of town where ladies could be found on the street corners. These ladies were in the entertainment business, so to speak, and would readily accompany him, if the price was right and paid up front. While his first question to them was a bit out of the ordinary, he was able to find willing participants who had never been to the race track before.

He would take the lady to the track and show her a very good time and of course, he would bet on anything she picked and would often have a very good day. Other than running out of a supply of lady “entertainers” who had never been to the race track, it seemed there wasn’t a flaw in his plan until he proposed a trip to the track to the wrong lady. While she appeared to be a lady entertainer, she was actually a lady police officer in disguise. He was arrested for propositioning, though the charges were later dropped when it was determined that asking someone if they would like to go to the race track is not a crime, even if you offer to pay him or her to accompany you.

While it may appear that the Beginner’s Luck System had finally failed, it was revealed that this was actually the lady police officer’s first day working undercover. In other words, her first arrest was just, you guessed it, BL.