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Heralite (Member) 3/16/2011 12:15 AM EST : EoD meeting notes (sorry it took so long!)

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3/21 is the official release day for Echoes of the Dead.

Storyline for this release- In Vol 3 Book 2 we helped gather the Dunedain to head south to Aragorn. As a result there was no one to watch over key areas of Eriador, and these evil runes came out. This was the pre deed we all did to discover these bad runes that were bothering people. These were the result of 5 gaunt lords rising up serving the main gaunt lord- Gortheron. Those who did quests in the Lich Bluffs already fought him, but apparently didn't beat him enough. Also Ivar is back. The epic now will explore why the Dunedain need to head south- it explains the Stone of Erech and Isildor. Some very cool session play is coming with this.

There will be 2 new 3 man instances with daily challenges, 2 new 6 man instances with twice weekly locks, and one new 12 man raid with weekly locks. You will want to do these every chance you get, it will take about 6 weeks of all Hms as often as locks allow to get a set of Tier 1 OD armor. There will be all new mechanics we have not seen before. These new instances are much harder than what has come out recently, a far cry from school and library. Another example is one wing of the new raid there will be 0 incoming healing rating.

The virtues that folks need to equip for these new instances and the new raid will be very different than previously. Resistances will become much more important that mitigations. Think of the Watcher fight where there is a small DoT applied to anyone in the water. Acid Mitigation will determine the level of damage you take, but poison resistance will allow you to avoid the affect completely.

Things to do before release:

  • save runes and settings. Runes acquired before release will not change in level, but after will all be universal. Settings will change dramatically. So in theory settings will benefit the most.
  • Level up junk LIs with one particular legacy you want to 30 so you can decon after release to obtain a legacy scroll. You only get one legacy per decon, but you get to pick which one.

  • Save crafting medallions (from Moria crafting instances), skirmish marks (reset is not a definite thing yet), legendary fragments, crafting materials, LIs with legacies you want, LIs that ID with 4 legacies, gold, Turbine Points

  • Save stones and tyrant items (don't know all the names, I don't do Moors) from the Moors for armor and relics

  • Finish all of Vol 3 Books 1 and 2, will be required for new epic

  • Level as many Virtues to 10 as you can- new virtues will be important for groups and raids

  • Do the Estledin bounties- DO NOT TURN THEM IN save the turn ins for after release to get universal runes.

Things to do the Night Before:

  • Write down the names of the relics you have slotted, especially if you want to keep them.
  • Log out at the top of the mountain in Thror's Coomb- the new epic will start there.
  • Write down how you've spent your legendary points and skirmish marks on your soldier

Things you will Want to do the Day of Release:

  • 2 new Legendary slots will be available in the Store. Buy those immediately to make most use of all IXP you get.
  • complete the epic (2nd Age Class Item is a reward!)
  • decon junk LIs for scrolls, put them into your perfect LI.
  • Spend your legendary points
  • Turn in your crafting tokens and bounty quests.

New Relic system:

  • only 6 tiers of relics now. Relics are very easy to max out as compared to before, much fewer combines.
  • New currency- shards. These will be stored on the relic master the way relics are now. These are obtained by combining relics on a crit combine (about a 10% chance), through refining, and by deconning LIs. These can be used to pay for a relic combine, to buy Legendary Scrolls of various types, or in melding settings.
  • Melding is something you can do to customize a relic you particularly like. This uses shards and consumes the relic.
  • Refining is something new as well, you do this with relics you don't want to keep- there is a chance for a rune and more shards.
  • You do not get your relics out of an item with a reforge or decon. (Deconning still gives the regular assortment of relics, just not necessarily the ones you had in there). You must use a Scroll of Removal which is only available in the Turbine Store

New LI system:

  • There will be lvl65 1st Age weapons- will be crafted and require 7 fragments, various supreme materials, and a Symbol of Days (only drops in the raid).
  • a LI leveled to 30 and deconstructed will yield a Scroll of X Legacy. You get to pick which legacy to retain from the item, it will be tier 2 no matter what tier it was at when it was deconned.
  • every legacy on an item can be replaced, however only major legacies can be placed instead of major legacies, though major legacies can be put on major or minor legacies.
  • all new runes obtained in the game will be universal- no more 2 types.
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Locustfist (SuperAdmin) 3/16/2011 6:40 PM EST : RE: EoD meeting notes (sorry it took so long!)
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Another minor thing to do after login, use your map home. It will become a skill instead of a map freeing up a bag space. Just slot your Return Home skill where your map was.

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Harlinator (Member) 3/16/2011 7:02 PM EST : RE: EoD meeting notes (sorry it took so long!)
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Taking screenshots is always a good way to record your LI info as well (or anything else that is of interest).  This is how I keep my info around prior to updates.

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Locustfist (SuperAdmin) 3/20/2011 5:26 PM EST : RE: EoD meeting notes (sorry it took so long!)
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