crown_of_antlers: A deer from LOTRO (LOTRO Deer)
I haven't forgotten about or abandoned this blog. The reason I haven't felt like writing entries is because of the ear issues I have been dealing with since the middle of March. This past Thursday I finally went to see my doctor and she feels I have been dealing with Eustachian Tube Dysfunction. She put me on antibiotics and as of this morning I appear to finally be on the mend. My ear is still creaking a little, but it no longer feels plugged up and the dizziness is gone.

Now that the symptoms I've been living with appear to finally be fading away I hope to get back to regular updating. LOTRO just celebrating its tenth anniversary and my characters are currently working their way through the Scavenger Hunt quests. As I type this, my two groups of level 63 characters are working on one of the "Year Five" quest.

I am hopeful that they can do enough quests to get the Friendly Deer pet and the Majestic White Stag pet. As I've mentioned before, the only single thing the LOTRO lacks for me is the ability for my main character to have a deer pet. If Glorawenn can get those deer, LOTRO really will have given me everything I've ever wanted from a game.
crown_of_antlers: (Harmony - Palomino Horse)
I primarily write about what my First String Fellowship is doing, but the Second String Fellowship is also questing in Enedwaith right now. My warden Caladwyn is quite fond of her new mount, the Prized Gray Company Steed, which uses the same model as the Steed of the Dusk Watch, and the Prized Esteldin Horse (which is Glorawenn's favorite horse).



To be honest I wish more LOTRO steeds were like the Esteldin/Dusk Watch/Gray Company horse with just a basic saddle, saddle packs, saddle pad, and not much covering the horse's head other than the bridle. I like being able to see the actual horse and not have it entirely covered with garish trappings. The only thing I would change about this particular horse model is I would have the mane hanging down loose rather than in a tight braid.
crown_of_antlers: A deer from LOTRO (LOTRO Deer)
Calicia, who has been questing in Enedwaith with Glorawenn and Andranel, recently completed all of the deeds for that area, including the "Little Wonders" deed. She now proudly wears the "Little Wonder" title.

To celebrate, she went to the skirmish camp in Enedwaith and bartered for a new outfit; the chest and leggings from the Dunlammed set. She almost bought the hat, but decided to stick with the one that she's been wearing since she helped the small town of Archet fight off a gang of brigands.Read more... )
crown_of_antlers: A deer from LOTRO (Mule Deer Doe)
While taking a walk this morning I saw a whitetail doe and a small flock of mallard ducks standing in a partial circle with their heads together. They seemed to be conducting a secret meeting. I hope they aren't conspiring against us.
crown_of_antlers: A deer from LOTRO (LOTRO Deer)
I created some LOTRO fan art, starring Andranel my Lore Master. I gave him the hair I wish the characters could have in the game.

crown_of_antlers: (DeMordrey Raven)
Over the weekend I added a fancy clothing store to Crow's Rock Castle. The store sells cloaks, cavalier hats, frock-coats and satin gowns, plus some "broaches" which can be used on the clothes to add points to charisma and persuasion skills. I also added the "Tailoring" dummies that were added by Project Q which allows the player to change the colors and styles of their clothing and cloaks. My Princess character wasted a good bit of time trying on fancy dresses and formal cloaks before settling on an outfit which suited her.Read more... )
crown_of_antlers: (DeMordrey Raven)
Have I mentioned how much I love the NPC Activities scripts? Silly question; I've frequently mentioned how much I love this versatile system for setting up my NPCs.

Now that Crow's Rock Castle is feeling like a populated city, I've been adding some details to the waypoints used by the NPCs to create the illusion that they really do have lives of their own that go on when the player isn't around.

In my previous entry I included a screenshot of a wife of one of the guards working in her tiny garden. I gave the couple a daughter who wanders around nearby during the day. Her father is on duty near the merchant stalls, and occasionally this little girl - who is carrying a loved and worn out ragdoll - goes over to say hello to her father. cut for screenshots )
crown_of_antlers: (DeMordrey Raven)
The town isn't yet as populated as I would like, but it's getting there and is no longer just a group of buildings surrounded by a tall stone wall. Read more... )

On another note entirely, I am beyond sick of dealing with this sinus infection. My head always feels like it's being squeezed and my ears keep popping. I can't remember ever having an early spring cold that feels as bad as the one I've been dealing with this year.
crown_of_antlers: (DeMordrey Raven)
Although it's been over a month since I added Crow's Rock Castle to the Ancaria module, I'm afraid I haven't gotten much done with it due to other things I've been working on. Not to mention this annoying sinus infection that refuses to go away and has been hanging on for around three weeks. In spite of these distractions, I managed to get a couple of ambient details in place that gives an idea of what Crow's Rock will be like when it's done.Read more... )
crown_of_antlers: (Harmony - Palomino Horse)
Although I wasn't going to bother, I decided at almost the last minute to get the Steed of Ethuil, which is last year's LOTRO spring festival steed. It's a bit too festive for normal adventuring, but perfect for attending concerts and festivals.

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crown_of_antlers: (Harmony - Palomino Horse)
Although it's not a palomino, I think the Prized Algraig Steed works well with Glorawenn.



At the moment Glorawenn's off-hand weapon is a dagger that is enchanted to give off a blue glow when she's near orc-kind. Shortly after getting this horse, she happened to ride past an area where half-orcs were lurking and the steed's white mane began to glow blue. It took a few minutes for me to remember the enchantment on the dagger and realized that the horse's mane was reflecting the dagger's enchantment. So for a moment I wondered, "why is this horse's mane turning blue?"
crown_of_antlers: A deer from LOTRO (LOTRO Deer)
Cross-posted from [personal profile] frost_hart

Today I added this image to my Zazzle and Cafe Press shops; my painting of a Trumpeter Swan.

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crown_of_antlers: A deer from LOTRO (LOTRO Deer)
Now this is a crown of antlers.

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And speaking of antlers, we're getting deer cosmetic pets in the near future. One is normal sienna colored doe, the other is a white stag (which of course is my trademark for my line of artwork). With this update LOTRO will be giving me everything I've wanted in a game. It looks like my crying and begging to the developers to give us deer has paid off. ;)
crown_of_antlers: (DeMordrey Raven)
Now that Faeries Crossing is finished I can move on to a new area. Although there are other villages in the Mascarell barony, I'm keeping the path of the module's main quest as the priority and have moved on to the next step of the main quest's journey; Crows Rock Castle, the capital of the DeMordrey barony.

This is a toolset view of the area. Admittedly it doesn't look that large or impressive in this image, but when I checked it in the game I was pleased to see that it gave the feel of a crowded, sprawling town.



The area as well as the quest events are going to take some time to complete. The town needs details such as lampposts, NPCs, and merchant stalls. As for the quest conversations and scripting, they are going to require some careful planning because at this point the questline can branch in different directions depending on whether the player character is a prince, princess, or commoner adventurer. Baron DeMordrey's conversation file will have a variable system which will be similar to the conversations of the henchmen that appear in the Shadows of Undretide and Hordes of the Underdark. For example, if the player is a princess character and she behaves like a vulgar tramp, the Baron's "like" variables will go down and he will respond accordingly.

I'm sure that the Script Generator and I will frequently be working together throughout the process of building this section of Ancaria.
crown_of_antlers: (Mascarell Deer)
Now that the Ronins quest is all finished and working, I've moved on to recreating the fourth quest that players can find when adventuring in the Faeries Crossing area. This quest is a bit more complex than the others and is one of the few in my module that requires its own unique script Cut for image and length )
crown_of_antlers: (DeMordrey Raven)
Two out of Faeries Crossings' five quests are now completely finished, so now it's on to number three; "Ronin".

At the time the module's story is taking place, soldiers from all three baronies are deserting their posts. Some are becoming mercenaries for the Sakaara cult. Others are simply becoming thugs and attacking travelers. In Sacred, the soldiers who deserted from the DeMordrey barony are called the "DeMordrey Ronins".

When playing Sacred, players start seeing the ronins as they travel north from Porto Vallum to Faeries Crossing. Within the village, the Mascarell commander who has been assigned to Faeries Crossing asks the player to go north across the river bridge and defeat a large gang of ronins which are about to cross the bridge and attack the commoners. And that is how this quest has been recreated in my module. Cut for image and length )
crown_of_antlers: (Mascarell Deer)
I managed to get the full conversation needed for the "Runaway Mules" quest done, so now it's on to the next quest for the village of Faeries Crossing. One of the reasons I'm able to set these quests up quickly is because I use Vuldrick's Universal Quest system. This system consists of about eight reusable scripts which can be used for any event which is needed for a quest. Through the use of variables that are placed on NPCs, monsters, triggers, and objects, these scripts can be used to spawn quest-related monsters, advance the quest's stage, give rewards, give objects, take objects, and have the conversation starting conditionals and actions-taken scripts fire. So far I've built nearly forty quests, all using these eight scripts. When each quest has no need for its own set of scripts, this goes a long way toward keeping the module from expanding to an unmanageable size.
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crown_of_antlers: (Mascarell Deer)
Earlier this week I finished a thorough test of the areas that have been built in my Heart of Ancaria module. Since I only had a couple of hours each day to devote to testing, it took a little over two weeks to get through everything, but once I reached the end of the areas and quest-lines that had been built I had a good idea of the level range that the next areas and quests would need to be. So today I started working on the quests that take place in the village of Faeries Crossing, which is in the Mascarell barony.Cut for length and image )
crown_of_antlers: A deer from LOTRO (Bugler Elk)
The search for new image hosting is really getting annoying. For the past few weeks TinyPic seemed to serve its purpose, but now any time I try to upload an image I get "Upload failed. Cannot process image".

The images are the correct format. They are an acceptable size. I am not out of room on my account. What doesn't help is that the site doesn't seem to have a forum or any other way of finding out if this is a site-wide problem and if they are aware of it. I guess I should try out Imgur and see if it works any better.

What I really hate about Imgur and TinyPic is they have the tiresome "like" options. I'm not interested in having my artwork and gaming screenshots in a popularity contest. I just want a place to upload them so I can display them in my blogs. That doesn't seem like too much to ask for, does it?

Edited to add: Based on the recent [site community profile] dw_maintenance entry, Dreamwidth is about have image hosting. This is wonderful news.
crown_of_antlers: A deer from LOTRO (LOTRO Deer)
Being a person who likes snow and cold weather, I quite liked this zone.

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