The Great LOTRO Server Migration

ServersThe big news in LOTRO land is that 19 of the 29 servers will soon begin closing down, leaving only ten active servers in production. When the dust settles, 5 servers in the US and 5 servers in Europe will remain. Further clarifications in the official forums have indicated that Turbine desires to disrupt as few players as possible. This indicates that servers with the largest populations stand the best chance to survive. With further extrapolation, my original and home server of Windfola is directly in the crosshairs, and I’m still not sure how to feel about it.
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Beyond Bossfights Episode 18 – Beyond the Beacons

Beyond BossfightsThis month, I’m happy to have my friend Braag, proprietor of the Light the Beacons podcast, on the show to talk about LOTRO, community content creation, and using pseudonyms for our “gaming” personas. I also have a quick interview with my youngest son about his (and my) latest favorite game, Marvel Heroes 2015.

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A Farewell to DJPimpdaddy – from DJPimpdaddy

DJPimpdaddyI wrote about online relationships on Valentine’s Day of this year, a topic that was met with a lot of interest and about an equal amount of disagreement with my conclusions. That’s fine, but it’s probably something that I will always struggle with, especially since I’ve chosen to compartmentalize my gaming persona from my actual real-life “secret identity”. Who is Braxwolf, really? Is he a carefully crafted brand, simply another skin for my real-life personality, or a bit of both? Luckily, I’ve learned that I’m not the only one who grapples with some of the interesting new aspects of online social interaction.

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