I’m sorry, but I did it…

I bought warsteed color packs.

To be fair, this was before the uprising on the forums/boycott of warsteed colors was discussed. I had been saving my VIP 500 TP for awhile because I wanted to be able to color my steed. I was expecting the packs to be something like 395TP. Alas, they were 595 TP. It’s quite a bit for 4 colors you don’t get to choose (you may only want one of those colors, but too bad because you have to pay for 4 colors) as is thoroughly hashed on the forums and at Sig’s Warsteeds blog and Cosmetic LOTRO and other blogs as well.

However the day Rohan came out I was so excited for my horse and finally coloring it. I had gotten the Steed of the Burglar and Guardian a while ago in preparation. All that was required was one warsteed accessories dye pack and one warsteed skin color dye pack. When I saw the prices I was a bit crest fallen however I saw I had just enough to get both packs I needed, so I just went ahead and got them, grumbling as I went.

In the following days the cosmetics community came out quite thoroughly against the prices of the packs and most people seem to be boycotting them trying to get them to change. I hope my fellow fashionistas/fashionistos don’t get too upset with me :(

Anyway, I’ve made two horse outfits that I quite like so far. This is the battle-ready, fighting version (which I’ve posted pics of the warsteed outfit before, the new part is the coloring of Fram, my warsteed):

And then there’s the prettier, town version:

I’ve been grinding warbands daily attempting to get the Spotted Warsteed Hide and this morning on my first warband I finally got it! I was very excited.

In Rohan so far I’m only level 78. I was doing one level a day, but then got distracted by real life yesterday and didn’t play at all.

I’ve also been testing out the alpha of a new survival zombie MMO called The War Z. Nav is really into it and hasn’t even logged into LOTRO since Rohan came out! I tried playing a bit of War Z the other day after I got it finally installed. I’d include pictures but we aren’t allowed to post videos or screenshots I don’t think but nothing has been said about talking about it. Unfortunately so far you can’t join the same server as friends (you just join a random server, however you characters are able to be loaded into any of the servers unlike LOTRO) so I had to play by myself. It was dark when I loaded in. I couldn’t see much but some flashlights in the distance. You spawn in with a flashlight and assorted granola bars and bottles of water. I crept around through the grass keeping an eye out for any movement. There’s meters in the upper right hand corner telling you how easy to see and hear you are.

After awhile another person approached me, shining their flashlight in my eyes. I know I shouldn’t trust anyone, because PvP is allowed in this game. You can choose to be a friendly hero and help everyone out, or you can be the villain and slaughter both zombies and survivors alike…. usually for the phat lootz! I backed away slowly and shone my flashlight at them too, hoping they would go away. No such luck! They came at me trying to kill me with their flashlight! I swung back and managed to kill them first, taking their waterbottle. I continued down the road I was on until I saw some zombies shuffling ahead. I promptly got way too scared, whined to Nav about how scary the game was and quit.

I think once you can play with friends I won’t be as much of a wuss, but in the mean time… I’m a wuss.


  1. Cosmetic Lotro   •  

    Hail Cithryth, your steed looks beautiful! And no need to apologize, everyone is free to play the game how they want and I have nothing but regard for that. I too have purchased one hide colour pack and one item colour pack, but I have a number of other characters up and coming, so being able to dye everything in every available colour (like we’re used to from using the wardrobe) will not be possible for me. And I’m sure Turbine will not lower any of the prices. They know their market better than anyone and will surely make a profit out of it selling a few packs here and there. I’m just sorry and sad that the entire colouring system (which is the most important factor in outfitting) is dependent on my real life budget. It takes the fun out of it for me. But by all means, enjoy your Rohan colours! I’m going to enjoy the few that I have as well! :)

  2. Sig   •  

    What she said ^^^.

    No need to apologize. I came this close>< to buying some myself. Then my stubborn self got in the way. Right now the desire to customize my steed is not above my anger at the situation. I even have VIP points in the store. enough to buy two packs, and I wont do it.

    Your steed looks great and those are great shots. I really like the one on the bottom.

    Also, how does one go about getting into the Alpha for the War Z?

    • City   •     Author

      Well I’m glad that you guys don’t bare any ill-will towards me for caving into my cosmetic desires. I definitely won’t be buying any more cosmetics for awhile.

      To get into the War Z alpha you have to pre-order. The pre-order deals expire after tomorrow I believe. The two higher priced deals are the ones that give alpha access, and the lowest priced one ($20) gives beta access (which starts on the 30th or 31st of October, can’t remember which). Also it’s pretty good because there is no subscription fee. You pay for the game and that’s it.

  3. Sig   •  

    Well… looks like I’ll be skipping that one then, got too much other stuff to spend $$ on. Heh

    Have you guys tried the Day Z mod for Arma II?

    • City   •     Author

      Nah. Not really interested in buying a game just for a specific mod of it. And yeah, money is always the issue :P I probably wouldn’t have bought War Z myself, but Nav bought it for me because he was just so keen to play it.

  4. Griffy~*   •  

    No ill will at all Cith. Keepin’ it classy. Grats on the hide from the warband.
    I’ve enough tp earned/saved up for probably the whole lot of colours, but I’m definitely not throwing an excessive amount of tp to the dogs, when I only want certain colors. And certainly not the ones forced into the packages. I keep asking myself, why not just one little colour pack… just one? It’s not the price that bothers me, it’s the way they are presented. 1 color that you want for the price of 3 more that you didn’t really want.

    I’ve only sunk to buying a steed of the minstrel. Too cute and jestery for my Fool elf not to. It’s a shame though that the colors are too bright for the grey default steed. No default blonde hide. (As much as I’ve gotten bored of that blonde sorrel, I think I would be glad to have it on warsteed. The prices are too much for one character. As others have mathed out. $70+ for just one character! (alts be danged apparently.) They can keep these prices, or even add 100 more tp, but only if they become across all characters. Personally I really want each and every color separate, and across account… figure out a reasonable price for that WB/Turbine and I just might buy the whole enchilada. Or I may still only go ala carte. (there’s only 3 colors that I want, and not a one of them are combined. :(

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