Like I said earlier, We’ve got a new event: The Bounder’s Bounty. This event will be released with todays update and will last until the release of Helm’s Deep. I like it that we have something to look forward to! And I already know at least 1 character who will absolutely try to bribe me with anything she can find to let her participate in this-
/* Ponies!!!! I want this Pony!!!! Please, let me do this, please! I will do anything! Can’t you see I really need this pony? This new one will be excellent for all my travels! What do you want me to do? Let’s see, I can cook all my guildmembers huge packages so that they can last for a while! Is that good enough? */
Right….. let’s not get Sheherezi out of hand already and let me first tell you all about this new event. Aubergine has told about it in a developer’s Diary, so let’s see:
This event is a fundraising campaign from the Hobbits. Interesting!
The Bounder’s Bounty will run until the release of Helm’s Deep. Unlike a more traditional festival, you participate by simply by logging in and playing LOTRO just as you normally do. You’ll just need to include some occasional trips to Michel Delving.
As you are out questing and defeating mobs, you will find that Bags of Bounder’s Tokens will drop periodically. You can also obtain Bags of Bounder’s Tokens from festival quests, Hobbit Presents and Locked Loot Boxes.
When you first open a Bag of Bounder’s Tokens, you will be directed to see Meg Proudfoot, the Bounder’s Token Collector, who’s standing by the statue in Michel Delving center. She’ll be collecting all of your donations of Bounder’s Tokens throughout the event. She accepts donations in stacks of 50 tokens at a time.
Near Meg are two Bounder vendors, the Bounder’s Token Rewards Vendor and the Bounder’s Bounty Vendor. The Bounder’s Token Rewards Vendor is your personal vendor. When you as an individual donate tokens, you will advance deeds which in turn unlock access to rewards.
The Bounder’s Bounty Vendor, on the other hand, is unlocked only when the server as a whole reaches the Bounder’s fund-raising goals. You can always check on your server’s progress by mousing over the statue. Current server collection numbers will be displayed there.
When this goal is completed, all persons on the server will gain the Bounder’s Boon! This buff will persist until the launch of Helm’s Deep.
And what’s this Bounder’s Boon, you ask? Well, here it is:
This is certainly a good thing! And with all characters participating automatically it will be certainly worth it to simply play and have fun 🙂 Although some characters will need some convincing. I’ve found a few crafters are quite reluctant to go out of their safe town. One Scholar in particular. She’s been begging me to let her write a guide, so I think I’ll grant her permission soon. But only if she agrees to go outside and explore some areas herself. Her attitude is a bit…. Well, you’ll see it for yourself, I’m afraid, when she starts writing guides.
Anyway, let’s go back to the subject at hand, the Bounder’s Bounty. Aubergine had more news:
Once the Bounder’s fundraising goals is met, the Bounder’s Bounty Vendor will unlock for all players on the server. This vendor includes a new premium War-steed and mount bundle. A Hobbit-themed Steed of Michel Delving! You’ll find other great items including a Tarnished Symbol of Celebrimbor Package, and other select store items. In addition, all items sold by the Bounder’s Token Rewards Vendor are also sold by the Bounder’s Bounty Vendor, but at discounted prices.
See, this is what got Sheherezi all excited. She saw this picture:
And she wouldn’t stop jumping up and down in excitement. She simply must have this steed, she insisted. Well, she’s gotta work for it. She has shown she’s willing to do the work, so I might just let her, but don’t tell her that! Anyway, let’s see what else Aubergine had to tell:
When the Bounder’s fundraising goals are completed in full, the Bounders will also take some of the proceeds to upgrade the statue in Michel Delving. This will stand for years to come as a commemoration of your accomplishment and as a testament to the Bounders’ resolve. The statue will be under construction for some amount of time in the future, but when it completes you’ll find that it will display in perpetuity all those who worked hardest at helping the Bounders with their endeavor.
The Bounders thank you for your aid! All of us hope that this provides you all with an additional fun goal to add to your normal play experience and brings servers together to unlock their Bounder’s Bounty vendor. Which server will be first?
It would be fun if this would be Nimrodel! Well, I’ll do my best to help with this 🙂 And I think-
/* Wait, wait, don’t go! Please, give me a chance to convince you! Yes, I know, the Farmer’s faire will come and other festivals. And I want all ponies, but this one… This one is Special! Please, I will do …. …Shall I make Strawberry tarts for everyone in the Craftoholics? I can do that! */
Right, what I was trying to say before Sheherezi interrupted, I think all Craftoholics will get a chance to participate in this particular event.
Do you think I should let Sheherezi have this new pony? She seems to be quite obsessed with ponies. She’s already got several, but she keeps wanting more. What’s your advice on this matter? Just let her go on with collecting? Or shouldn’t I enable her?
It will be fun participating in this event!