Lord of the Rings Online Patch 8.1 Tweaks Cooperative Killing Feature

This morning Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online dropped a bug fix patch and threw in a surprise for its player base: the open tapping system, which allows players to help others kill mobs without penalty, has been altered.

With the launch of last month’s Riders expansion Turbine devs wanted to encourage cooperation among players engaging in mounted combat on the open fields of Rohan. They introduced the open tapping feature which allowed anyone who contributes to the demise of a mob to get some experience for their troubles. But what ended up happening is that those in a group that didn’t directly damage a boss mob and instead, say, healed a fellow player who was fighting a minion, got nothing for the boss kill.

Today’s fix reverts the system back to the traditional LotRO model that if you are in a group that contributes to the death of a creature everyone in the group gets the credit, but still retains the outside help bonuses. The other open tapping functions remain the same.

GameFront reached out to Turbine and received this clarification from Aaron Campbell, Senior Producer:

“As of today, if you are part of a group that defeats an opponent you will receive credit for that victory.

If you are solo and engaging a creature under open tapping rules, you must interact with that creature in some way (damage or healing) to receive credit when the creature is defeated.

If you assist someone who is not in your group under open tapping rules, you must perform an action such as damage or healing to receive credit when the creature is defeated.”

Today’s patch had a few other notable changes in it as well. On the side of good is the new feature of staying mounted on your warsteed while using crafting nodes or quest items. On the side of not so good, mounted opponents in Rohan got a lot tougher without notice. You can check out the complete patch notes on LotRO’s Lorebook and a discussion about the unmentioned mounted mob difficulty increase on their forums.

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