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#10990995 Apr 29, 2015 at 06:42 AM
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Hi - I am completely new to the world of online gaming and have just made a character yesterday named Lorabess. I'm still very much getting to grips with how everything works!

I signed up for this course because I am really interested in storytelling and how this process works across different media. I love studying literature and am interested in the concepts explored by the course, and how narrative and fictions can develop in real-time. My other motivation is that my partner and his daughter are long-term online gamers and I'd like to be able to at least understand more about and also if possible, share in that interest.

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#10991013 Apr 29, 2015 at 06:51 AM
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Welcome Lora! Lovely to have you here!
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#10991227 Apr 29, 2015 at 08:02 AM
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Just a quick question - I signed up for this kinship because the course info said there were plenty of European players and I'm UK based but I notice the events are usually during GMT daytime. I plan to stay on this server / kinship but is there another that might be better to join also for events that are in the evening for Europe? Thank you for your help!
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#10991271 Apr 29, 2015 at 08:14 AM · Edited 4 years ago
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#10991227 Lorabess wrote:

Just a quick question - I signed up for this kinship because the course info said there were plenty of European players and I'm UK based but I notice the events are usually during GMT daytime. I plan to stay on this server / kinship but is there another that might be better to join also for events that are in the evening for Europe? Thank you for your help!

Most of the events on Laurelin take place in the European-time evening and/or on week-ends.

There seems to have been some confusion when some events were added earlier today (and I have written Celge about this, so hopefully our event calendar will display correct times soon).

Many events on Laurelin are listed on these sites:

laurelinarchives.org
brambleburygazette.com (Hobbity events though many of them are open to all player races)
lotroartists.com (this has a cross-server calendar)
and on the Turbine forums in the Laurelin and Player Events subforums
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#10991696 Apr 29, 2015 at 10:22 AM
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Thanks so much for your help!
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#10991715 Apr 29, 2015 at 10:30 AM
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Indeed, most events used to happen in the evening, at around GMT 6-8pm.

The confusion was maybe originated in that LotRO is a global game with plenty of player events, and for avoiding timezone issues it's "quasi-standard" to use servertime in the announcements, which is the same on every server regardless of its origin and playerbase.

(LotRO has Eu and US servers, currently all of them are located in the US but Turbine is planning to transfer the Eu ones to the Eu this year. Eu servers like Laurelin has mostly Eu-located players, so the high-peak of player activities are usually in the evening, Eu time)

If there's no timezone mentioned by an event, then the starting time is in servertime, currently it's -5 and -6 hours for western and eastern Eu. So when you often see and event starts at 2pm or 2:30 pm (which is quite frequent), and it's on servertime, then it means 6-7pm in the Eu.
(you can check the current time in-game, with typing /servertime in the chat window)
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#10991868 Apr 29, 2015 at 11:08 AM
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This site, shivtr, adapts how it displays time to your time zone settings. So if somebody who has set her time zone to, say, Berlin time, enters e.g.14:00 as an event time, a user having time zone set to US East Coast time will see 8:00 displayed in her calendar.

That is, when entering an event here, the time should be set as it is for the person who enters it.

E,g. the May 30th Bird and Baby Yard Party tomorrow starts at 19:30 UK/20:30 CEST/14:30 servertime. I have my time zone set to CEST and the event calendar here displays the Yard Party starting at 19:30. If I am not logged in, it shows as starting at 13:30, and assuming that is server time, it is an hour early!

#10991715 Seratil wrote:

Indeed, most events used to happen in the evening, at around GMT 6-8pm.

Laurelin server was originally located in the UK with UK players dominating the RP scene and so Laurelin-specific sites tend to give event times as UK time. That is the default both at Laurelin Archives and Bramblebury Gazette.

Lotro Artists is a cross server site and so it always states server time (and it's going to be really confusing when some servers move to Europe).

It is discouraged to use the more-or-less obsolete term GMT as not everyone agrees how GMT relates to Daylight Saving Time. Most people state "UK time".

#10991715 Seratil wrote:

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If there's no timezone mentioned by an event, then the starting time is in servertime, currently it's -5 and -6 hours for western and eastern Eu. So when you often see and event starts at 2pm or 2:30 pm (which is quite frequent), and it's on servertime, then it means 6-7pm in the Eu.
(you can check the current time in-game, with typing /servertime in the chat window)


Western Europe is six hours ahead of server time, Eastern is 7 hours ahead and the UK is 5 hours ahead of server time. Except for periods in March and November when Europe and Massachusets switch to/from DST at different times.
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#10992056 Apr 29, 2015 at 11:50 AM
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#10991868 Haquetia Haystack wrote:


Laurelin server was originally located in the UK with UK players dominating the RP scene and so Laurelin-specific sites tend to give event times as UK time.



I know, I was in LotRO back in the Codemasters era as well :) (though I'm on Laurelin just for the course and the player event)
Just didn't want to go into details, for a newcomer it's enough to know that servers on the serverlist with [EU] at the end means they can find lots of players from Eu and the peak times are on the Eu evening bracket.
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#10993345 Apr 29, 2015 at 05:17 PM
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I am trying to figure that problem out. It is the first time that I have seen the difference in time when logged in and logged off.

It seems that I cannot change my own time zone for my account. This is confusing.

I always picked the servertime so that people know when the event happens. :B

You will find the CET and CEST in most of the event descriptions too. I will be able to adjust the times on the weekend.

Funny stuff :D
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#11000985 May 01, 2015 at 03:07 PM
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Please let me know if you get the correct times displayed now - I changed my account time to server time (-5 GMT) and put server time in as event time.
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#11001042 May 01, 2015 at 03:31 PM
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Hi - yes I get correct times now. Thank you :-).
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#11001371 May 01, 2015 at 05:21 PM
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Some event times display correctly for me now, e.g.
Coursera Welcome (May 2nd, 14:30 servertime)
Shire May Queen (May 2nd, 15:00 servertime)
Evendim Chicken Run (May 3rd, 14:30 servertime)
Forest of OAKS (May 17th, 12:00 servertime)

Others are incorrectly displayed.:
Green Dragon Friday starts 15:00 servertime. It shows an hour early for me.
Also starting at 15:00 server are the two "Green Dragon Friday 7th Anniversary" dos (they are regular GDFs with special agendas), the one on May 8th has the correct time, the May 15th one I see 6 hours early.
Bird and Baby Yard Party and Hobbit Markets start at 14:30 servertime. These show one hour early for me.
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#11004248 May 02, 2015 at 02:00 PM
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Thank you for your feedback - I will have a look into that tomorrow!
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