In the first week-ish of playing LotRo, I’ve taken my Minstrel up to level 15 on the Landroval server. For a change, I’ve taken things at a fairly slower than normal pace (for myself at least). I am proud to say I have read every quest I’ve taken on and I’ve done a ton of harvesting and a fair bit of crafting.
If you’re looking for the ins and outs of the game, this isn’t that article. On top of that, I would hardly call myself a stickler for details. Just by reading the poor grammar and misspelled words in my blogs, you should know that already. But, I would say, I know what I like, and LotRo seems like it is full of things I like, at least within the first week of play. Here’s part of what I’m liking so far (in no particular order):
The in game music is fantastic and it really sets the mood. But, what I am referring to is the player made music you’ll find. If you aren’t familiar with this, a bard can purchase an instrument (lute, flute, clarinet, etc) and use his keyboard for actual notes.
I spent at least 30 minutes tonight, in an Inn listening to people playing. I heard people playing “I’m Yours” ~ Jason Mraz, “Cat’s in the Cradle” ~ Harry Chapin and “What is Love” ~ Haddaway(I was upset I couldn’t do the head bob that Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan did in Night at the Roxbury). This girl in the screenshot was playing an excellent version of Rolling Stones, “Paint It Black”.
See the screenshot above. I don’t know if you can read that but, it says Son of…, yes, that’s my son in real life, and that’s my son in game. How cool is that. He loved it.
I know, I know. I’m just a goof when it comes to fishing. I did it quite a bit in EQ2, I do it even more in LotRo. Why? I think it’s two fold. A) I can take some fish to the taxidermist and have them stuffed to hang on my wall. B) The scenery is like stepping into a Thomas Kincade painting. This is really the same reason I harvest so much. I just like spending time in Middle Earth, just for the view.
Role Playing/Player Ran Events:
I don’t even know how to Role Play but, I enjoy reading it. I enjoy watching it. And Landroval is a GREAT place to watch it. A guild called The Common Folk have hosted both a RP Farmer’s Market and an Apple Festival in the Shire. Tonight, a guild called the Shire Shrooms had story telling in Bree.
I am not a huge fan of LotR, the books. I understand why they are considered a masterpiece and I can agree, that they are. But, I feel that you can only read about so much walking, and there are times where I felt beat over the head with the description. The books just aren’t my cup of tea. But, the story line and the approach the quest writers took with the opening quests, I thought are really good. You’re character’s, so far, are running parallel with Gandolf, Frodo, Samwise and Strider. The part I am at in the story, I just met Strider and hopefully Frodo and Samwise have just left the Shire. Now I feel compelled, after I finish reading the book I am currently reading (Head’s) to reread Fellowship of the Rings, so I can compare the descriptions in the book with how Turbine made the Shire look. So I can say, “Hobbiton? I’ve been there.” or “Those Took are a rascally bunch.”
Those are just a few of the things I am enjoying about LotRo. Once I hit a certain level am I going to start hating the grind? Probably, but, I can’t say predicting the future was ever my strong suite.
Relax, that's my wife
I will say, that after I hit 20 (so I can get my appearance slots) I play to put a break on my leveling and start enjoying the player made events even more than I am now. LotRo doesn’t seem like one to try to rush to end game, it seems like a game to take slowly and savor, and that is what I intend to do.