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LotRo: Level 15 Burglar and Book Night

Posted in LotRO on June 22, 2009 by crookshankz

Here, on the planet Earth, life had me spending my Father’s Day at work.  My day did not pick up until roughly 7pm’ish when I finally got home to find my wife and son bought me a Fathers Day Cake :-).  Home is awesome but, work was crappy. 

However, in Middle Earth, I had a very good day.  I worked on my Burglar for a good part of my day.  I am having him become my solo toon due to the challenge he presents.  Finally got him to level 15.  His class quest was a bit of an issue though.  Every time I would attack a mob, that mob would get a bunch of question marks over their head and it would freeze up.  Through trial and error I found if I went to a certain location, all frozen mobs would unfreeze and come to shave my little hobbit feet, and then kill me (In that order).

A Random, Unrelated Screen Shot

A Random, Unrelated Screen Shot

According to my guild, this is one of the bugs in game.  Yikes!  (Hopefully today’s patch will fix it?)  After 4 deaths, and much trial and error, I finally finished my class quest.  Kind of a bummer because I’m fairly certain without that glitch I could have kept my nearly perfect non-death status on my toon.

Last night, my wife (on her hunter) and I (on my minstrel) joined the guild for Book Night Sunday.  Apparently, they do Book Quests on Sunday (and parties on Wednesday).  The Book 1 final dungeon was much fun.  We kind of cheated due to not having a full group (1 person shy) but, 1 of the members was in his upper 30’s.  So, it wasn’t as challenging as it should have been but, we still had a good time.

The end of Book 1 quests involved us getting to talk to Gandolf for the first time.  I felt this was a good place to end our gaming for the night.  Dinging, finishing major quests and questlines AND cake?  What more could you ask out of your Father’s Day?

LotRo: Guild Fair’s

Posted in LotRO, MMO's, MMORPG on June 21, 2009 by crookshankz

Yesterday, there was a guild fair was held at the Bree Fair Ground and was sponsered by one of the RP Guilds on my server.  I had to go check it out.  I know it’s hard to tell from this screenshot but, every single tent had at least 1 guild hanging out under the tent and a few guilds in open area.

I had a good time with it, talked to some intresting people.  I ended up joining the Shire Shrooms.  They seem like a nice bunch so far.

Personally, I am still taking the game at a fairly leisure pace.  My minstrel is still level 16 and I have a 13 burglar.  I have been spending my time crafting, harvesting, and fishing.  Also, much time has been spent listening to the bards at the Prancing Pony.  I am still enjoying this change of pace and I hope to see it continue.

LotRo: 5 Reasons I Like LotRo (so far)

Posted in LotRO, MMO's with tags on June 18, 2009 by crookshankz

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):

Music: 
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”.

Generations:


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.

Fishing:
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.

Story:
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, thats my wife :)

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.

Happy Hunting.

LoTRo: Apple Festival

Posted in LotRO on June 12, 2009 by crookshankz

Just a FYI.  I apparently picked a RP server Landroval which is a new experience for me.  A guild (The Common Folk?) announced Sunday they are holding an Apple Festival in game at 3:30 PM EST.  I can’t remember the location the festival was going to be held and I don’t know how it fun it will be.  But, I believe these kind of things are the more the merrier and I just thought I’d spread the word.

WAR: One Test to Test Them All

Posted in EQ2, LotRO, MMO's, Warhammer, WoW on September 28, 2008 by crookshankz

I am definitely having fun with Warhammer.  I really think it’s had a very smooth launch, at least compared to some most other games out there.

I think the true test is coming up rapidly.  The onslaught of expansions that are due out in November.  By then the newness of the game will have worn thin and line’s will be drawn in the sand.  It will be time for people decide on War vs. the latest and greatest their previous MMO has to offer.

  1. LotRO ~ Mines of Moria ~ November 3
  2. WoW ~ Wrath of the Lich King ~ November 13
  3. EQ2 ~ Shadow Odyssey ~ November 18

Honestly, everyone knows (or should know) it’s not going to be a WoW killer or at least, not any time soon.  But, I do think it’s possible for War to slide into the number two spot within the Fantasy MMO genre.  MMOGChart’s looks like the information is a little out dated but, if we go off those numbers 500k subscribers is the hill to get over.  With that said it has been reported that War is already at that number.

Of course, that’s now.  Two month’s down the road?  Only time will tell.