Kins can be fun if you find the right one. It took me awhile, but I found one where the players are consistent (some people form kins and then quit the game, very annoying). We also help each other out with lvling as well as crafting what others need for free. You can also get skirms and runs together really quickly, and you know each of the player's strengths so we automatically know who is tanking, healing, dpsing, etc.
We also have kin parties where we set off fireworks and drink ale
A warden of Lothlorien meets up a with a rune keeper from Lindon and a friendship is sparked. An elf hunter from Mirkwood finds a minstrel mourning the loss of Edhellen. A captain of Rohan rides to Bree and comes across a burned farm, the only survivor a young woman who'd defended herself with a rusted sword and axe. Thus many adventures begin.