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    I Remember When...

    ...it was hard to find Old Sally, and had to backtrack others doing the quest until I found her start location.

    ...I didn't actually know where Rivendell was -- and died twice trying to avoid aggro at level 10.

    ...being afraid to go off the road to see Weathertop because all the mobs around me were double my level.

    What do you remember?

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    Re: I Remember When...

    ...in one of the stress test betas, my lvl 12 self and my lvl 14 friend were res-circle bouncing all over north downs and ram duath. Eventually we got to an area that we couldn't physically make it out of. We knew roughly where the previous res-circle was, but we'd get a couple screens away from it and be one-hit by something purple.
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    Re: I Remember When...

    ... I was going to the Brigand HQ in Chetwood on my first character, and I didn't really understand the game and I didn't know how to get in a group, and I died over and over and over and over and over again trying to get to Jagger Jack...

    I kid you not--I earned pretty much two complete Champion deeds just from all the time I spent fighting brigands in there.
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    Re: I Remember When...

    I definitely remember my first Rivendell run. Not as early in level as yours, but still dangerous, and grand, and rewarding.

    I remember looking on Angmar's broken sky for the first time.

    I remember the thrill of soloing my first Elite Master (a random wight in Agamaur - I was well over-levelled, but still a squishy hunter, and it was close).

    I remember feeling like I was in a familiar place the first time I logged on my new hobbit in the Shire...and I remember finding goblins in the woods!
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    Re: I Remember When...

    I remember running around in the Shire for the first time and thinking "omg it's gorgeous!" (I still think that a year later)

    I remember thinking I was rich when I passed the 100 silver mark.

    I remember being afraid when I was in the Old Forest, heard something rustling, turned around, and saw a tree chasing me.

    I remember saving padded shirts and pants around level 5 thinking I'd use the ones that dropped from mobs instead of repairing the ones I was wearing.

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    Re: I Remember When...

    I remember when Archet was pretty much the whole world.

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    Re: I Remember When...

    I remember hitting lvl 14 and being really excited about getting the bear pet.

    I remember venturing into the Old Forest the first time... and shortly thereafter running right back out of it with my tail between my legs.

    I remember mining my first silver node and feeling like I just hit the jackpot.

    I remember finding Sam's old Gaffer offering a quest and deciding on the spot that this was the MMO for me.
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    Re: I Remember When...

    Quote Originally Posted by Forjo View Post
    ...it was hard to find Old Sally, and had to backtrack others doing the quest until I found her start location.
    I remember that it was never hard to find Old Sally but that in Beta and then in Open Beta she was often bugged and wouldn't let you continue the quest

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    Re: I Remember When...

    I remember when the LFF and Advice channel in Bree wasn't full of gold adverts.

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    Re: I Remember When...

    I remember the suicidal rental horse between Duillond and Celondim in beta that would first smash you into the side of a mountain, then run right off the cliff, plunging you both to your deaths!
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    Re: I Remember When...

    I remember going with some kinsmen into Bag end for the first time looking at the decor, and getting pics in front of the fireplace.

    I remember my first foray into the Great Barrows, and how lost we kept getting (since I can't think 3 dimensionally anyway). I still don't like that place as I will just get lost again.

    I remember duoing trolls in the trollshaws back in beta with Swiss as his burglar, and I on my guardian. Yeah it can still be done, but I have a specific recollection of having a ton of fun participating in conjunctions for my first times really.

    I remember the first time I exited Archet, and seeing all these quests in Combe. Thinking to myself "wow". then heading down the road to Staddle and thinking, "What more quests", How will I ever do all these
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    I remember when Archet was the whole world too. Way back in Alpha 0.

    I remember having so many wolves aggro on you that you would die before you got half way to the hunter's lodge. Then, after they fixed it, I remember having 6 to 8 or more people waiting to jump on the next poor wolf that spawned. You HAD to fellowship just to get your wolf kills! You also took your life in your hands to visit Cal Sprigley, you were nothing more than spider food.

    I remember when the quilted armour looked so much like fishnet stockings that my sister-in-law wouldn't play because that was so NOT LOTR. (She is a lifer now )

    I also remember when Old Sally wasn't even a pig. She was a pony!

    I remember my first trip to Rivendell. It was when they had first put it in the game and right before they were going to wipe all of our characters again. I took my level 14 Champion all the way there. The whole way looked more like the Lonelands than the Trollshaws of today, and all the creatures were "delete me" or "fix me". I got killed by a "delete me" but that was the only time I died. About all that was in Rivendell was Elrond's house and a few trees. I thought it was beautiful then. Imagine how it blew my mind when I got back there after it was finished!

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    Re: I Remember When...

    Quote Originally Posted by Forjo View Post
    ...it was hard to find Old Sally, and had to backtrack others doing the quest until I found her start location.
    First had to find her on the chicken quest. Didn't know who it was, but after a couple of hours (more than 1 session) I gave up and checked the web. Then I made a beeline to Sally, and she wasn't there. And she wasn't along the path to the farm either. I went back with my real character too to check. She appeared to just be missing. But she reappeared the next day.

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    Re: I Remember When...

    Sneaking my way to Rivendell AT NIGHT as a level 6 burg nothing since has matched the total rush of trying get pass trolls that are 6 or 7 times your own level too bad the newer players cant experience that level of excitement anymore with the new aggro code.

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    Re: I Remember When...

    I remember when yellow armor/weapons were good but purple was the best!

    I remember when Bree was THE place to be.

    I remember when rain was introduced... and how the sound would glitch out

    I remember a long Conga line in Bree with +Nod the last night before open beta began.

    I remember Patience and her instant touch turning us all level 50 for one night... so we had half a chance against the Devs

    I remember the first time I saw the troll in the shire... NOT stone but walking!

    Like others, I too remember thinking how rich I was when I had my first 100 silver.

    Lots of good memories, many more to come I hope.
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    Everybody keeps mentioning the Rivendell run. I did it with my level 10 utility jeweler a day or so after 13 released, and it still was no treat. Took me four tries. I was still aggroing every cave claw, boar, bear, and crawler in and out of sight, and I think I may have pulled a few from other zones.

    No aurochs pulled however (which were the biggest pain because of the stun charge), but stags did (which I don't remember doing so before). True, the wandering stone trolls now have a 5-second threat, but the old 2-second timer wasn't really all that hard to beat. Also, there seem to be more stealthed lynxes now along the path where it picks up on the High Moor.

    In comparison, when I ran my first character to Rivendell at level 8 back last May, I made it on the first try without much difficulty. Back then, though, I think there were alot more players in the area soaking up aggro.

    On the other hand, from all the posts I've read, I just haven't had the heart to go into the Old Forest since 13.

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    I remember when I first found Bilbo, after doing my own Rivendell run at about lv 25 (squishy hunter). seeing him, my eyes welled up with tears and I took several screenshots. it was like meeting an old friend, or maybe a childhood hero.

    then I couldn't find that darn first riddle item for literally months.

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    Re: I Remember When...

    I remember being in Combe for 2 days and thinking that I was in Bree that every one was talking about. Then I was amazed at how big the real Bree was!
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    I remember Alpha, Closed Beta & Open Beta. And I remember the day they announced that as beta testers and founding members we would have an option to take a lifetime subscription. I remember thinking that it was a no brainer!

    I remember not telling ANYONE what I was doing for fear of violating the NDA and losing the chance to beta test this game!

    I remember server wipe after server wipe sometimes having to start over from scratch after less than a week and wondering if I was EVER gonna manage to keep any of the cool drops I was getting.

    I remember them telling us (at the end of closed beta) that we would be able to take characters forward into launch instead of having to start from scratch yet again. And I remember mapping out what I was going to roll and how I was going to cap all those characters so I could hit launch day running! (There sure were a lot of lvl 15s running around that first day!)

    I remember when it seemed like I would never have a gold to my name... it was just SO MUCH money!

    I remember discovering that you could actually SIT DOWN in a chair or on a bed. This discovery was followed by my sitting in every chair I came across and taking a photo of myself in most of them!

    I remember smoking for what seemed like hours on end... just because I could!

    I remember when there was no information available anywhere on the internet regarding where to go or how to complete a quest. And how cool it felt to solve the puzzles and complete them on my own... without spoilers!

    I remember taking countless screen caps of doors/windows without building walls, floating grass, holes in the world, mis-matched textures and stuck mobs that I submitted to the bug team (along with coordinates) so they could get things squared away. (I still think that allowing us to attach pictures to bug reports was a brilliant move!)

    I remember spending entire play sessions exploring just because the chances were good that I would find a place of indescribable beauty that I had never seen before. (One of these times I wandered through the gap between two hills and came upon a small wooded area with a large pond, the surface of which was covered in water lilies. Simply amazing! I stood there and thought "they made this just so folks like me could wander in and discover it."

    I remember being utterly lost in the Old Forest (and in closed beta, yeah, it was that scary) and coming across Tom Bombadil's house (quite by accident) and being awestruck by the fact that it was there and that I was there!!!

    I remember the phantom bear and almost being scared off a rental pony when he roared at me on my way to Lone Lands.

    I remember when the cost of a rental pony was very dear (sometime half or more of all the money you had) and you could get knocked off your ride just by opening your inventory or character screen during the trip. It felt like such a rip off to lose a good chunk of the only money you had AND get left standing in the dust midway through the trip.

    I remember when the ore nodes in Lone Lands were almost flat to the ground and were really hard to find.

    I remember the first time I fellowed for "Retaking Weathertop". It was (and in my mind remains) the best instance run I've ever been a part of!

    I remember making my way to the Ford of Brennen and standing there in ankle deep water looking around 360 degrees and thinking "well, here's another thing they got right!"

    I remember the first time I saw a "living" troll during my first run to Rivendell. I remember going there (that first time) at night, even though my kin warned me repeatedly (in kin chat) that there were trolls on the road that were purple to me and would have me for lunch... (I know... I can see one now...)

    I remember heaving a sigh of relief heading down the path in that last stretch before you know that you are out of the mountains, safe and almost to Rivendell.

    I remember seeing Rivendell stretched out below me for the first tine and how it was so beautiful it took my breath away.

    I remember finally making it to Trestlebridge and feeling saddened by the fires and the desolation of the area. But uplifted by the determination of the NPCs that "lived" there.

    I remember moving on into North Downs and being blown away by how BIG the game was... how the zones seemed to go on forever!

    I remember my first pony ride from Estelden back to Trestlebridge and taking about a hundred screenshots during the ride.

    I remember duoing almost every day with another hunter (during closed beta) and then finding out that she was one of the developers!

    And every time I think back about how much we've seen so far, I smile and remember that the 1st expansion is coming and that we ain't seen nothing yet!
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    Re: I Remember When...

    Great response.

    Quote Originally Posted by OldBlueDragon View Post
    I remember spending entire play sessions exploring just because the chances were good that I would find a place of indescribable beauty that I had never seen before. (One of these times I wandered through the gap between two hills and came upon a small wooded area with a large pond, the surface of which was covered in water lilies. Simply amazing! I stood there and thought "they made this just so folks like me could wander in and discover it."
    Is this place still around? If so, where?

    I remember being utterly lost in the Old Forest (and in closed beta, yeah, it was that scary) and coming across Tom Bombadil's house (quite by accident) and being awestruck by the fact that it was there and that I was there!!!
    Hah! you reminded me of my first time in Bombadil's house. After I fell into Goldberry's spring, I ran around the forest, stumbled in the spider's area, was webbed, and died. I ended up rezzing at Bombadil's place for the first time... and I was so happy to be there. It was definitely one of the best deaths in the game for me. So awesome.

    I remember the first time I saw a "living" troll during my first run to Rivendell. I remember going there (that first time) at night, even though my kin warned me repeatedly (in kin chat) that there were trolls on the road that were purple to me and would have me for lunch... (I know... I can see one now...)
    LOL, I remember this! I freaked out *so* much when I first saw the troll wandering right outside of Thorenhad- and running through the Ford and up the High Moor... oh, that was the time!


    I forgot to add this, but I also remember my first time running through Imlad Balchorth and Nan Gurth, before they nerfed both places... such a long time ago. Anyways, after dying a rather miserable death in IB and ending back up in the dwarf place, I was still determined to find GF, so went through Nan Gurth. I was *so* lost in there, and it took me about 10 minutes of wandering to find my way out- but it was completely worth it! I think it was more terrifying through there, looking for the exit out of there, than the trip to Rivendell. At least there was a very clear road in the Trollshaws XD

    I also remember the 6G conj runs I would do with PUG groups to Uru and CD. Oh man, those were the days.

    And I remember my first time in the Tomb of Elendil, my favorite instance. We had a 6-man group, but the minstrel went LD and never came back about a third of the way through. Nonetheless, we decided to stick it through, and got all the way to the end with no deaths. With Nornagol two of our guys died, but we still managed to defeat the instance. Definitely one of my most memorable moments in the game. I just did the instance again tonight, though we had two 50s in the group, which made it much easier. I loveee that instance.

    And I remember first doing Thief-Taker's Bane! Oh God, that was the most difficult instance. Very much nerfed now, thankfully... but I'd admit the feeling of accomplishment after wiping over half a dozen times was pretty nice.

    Memories, memories...
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    Re: I Remember When...

    Quote Originally Posted by Phibbus View Post
    Everybody keeps mentioning the Rivendell run. I did it with my level 10 utility jeweler a day or so after 13 released, and it still was no treat. Took me four tries. I was still aggroing every cave claw, boar, bear, and crawler in and out of sight, and I think I may have pulled a few from other zones.

    No aurochs pulled however (which were the biggest pain because of the stun charge), but stags did (which I don't remember doing so before). True, the wandering stone trolls now have a 5-second threat, but the old 2-second timer wasn't really all that hard to beat. Also, there seem to be more stealthed lynxes now along the path where it picks up on the High Moor.

    In comparison, when I ran my first character to Rivendell at level 8 back last May, I made it on the first try without much difficulty. Back then, though, I think there were alot more players in the area soaking up aggro.

    On the other hand, from all the posts I've read, I just haven't had the heart to go into the Old Forest since 13.
    Back then, you didn't get a huge aggro radius just because you were under level 17 (or maybe it's level 15). They added in the larger aggro radius a couple of books in.
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    Re: I Remember When...

    Actually, I was about level 44 I think, when I rode my horse down from Rivendell, then thought "wow, this is the first time I've made it to the bottom without being knocked off!"

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    I remember when walking a random bear noise would play and there would be no bear...

    Then the bear become a mod, and his reign of terror swept the land.
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    I remember when Evendim first came out I ran past a dear and shouted at it (Cpt here), and instead of it falling at my might it attacked me!

    I remember when I use to know every lvl 50 Captain on Meneldor.

    Heck, I remember when I use to know every other lvl 50 on my server, and all the duels that happened between us all.

    I remember how Philip was the first person on our server to get all crafted teal gear and weapons and how we all hated him. I almost cry if anyone shouts out in the Moors that a freep is running like Philip!

    I still cringe when a single warg in the moors jumps me, thinking its Warthag come back from the dead.

    I can remember holding off against two entire creep raids with only one minstrel, and one other Captain. That was the day I learned full circle what the Captains job is, to keep him alive.

    I remember when the Hunters Desperate Flight use to take the whole group to the rez circle.

    I remember how I went all gold before anybody could more than just the War-Captains Boots, and I'll never let my Captain be any other color.

    I also remember when I got War-Captain gloves and thinking it was the best thing ever, being only one of two or three people in the game that had more than just their class boots (due to the bug that existed then).

    How about when Captains use to use consumable summoning horns? I still have 15 of them!

    And so much more....
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    I remember reading about Middle Earth Online in a gaming magazine and later going online to try and play it, and the website disappearing.


    I remember thinking fellowships were more permanent and not wanting to fellow because of it.

    I remember wondering if I would ever leave the newbie instance.
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