Re: Population worries
I can understand why you'd feel that way -- it's a valid concern.
When I returned to LOTRO, I rolled new characters here instead of continuing on Landroval, leaving behind a 40-something character with a sack full of money and an overstocked AH. But I'm loving it. Getting in on the ground floor in a blossoming community appeals to me, as does the feeling of "starting over". And I am an impatient man -- server queues bug the ever-lovin' crapola out of me.
So far, though, I'm not noticing the problems you're worried about. Sure, I can't find hunter traps on the AH, for example, but that's forced me to do something I've never really done before and make an actual crafter rather than just a gatherer. And I know that, at some point, there *will* be more class-specific and lesser-demand items because the community's growing.
Also: I haven't noticed horribly inflated prices, but I don't do too much AH shopping for gear or things I can pick up by questing and exploring. But the times I have gone browsing, for every tool trying to sell a cheap item for 500 silver, there's someone else with far more realistic (and perhaps altruistic, given that we're all new here) intentions selling the same item for 10s.
Just my two cents. You're not wrong for being worried, but as a proud new Crickhollow resident, I haven't really experienced any of the things you're worried about.
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