Just checking in.
Wish I was 14 and it was 2007 again.
Such great memories this game gave me...
Is the overpopulation part of the reason why creeps are getting 1-shotted in Gramsfoot? Server lag causing npcs to act weird...
“Child of the kindly West, I have come to know, if more of us valued your ways - food and cheer above hoarded gold - it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell.”
So after being away for a couple of years, I decided to come back to LotRO.
Trouble was, I had absolutely no idea which server I played on. Two years is a long time.
So I wandered by the Forums and looked at the server list and started from the top, on the off-chance that something in the Forums would jog my memory.
This thread was around back then, and I followed it like the proverbial bread crumb....home to Brandywine.
See you good folks in game soon. I'll be the capped >insert class here< that is having to re-learn the entire game.
I does appreciate the welcome.
I spent about an hour playing last night. Discovered that I had lost my house, as expected (no TARP program? WTH???). Have no idea where my characters are logged out (though I see the place names, I can't remember where those place names are). It doesn't appear that I have lost any items, though I did receive a warning that some items had been removed from the game during my hiatus and that those would be removed. Since I don't remember then, I won't miss them, right? Some of my characters have personal mounts and some do not (remember the quest to get your horse? first time I successfully completed it I really got a sense of accomplishment for doing so...it wasn't easy), and I've got to re-learn the Express Horse Routes. Heck, I think I'll spend some time in starter areas until I remember what all those spells and abilities do before I take on anything that might prove a challenge....and I get to do that seven times (hooray for full character slots!). I had no idea the level cap had been raised, so I have a bunch of level 40-60 for which the grind will begin anew.
But I think the biggest blow was that my Kinship, which was pretty large and very active, seems now to have a roster of people who have not been on in some time- occasionally, longer than my hiatus. It looks like I might be searching for a new Kinship that will be, I hope, tolerant of players who've been away for a while and will help to re-acquaint me with the game that I enjoyed so much.
The more things change....the more things change.
I >think< the counter said that I had been away for a shade over four years, so yeah I'm thinking that my (re)learning curve is likely to be fairly steep.
One thing that I noticed right away is that, for a high population server, players sure are scarce, at least in the places that my characters find themselves. Where does one go to level these days (I have characters from level 22 to 60)? Instances? Or somewhere else? I know that I can solo my way to cap, but that is slow and tends to be boring, especially if you're a social-type player like myself.
Thanks for the suggestion for the /glff channel. I'll be adding that to my chat windows ASAP.
I do get it: with few, if any exceptions (I imagine WoW might be once such exception), all games reach a point in their lives where server populations begin to thin out, as other games come along to tempt the player base (I've certainly been down that road a time of four myself). I began playing EQ within a year of its roll out. After playing for maybe 18 months, I moved on to other endeavors. I came back for a while between other games and found most of the servers nearly deserted, new player areas empty and the game become almost a complete solo-fest. If you needed a group to hunt or to complete a quest, unless you had friends on that server, you were essentially out of luck. I ran into the same thing with DAoC (loved, Loved, LOVED that game and have high hopes for Camelot Unchained when it comes out). If anything, LotRO is more active than either of those two games were the second time I played, so I guess there is hope, right?
I am certainly taking advantage of the bonus XP offer. My characters range from level 22 to level 60, so I have a fairly wide range of alts for grouping purposes. Now all I have to do is re-learn what each and every one of those icons on each and every one of those hotbars does.....
Holding down the fort by yourself Jeffor? Or are there any other old popul riders still around? Any fire in the old server rivalries left to fan the flames of? Do we still lack a proper fitted chest piece for toids? Is there an oeverepopuleatieon left to draw into our madness!?
Basically... how's things?
[I][COLOR="DarkOrange"]"We are all in it together."[/COLOR][/I]
Council of Eriador - Burglar - Brandywine
How have you been?
Hey Jeffor, it makes me happy to see that you're still around making the populs proud I heard that Nidor finally got some kind of memorial, which led me to thinking about LOTRO. We all had some good times on this thread, and it's nice to see it has yet to fall from Brandywine's front page. How have all of ya nutcases been?
I usually play on Riddermark, However, I started making characters on Brandywine this week for two reasons. 1) several of my kinmates play here some and server population seems much better. I started on Riddermark after free to play went live. But server isn't really the same anymore and I find about half my toons aren't very fun to play. So, Trying for a new start. Already planned out my toons, classes, and Vocations. It is hard to completely abandon the old characters, but I don't really feel like starting those toons all over from scratch.
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