I'm sorry you had this experience. Unfortunately there is always one out there who is always out for themselves and those are the ones we tend to notice because that type of behavior is not the "Norm". I find the community on Brandywine to be generally courteous and respectful...but there are always a few that have the "me first" attitude.
When I am farming in a lower level area, I tend to avoid any node that someone is next to or close to. I figure there are plenty more out there, missing "that one" is not going to kill me. Now if I see someone fighting next to the node I was going for, I too will check their health and maybe throw them a heal. Before open tapping, unfortunately that was a no no because it interfered with their XP. After a quick salute I am on my way.
One thing I have noticed is that players tend to be a little more skeptical now. Our kin has an event during the Yule time called "Operation Hardiclaus". We basically make a lot of 7-14 level critted weapons, shields and food to hand out in the lower level areas. Most players are very receptive, but some always ask what you want from them. I basically reply I just want to give them a gift and wish them a Merry Yule. I have made some very good friends over the course of 3 1/2 years and even recruited a few new kin members doing this. It gives new players some good gear and the knowledge that there are friendly people in Middle Earth. It gives us a feeling of accomplishment knowing we did something nice for someone, and one day they will pay it forward by helping someone else. If you are on Brandywine and find something in your mailbox from Hardi or Nyke, it's just our way of saying hello.
Bottom line, please don't let that one bad apple ruin your fun in Middle Earth.
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