On a whim, I decided last weekend to re-install and renew a subscription for LotRO, which I had not played since the release of the Mines of Moria expansion in 2008. I'm really glad to see how far the game has come, but there was definitely a lot to learn - the store, audacity, commendations, skirmishes, quest packs, and much more. I might has well have started a new game with new characters!
It's always jarring for a player to do something like that. I was fortunate, however, to find some people who were willing to slow down and help me catch up. I mostly played my monster characters, and I want to give a special shout-out to the guys in Bound in Blood. They're definitely the most fun and enjoyable creep tribe on Vilya now.
But really, thanks to everyone who helped out. Y'all are great.
If there are any other old school players hanging around, I found my old screenshots and chat logs from my active time in 2007-2008. I even found a transcript of the very first Vilya Alliance meeting! Just for kicks, here's an old shot of an Oculus of Nex raid: http://i.imgur.com/QIKRtX0.jpg
Take care, Vilya.