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    New player, how's it going to be!?

    Well, I just waited around 30 hours for this game to download on my brand new iMac. Seems like a nice game, and I heard the community is great. I tried WoW and absolutely hate the cartoonish graphics, and the questing was quite boring.

    Anyways, is the story line in LOTRO good (as in interesting), is the endgame fun? Looking forward to playing, let's hope it makes a better impression then WoW did!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheoryOfQuanta View Post
    Well, I just waited around 30 hours for this game to download on my brand new iMac. Seems like a nice game, and I heard the community is great. I tried WoW and absolutely hate the cartoonish graphics, and the questing was quite boring.

    Anyways, is the story line in LOTRO good (as in interesting), is the endgame fun? Looking forward to playing, let's hope it makes a better impression then WoW did!


    The story is well written, both the Epic Quest line (read: Main Quest line) and the side quests. As for endgame, it depends on what you're looking for. I can't really comment on the Endgame, as I'm fine with it, but I'm not a raider or PvPer which is where most of the complaints come from.

    In case you're not aware, all of LotRO is not free. Only up to level 30-ish can you play with no problems. After that, it gets difficult to level up to continue with the epic quest line (free to all players) without higher level areas to quest in. But you can buy quest packs with Turbine Points you can earn just by playing the game if you don't want to pay.

    I love the game, for what it's worth. Your mileage may vary.
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    The storyline is great imo and the endgame is meh take your time smell the roses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheoryOfQuanta View Post
    Well, I just waited around 30 hours for this game to download on my brand new iMac. Seems like a nice game, and I heard the community is great. I tried WoW and absolutely hate the cartoonish graphics, and the questing was quite boring.

    Anyways, is the story line in LOTRO good (as in interesting), is the endgame fun? Looking forward to playing, let's hope it makes a better impression then WoW did!
    First of all welcome...

    Yes, Lotro community is probably the best you can get in a MMO. Of course you will run into a rotten apple here and there but overall i cant complain much...
    I found the main storyline (aka epics) up to level 50 amazingly well written. And i really suggest you read every quest you do. Same goes for regular quests. If you just go from point A to B and back without reading about what you are doing and why, it will get repetitive really fast.. Once you enter moria at 50 you get Legendary items which is a fun mechanic (bit grindy, but you need to experience it for yourself) and a fairly satisfying story-line. You get to interact with some major baddies in Moria and well known good guys once you leave Moria.
    The expansions that follow arent as great story wise as Moria and the original game.. Mirkwood was for most part acceptable while the expansion that follows, Rise of Isengard (lvls 65-75) was really bad.. Rohan is the latest expansion and it was a major improvement....

    End game isnt that great IMO. You got some PvP, buggy raids that not a lot of people run, instances that are regularly farmed for drops, and daily grinds..
    All in all i would say that Lotro is a game you will most enjoy the first time leveling up.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheoryOfQuanta View Post
    Well, I just waited around 30 hours for this game to download on my brand new iMac. Seems like a nice game, and I heard the community is great. I tried WoW and absolutely hate the cartoonish graphics, and the questing was quite boring.

    Anyways, is the story line in LOTRO good (as in interesting), is the endgame fun? Looking forward to playing, let's hope it makes a better impression then WoW did!
    As for the endgame, it always matters who you play with. That is where, I think, the LoTRO community shines. Which server you are on is also an important choice, and, like you, I play both on my 2008 iMac, and my i7 laptop. A good indicator of population size is the chart on the Bounders token thread (sorry, I don't have the link...

    Welcome to LoTRO, and if there is anything we can do to help, just ask!
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    It will depend entirely on how you play the game and whether you have preconceived notions. My advice: play the game as it is not as you compare to another game. Its one of the more "realistic" types of games and has a stellar IP (Tolkien).This game has "soul" something you will not find in any other. Its a unique thing.

    Its heavily solo oriented, yet once you feel comfortable with your gameplay you should try grouping and find a kin that suits you. Fun goes up exponentially when you do.

    Toward endgame your gonna get a warhorse. I find fighting on horseback extremely fun. There are roaming "warbands" of 4 to ? bad guys whom you can challenge. Hijinks ensue.

    This game is HUGE. Plenty to do. Prepare for addiction.








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    Thanks everyone, those screenshots look amazing. Question. . I don't have a problem paying if the game is good, but what exactly do I need to buy around level 30? Like do I pay monthly, buy expansions? Any advice is appreciated. As for endgame ( I've never been a pvp type person ). Just the general feel of continuing playing after reaching level cap I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheoryOfQuanta View Post
    I don't have a problem paying if the game is good, but what exactly do I need to buy around level 30? Like do I pay monthly, buy expansions?
    You can either subscribe or buy quest packs. If you subscribe, you'll still need to buy any expansions you want to play, but I believe the only expansion you can't work around with a VIP subscription is is Mines of Moria, since it takes up 10 levels (~50-60) and there's not really any alternate leveling areas. You ma also have a problem without the latest expansion, Riders of Rohan (75-85), because I think Wildermore is entirely an 85 zone. Siege of Mirkwood (60-65) has an alternate leveling zone at Enedwaith (also ~60-65) that is free for subscribers and Riders of Isengard can be passed with proper planning between Enedwaith and Great River (~70-75), also free for subscribers.

    I would recommend subscribing for at least a month for all the benefits you'll keep when you drop to premium. Best recommendation (assuming you only want a month of VIP) is to buy the Evendim quest pack, which will get you into the low 40s, then subscribe and push to 50 (since there's not really a single quest pack that can get you from 40 to 50, it usually takes at least two), at which point you'll need to buy the expansion anyway (probably). If you think you can sail from 30 to 50 in a month, you can skip buying Evendim, but most people on their first characters either can't or don't want to.

    As for endgame ( I've never been a pvp type person ). Just the general feel of continuing playing after reaching level cap I suppose.
    Plenty to do at cap, though it's slowed down quite a bit between it being the summer months before the new expansion and a few somewhat poor choices Turbine made about gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheoryOfQuanta View Post
    Thanks everyone, those screenshots look amazing. Question. . I don't have a problem paying if the game is good, but what exactly do I need to buy around level 30? Like do I pay monthly, buy expansions? Any advice is appreciated. As for endgame ( I've never been a pvp type person ). Just the general feel of continuing playing after reaching level cap I suppose.
    You have a few options around level 30.

    Buying the Mithril Edition from Gamestop will net you the path of the fellowship, 2000 TP and an accountwide steed you can ride once you get the riding skill (free to VIPs or 95 TP per charcater). This content will have you set to level 60-ish. It will give you access to Trollshaws, Eregion, Moria and Lorien and is thought to be the best deal currently. During this time, you can buy VIP for a month to unlock some permanent perks such as gold cap removal and all trait slots being unlocked on any characters you log into while VIP.

    You can also just go VIP to unlock access to all non-expansion quest pack areas while you are VIP. This is all areas except Moria, Mirkwood, Isengard and Rohan. You'll still have to buy those with Turbine Points (you get 500 a month as VIP coupled with whatever you earn while playing and completing deeds).
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    Quote Originally Posted by LethalLethality View Post
    Buying the Mithril Edition from Gamestop will net you the path of the fellowship, 2000 TP and an accountwide steed you can ride once you get the riding skill (free to VIPs or 95 TP per charcater). This content will have you set to level 60-ish. It will give you access to Trollshaws, Eregion, Moria and Lorien and is thought to be the best deal currently. During this time, you can buy VIP for a month to unlock some permanent perks such as gold cap removal and all trait slots being unlocked on any characters you log into while VIP.
    My apologies, I completely forgot about this option! This thing runs for $20 usually, and the TP alone runs for around $20 as well. I actually purchased it when I was VIP.
    If you can, get it.
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    When you finish you last quests in the Agamaur region of the Lone Lands, you will have some taste of the solo and grouping in LotRO. Then you'll know if you want to stick to your own (alsmost all world-quest content can be completed solo) or if you want to get together with some friends or kin (aka guild) and master group content as well. If you want to stick to the solo content mostly, become VIP or get the Eriador package / Mithril Edition. Most of the time, you won't need the lower-level instances and it's mostly hard to find others to join you. If you enjoy group-content, get the Rohan Expansion (Legendary Edition) when you hit lvl 70.
    I also recommend becoming VIP for at least a Month. It saves you ~1400 TP per character easily and you get another 2 temporary char-slots during VIP-time.
    But first of all, try out the game until you get to ~30 and make you decision at that point.
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