I'll try to keep this as brief as I can as it's quite simple what I am looking for and that is role play and some advice / directions towards guilds (Kinships I think they're called in lotro) and some general advice as to what the RP community tends to focus around here. I have been role playing for 4 years in other MMOs Such as World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic so I know how to RP, I have read all three Lotr books as well as the hobbit book along with some general reading from various wiki sights about Lotr lore since it just fascinates me in general so I think it's safe to say I know abit about the lore as well.
Now if it isn't clear by now I have never, NEVER played LotrO before, heck, I downloaded the game last night and it's just finishing it's installation right now so I haven't even made a character yet but I wanted to ask a few things here before I do since any character I make in an MMO has it's race / class based on what RP is available and which RP among those that are available do I want to join so I generally have the same few questions:
1) What races are the most populer? Experiance from 3 other MMOs have shown me Humans and Elves (Or the elf equivelant) are always the most populer while things like Dwarves tend to be underplayed but I have no idea if thats the same here
2) What theme of RP is the most prominent? For example I count Military, Research, Guard, Adventuring and Trading as different themes of RP. In WoW for example military guilds are the most common while trading guilds are very few, same in Star Wars: TOR with all it's secret agencies.
3) Could you name me please the 3-5 best established / longest running kinships? I find that by attempting to join a well established guild for my first one when playing a new MMO allows me to get used to the community and the RP style of the game since I can ask the older members questions as well as have some RP readily there for me that I can try out before I decide to throw myself in there and create story arcs of my own.
That's pretty much the gist of what I am trying to ask, any help would be much appreciated, thanks in advance!