My name is Eleyan, I'm a Minstrel, and I've been playing LOTRO since its release. I currently head up the kin Nossecemna on Meneldor.
We're a small Kin, and we've survived without actively recruiting. People have always been welcome, but the process has been decided by playing with that person and trying to determine if we're a good cultural fit. We'd rather be small than big. Most of us are in our 20's/30's/40s, we're book nerds and grammar geeks, and we like people who can balance being funny with being generally respectful. We've never been a successful raiding Kin - we're not exclusive in the right ways for that. Our strong points are longevity, quality/friendliness/helpfulness of members, and small group fellowships. We (obviously) have a level 10 Kin with the associated house. We have neighborhood we've largely bought out for communal storage. We have a good reputation for not being jerks, and you just can't buy that sort of thing these days. :P
But we are not growing any more. We've (very peacefully) passed on leadership a few times, and we're about to again. Our strengths are grand when player numbers are up. Right now the "slow to recruit" method isn't contributing to our longevity. It's a long shot, but I wanted to reach out in case a like-minded Kin was looking for another in our situation.
I am specifically looking for any Kins who would like to merge, but are interested in keeping the Nossecemna name. We're one of the oldest active continuous Kin on Meneldor (since closed beta over 7 years ago) and that isn't something we want to lose because we can never replace it. I'm not looking to take over another Kin, I'm looking to find a like-minded Kin that would benefit from merging with us and our resources.
- I'm reaching out in case there is another Kin who thinks they must merge if they are to grow. We're not a Kin "for sale."
- prefer writing with real words/in sentences. Clear communication is something we really value.
- share our desire to build a kin from a basis of a good personality match rather than relying on player statistics.
So there is my long shot!
Thank you for reading it all the way through. If any of this sounds like a good fit for you and yours, please let me know by private message.
Minstrel of Meneldor