So I know threads like this have like been made before, but I really wanted to talk about the game in a specific way and have no outlet except here. Let me preface by saying I have been playing LotRO off and on over 4+ years. I have subscribed for a month here and there, I have bought coins a couple of times, but I've honestly never devoted any serious time to the game. I've been thinking for a long time that I've passed the game by for too long, but I have finally given it some proper focus and I wanted to talk about it.
Due to my love of the beginning game and ability to be distracted easily, I've actually never taken a character out of the Vanillla content. I leveled a hunter to mid 40's, a mini to mid 40's, and then a warden to mid 40's over my flirts with the game. Part of it was my focus on crafting and traveling around, part of it was lack of content due to not buying questing areas, but I really lost focus.
I made the decision to buy the quad pack prior to HD launching because I wanted to make a commitment that I would see this game's content. I started that journey about a week or so ago, whenever I started 'actively' posting here. Let me tell you, I have been thoroughly enjoying myself. I know this is several years late and some of the content has been revamped, including the class mechanics, but I just finished Moria and it was rather well done. I'm actually conflicted because there are soooo many more quests to do in there, but I'm exalted with both factions, already level 61, and my home of Mirkwood is calling my name.
I know it's easy to get caught up in what changes you dislike, how the game has moved away from what you enjoy, but as someone completely apart from all the 'drama' this game has taken in its changes I have to say it's a grand adventure. Other than having way too much backtracking, especially in the story quests, LotRO is the MMO equivalent of reading a really good book. It makes you want to live inside the world, visiting your favorite parts over and over.
While a lot of people will write this off as a 'LotRO is Fun' thread, I mean this more to be an outsiders experience. Perhaps some people have forgotten that they could feel this way about the game? Maybe you have taken time away and forgotten what it could be. Or maybe you really have done all there is to do. For me, my adventure has just started and I hope that I can be as steadfast as Sam and see it all to the end. There are many deeds and accomplishments, not to mention several festivals and lots of pie to eat ahead of me.
It's easy for a community to devour itself, which I do see happen on here a little, but maybe we could all remember that we're here for a reason. Whether it's the first time we ran through the Shire, when we looked out over Weathertop, when we had that sense of dread approaching Moria knowing the Watcher was in the lake (maybe we even swam through it trying not to pee our hobbit pants)....whatever it is...I promise you it is still there. A lot of changes, possibly for the worse, have happened by necessity to generate revenue but please don't get too caught up in that.
This sounds naïve, way too cheery (especially for me), but honestly I am very glad that the people still working at Turbine are trying to make our dream come true. I'm sure it's a struggle to balance what you want to do, what we ask you to do, and what the execs want to do to make money, but above all thank you for bringing this word to life. I know you have until 2017, but I hope to still be playing LotRO when we ring in a new decade.
To anyone reading this - feel free to blast me out of the water, feel free to say everything you hate about the game, or simply remember what you love even if it has passed you by. You may find that there is another adventure waiting for you just outside the door, if you could only remember how to put one foot on the road and let it carry you ever on. Not all who wander are lost...
What a lovely post, thank you so much Kitty