Welcome back to LOTRO!
Originally Posted by Chlyo
1. I am on Withywindle so I cant help you out kinship (LOTRO guild) wise, but I can help you out about communication on a global scale.
First of all, you will not see very many people in any starter zone because there is only one for each race, therefore you will only see about 1/4 of all characters created at the beginning.
To get your global communication, you will need to join a global channel. It is GLFF for your server I believe so do /join channel GLFF to enter it. There you will see all the chat and spam you could ask for . Regional channels are rarely used.
2. About the game being easier than before, it is. There was a large drop in difficulty when the last expansion was released and most classes are still op. Turbine is slowly moving the difficulty scale back up however, and there are areas of the game where you will find it very hard.
3. The cap is 95 right now and will soon be 100 in a few weeks.
My personal advice to anyone starting LOTRO is to always read the quest text. The devs spent a lot of time on it and it really makes a good story.
Good luck and have fun in Middle Earth!
Withywindle characters-Caesaran (warden), Dernudan (Lore master)
Brandywine characters- Dernudan (champion), Denthur (guardian), Delphinianic(captain)