If you've read my previous blog post, I have been posted on my side mmorpg Mythos. So, I thought I would do a few blogs about my most played, and main MMORPG. Lord Of The Rings Online. I have played this game for over two years, and found myself cherishing every moment I have played. LOTRO is Free to Play, you can upgrade to VIP(Subscription), and also Premium, (One time payment through the LOTRO store). One of then eat things in LOTRO that I have found the most admiring of the game was the Story Line, and the Questing. I've played a lot of mmorpgs in my time of gaming, and I've always found the quests dull, and I don't eve read the texts it's like... Oh, quest? Accept. With Lotro, I read the quest text and immerse myself into the game. So, it really never too boring to the point where I fill the grind of questing kick in. (Of course, there is some grind like in all mmorpgs). For the most part, well 99% of the game I have literally enjoyed playing, that 1% percent being the grind, but you can't have it all right?
I currently play a Hobbit Burglar and enjoying myself far too much. I've always enjoyed the sneaky classes. Going around in stealth, preying on your next victim, or trying to sneak your way out of some mobs. All fun and games I say. Back to the questing, I enjoy it because they are some what challenging, so what easy, and a mix. There are of course quests that want you to go from point A to point B, but who cares? Every game has that type of quests. I've played this game for 10 hours once, and I quested, and quested, did some instances, and found myself still enjoying it, even after that long of a time. I eventually passed out, and when I awoke I logged back in. So, when reading this, you might ask yourself, what keeps you wanting to play this long? Well, to tell you the truth, it's all about the community. LOTRO has a very nice, calm community, well... On my server at least. Which is Brandywine. My kin has kept me going for the two years. (Yes, I have been with the same Kinship for two years), if you do not know what A kinship is, think of it as a guild. I have met some awesome people, and some close friends in this Kin. That plays probably the biggest role in why I play LOTRO so much.
The community in general is extremely relaxed, and helpful. When I first started playing, I always found myself asking questions about the Free to Play system, questing, items, etc. The community seemed to always have an answer, and the correct one at that. Of course, here and there you will have your trolls, jerks, and people who don't even care. Every game has them, we just move along. It's really easy to find groups for the harder quest, the popular for my server is rather big, in the lower and higher levels. It's never hard to get some help. It always been a big factor when I try to find a good game is the community, and this struck gold for me. The only other game that came close to the nice/warm factor of the community is City Of Heroes. It's very soothing to have a community this nice to play with. That's that about the community for now.
The gameplay I have been amazed with so far, is awesome. I don't find myself bored while grind, well... Until a certain point. I like the way it all works out, the death system is even cool. I don't like dying of course. I found myself when I grouped for instances, or hard quests, coordination was involved. We couldn't go all Leeroy Jenkins style, and boss it out, we would all die, and have to do it all over again. In a random group, I found myself taking the leader role, telling everyone what to do, and where to go, it took about 15 minutes of planning, but it was well worth it, we got it done, smooth and clean. The game has a lot to offer, early, and later in the game. You will truly find yourself entertained. I have found myself entertained like I said before for two years. If you have any questions about the Free to Play system, here is the official website for all the information you need. http://www.lotro.com/free.php? For people who do not think you can earn everything through the game. It would be a hard and long process, but you CAN do it. A buddy of mine has unlocked the expansions, Moria, and all the quests packs, and mounts, and the gold cap by getting everything through the game. Yes, he does have a life.
If you wish to game with me, or even ask questions, feel free to add me on the Brandywine Server, IGN: Araragi, Chauster, or Believer. One of those three I am constantly online with. Also post a comment if you have any questions, or just a comment. Keep them clean of flame please. Like to keep this blog as clean as possible. Thanks!