I played LoTRO in closed beta and thought it looked like it was shaping up to be a fine game. We talked about buying it on release, but then we didn't, which was just as well, since our lives have changed greatly since then. It would have been a waste of money while we were fixing up our old house, selling it, moving, fixing up the new house, looking for new jobs and working on getting the doors of our new family business open.
Things are still pretty crazy, but we now have a little recreational time in the evenings, so I thought it would be a good time to ask my husband if he wanted to give the trial a good run for a week. He hasn't played it before in any form, so he agreed to give it a try.
We're having fun. I think it has some of the plusses of World of Warcraft, in terms of being able to do something in short play sessions, plus having a lot of small achievements along the way so that you always feel like you've made some sort of progress, whether it is finishing deeds or quests or whatever. What I don't know, from playing now or from playing before, is whether or not it still plays the same later in the game. Most of the people we've met so far have been friendly and helpful, so I'd give the community on Brandywine server a thumbs up, at least at the low levels where I've been. I like the Middle Earth setting, myself.
I am seriously thinking about getting the game as our Christmas present to each other. The special holiday pricing ($9.99 if you subscribe for 3 months at a time) seems like a good deal, anyway, and I can see myself playing this for a while.
Of course, we got each other WoW for Christmas when it was released, and that only lasted 6 months. Who knows?
I am about to go play some more. He's down in the shop and nothing is going on down there right now. I'm at home with kids. It seems like a good time.
I am snacking on Hostess Holiday Fruitcake with strong, bitter coffee. I don't know anyone else who eats fruitcake on purpose. I love the bitter and sweet contrast though, like this, or one of those overly sweet doughnuts from Dunkin' Donuts along with their coffee sans sugar.
(And now for the obvious joke: "You are what you eat...")