There’s nothing Tolkien that I don’t love, and that includes the popular online F2P RPG, Lord of the Rings Online. What’s not to love? The graphics are awesome, the storyline and characters are intriguing, and the fantasy setting is my absolute favorite genre. It’s rated T for Teen for the typical MMORPG features, like blood, violence, and booze. In fact, the only author that comes close is Terry Pratchett, but I digress.
When I heard that you can get Lord of the Rings Online at Steam (at a limited rate of 50% off!) it made me want to play even more. I mean, it's the perfect juxtaposition of fantasy book, epic graphics, and interactive video game. Steam will bring in a lot more people which will also mean a lot more interaction between characters. I can’t wait! In the meantime here are the top three things I really enjoy about LOTRO.
Yes, I am a girl. Yes, I like the fluff. But so do guys! A friend of mine in WoW saved up for the motorcycle and helicopter. Really? A helicopter? I’d much rather have the LOTRO pony that shoots sparklers out its butt, thank you very much.
Usually I hate PvP. In other games, whether graphics-heavy MMORPGs or completely text-based MUDs
, I am a pacifist. You can find me hugging trees or healing knights and staying far away from the front lines of battle. Even my stealthy thief stays hidden 80% of the time he’s in the game. But in LOTRO the PvP is more strategic. I was playing as early as level 10! And I was actually enjoying myself. For once it was less about winning and losing, and more about kicking back and finding amusement in the game.
The Pie Quests
My favorite is the spoiled pie
quest, featured here. First, you have to deliver Lobelia’s Pie, and it rewards you with loot. The plot for the quest is that Holly Hornblower of Hobbiton accidentally baked a pie using spoiled berries. Oh noes! Can you find the bad pie and bring it back to her? Sure, because Gerd Whitfoot of Bywater happens to have one of them. Here’s what Gerd has to say about it:
'Ah, so you're back. And you're here about the pie, aren't you? I thought so! I knew something was wrong with the pie when you brought it by.
'Bad berries, right? Don't be so surprised. I've eaten more than enough pies in my life to know when something is off in one of them! Holly probably got her berries from the Rushock Bog, and they've been having more than a few problems with the berries lately.
'Anyway, go ahead and take the pie back to Holly. And tell the poor thing not to rush about getting me another. I'll tell the guests I ate the last one, and they'll just have to wait for another! Holly's home is just north of the Hobbiton main square.'
If a hungry hobbit (The little guys eat six or seven meals a day!) gets a whiff of it then you could be done for, but overall the quest is VERY easy, and best of all fun. By far it’s my favorite quest.
I really, really love pie. But not as much as my friend Wivylma in Achaea, one of the popular MUDs
produced by Iron Realms Entertainment. She saved up her credits (a type of in-game currency attainable through games and contents or purchasable with both in-game gold or real live cash) and bought a custom pie that’s not only unique to the game, but also resets to her character no matter how many times it’s eaten. Now that’s what I call fluff!