Did my first Skirmish today. Did my first instance run yesterday. Having a nice Kin to group with and learn stuff is very beneficial. I didn't know my minstrel is the main healer, well sort of known it, but didn't experience healing in a fellowship until yesterday. Good thing there were a couple of RKs there to help heal too, I think.
Still, it was very hectic. Great thing dying wasn't a pain at all. Just retreat, and run back to fellowship asap.
Skirmishes are really exciting. Did one with two others in my kin. Then did another with two other kinsmen, but higher levels so all the monsters were read. Last one I did was with a full group. That really captures the feel of a big battle. Most of the skirmishes I did was the Gondamon one. Did one in Tuckborough, but that had a different feel. Also very intense, but it wasn't a 'defend the castle' feel.
Have to learn how to train and slot my soldier. Still haven't figured out how to customize him though.
The Summer Festival is a good break from the game. Ran around a LOT, but it provided a great opportunity for exploration, fishing, and drinking. Drank till my Hobbit muddled his wits (and beyond to the 'Wha...Wait..Where? ..What?' stage). Went fishing in various locales.
Got my Sunshine title. Now just need Lucky Duck, =_= but haven't won a single Hobbit race bet. Need to save a lot of Marks to redeem for the two Summer steeds. Got 4 racing marks, ugh, before I looked at the npc to see I only needed 1 for each horse + 20 summer marks.
Before this, I was mostly confined to the Shire and Bree. I only just made my way into the Barrows and was grinding away the deeds. Went to the Forsaken Inn once. But now, because of the Inn League quests to deliver wine, beer, ale to various people, I've been to Thorin's Hall, Celondim, Duillond, Lone Land, and even Rivendell.
The mobs at Rivendell are scary though, and I only made it through after a death from the Mountain Drakes whom I agroed while runing away from pesky hiding wolves that knocked me off my pony. Overall, I'm still a noob to this game, and there are tons of places I have to explore. But, at the moment, I'm just enjoying the scenary, the events, and battles.
Next goal is to get a house. A delux one for all the fishing trophy and Summer Festival decorations I earned.
I'm really glad to have found a good Kin. It was fun and relaxing to solo my way through 20ish levels, and I could do that all the way to 65 (yeah right), but it's challenging and exciing to do things with a group of people. Plus, the exp gain is insanely fast with the 50% bonus exp weekend + my 25% exp stone!