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MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 04/24/07)  | Pub:Daybreak Games
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New Beta Player Journals

Posted by Dana Massey on Oct 06, 2006  | Comments

New Beta Player Journals - Lord of the Rings Online - MMORPG.com

Turbine often features journals from real beta testers on their official website. Today is no different.

After Archet burned, I didn't stick around to help with the cleanup. I went directly to The Shire to begin exploring. I found that even as a low level Hobbit Burglar, I could safely wander just about any where I wanted as long as I stayed on the roads. Now mind you, if I saw a wolf just off my right side, I veered off the road a little to the left side J. Of course there was no way I was going to actually STAY on the roads, but it was nice to know I could get from point A to point B by myself if I wanted. But, let me tell you every foot of the way there is something alluring just off the path in just about every direction. As a chicken burglar, err, Hobbit Burglar, I could sneak around the beasties and thugs with a little effort. So I adventured off the roads often, and I had countless opportunities to engage in battle if I chose.

I don't want to boast, but I have a Widescreen LCD monitor and 5.1 surround sound, and let me tell you I was immersed. The sound cues of birds and animals all around me in the woods are fantastic. I could hear a gentle breeze blowing as an occasional leaf or two fell from the trees. I can't believe the diversity of the NPCs. As I trotted along I would see workers on the roof of a shop making repairs, people sitting under a tree picnicking, and I came across an Inn where there were 3 minstrels performing on an outdoor stage while others danced. There were big tables with food, and people eating, drinking (pints), talking, and laughing, and there was even one guy passed out at the table hugging his pint. The amazing thing was that none of these people were anywhere near any of the major Points of Interest.

You can read the whole journal here.

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