I know I tend to do this on wednesday but work kept getting in the way and I prefered to wait a little instead of rushing something.
So last week things went as they went in our current age, with me leveling up slowly to 46, becoming a hero of Aughaire and honorary hobbit barbarian of the tribe. I was promised I could pick a woman as my wife but I ran away when it looked like she wanted to eat me… in a stew, with the bones of her fallen enemies and the blood of the innocent. So yeah, great people to fight Angmar with but I don’t think It will become a resort destination.
This week I want to address something I’ve heard often about Lord of the ring online. A lot of people who have tried it have walked away from it between level 20 and 30 and most of them have pointed out the same thing,
“All you do is kill goblins, wolf and spiders all the time… it’s boring!”
True! You know what I’m doing at level 46? killing goblins! You know what I will be doing in Moria? Killing goblins. In Mirkwood? Spiders!!
So why is this a bad thing? Why do you find it so boring? Because you’re playing a MMO like you are playing Diablo. You are after loot, crazy monsters and big spells. It’s not wrong and it’s very enjoyable but it’s not what Lotro is about. Lotro is about living in the Third Age and experiencing it. That’s what a MMO is!!! I hear some people shout.
Wrong… or rather it’s what MMOs are advertised to be. A lot of them and I’m looking at WoW in particular here are first games and then experiences. WoW is interested in providing fun mechanics and rewards in form of loot and monsters, the “living in the world” comes second. What makes it different from Diablo is that you are doing it in a persistent world with millions of others.
Lotro offers you living in Tolkien’s world as its own reward. That means that walking forever in the brown of Lone lands should be fun and rewarding for you. It means that killing goblins all over the place should be great because that’s what it’s all about. Living the at the end of the Third age when Sauron is trying to destroy the free people of the world. This is what the games offer before loot and monsters.
There’s no right or wrong way to enjoy a game here but if you are more interested in WoW style of gaming then Lotro will not be for you. You will play up to 20 or 30 and then decides that killing goblins is only fun for so long before you go look somewhere else. But if you think experiencing Tolkien world can be fun, do take the time to enjoy it and don’t simply rush through everything. You don’t have to be max level to experience the best of Tolkien here.