Shamus Plays: LOTRO, Part 6

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Shamus Young:

samsonguy920:
Being a devoted fan of the books, I just don't think I can get into the game, with the inevitable differences that are already obviously in there; but following this series is entertaining at least. I am loving the scenery though. Makes World of Warcraft look very dated for once.
All that action in Archet though is giving me horrible flashbacks of going through Tortage in Age of Conan. Twenty levels of being a prisoner in one town is not fun. Hopefully you didn't have to go through that much time in Archet, Shamus.

Like others have said, it's about an hour or so to get through the tutorial, depending on how much you read and if you go after the side quests.

As a fan of the books, the compromises are kind of crazy, but I find it's worth it just to be able to tour Middle Earth. You can see the Gaffer working his vegetables. Visit Bag End. The Green Dragon. Meet Butterbur. Weathertop. Michael Delving. Old Forest. Bombadil. Etc.

Ditto this- part of the reason I began to play was to see The Shire, Frodo, Gimli, et al.

After having played for a bit, then it becomes more to MOCK Frodo, Sam, Pippin, et al. :)

You are now in this far enough to the point where you have to at least save Bill the Pony.

ReverseEngineered:
I also wondered, why did I agree to this? It seems to be a common sentiment among MMORPGs. They inevitably contain a few ridiculous quests, so unlikely and illogical that you imagine the developers /must/ have meant it as a satire.

Actually, I take that back, *most* of the quests are ridiculous. That somebody needs you to kill 20 pigs, or fetch 15 spider galls (which apparently only 1 in 10 spiders have), or bring back 10 tusks for their hood ornament, really kills the whole "I'm being a hero instead of a wage slave" feeling of video games. Are we really pretending to be working a monotonous, laborious job for minimum wage? That was bad enough for the other 8 hours a day that I did it, and at least in real life, it means I can eat!

That's the biggest reason I stopped playing MMORPGs: they took all the fun out of fantasy. It was as though the game wasn't there to be fun or entertaining, but merely to keep you busy so that the developers could siphon $20/month out of you for the rest of eternity. And you were doing their chores. Their *virtual* chores.

But this whole series makes great fun out of that idea and I'm loving it to bits. Keep up the great work!

I'm playing the free trial of LOTRO right now and I just can't get over how mundane the Shire quests are.

"I mean seriously? I have to escort a stupid pig back to it farm? Now I have to deliver mail?

Sweet, I finally get to do some dungeon crawling! What the hell? I just got killed in the first chamber! Oh, I see I have to get other people to help me."

Thats how they get you with MMOs, they promise you great adventures, but all of the quests that are worth doing, you have to be in a group or at a super high level (which I am not). The only quests you can do by yourself are the extremely boring ones (i.e. protecting the farmers pig, protecting the beekeeper's bees, delivering mail, kill 10 wolves/spiders/toads/slugs/shrews/bears/goblinsAAAAAAUUUHHHGGGG WHEN DO I GET TO DO SOMETHING MEANINGFUL!!!!!).

Interrogating with pastries and now stealing snotty pieces of cloth from old people!? What sick, cruel minds could come up with this stuff?

matrix3509:

Thats how they get you with MMOs, they promise you great adventures, but all of the quests that are worth doing, you have to be in a group or at a super high level (which I am not). The only quests you can do by yourself are the extremely boring ones (i.e. protecting the farmers pig, protecting the beekeeper's bees, delivering mail, kill 10 wolves/spiders/toads/slugs/shrews/bears/goblinsAAAAAAUUUHHHGGGG WHEN DO I GET TO DO SOMETHING MEANINGFUL!!!!!).

Matrix, you might want to roll something other than a hobbit for your first character then. The Shire newbie area is deliberately "mundane" to accentuate the security and lack of strife in that region of Middle Earth at the moment. They are worried about pies when the rest of the world is worried about being eaten by orcs. Get it?

The Dwarf, Human, Elf zones are much more fraught with "meaningful" violence from the early levels on. If you simply *must* play your warrior hobbit, just hang in there. You'll be immersed in violence soon enough (and get to witness the insanity of your three foot hobbit going one on one with twelve foot trolls)...

DeadlyYellow:
I almost choked when I read how the guy feared wild animals dishonouring the corpses of their men. Shows where my mind's at.

That means the animals might try to eat them you perv :P

14 karat snot incrusted family crudenza hankey.

we salute thee Mudbrick...

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