I’m stuck in the Twilight Zone, again.
One of my least-favorite zones in LOTRO, from both two years ago and now, is the Lone-Lands. Sure, the sight of Weathertop is cool and all that, but the rest of the place is pure blah, the epic story forgettable, and the quests endless. And I’ve been stuck here for well over three weeks now.
Have you ever experienced this in MMOs? I don’t have a better term for it other than calling it the Twilight Zone, but that’s my own creation. It’s when you find yourself stuck in a zone for a seemingly endless amount of days, for one or more of the following reasons:
- You haven’t leveled up high enough to progress to the next (higher level) zone
- You haven’t finished all the quests and you’re a completionist
- There are big goals you have yet to accomplish there, some that necessitate groups that you can never find
That’s me. That’s Lone-Lands. Admittedly, the past week or so I haven’t been able to log on much, mostly because there’s a little 7-pound person in my house that craves cuddling, but when I do it’s an endless limbo of repeated events: run around doing solo quests, slowly work toward virtues, and wistfully watch the LFF channel to see if a GA group might start up (when you have a kid in the lap, it’s not the best idea to be the person to volunteer and lead it).
I want to move on. I know that North Downs is next, and I’m equally unexcited about that zone too, but after that comes content I’ve never experienced in LOTRO up to this point (my previous character 2 years ago was level 32, and my LM now is 27). I can’t wait to hit Moria content and start fiddling with leveling up legendary items. I really, really want to work on my Warden/Minstrel/Rune-Keeper/Captain alts, but I’ll feel guilty if I don’t get this guy up to the level cap first in order to group with my kinship more often.
And so I’m stuck in the Twilight Zone, putzing around without enough energy to punch through the wall and move on to greater things. Hang in there, I keep telling myself. Even Frodo had to grind out six levels before leaving the place, and that was only due to medical disability.