Seven Random Thoughts About LOTRO

#1 – I’m really appreciating going back through the lowbie experience with this updated version of LOTRO.  Lots more goodies — free ones at that — are terrific, but the rejuggling of skills has made the LM a breeze to level.  Plus, I feel like I’m getting free Turbine points like all the time.  At least once or twice a night, so far.

#2 – Uppercut is the BEST. SKILL. EVER.  Sure, it does piddly damage and only has a fraction of a chance to stun for a brief, interruptible period — but, dude, it’s you throwing a shoryuken! into the chin of every creature and person of Middle-earth.  You really haven’t experienced LOTRO if you haven’t thrown an uppercut into the jaw of a bear.  I’m not tired of doing it yet!

#3 – I don’t care what other people say, I like the character models — especially the hobbits.

#4 – I so wish you could solo your way through Book 2 a la the changes to Book 1 a couple patches back.  Having my progress stopped cold while I wait for available time and interested people collide is frustrating when all I want to do is experience the story.

#5 – I’m already itching to hear about the next patch — I know, I know, it’s pretty soon and we probably won’t be getting anything major with it.  Even so.

#6 – I have a new outfit look for my toon (see picture).  It’s one of the few “long robes” I’ve seen in the game thus far, and I look pretty cool fighting in it.  And don’t worry that it’s elf-made — I killed the elf wearing it and kept the robe as spoils of war.

#7 – Good leveling tip: When you hit 20, do the skirmish tutorial right away, followed by the first two skirmishes.  In about an hour, I went from 20-21, and then the next day went from 21-22 from doing both of them again.  It almost — almost — feels like cheating.

10 thoughts on “Seven Random Thoughts About LOTRO

  1. Dickie October 4, 2010 / 8:44 am

    Skirmishes are an awesome way to level, at any point. Once you hit 30 and start getting increased xp for them, they’re even better. I used them on my hunter whenever I’ve run into problems areas, or the quests in the area I want to be in are just a little too high. Take an evening and run all the dailies available to you and you’ll get at least one level an tons of marks for new armor/weapons and/or leveling up your soldier.

  2. Bex October 4, 2010 / 10:45 am

    #4 – It seems like that’s the direction that the devs are going for the epic questline. I don’t believe that there are any group quests after 2.8.6. They’ll most likely add Inspired Greatness to 2.4.7, 2.5.5 and 2.6.8 once the bulk of the population migrates out of Moria.

    The problem is that the material rewards for helping out with those quests are meager. It’s really only the good karma for helping out friends / kinmates / the community.

  3. Tesh October 4, 2010 / 11:54 am

    “Having my progress stopped cold while I wait for available time and interested people collide is frustrating when all I want to do is experience the story.”

    Ah, the perpetual problem with MMOs that still think enforced grouping is the way to design. I still love GW’s Heroes for this.

  4. mbp October 4, 2010 / 12:33 pm

    Are you mixing up books and volumes here Syp? I thought all the books of volume 1 are now soloable.

    Volume 2 does have a lot of group quests including a number of epic instances. Once you get to Mirkwood though it is all soloable except for a few optional epilogues. In fact they use skirmishes so you can choose your own difficulty.

  5. kaozz October 4, 2010 / 3:53 pm

    I got use to the models, a first they bothered me a bit. I don’t need super flashy models to like a game, I still love they models in Everquest.

    On #7.. I got stuck on the skirmish tutorial. Sort of bummed me out and haven’t played too much since 😦

  6. OrderedChaos October 4, 2010 / 9:12 pm

    Well, Turbine now has a handy “Try On” button for all costemtic items. You can try them on, and even see how they look with different Dyes before buying them.

    Skirmishes are nice for XP, but I am having an issue with money. There is not much money in them in the low 20’s. Does the money get better for them in later levels?
    I know I can get marks, to buy itmes, but I am talking about cash for buying skills at level up.

  7. Skro October 5, 2010 / 5:01 am

    I may respectfully disagree with your #2 thought

    #2 – Uppercut is the BEST. SKILL. EVER.

    The BEST. SKILL. EVER. is the warden’s Boot. Especially when you shout at the same time “This is Eriador!” when stomping your opponent’s face/chest/knees (depending you’re facing a goblin/orc/troll)…


  8. Padyndas October 6, 2010 / 8:58 am

    @Kaozz-What kind of problem did you have with the Skirmish tutorial. Just curious and thinking it might help.

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