As I write this, the heavens are pouring down rain and the lighting scheme in my office is something akin to “serial killer cavern.” It’s a dark and gloomy day, is what I’m trying to say. But oddly enough, it’s a good day, a GREAT day. Why? Because when I go home tonight, I have a brand-new Lord of the Rings Online expansion to explore: Rise of Isengard.
I’ve actually refrained from touching LOTRO for a good week or so now. I tend to do that right before game expansions, because I like to build up the anticipation some more as well as have a break so that my batteries are fully charged. I did log in last night to make a new outfit for my Lore-master and buy him some consumables, but that was it. I’m ready.
My excitement isn’t exactly bubbling over, it’s just at an elevated rate. I really do wish there was something I was so eager to see or do or experience that I’ll be rushing at like a newly opened theme park ride. Instead, this all feels like a solid addition that will be filling in the long run.
I’m looking forward to tonight’s excursion, because expansions always bring out friends and kinnies in droves. General chat channel talk spikes up as well, as everyone wants to share their experiences with others.
My plan is to approach this expansion with a laid-back, steady sense of exploration. It’s cool that there are two “starter” towns for Dunland to both give players choice and spread out the populace somewhat. This may be defeated by the fact that the westernly one is a bit more off the beaten track than the eastern one.
After a long, long wait, players can progress their characters upward and onward: ten new levels, 2 more ranks per virtue, new skills, better armor, etc. I’m not thrilled about having to level up 12 virtue ranks, but I won’t be in much of a rush to do it anyway. Instead, I’m more interested in seeing how my character functions with the class tweaks, and to be hunting down all of the new armor designs for my outfits. I’m going to have to keep an eye out for the next tier of legendary items, too. And crafting! Oh, the crafting!
In short, not going to be bored any time soon.
So happy expansion day to my fellow LOTRO players! Enjoy and see you in game!