I’m in a weird spot when it comes to Lord of the Rings Online these days. My desire to alt it up has simmered down, leaving me to focus on my Captain’s journey through Wildermore. I don’t know whether it’s the game’s long, long loading times or the zone itself, but I haven’t been too on fire for what I’ve seen.
Wildermore is a nice addition. A solid addition. A straight-B student who does the AV club and has a plain but funny date to the prom. But it’s not blowing my skirt up, gentlemen. I think that this is partially due to the fact that going into the zone I’m at the level cap and have little to gain other than a little LI and steed XP. It’s something to *do*, all right, but every time I log in I’ll spend a half-hour going through the motions and then logging out feeling as though I ate a bag of rice cakes. I remember chewing, but my stomach doesn’t feel full at all.
It feels lonely in the zone, for some reason. Enedwaith and the Great River — the last couple “intermission” zones released between expansions — were hotbeds of player activity in the past. Yet I hardly see or hear other players in my journey.
The storyline is neat, I suppose. It’s got a big foe — this ice giant guy who’s causing it to be forever winter and never Christmas — and a mystery surrounding the whole thing. Then there’s the intertwining elements of your personal story, where your fellowship is starting to come back together after being somewhat fractured at the end of the previous book. I am starting to roll my eyes a lot at the will-they-or-won’t-they romance of Horn and Nona. Either kiss or shut up, is my opinion. Stop these moony eyes and flowery words and passive-aggressive moves.
It’s stranger because my mom insists that her grandkids all call her “Nona”, so I keep thinking of this character as an elderly grandmother.
To continue my somewhat negative tone here, I’m starting to get worried for Helm’s Deep. Apart from the initial announcement, Turbine’s been pretty mum on the next expansion. This is very strange considering that in the past two years, by July we’re hip-deep in pre-orders, previews, and beta testing. My guess is that it’s taking longer than normal to develop and we’ll probably see it pushed to late winter or early 2014.
Anyway, I know that this is how it goes with LOTRO and me. Sometimes I’m on fire for it, sometimes I’m cooling my heels on the whole thing. I just hope that the class revamp, housing revamp, and expansion do a lot to reignite my passion.