Big day, yesterday, for us LOTRO folk. After a two-day delay, Turbine launched Helm’s Deep and with it the second half of Rohan, the epic battle system, and the biggest overhaul of classes the game’s seen to date.
I felt that this was the best time for a change of scenery in more ways than one. On Tuesday, I said goodbye to my kinship, The Council of the Secret Fire. No big drama or fallout or anything, it’s just that over the past year, I realized that I didn’t know most anyone in the kin as my friends had left, and it wasn’t quite as active as I’d like. I figured that it was time for a fresh perspective with a new kin, especially as I headed into the expansion.
So I applied and got accepted into The Lonely Mountain Band, as they have a pretty good reputation on Landroval for friendliness and organized group activities (they’re the folks that put on Ales and Tales and Weatherstock). The application and interview process was a little longer than I normally care for, but if it pays off with a great kin, then it was worth it. So far, everyone’s been welcoming and the chat was absolutely bustling last night as regulars, returners, and new folk heeded the expansion’s siren’s call.
I’m formulating my first impressions of the expansion for a piece on Massively, so suffice to say that the combination of new kin, new lands, and class overhaul have gone a long way to making LOTRO feel fresh and exciting once more. I honestly didn’t want to log off — Rohan is drop-dead gorgeous and I didn’t get that much time to test-drive my new class builds.
Sometimes when you’ve been in a rut so long that you don’t realize you’re in a rut, you have to take bold steps to freshen things up and get a new perspective.