Last night I hit level 95 in Lord of the Rings Online with plenty of the expansion pack left to go. This was mostly a non-event for me — new levels were nice, I suppose, but mostly right now because of extra trait points. Still, it’s my first character to 95, so I suppose that merits a polite round of golf claps.
I’m still going to do all of the quests, of course, since there’s at least nominal gear upgrades and other forms of XP and some currency to be gained. None of it is terribly exciting for me because LOTRO doesn’t do that great of a job making gear exciting. As far as I know, all of the truly great stuff is fully tucked away in dungeons with a few items being tossed to crafters to shut them up. But will I ever see a random drop that will be a huge upgrade? Will a second or first age legendary item appear on an average mob? Nope.
The LI thing particularly peeves me. I’m just never sure how Turbine intends for us to pursue better LIs. I haven’t found a vendor in western Rohan that will barter even third-agers for the tokens you get from quests, nevermind a second-age. I know crafters can make second-age weapons, and I’m betting first-agers are the sole dominion of raids. Of course, who knows what’s going on these days since Helm’s Deep eschewed new instances for a big battle system that only rewards jewelry (worst… rewards… ever).
Actually, now that I look it up, Lotro-Wiki says “After level 64, the only way to get a Second or First Age legendary item is through crafting or PvMP.” That seems… short-sighted.
So I try my hardest to pretend that second and first age weapons don’t exist. In truth, I don’t really need them to get through any of the PvE questing content. My Captain is a Terminator, practically unstoppable in healing mode and wielding an axe-and-board.
I guess I could start crafting with her from scratch. Lord knows I have the gold to spare. It just rankles that there are so few avenues to get a good second-age weapon (and I never see them on the auction house).
Man I wish LOTRO would just get rid of legendary items altogether and move back to traditional gear.