I was up for a good part of last night with stomach issues, and as such had plenty of time to let my mind wander. I started thinking about that common hypothetical — “If you could live in a place in an MMO, where would it be?” And while my first instinct was LOTRO’s Shire, the more I thought about it the more I got freaked out by the notion.
Might’ve just been the stomachache, tho.
As beautiful and pastoral as the Shire is, I think existing there would be a nightmare on the level we can’t even begin to imagine. For starters, the law enforcement consists of perhaps 20 plucky Bounders spread out all over the zone, while there are two significant camps of Dwarf and Man bandits. The law can’t or won’t deal with these groups, so it’d be like living with established gangs in your back yard.
Then I considered the wildlife. Aw, shrews, we can give them a pass. But what if your neighborhood had roving packs of vicious wolves, giant mutant slugs (with teeth), mega-mosquitos, irritated boars, and of course BEARS out the wazoo. Oh, and super-big spiders that perhaps habitat your workplace. The NPC populace of LOTRO is indeed fortunate that the animals mostly stay put because if this was reality, they’d be overrun with deadly beast attacks and probably have to barricade themselves into their homes. I’m not going to raise a family where a roving ursine might decide that a toddler sounds like a good midday snack.
I’m not even sold on the idea of living among Hobbits. Height similarities aside, while they’re charming to visit, Hobbits are woefully naive, surprisingly petty, and seemingly incapable of handling any serious life crisis.
I dunno. Maybe it wouldn’t be that bad. At least the only elves in the zone are passing through. Give me giant mutant slugs any day of the week over those pointy-eared jerks.