LOTRO: Fine, Mordor, you win

Dear Future Syp,

No doubt you’re reading this because you’ve decided to come back to Lord of the Rings Online after another extended absence, perhaps because some shiny new content has released, and perhaps because LOTRO is like an old girlfriend you can’t quite get out of your head. It’s part of your MMO marrow, and I understand that.

You’re probably checking out this post because whenever you come back to an old MMO, you’re curious about your most recent adventures, where you left off, and why you took a break. I think I can answer most of that for you.

You just about got through the entirety of the base Mordor expansion, although your time, attention, and interest started to flag in the final zone. In fact, you never quite finished up the last zone, choosing instead to focus on the Black Book of Mordor epic storyline — and even that you left undone, with three or so chapters to go. It shouldn’t be too bad.

So why did you leave? Because LOTRO just wore you down. No, to be fair, it was Mordor in particular that wore you down. The slow progress. The omnipresent gloomy atmosphere. Those public dungeons that took just about forever to do. The lack of any exciting new carrots to chase. You couldn’t even be bothered with the new allegiance system, and the more aggressive lockboxes didn’t help any.

Mordor just wasn’t thrilling for you. It wasn’t eye candy, and in the absence of a welcoming and enjoyable environment, story is all that’s left. And while there were highlights, it wasn’t as memorable as it should have been.

Plus, there was that weird feeling like you were playing in the game’s extended epilogue now that the ring had been destroyed. Sure, you knew that there were things to be done, places to go, and fights to be had, but it all felt downhill. You understand that? Sure you do.

Best of luck with your quests, future Syp. I know you want to see this game through and that you might regret the time you took off that you could have put to use. But quite frankly, you needed the break or else you would have seriously started to resent the game. Mordor ended up being Moria Part II with its oppressiveness, and just like everyone needed to get out of Moria, you needed to get out of Mordor.

Say hi to your Lore-master for me and give your bog-guardian a pet on the head. He was a loyal fellow for having followed you so far.

Sincerely,

February 2018 Syp

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2 thoughts on “LOTRO: Fine, Mordor, you win

  1. baldwinp February 15, 2018 / 9:36 am

    Like the GMs that glory in character deaths, I feel like you just made a couple of developers’ day.
    See you in Mirkwood?

  2. Yeebo February 15, 2018 / 2:38 pm

    I’ve recently started playing LoTRO again, and I’ve been having a lot of fun. Of course that’s likely because my highest level character is 86 and has all of the Helm’s Deep and Gondor content in front of her, I really hope that Northern Mirkwood is a viable alternative to Mordor by the time I get up that high. From much that I’ve read, it really seems like the current game kind of falls on it’s face once you get done with Gondor.

    Even the last tier of the crafting system looks borked to me on paper. You don’t actually make gear, you make placeholders that you fill out with bits and bobs from some insanely grindy new system they added at some point (at least that’s what is sounds like from what I’ve read).

    Regardless, I still have a lot of fun in front of me. Especially given that I’m not even playing my main that much so far.

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