Boy did last week’s Lord of the Rings Online update come at a great time for me. With the servers seeming to settle down, we finally got the big Rohan patch that we’d been anticipating — the one with both Rohan housing and the Helm’s Deep unlock for progression servers. That meant that my Hobbit was off the leash again and racing ahead to work through a huge mountain of content.
But before I adventure through western Rohan and toward the Hornburg, I made it my priority to move out of my old Hobbit house and into a huge new Rohan estate. I thought that 4700 LOTRO points was more than enough to buy any house I wanted, but I guess I underestimated how expensive these “premium” houses were going to be.
I ended up with the most basic one, but even that one was absolutely huge in comparison to regular houses. I went with the neighborhood that was on the plains for that wide-open feel, getting a nice house with two main rooms, a basement, and an upstairs; a barn with a main floor and upstairs; a stable to put all of my goat mounts; and a hilariously huge yard that’s far bigger than I’ll ever need.
Moving into this new house was, in several ways, a lot like moving in real life. It was some annoying time of packing up the old place and saying farewell to the now-bare rooms. Then there was hauling everything into the new place and trying to find spots for decorations and furniture while acknowledging that I’ll probably rearrange everything later.
That said, after an hour or so, I started to get a feel for what I wanted to do with the estate:
- Main Floor room #1: reception room with big trophies
- Main Floor room #2: kitchen
- Basement: all the Halloween stuff
- Upstairs: cozy bedroom and living space
- Barn: all the Christmas stuff
I’m going to need to get a lot more stuff to flesh out these rooms, but I’m in no rush. This is my progression server character who is only 85, so I wanted a place that she could grow into over time and put the accumulated stuff that she discovered in her adventures.
I do absolutely love the new ambiance vendor and all of the assorted toys that we can play with in our new (and old) homes. The lighting options are tremendously fun, although not quite as pronounced as, say, WildStar’s was. Still, I’m glad to have them, and I like making some of my rooms look like they have flickering fire going on. And then there are tons of fun options, like bat colonies, rainbows, falling water, mists, and even the ability to put cosmetic pets in the place — although you have to pay premium currency for that (boo).
But overall, I’m so happy to finally see Rohan housing added to the game, and I think this may well be the best housing update we’ve ever gotten since the original one.