LOTRO: Marching ever onward

I know I’ve taken the above photo of Underharrow before, but seriously, it’s one of my favorite places in LOTRO — even though we’re only there as players for a very brief time. It’s a good reminder of how much beauty and wonder there is in this game world, and why I love being in it.

Anyway, the past week saw more adventures further into Helm’s Deep on the legendary server. I forgot just how big and sprawling these Rohan expansions are. It’s not a bad thing, mind you, as the quests are generally engaging and not annoying, but I have to step hard on the desire to power through it quickly. I might consider, say, an afternoon marathon session one of these Saturdays, but mostly I just get a half-hour of LOTRO time a day and that’s it. I do try to make the best of it.

Another think I’ve loved about these two expansions is reuniting with the old Fellowship. I still think this is one of the best ideas the LOTRO writers had — to give the player their own regular companions that weave in and out of the epic story. It’s kind of sad that they don’t stick around forever, but for now, I’m glad to see Horn, Nona, and Elf-Dude.

Well, at least Horn and Nona.

Meanwhile over on the regular servers, I realized I hadn’t quite finished up the Great Wedding update. Specifically, I hadn’t done the feast instance that comes after the wedding. There’s no combat and very little in the way of quest objectives; mostly it’s about attending a big banquet and watching a whole lot of story beats.

Again, this update feels like it’s the coda to the entire MMO. There are great cameos, happy resolutions, running jokes, and the classic Fellowship enjoying a well-deserved moment of peace and joy. It was a great way to spend 45 minutes or so, and now that it’s done, I feel like… well, anything might be possible.

Of course, we do know where we are going next: up north to help the dwarves fight orcs or something. LOTRO’s prepping a mini-expansion for this fall that isn’t quite selling me on the urgency to buy — I’ve really had my fill of orcs at this point — but the boar mounts do look neat. I’m also not happy that we won’t be able to buy this with LP out of the gate, which I feel is a really nasty thing to do to players.

Anyway, I’m sure there will be tons to do on the current progression server, the regular server, and perhaps even the new progression shard. When the weather turns colder here in New York, I might settle in for a nice winter of LOTRO.

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