I’m hitting a really strange stretch with Lord of the Rings Online lately. I’ve felt my interest flagging for a couple of months now, which is understandable when you consider that I’ve been playing it fairly constantly for years now. No matter how much I like a game and am invested in it, sooner or later comes a need to take a break.
I’m not quite sure if I’m at the point of needing to step away entirely, but I’m certainly not on fire to play it. And as I wrote over at Massively OP, I’m kind of upset with SSG over how it is handling the new update. But honestly? Even if they gave it away for free, it doesn’t seem all that compelling, so I don’t feel like I’m missing out at all.
I don’t think I’m going to make a hard break away from the game, but rather give myself permission to downshift and just play when the feeling rises rather than on a daily basis. I still haven’t finished Helm’s Deep on the legendary server, since that’s like plowing through a wall hundreds and hundreds of quests, and no matter how much momentum you have going into it, eventually it’s going to slow you down. It would be nice to wrap it up before Gondor arrives, but you know what? Not the end of the world if I don’t.
What’s very strange to consider that if I drop LOTRO from my daily gaming diet, then all I’m left in the MMORPG space at the present is World of Warcraft. That isn’t intentional, but it is the spot on the journey that this year has taken me to. I do have a list that I maintain of other MMOs that I would like to get to if I’m starving for a different play experience, but at the present I’m having more than enough fun and occupied with plenty of goals in WoW that others aren’t as sorely needed.
Hopefully stepping back — but not away — from LOTRO will start refilling that interest meter, especially as the REAL expansion is slated for next spring. I’d love to have some genuine excitement for that, for sure.