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LOTRO: Revisiting many old friends

If you were to create a pie chart of Bio Break posts, probably a good-sized slice would be “Syp no like elfies” and more than half of it would be “Syp can’t settle on what he wants to play in a given game.” It always comes up as a factor because (a) alts are almost inevitable when you’ve been playing a game for a while and (b) MMOs take up so much time that it gets impractical to pursue too many alts. And it comes up far more with older games that I return to, because of all of the accumulated characters.

I’ve been sussing this out in Lord of the Rings Online, because I have nothing BUT leveling options over there. The first is my Lore-master, who is the furthest along and most well-developed in terms of her character build. Unfortunately, she’s not consistently fun to play — very fiddly to fight with and not as powerful as she used to be in lower levels. I end up dying with her a lot, and that gets frustrating. But then she has pets, which I love, and a really cool theme. So I don’t see supplanting her as my main.

A dark horse — dark bear? — candidate is my Beorning on Treebeard. It’s actually been a lot of fun to play, and I like the potential tankiness and all-around maulings. The drawbacks to this one is that you’re staring at a blobby bear butt instead of awesome cosmetics all the time, that it’s super-time-locked due to the progression server, and that I have so much content ahead to re-climb. It’s probably going to end up as a column over at MOP and that’s that.

Then there’s my level 118 Minstrel, who needs to go through the epic, Minas Morgul, and War of Three Peaks. It’s another mountain to climb, sure, but not insurmountable. I like the Minnie playstyle and her toolkit. But I have the weakest attachment to her and no huge compelling reason to pick her over my older characters.

I’ve been fiddling more with my Cappy as a side project. She used to be my main for so very long, and I regret not keeping her up to spec. I love having a super-tough and versatile class, but she’s got a long road ahead of her, as she hasn’t even entered Mordor yet. Still, might be something fun to do now and then.

But no matter what I go with, I’ve been having a genuinely good time in LOTRO this past month. It’s been mentally helpful as a transition away from WoW Classic, and I’m still in that honeymoon phase of re-loving all of the stuff that I loved before.

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