Thanks to the recent LOTRO producer’s letter, I got a huge mental boost of goodwill and excitement toward the game. Yet I feel like I’ve been dragging my heels in Gundabad for months now, not making much progress and not feeling very motivated to do so. A change of pace was needed, so for the first time this year, I returned to my Minstrel on the Treebeard progression server.
In a mild stroke of personal irony, when last I left her, Moria was about ready to launch and I had pushed hard to get her ready for it. Then it unlocked right as I bailed. So now I’m coming back halfway into this six-month expansion period — behind the crowd but with more than enough time to catch up before the goalposts are moved again.
It’s been absolutely fantastic coming back to Treebeard, and I spent all last week excited for the next time I could log into the game. Reconnecting with this character was nice, but nicer still was seeing that my kinship was still incredibly active, chatty, and running content all over the place. One of the reasons I want to catch up is being able to join in more group activities, and that’s going to keep me invested.
Of course, when you come back to a character it’s TRADITION to make a new outfit. I challenged myself to put together a look that was different than normal for me, and I ended up with this feathery waistcoat concoction. You can’t see it from this angle, but she’s also sporting a short-ish White Hand cloak that I think looks nifty. And, as always, I’ve equipped her with her trusty branch as a weapon. It never fails to amuse me when I run around hitting wargs and orcs with a stick.
There’s plenty to do, but having done all of this plenty of times before, I’m not worried. I spent last week finishing up several pre-Moria goals — Volume 1, Eregion, the new southern Trollshaws region — and got my first legendary items. It’s going to be interesting to keep these throughout her entire journey instead of replacing them.
As for the producer’s letter, I feel a great sense of hope for LOTRO in 2022. The business model changes, 15th anniversary, and the boost it’s sure to get from the upcoming Amazon TV series are all positive portents, as is EG7’s confidence behind this product.
I’m looking forward to exploring (and blogging about) Yondershire — more Hobbit stuff is good indeed. I am considering purchasing a premium house for this character, and I’ve even rolled up a Stout Axe Champion alt. So yeah, I feel like I’m surging forward in LOTRO once more.