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LOTRO: Alts in LOTRO prove why I can’t casually play an MMO

If there’s been one overarching theme in my LOTRO adventures this spring, it’s been “experimentation with alts.” There’s this very real pressure to shore up my roster as the Treebeard server prepares to go into its second unlock phase, because the longer things stretch out, the harder it is to get a character up to where everyone else is.

Generally, I’ve come to the position that I’m going to stagger my characters so that I’m not doing the same content on all of them. That gets boring, quick.. My main, a Minstrel, is the one who will be leading the Vanguard into Mirkwood and staying on top of the level curve. My Beorning and Lore-master, both at around level 50, are in mothballs. My secondary, a Captain, is working her way up through the 30s with the eye of venturing into Moria by July.

But then there’s this desire to have a third regularly played character, one that is dedicated to really, really taking it slow — full zone and quest completion of everything. And in this, I haven’t settled on an alt, because I’ve reached the limit of the classes I typically play. I know I love the Cappy, Mini, and Lore-master, but outside of that is a lot of unexplored country for Syp.

And maybe that country should be explored for such an alt. Play something I haven’t a million times before. I hear you, and I agree. The problem is that figuring out what this might be is not as easy, because the solution is, “Well, just casually level up each remaining class to 20 and then pick the one you like the best.” Sample around while giving each class enough time to come into his or her own.

That’s all well and good, but it’s a tough thing to roll a character that you haven’t mentally committed yourself to playing for the long run. At least it is for me. If I have a character that I’m taking to 20 with only a chance of further progression, how invested am I going to be in those 20 levels? And how much will it bug me to think that no matter what I pick in the end, the others will represent wasted time and effort (albeit with some LOTRO points gain and maybe a blog post or two).

I think it’s something I’m going to have to get past in my head, but this experiment is a good example of why I have historically had a hard time casually alting in MMOs. Dozens of hours poured into a character never feels “casual” to me, especially when you can’t get a rebate back on that time.

So the remaining potential alts are Warden, Guardian, Hunter, Rune-keeper, Burglar, Champion, and Brawler. I’m leaning toward a ranged class — Rune-keeper, Hunter, or Warden would fit — but I’ll see.

One thought on “LOTRO: Alts in LOTRO prove why I can’t casually play an MMO

  1. Don’t try to casually play a Warden. I love the Warden. It’s a great class. It requires a LOT of memorization, though. I find it really hard to enjoy if I’m not focusing heavily on it and there’s always a long ramp up period when trying to return to one I haven’t played in a while.

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