Oh, I’m not the greatest anything, just in case you were wondering from the headline. I’m referring to LOTRO’s actual heroes, the amazing goats who made it possible for Middle-earth adventurers to traverse through the scariest and most mountainous terrain to bring the fight to the Enemy. These goats are the GOATs.
I particularly liked the design of the semi-transparent glass spiders in their lair. LOTRO has a LOT of spiders — more so than most MMOs, thanks to Shelob and Mirkwood from the books — but it’s always interesting to me when the devs can put interesting spins on these eight-legged critters.
And when it’s not spiders, it’s crabs. I really liked this model, I think it’s new — at least, I don’t recall seeing it before. Enjoy that screenshot, I was trying to hard to get a good angle and get rid of the hovering text that I ended up dying because I wasn’t healing or had the HUD on to see my damage.
I went on a bit of a screenshot binge in this solo instance, but can you blame me? It was so pretty and unlike a lot of the world I had seen so far. LOTRO’s world designers are still cranking out amazing stuff.
Relatively quickly, I was done with this zone. Big thumbs-up for Gloomingtarn in all categories: overall zone design, instances, and a well-paced storyline that culminated in a bit of a huge shocker. Loved it.
Last Wednesday was also notable for the fact that I was able to transfer my three Anor characters to Landroval for free. Initially, I was only excited because I could bring over my (expensive) Rohan premium house, a ton of currency, and a lot of wardrobe items. In fact, my wardrobe expanded from 300/300 to 475/300 instantly. I had no idea there were 175 unique items in my Anor wardrobe, but now I am beyond full on Landy. Don’t know how I’ll ever get more space there!
But as I dusted off my Minstrel and sorted through her inventory, I found myself appreciating all of the hard work I put into her those several years ago. I mean, I’m pretty much recreating her exact journey on Treebeard, just several expansions behind. So I started to entertain the thought of simply putting down my Treebeard mini and picking this one back up, especially now that I can move at my own pace. It’d be nice sticking with just one kinship on one server, I think. And hey, she’s got a fancy goat to boot. Sold!