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Well, I still have my problems with LOTRO, which have much more to do with the nature of MMOs than they do with this specific game. The class system sucks right down to the riverbed, I'll say that much.

On the other hand, the game does have some nice parts:

Galadhalion rests after a long day.
Galadhalion resting in his adopted hometown of Celondim, upon returning from a trip to the Shire.

(Click for a larger version if you wish.)

I've gotta say, those Shire-folk are really into their online RP. They would do quests if it suited them, but most of the time they were too busy hanging out and being hobbity at each other (their crafting professions are all either Cook or Farmer, and the virtual dawn of the game prompted many in-game cries of "What's for breakfast???") to muck around with fighting monsters.

The neatest thing about the game, actually, is the music system. My character has picked up a lute and I've been teaching myself to play it with some difficulty. I can pick out "In Dreams" (the song over the end credits of Fellowship of the Ring ... you'd know it if you heard it) as single notes, not very well but at least recognizably. I haven't done a whole lot with chords tho ... that will take considerably more time and I'd probably be better off learning to play a real instrument.

-The Gneech


Apr. 7th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
There's a lot of anti-WoW sentiment floating around the LOTRO boards and such, which frankly baffles me because in terms of game mechanics they're practically the same game. It's just being able to run around and do all those Tolkieney clichés without being told you're ripping off Tolkien that's different! ;)

That's actually one reason I'm so love-hatey about LOTRO, is that it's so similar to WoW, which I didn't care for. The graphics are less cartooney than WoW, it has all the Tolkien lore (and you can smoke a pipe if you want) ... but you're still "pulling aggro" and "fighting over spawns". 9.9

-The Gneech
Apr. 7th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
The music system really is bonzer tho, and it feels like there is more focus for group and guild features to promote more comeradere
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The music system really is bonzer tho, and it feels like there is more focus for group and guild features to promote more comeradere <sp?>. I think you can also get more out of the sceenery and just meandering about, possibly rp-ing some and taking your time, the atmosphere seems better geared towards that.

For nice views though, I actually prefer the man-lands and the shire areas.
An early char of mine in the Archet jailhouse:
Sometimes there are just too many players, no matter what game:
Gothy thine name is elvish:
This is all union work:
If ever there was a pretty elvin area, Rivendell takes it:
And again:
The character creation screens are some of the most INTERESTING!:
For some reason I fear he'll start trying to sell me coke.

Open beta has been a pain. We all knew it would get interesting but man, the same asshats you hated from every other mmo have come along. Mob stealing was rare from what I saw before open B. Ahwell.
Apr. 7th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Holy cats I've never seen Thorin's Halls so packed!

re: Gothy elves, that is a bit of a problem with the writing. They've latched on a little too hard to the "sorrow of the Eldar" and seem to have forgotten the "merry folk dancing under the stars" part. Most of the elves in Lord of the Rings and all of the ones in The Hobbit are sort of airheaded -- even Legolas is something of a dizzy blonde.

Just a dizzy blonde who can kick butt. ;)

Rivendell is certainly nice! Celondim is much like it.

And that's ... quite a creation screen. 0.o Is this Lord of the Rings or The Matrix?

-The Gneech

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