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Postcards From Middle-Earth

LotRO is eating my brain. But in a good way. :) I've really been enjoying my lil' hobbitey warden Maedhroc, seen here dancing to the the rhythms of the Hobbiton Philharmonic.

Maedhroc meets the Hobbiton Philharmonic

(Note the messages in the text window. Even undead sorcerer-kings can't get a good hobbit down!)

Maedhroc has helped the Bounders (basically the Shire militia-cum-police-force) so much that he's been appointed an Honorary Shirriff, an achievement he takes to heart. Unfortunately, he has been so helpful to them that there's little left for him to do in Shire except run pies for the local grandmas. What's more, the Wardens have summoned him to Bree to aid in confronting brigands who threaten the Greenway, meaning that very soon he will have to leave his beloved home and venture into the wider world, something he is not entirely keen to do.

He'll miss the Shire!

Maedhroc sees a rainbow over Tookland

-The Gneech

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grifter_t_wolf
Dec. 15th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
WoW's got my brains, Gneech let me know if you ever run toward it!
the_gneech
Dec. 15th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
WoW is too cartoony for me; just not my cup of tea. Thanks anyway! :)

-The Gneech
aj_hyena
Dec. 15th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
He looks like a Red Mage. Heh.

Is it possible to play a brigand and go after other players and such on there?
the_gneech
Dec. 15th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
Well, sort of. There's a "monster play" zone in the Ettenmoors, where you can play a goblin, uruk, warg, or spider. High-level players venture into this area for various deeds and rewards, and you can perform raids on player-held areas there. But it's only in that one zone, and there's no regular PvP.

-The Gneech
jamesbarrett
Dec. 15th, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Good, cause I, for one, don't care much for PvP. I'm trying to personally play a game here. Leave me alone to do that, thankyouverymuch. -Frisk <- who isn't playing anything right now, but feels rather strongly about that one aspect
nifty_trousers
Dec. 15th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
The Shire is a very well-made virtual place in that game - one of the very few that made me want to just jump in and live there forever. Between the strong old trees, shady paths, rolling fields, the light patter of the withdrawing rain and warm sunshine of a new day bringing a rainbow arching over green hills and pastures... to welcoming pubs, friendly hobbits, a cheerful festival, fireworks, and song and dance around.

I could easily see if RP servers had whole communities who just hung out, chatted, made music together and enjoyed the scenery. It was easily a place you could get lost in, in a good way, and not worry about level or stats or gear at all.

If you get the time, gather some mates and run a good 'ole Shire pubcrawl for me, and tell the inns "Ibanez the minstrel says 'Hi and sorry for the mess'". :)
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