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I Just Don't Get Da Raid Monkeys

So in LotRO I've been edging my way — slowly, and with reluctance — towards a more end-gamey, raids-and-instances style, largely because the storyline has stalled until the next update. And to be fair, there are aspects of it I enjoy. Beating a tough instance with a good group is a real pleasure, especially when you're the tank and right in the heart of the action.

That said, I'm never gonna be "hardcore," and frankly I'm glad. There is a line between "delightfully geeky" and "obnoxiously nerdy" that gets crossed somewhere in there, and if you find yourself inspecting people to audit their gear, or talking smack about how pathetic people are for enjoying roleplay at the Prancing Pony instead of farming Teh Grindy Hardmodes, you've passed it, in my opinion.

I can't speak to other MMOs, 'cause I haven't really played any others for more than a weekend, but in LotRO at least, the "hard mode" of any instance is usually the least fun way to play it anyway. Moria is especially bad for this, where the HMs are based on things like "get to the main boss as fast as possible, bypassing as much of the instance as you can to get there." Grand Stairs is the poster child for this: "quest mode" is 2-3 hours of cool, varied fun against multiple bosses with very different strategies. "Hard mode" is "run to the one guy at the end -- GO!" Screw that. But nobody wants to run quest mode, because HM has bigger rewards. So you get the best stuff by bypassing most of the content. What the heck kind of sense does that make?

I also just don't perform well in zerg mode; in an instance where we can relax, work our way through it, and stop to enjoy the scenery every once in a while, I have a lot more fun and I do a much better job. If I'm running around trying to pick up aggro all over the place because the designated leader is already off at the next pull before we've even finished looting the bodies, I quickly lose my focus and begin to wonder why I'm even bothering to play. I want to see the instance and get the entertainment value out of it that I paid for. Why go out of my way to skip as much of it as possible? What's the point of that?

Anyway, that's my rant for now. And honestly, looking back at it, it's mostly a reaction to a handful of specific people that maybe I just need to avoid when I'm grouping, because experience has shown that when they're not in the group, I enjoy grouping a lot more.

-The Gneech

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jamesbarrett
Feb. 24th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
I have all kinds of comments to make regarding this, except, after LJ ignoring me so much, I'm too tired to say them all. I'm sure I'll say them to you eventually, over time. I may have mentioned many of them already. :P
the_gneech
Feb. 24th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
LJ is being a crankypants today. :P

-TG
canisrufus_uk
Feb. 24th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
Honestly? That's why I quit World of Warcraft. I wanted to take my time, explore and play around. I couldn't find anyone else who wanted to do that with me, everyone else was "levelup!levelup!faster!faster!mustraid!!!!!" >_>
jamesbarrett
Feb. 24th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
I have always been frustrated that characters rise in level too quickly when LotRo has soo much low level content that gets shot right past, all in the pursuit of end game content.
radbaron
Feb. 25th, 2011 04:22 am (UTC)
I'm trying to finish Book 1 (DON'T SHOOT ME!!) , and am doing chapter 15 part 6(?) right now. Where I have to protect Amarthiel while she goes and aggros every single creature she comes across. Got through the first part no problem (after 3 tries) and along battle vs the mini-boss. Then we go through the door..and she attacks 4 self-healers. My poor hunter doesn't stand a chance, even with the enhanced system.

So I went over to Moria just to kill some stuff and get more XP :p
the_gneech
Feb. 25th, 2011 12:16 pm (UTC)
Hunters have a rough time with escort quests, it's true. I suggest polling LFF for a tank or a healer to help you out. (Go for a warden: there are plenty of those being levelled up currently and they can do a very-small-but-often-enough group heal. Assuming the player is any good, at that level they'll be using it as part of their tanking rotation anyway.)

-The Gneech
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