John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

Think of the Grind as "Sharpening the Blade"

It was a productive weekend on LotRO (in as much as any time spent in a video game can be called "productive"): Rufaniel reached level 50, got to Vol 1 Book 8, finished the Vol 2 prologue, finished several class deeds and ground up seven virtue deeds. She's done just about all I can stomach to do in Angmar for now (although I have to go back for the second phase of her "Implements of Daring" items, boo), finished about half of Forochel (I'll be back for the book quests eventually, so no rush), and I decided to reward her by sending her back to Eregion to continue with that for a while.

As part of finishing the Vol II prologue, she stepped briefly into Moria, and I was surprised at how happy I actually was to see the place. It says a lot about my feelings towards Angmar that Moria feels like being welcomed home by an old friend, and admittedly there are parts of Moria I actually quite like. This is a good thing, because looking ahead at my virtues, there are a ton of deeds in Moria I'm going to need to do, which means Rufaniel is going to end up spending a lot of time there.

So her plan for the immediate future: Eregion, phase II, plus going back to Angmar sometime later this week probably (certainly before she finishes level 52) to get those stupid barghest tails and corrosive droplets. When the time comes to finish off that quest line, she'll probably just buy the implements with skirmish marks so I don't have to spam LFF for help polishing off the quest in the depths of Carn Dum or wherever.

I suppose I should start putting some serious effort into finding a kinship to run with on Rufaniel, 'cos it is getting a tad lonely. There are a couple of kins that I've run with in the past and would probably welcome her in, but there is drama and baggage there that I'm not sure I wouldn't rather just leave behind. Unfortunately, that means making a whole slew of new friends, but that wouldn't be such a bad thing if I could find the right ones.

Problem is, kinships in LotRO seem to run to such extremes: some are uber-casual, to the point of being sloppy and shapeless; others are hardcore-endgame-instances-are-all and quit trying to RP at us, please; others still are "full immersion, slow-leveling, RP on at all times, WHY ARE YOU RUNNING IN TOWN, TOGGLE YOUR WALK MODE OR GET OUT!" ... and a few are even "Wheee! I'm naming my dwarf Dildo Faggins, bwahahahaha!" Granted, this last category tends to get shouted down quickly.

So what would I want in a kinship? I think something like, "RP by default, but OOC okay as needed; caring about the lore or at the very least playing the game straight required; serious enough players to do instances and do them well without being gear-auditing trolls about it; willing to help with whatever's needed or just run with each other for the fun of it." I don't know if any such kinships actually exist, and I don't know if the vagaries of human interaction would allow such a kinship to continue for more than a few months at a time. But it's a nice dream, anyhow.

-The Gneech
Tags: gaming, lotro, roleplaying games, rufaniel
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