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Meanwhile, In LotRO...

Rufaniel, my elf-maid champion, has hit level 83 and just picked up her war-steed. This is right about where Galadhalion is sitting (and will likely to continue to sit); I think Maedhroc got a little further along, but not much.

The way war-steeds behave in LotRO is kinda nifty. They've done a good job of making it "feel" like the way a horse actually behaves when you're riding. (Granted, my equestrian experience is limited to one summer's worth of classes, but we got all the way up to galloping by the end.) It's going to take me some time to get used to fighting on horseback-- particularly in terms of not zooming too far afield and just aggroing everything on the map-- but that will give me something new to look forward to.

I've still got a ways to go to get to the latest update (the Breaking of Isengard), but I am now finally starting to experience what is for me new content. I really enjoyed the Great River section and it was fun to play through the breaking of the fellowship and the aiding the other adventure party story arc in the East Wall mini-zone, even if most of the rest of the quests in that particular area are the worst sort of fetchy time-wasters.

Alas, I burned through a babillion Turbine points on extra storage space, quest slots, and the like, so I will have to wait a bit before I can get the coat and equipment colors I want for my warsteed; Rufaniel sports crimson and cobalt as her colors these days, so I'm thinking a red roan horse with blue steed-of-the-champion gear would suit nicely. In the meantime, she's using the festive azure gear on the default coat color (i.e., "medium gray"), which does the job.

As I get to the endgame, I will have to decide what to do about a kinship. I'd like to find some fun people to hang with; Valar Guild kinda splintered a while back and I feel very awkward around most of the people involved with that. I'm not and will never be a hardcore raider, although I do enjoy doing group instances and whatnot; maybe I can hook up with the Lonely Mountain Band or someone of that ilk. We'll see.

In any case, that's for the future. Now, I must hit the hay so I can function in the morning. Gnite world, and have an awesome tomorrow. :)

-The Gneech

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