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Lord.BachusLord.Bachus Member RarePosts: 9,637
After realising that many of my best mmo memmories come from this game, i decided to jump back in..
played some years ago for the last time, when the max level was 90..

i started a new minstrell, and what surprised me most is that the lands around Bree still looked amazingly fresh for an old game like this...

allways been playing this game for stories and lore... wondering if the great community is still alive..

Best MMO experiences : EQ(PvE), DAoC(PvP), WoW(total package) LOTRO (worldfeel) GW2 (Artstyle and animations and worlddesign) SWTOR (Story immersion) TSW (story) ESO (character advancement)

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  • TheDarkrayneTheDarkrayne Member EpicPosts: 5,297
    They updated Bree a while back, which is probably why it looks so fresh to you.
    lahnmir
    I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.
  • ArteriusArterius Member EpicPosts: 2,016
    I have had the game downloaded for years. On my old computer and the new. Still haven't played yet.
    Ppiper
  • MendelMendel Member EpicPosts: 3,359
    That Bree revamp, plus the DX11 upgrade, really improved the graphics.  Thing is, LotRO still runs on my 1999 vintage machine sitting next to me.  It's worth a look, @Arterius.  There's a lot worse out there.



    Scot

    Logic, my dear, merely enables one to be wrong with great authority.

  • Prime_DirectivePrime_Directive Member RarePosts: 1,506
    Community is pretty good :) 
    There is a multiverse inside our minds which millions live.
  • Lord.BachusLord.Bachus Member RarePosts: 9,637
    Mendel said:
    That Bree revamp, plus the DX11 upgrade, really improved the graphics.  Thing is, LotRO still runs on my 1999 vintage machine sitting next to me.  It's worth a look, @Arterius.  There's a lot worse out there.



    Everyone that likes tolkien and mmorpg’s should play trough the mainstory of this game atleast once

    Best MMO experiences : EQ(PvE), DAoC(PvP), WoW(total package) LOTRO (worldfeel) GW2 (Artstyle and animations and worlddesign) SWTOR (Story immersion) TSW (story) ESO (character advancement)

  • Lord.BachusLord.Bachus Member RarePosts: 9,637
    edited October 20
    As usuall i ended up with a Warden, thats now making his way to Mordor, slowly just to live all those stories once more.. 

    most of the time, i have XP disabled, by using a stone in the pocket slot, that does just this..

    This will probably my last go with this game.. 
    there are man things to look forward to..
    firstthing is Forochel, haven’t traveled there much..
    so i am looking forward to experiencing it


    in the end, my goal is Mordor and beyound..


    sp far my experience is stellar

    immodium

    Best MMO experiences : EQ(PvE), DAoC(PvP), WoW(total package) LOTRO (worldfeel) GW2 (Artstyle and animations and worlddesign) SWTOR (Story immersion) TSW (story) ESO (character advancement)

  • goboygogoboygo Member RarePosts: 2,077
    Really really good game.
    Lord.Bachus
  • Po_ggPo_gg Member RarePosts: 4,751
    edited October 20
    firstthing is Forochel, haven’t traveled there much..
    so i am looking forward to experiencing it
    Forochel is cool. Ok, that's an understatement, it's cold with epic snowstorms.
    :D
    Lovely skybox too, with the arctic lights - probably something magical since Middle-earth's sun is just a Maiar lass in a chariot...

    A good leveling place if you prefer to journey alone, unlike its group quests filled counterpart Angmar Forochel is mainly solo. Not to mention it has the best winter-themed gear pieces if you like to collect the cosmetics.
    Mendel
  • Prime_DirectivePrime_Directive Member RarePosts: 1,506
    Think after you get the feel for it, I would jump back into your highest level player and get into  Mordor and then up into the Lonely Mountain region. 
    There is a multiverse inside our minds which millions live.
  • MendelMendel Member EpicPosts: 3,359
    Po_gg said:
    firstthing is Forochel, haven’t traveled there much..
    so i am looking forward to experiencing it
    Forochel is cool. Ok, that's an understatement, it's cold with epic snowstorms.
    :D
    Lovely skybox too, with the arctic lights - probably something magical since Middle-earth's sun is just a Maiar lass in a chariot...

    A good leveling place if you prefer to journey alone, unlike its group quests filled counterpart Angmar Forochel is mainly solo. Not to mention it has the best winter-themed gear pieces if you like to collect the cosmetics.
    Forochel also has one of my favorite places in the game -- the shipwreck.  It's serene.  It's picturesque.  It's incredibly too far out of the way for other players to be there by accident.

    It's a nice zone to do all the quests.  There are piles of all-but-one of the hunted creatures, and Ice Giants that aren't hunted, but should be.  (One of the dangers of gigantism, I'm afraid).



    Po_gg

    Logic, my dear, merely enables one to be wrong with great authority.

  • Po_ggPo_gg Member RarePosts: 4,751
    Mendel said:
    Forochel also has one of my favorite places in the game -- the shipwreck.  It's serene.  It's picturesque.  It's incredibly too far out of the way for other players to be there by accident.
    Yep, love that piece of lore there. Turbine's loremasters were really good at the time they've built Forochel, the language and words, the everyday life of the Lossoth, the geography, the killing cold (and not just in the water), all of that is amazing.

    Actually there are players popping up at the wrecked ship by accident, when they drink (or their mischievous kinmates make them drink :smiley: ) from the sinister keg... they pass out and wake up there, without pants and a massive hangover.
    Not that we've ever done that, at least not with newbies below level 20 - stealing someone's chance for the Undying title is an evil thing to do.
  • Lord.BachusLord.Bachus Member RarePosts: 9,637
    This game is just one epic journey.
    much more then any other mmorpg.
    it Plays much more like a book..
    where you are the hero, and the world unfolds at Your feet 

    Maybe thats because we travel along the most epic journey
    trough a slowly dieing world that is clearly in decline..

    I just finished helping the good people of North downs.
    they are fighting the orcs to save their land, witouth realizing it literally is allready in ruins
    once this must have been a rich kingdom..  now its slowly returning to wilderness..

    i have to make up my mind,,
    do i travel to oatbarton first..
    or do i go to the east and find Elronds last homely mansion first?




    Best MMO experiences : EQ(PvE), DAoC(PvP), WoW(total package) LOTRO (worldfeel) GW2 (Artstyle and animations and worlddesign) SWTOR (Story immersion) TSW (story) ESO (character advancement)

  • SovrathSovrath Member LegendaryPosts: 27,287
     

    most of the time, i have XP disabled, by using a stone in the pocket slot, that does just this..



    I never really understood the whole "stopping xp" thing.

    What's the difference between "stopping xp" and outleveling the xp and receiving next to nothing if not "nothing?"





  • TEKK3NTEKK3N Member RarePosts: 794
    Sovrath said:
     

    most of the time, i have XP disabled, by using a stone in the pocket slot, that does just this..



    I never really understood the whole "stopping xp" thing.

    What's the difference between "stopping xp" and outleveling the xp and receiving next to nothing if not "nothing?"


    The challenge I guess
    SovrathPo_gg
  • Lord.BachusLord.Bachus Member RarePosts: 9,637
    Sovrath said:
     

    most of the time, i have XP disabled, by using a stone in the pocket slot, that does just this..



    I never really understood the whole "stopping xp" thing.

    What's the difference between "stopping xp" and outleveling the xp and receiving next to nothing if not "nothing?"


    The difference is fun.. and challenge..
    to keep things interesting and challenge myself, i play my content orange and sometimes red conned.

    there is way to much content in this game..
    i progress trough content..
    levels is a mere hindrance..
    SovrathPo_gg

    Best MMO experiences : EQ(PvE), DAoC(PvP), WoW(total package) LOTRO (worldfeel) GW2 (Artstyle and animations and worlddesign) SWTOR (Story immersion) TSW (story) ESO (character advancement)

  • VicusEQVicusEQ Member UncommonPosts: 96
    Honestly only thing that killed this game was the be slowdown where they stopped pushing out content and the fact they decided to aviod raiding for a few expansions.  You need a mix of elite and casual players for MMO's to survive.  Elite players give new players something to strive for...casual players make the experience getting to that point enjoyable or make casual players want to stick around.  When you take the challenge out of a game elite players leave to find a challenge.  Anyhow, the lack of raids were the reason I left LOTRO and only casually came back from time to time.  If there were legit raids that were released in realistic timeframes I would of stuck around.  Great game thou.
  • SovrathSovrath Member LegendaryPosts: 27,287
    Sovrath said:
     

    most of the time, i have XP disabled, by using a stone in the pocket slot, that does just this..



    I never really understood the whole "stopping xp" thing.

    What's the difference between "stopping xp" and outleveling the xp and receiving next to nothing if not "nothing?"


    The difference is fun.. and challenge..
    to keep things interesting and challenge myself, i play my content orange and sometimes red conned.

    there is way to much content in this game..
    i progress trough content..
    levels is a mere hindrance..
    I see, so it's not the xp but the challenge. That makes sense.



  • Po_ggPo_gg Member RarePosts: 4,751
    edited October 29
    Sovrath said:
    I never really understood the whole "stopping xp" thing.

    What's the difference between "stopping xp" and outleveling the xp and receiving next to nothing if not "nothing?"
    Challenge and fun are the short answers, the bit longer is (where games with forced scaling fails) is to play the game how you want to play it.

    LotRO has so much xp available that without any real effort, just by doing the quests, you can quickly outlevel the current content. The turtle stone puts the control of the xp flow into your hands, that's why was it requested by the community for years.
    (a different topic could be the implementation, the fact Turbine provided it not as a game feature but a store item...)

    So, on one end of the spectrum you can play just for the story and the world, picking up all the quests when the are grey (outleveled), wade through them with ease while reading / exploring everything. You can skip the challenge and just enjoy the content.

    On the other end you can play the Slowtro/Eclaire way and keep yourself always in the red (5 levels below the content), where even a simple fetch quest can be a dangerous task which is better faced with your turtle stone using Slowtro friends.

    And of course you can position yourself anywhere on that scale too, according to where your fun is (Personally I used to keep myself around 1-2 levels below content), you can skip questlines or entire zones you don't find fun enough, etc.

    Point is, you set your own fun, not the game or the devs, since everyone's tastes are different, some want the hardcore challenge, some just the vistas, and neither sides are superior or "the way it should played".

    (maybe obvious from the above, but just for record I put it here too: I'm a fan of the turtle stone :D )
  • Po_ggPo_gg Member RarePosts: 4,751
    i have to make up my mind,,
    do i travel to oatbarton first..
    or do i go to the east and find Elronds last homely mansion first?
    I'd say visit Elrond, that way you can spare an extra trip for yourself... the story takes you to the Trollshaws after ND anyway, but if you prefer Evendim next, still good to check in with Elrond, and then talk to Aragorn about Narsil - unless you did that already during the ND Council assembling.
    It's better to start Evendim when you already have the letter...
  • JeroKaneJeroKane Member RarePosts: 6,255
    edited October 29
    I absolutely loved LOTRO and tried getting back into it many times.

    The game is absolutely fantastic, with excellent story up and including Mines of Moria.

    But the moment you get out of Moria, the game just falls apart and becomes a boring linear quest hub grind, with terrible to no story writing...except for the Book quests itself.
    Content quality really went downhill ever since, with more focus on the Cash Shop then actually quality of content ingame itself.

    Not talking about the landscapes. Those have always been top notch, but it just became lipstick on a pig. I.e. that you can have the prettiest landscapes to travel in, but if the content itself sucks, the experience becomes just disappointing. Just turning into a chore.

    Rise of Isengard is considering to be one of the worst expansion packs, followed by Helmsdeep.
    It was at that point in time, that I finally threw the towel in the ring and gave up.
    I briefly came back for Riders of Rohan and it had it's moment, but then Helmsdeep expansion hit, which was so terrible that I just couldn't take it anymore and quit indefinitely.
  • LithuanianLithuanian Member UncommonPosts: 400
    For me, there are two quality expansions: Rohan and Mordor.
    Rohan: just because evil is everywhere, you must expose bad folks, you can make decisions (even if those does not change much...Lotro, do take this from Swtor!) and it is there that you ride to Gondor.
    Mordor (for me) is just superb. So many stories, even animated scenes, locations...One can really like it.
    Some regions, on the other hand, are just failure. Most Gondor. Ithilien. Wastelands. All are grumpy and boring.Nothern Mirkwood is half-baked: Dwarf part is good, even if has some political motifs in quests. Elf part is dark item in a black forest under zero light and with black river nearby. Map of no use.

    So, I would encourage to re-live Rohan and try Mordor. At least Mordor should be fun and take lots of time to finish.
  • Rhiow-DarkstepRhiow-Darkstep Member UncommonPosts: 21
    Have they fixed the 4k resolution scaling yet?  
  • Lord.BachusLord.Bachus Member RarePosts: 9,637
    For me, there are two quality expansions: Rohan and Mordor.
    Rohan: just because evil is everywhere, you must expose bad folks, you can make decisions (even if those does not change much...Lotro, do take this from Swtor!) and it is there that you ride to Gondor.
    Mordor (for me) is just superb. So many stories, even animated scenes, locations...One can really like it.
    Some regions, on the other hand, are just failure. Most Gondor. Ithilien. Wastelands. All are grumpy and boring.Nothern Mirkwood is half-baked: Dwarf part is good, even if has some political motifs in quests. Elf part is dark item in a black forest under zero light and with black river nearby. Map of no use.

    So, I would encourage to re-live Rohan and try Mordor. At least Mordor should be fun and take lots of time to finish.
    Definately going to do that..
    Never been to Mordor..
    so that is a good goal for me..

    Just traveled from North downs to the Trollshaws, 
    doing this made me realise again the sheer size of this world..

    Best MMO experiences : EQ(PvE), DAoC(PvP), WoW(total package) LOTRO (worldfeel) GW2 (Artstyle and animations and worlddesign) SWTOR (Story immersion) TSW (story) ESO (character advancement)

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