Anniversary event’s a swinging!
The 4th Anniversary celebration started yesterday in LotRO. I’ve been waiting to see what they had planned and thanks to a tweet I realized it was on. I quickly finished the set of dailies I was working on and headed to the horse race in Bree first. I won the race and got my horse token and on winning the Shire horse race, selected an anniversary token. That, in hindsight, was not a good selection as the anniversary horse costs three horse race tokens versus the one from other festivals. Live and learn, no? (you also need 30 anniversary tokens and a document of ownership for the Anniversary mount)
Next I went to the Ale Hall in Thorin’s Hall basement for the beer fight. I remembered doing this event when it first came out and how much fun I had. Most of my beer/ale fighting was done with just a few people who were willing to work together to make sure A) no one was thrown out of bounds, B) everyone got all the festival items they wanted and C) we all finished our deeds. The wait time between fights we filled with dancing, emoting, gags and general chatting as we’d just met and were getting to know each other. In short, it was just a ton of fun!
I had fun doing the fights today, too, for a little while. Once it became crowded and I found myself playing against folks who’s goal was to knock you out of bounds, it wasn’t so fun anymore. At least, it sure felt like that was a common goal amongst a few of them! The biggest downer for me was that you only get one anniversary token per winning fight. Just one. The cosmetics, housing items and horse cost more tokens than regular festivals but the rate for getting these tokens has been drastically reduced. Makes for a seriously long grind after you’ve decided what items you can do without!
When I looked at the barter items you can get at this anniversary celebration, I liked them all. There’s a large yard windmill, a small furniture windmill, a dress, robe and cloak, and maps that fit on small wall hooks in your house. These maps, oh my word, I can’t tell you how long I’ve been wanting them in game! Ok, so I can. It’s ever since they came out with houses! No lie! They currently have eight different maps of areas in game, framed maps, that you can barter anniversary tokens for. Each map (as well as the other deco and cosmetics) cost 20 anniversary tokens each. I went completely gaga over these maps and made myself at home in the Ale Hall, bound and determined to earn my maps as fast as possible.
When I purchased (bartered for) the Bree-land map a deed popped up in my deed log. There are a total of 21 maps you need to get to finish this deed! ./swoon!
Since there are only eight maps available right now on the Games Master NPC I have no idea how we can gain the other 13 maps. Some feel that perhaps there will be a treasure hunt of some sorts where we can earn the rest. Or maybe they’ll be part of future events. Who knows? What I can tell you for certain is that I spent WAY too much time in game today and, maps or not, I do not plan on participating in the Ale fights tomorrow. I need a break from them and will just do my dailies and maybe a few Mirkwood quests and get back to earning tokens for maps on Thursday.