LotRO: Why I’ve abandoned my houses
I’ve tried to type this up several times and each time I sound like an idiot cry baby. I don’t want this post to be emotionally written even though this has hit a very personal feeling chord with me. I don’t know how to write it without sounding whiny, though. So, fair warning.
I haven’t “played” LotRO since Thursday evening. I was set to log in Friday evening after writing this post but before I could, I saw a link to another forum post about the upcoming changes to the festivals. I’m hit with the feeling of ‘this is just too much’. I want to play, don’t get me wrong. Rohan lit a fire for the game in me that’s fueled many a play sessions. I *LOVE* this game! I just can’t sit back and ignore what’s going on without saying something, doing something, to voice my dissatisfaction. It enables or maybe condones and at some point, enough is enough. I can’t stomach the greed anymore and it’s immediately zapped the fun from the game. I decided I have to take a break from the game until I get over myself and Turbine starts to treat the community with more respect.
The first post (by Turbine) in the Hobby Horse thread was disrespectful and made the assumption that we’re stupid. They asked for help (feedback) while slapping us in the face with the ‘stoopid-stick’ (went above and beyond to stress we’re not being forced to buy anything because, clearly, that’s NEVER occurred to us idiots) and then said only certain posts would be regarded. I do get the need for constructive feedback but certainly they have to get the need for their consumers to have opinions, right? Off the top saying certain posts would be disregarded set an ugly defensive tone and offended me.
The upcoming festival changes have turned the best designed festival, the Yule Festival, into a big grind fest. How is that fun? Turning repeatables such as the eating contest into dailies? What? The ‘good’ vendor with the new stuff is deed gated? Again, how is that fun? Are you trying to force log-ins or store items (to reset your daily quest limits so you can finish all 200 quests needed for deed completion)? Either way, it feels forced and grindy and not at all fun. I will not be participating in the Yule Festival, or any festival for that matter if this is to be done to all of them.
What kicked me in the shins the hardest, though, was the golden festival tickets. You work hard to earn them and think they’re yours but, no. If you don’t spend them before the festival is over, they take them away.
Let me say that again.
The tickets you work so hard to get will be taken away from you if you don’t spend them.
That right there is what prompted me to abandon my houses. I did have two deluxe houses (I have two accounts) and a kinhouse. I had these houses for storage but mostly to display my collection of festival housing items. I logged in Saturday and went through all of my housing items, deleted a lot of them, stored them on my characters in vaults and whatnot, and then abandoned my houses. If they’re going to turn the festivals into such major grindfests and then take our tokens away, the very ones we ‘ground out’, for not spending them, I won’t keep my houses. It’s a protest on top of my festival boycott.
I’m very upset with the changes being made and the tone Turbine has taken with us. I do not like where the game is heading based on these changes and can no longer condone and look past the greed. The tone in that first Hobby Horse post just makes this so much worse. Don’t tell me I don’t matter and expect me to turn a blind eye and throw more money at you.
So along with my break from game, refusal to buy anymore Turbine Points, festival boycott and protest (giving my houses back) I’m going to be doing this instead of playing the game I adore so much.