LotRO: I was flat wrong about Moria
I knew Moria had gotten a revamp but I didn’t hold any hope of it being enjoyable. Moria is dark, dank and dusty, full of long dimly lit halls, deadly cliffs and tons of Gredbyg. I hate those things! I was excited to get started on Moria so I could do enough to put it behind me. I won’t lie. The only section I was looking forward to was The Waterworks as I’ve always loved questing such a dramatically built area. Matter of fact, it was The Waterworks that first caused me to spend ALL NIGHT LONG running around in Moria (when it was new) just to look at stuff! I’d gone to the Chamber of Crossroads and went to cut across to talk to Bosi when I fell down the well. The well I didn’t realize was a well. I felt that drop in my stomach! When I saw what was at the other end of that well (after a trip to the rez circle of course) I spent the next five or six hours doing nothing but running around every square inch of Moria. When I was done every piece of gear I had equipped was red as I was, if I remember correctly, a level 51? Anyway, I had a blast that night exploring.
Guess what? I’ve had a blast questing on Ollena in Moria. I can’t believe I’ve written those words but it’s true. Moria used to feel like, to me, it was a bunch of bits strung together in a most uncohesive way. It was confusing, the areas didn’t feel like they led into the next area (no logical progression), the lighting was horrible and the run back and forth between quest-giving NPC and quest-objective was intense at times. That’s all a thing of the past! Woot! They’ve added a LOT of smaller outposts and split the quests up between main hub and mini hub in most areas. There are more travel goats available, though I’ve found I haven’t needed very many of them, and there’s a goat in the 21st Hall that takes you right to the Orc Watch even if you’ve never been. How is THAT for amazeballs!
The reworking of the quests make more sense now. Some quests were merged, some were changed a bit and some are new. Least, I think some are new. I’ve never fully quested Moria because I was so quick to start hating it so I may be doing some now that I’ve just never done. Because I’m questing out each area. That’s a first!
I did find the 21st Hall to be confusing however. I’m so used to running in and grabbing a bunch of rings and then goating away to do a few of them before I cancel and head out of the door at the First Hall. Very different now as the 21st feels much more “central” to Moria operations and with the new mini hubs (or small outposts) you’re led away from the 21st to pick up quests. The changes didn’t just confuse me, they’ve confused Lyting the Guardian Trainer as well. If you look in the screenshot about halfway down the text you’ll see him say “… I would never go into Moria myself …” yet there he stands, in the 21st Hall, deep in the heart of Moria. Silly Dwarf! Maybe he’s still celebrating with the Foreman!
There was one revamped quest that I flat didn’t like. The Waterworks quest for “A New Gear” used to have you go talk to a dwarf in the Rotting Cellar to obtain the needed gear. Now you run through that maze by the quest giver and the maze of tunnels is still FULL of different worms that aggro on you (unless they’re grey to you). I was killing my way there but after awhile I thought, ‘Screw this, I’m just going to run for it‘. I literally died so close to the gear I needed I could have licked it. Too much aggro! I like the old version of that quest better. OH! And speaking of The Waterworks, I got my Lizzard Leggings (reward at the end of a long lizzard quest chain) and wore them like a BOSS!
Yes, I was really running around Moria dressed like that! I blame it on dying so close to that gear piece. I’ve since found a way to rock the leggings a bit better. It’s not the best look (so many competing patterns) but it works better than the Christmas suit. I was thinking a solid color top would look best but, really, the pants clash with themselves to start with so why bother. Heh.