LotRO: Trying out the Beorning
I’ve been out of LotRO for a good while now but decided to scratch that pesky familiar itch when it came around a couple of weeks ago. I downloaded the client and installed and then waited a week or so before logging in. I hadn’t intended to play last night either. I’d wanted to get my daughter to play LotR: War in the North with me. She declined in favor of Captain Toad so I sat down and fired up a Steam game.
That’s when it hit. A sharp pang that
whispered screamed “You could be playing LotRO“. I was quick to brush it aside with an “I don’t wanna” but then thought, ‘I could at least go create my character’. And so, I did.
I was reading someone’s blog (was it Syp?) where they discussed creating/leveling up a character but only doing the Epics. That speaks to me. Speaks volumes to me! I decided that’s what I’d do once I was out of the intro.
Was that an intro? I rolled a Beorning, excited to try something new. I remembered hearing there was a new starting area, one just for the Beornings and my excitement intensified! I talked to my brother, my sister, a couple of guys, a cow and that was about it. Oh, and I killed a few sickle flies. Had I known that’s all there was to it (unless I missed something?) I would have taken the time to run around and actually LOOK at this new starting area that had folks so excited. I thought I’d get the chance to but after talking to Radagast I was whisked away to Archet. It felt that quick. I felt a bit let down. Still, I pressed onward.
Oh, wait. The voice overs in the Beorning starting area. WHAT. WAS. THAT? Was it all done by one guy? A guy who felt he had a crap job saying crap lines for crap pay when he could be home clipping his toe nails instead? I didn’t feel it. The voices didn’t inspire me. They didn’t excite me. They did nothing other than make me wonder why someone didn’t care enough to put a little inflection (or something) in those lines.
Archet burned before I got there. I wasn’t expecting that. I thought I was still in an intro and would be until I took part in some sort of battle! Again, did I miss something? Least you think I’m only here to complain, I’m not. I enjoyed myself! It felt nice to be back in LotRO again! I’m not sure if there was someone killing all the Brigands before I could see them or if there’s a seriously smaller number of them spawning but Archet was rather lacking on the Brigand front. I buried the three bodies and moved on to Combe.
When I hit level 5 in Archet (by getting to Archet I think … don’t remember levels 3 and 4 at all) I got the “there’s a festival quest” notice. I thought the Yuletide Festival was over? I got the exact same notice again when I dinged levels 6 and 7. Annoying but clicking decline makes the quest go away. I had to stop at level 7 because Ellie’s ring turned silver after I turned in for defeating Jagger Jack. I was hoping to get a lot further on the Epic but I need to take a few regular quests and level up before I can get back to the Epic. I also find that annoying but, I knew it’d happen sooner or later.
Think I’ll look up the Epic quests levels before I play again to help me manage my time a bit better!