The Lord of the Rings Online™

The Lord of the Rings Online™

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Phoenix808 May 7, 2014 @ 2:57pm
What draws you to LOTRO? (Specifically MMO Vets, but others can put their 2 cents in)
Recently starting another f2p account I immedietaly became bored with the classic mmo build. Grinding and questing without much reason so to speak. The farthest I've gotten in any mmo was The Old Republic, because I'm a Star Wars nerd and the class stories we're incredbly interesting. In which I've attained he original max level when it was available. However, the main strive was that me and my brother could play together. He currently doesn't have a computer that can run PC games and I know LOTRO is one of the better F2P models in which you unlock Mythril (cash shop currency) throught basic achievements. So, what are your reasons for playing? The stories I've experienced (up to lvl 15) are kind of dull. Mainly because I'm not a fan of reading quest boxes and I just want to know if it get's better.
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Savage Mikey May 7, 2014 @ 3:45pm 
Are you a Lord of the Rings fan? If not it probably won't get any better. The combat is okay but this game shines in the way they recreated Middle Earth and it's stories. If you are unable to appreciate that it's a pretty standard MMO.
Valamar May 7, 2014 @ 3:56pm 
LOTRO is based on JRR Tolkien's BOOKS -- not the Peter Jackson Movies.
Folks who enjoy Tolkien, enjoy LOTRO.
The Lore is excellent, and Middle Earth conforms to the World described by Tolkien in the books.
The world is immense and you constantly find "nuggets" implemented in the game which are mentioned in the books.

LOTRO is all about "the journey" -- the Fellowship. There is no "end-game" as we have just completed the second volume of the Trilliogy. There are proably at least another 2 years to go until "the world" reaches Mordor and the end of the books.

Me. I'm a Founder/Lifetime player, since the pre-beta.
DigitalImpostor May 7, 2014 @ 4:28pm 
Originally posted by Phoenix808:
unlock Mythril (cash shop currency) throught basic achievements
You unlock Turbine Points. Mithril Coins are a different currency.

Originally posted by Phoenix808:
The stories I've experienced (up to lvl 15) are kind of dull. Mainly because I'm not a fan of reading quest boxes and I just want to know if it get's better.
By not reading the quest boxes you're missing probably 99% of the story. The game is built for lore nerds and we enjoy reading the quest information as it involves us in the world Tolkien created (as well as giving hints for where to go for quests). If you just want "go here, kill x many of these, collect this and return to me" quest text this game probably isn't for you.
Phoenix808 May 7, 2014 @ 5:43pm 
Thought I was wrong about the mythril, but kinda stated what I meant.

I'm a fan of the movies, but doesn't mean I don't like reading. It's just when implemented into a interactive universe like gaming I don't entirely see the point. I'll give the quest boxes a bit more reason, lol. In WoW they were almost the most generic or I guess troll dialogs.

When I played The Old Republic I didn't get anything out of the endgame content besides PVP. Mainly because everything else was repetitive or just sucked. They really scored with the light side/dark side interactive dialogue during the class missions.

I'll give it another try. I do like the Middle Earth world. Even the Lego game gets me excited, lol, but I guess if the overall repititivness of mmos draws in then I probably won't stay.
MMOGamer71 May 7, 2014 @ 8:47pm 
1) Community
2) Story
oreyos May 8, 2014 @ 9:13am 
Of course there's repetitive stuff (slayer deeds will get boring, but they give you TP (the currency to buy stuff in the store) and virtues (don't worry about that yet).

The atmosphere is great, the game is quite laid back, so you can explore the world (it's big & it's beautiful :-)) without fighting every 10 meters.

The epic quest line ('Book quests') are really the meat of the game. These quests follow the journey of the fellowship more or less. You hinder the enemy, while following the fellowship.
(You'll get to meet them as well)

That's the part that really makes you feel part of the events that happen during the books (or films). The good part of following the books is that the story is more complete than the movies. The other good part is where it differs from the books, in that there is less poetry & songs to endure :-)

Start as a hobbit, and enjoy the Shire. It will draw you into the lore a lot better than starting as a man.
Dwarves and Elves depend on whether your into them, otherwise the intro/beginner area might be a bit meh.
Rudruner May 9, 2014 @ 9:00am 
Valamar May 9, 2014 @ 9:14am 
Originally posted by Phoenix808:
I'm a fan of the movies, but doesn't mean I don't like reading. It's just when implemented into a interactive universe like gaming I don't entirely see the point. I'll give the quest boxes a bit more reason, lol. In WoW they were almost the most generic or I guess troll dialogs.

LOTRO has little in common with the Movies, as the movies have little in common with the Books. Peter Jackson added characters and deleted events to suit a Movie audience; which makes things quite different from LOTRO -- for example, at Helm's Deep, there is no Dwarf Tossing nor "Shield Surfing" nor Elves arriving to join the battle. None of those events exist in the books. Jackson added them for their "visual appeal."

Similarly, in Lothlorien, Galadril's Gifting -- the presentation of individual gifts (which become important later in the books) is completely bypassed in the Movies.

In the movie There is a Dam across the river above Isengard -- that dam does not exist in the books. The Ents do not destry the dam, but in fact divert the river into Isengard themselves.

The problem with comparing LOTRO to MMOs is that it is NOT a traditional MMO.
It is a story-telling MMO.
It has no "end-game."
It has not Player vs Player combat. Player vs Monster Player) is a different thing which does Confuse people." It really is a "game-within-a-game" and has only a remote connection to the stroy line and the rest of Middle Earth. Turbien has done a masterful job of tieing the Ettenmoors into Middle Earth, lore-wise, but that effort is lost on 99+% of Monster Players, and probably 90% of Freeps. The Moors are viewed as a place to get "end-game-gear," but that is not true. There is "special" gear in/for the Moors, but that gear is normally quickly "replaced" by other gear available form other sources -- for those who are committted to "uber-gear."

As Oreyos points out -- play as a hobbit, or dwarf or elf. It is a very different experience than playing as a Man. Play as a Minsteral or Lore-Master for a VERY different gaming experience than a Sword and Board Champion. Warden or Guardian -- or even a Hunter or Rune-keeper.
Each of the different classes have different play styles for Solo play and in group play.

And that is probably an important point -- LOTRO is still all about the Fellowship.
While you can solo 90+% of the content in the game, much of it (was) designed for Group play - 3-6 player groups. And this is for all "normal" content. There are also various "Raid" type content which require 6,12,24 persons to complete.
people are drawn for similar reasons like you are, just they are lotr nerds, not star wars nerds :)
also try playing with a fellowship of more people and it will definitely be lot more fun;

for me best part is constant striving to unlock new regions and find out new missions,
now, I know there are a ton more newer and better mmos, but lotro is the only one that's truly gotten into my hearth and in which I have stayed
Personally I am drawn to LOTRO for the same reason I am drawn to other MMORPGs currently installed on my computer: there is no perfect MMO. Yet desire to play one is there and therefore I do. There was a time I dedicated solely to one game and haven't even had the thought of looking for anything else, for over 7 years. Time's changed since, I've changed, and so have the gaming community in general. Plus people I have played with have moved on and nowadays when I join an MMO it's just me (maybe another reason for switching them so often - nothing really holds you back).
So if my answer back in the days would be that it's the atmosphere and lore that got me hooked to LOTRO, now it would be that if I play LOTRO it means at this moment I'm in the mood of playing LOTRO (well, atm SWTOR actually, due to the bloody file check failure).
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DatAtlas May 26, 2014 @ 3:59pm 
I would probably enjoy this game way more if the graphics were better (I am running on full), the AA is rather poor, and character models are also rather poor quality (Elves are supposed to be graceful, like in everything). Also if they had a bigger budget and added better conversations with NPCs (eg:player responses). Or even if they made it first person shooter style, but that would be to big a change.
Elaini May 27, 2014 @ 2:12am 
I first heard of Lotro in another MMO, when one of my friends started talking about Tolkien based MMO. I'm a hardcore Tolkien fan, so my curiosity won, and in Lotro I stayed.

I also compose music, so...
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Blazera May 27, 2014 @ 9:22am 
MMORPGS ARE DULL most of the time because of the grind and OCD stat-leveling. Swirling Magic and engaging chatter are what I personally hold dear. I mean gorgeous, visual magic and engaging diologue (like you find in a good anime, lol, where the characters are excited, and exciting). If there was one that encouraged chatting with other players and had a more beautiful, nonrepetitive presentation, that would appeal to me. I've been downloading MMORPGs for quite a while. Partly because I have a slow connection so they dont always run up to par. When you outgrow the hack n slash, it just gets old. I play because I like Lord of the Rings.
DatAtlas May 27, 2014 @ 3:30pm 
I would prefer if it were more like war in the north, not the story, but the action, combat, good-designed armour, weapons, and even dialog.
[Alien] Baka-chan May 30, 2014 @ 11:48am 
Well i am currently at level 19 in game and so far i really enjoy it. This might be because i love this type of game and gameplay so just with that it wins me over but i am also a fan of the Lord of the rings trilogy and thats what actually made me look up and find this game online so its a win win for me really...
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Date Posted: May 7, 2014 @ 2:57pm
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