Last night was a good night in The Lord of the Rings Online™. We have a Casualties of War static group on Tuesday nights, which is pretty much my only MMO time for the past month. When you’re not really excited about playing, it can be hard to log on at all, even to see the guys. I’m glad I played last night.
In 100 minutes, we ran about a dozen quests in eastern Evendim. If you know the area, we hit the desert, all the wanted posters, and the assorted relics, robbers, bears, wargs, etc. around the named tomb robbers, along with the first three steps of the “riddle” chain. Almost all of this is trivially easy in a group of four. We over-pulled, were reckless, and generally stomped a bunch of even-level enemies with a few signature foes mixed in. It was kind of like playing City of Heroes, although a non-CoH “massive over-pull” is five to eight enemies.
Note: not a single bugged-out enemy the entire time, including a rampage through Rantost and along the beach. Fixed!
We all leveled, with all but one of us now level 35 or higher, time for mounts. Mounts are 4.2 gold each (Casualties, if anyone else needs mount cash, we have not emptied my level 60 of her gold yet. Post on our boards), so cue the whining about the quests to get the riding skill.
I originally had the full narration of how long it takes to run these quests, which I timed at 35 minutes of story-free, challenge-free, alt-tabbed horse riding. If even a description of the quests is TL;DR, you can imagine how much fun running them on a fourth character is. Bree-land is next on the zone revamp list, so I hope this ridiculous waste is removed. I can see how the timed obstacle course at the end if challenging, with the traps that make you fail if you trust the path, but has anyone, anyone enjoyed riding across three zones to build up anticipation of getting your own horse? The failure is only reinforced by the fact that the horse farm does not have a stable. If there is one place in the world that should absolutely have a stable, it is the one where you can see several stables full of horses.