I am enjoying The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™, but I find myself not reading all the quest text. At first this was because I had read it during beta, and I needed to consciously remind myself to stop and read new stuff. Habit is a great deadener. Then I stopped caring about why this particular person needed me to kill ten boars. And it usually is boars, sometimes wolves or birds.
Look, I understand that I am doing the Epic Side Quest while Frodo carries The One Ring, and I get to maintain the home front and be a distraction from the real battlefront. Fine. But I am repeatedly being sent on quests for food, including one hobbit who sent me a zone-and-a-half for oatmeal. Oatmeal! The woman next him wants me to slaughter evil birds so that she can stuff pillows with their feathers. First, are craban feathers really the best substitute for fluffy down; more importantly, has she not heard about The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™’s famous chickens? I vaguely worry that I am missing some good and interesting writing when I skip through it, but I see a title (“Thin the Wolf Pack”), an objective (“bring 8 wolf teeth”), and I know the pattern. Orcs or bears attacked you, spiders ate your dog, I get it.
Please let me know if there is quest text really worth reading beyond the epics (and I have my questions there).