When I’m not playing MMOs, I’m taking part in MMOs – Mountain Marathons Outdoors. (Okay, I admit it, that was poor. I was trying to be clever – something my wife repeatedly tells me to stop doing as it never ends happily.) I love running but after getting bored of the usual 5km and 10km road races, decided to find some events that would push me that much further. Mountain Marathons are a two day endurance event where you and a team-mate pack all the stuff you’ll need for a weekend (compass, food, tent, clothes etc) and race across mountains. (UK readers may recall some news items at the end of October about runners getting “lost” in the Lake District during some bad storms – that was one of these events).
Anyway, the point of all this self aggrandisement is a chance to share some photos. Oh, and also to tell you about the last time I logged into LOTRO.
I haven’t played LOTRO in a while now, despite the fact that I’ve got a lifetime subscription and despite the fact that, on the whole, I quite like the game and think that Turbine have done a very good job with recreating Middle Earth and the experience of actually being there. They paid attention to every last detail that was put on paper by Prof. Tolkien.
Right on down to the endless running.
I remember it well in the book. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli running for days on end in pursuit of the Orcs who had captured the hobbits. The film trilogy captured it as well – marvellous aerial shots of the characters as they ran across the landscape. The music from the films became the tune that I couldn’t stop humming while my friend and I ran through the mountains – it became something of a theme as is evident from the picture below:
It’s titled “They’ve taken the hobbits to Isengard!”
So the last time I logged in, I found my character was still questing in the North Downs. I made my way from Esteldin to Nan Amlug and stood at the top of the valley looking down. My destination was the orc camp in Dol Dinen. I took a deep breath and thought to myself “Bugger this!”, hearthed back to the Tavern and logged out. I just couldn’t face the run across the zone and then back again. I couldn’t do it. In real life, if you put a long distance run in front of me then I’ll more than likely say “yeah, why not!” but I just can’t face the prospect of running across zones in LOTRO anymore. What’s worse is that the character is level 34 – one level away from getting his mount.
Funny how things pan out isn’t it?
(Curiously, despite people seemingly on a constant winge about the endless running in WoW, I don’t have the same issue. I’ve always liked running across zones in WoW. Apart from in Hellfire Peninsula. And Nagrand.)