It’s about 10:00 AM on a Wednesday. I’m at the office. I’m tired as hell.
Last night I took my level 56 Loremaster into the Grand Stair on hard mode in Moria. This was my first taste of the end-game content in LOTRO, and I loved it.
Do you know that scene at the climax of Disney’s Ratatouille when the bitter old food critic finally tastes the vegetable dish the movie is named after? The food critic is blissfully transported back in time via flashback to his childhood. That’s how this instance made me feel.
I guess it wasn’t a lifetime ago that I last felt the thrill of an end-game instance. I only started running the heroic-encounters in SWG a little over six months ago. But six months is a long time in MMO time. Nothing has happened at the office in that time, but endless stories have been forged in-game.
End game instances are the only instances which can be extremely difficult and challenging. You can’t bring more help than is allowed in the instance and you can’t out-level the monsters inside. You have to work as a team and you have to have a good strategy down. It’s the only way to win. And god is it satisfying when you win.
After completing the instance a second time, I said my goodbyes to my kin-mates. “I have to leave for work in two hours” I told them.
Tired as I was, I couldn’t sleep. My face was stuck smiling. I felt like I had partied at a dance club all night. Yet as good as I felt about my all-night gameplay, I knew I had only just dipped my toe into the shallow-end of the pool. There are so many more instances and so much more content to master.
I can’t wait to face more “hard mode” challenges. Thankfully, now that I’m near level 60, I won’t have to wait long.