I want to talk about the Moria zones in Lotro. I don’t want to get into all the things the expansion changed, but just the zones themselves. Personally, I think Moria is too safe. When the fellowship ran through the place in the book and movie, it was filled with armies of goblins. When my character first entered Moria, I immediately talked to the stable master inside and saw I could ride a goat to the next “town” of Dolvien View.
I understand why they want towns inside Moria. The outside world is built with quest-hubs in mind, but it doesn’t work in Moria. Instead, they should have styled Moria after Goblin Town. Goblin Town requires you to pull and kill goblins each step of the way to get anywhere. There are some quest-giving NPCs in the prison, but it never feels like the prision is a “town” where you’re safe. You fight your way in, talk to them, and fight your way out. Goblin Town feels like a goblin-infested adventure behind enemy lines. Moria doesn’t.