I have a weird relationship with Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) that is unlike any other MMO I play. It’s definitely one of my favorites, and it is always part of my Steam catalog. Yet, after it becomes my main game for a few months. I have to go completely cold turkey on it for a few months. It stays there staring at my as Steam illustrates my array of games, but I have almost a revulsion thinking about firing it up. There is no logical reason for it. Seriously, I have written and deleted multiple sentences right here trying to put some sense to it.
However, I am back in it now that it has been re-born as a Free-to-Play (F2P) title. Not because it is now playable without a cover charge as I have a lifetime account, but because it feels fresh. It feels new, and in parts it feels like a different game. One that is more caring of my time. I like that. There is so much to learn, but I think that many LOTRO posts will be coming in the future. I saw a few blogger friends also in-game so hopefully they will speak on such things as well. (Oh look, during editing I see one has!)
Last night I was a little overwhelmed. Dozens of titles splashed across my screen. I was gaining Turbine Points (“TP,” the cash shop currency) at an irregularly weird rate, and I heard that my points I racked up the past few months might take a bit to show up. I checked out the slick new dungeon grouping system (please make a collapsible menu), and I did a quick Rift skirmish with a few friends. Last night’s play felt like walking into a restaurant and getting free samples of the coming meal before I am even seated. Then when I sit down to look at the menu it’s too hard to make one choice. I am excited about LOTRO, and I can’t wait to start digging deeper in to all the changes.