Return To Middle-EarthApril 13, 2010
It was the right time. I had hit the level cap in Star Trek Online and Age of Conan, but I’m still not over the leveling bug.
So last night I went back to Lord of the Rings Online, and decided to start all over with a new character. According to Blue Kae, all the cool kids play on Landroval, so it was there I rolled my Hobbit Minstrel, Kiskadee. I know Hobbit females are generally named after flowers or gemstones, but I just wanted something a little different. Hence, my character is named for a tropical, passerine bird. I thought it was quite appropriate for my brave little Hobbit, since the vivacious Greater Kiskadee is known for its strength and ability to fight off much larger birds. But it’s a little ironic at the same time, as my character’s a minstrel but the kiskadee isn’t generally appreciated as a songbird.
But enough with the biology lesson, let’s get on to LOTRO. I’ve only been gone for about two months, but for some reason the game is more beautiful than I remember. First AoC and now LOTRO…when it comes to graphics, I’m totally being spoiled here (how am I ever going to go back to World of Warcraft?) Like, take the image below. It’s not overly impressive as screen captures go, but I must have stood there for like 10 minutes just staring at that sky. The sun was just setting, the clouds were lazily drifting by…and if you look really closely, you can just barely catch a glimpse of the rainbow arcing off to the right.