LOTRO: Still LearningJuly 8, 2010
There’s been a lot of distractions in the last few days, but despite Taurens, Jedi knights and the drama of RealID, I’m still plugging away at my Hobbit Minstrel in Lord of the Rings Online. I realize that kinda makes me sound like I’m not enjoying myself, but I want to assure you that’s not the case…however, I am starting to wonder how long it should take on average to get level 65. Progress is slower than I am used to; though granted, being new to LOTRO I have no doubt I’m behind the curve. It’s hard to be time efficient when you’re in unfamiliar territory, and sometimes it comes down to something as simple as not knowing where to go for quests.
Lately, I’ve been torn between looking up a guide or sticking with exploring for myself. I’m always loathe to turn to walkthroughs and the like whenever I play new games, preferring to poke around and discover things on my own instead…but as my readers and their advice in the comments in the past have shown me, sometimes it doesn’t hurt to have help. So far, I’ve been relying on following the Book quests to bring me to where I need to be, and while this hasn’t led me astray yet, I’ve also benefited much from taking other people’s suggestions (like getting over the North Downs hump). I’ve also found Syp’s nerdy progression map to be quite helpful, so hopefully he doesn’t mind that I’m following it on and off myself. Resources like this as well as reader advice makes me think I can continue on this way without ever having to refer to a full-blown guide.
Gotta say, though, sometimes looking stuff up isn’t so bad. Hope you’re all ready for another noob story, because last night I finally figured out that the reason why I couldn’t turn in my first-timer Skirmish quest…was because of a bug.
In retrospect, I guess I should have known, seeing as I’ve upgraded my account with all the expansions and somewhere in the back of my mind I was pretty sure you only had to be level 30, but it didn’t hit me that something was wrong until I had the quest turn grey in my log. All this time, I had thought the Skirmish Captain will eventually deign to talk to me and that the quest will go through, and when he didn’t, I started to think that maybe I didn’t meet a certain requirement, or that I didn’t have something…and it turned out to be: a clue!
The last thing that occurred to me while I was playing, is that one day, I would like to participate in some real roleplaying on Landroval. You know, just for fun. I’m not a serious roleplayer by any means, but I’m not closing any doors to such opportunities either.
However, I already know that it’s going to take some time and a lot of observation to bring me to the point where I’ll be comfortable with it. Last night, someone attempted to draw me into some RP, with the following: <Name> looks at Kiskadee and winces suddenly. I thought, “Omigosh, is he going to think I smell bad or something?”, panicked, typed out a quick “/e gasps”, turned around and promptly ran away like a spooked dormouse.
Awkwaaaaard! In any other MMO, I might have tried a little harder to RP back, but LOTRO roleplaying is admittedly still a mystery to me and not something I’m ready to tackle yet. When the day eventually comes where I do participate in it, I’d like to do it right, and not have to RP a bumbling idiot.