Have pre-ordered and I’m playing on Silverlode with friends. I expect to play it at least until Age of Conan hits. My toons (all on Silverlode) are Belly, Thelion, Garble, Fredolas, and Carmen. I’m open to starting other toons on other servers as I’m a pretty bad altoholic.
I’ve got lots of cranky, niggling complaints, but overall I’m enjoying it quite a bit, so I preordered. All of my chracters are on Nimrodel for the Qt3 company. Right now I’m having a lot of fun exploring Ered Luin with my level 9 Dwarf Guardian (Glaerin), but I plan to keep playing my Burglar (Ashwald) and Lore Master (Byrdwyn) as well. Lots to see!
It seems like a well done game, and it’s killing me not to preorder it. For personal reasons, I’ve decided to end (er, maybe, “pause,” would be a better word) my MMO addiction with WoW. When I’m out of things to do in WoW, I’m going to try to take a break from the genre for awhile.
I’m sure my resistance will break, eventually, but for now it is strong enough to prevent my preordering.
This really freaked me out, as I saw no EA logos anywhere during the World Tour. LoTRO must be published by EA in some places outside the US, including Dubai. In the US it’s published by Midway, per lotro.com.
John, for the best early game, the hands-down race of choice is hobbits. The Shire is a superlative bit of work guaranteed to suck you into LOTRO. The other races’ starting areas aren’t nearly as good. The elves in particular get shafted.
As for class, they’re all soloable early on. I had the easiest time with my Guardian, since he can go toe to toe with pretty much any three creatures at a time. But the content is laid back enough that I haven’t had any issues with a group being in dire need of a particular class. I suspect this this will change once folks are doing mid- to higher-level content.
For personal reasons, I’ve decided to end (er, maybe, “pause,” would be a better word) my MMO addiction with WoW. When I’m out of things to do in WoW, I’m going to try to take a break from the genre for awhile.
Same. I don’t want to leap from MMO to MMO forever. Gonna try to end my association with the genre with WoW. Whether I can stick to that is doubtful, but worth a shot…
Yeah, I agree. The hobbit area definitely feels the most “lord of the rings” to me. The elven area is indeed pretty crappy. There’s been a 4 or so level span where I’ve been scrounging for quests. The human area isn’t too bad. I have yet to try the dwarves, but given that it shares some of the same map with the elves I don’t have high hopes. :)
Hunters and defenders are pretty cool. I haven’t really liked my burglar that much. It seems like it might shine in a fellowship setting.
I don’t know, man. That “kill the buzzing gnats and two bears by the Willow Tree” quest has proven pretty much impossible for my Hobbit Burglar alone. I’ve tried it four times now. It’s light blue to me and yet I haven’t been able to figure out how to solo it. I’m ready to say fug it and grab a PUG.
EDIT: Different subject: I agree that the elven area is weak, but I didn’t hate it at all. My favorite character is an elf and I had a good time leveling her up.