I’ve downloaded Lord of the Rings online [Hubby and I did in fact a few weeks back] and I started playing a Captain [named Askevar] but absolutely can’t stand the character. Add to that, hubby isn’t all that intrigued or interested and to be honest, we’re both more focused on wow goals. However, my sister-in-law started playing and enjoys it. So when she comes by the house on Tuesdays and Thursdays at her break between classes, we usually sit down and play a bit. Here are my observations so far:
1. I feel like a total noob in this game. I don’t know the customs or how interactions are typically done. I don’t know what questions are fine to ask and which make me look like a total moron. I will say the Advice and OOC channels are better than WoW’s trade in the sense that you actually can get valid replies, but there’s a lot of WoW bashing that goes on. I don’t really see the point in sitting on one MMO to bash another.
2. I’m having to relearn to play. It was more frustrating for my husband who’s used to the keybindings etc of his wow toons to try and relearn them [our characters made it to level 6... that's it]. His perspective is that he’s going to relearn to play in Cataclysm, why fight with another system till he’s done with his Pre-Cata list. I sorta agree, but on the other hand, the key bindings and quests aren’t all that difficult to deal with on LotRO for me… I do keep hitting the [B] button to try and open my bag :P.
3. I like the fact that quest objectives are character specific. Meaning, that the plant I need to pick six of is there, even if someone runs up before/after me. There’s a lot less ninjaing and such mainly because you can’t. Also, whoever hits a mob first is who it belongs to. Mobs are tapped and done.
4. Professions are a royal pain in the butt. I went the gathering [explorer I believe] route. You select a vocation, it consists of three professions to be leveled. You become proficient in the first level to gain access to the second level. You master the first level to master the second etc and so forth. I haven’t gone far with these because money is a precious commodity still… so I have to pick and choose where to spend it… plus the SiL and I usually quest.
5. It feels more solo-ish than WoW does. But we’re also not in a Kinship [aka Guild].
6. Riding is a privilege to those who pay… and I’d have to spend about 5 bucks to buy the coins to purchase the riding skill, so for now, I’m doing without and for now I can. They say when I hit level 20-30, it’ll become an issue. SiL and I are currently level 13. If we in fact do reach that point, it’s something we could definitely look at.
7. One possible benefit in the Catalysm shake up months where WoW will be down alot: Lotro has maintenance on Tuesdays also but from 8-9am. I could theoretically play over there a bit more.
8. Guild = Kinship; Group = Fellowship. Kinships require at least 8 members minimally or the kinship is deleted.
9. I haven’t experienced housing yet… though you supposedly can purchase one at level 15… I seriously doubt I’ll be able to afford it. It sounds neat but meh not all that interesting.
10. My SiL is a Loremaster, which is kind of a mage/priest hybrid. They deal damage ranged but they have melee attacks, can have a companion and have a few healing spells and CC spells. I’m currently playing a Champion which is basically a dual wielding dps class… reminds me a bit of a cross between a fury warrior and a dw frost dk. I initially tried a Captain – which is totally a warrior with shouts and all but I can’t stand the character now. I like the minstrel [bard type healer/dps] as well, but she’s saved to run with hubby’s Guardian [tank] if he ever logs on again :P