Just thought I’d mention; closed my LotRO account a couple of weeks back. I really just can’t find much to say about the game.
It pays homage to the FryTiger school of art, like WoW, which emphasises texture artistry over polygon count to deliver belivability while you’re immerseed instead of maximum beauty in screenshots.
But it just wasn’t “Lord of the Rings” to me – it doesn’t have the grandeur, the epic je-ne-sais-quoi… As I said to Toto, it’s just not New Zealand. It’s not supposed to be based on the films, but that’s not my point – Peter Jackson just got it right.
I mean, the hobbit stuff is very Hobbity, like a disney ride or something. But the rest of the world seemed not to be that much less hobbity. I think one of the clinchers for me was when the forest turned out to be done the way WWII used to do forests…
Hand on heart – when I think of “Lord of the Rings – The MMO” – I think “Brad McQuaid does Asheron’s Call”. And that’s not what LotRO is. It may be a saga, but its not a hero’s tale. The only hardship my toon endured was seeing Bloo reroll his character because we got killed when the game accused me of cheating. The only sense of development I got was numerical (Chapter II).
When I’ve had time, I’ve been playing a bit of EQ2 here and there and thoroughly enjoying it. Having lost my regular group, I’m not playing nearly as much as before, but thanks to LoF I don’t have a problem getting a group when I do. Shoo is now Level 69 and 1/3rd. I’ve had a chance to see inside Mistmoore Castle – one of my favorite EQ1 zones, for perverse reasons – and I’ve been on some raids.
I got on just in time for a Labs raid on Sunday with a few extra levels and AA under my belt, and the difference was noticeable. Only 1 death before the end encounter (which we failed, seems it got “tuned” in the last update). But I also made both parses on several occasions (DPS and healing).
I’m pretty sure some of that is down to the way some damage and healing gets reported — I think some of the healing spells/regends report as healing done by the target rather than by the healer, certainly some damage effects do (such as Fae Pyre).
Now that I’m mastering my final run of spells, and with some advice from Shanelle back on Oasis and ‘Roo of LoF, I respec’d Shoo a little. I can’t tell if Lu35 or my respec did it, but I’m definitely a little less of a tank. However, the changes to my damage output rock. My healing doesn’t seem to have suffered for the respec.
I’m really just curious, tho, to see how I do at the next raid so I can compare the two specs. I’d mentioned before how I wasn’t sure what the Fury’s role was, and that may have been because I had a very utilitarian AA setup – focus my druid AA on damage dealing while focusing my fury AA on buffage, recovery and healing.