Discussion in 'RPG - Playing Your Role' started by Neopythia, Dec 19, 2012.
Does Tom still run that LOTRO guild? If so, there may be issues.
Why? Who's Tom?
Moderator of the forum a lot of us came here from. It's a long story, don't worry about it.
I don't think there's any one 'owner'. There are a bunch of guild admins, as far as I can tell. At the risk of repeating myself, I really don't think anyone here would have any issues. But what do I know.
So this will be on the Landroval server? I have one character left so I can probably make it on that one. :D Right after I get food.
F-words? Fork, frock, flint, forge, firm, fletchette, fora... I can keep going, if you'd like.
Ah, fjord! That's another good one!
It will be on Landroval. I'll probably create it tomorrow night, so everyone has another day to suggest names. I'm kinda liking Company of the the Broken Forge. (Assuming I can use that many characters.)
Awesome. I started steam downloading LOTRO last night, it apparently quit in the middle of the night for an update and never restarted. Way to be a winner, Steam! So, it's still at 4%.
Awesome. Dunno if I'll be on when you form it, though. I might have work today, and if I do I'll probably be working from three to nine (central standard time).
Happy Yule Festival!
Let's take a break from the narrative for a day to talk about something LOTRO does extremely well: Events. While the game lacks the player driven content of Star Trek Online, for example, or the late lamented City of Heroes and Star Wars Galaxies, the developers tap into our real life calendar better than any of them. Turbine leverages off the relationship between Middle Earth and our Earth, as well as the character of Hobbits to approach in-game holidays in a way that doesn't break immersion, which is something many other mmos struggle with.
Currently, LOTRO is holding its annual Yule Festival. Each Festival has its own distinct personality and events. There are certain global festival events, like quests for the Hobbit Inn League or their sworn enemies the Dwarven Ale Association. There are racial dances to be learned, and horse races to be run, but there are also season specific events. For the Yule Festival, those events are held in Winter-Home a winter wonderland located in a pocket instance within Middle Earth. (In other words, you must swift travel there and cannot stumble upon it in your travels.)
Within Winter-Home there are a number of events which grant you festival tokens. These tokens can be turned in for cosmetic clothing, off-hand props, horses, furniture, or even titles. The nice thing about these events, at least in my mind, is that they are not about fighting and killing things. They are very quaint and hobbity. There are snow ball fights and pie eating contests, and a play which you can jeer. It's something I'll talk about more as Ansa progresses in the Shire, but the attention to the lore and to the source material is something I truly appreciate in LOTRO. It's not without its humor, but you will never something immersion shattering like a Gangnam style emote in this game.
The Yule Festival runs through January 1st and is open to all characters regardless of level.
Some pictures from Winter-Home:
Merry Xmas from Middle Earth
Yeah, that's one thing I really like about LOTRO, myself. It does its damnedest to stay true to the source material, which appeals to me since I am a Tolkien geek.
For all those interested, I will be forming the kinship tonight. I already purchased the kinship writ. I only need activate it. Once I do, we have 5 days to get 8 members. I don't think that will be a problem. I will probably drop in and out of the game, if I'm not online, send me a PM and I will jump on and send you a kinvite.
FYI: You must be through the starter instance into the world proper to join a kin.
Sounds good to me.
Clintwald Barker, Watcher of Roads, at your service and your family's.
The Company of the Broken Forge has been created. Send me a PM here, or /tell in game to join.
Landroval is the RP server right? Does that mean it will be an RP guild?
It is the RP server, but the guild is RP optional. If people want to RP, I'm all for it. That's why I went to Landroval in the first place, but it won't be required.
Awesome. I quite enjoy RP servers, but I was a bit worried about RP'ing for this game as I'm not as familiar with the lore as I'd like to be.
Haha, neat. I'm the other way around, myself. I'm not the best, or most enthusiastic, at roleplaying, but I am, as I have said a few times already, a major Tolkien geek, and I have a pretty good grasp of Middle Earth's lore. Were I a more eloquent soul, and so inclined, I could probably ramble on for ages about Arda.
Also, guess who bought a proper subscription to LOTRO yesterday, and also recently cracked open monster play for basically the first time? Haha, I remember when that was something that had to be unlocked in the turbine store~ I made a warg stalker, Raizud, and before I knew it I had played to well past midnight, haha~
On another note, this is relevant:
There are ways around it. Unless you're going to play an elf, a detailed knowledge of Middle Earth isn't necessary. Men or Hobbits of the third age are pretty ignorant of the world. It's a localized agricultural society wherein people rarely traveled further than 50 miles from their homes their entire lives.
Now, if you did want to play an elf there are some heavy expectations. Unlike other games with elves, Tolkien's elves have a detailed history and established characteristics. Like an idiot, I rolled my first character as an elf. I knew very little of the lore at the time, and had to do a lot of reading to make her believable, but then again my kinship was a pretty hard core group of RP'ers. That certainly won't be the requirement here.
Yeah, that's true. And with hobbits it works both ways, of course, and the different races of men do have different levels of global awareness and general education. Rohirrim, for instance, possess no written language and are mostly illiterate (also, superstitious), whereas Gondorians typically use elvish modes of writing and tend to be relatively more aware of elven culture and history, though the men of Dale possess trade relationships with the elves of Mirkwood and the dwarves of the Lonely Mountain. Bree-landers, meanwhile, are of the races of men the most familiar with hobbits.
And dwarves... are dwarves.
see what I meant about rambling?
... -likes roleplaying- ... -made an elf for this server- ...-knows jackshit about lore- Well, shit.
The other problem with playing an Elf is the Elf (and dwarf) starting area is made entirely of poop. It's really, really bad.
It all evens out once you level out of the starting zones, but if you've never played before, if you don't have strong feelings about it for your first character you want to be a Hobbit (because the Shire is awesome), or a human (Bree isn't super-awesome but it's ok).
Ah, excellent! I rolled a captain from Rohan recently, so I guess it'll be perfectly in character for her to be an ignorant asshole.
A /tell to what name?
Ansa. That's their character's name.
Nice to have another meat-shield aboard, haha~
OK, I created a character named "Hammett". Someone send me a /tell tonight if you're on.
I'm online now and probably will be for a little while. Send a /tell to Ansa and I'll invite you.
Judging by last night, we have a great group of people in the kin!
If you still need a kinvite, you can contact myself on Ansa, or Quatoria on Nellarviel.
I got really excited when I saw this LP and went to download the game, have yet to start. I need a name, I'm really bad at names (I use skibbies or variants of it in mmos generally, but that doesn't fit Middle Earth!) Google time.
I also know zilch about lore of LOTR, might wiki Simarilion tomorrow.
They give you a lot of pre-fix and suffix guidance at character creation time to help with naming...I mean, if you care about that sort of thing. I tend to use Latin flower names for names for some reason.
When all else fails, I usually just click on 'random name' until I see something I like.
TOP TEN INAPPROPRIATE NAMES ON A ROLE-PLAYING SERVER:
And that isn't already taken. It beats opening a baby names website and going through the entire alphabet until you find something nice and available.
Still upset with myself and that right bastard what forced me to kill 'em, I took the Kingsfoil back to Strider. I glowered at him with all me might, but he didn't seem to pay any mind. His attention was on Amdir. The poor sod had grown paler since I last saw him. He seemed to look at something behind me, never quite focusing on the Ranger or me. I felt a bit bad about given Strider the old what for, but it had been a long day and I'm just not use to the sort of thing what we were doing. So I told Strider, in no uncertain terms, that I appreciated his help springing me and all, but I needed to get home to Gran. Poor thing was probably worried sick. That took his mind from Amdir for the moment. He looked at me and smiled. It was the sort of smile an old dog has, the one who's been round the tree a few times and knows a thing or two. He said he understood, and wished a safe journey. I felt horrible leaving him like that. I mean I didn't know who he was at the time, or the way of things outside the Shire. I just wanted to see me Gran.
On me way out of town, with a pack lunch for the journey, a strange man waved at me from his farm. He was calling "Boy! Boy! Oi! Come 'ere!" I didn't much appreciate being called boy so I set him right straight on a few things. He apologized for the mistake, though I'm not quite she I believed him. He asked me about what was going on in the village, about Strider and the hurt Ranger. I told him what I knew. Why shouldn't I have? I didn't know he was tricksy. He thanked me and sent me on my way. Our next meeting wouldn't be so friendly.
It was a pleasant afternoon on the road from Archet. I lit me pipe and whistled a tune happy to be going home. Not but a few hours down the road did I come to an obstacle in me path. Some cheeky bastards had set up a barricade preventing anyone from leaving Archet. I tried to talk me way through, but the men just insulted me; told me to go home. I said I was, and they laughed some more. I was getting angry.
I left the barricade to find help. The first place I came upon was a farmhouse within sight of the ruins I had earlier explored. The men knew about the barricade, but not what to do. They told me to go find a huntsman who was staying at an old cabin.
The cabin was me kind of place what with all the dead animals and all the meat a hobbit could eat, and you know how hobbits can eat. I licked me lips just walking into that kitchen. The huntsman wouldn't have none of it though. He said I was small and crafty and I agreed. I told him I was a good hunter me self. So he had me scout for him.
I'm jumping ahead a bit as nothing much happened there. They didn't see me, and I managed to swipe a pretty important looking satchel.
I got back to the cabin and the huntsman discovered they was plans to attack the village. He said we had to go, that we would get there before nightfall. I told him I'd be fine there. The meat looked really good, but he insisted. We ran almost all the way there, but we was too late. The village was already burning.
We raced through the town. Death and destruction in our path. We fought our way toward the town center. Me in the back with me bow. The huntsman fighting with a sword. I could barely see through the smoke. I don't remember much from that day, but the screaming. The trapped and dying. The anguished cries for help as villages watched their loved ones die, powerless to do anything. My previous guilt over that man's death vanished. I thought dark thoughts. I wanted to make things right and shooting arrows into invaders seemed like the best way. I dunna think so now, but it was the beginning. Reflection comes later.
We made it to the town square. A small group of defenders remained, fightin' the bastards back. I tried to look for Strider, but in all the chaos it was impossible. Later I would find out he wasn't present for the attack. He had bigger things to worry about. Suddenly a great shriek filled the night sky. We were frozen in place. Terrified by some unseen terror. I heard the huntsman mumble something. Turning slowly I saw, through the flames, that strange man what questioned me earlier flanked by two cloaked monsters.
The Captain of the guard tried to resist. The creatures gutted him, then took Amdir away. For some reason I still don't understand, the strange man remained behind, I guess to finish us off. The huntsman thought different and bloody well took his head off. I'm ashamed to say this now, but I cried out in joy when it happened. The joy didn't last; never does. I slumped to the ground, exhausted. Tears streamed down me cheeks, while all around the town burned.
Appendix of Snark
Get your own damn horse.
And a bonus, just because I liked the picture:
D'awww, poor Ansa.
I'm home for the night. Only for the night. Then it's off onto a bus for 6 hours.
In the meantime, I am going to shoot my way through the prologue and other stuff. ...as best as I can, that is. I really like to take all of the quests it's compulsory don't judge me
I'm almost ashamed to admit that I have Misty Mountain Cold playing almost every time I read this thread.
Soli-fied that for you. You're welcome!
By Thoro's beard! Because kind of slowly disintegrating under the awesome double helix-ing of story and character ahhhhhhhhh m'darsi~<3
I just bweh! Geh! Fweh! Ansa getting rolled up into the surrounding events and trying to make it to the town before it falls into ruin and really I played this part just today but even then you strike up a line of TENSION just perfectly. GEEZ!
I always regretted not rolling a character on Landoval. I somehow missed it was the (unofficial) RP server when things got started. Yes, I could transfer from Gladden, but I'd also have to transfer my Kinship, plus all my characters, and I am a altoholic. Reading this really takes me back to the old days, long before F2P...
A couple of notes: For you completionists that need to take every possible quest, that's become rather hard as Turbine has sped up the leveling process so that what once might have taken months takes days. The Shire in particular suffers from this, as that region is larger than some entire landmasses of other games I have played. You will be leveled out of it before you see a fifth of it. But for 495 points you can purchase a pocket item from the Store(TM) which stops leveling, allowing you to freeze your character before he greys out all the quests in a zone.
I actually liked the Dwarven starter area. In fact, I think the Skorgrim story arc, started there, is still one of the best arcs in the game.
Yes, Turbine takes the stance that Dwarves are Dwarves as far as outward appearance goes. However, it is telling that one of the upper tier awards for maximum rank with Thorin's Hall (the Dwarf starter area) is... a very pretty Dwarven made dress. Oh, and of course you can wear it, no matter your sex or race.
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