Lord of the Rings Online’s road leads on to Update 22’s Northern Mirkwood

    
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Out of Mordor and into Mirkwood, that’s just the way it goes for the Middle-earth adventurer. With Tuesday’s Update 22: Legacy of the Necromancer, Lord of the Rings Online has opened up one of the most iconic and expansive zones that the game has seen for quite some while.

Players can take flight to the reaches of Northern Mirkwood, as made famous by the journeys of Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. It is here that they will go through two new chapters in the epic story while visiting the Elves and spiders in Mirkwood and the rebuilt Lake-town in the Dale-lands. The update contains over 125 new quests and deeds, as well as a special series of endgame stronghold quests that will go live on March 14th.

Customization options got improved this time around as well. The Dwarves finally received their avatar upgrades and there are more facial options for Humans and Elves. Hobbits? Go home and sit by the fire. But no matter what the race, everyone can now pick up a fiddle and play a merry tune!

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Axlatl12

Gah slow down with all the updates I’ve been a lifetime subscriber since the beginning and own all the expansions… but I just got to Mirkwood on one character a month ago and I just getting all my classes up to lvl 60 so just slow down I have a lot of catching up to do! Or maybe I need to control my altitis and I keep thinking I should go back to Wow to finish legion before battle… dam too much to play and Battletech the game is coming next month! Well truthfully I’m really happy with my game choices these days:)

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Dividion

I gave up on most of my alts after Mirkwood and just do crafting with them now. I think that’s about 5 or 6 characters sitting around level 65. Now I just keep my main (LM) at cap, and I’ve got a couple others I work on every now and then. If after 10 years of LotRO you’re just now working your way through the 60s, it’ll probably take another 10 years to get them through Rohan, and probably 5-10 more before they hit Northern Mirkwood. Personally I hope the game is still around then. :)

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Randy Savage

I recently came back to the game to take another tour of Middle Earth. I haven’t played since the Riders of Rohan expansion so I’ve got some catching up to do. I just made a new Dwarf Guardian, so I’m happy with the avatar update. Now he’s even more handsome than before! lol… but I like to DPS with my Guardian and unfortunately, the game doesn’t really support that playstyle. LOTRO is still plagued by the antiquated notion that classes that can tank should only tank. Apparently the Guardian class is getting some work done on it so there’s supposed to be a class balance patch coming at some point. I just hope they remember to address the other two Guardian trait trees.

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Mattaui

Oh hey, I was wondering if we’d ever get to see Lake-town! I keep trying to catch up but they keep adding more before I get there, not that I mind having such a wealth of content to look forward to. Onward!

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Bryan Turner

Bless this game, sure it may have had to do some questionable Microtransactions to keep afloat but it feels good to know that this Elder Statesmen is still chugging along, especially considering the fantasy lore it is bringing into the MMO world.

On the plus side I may be able to log into LotRO (and that other game you’re tired of me mentioning) since my 2 year contract is up with Direct TV and I’m getting an intro rate with Spectrum with 200mbs internet (thank god the charade is over, I’m so fucking glad I’m getting real internet again, I just had too much pride to admit I fucked up so bad with that decision).

With that said, did they ever do anything to speed up the combat in this game to at least WoW/Rift speeds, it always felt like I was communicating with my character on one of the Apollo Craft when ever I’d try to use an ability.

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Melissa McDonald

Looked like hobbits already had their avatar upgrades? They look better now to my eyes anyway. I’m really looking forward to them adding the lands from the Hobbit books, it’s been a vexing and senseless omission. Glad those copyright issues are resolved.

I rerolled a new character this year and been playing with a friend who has never played an MMO before, but loves the Tolkien books. we’re just now getting into Rohan. It’s added fun knowing how blown away he is by the idea of the whole of Middle Earth being there to explore, with all its dangerous places, beautiful places, iconic locations and cities and castles.

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Weilan

I really wanted to give the game a try last time I played it, went to the second zone – The Shire and the map and how quests are displayed was really confusing. I played WoW since 2007 and considering how LOTRO is roughly the same game, I never expected I would have trouble with quests, namely the design of the map and how the quest indicators look on it (and sometimes lack thereof). I had some quest where some hobbits were playing hide and seek and I had to find one, but it doesn’t really tell you where, the quest doesn’t have an indicator for the map and you just have to wander aimlessly through a place as big as Elwynn Forest.

Too bad they don’t have add-ons like in WoW where you can just install a Quest Helper and roll with it.

I had the same problem when I tried to get into EQ2 – I went to some capital city, the quest told me to go to a certain place, there was some sort of a quest marker on the map, I went to the place, looked around for about 10 minutes, didn’t find anything, looked up on the internet, didn’t find anything as there wasn’t enough relevant information and gave up and uninstalled.

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Melissa McDonald

Sounds like you need to stick with WoW.

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Weilan

I NEED to? But why?

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Viktor Budusov

If you can’t finish hide&seek quest without quest tracker… Man, you’re too WoWish

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Weilan

I completed TES III Morrowind (2002) without external help, only using whatever information I gathered in the Journal, I don’t think that’s the problem. If you’ve played it you’d know what I’m talking about. The riddles/puzzles aren’t on Skyrim’s autistic level – match three animals with the thee animals shown on the wall. There is a place where you are given a riddle and in order to progress further you need to decipher the hidden message and drown yourself on purpose.

http://en.uesp.net/wiki/Morrowind:Pilgrimages_of_the_Seven_Graces

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Melissa McDonald

respectfully, because you compare everything to it and are dissatisfied when it’s not just like Wow.

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Weilan

I beg to differ, Vanilla WoW had no quest indicators, yet I never had problem finding stuff. The problem here is that LOTRO displays quests on the map, just in a very sloppy manner.

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Randy Savage

That is a fair criticism. The maps and quest tracker for this game have always sucked but thankfully, the community is really good so if you can’t find where a quest is located on the LOTRO Wiki, asking someone in World Chat will help.

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Weilan

Right now I’m investing in ESO, but in the future I really plan to sink deep into LOTRO, despite my criticisms, I still like the game. I’m actually bashing it because I really like it, the Tolkien universe and the fact that the game is hampering my experience with this.

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Bryan Turner

Not everything needs to streamlined, I can see how it would be confusing if you didn’t have the quest areas marked off on a map perhaps but I wouldn’t doubt after almost 15 years there should be an overlay to help with that by this point or at least extensive guides.

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BalsBigBrother

or a very helpful community who are usually more than willing to point you in the right direction if you are polite.

Talking to folks in an mmo are you insane BBB? Well yes but that is besides the point :p

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Yes, but just because you’re crazy doesn’t mean you aren’t right.

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Michael18

Usually quests can be done without looking up any extra information. Sometimes (rarely) they want you to search for stuff and don’t provide indicators on the map, but then it is in a realtively small area and usually the quest text gives further hints.

Also keep in mind that the game is designed to be a bit slower paced than (today’s) WoW. Take your time and enjoy the world and stories.

If you liked the game overall, then don’t give up. Most MMOs feel a bit weird the first few hours but usually you get used to it faster than you would’ve thought.