The Daily Grind: Are you planning to give LOTRO’s new progression server a try?

    
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When Lord of the Rings Online announced its new progression server plan earlier this week, the LOTRO community immediately went into a state of puzzlement. See, the server does have that progression style popular with other Daybreak titles; it’ll begin with that launch-content experience and roll out the other expansions and zones as it goes. The catch is that it’s keeping all of the classes and traits and mechanics changes from the current game. If you were hoping for a less-bloated gameplay setup on the Legendary server, you aren’t getting that. You’re basically getting the current game, on a fresh subscription server, with all the players herded into a specific level-band.

It’s not a bad thing, of course, but it did leave folks wondering whom, exactly, the new server is for. As Andang put it, it seems as if SSG is simply putting up a clean server for existing players wanting a new alt experience, rather than catering to fans hoping for a burst of classic nostalgia play.

Personally, I’d have been much more interested in a story-centric type of server with accelerated progression so I could take my kid along through the entire game story without needing to stop to grind or dungeon for experience and gear along the way, maybe more akin to the way SWTOR plays right now.

How about you – is it for you? Does it appeal to you at all? Are you planning to give LOTRO’s new progression server a try?

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micedicetwice

Maybe I would if the game didn’t lag as hell on my pc. I simply cannot play it, it’s optimization and decade old engine what stops me.

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Matthew DesOrmeaux

Yep! Can’t wait!

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Denice J. Cook

Yep, I’ll be there for sure!

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Cadaver

Seriously tempted. I’m downloading the game now to see if the performance has improved since my last brief return. If it’s tolerable and if I can secure my old character names then yeah, why not?

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Toy Clown

If I was unhappy in my current MMOs, I would try it in a heartbeat. LOTRO is a game I’ve wanted to try for several years, but trying to get into older MMOs feels so daunting. Something like this would have had me trying it out.

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Sleepy

Yep! But I have a lifetime, I doubt I’d sub for the privilege. Whether I stay depends on the population.

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Stormwaltz

No.

I said in the comments of the announcement article that I might have been interested if it included classic mechanics. Lacking that, the only appeal seems to be playing in a thick crowd. That’s not a strong draw for me – and realistically, I wouldn’t be able to keep up with them anyway.

I just don’t have much time to play. I started a new character over the summer, and she’s still just 25 and going through Lone Lands / North Downs. Move to a new server, without any of my accumulated account resources, for the dubious benefit of being left behind by the crowd again? Nah.

Anyway, I find the absence of players in lower level areas immersive. The uninhabited wilderness of LotRO actually is uninhabited wilderness. Most of the time I only see other players when I go into a major town or a festival is on.

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BraxKedren

Yes!
Recently came back and working my Guardian up through Moria but being so low level its all solo stuff. Now I can actually hold off, start on this server and level with everyone else and see the content through a group setting.

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Paragon Lost

Nope. As I said in another related Lotro article here that mentioned it. At the pace they’ll release the expansions it just won’t be enjoyable. Every month a new expansion? So basically we’re gonna have to rip through content at a hectic pace.

Mmorpgs are about the journey or should be and Lotro is the poster child of that. The progression server and how its going to operate is in my opinion the antithesis of what Lotro is. No thanks.

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BraxKedren

It’s not every month, where are you getting that? They said content is around every 4 months, but haven’t stated it will be exactly.

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Paragon Lost

Sorry, every 4 months. That’s too short regardless. I meant four months, I took it from the article here on Massively last week.

Lord of the Rings Online announces ‘legendary’ progression server

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Roger Melly

4 months isn’t too bad but I think I would have preferred every six months .

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Cinaminson

I want to play a progression server in LOTRO, but not this. I was really excited at first when I saw the announcement, but how is this any different to playing the game today? I can do this now, I don’t need to wait for the legendary server. And I don’t want to play the current game as it is. =/