Alright, I have decided to get back into Lotro but I don’t know which character I wish to play. I can either continue on my Hunter and get to 75 from 65 or I can level my Warden for a bit and see how long I have fun with that.
I looked over some of the Legendary Item changes and I am a lot happier with how they function now. I still disagree with their level cap rising and think that legendary items should sinc with player level not be leveled up. I am a little sad that my server seems kind of low population now. I will not server transfer but I hope Elendilmir gets some people back into it.
Grinding in MMOs
I have played MMOs for years now my first true MMO being Ragnarok Online. The older games seemed to be much more challenging yet still kind of annoying due to their limited systems at the time. Player overcame this though and some even made their own mods such as those in the Everquest game. l am a small fan of grinding because it gives meaning to the game. Quests also give meaning to the game, but a lot of people don’t realize that they are part of the grind. A quest that sends you out to kill 20 monsters is a grind, a small grind but still a grind none the less.
Lately I have been playing LOTRO as my main MMO (WoW does not meet my standards). I have been playing it for a good 2-3 years and I never really had many problems with it. There are some zones that need reworked but the game is being revamped for the better. I have always had friends that used to play with me complain about how they have to grind for this, then for that, and then for that other thing. At first I kinda agreed with them that it was a lot of grinding and could be very annoying after awhile especially on multiple characters.
Then it hit me, almost all the friends that cried and complained about grinding played WoW. Now before anyone says anything about that I do realize WoW was somewhat of a grind-fest in its early days but today it has changed. I do not play it, but I have many friends that still do and the only thing I hear them complaining about is that everything is too easy. This is my point. MMOs are becoming way too easy and not towards a casual sense but too easy. There are plenty of ways to retain hard earned items and equipment while allowing casual players to get good things.
So when I look back towards Lotro I don’t see a terrible grind I see something you work towards. The things you grind for are not required they are additional traits, weapons, and other things that you as a player want to attain to be stronger. So it is your choice if you want to grind or not. There are even ways to get the same things by just exploring the world.
Now I played Ragnarok Online and that is the gristiest of grinds, but I still love the game. The reason the game was so fun was because you had so many monsters to try and kill. The possibilities of what items and weapons to use on which monsters was always fun to think about and come up with.
So stop crying that you cant complete something in 1 day or 2 days. Just play the game and grind, quest grind, or uh you know just have fun.