Boggle__I don't know what to say. I can't wrap my mind around this.
You are so right on, Boomjack. My friends and I have discussed these issues for a long time. Since we are experienced players, we expect more. There should be tutorials for inexperienced players, those who choose it, but for others we should be able to jump right into the action with just a small tutorial to get players indoctrinated into the playstyle of the game. And then give us a meaty story with meaty characters. Give us a reason to care about the story. I don't think we have to kill rats to kill simple creatures. The creatures could be different types but just easier to fight at lowest levels.
We are tired of the cookie cutter games and a couple recent articles have given me hope that developers are finally seeing this:
The lag in Bree never was a problem for me, but from what others say, it has greatly improved.
I wish more online games didn't have levels. I prefer skill based.
I wish I could edit. ;) About Monster play, I should have said you can enter the area at level 10 to play a Monster, and be level 50. Those who want to play the Free Peoples to fight the Monsters, do so at level 45. Until the PvP starts, your Monster can do quests, some against npc Free Peoples, for loot and silver. The Free Peoples aren't called Freebies, but Freepies. I spelled that wrong. There are four different classes of Monsters, four types, orcs, wargs and spiders.
I hate the term "end game". If a game is good, why end it, why not continue with more content and expansions. The first new content for LOTRO will be released in June. A new area opening up. This is the planned ongoing game, new areas opening up.
There will be raiding, although I don't know the kind planned. There is the Monster play, PvP, that will take off once enough players reach level 45. It will be Monsters against Free Peoples. At level 10 you can enter the Monster area at the pool in Bree, and auto be level 50. The advancement is gained by defeating other players, the "Freebies". Each level of your main character, after level 10, you gain points that can be used to further equip your monster with more skills.
If you made it to level 10 and ran out of quests, you need to try a new area. the dwarf needs to move on to the elf area or Bree. Actually, I started my elf near the same area the dwarves start, and leveled her to 15 doing quests. You have to do a bit of exploring to find the npc's for new quests, unless someone tells you where to go. Read your quests; they usually have enough information to steer you to where you need to go next. I highly recommend gathering a group of friends to form fellowships and explore the lands. If we find the quests become too high in one area, we move on, and in a couple levels return to continue those quests. You won't reach a level you can't solo until about level 32.
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