Year In Review

I guess a blog wouldn’t be complete this time of year without some kind of “in review” post, so here goes. Even though my blog has only been around for the last 3 months or so, I’ve been mostly alive and kicking for the whole year. On the blog itself, the best day ever was back on November 8 with 261 hits, 244 of those on my post about the Hellgate Mini-Game – which is still, BY FAR, my most hit post every day.  Since then the stats have inevitably been … Continue reading

LOTRO Progress

LotRO seems to be going quite well.  Our group is all in their 30’s, although we just got one of our old guildies to sign up this week, so we’ll have some PL’ing to do or maybe we’ll get our alts out or something. But all-in-all it’s been going well.  The lack of coin seems to be going away, however there will definitely be a “BIG-HIT” to the pocket-book when we buy our horses.  I hear they’re over 4 gold, and I’ve just barely got 2 gold – and I’m … Continue reading

Hobbits, Elves, and Dwarves – Oh My!

My foray into Middle-Earth is going well and I’m still really enjoying Lord of The Rings Online.  Even after 3 server changes due to guild indecision – 1st server was Nimrodel, which we abandoned for Landroval due to population issues (The guild didn’t feel there were enough people on Nimrodel). And then we discovered one of our old WoW guildies had been “playing in secret” for the past few months over on Brandywine and was already in an active guild and had levelled into his 30’s – so we moved … Continue reading

A Week in Middle-Earth

Ok, I’ve been playing Lord of the Rings Online for a week or so and thought I’d share my thoughts on the game.  It’s definitely shaping up as one of Turbine’s better offerings of late.  With LOTRO we’ve got most of the beauty of AC2, and much better game-play than either AC2 or DDO.  On the “ease of entry” curve, it’s somewhere in the middle.  Easier than EVE, tougher than WoW (which are the current “extremes” of the spectrum right now) .  Levelling is similar to “old-school” DAoC (pre-Catacombs), where it took awhile … Continue reading

Oh No! Not another MMO!

Lord of the Rings Online… Ok, it’s not super new or anything and I was in the beta where I had less than a stellar impression of the game, but a guild mate has been playing the free trial over the Thanksgiving holiday and says it’s much better than it was in beta and thinks it could hold our guild’s interest until Warhammer is released – unlike Hellgate. Don’t get me wrong, Hellgate is a blast, but it just doesn’t have the staying power that a “real MMO” has. It’s … Continue reading