Lord of the Rings Online

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Matt Barton
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Hi, all. I'm on LOTRO now,

Hi, all. I'm on LOTRO now, Meneldor server, named Fenalis. Hope to see you there!

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Exploring is definitely a

Exploring is definitely a large part of the game. I have to admit, the first time I went to weathertop in game I was completely awed. The place is incredible to see, and can be dangerous depending on your level. If you can, crank the graphics up as high as you can make them go, the game is a visual masterpiece.

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Matt Barton
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Okay, will do. My old friend

Okay, will do. My old friend from WOW is also trying to get a character started, though his download has been super slow.

I'm definitely in no big hurry to level or anything like that, though. Just interested in playing with some friends and having a good time exploring the game.

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Nathaniel Tolbert
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Don't worry with help you can

Don't worry with help you can quickly achieve the level you are on the other server. When you can get to a point that you can mail a letter, mail a letter with your character name to my character so I can friend you. I will then start the process of making you appropriate armor and a decent weapon of your choice. Again, everyone else, please do the same, I very much enjoy crafting and running through quests with large groups of people. The Voice chat function works great for coordinating quest and deed completions. I'm lvl 23 so I am willing to run with people on their early quests to accelerate that function if they want as well help with trait deeds.

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Chip Hageman
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I've got to try this one out. I'll probably get it installed over the weekend and hop on... plus, it gives time for everyone to hammer out the logistics. :-)

-Chip

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Matt Barton
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Doggone it. I wish I hadn't

Doggone it. I wish I hadn't already started a character on dwarrowdelf. I guess I'll try to create a new on on meneldor.

Geez, why can't they just have everyone on the same server. That always bugs me.

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Nathaniel Tolbert
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Playing on LOTRO

My offer is for anyone that is wanting to play on Meneldor. We could even start a Kinship (a guild in the game) if there are enough people. I agree on the fetch quests, but for the most part those are only terrible if you play a Hobbit. If you play a hobbit get out of the shire as fast as possible, it will drive you insane. What kind of adventurer delivers pies, mail, and delivering messages between towns because the hobbits are too lazy to deliver the message themselves?

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Mark Vergeer
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Downloaded my copy

Downloaded my copy will install it and give it a spin.

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There are SO MANY great Free

There are SO MANY great Free 2 play games now, in fact way to many. All the short Peeks and such people are doing, I was thinking of doing them on MMORPG's.. as I'm a bit of an addict and pretty much play um all (paid and free). Here are some quick thoughts on some mentioned. Most ONLINE games shine with friends, but almost all have learned from WoW and solo is almost always an option.

AD&Donline- as mentioned this game is fairly solo easy nowdays with the difficulty settings. But its almost a different game with a group. Recommended if you have people to play with.

LoTROnline- Also great with people, but solo can be done fairly easy. Easy to enjoy if you read the books as locations and such are all there. This is probebly my 2nd most played of the PAID games...

The two are really alot alike (remeber the Tolkin books are what most Fantasy is losely based on AD&D actually being one of the ones that uses it the most). I find LoTRonline to have a few to many "fetch" quests, run here, run there.. I prefer the kill XXX quests, or the sneak inot an area , grab an item (find a body, kill a person) quest to be the best. running pies all over Hobbitville can get old quick. BUT they serve a purpouse, they make you learn the lay of the land, with the timers, they make you figure out where to go. Its sorta a tutorial. I cant really recomend one of there other, but I can say I did play LoTR more (fan of the books). AD&D I played when it first came out and SOLO work of any kind was not possible after the first few levels, so when my group folded, my playtime was gone. I did put at least 20-40 hours in after hte F2P came and enjoyed it alot.

Of all the Free 2 Play ones I still think Runes Of Magic and Aloids are the best two... (and both are the closest mirrors of WoW, like it or hate it WoW has the current best setup to play IMHO They just give you unlimited options to take up your time).

If you are a bit more action I would suggest Vindictus, its like an old school Console beat um up.. but with spells and swords and a 3D world. I have never seen a ONLINE RPG like it. Its a bit like Golden Axe IN 3D, with a social hub where you can join others and do the levels (ruins?)

I know winter is comming and I WILL be playing some MMORPG again soon (fallout3 Vegas is taking all my free video game time, and SciFi series Erueka on Netflix is burning up the rest).. If you guys hang in there a few more weeks, I will be glad to play with ya.

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Hi, Rob. I haven't played

Hi, Rob. I haven't played either enough to really be able to give an expert opinion. I like how DDO has those nice, self-contained instanced quests everywhere, but ultimately just wasn't feeling the world. LOTOR has a similar interface (apparently it's based on the same engine). From what I hear, the world of Tolkien is very well represented, and I definitely felt I was getting absorbed into the rather large narrative even in the introductory parts. There are also more people in LOTOR, though by the looks of it, many are first-timers who don't know the system either. I was able to team up with a guy briefly to finish a spider quest, but neither of us knew what we were doing. :)

It also seems like LOTOR is less action-based than DDO. LOTOR is more like WOW in that you initiate combat and then sit back and clicking on your special powers whenever the timers are up. DDO requires you to keep clicking on the mouse button to swing your weapon; LOTOR does that for you. I find both appealing, though I'd probably prefer LOTOR in the long run.

It took me about an hour and a half to make my way through all the intro quests to LOTOR, and they were fun for the most part. I also got a horse whistle just after I finished it, so no more running around for me (at least until that whistle wears out). Getting a mount so early in the game is very appealing to me after WOW, which (when I started out) required level 40 and then a huge amount of gold for a slow mount (40% increase). They changed that now to level 20 (IIRC). If I were Blizzard I'd give them out even earlier; nobody likes having to run around.

So, in short, let's say that I feel a strong temptation and probably will give in to play some more LOTOR today. I don't feel any urge to play DDO until others are willing to join me, since I feel that's what DDO was set up to do and probably does so well. LOTOR looks like a more traditional MMO in that you're committing to longer periods of playtime and lots of solo stuff on the side, whereas DDO is tailored for a much more casual "Hey guys, let's play for a half hour tonight" feel to it.

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