Well… I got some gaming in, just not as much as I would usually like. I seem to be trading off the entirety of my Saturdays to long bike rides, then the gym, then errands, and by the time it’s all done I might get an hour or two of gaming. That is, if I am not too worn out to concentrate on the game.
This past Saturday was much the same. I sat down late in the day to try and get my then level 49 Dragonknight to VR1 and got about 3/4 of the way through the level before I had to log. Sunday morning brought more gym time and in the late morning I sat down to try again. This time I made VR1 and then continued to finish cleaning up Coldharbor, as I had previously finished the main story line and progressed to the VR areas before actually hitting VR.
As I was working on saving Lady Laurent’s manservant Stibbons from a lusty daedra, I hit VR1. I played for a few more hours and then tried to switch over to LOTRO.
If you’ve read any of my recent posts on LOTRO, or have spoken with me regarding the game you’ll know that not only do I have a pretty good desire to play it, I also find it incredibly frustrating when I try. The game is just not what it was/what I want it to be, and all these little stupid things really dent my enjoyment.
After spending 45 minutes cleaning out my bags and another half hour respending points in all the various gimmicks (LIs, Skill Trees, Warsteeds) I was pretty much spent on the whole idea. I pushed on and got sent to a particular town in the Wold, before going to Wildermore (yes it’s been that long, I’ve not done Wildermore yet) that seems to have burnt down, but I have no recollection of it. I realize I need some refresher. So I take a step back from the book quests for a bit and decide just to play a little and get my feel for my character. Bleh! Boring. Couple that with the games lag, stuttering and long load times I was done.
It occurs to me that I REALLY want to see the story in this game through. I am a huge Tolkien geek and that was the reason I stuck around for so long. For the most part, in terms of pure story, I love Turbine’s writers angle. I want to see the conclusion through their characters eyes and perspectives.
There is now a finality in my feeling that I can not play my original characters anymore. It’s just too much of a pain in the ass to try. After my experiment of a fresh start on the Landroval server all I wanted to do was hop on my old Hunter and carry on. Yesterday proved that impossible.
In my last two short little dives back into LOTRO the only times I have enjoyed it was as a fresh new character. I figure it is because I am not attached to what they were once like my old toons, but rather getting to know them as they are currently. The problem is I’ve done the lvl 75 and under stuff so many times, it is tedious. I am guessing I have one last go in me. I could probably do one more character through all that stuff and then push on to the end.
The only questions are now, or wait until the end and then try it? What class? Warden, Champ and Captain have the most appeal to me right now.
After giving up yesterday I went downstairs with the intent to ponder on what exactly I wanted out of LOTRO while eating dinner… I ended up watching people nearly kill themselves on some Animal Planet show and forgot all about it. I probably got in 5 hours total of gaming this weekend. Booo.