An Unnatural Gamer
Posted on behalf of the author, Pander Bear.
I am not a natural gamer. This is a fact that was brought home to me within days of starting to play Lord of the Rings Online. "What MMOs have you played before?" was the question everyone kept asking, a question to which I had no answer. I didn't even understand the question! LOTRO is not only the first MMO I have ever played, it’s also the first computer game of any description that I have ever even looked at.
So, what attracted me to LOTRO? Perhaps more importantly: why am I still playing two years after it was first released?
Over the years, I've read and re-read the books again and again.Well, what attracted me to the game is easy to answer. My dad used to read "The Lord of the Rings" to me as a bedtime story. It's one of my earliest memories, and I always felt that I got a proper story when he got out one of the three red, hardcover books with their dust jackets showing the big fiery eye on the front. Over the years, I've read and re-read the books again and again. That's the reason why LOTRO attracted me when, years later, my husband (a gamer of many years standing) suggested that I might be interested.
Within weeks of starting the game I had followed in the Fellowship's footsteps and stood looking out over Weathertop. The view was spectacular. I was convinced that no new content could ever beat that view, or that sense of windswept isolation that it so perfectly encapsulated. But with every new update - and there have been 9 free updates so far - the content gets better and better. The scenery is still fantastic and regularly takes my breath away. With the introduction of the first (but soon to be a second, and eagerly awaited) priced update, The Mines of Moria, I found myself contemplating the drop from the Bridge of Kazad-Dum. "What the hell," I thought, "I've died in far less spectacular places".... and I jumped.
But however great the content and however pretty the scenery, what really keeps me in LOTRO is the community.But however great the content and however pretty the scenery, what really keeps me in LOTRO is the community. The EU kinship on Evernight is thriving – in fact, it’s never been in better shape. The kin planner is full with book nights, quest nights, hard mode instances, Filikul and Dar Narbugud raids. The only boss that has managed to elude us so far is the Watcher - and he'd better watch out! We have our sights firmly set on him before the expansion is introduced in December, bringing with it new challenges.
And this local community, of course, is firmly underpinned by the wider TOG community. Unlike other kinships that come and go, with TOG behind us, The Order of Gilthoniel isn't going to just disappear overnight. If LOTRO lost you somewhere along the way, now might be a good time to come back for a look, and if you've never been to Middle Earth before, come on in - the water's usually green and poisonous.... but it's never dull!