Middle Earth tribulations

Standing Stone announced a “Legendary” server for Lord of the Rings Online that is supposed to launch during this month in two days.

It’s not exactly a classic server, but something more in line with Everquest progression servers. It will launch with all the new races and classes and modern mechanics but limited to level 50 and pre-Moria zones. In theory, the subsequent expansions will be progressively unlocked every 4 months.

Dwarf Guardian

The idea is that all the server population can progress at a similar pace. You will not be alone trying to do a low-level instance, the economy (crafting, gathering…) is capped too, bells, whistles, pink unicorns…

I joined LOTRO when it became Free to Play. It’s never been my main game, but I’ve been in and out of it for a few years. The result is that I have a few chars in the 30’s-40’s bracket and one Guardian in the 60’s.

The last expansion that I bought was Riders of Rohan (mounted combat sounded soooooo good!) but I’ve never actually played it.

And here I am, considering a come-back in the Legendary server.

With any re-start comes choosing  race, class, crafting…

Given that guardian and burglar are the two classes that I’ve spent most of my time with, I’m passing in both of them for now. After playing just a few minutes with each old alter, I have now reduced the choices to minstrel, champion or warden.

Burglar

About the race, it will (up to some point) come limited from the class. I’m not a huge fan of the hobbit models, but the lore…

Of course, after choosing a class and race, I should study the virtues and focus on some of them. That would’ve been ideal but with the server coming out in just two days and without having decided yet… It’s probably not happening in time.

The server comes up on Thursday. Given that I can’t play this weekend, I’m going to focus on choosing a class/race combo, loging-in on the first day (assuming the queue/stability allows me) and make sure I can create the char/reserve the name. Next week is when probably I will actually start playing. I may even create 2 or 3 chars to ensure my names and sleep over the choice during the weekend.

Comments (2)

  1. It isn’t even comparable with the EverQuest progression servers, as those lock out content not included with future expansions, including races and classes, giving players reasons to jump in later as expansions unlock things. The LOTRO Legendary server will have all of that available at launch.

    Still, I am glad they are doing it all the same. Even a fresh start server with a small XP reduction will be fun, with everybody starting off together.

    1. Yep. You’re right. It’s even less than EQ. progression servers, but it will probably feel more alive than the standard servers where almost everybody is past Mordor.

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