So I spent most of my day Friday rolling up a toon on Landroval, for the very purpose of going to the much anticipated weatherstock 2010(!!!). Yseangwen and I had a wonderful evening on Landroval. I’ve got to say, I understand why people love being there so much. The caliber of player on that server is just *sigh* it’s so much better than Firefoot :(. We were wandering around at the South Bree gate and were offered escorts by the lovely Lonely Mountain Band within moments, fantastic execution of said escort by the way. It was apparent that they had people going up and down a specific path to keep the road clear of any mobs that could ruin the fun for the ‘lowbies.’ Even at the heights of Weathertop there were people surrounding the fringes, making sure no crebain would ruin an undying title.
So here we are at the entrance to Weatherstock, I’d managed to remember to turn down my graphics before we got there but even so, as I was climbing as fast as my little Hobbit feet could take me, I nearly lagged and fell off a few times!
Here’s a quick screenshot of Rubywing and Yseangwen cuddling up at Weathertop moments before the concert began. Few people can understand the love that forms between a Hobbit and an Elf and few people would care to, we’re unique to be sure.
We had a wonderful time, although for half of it I was afk and simply listening from the kitchen. I made some pretty good meatballs for dinner, I may start posting food porn and bentos when I get that going again. Anyhow, it was very relaxing and far fewer player problems than I figured there would be. But after viewing how polite and kind the players of Landroval can be, how could you expect anything less? After the long and wonderful procession down the hillside, I mapped myself back to the prancing pony and indulged in something that was an all new experience for me. Roleplaying! Or at least a slightly informal version of it. Maybe a dozen people were huddled near the Barber inside The Prancing Pony listening to Duetiquette play a whole lot ‘o Rush. Not exactly lore-based but still very enjoyable, original arrangements, good company and very cozy. That’s a new word to describe LoTRO, cozy. One word I never thought I’d use for an MMORPG (hear Yahtzee saying ‘ma-mor-pa-ga’). After turning my graphics back up, you see below a lovely little screenshot of the atmosphere and performance that went into an after party.
I’d like to share a little joke with you that made me physically lol a little too much, I believe it was ‘Hidgar’ who said “Candaith asked me to check Weathertop for anything unusual, I found about 200 people playing music and dancing.” Sorry I’m sure I paraphrased, I wasn’t quick enough amongst all the chatter to screen cap it. After a night of wonderful music and wonderful community, I’m a bit giddy about a game that I don’t feel I’ve really experienced yet. A year and change after subscription, I’m confident enough to say I haven’t finished with LoTRO. Stay Classy Landroval!
Have a peaceful Late-Watches 🙂