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LOTRO Lord of the Rings Online F2P

Discussion in 'MMOs' started by Deliverancexx, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. rap

    rap Member

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    I haven't played since Moria and was wondering how solo questing/landscape stuff is nowadays? I want to get back into it but don't have the time I used to.

    I've been eyeing off rolling a High Elf Guardian or Champion, but am worried about how well they handle old instances/elite mobs and quests.
     
  2. GarethB

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    The latest update which was less than a week ago didn't just add a new area to the game, some back-end changes happened as well such as new scaling curves for character, monster and gear stats. Having said that I haven't spent much time with low to mid level content in a long time, so what I've heard about that content is mostly word of mouth.

    Low level characters are fairly strong for their on-level content, the new scaling curves have made low level content easier but it will get tougher at mid-level. Near the top level is gets a bit easier again. There's a lot of XP available in each zone, you'll easily out-level a zone before you complete all the content in it. I suggest you concentrate on the epic quests first (the main storyline) then do the other quests.

    Covering all the changes since Moria is well beyond a single forum post.

    Server closures. About half the servers were closed a few years ago. No characters were deleted, if your characters were on a server that closed, they're archived. You can transfer them to an active server and keep playing them. If you can't remember the details of your old account to access it, you'll need to contact customer support.

    Trait trees. All classes have three trait trees, Red, Yellow and Blue. Exactly what each tree does varies a bit depending on the exact class. The Red tree is the main dps trait line for most classes. For Guardian, red traits are the main dps traits, yellow traits are more of an off-tank/secondary tank line and blue traits are the main tank line. For Champions it's a little different, red traits focus on single target dps, yellow traits focus on AoE dps and blue traits focus on defence/secondary tanking. My personal opinion is that Guardians are more survivable than Champions and Champions have better dps than Guardians.

    You earn points for the trait trees as you complete key quest lines and can mix/match traits from all three trees. You can't pick traits at random, you have to spend a certain number of points in a tree to be able to unlock the higher tier traits in that tree.

    Legendary Items. These still work mostly in the same way they did when Moria was new, up to XP level 100. Before you get to level 100, just replace your LI's every 5 - 10 XP levels just like you would with jewellery and armour. When your character reaches level 100, you can "imbue" legendary items which allows the items to keep improving without reforging them. SSG (the company developing/managing LOTRO these days) have said they will need to review the LI system at some stage, but there's is no definitive timetable for that right now.

    Instances. Some of the old instances have been split into smaller sections that can be run separately, and many of them level-scale. The Rift in Angmar is probably the only large instance that's still basically as it was when you last played, not divided into smaller sections and not scaling to the group's XP level. There are a bunch of new instances, some have a solo mode, some are group only. Some automatically unlock when you reach a certain XP level or complete certain key quests. The two main types to be aware of are "skirmishes" which start to unlock at level 20. These tend to be fairly short and can be divided into two main types, defensive where you have to protect a location from being attacked or offensive where you have to capture a location. There are a lot of different skirmishes. The other type is "Big Battles" which can be started at level 10. There are only 5 of these and they have their own specialised trait trees. There are points for your main trait trees awarded for earning ranks in big battles, so it's an advantage to start running the big battles sooner rather than later and rerun them regularly to earn the ranks that award the main trait tree points.

    PvMP is still going. Before the last update the "Creeps" (monster characters) were at a disadvantage but right now it's swung the other way with "Freeps" (Free people main characters) having a disadvantage but that might change as players upgrade their Freep gear (it's been less than a week since the level cap changed and no one has had time to fully regear, plus there will be a new raid with new raid gear in a month or two). There is a second PvMP zone now but as far as I know most of the PvMP still happens in the original Ettenmoors zone. I rarely PvMP so I can't give much useful advice on it.

    LOTRO Wiki is the most detailed 3rd party source of info about the game. If I need to look something up, it's the site I look at first, but it isn't always completely up to date. https://lotro-wiki.com/
     
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  3. GarethB

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    Been playing a little recently (have bought most of the expansions, but just never got around to playing all that much) level 49 atm, trying to finish some of the legendary story before moving into Moria more.

    The legendary server looks interesting, not a classic server as such (has all the modern improvements) just starting from the original content released and adding more every couple of months.
     
  5. sammy_b0i

    sammy_b0i Laugh it up, fuzzball!

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    Have bounced around between some other MMO's over the years, but keep coming back to LoTRO. Seems to fit my play style. The majority can really almost be considered single player. Pop is down at the lower levels, but you don't really need help for almost everything.

    I've got an account that's almost ten years old, and I've only recently hit level 80. I think the current cap is 130. Just enjoy logging in once a week or so, and progressing the main storyline. It's great.
     
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  6. sammy_b0i

    sammy_b0i Laugh it up, fuzzball!

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    Game dev's have made all quest packs, instances, skirmishes etc all freely available until the end of April due to quarantines.

    https://www.lotro.com/en/friends

    If you're interested, now's a good time to jump in and have a play around. Population will be up in the starting areas with the influx of new players.
     
  7. yanman

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    I've been playing again for the last few weeks after many years off :p Surprised to see how good it still looks. Having some fun taking my time, running 4 chars so I can craft between them.

    Got level 20 hobbit burgler tinker (jeweller, cook, prospector),
    level 17 dwarf champion armorer (metalsmith, tailor, prospector),
    level 18 elf hunter ?? (woodworker, farmer, forester)
    level 15 human lore-master historian (scholar, weaponsmith, farmer)
     
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  8. sammy_b0i

    sammy_b0i Laugh it up, fuzzball!

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    Another bit of info on this.. the free access to all content has been extended until the end of August. :thumbup:

    So if you're considering it, now is a perfect time to take a look.

    Also, in the next few days, a coupon code will come out that will permanently unlock all quest packs, account wide.

    Most critical comments on LoTRO talk about a paywall being an issue, and grinding points to access things for free. This coupon unlocks a tonne of content for free :thumbup:
     

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