Monday, October 11, 2010

Lotro: End Game Fever

Hm....
Less than a week ago I decided I had gone as far as I could comfortably go in Lotro and was  trying to decide whether to quit and wait for the next patch or to dabble in a few end game dungeons.

A few days later I find I have slipped rapidly into end game mindset. I have been  running instances. I have started deliberating over incremental improvements in stats. I have refreshed my personal equipment and I have made a decent start on collecting some end game armour.

Thanks entirely to the generosity of more experienced players who were willing to  show me the ropes in dungeons I have amassed 90 radiance out of the 120 radiance required for entry into the current end game raid Barad Gularan. In fact 90 radiance would already allow me into two lower tier raids "The Watcher" and "Dar Narbugud but these aren't run as often any more as attention is focussed on the main raid of BG.

Perhaps the most damning evidence of my slipping into end game mindset is that I  have even done a fair bit of grinding: killing hundreds of beasts in order to tweak the virtue deeds for my class.

All of this is quite out of character for me but for the moment I am having a blast.  I will need to watch my playing time if I keep this up though, particularly when grouping. It is one thing to spend four hour a night soloing when you can pick up the game and put it down as real life requires. Spending four hours doing group  content is much more demanding of attention and family don't get a look in.

Aside: The new "Great Inspiration" buff that is designed to allow solo players complete volume 1 content is a complete boon for grinding slayer deeds. Instances that used to need a group to run can now be blitzed solo. If you can find a book instance that has the mob you need to kill then the buff turns it into a kill fest. I used it to kill 80 elite Angmarim in the Forges of Tham Mirdain in about half an hour last night. I didn't even need to leave the instance to reset the mobs, just stepping out of the final room would reset it with about 15 Angmarim each time.

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