I must admit that I have never really embarked on the adventure that is the whole MMORPG scene. I tried guildwars for a time, but I got fed up with it after perhaps a week, so LOTRO is my first true experience. The beginning, speaking as a hobbit burglar, provided me with some interesting scenes from the Fellowship of the Ring, at least from the movie’s perspective. As soon as I left the post office I started out in, I find myself right in the middle of the scene where one of the ringwraiths confronts a hobbit and asks him where Bilbo Baggins is. I remember thinking: is the game going to be like this all the way through? Am I going to be a sort of witness to scenes in the books and the movies, viewing the universe from my own unique point of view?
An hour later I learned that the answer to these questions is no.
Until I left Archet, I would meet various people with various tasks for me. Perhaps I was delivering a message, killing some wolves, or collecting some king’s foil (I must concede, that is an element of LOTR). I’m not going to pretend it wasn’t fun delivering messages and killing every wolf pup I found just wandering the fields on their own, but I didn’t feel invested in any sort of storyline.
Sadly, leaving Archet has been a similar experience, if slightly better. Now that I’m in the Shire, I am seeing the many of its parts and meeting the various Tooks and Cottons that have been close to my heart since I discoverd the Lord of the Rings universe. Aside from meeting old friends and learning to play the clarinet, however, I have just been running (and jumping, to be fair) around the shire with a feather in my cap solving the little problems that the little people of the Shire have. Perhaps I need to leave the calm of the Shire to really find some epic adventure, as all ten hobbits to ever leave the Shire have done, but for now, all the walking has gotten a little tedious, and I should probably sit down for a bit before hiking somewhere else.