Lord of the rings online
I was racing towards shiny, magic level 100, as well as I raced towards lvl.95. It’s an end-game level, hurray, DA dailies are open to me! I knew what dailies was, judging from Hytbold which I liked, judging from Wildermore (where I really dislike non-soloable warbands). Things were expected to be known for me.
I farmed monsters while levelling LIs, got essences, all looted equipment was auto-destroyed (why keep non-stackable trash?). Teamed with one kinnie and then – hurray, level 100, Kinship’s congratulations – and riding forward to DA. A quest to report to local Guard chief, then some intro quests to deal with corsairs.
And then I was ready for dailies. Almost every NPC near buildings was offering some. But first, I wanted to test dailies from Guard trainer. Oh, it is a training mission, probably nothing too serious, right?
It was not. While we were training, ebemy has taken city and I was to decide where to go to. Foolishly chose Library. My soldiers ran to one side, I rode to other, met a horde of mobs, was killed. Second time I rode to soldiers, they were doing some “fight” and told docks are secured, I should go to western gates. Ok, maybe this should have triggered some mechanism to remove some 100 corsairs from my path? Riding once again. Once again same hordes.
Let’s be carefull this time – I thought, taking one enemy, simple Corsair. Soon some another joined and yet another and yet another…at the end I was fighting not less than 10 Corsairs. Failure once again. I was resurrected without an option to change building I was going to free. Time to leave and re-enter, I thought.l Left instance…and oops, instance was on some 12 hours cooldown.
It was a blow for me as if I was smashed by one huge hammer. Library was impossible, with all my heals and potions, it was not doable. If every other Guard chief daily is alike – I was simply cut from quality armour. End-game ended for me very soon. Yes, I did simple, non-forced fellowship quests, received some lootboxes, opened them without any interest, received tokens…and I felt absolutely alone in an empty region, having nothing to do, except few relatively easy daily quests.
Yes, I had nowhere to go to, no normal quests to do, only 2 deeds to be done, both grindy and boring. Task items still remain as a good source to gain LIs xp. Otherwise there was no activity for me. All fun ended and I was in really grumpy mood. I have waited for this region, tried to be as much positive as I could – but optimism cannot overcome reality. On forums even red line Minstrels report Library quest as impossible, asking to ease (which no one would ever do, of course). My Kinship tried to help, but they are not developers and could not do miracles. I was told to change this and that, try this and alike…yet it was cosmetics. Like painting light tank in a black colours with skull and bones, “Kill ‘em all” slogans and going to conquer the world. Yes, I could spent gold and marks to buy this and that, enhance my lvl.95 Legendary weapon, use some tokens…and it won’t help me fight a horde of corsairs that has too big aggro range. I will probably kill 1 more corsair, but this does not matter if I have 30 of them. It won’t help in last epic quest where 3 animals almost insta-kill me. Yes, I did enhance my LI (though ending with losing some points in one major thing), but it does not matter. I am too weak, always was too weak for any serious on-level action. And it is too late to start le-learning other Champion trait trees from scratch, would take months which I do not have.
I tried to think what to do…and had nothing left, except over-grindy and super-boring deeds. Dragonets in Moria. Grims in Forochel. One epic quest left which is doable only in raid (and pray that raid succeeds). Kinship was instantly organizing TC quests, but I refused. I do remember how I and one Guardian (Captain?) died there trying to fight 2, later – only 1 monster. We were killed, despite using all we could, how could I expect to have any chance to stand against others?
Gondor has left my really grumpy. Nothing more to do, nothing to explore, nothing interesting left. Turn in task items, do some doable quests while you have ones, log off.
At the end of the day StormSong entered Lothlorien. In Moria I was not able to get any help with epic instance (same old Moria problem, even using World chat). Lothlorien was much better. Easier. Brighter. At last, some doable quests, no forced fellowship content. I enjoyed nuking enemies from distance, though for some reasons too often it came to melee fight. It is easy to predict I will finish slayer deeds soon – with ranged attacks, Minstrel is in superior position to poor Champion.
Vytautaz turned in more task items and finally reached Kindred with Council of the North. Now will use task board to gain xp only.
And so weekend has ended. I was in most bad mood, days have been extremely bad and grumpy in Lotro.