On October 15 the Lord of the Rings Online expansion Riders of Rohan was released. This expansion was highly anticipated, and everyone over level 75 was incredibly excited to enter Rohan and experience mounted combat – something new to the game.
But…I’m not level 75. Actually, I’m not even close to level 75. My highest character is 41. Plus I’m not one of those players who likes to level really fast. I like to enjoy the game and take my time, to really take in the experience. And something cool happened this week – I was wandering around an area that I’ve spent many hours playing in, and I came across some ruins that I had never seen before. What?? How could I have missed these ruins? It was really exciting to find something in an area that I thought I knew really well.
So I wasn’t looking forward to Rohan. I am very happy for people who do get to play in Rohan, and I’ve heard from a few people that they absolutely love it. I’ll get there eventually, just not anytime soon. I thought I would just carry on as normal.
Somehow, things just didn’t feel normal, though. First of all, Bree felt like a deserted island every time I went there. Where are all the people? It is an extremely strange feeling to go to a usually bustling town and only see a handful of people (all insignificant lower leveled people like yourself). And my Kin wasn’t around – well, they’re always online, but most of the constant players are above 75, so they’re all in a Fellowship together and talking amongst themselves. Which is totally cool, and really didn’t bother me. Just, you know, left me few conversation options.
But what stung the most? The lotteries. These are lotteries that run on the Lord of the Rings Online community site, my.lotro.com, by LOTRO. The day of the expansion there were no lotteries posted. Well, that’s okay, they just put their expansion live, they’re probably going crazy trying to fix all the little bugs, etc. Plus they’re posted twice a week, I’ll just wait a few days. Guess what? They weren’t posted. Okay, it’s still expansion week. Maybe they just threw the whole week away. So this past Monday I logged on… No lottery.
It wasn’t that I really missed the lotteries – I don’t win that much, and sometimes the rewards aren’t great (50 more fireworks, anyone?). I just like to log every day to check the lotteries out and read some forum posts. But there were no lotteries posted, and what sucked is that more and more I felt forgotten. There was so much focus on Rohan that I felt like all the little guys were just left behind – and they couldn’t even be bothered to throw us a bone by giving us lotteries.
I just feel a little sad. But then again, other than the lotteries, play has gone on like normal. Good old lonely normal. Maybe next week, right?