So … yeah. I goofed around in WoW for a few days and was bored again. I just … I don’t know. But I know I’m not alone. I’ve been playing other games like Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone and D3 and even some non-Blizzard titles, but they are all just fun little distractions that I play in small bursts, like an hour here or an hour there. I don’t get immersed in them like I do in a good RPG. I knew I needed something more substantial, and there are a wealth of F2P options out there. I had an itch to revisit my characters in Neverwinter or Star Wars, but I had already reached the original max levels in those. I wanted something totally new to me.
I have a list of options that I would like to try out at some point. Things most of you have already tried and quit, while I was still too busy in WoW to notice. Things like Rift, Secret World, Wildstar when it goes F2P in the near future, maybe even ESO which I tried on a trial weekend before it launched and I liked, but it started as sub so I said thanks but no thanks. But there is one other that has been at the top of my list for more than a year, ever since I finally got around to reading it … Lord of the Rings Online.
You don’t have to hang around me long to know that … HORSES! So naturally I made myself a man of Rohan. I spent some time thinking about it before making him a Champion, which is basically a dps warrior. I was intrigued by the Captain class, but since it was going to be my first character and I’m planning to just fly solo, it seemed like a straight up damage class would be best.
I’d seen some comments on other blogs about the graphics. Most said they were bad? I don’t get it, what’s so bad about this field of wildflowers?
And the water. OMG! LOOK. AT. THE. WATER. And I can run this on high graphics and not have any issues whatsoever, unlike most everything else I try to play, including WoW. Why? Iunno.
After a few levels, I decided I was in. So I went ahead and blew $10 on Gamgee’s Starter pack, so I could have riding and a horse as soon as I got out of the starter zone. Totally worth it.
Oh, and your mounts come with a name … which can be changed! You can name it whatever you want!
Oh yeah, and of course you can also go fishing, because … fishing!
I’m not sure what use I’ll have for it other than fun, since I can’t cook. Yeah, the professions are a little different. You pick one, called a vocation, and it is, well, a predetermined pack of 3. So if you want to cook, there are only two vocations you can choose that include the cooking profession. Maybe I’ll make an alt later that can, since I have two other character slots. I chose Armsman, which comes with Weaponsmith, Woodworker, and Prospector, because, well, it’s not WoW, so maybe being able to make my own weapons will actually mean something here.
One thing I really love is the day/night cycle. It’s not real time, in fact, it seems to cycle several times in a day. At night, it’s dark and the stars are just gorgeous. Daytime of course is bright and beautiful … well, most of the time. It did rain one day, which was pretty cool. And the sunrises (and probably sunsets as well) …well, just look! Also, I finally figured out how to remove the UI for screenshots.
By the time I logged out last night I was level 17. Now, that doesn’t sound like a lot, considering I would probably be higher than that if I’d spent the same amount of hours in WoW, even without heirlooms. But I haven’t hurried at all, and I’ve done every single quest so far. And of course, there’s been a lot of running back and forth since I’m new and don’t know the best order of doing things and what quests lead to other quests, etc. But I’m having a blast just bopping about on my trusty steed Bolo.