A little spare time this morning so I took another look at LOTRO. Backed down to a level seven Hunter and worked the Combe area. I remembered the quests so well and the area hadn’t changed. I decided not to pick up a craft, as I normally would do immediately. I was just learning the interface, working through the world, etc. I examined my packs and had a ton of veteran rewards. I think this is an excellent way of making returning players feel welcomed back. I understand the argument that if you haven’t been playing for several years you shouldn’t be rewarded, but it is nice to be on the receiving end.
I decided to take a look at Bree, largely because I wanted to put a few things in the bank. The city has been redesigned (and I didn’t go all over yet). There is this bustling (with NPCs) little passageway into town that I don’t recall. Very appealing and atmospheric. The town itself really had no players in sight, but again maybe they’re elsewhere. There is a new to me shop called Lalia’s that is a big indoor marketplace. There were merchants in booths with their wares on the walls so you could see what things looked like in the world (rather than the icon in the sales window). The cloaks! So gorgeous. A booth of horses!
The bank was in here as well so I unburdened my stuff. It looks like my space is pretty limited, but there’s another value to not taking up crafting at this time, nothing fills your inventory or bag space like crafting materials you need or might need someday.
Working with a newer character was a good idea. The world is new, yet familiar, and the character has a ton of adventures and possibilities to come.