HELMHAMMERHAND wrote:I might add, here that the class system spoils the realsim. Like walking into the small settlement of Archget and finding the Burglar Trainer standing there as bold as brass on the stairs with the others. Like, really, nobody would admit to be being a burglar or thief trainer.
And seeing characters run around with their name and kinship name over their head doesn't cut into reality?
I have to admit that the RP aspects of the game have deteriorated as time goes on. I'd have to think that Landroval, supposedly the un-official RP server, isn't too much different now than the other servers. There are lots of goofy character names, goofy kinship names, and more gold-seller spammed tells than you can shake a stick at. It's very disappointing.
Most of those who do RP seem to do this emote thingy like they're writing a novel or something. Who is the idiot who started this nonsense, and who is responsible for its proliferation? I find it ridiculous in the extreme. RP should be more like acting and less like fiction-writing. My two coppers.
As far as Middle-earth goes, the developers have done a fantastic job of melding an RPG with Tolkien's world. I'm sure the purists would wince at a lot of the stuff they see, but I think the developers have done a fantastic job of implementing Tolkien lore.
If you're interested in seeing what the future may hold for LOTRO, VisionsoftheRing.com has created a Speculated Expansion Schedule
complete with map. We already know that we're getting player housing in October. If the schedule at VOTR holds true, we'll see the Grey Havens with the December update and Lothlorien next April. As the storyline in the game is following the Fellowship, it may be some time before we see Gondor.
I have a lifetime subscription so I'll be sticking with the game for awhile.