Lord or The Rings, Online? (Part 1)

 (Note: This is what I am thinking of as the beginning of a log of sorts, of my adventures in this crazy LOTRO world.  I don't play MMO's as a rule, got sucked into Eve once and swore the whole thing off.  Fantasy MMO's tend to turn me off.  But something about this game, the license, the good press, and the freeness of it drew me.)
 
Thus we begin with the tale of Ugos, a human Champion descending from the great warriors of the Rohan people.  He likes long winded conversation, windy beaches and sandy shores.  Not.  Really he just likes killing those fucking wolves.  So some evil overcame Ugos, one can only imagine it was not his fault, and he found himself in a jail.  Fortunately the wiley strider came by to free Ugos of his burdens.  A few conversations later, Ugos did not become some evil fiend by accident, rather the brigands have captured him as well as other fair folk from the most wonderful and picturesque Bree-Lands.  After saving the hobbits, one of which must be related to THE fellowship (or all those damn shorties are inbred) we return to the fair Bree-Lands, for the moment safe from the Brigands.  
 
My recollection has this all happening on the eve of the midnight hour, but my recollection also goes fuzzy as to what time this morrow I actually went to lay down for the night.  What I am sure of is this: I spent the next unknown quantity of time learning my way as a Champion.  I can report lots of button mashing to kill those fucking wolves, and a considerable quantity of selling junk stolen off those fucking wolves, and from killing the bandits.  Though my title would say otherwise, Ugos the Wary, I found it generally beneficial to play the agressor, always carrying two weapons at once and always killing first, asking questions later.
 
Alas, my fair readers, this story must take its end however, as I must rest for the day.  Our kin to the south are in need of help, as are the damn shorties in my new homeland whom I saved from the Brigands' prison.  Quite an adventure must lay in wait for Ugos the Wary, so rest is certainly in order.
 
Until next time ----
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Posted by mfpantst
 (Note: This is what I am thinking of as the beginning of a log of sorts, of my adventures in this crazy LOTRO world.  I don't play MMO's as a rule, got sucked into Eve once and swore the whole thing off.  Fantasy MMO's tend to turn me off.  But something about this game, the license, the good press, and the freeness of it drew me.)
 
Thus we begin with the tale of Ugos, a human Champion descending from the great warriors of the Rohan people.  He likes long winded conversation, windy beaches and sandy shores.  Not.  Really he just likes killing those fucking wolves.  So some evil overcame Ugos, one can only imagine it was not his fault, and he found himself in a jail.  Fortunately the wiley strider came by to free Ugos of his burdens.  A few conversations later, Ugos did not become some evil fiend by accident, rather the brigands have captured him as well as other fair folk from the most wonderful and picturesque Bree-Lands.  After saving the hobbits, one of which must be related to THE fellowship (or all those damn shorties are inbred) we return to the fair Bree-Lands, for the moment safe from the Brigands.  
 
My recollection has this all happening on the eve of the midnight hour, but my recollection also goes fuzzy as to what time this morrow I actually went to lay down for the night.  What I am sure of is this: I spent the next unknown quantity of time learning my way as a Champion.  I can report lots of button mashing to kill those fucking wolves, and a considerable quantity of selling junk stolen off those fucking wolves, and from killing the bandits.  Though my title would say otherwise, Ugos the Wary, I found it generally beneficial to play the agressor, always carrying two weapons at once and always killing first, asking questions later.
 
Alas, my fair readers, this story must take its end however, as I must rest for the day.  Our kin to the south are in need of help, as are the damn shorties in my new homeland whom I saved from the Brigands' prison.  Quite an adventure must lay in wait for Ugos the Wary, so rest is certainly in order.
 
Until next time ----
Posted by Godot

I look forward to the next entry; I was thinking of getting into LOTRO myself due to it being free. One thing, perhaps you could print screen some pictures of your adventures? Also, for the layman reader it wouldn't hurt to explain a little about the game's mechanics.

Posted by mfpantst
@Godot: I shall write more entries.  I will work on screenshots- I sort-of off-the-cuffed that one so willco.
 
On the game mechanics, I'm not a huge MMO player at all, so its somewhat new to me.  What I know is you have some sort of skill bar at the bottom of the screen where you can hotkey skills to the 1-0 buttons.  I think there's a way to hotkey them to further buttons but being a level 5 character my skills don't go that far.  Combat is almost exclusively PvE, there is a PvP component but my understanding is that is generally limited (and potentially not free).  That's ok by me, btw.  So when you want to 'smoke a dude' there's some way to right click on him and 'auto-attack' and then there's a way to select them as your target (left click I think) and begin selecting your skills.  From videos I've seen I think this is very much a WoW type game.  You press 'c' to bring up your character and 'i' for your inventory.  I sell the bad shit I pick up from the dead baddies at the vendors.
 
The other thing I've noticed that seems to be an accepted standard is that the game is largely solo focused (that is unless specifically doing a group 'fellowship' quest, it's frowned upon to help others in battle).
 
Anywho I'll see if I can't up the detail level with some screenshots and answer questions as I go along.  If this game wasn't free I wouldn't be doing it, so bear that in mind.