Archive for the ‘Barrow-downs’ Category

The name of this blog

August 17, 2010

You might wonder why this blog is called “Tales From The Great Barrow”.

First of all, it’s obviously stolen from Tales from the Crypt, and the Great Barrows is kind of a crypt. But more importantly the Great Barrows was where i fully realized what LOTRO is all about. GB is the first time in the game where you really need a fellowship, before that I did everything solo, trying to level up as fast as possible. But playing in a fellowship for the first time made me realize that is what makes this game so awesome. It was a PUG, but it didn’t really matter, it really changed everything. I had been in fellowships before GB, but that was just to help someone, or get some help myself. This was the first time in a fellowship where you needed real teamwork.

I still do most my playing solo. But it’s the times when you’re in a fellowship or raid that you’ll remember. You don’t remember killing hundreds of animals to get a deed, or running around the map like crazy for a exploration deed. I can’t even remember most of the epic quest line. What i do remember is things like GB, Grand Stairs, Sword Halls and taking down that enormous, ugly turtle!

There is one other thing that has stuck in my memory too. I had just come to the North Downs for the first time, being level 20-something I had probably done the first quests you get at Trestlebridge but had now gone up to Colbert the Mad and his little camp overlooking the Fields of Fornost (Probably the quest The search for Idalene that brought me there). As I stood there looking out over the dead forest ahead of me, with my back turned to the green fields, a hobbit standing there picks up his lute and starts playing Concerning Hobbits from the movie soundtrack. Epic moment!

Skirmish frenzy

December 9, 2009

Ok, so I haven’t written anything here in quite some time. That’s because I’ve been playing. And almost nonstop I’ve been playing the one thing I had doubts about in MW; Skirmishes!

And i absolutely LOVE them. So far I have nothing bad at all to say about them, they are great. I’ve levelled to 62 just on skirmishes, but that also leads to another problem. I’m only on Chapter 2 in book 9, wich means some skirmishes are still locked for me. Oh well, I’ll get there when I get there.

My favourite so far, is probably Ford of Bruinen, with Prancing Pony not far behind. Last night, the kin did a 12 man raid in Thievery and Mischief, wich was really fun, but we completely failed at the bosses in the end. Four bosses with 150k+ morale and healing buffs was just too hard. And before we could discover any good strategy people had to leave and go to bed (me among them). But we’ll have to give it a try some other day.

At first, I choose an Archer as my soldier, and being a Hunter myself, we sure did massive DPS. But my morale was always in danger, and I never had any power, so eventually I abondoned the Archer for a Herbalist, and it’s worked great so far. Sure, it takes a lot more time to kill all enemys, and you have to be careful not to let the Herbalist get to much aggro, but in the end, it does more good then bad, because I still got some morale and power left after a fight.

I would love to test a protector too, but i fear that they would (as Guardins do) have problems holding aggro while I’m in strength stance, and doing solo-skirmishes in endurance? Don’t think so.

Lastly, I just have to mention the Barrow-downs skirmish. It’s completely insane! In a good way. Can’t wait to try that one out in a raid. We did it with a six man FS and it’s, well, impossible to stay alive for longer than perhaps ten minutes. One lieutenant had an AOE attack giving everyone in the FS 3k damage… Insane.. And I’m loving it!

Mirkwood

November 18, 2009

I must confess, I haven’t been all that excited about skirmishes. But now that the NDA has been lifted, I’ve checked around, and nobody seems to have anything bad to say about them. So far I’ve only read positive info about them, so maybe it’s time to get excited.

Also heard that the lvl 62 skill for Hunters is a port to Mirkwood. Kinda boring, but will probably be quite useful.

Continued to level my Guardian yesterday. I’m now at lvl 19 and played i about 10 hours or so. I’ve got the played time for level 10 and 15 saved, and i’ll post them here when I get the chance, along with the level 20 time, wich will come pretty soon. No game time tonight though.

Soon it’s time to crit new armour for the Guardian too, so I guess I’ll have to put my metalsmith Captain to work. Perhaps time for new bling bling too, if my jeweller has any recipies for stuff better than what you get from the quests. I’m currently working my way through the Barrow-downs, and it’s soon time for GB. I’ve done alot of the quests in the Lone Lands, but I still have Weavers Beneath the Ruins and Our Greatest Find left there to complete before I can move further along the road to Ost Guruth.