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It was a chilly night in the shire. Inside my office it wasn't much better but it didn't bother me. I had opened it six months ago to offer my services as a private eye. Since then my jobs have been all small ones, nothing too complicated. Bakeries who thought their clients were cheating with pies from rival bakeries, lore-keepers who lost their pets, taking care of 10 rats... All properly taken care of and archived in the quest log for future reference. While I smoked my pipe, reminiscing about the time past, a woman came into my office. She had the looks that would drive any other hobbit female in the Shire mad with jealous. Her face was elegantly framed with blonde hair, her blue eyes had an exquisite gaze about them. Then there was the woman's hair foot, carefully trimmed and brushed, like the owner was used to a life of nothing but luxury. She walked calmly to my desk, dropping a large beige envelope on it and- Ooops! Wrong introduction! Sorry! *clears throat* So, the character was created and some stuff happened. That stuff may or may not have involved work as a private investigator and hobbits femme fatales. Read on to find out the details! Oh, yeah. There might be spoilers about quests and stuff too! So, don't click on the "Read More" if that bothers you.

It was a chilly night in the shire. Inside my office it wasn't much better but it didn't bother me. I had opened it six months ago to offer my services as a private eye. Since then my jobs have been all small ones, nothing too complicated. Bakeries who thought their clients were cheating with pies from rival bakeries, lore-keepers who lost their pets, taking care of 10 rats... All properly taken care of and archived in the quest log for future reference.

While I smoked my pipe, reminiscing about the time past, a woman came into my office. She had the looks that would drive any other hobbit female in the Shire mad with jealous. Her face was elegantly framed with blonde hair, her blue eyes had an exquisite gaze about them. Then there was the woman's hair foot, carefully trimmed and brushed, like the owner was used to a life of nothing but luxury.

She walked calmly to my desk, dropping a large beige envelope on it and- Ooops! Wrong introduction! Sorry!

*clears throat*

So, the character was created and some stuff happened. That stuff may or may not have involved work as a private investigator and hobbits femme fatales. Read on to find out the details!

Oh, yeah. There might be spoilers about quests and stuff too! So, don't click on the "Read More" if that bothers you.

...continue reading "The LotRO Experiment – Part 1: One dagger to stab them all!"

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Recently I decided, on a whim, to play a bit of Lord of the Rings Online. I had tried it before during beta and a trial later on with a friend. In both times it never really captured my heart enough to actually want to subscribe to the game. Lord of the Rings Online (LotRO from this point on) however has switched to a "free to play" model for some time now. So I decided to check it out again and if I didn't like it, I wouldn't be losing anything more than my time. If I liked it but found myself not playing it for long periods of time for a reason or another then there would be no worries about wasting money because I wasn't playing. As I delved into LotRo again I found that the game's "free to play" model wasn't  exactly what I expected... But I also find something interested, that might be unique to Turbine games that made me think about starting this little experiment.

Recently I decided, on a whim, to play a bit of Lord of the Rings Online. I had tried it before during beta and a trial later on with a friend. In both times it never really captured my heart enough to actually want to subscribe to the game. Lord of the Rings Online (LotRO from this point on) however has switched to a "free to play" model for some time now. So I decided to check it out again and if I didn't like it, I wouldn't be losing anything more than my time. If I liked it but found myself not playing it for long periods of time for a reason or another then there would be no worries about wasting money because I wasn't playing.

As I delved into LotRo again I found that the game's "free to play" model wasn't  exactly what I expected... But I also find something interested, that might be unique to Turbine games that made me think about starting this little experiment.

...continue reading "The Lord of the Rings Online Experiment – Introduction"