As I’ve mentioned, in recent weeks I’ve only managed to scrape together a few hours for gaming each weekend. This time around, that… well, it didn’t change. However, I did manage to spend those meager hours on something other than Minecraft.
When I re-subscribed to WoW a little over two months ago, I left LotRO behind, temporarily, since even during the break I didn’t really have time for two games. This past weekend I got back to it, logging a bit under 6 hours and finally breaking through to level 37 on my nominal main. He’d been parked at 36 forever, even though I had managed to log in occasionally and do a couple of quests here and there.
With the Evendim revamp complete, it seemed high time to head over there and do more than lightly poke around. And indeed, the changes are pretty visible; the biggest one being the addition of boat routes to various places around the lake, accessible even to free players, and mostly eliminating all the the tedious swimming that had seen the zone referred to as “Everswim” by some cut-ups.
I’m not all that far into the questing there, and have never gone through it before, so I can’t eally say how much it’s changed from that end, but I can say that it’s not a complete questing revamp a la Cataclysm – instead, it appears that a significant number of quests have been added on top of what was already there.
After hitting level 37 I headed to Thorin’s Halls to do some crafting. By dropping about a gold and a half on mats I finally mastered out the Apprentice tier in Metalsmithing, as well as the Journeyman tier; I’d had a big stockpile of Barrow-Iron and the only thing holding me up had been a lack of Tin, since this is my only character actually adventuring above level 10. In an effort to clean out the shared bank, which I primarily use to share crafting-related drops between characters, I worked up tradeskills on my tailor, forester, scholar and weaponsmith as well. A recent change removed the mandatory crafting leveling quests, so while there are still quests to get recipes and such, you can now level crafting on a non-adventuring character strictly by actually crafting, with the need to go find drops in higher-level areas eliminated.
Moving forward, I intend to pick up the epic questline where I left off. I should probably break out the alts and take them up to level 20 or thereabouts as well.