I’ve only ever been in one Lotro beta in the past but I missed all the final, crazy festivities. Luckily I was able to make it to the Rohan one. Gotta say, the GMs sure do know how to throw a party! It was worth getting in to Beta for this at least.
Warning: picture heavy post ahead! Seems I really liked my screenshot button that night.
I started out in Snowbourn, a major town in Rohan, and a kind captain summoned me to the proper layer in order to see this:
Thaurlach and Durin’s Bane, just hanging out in a field. The captain accidentally aggroed Durin’s Bane so we took him on!
Of course it’s weird enough that I’m fighting Durin’s Bane in Rohan… but it was even weirder to be fighting him from horseback. The captain was able to keep aggro on it (plus another fellowship warband that decided to chase after him as well) whilst I did figure eights and slowly helped burn it down.
I have to say this was the most fun fight of the evening as it actually took some effort. In the end we were successful and downed Durin’s Bane plus the warband!.. though this sorta shows you how easy the warbands are going to be. I mean.. two people.. one nemesis balrog plus a 6-man warband consisting of another elite master mounted orc, plus a few signature mounted goblins… no problem!!
I headed next to Bree as I kept hearing about some ‘endless stair’ in glff. Well, I found it and it wasn’t at all what I expected.
A GM had made some “stairs” out of campfires and clover tables. Naturally I had to climb it.
I had some scary moments when lag hit that made me think I was going to fall off, but I made it to the top!
I didn’t get to spend long at the top as I was promptly hit with a nerf bat. GMs had given people some.. plus another thing called ‘The One Jetpack’ but I never witnessed that phenomenon. Anyway, off I went, flying over Bree.
I headed back into Bree and now a Saruman and Bukot were attacking people outside of the Prancing Pony:
Of course another Durin’s Bane had to show up with loads of bugans.
I headed towards the centre of Bree where I found Thaurlach bringing terror to the Bree Fountain:
Just a few tyrants showed up as well.
I continued on to the South Gate and was greeted by another Durin’s Bane.
I tried to go outside to get a better look, but that didn’t end up well.
I rode around Bree so that I’d approach from the outside and quickly saw why I died. There wasn’t just the one balrog hanging out there…
I read in chat that a GM was now building stairs outside of Orthanc. Another GM was kindly porting people to Orthanc so I caught a port there. It was an interesting sight seeing people hop their way up crafting tables to slowly scale Orthanc!
I saw some people falling off, but gave it a go!
It kept going..
It was actually getting a bit scary as it was getting really high. Any little bit of lag scared me as I did NOT want to fall and have to start over again! I was also afraid of a random player nerf batting me off. The GMs had to tell off people for doing that. At least the view was nice when you got pretty high up!
Getting near the top I could see there were more boss invasions on the top of Orthanc:
And I made it! I’m the king, erm queen of the world!!!… uh.. *cough* ..yeah..
I heard of some people getting a title.. Master of Stairs, I think, but I never noticed anything being given to my character. I don’t think it would have mattered anyway as the Lothirieth you’re seeing in the pictures isn’t my real character as character copy wasn’t available to those on EU servers.
Continued in part 2!