I came across this post on the official forums asking if it’s too late to start playing LOTRO. The poster was concerned that everyone was at end game and that the lower levels were basically a barren wasteland. I can understand the concern. I wouldn’t want to pay to play an MMO completely alone, either. However, I believe that this poster was pretty misinformed about the starting areas and about LOTRO in general.
In general, the only time it is “too late” to start playing an MMO, is if you decide to join a month before they shut the game down. That doesn’t happen very often. Heck, games like Ashren’s Call are busy celebrating their 10 year anniversaries!
There are of course other factors to consider that could effect the amount of traffic you run into while leveling your new character.
The time of day that you generally get to play will greatly effect the population of a server. If your playtime is off peak (typically 7-11 p.m. Monday – Friday) you will notice a lack of others around. It probably will not be a ghost town, but it may be a bit before you run into someone in the wilderness. Sometimes you can offset this by picking a server with a different time zone to put you more within prime playing hours.
The server itself could have just a lower population. Even at peak times these servers may not have a ton of people around. For the U.S. Servers, I believe it is Brandywine and Landroval that have some of the higher player counts. I haven’t heard any complaints from any of the servers saying their population is too low.
There are times for you to be proactive at finding others.
I’ve led kinships in the past and one of the people I find most annoying is the person who logs on, sits quietly or asks once if someone wants to do their quest and then complains loudly that no one helps. This person is the type I would /fishslap in real life if I could. Invites to a fellowship will not magically fall at your feet when you login. Sometimes it’s up to you to start the fellowship.
- You’ll have to join the Looking for Fellowship (LFF) channels, answer those you’re interested in joining and ask for help yourself.
- You will generally have to ask more than once to get a fellowship going. People login at different times and sometimes folks just aren’t really paying attention to /lff or whatever channel you’re using.
- Understand that sometimes you will make more friends helping others than demanding to finish the quest you’re looking to complete.
- Try to not take it personally. If no one answers your call for a fellowship, it doesn’t mean the entire server hates you. It probably just means everyone’s busy or not paying attention. It happens.
The LOTRO community is famous for its super friendly players. Don’t be afraid to speak up or ask a question! If you make a faux pas you’ll not be flamed into oblivion like in other MMOs. We’re nicer here.
There are still a ton of stuff to do in the old areas!
Turbine has been fantastic in renewing old areas and improving old content to cater for newer players going through the first time. The Lone Lands was just completely revamped not to mention the project of Orion’s to improve the epic quests to be done with less than a full fellowship if desired. They’ve allowed players to own a (slow) mount at level 20 to help you get around quicker!
This is not a gaming company that creates an area and leaves it to rot for eternity. It’s constantly being improved for the new player’s benefit. It’d be rather silly for them to make the climb to 65 impossible. I have a feeling they rather like having new subscribers.
There are always going to be people in all stages of the game. Not just new players but people like Merric with his eight alternate characters will be plodding along the same path as these new folks. Main hubs like Bree and Esteldin will not likely to slow down as they will still be the gathering place for characters of this level.
No. It is not too late to start playing LOTRO.