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Sunday, September 7, 2014

WHY BETA TESTING IS SO MUCH FUN

The last two weekends I journeyed into the perilous realm known as LoTRO beta testing. The new zone, the Dead Marshes, was the content being tested, but I was a very bad girl and only went into the Dead Marshes for a mere five minutes due to my never ending love of making new characters, auto-leveling them, and spending thousands of turbine points on beta.

Ellaine, the race of man captain.

Ebonie, the hobbit warden
 Point one, which contains making new characters, states that "making new characters is an obsession of [Makaia's] during beta testing. [She] enjoys designing, autoleveling, and making cosmetic outfits for each."
Makaia, the elf guardian

Meatloaf, the dwarf hunter
Auto-leveling and auto-ranking are overly obsessed obsessions. When you can journey into the Ettenmoors at rank 15 without that character ever placing a foot in the Ettenmoors before, that is truly an accomplishment.

All in all, this second round of beta that I have ever taken a part in has been loads of fun. I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time (though no bugs were submitted this time), and whenever the next round of beta testing is, let's go!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

JUST ONE GAME

I have quite a few favorite gaming blogs. They aren't just gaming blogs, they also capture the essence of a gamer, who is in fact a real living, breathing human being, but they do talk about games and the like.

I feel like my attempt at a gaming blog will be feeble. My life isn't extremely interesting. I'm young, inexperienced, and well, I only play one game. But it is that one game that has added a very unique spark to my life.

I've been playing Lord of the Rings Online for almost two years now. I don't know exactly and precisely how long, but I believe I began playing in October of 2012. I started off as every simple little baby LoTRO player starts off as: not knowing anything and perhaps making a fool of myself. I started off with a hobbit minstrel, and I got her to level 27, and it felt like the biggest achievement of my life. For personal reasons, I had to delete her, but I soon came back rolling, and my elf guardian was created. The milestones I jumped with this character were immense. I started teaching myself about cosmetics, I learned about the level 55 area in Bree, I hit level 45 and timidly adventured into Moria for the first time.

By this time, I've completely outleved Moria, Lothlorien, and Mirkwood. As a very part time gamer (and maybe full-time cosmetic junkie?) it has been a large achievement to reach the banks of the Anduin in northern East Rohan, and horn for my war-steed.

LoTRO has been a welcome part of my life for the last years, and I can't wait to see where just one simple MMO takes me.