Sometimes I have pretty limited time to play LotRO. Before the Mirkwood expansion, I would have picked out a quest or deed on my main character that I could finish quickly, or maybe logged in on an alt. While I’ve always had fun doing that, any traveling required or remembering where I was at with an alt would cut into my already limited playtime. Now I can run a skirmish instead. Skirmishes add another option for secondary activities, just like crafting or going to the Moors for creeps versus freeps.
So last night, when I logged in to see what was going on in the kin, I ended up joining in a small (3-player) fellowship running Skirmishes. With an hour to play, we were able to complete Ford of Bruinen and Stand at Amon Sûl. When I was done I had a bunch of Marks to use on upgrading my dwarf protector, who had been ignored and neglected during my recent quest to finish Volume 1. Doing skirmishes also meant we didn’t have any logistical issues of meeting up or traveling (even though that’s rarely a problem for a hunter). Just join the fellowship and then insta-travel into the skirmish instance.
Skirmishes still feel fun and fresh to me, which is good since I’ve run through maybe a dozen total, and I have no intention of grinding them. I’ll keep using them for quick play sessions when my time is limited or when I’m waiting for a kin event or raid to start and have some time to kill.