Revisiting the Dúnedain

Volume 3 launched a few days ago. There’s lots of good info (and podcasts) at Casual Stroll to Mordor and LotRO Reporter as usual if you want details on the patch.

What I wanted to mention is how much more I enjoyed the new content than I expected to. When I first read how Volume 3: Book 1 was starting out, I was disappointed. It felt like a rehash of old content. Going back to old areas and talking to rangers that I had met before. In practice it was actually a good deal of fun. The quests were pretty quick for the most part. There were some interesting story tidbits which I won’t go into for spoiler reasons. Best of all several of the missions took place in pretty cool instances, one of the neatest was the ice cave in Forochel.

Book 1 was pretty quick, around three or four hours at most, and is entirely solo. There is one skirmish where you can group up but all of the instances are solo instances, and the rest is easy open world stuff.

I’m looking forward to continuing the story, although I could stand to wait a few months for the next book, I still haven’t finished Books 8 and 9 from Volume 2.

  1. It’s posts like these that make me want to go back to LOTRO. I canceled my sub back when STO was just out and I didn’t have time to play much else and also because the LOTRO one was about to expire anyway. Now I think I was a bit too impulsive on that decision. Those ice caves in the videos are just gorgeous too, I have to say.

  2. Glad I could provide some temptation. 🙂 I’ve had a lifetime subscription since the game launched, so I basically play for free now except for buying expansions and adventurer packs.

  3. It sounds like Turbine has really stepped up their game with Siege of Mirkwood and now Oath of the Rangers. I only wish Turbine’s games didn’t give my computer so much trouble. :p

    • I’m not really sure exactly. You pickup the quest from a ranger stationed near the horse route in Suri-Kyla which starts you in a solo instance, so the caves aren’t really connected to the world as far as I can remember.

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