May 19th 2011 9:15AM No, you're not. The first time I encountered them, way back during BC, they gave me the shudders. I'm a bit more used to them now, but undead spider-centaur things are still pretty oogy.
May 19th 2011 9:10AM I couldn't agree more. Silithids give me the fantods.
Apr 15th 2011 4:44PM The various Klingon emotes -- accompanied by linguistically accurate tlhIngan utterances -- in Star Trek Online rock my world.
Apr 15th 2011 4:06PM I find the art in LotRO so hit-or-miss, speaking personally, that it drives me a little crazy. Sometimes this is because of genuine aesthetic failures in the game (I'm sorry, but thecharacters' facial modeling is absolutely horrible, as are several of the color palettes in general), but more often than not it's because my notion of what Middle-earth looks like is just fundamentally different from Turbine's.
And that's not a dig, by any means; there are probably many people for whom LotRO perfectly corresponds to their image of Endor, and still more who don't really care all that much as long as the graphics are pretty. But if you're like me, and your relationship to the original novel is nigh-sacred, you probably have very strong and particular notions of what its setting looks like that don't match up with the designers'. And that, along with other mood-breakers like players with stupid names and no desire to respect lore or roleplay, has kept me from playing the game very much at all.
It's funny; I'm enjoying the heck out of Star Trek Online, in part for the opposite reason: it *feels* like Star Trek to me -- the visuals and sounds, among other aspects of the game, are just right. Of course, it's easier to create that congruence for a larger number of players when your game is based on visual media like TV and movies than on a strictly literary one like the novel. I wish the happy LotRO players much joy (live long and prosper, hobbits!), but I'll never be one of them, I'm afraid.
Mar 30th 2008 11:45PM Those are both great quests, I agree. I vendored my rings, but I felt slightly guilty while doing so.
Mar 25th 2008 6:44AM I second the recommendation of Horde-side Thorium Brotherhood; there are some really terrific roleplayers there (including my own terrific guild, Bad Moon Rising, which manages to sustain both lively RP and some impressive raid progression).
I've had some solid RP on Kirin Tor as well, for what that's worth.
Mar 20th 2008 9:16PM I second the request for a troll shaman in the cinematic!
Mar 20th 2008 8:04PM I know a lot of people claim that leveling a shaman is torturous, especially in the lower levels, but that was emphatically not my experience. I've leveled my elemental shaman more quickly and enjoyably than any other class I've played. Having so many options as to playstyle and so much tactical flexibility makes leveling fun and comparatively easy. That's been my experience, anyway. Others' mileage may vary.
Mar 20th 2008 12:47AM I love that quest too -- it wasn't exactly challenging, but it was a funny change of pace, a nice bit of fan service for old school Warcraft players, and a clever way to communicate Orcish values to starting players. I know of at least one player who never actually finished the quest just so that he could return to the Valley of Trials every so often and bludgeon a dozing peon or two.
Mar 20th 2008 12:44AM Mulgore is gorgeous, which is part of why it's my favorite starting zone, but you're right that it's the unfolding narrative of your personal rite of passage that gives it its real kick. Starting out a Tauren shaman there, I really felt like a member of a race with shared values and history (yes, I am a roleplayer): by the time I finally received my audience with Cairne, I had a strong handle on what it meant to be a Tauren who honors the Earthmother. Pretty cool, if you ask me.