I started out in LOTRO on Brandywine server a couple of months after the Mines of Moria (MoM) release. Why Brandy?…simply because it was the first name on the list of servers to choose and it was a name I recognized from the lore. I knew no one there and was a complete noob. I enjoyed my time on Brandy and leveled 3 toons to the endgame cap during Seige of Mirkwood (SoM). I joined a kinship because I really liked their name and then I discovered they were so full of themselves and quite racist. I found another group and fit like a glove and enjoyed those guys. However, when free2play launched I decided to roll on Riddermark, mostly because it was the unofficial PvP server and hey, it was a chance to start fresh with everyone else…I missed out on the Shadows of Angmar (SoA) start.
So that brings me to this week. I logged on Brandywine instead of Riddermark and started leveling my Warden thru Dunland, a place I’ve leveled thru on 4 other characters! Surprisingly, it kinda felt like a different game. Granted I was very rusty on my warden and leveling him is really just an excuse to relearn 2+yrs of lost skills and new keybinds. I quickly discovered my Brandywine kinship was dead. Maybe 1-2 people had leveled past 65 so Rise of Isengard (ROI) seemed to be the death of it. Only 2 people on my friends list had also leveled past 65 and only 1 of those had played since January. A depressing sight and one that almost got me to log off. Then I saw a familiar name and got invited to his kinship. Suddenly I’m with a good group of adults and looking forward to what comes next.
Is Riddermark dead to me. No, in fact, I had 2 really good PVP sessions on my Reaver last week. I just have more options now: log on Brandy to work on my warden, log on Ridder for fun with Reaver or level Warden.