Drunk During the War of the Ring

One of my concerns for the whole LOTRO Legendary server plan was the lack of differentiation between it and the standard live servers.  The whole, “Why should I bother?” question is completely legitimate if you can’t come up with much.

There was legitimate doubt here

This was not helped by SSG’s really bad sharing of information about the server.  Items that could have been selling points before hand, like the slower leveling pace or restored quests or the actual launch date more than two days ahead of time, ended up being things we had to discover on our own.  It was a tragic mis-use of a FAQ, the FAQ itself seemingly formulated to discourage people.

Some things I had hoped would not show up, like daily hobbit presents, were there.  But I figured that might be the end of it, that we could all settle in and focus on the task at hand, defeating Sauron and the forces of Mordor before all of Middle-earth sank into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted magic.

And then I logged in to find that the Fall Festival was upon us, complete with an invite to come to The Shire to take part.

Hey, Evendim quests

Well, I figured I would at least use the magic travel map to get it out of my chronically full bag and maybe give somebody an ear full about this all being a distraction we could do without. Also, I didn’t think extra experience from events would be desirable.  So I clicked it and it sent me off to the party tree.

Don’t you people know there is a war on?

I was standing around trying to look indignant when a local hobbit suggested that I couldn’t drink six beers in just a minute.  My dwarven pride was stung by the implication, so I showed him, only to find that wasn’t all there was to the challenged.  Soon I was riding about the shire, from inn to inn, to drink beer along with a motley crew of fellow travelers.

No Legolas and Gimili jokes, they aren’t together in my timeline yet

After a couple of runs I was re-introduced to the LOTRO drunken effects, which blurs and distorts the world around you.

Unlike real life, speech is not distorted

The drunk effects only got worse as I made it further along in the trial.

So very drunk now

That second level of drunkeness doesn’t look as bad at a glance, but there is literally two images of everything and they are moving back and forth and in and out all the time.  It is a very good simulation of distortion… though my memories of college and being that drunk are not so sepia toned.

The last stretch was hard… it turns out the wavy, transparent beer in your vision is the real one, not the more solid looking one… but I made it through to the end and was granted another title.

I have more aliases than Fletch

Then I had to sober up to get back to the business at hand.  I suppose a short vacation from critical tasks was okay.  But when I logged in the next day I was greeted with this at the top of my quest tracker.

Hobnanigans?

Hobnanigans? Chicken polo?  Now?  Don’t these people know there is a war on?

3 thoughts on “Drunk During the War of the Ring

  1. bhagpuss

    I literally just did that quest! And failed it! I logged in to LotRO to take screenshots for the somewhat incoherent post I’d just finished (I really need to focus on one thing when I write). I logged in my Loremaster in the Inn in Lone Lands and that festival invite appeared so I thought i’d go there for some pictures. I saw the text about some magic map but i thought it would be a UI element in the quest and i couldn’t see it so I rode to Bree, got on a horse and Fast Travelled to Michel Delving, got on another and went to Hobbiton, got on my own horse and rode to the Festival Grounds…

    … where I grabbed the first quest I saw. Drink six beers. There they are, on the table. Easy. Next thing i know i’m cantering across the shire, frantically checking my map, everything’s a blur… I got to Frogtown or whatever its called, the fourth location, with time to spare then I couldn’t find the Inn. Bythe time I did find it I had 50 seconds left and there was a dwarf in there knocking back the beers ahead of me. They are not unique to your quest – you have to grab them before someone else does! I managed to get four down and was halfway through the fifth when the timer ran out. I’d have made it if the Dwarf hadn’t cleared half the table and made me wait a second or two for respawns.

    The quest failed and that was that. I guess you have to go back and restart it from the beginning. Not that I plan on bothering. There are people on the forums actually complaining that Festival quests give too much XP and should be nerfed! It’s a whole other world.

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  2. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Bhagpuss – I almost blew the starting quest because I didn’t see the table with the beers on it right in front of me. I only made it with a few seconds left. But after that it wasn’t too hard. For no particular reason… I haven’t played a hobbit in ages so don’t know the Shire all that well… I was able to stagger from inn to inn, harvesting tier 1 crafting materials along the way.

    In the end, the xp the festival gave for that wasn’t very much. But I did only that, then went back to Evendim. If you stuck around and tried to do everything and get titles and what not, I bet it added up.

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