I have done many many things in MMO's over the years. I thought I had seen all manner of time sinks, but this week my guild in LOTRO introduced me to the Chicken Runs. All I can say is "HOLY CRAP HOW DID I MISS THIS?"
It very simple really. Up at Sanderson's farm there is trouble with the chickens. Things have gotten a little out of hand. If you decide to jump in and help, you'll be forced to become a chicken and run through out middle earth looking for help.
It's seriously the most entertainment I have had in a game in a long long long time.
Now lest you think it's all fun and games, let me caution you. Life as a level one chicken is no easy feat. Monsters around you want to gobble you up. And they can all see you.So run fast little chicken and don't let the big bad wolf nip at your feathers.
I was in stitches running the beginning quests. The hubby and I were turned into chicken and immediately I started giggling. I just couldn't help myself. I ran around digging for worms, avoiding wolves and bears and laughing at the hilarity that ensued as one of my guild mates was eaten on his way to a neighboring chicken coop.
My ultimate goal for chicken running is the following.
That's right people, if you manage to live through all the runs you are given the Cloak of the Cluck.
My guild leader has one of these and I made him click it a bunch of times in the guild meeting the other night. Nothing like seeing a stalwart dwarf clucking like a hen and doing a dance as feathers rein from above.
The hubby and I died a few times during our chicken runs, but overall, we had a fabulous time.
It culminated when Steiner Davion logged on.
As a chicken you are not able to communicate with anyone. No tells, guild chat and such. At first this mystified me, but after some thought it makes sense. I mean who speaks chicken?
I saw the pop up that Steinr was on and went to my friends list to see where he was. The hubby and I ran around for a while trying to find him. Finally after nearly half an hour we spotted him fending off bears in Binbole Woods. We both jumped up and down around him giving him a good flocking. I am not sure how long it took him to figure out what was going on, but after a while he hit up my Xfire. My sides were splitting from laughing so hard.
The guild is going to be doing a full chicken run this weekend. I am very very excited and can't wait to report to you that I have earned my cloak and can dance like a chicken!!!
I have inserted a video below of a guild in LOTRO doing one of these chicken runs. It's hysterical. Watch and prepare to laugh a lot.