I've completed most of my tasks for the week.  It's been a weird one.  The schedule here at home is on the fritz, and will remain so for the foreseeable future.  I am annoyed, but military life is attempting to teaching me patience.  A year or so ago my head would have spun off.  I figure since my head's still  attached, and I haven't screamed at anyone, I must be patient! Feeling rather proud of my apparent ability to be task oriented and outwardly calm, I am rewarding myself with a weekend of gaming.  I can think of no better way to spend my time at the moment.  Ok, there are possibly productive things I could be doing, but who wants to be all productive all the time?  It's exhausting.

I'd squirreled away the horse race token and 12 leaves for my festival horse.  I have been salivating over the blue roan for a month.  Thankfully the barter vendor appeared back in the game, and I ran my little hobbit out there as soon as I logged into LOTRO today.  The picture at the top of this article is my new blue roan horse.  Sexy, yes?  LOVE HER!!!

On my run out to  Hengstacer's Farm to procure my new mount, I found my eye's bulging at the graphics.  I played on my new laptop today.  It's really the first long play session where I have experienced the Direct 10X graphics.  I might have needed a napkin to wipe up the drool.  Simply stunning.  I am almost kicking myself for not having given in to Windows 7 before now.  If you have been sitting on the fence about the upgrade, do yourself a favor.  Just do it.

I managed to level my little mini to 37.  *smiles*  She remains my favorite girl.  It could be because she was my first real LOTRO character.  Maybe it's just that she is a mini.  Probably it's all of those things plus the fact she's a hobbit.  She's just cute as a bug.

It took hours to level today.  I spent some of them thinking about my never ending trips to the skinner box.  LOTRO does a super job  making me press the lever.  As an example;  the quest called for me to get medallions from hillmen outside of Estedlin.  No problem.  I ran out there.  I killed hillmen.  A mediallion dropped every 5 or 8 kills.  I needed 12 medallions.  I ended up spending 45 minutes grinding through the random drop rate until I accomplished my task.  Yup, I truly do live in the skinner box.  *sigh*

I took a break from the grind when I heard some friends might be playing LOTRO.  One of them is rather new to the game, so I made a new girl and leveled her to 9 to help show him around.  I am a sucky tour guide, but its fun to see a game through someone else's unvarnished eyes.


Everything went swimmingly.  We made a few levels.  I explained some of the tricks and ins and outs I've learned.  We decided to take a tour of a house, so I could show him how housing works.  After the purchase of a deluxe house, I am proud to let people in the door :)   One room has an Inn league keg as the centerpiece.  It's kind of the alarm system.  I figure someone wanders inside and sees the ale, they are gonna take a swig.  Especially dwarves and hobbits.  They can't resist!!!  Before I could get the words "Don't drink" out of my mouth, he'd swallowed a flagon of ale.  Within 15 seconds he hit the floor, ported and ended up pantless in Bree.  :D  I personally found it rather hysterical, although I worried he would be a wee tad upset.  It certainly added a whole new flavor to the tour.

I had a blast and hope he visits again soon.

I logged back on to by hobbit and found a quest which seemed relatively simply.  Collect a giant skull and return it to camp.  No big deal.

skull heavy
skull heavy

Do you see that thing?  Now someone explain to me how exactly my hobbit carried this monstrosity across a zone without falling over from the weight?

*shakes her head*

Every once in a while the dev's need a swift kick in their rear ends for coming up with this kind of stuff...and then for leaving it in the game.  It certainly doesn't lend itself to immersion.  I will admit though, I laughed all the way  back to the camp.  I couldn't help myself.  I couldn't see my feet around that thing.  All I could do was run and pray nothing aggroed on me while I sprinted to the NPC!!!

I am off to do a little inventory maintenance before I pass out.  As usual, I am taking full advantage of my day of gaming.  It's 2:30 in the morning.  Yup, silly skinner box.  I need more food pellets!!!