Sunday, January 27, 2013

Winter musings

I must admit, I have not been very busy lately.

I seem to have lost some of my mojo for Rohan.  Maybe it is the lack of challenge. Maybe it is just the time of year when I start wanting a change of scenery.  Recentlly I even spent a few days exploring a galaxy far far away.  Quite an interesting visit but not a long term move for me.

Speaking of scenery, I recently stopped in Snowbourn, a city in Rohan, and I have to say I am really liking the place.  Very pleasing on the eyes, reasonably well laid out.  Lots of trees and nice architecture and of course a land where they worship beautiful horses.  I could see myself setting up a little weaponsmith shop and retiring for a few months.  I am still an awesome champ and I have enemies that need vanquishing but maybe for a few weeks or rmonths I will just relax and enjoy the luxury of this pretty town.

My buddy Storbjorn recently sent me another photo of himself from Forochel. Apparently he is having similar thoughts about that cold nasty place.  Luckily we are not related or I would be questioning my gene pool.

In any case he seems to be liking the place.  He has the social graces of a barghest so maybe I shouldn't be surprised.  Based on the photo I would say he is going native.  He told me he is almost considered "kin" with the locals so I guess that answers that.

I should be nice to him as technically he is my leader as the founder of Something Something Taters; the kin I came over with from our old home on Gladden.

And of kins and kinships, I recently received an informal invitation to join that most august and prestigious kinship, The Lonely Mountain Band.  I have to say I am tempted.  I have joined them a few times recently on their Sunday night raids and they have all proven to be very nice people to work with.  I would definitely enjoy thier company going forward into the future.  My only real reservations are two fold.  One is that I am the last of the Taters, a small and most excellent kinship that at its height was composed of six or seven people.  Small though they were, they were very tight, very professional, and very fun to work with. That group has long since dwindled away.  One of my last remaining kinmates recently had to take a break due to the blanking out illness that has infected so many people since the Rohan campaign began.  Another left for the the Lonely Mountain Band which is how I came to participate in some of their recent activities.

My second reservation is that while very nice and helpful and mature everyone from the Lonely Mountain Band has been, I can't help but notice just how BIG they are.   There are hundreds of people actively participating and I don't know if that is really my style.  Maybe I am just spoiled by past experience with my old small highly skilled team that were available every day.  I am just not sure how I will fit in with a kinship that has rules and recruitment procedures (beyond "if you keep the mini alive  you're in") and actually hierarchies of organization.  It just seems so formal and bureaucratic and there will always be people in there I don't know on a first name basis.  That all seems very strange for me.

And then again, I am the last of the Taters and really the Taters are gone.  I need to move forward and seek new horizons.  And it is just a little bit of a shame that with all my skills I have no one in my groupings to pass them on too.  No matter how excellent I am I cannot make an empty kinshouse ring with my excellence.  Maybe the Lonely Mountain Band needs me to show them what a champ unleashed can really do.

Or maybe not.



  1. LMB can be overwhelming, but I can tell you that after the recruitment interview is done, it does not feel particularly bureaucratic. Except if you're trying to schedule an event, that can get tricky, as there's literally something going on every night. Though not much in the grouping somethings, more in the singing and dancing somethings.

    It always feels large, though. That doesn't go away.

    I too have propped up my feet after saving Eastern Rohan (and getting kicked out of west Rohan! How rude!). Rebuilding that city for the lazy Rohirrim was exhausting. My husband and I visited that spacey land far away, but I'm not a starry sort of person, so we didn't stay long. Currently I'm on bizzaro-Earth, and although I'm not a fan of zombies and spooky things, I really like it here (The Secret World).


  2. Come to the dark side. We have raids. :)


  3. LMB may be many fine things but raiders ... hmmm... I have known a few raiding kins but LMB is definitely not one of them. Unless you consider large populations horse racing, performing rock concerts and executing perfectly synchronized line dances a "raid". LMB is like no other that is for sure. I mean that in a good way. I like to play music and dance on occasion but I think the emphasis is "on occasion". What I really miss about my old team was the teamwork and skill that went into pulling off feats that no individual or random group can accomplish. On the other hand, serious raiding kins are just so... serious. It is just a tough act to follow and I haven't found that perfect niche yet.

    That Secret place sounds interesting. I found out my aging equipment is not up to the task however. Maybe in a few months but then again, if I manage to upgrade my equipment then Rohan might hold more appeal for me again. Or not. I can only kill large groups of mobs in the nude for just so long before the novelty wears off.