Shamus Plays: LOTRO, Part 21

By Shamus
on Jun 9, 2010
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Like I said in the Big Freaking Podcast podcast I linked earlier today, the Shamus Plays series is the most fun part of the work I do.

This week Lulzy has to help an herbalist make a potion, and you know what that means.

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  1. ngthagg says:

    I’ve only played LoTRO as a demo, and never as a hobbit, so this is the first set of quests that I remember playing myself. I remember very well being sick of wandering in and out of this area.

    Incidentally, I also played in the beta, back before quests were marked on the minimap. I spent an hour wandering through the woods trying to find that dog farm. When I discovered I had to go back, I almost cried.

  2. ToastyVirus says:

    I’m currently playing the Free trial and having a lot of fun with it.

    Thanks for making me want to play it =D

  3. Aufero says:

    Hilarious as usual!

    The first time through the Chetwood quests I remember thinking “Next time I need to gather up all the quests that send me in here at once so I don’t make so many trips.” The second time, I realized there’s just no way to do that. By design.

    Oh, well – at least I’m not carrying pies.

  4. Kritheon says:

    I may actually pick up LOTRO because of your stories. Sure they make it seems like a ridiculous game but I understand the comedy behind it.

    Thanks for all these comics you do. They make my office lunch time a laugh. Keep up the good work!

  5. BaCoN says:

    Shamus, I asked a couple days ago, but you are a big jerk and racist against Canadians, so I will ask again. What do you think of LotRO adopting Turbine’s F2P system? Or is there an article coming up about it and you don’t want to spoil anything because you love to keep us in suspense?

  6. Dev Null says:

    Lemme guess: Killing bears?

    [Edit: hah! I hadn’t even looked yet!]

    • 4th Dimension says:

      I knew this would devolve into bearcide. What did those bears do to the Canadians? Eat someone in their families?

    • Tizzy says:

      I’m disappointed that getting the honey did not involve bears (or giant bees).

      • Taellosse says:

        I was totally expecting giant bees! Or at least having to fight swarms of angry, normal-size bees. With a sword. Somehow.

        • acronix says:

          I would have expected werebears thiefs. Thiefs because they stole the honey from some peaceful, but slighlty neurotic, werewasps. Then I remembered Tolkien didnĀ“t had those.

          • Felis Sapiens says:

            Actually, Tolkien did have some werebears – Beorn in “The Hobbit” is one. Or maybe he is a bear werehuman – my memory on the subject is a bit fuzzy :) No werewasps, though. Unless… they’re hiding!
            Still, guys who can look either like humans or like bears – that could be two-in-one annoyances for Lulzy!
            I wonder if there’re any in the game?

        • pnf says:

          There’s a swampy area in one corner of The Shire where you get accosted by swarms of normal-sized gnats (they’re more of a distraction and annoyance than anything else). Swing your sword at the swarm a few times and the gnats fall to the ground and die.

  7. Jarenth says:

    Shamus, Shamus, Shamus.

    You should know better by now than to expect sensible behaviour from NPCs.

    You’re only setting yourself up for disappointment.

  8. Emm Enn Eff says:

    “An herbalist” looks to be a typo.

    • BaCoN says:

      It’s not. Think of the word honour. It’s the same with herbs.

      • ZzzzSleep says:

        I think the problem is that some people pronounce it as ‘erbalist’, so it would be ‘an’, like with ‘an hour’ or, as above ‘an honour’. However, for people that pronounce the h at the start, it would be ‘a herbalist’, like ‘a hotel’ or ‘a herring’.

        • Blackbird71 says:

          This one always bugs the crap out of me when people (I’m looking at YOU, Tom Clancy!) say something like “an historian.” You wouldn’t ever prounounce it “istorian”, would you? If the word begins with a hard “h”, it’s “a”, if it’s soft, “an.”

          /pet peeve rant

          • Mari says:

            I can explain this one. I am told that the use of “an” before some words where the “h” is pronounced such as “historic” or “hysterical” is due to certain segments of English speakers (such as some Irish or BE dialects)which do not pronounce the “h” or barely pronounce it. This has apparently led to confusion amongst world-wide English speakers as to which indefinite article to use.

            Alternatively, I’ve been told by some oldsters (we’re talking the octogenarian set) that they were taught in school to use “a” with hard-h words in which the emphasis is in the first syllable (such as “history” or “hospital”) but “an” should be used in hard-h words in which the emphasis is in the second or later syllable (such as “historical” or “hospitable”).

      • Al says:

        Lies. I always pronounce the h in herbs.

        • Daf says:

          I do too. My ex-WoW ex-GM (<3) never did, being one of the few Americans in our mostly-Aussie guild. He always said we needed more "erbs" in the bank, or some such. And while talking about actual "erbs" he always pronounced "oregano" wrong. :P
          Not in honour, though, but I know it's there. “An honourable” and “an hour” sound normal to me.
          I hear newsreaders say "an horrific" and it makes me shudder. Stupid English language; don’t even start me on “privacy”. Ve vouldn't have all this contention if ze Germans had von…

          * [Edit]: Scrolling up I realised I do say/type “an hour” and so I had to change most of my second paragraph because I was blatantly lying to myself. Stupid brain.

  9. tremor3258 says:

    If ever I need to beat someone over the head with how to do pacing properly, I may very well send them to this chapter of the Let’s Play, the whole bit with the herbalist’s house as you know what’s coming….

  10. NotYetMeasured says:

    Much fun!

    One possible explanation for the haystack at Skunkwood’s is that the farm was taken over by the brigands (uh, recently, I guess). Of course that would still just make it some sort of husbandry operation for large animals that has to transport all of the feed in, since it’s in the middle of a forest next to a swamp and surrounded by impassable escarpments.

    You continue to amaze me with the things I never thought to question, Shamus. There’s another farm on a nearby hill with an actual field, but of course it’s still surrounded by eighty-foot old-growth that would really put a damper on the sun exposure.

  11. Conlaen says:

    Hihi, you had me going there with the herbalist for a second. I was really confused and thinking: But this is the point where they ask you to get everything they need! And then I clicked “Next” and the world was right again :)

  12. Athan says:

    “You don’t need me to go and quest for any other basic items? You don’t need firewood from Mirkwood or a stirring-spoon from Sauron’s kitchen?”

    Pure WIN.

  13. BTW, just ran across this series of comics at a convention my kids pushed me into taking them too, but it catches the weakside of MMOs perfectly:

    http://mysticrev.com/index.php?cid=426

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