I have given serious thought to returning to Lord of the Rings Online since the newest addition of Book III, which will enable solo players to take on epic quests that formerly required groups to complete. Since I have a level 30-something Minstrel parked somewhere in Book 2, and a level 22 Hunter parked at Book 1, I thought I would give it a try and see if I can get that sense of story progression back. The story is the reason I wanted to play LOTRO in the first place, and I’ve always found it discouraging that I cannot progress at the pace of my choosing.
LOTRO hasn’t made it easy on me so far: the first time I tried to log in, my driver blue-screened my system, spooking me for a couple of days (there has since been a warning posted about an issue with new Nvidia drivers).
The second time I logged in, I discovered that the level 20 mount I blew all my silver on when I last played is no longer in my possession. I no longer have a mount skill in my Mounts tab. Upon asking the Advice channel, several other returning players noted that the same thing had happened to them. Okay, bug report submitted, no real skin off my nose (just 200 silver).
Then I lost connection with the login server (while my better half plays Warcraft III, so our internet stability is just fine).
Okay then! Perhaps I’ll try this returning to the game thing next week.