I managed to detach myself from a wonderful vacation baking in the Spanish sun and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea only to get back home and find myself underneath the usual Dutch overcast and heavy rain storms. Since the weather is so bad, I have a wonderful excuse to turn my computer back on and start up Lotro!
The day before I left on vacation I was one of the lucky winners in the Beta key contest from mmorpg. Of course I never got to use it until today and unfortunately cannot do or see much as European servers are excluded from the character copy feature and the E&G tavern is closed, perhaps permanently so I might not get a chance to preview Isengard after all. I don’t really care about seeing the areas as I’d rather keep those a surprise for life release, but I was and still am very curious about all the new armour and cosmetics, so at least I checked out what is new in the Exclusive section of the Lotro Store. Well in the Beta store there is nothing shockingly new in terms of cosmetics. There are three new cloaks that are merely a hooded version of the three Inn of the Forsaken cloaks that you can purchase with marks. The hooded versions are even ugly compared to the hoodless originals as they only added a grey hood on top. I would not recommend this item even though it is “store exclusive”.
I am usually not into doing previews as they are not very creative, nor am I ever the first one to check things out and put them on display, but since I haven’t seen them anywhere else, I add them here for those that are curious.
from left to right:
Dusty Hooded Seafarer’s Cloak, Stowed Hooded Threadbare Cloak, Recovered Hooded Sailor’s Cloak
They all cost 195 TP and can be found in the Cosmetics Store Exclusive section.
Other things that I have found out is that as it stands in Beta, armour proficiency requirements are lifted for the Wardrobe, but that is not all! LEVEL REQUIREMENTS ARE LIFTED AS WELL!! As a level 6 minstrel I was able to purchase a level 75 heavy chest piece from the Auction House and put it in my wardrobe!!
In my humble opinion it is fair and right to eliminate the armour proficiency requirement because it is not fair that you can use everything as a heavy armour wearer (including light and medium) but not vice versa if you are a medium or light user. It makes total sense in terms of gear but not regarding cosmetic looks. However to also eliminate the level requirement seems very odd to me and I don’t like it. I think the character that drags the piece into the Wardrobe should at least meet the level requirements, or else where is the achievement? In terms of cosmetics I always like to reach the next level just so I can use a new piece cosmetically. If those restrictions are lifted than the incentive to level for cosmetics sake is gone, with exception of perhaps class gear and quest reward armour. Any fresh new level 6 can just buy a few pieces off the Auction House to look cool without ever having set foot in the area where it dropped. It seems a bit unfair to me, but if that’s how it’s going to be than I’ll live with it.
If ever the Tavern opens up again I might be able to level my beta Minstrel, but until then I’ll just keep enjoying Middle Earth as it is now, and hopefully come up with some new outfits soon!