Like a rat in the maze: LOTRO spring festival

I would post about WOW today, but I’ve spent most of the last week stuck in a maze in LOTRO-land. This is the time of the spring festival in LotRO.

It’s actually a literal maze:

You wind your way through the maze and do various activities, such as looking for lost people, posting confusing signs, catching chickens, and of course – trying to escape.

It’s not a simple task, but it feels an aweful lot like being a rat in some sort of experiment, since they blur the maze on your mini-map, so you can’t even use a map to help guide you. At this point, I’ve started to memorize the maze layout (since it’s the same every time), so I’m starting to be pretty good at it.

If you didn’t think that was enough, you can also stomp shrews in a giant pit with a bunch of other people, trying to scramble and get to the buggers before everyone else with the same goal. This only works in the game because the servers here are a lot less crowded than WOW. It’s actually a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be, and if you stomp a couple hundred shrews over the course of the event, then you get a fun title as a reward. You also earn tokens that let you buy things from participating in their “games.” I’ve spent them on fun stuff to put in my in-game house, but you can get clothing and food stuff, too. What I want to say is that – if you thought WoW’s holidays were a sick and twisted way to torture you, it’s nothing compared to the even more sick & twisted ways that LotRO gets us to do really silly things.

There is also one that requires you to get drunk and then walk across the top of a fence (that is windy and requires you to jump in several places), where if you fall off the fence, you lose & have to start over. After spending about an hour trying to drunk-walk across a fence, it made me miss WoW an aweful lot (and made me question what the heck I was doing, lol). I eventually gave up on the drunken fence-walk quest.


  1. Chezza
    Posted March 29, 2010 at 2:43 am | Permalink

    Funny stuff that :)

  2. Posted March 29, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a real fun event. Great pics :)

  3. Imiregar
    Posted April 3, 2010 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Yes, I played LOTRO 1-60 for about 6 months last year. It’s definitely more challenging than wow. They just need more content!