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Posted: Jul 29th 2011 6:06PM BigAndShiny said

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Have they fixed animations yet?

Posted: Jul 29th 2011 6:35PM Lenn said

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@BigAndShiny No, because they're not broken.
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Posted: Jul 29th 2011 7:24PM JaySpeed said

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@BigAndShiny What animations have to do with the Shire? This is one of my favorite zones in any MMO I've played. It's different than running kill quests all day. It's a peaceful region and one of the most beautiful IMO. I love the atmosphere and ambiance of the Shire. That's why my house resides there.
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Posted: Jul 29th 2011 7:34PM sauceofmagic said

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@Lenn not broken but incredibly bad :) I hope they do something about it in the near future.

LoTRO is the most immersive mmo i played but the movement animations (for Humans and Elves specifically) are horrendous.
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Posted: Jul 30th 2011 4:50PM jastani said

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@sauceofmagic
Agreed on animations on LOTRO in general. They should try to work in some tweaked mo-cap,instead of making them up by hand. The over-posturing, cartoony movements does a disservice to the amazing work put into the game's overall visual textures.
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Posted: Jul 31st 2011 12:06PM ScottishViking said

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@BigAndShiny

Troll.
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Posted: Jul 29th 2011 6:33PM Armequen said

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The Shire is my all time favourite place in all of Middle Earth. I just love the simple life depicted there.

This brings back many fond memories of my early days in LOTRO.

Nothing wrong with the animations, btw...

Posted: Jul 29th 2011 6:34PM Lenn said

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Number 11: do the Inn League initiation quest (only available during festivals). You need to visit every inn in The Shire, chug a few ales of varying strength and quality at each inn, and you have to do this within a limited amount of time. After each inn visit, you'll get more and more drunk, blurring your vision and making your character harder to control.

Posted: Jul 29th 2011 10:07PM Jack Pipsam said

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@Lenn

Oh god I did that quest in this summers one... that was fun... :P
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Posted: Jul 29th 2011 6:37PM Lenn said

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Number 12: fish. Pick one of the many streams and ponds, and fish. One of the more relaxing things you can do in game, especially when in The Shire.

Posted: Jul 29th 2011 7:08PM sauceofmagic said

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chicken quests ftw!

Posted: Jul 29th 2011 7:08PM dndhatcher said

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#11: Steal mushrooms from Farmer Maggot's farm at night. (Level 15 Burglar class quest).

Posted: Jul 29th 2011 7:12PM Scarecrowe said

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I'm sure I'll get voted down for this but I always recommend to anyone spending any amount of time in the Shire: turn off zone chat.

Posted: Jul 29th 2011 7:34PM Lenn said

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@Scarecrowe That's got nothing to do with the zone, nor the quests therein, but everything with your server.
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Posted: Jul 30th 2011 9:36AM Nolf said

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@Scarecrowe Why? I love Shire zone chat, it is nice way how to divert when you are bored with farming. Usually there is plenty of other farmers you can chat with or new players to help them on their way.

As a number 11- Definitely listen to the small talk the NPCs have with each other. Just run/ride around shire and listen to them! It is brilliant!
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Posted: Jul 29th 2011 7:39PM jewahe said

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The black rider quest is one of the best in the game.

Although it's not technically part of The Shire, I'd also suggest doing the Missing the Meeting quest chain that starts in Dwalling.

I also like the "hide and seek" quest in Michel Delving (and suggest turning off the quest tracker to make it more fun), and the quest that leads you to help a wounded Angaram in the swamps near Frogmorton. The quest starts in Budgeford. It's kind of sweet in a way.

But the main thing I like to do is wander around to watch the vignettes play out. There is a sweet one that plays out in Overhill.

Next up...the 10 worst quests in The Shire (looking at you, sheep).

Posted: Jul 29th 2011 7:58PM Turbana said

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#11 for me is definitely the Hobbit who ran his canoe aground right outside Budgeford. He's talking with a bounder and some of those lines are just great. "I'm having an adventure!" makes me smile every time.

Posted: Aug 2nd 2011 10:47AM MassivelyJames said

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@Turbana I've paddled all the way from Frogmorton!
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Posted: Aug 8th 2011 1:50PM (Unverified) said

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@Turbana
This is absolutly the funnies tthing I have seen in the game. They guy paddled like 100m down the stream and is excited about the massive adventure he is having. Talk about adding character to the game. I wish the devs had put in nuggets like this in all the zones. I mean try to pick the ten things like this in Eregion?, there is just nothing that cool in the later zones.
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Posted: Jul 29th 2011 8:36PM Leitchy said

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The quest to find and rescue Aunt Prunella (I think that's her name). At level, it's very dangerous because you have to fight your way through a camp that's swarming with goblins, a couple of them elite. Finally, at the top of the camp, all you find of Prunella is her pink umbrella. Once you make your way back to the quest giver, there's a really sad moment...until a hobbit lass walks by and mentions that Prunella has been wither her having a tea party...all day! All that time, effort and danger and you rescued...a pink umbrella. :)

First time you do it, it's hilarious!

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