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Posted: Jan 14th 2012 8:46AM dudes said

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Get back to work. :D

Posted: Jan 14th 2012 10:53AM theBeast said

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My sabbaticals feel more like a detox. I find the my life is happier without playing the game. Except for Eve. I can't quit Eve. >.>

Posted: Jan 14th 2012 12:38PM haneybird said

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@theBeast

No one can quit EVE. It always sucks you back in eventually.
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Posted: Jan 14th 2012 12:22PM jimr9999us said

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Is the sabbatical announcement coming a day after the Turbine selling stat gear announcement just a coincidence? Seems just a week ago or so you had a substantial lotro plan in your ny resolution article. Just curious :)

Posted: Jan 14th 2012 1:10PM Lenn said

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@jimr9999us The sabbatical is over.
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Posted: Jan 14th 2012 12:25PM Cassius81 said

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I've also taken a break from LOTRO to play SWTOR for a while. I can't see myself ever giving up on LOTRO but I'm not quite sure when I will find the time to go back to it. I'm in a pretty laid back kinship though and I know that when I do go back there will still be a spot for me and it will be like I never left.

Posted: Jan 14th 2012 7:05PM JaySpeed said

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I also just took a break. I am coming back to LOTRO though now that my free month is up in SWTOR. It's good to be back in Middle Earth. I do miss having a companion to quest with and run crew skills but I guess I'll have to do my crafting myself. I generally take short breaks when a new MMO launches. I like to check out the new shiny games just to see what all the fuss is about. But I always go back to my main MMO after the free month ends in the new MMO. So far no other game has been able to keep me playing like LOTRO has. 5 years now including closed beta on Arwen. I hope Turbine's commitment to more frequent updates means we get more epic book quests too because I love the main story line in LOTRO.

Posted: Jan 14th 2012 8:26PM Celtar said

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Yup, I took a break as well to play The Game That Must Not Be Named. I'm of the mind that breaks are a good thing, I've been playing games for to many decades not to know that a change of pace is a good thing.

Now that I've seen that TGTMNBN is pretty much a stand alone rpg that has some elements of an mmorpg, I'll most likely be back to playing LotRO within a month. I've had thirty days of play time today in TGTMNBN to know what I know and see what I've seen to make up my mind on it.

I'd like to thank TGTMNBN for giving me a break, a refreshing renewal of what a vibrant alive game world like LotRO is in comparison to TGTMNBN. More beautifully painted, more breath taking, a world that comes off much larger then the comparison game world.

My only on going complaint about LotRO which has been the same from day one of the game, is the pvp system. I'll have to keep my eyes open for a pvp game fix still. I think that is why I am keeping such a close eye on Mechwarrior Online, so I can get that very fix. It will almost be a return to my old online gaming days. Where I played Gemstone III on GEnie for the fantasy game world setting of Shadow World and Multi Player Battle Tech 3025 (Mechwarrior) for my pvp/dueling fix, twenty years ago.

Good times.

Posted: Jan 14th 2012 8:47PM jimr9999us said

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@Celtar
TGTMNBN FTW :)
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Posted: Jan 14th 2012 11:33PM JaySpeed said

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@Celtar That was one of my biggest complaints about that other game too. The scale of some of the worlds was massive but the truth is the planets are very small with linear paths. I was expecting something more wide open. There are some incredible landscapes like the Senate building on Coruscant and most of Nar Shaddaa but I was disappointed when I couldn't ride from Anchorhead to the next town on Tatooine because of the out of bounds markers. My other big complaint was the quest structure. The class quests were good but really it's the same thing for all quests in the game. You go to a quest location and there's a series of bonus quests to kill 20 mobs, then 40 mobs, then activate/retrieve 4 things, then kill a boss. It just got extremely too repetitive.

There were some things I really liked though. The companion and crew skill system was cool. Having to gear out yourself AND your companion though was a bit much though. I really liked the story based flashpoints. The FP were pretty large in scale and were fun overall. The shared conversation system was cool too.

But there wasn't enough to make me subscribe to the game so back to LOTRO for me. (Which I also don't subscribe to but I can still play for free.)
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Posted: Jan 15th 2012 7:05AM Nerves said

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Problem with sabbaticals is that the longer you stay away, the easier it is to walk away. I've been on more or less sabbatical as long as you have, but instead of feeling refreshed and ready to go, I feel less and less interested. Perhaps that's the result of waiting until you're already burned out to take your break.

Posted: Jan 16th 2012 11:45AM Space Cobra said

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@Nerves

That is a good point. I think each person is different with how long a sabbatical should be and it probably has some variation in there, too.

I've also tended to find it easier to "walk away" if my sabbatical was too long, but sometimes I've need it. Other times, it worked well.

I guess there is frequency, too. Sometimes it's just best to have a schedule or mix in other pursuits/games with the "one game", just for the sake of variety and not "burn out" so much.
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Posted: Jan 16th 2012 11:46AM Space Cobra said

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I keep looking at these pic and thinking they'd look better with a light saber...

...especially the one where we see a fishing hobbit!

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