Shamus Young, the writer of Lord of the Rings-meets-Dungeons & Dragons webcomic DM of the Rings, is taking on Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online via our sister site The Escapist.
In case you never read DM of the Rings, a take on Tolkien's epic tale of fantasy as played out by a bunch of Dungeons & Dragons powergamers, you should really remedy that right this instant. Go on - I'll wait.
Okay, good, you're back! Well, in any case, Shamus Young - creator of DM of the Rings - has been a longtime figure over at WarCry's sister site The Escapist for quite some time now. In kicking off the latest feature, Shamus Plays, the man takes another trip to Middle-Earth via Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online.
And now I just need to pick a name and we'll be good to go. The thing about LOTRO is that it is the most polite and mature MMO that has ever existed. Newcomers are usually disoriented by this. We're used to being welcomed into a new game with a duel request from some level 60 jerk named "IGankedUrMom". But in LOTRO people are polite, helpful, and pick lore-friendly names.
It's really weird.
What usually happens is that new people will enter the world with the usual dumb-ass MMO name like "MadKilla55", "AfroElf", or "Star On Chest". Then they see all of the appropriate names everyone else is using and they start to feel like the idiot who shows up at the prom in a dirty t-shirt. If you're too cool for Lord of the Rings, then why are you playing an MMO based on it?
To read more on Shamus' adventures with Lulzy the Hobbit Minstrel, head on over to the Escapist!