I’m not finding this easy. Maybe LotRO’s new Legendary Item system would be easy if I was at max level and was basically rebuilding a max level Legendary into the new format but I’m not. My main character, and the one I’ve made the most progress with so far, is only level 75, and just finished The Great River pre-Riders of Rohan zone.
Or maybe it’d be easier if I hadn’t stepped into Moria and got a fresh Legendary Item at the beginning. But no, I’m only part-way through leveling and, for someone like me who likes to simplify systems and make a clear progression path forward, I’m finding the new system very daunting. Let me explain.
First, you have the weapon itself, in my case a Runekeeper’s stone. At first they didn’t release any stones besides frost for RKs and my character specializes in fire. Took some waiting and reshuffling to make it fire again. So it goes. The weapon has to be reforged every few levels at a forge-master. Simple enough.
On reforge you can open up slots to put in special abilities like extra damage, more healing, primary stats, etc. But those “traceries” have different levels to them, based on your character level, and limits to enhancing them. So they need to be replaced as you level up and reforge.
Then the traceries can be enhanced with runes to push them ever further, but those enhancements are also level gated, with different levels and limited on how much they can enhance.
It’s all tied together with Ancient Script, a currency to buy all the upgrades and enhancements that seems hard to come by. Not only rare, but a currency that is inexplicably capped, too. I guess, to prevent you from hoarding it to force you into using it? Beats me. Acquiring the script comes from deconstructing traceries you don’t need and a Battle Pass type system that resets every three months or so. Or at least those are the only ways I’ve found.
My character is currently sitting in the Legendary Item room in Rivendell poring over all the fiddliness, trying to create a path through the level 75+ game. Figuring what abilities to add at which levels and when to replace those abilities for higher level abilities and how to enhance them so as to conserve Script, which I won’t acquire as much as more dedicated players, while still capped at max Script. All wondering when the system is going to screw me over and leave me with an underpowered weapon while pointing me toward the cash shop as the solution to “fix” it.
As much as the previous system was also heavily maligned, it certainly wasn’t as fiddly or it didn’t feel as fiddly as this. This will take me quite a while to really wrap my head around and make a full leveling plan. As much as players were originally saying that it’s much better than the old system, right now I’m just not seeing it.
Maybe Elrond will let me rent a room. The amount of time I’m going to be hanging out here at the Last Homely House, I’m going to need one.