The Great Barrow.

This was the very first correct dungeon I ever ran in an high school. I didn’t play _ World of Warcraft _ when it introduced (could not pay for the sub at the time), and also with games like _ RuneScape _, which I did play a bunch in senior high school and early college, nothing really stands apart as memorable.

However, the Great Barrow in _ The Lord of the Bands Online _ was my initial dungeon where things began to click. It was 2007 and I had just tipped foot in Middle-earth for the very first time a week approximately prior. _ LotRO _ being my very first proper high school, it took rather a bit to get my bearings in game. Learn the ropes, in a manner of speaking, specifically as I was undergoing this grand venture with a senior high school pal at the time. We synced up when we might play, we chose courses that would enhance each other (I, a hunter; he was Ormaz the Lore-Master).

So when it finally came time to do our first significant instanced team run in The Great Barrow, I was loaded with enjoyment. What would this seem like? I had heard tales regarding difficult to deal with bosses – would certainly we run into any of those in this Barrow?

We had ventured into this specific barrow earlier in the storyline, with Tom Bombadil pertaining to our help in our hr of need. Nevertheless, Bombadil wasn’t in the event, simply Eldalye the most awful Seeker on Nimrodel, Ormaz, an okay LM, and a couple of others I can not keep in mind the names of, though they were definitely much more seasoned than I was.

Going through the winding corridors of the Barrow, I drew teams of adversaries towards our Fellowship, setting up our LMs and Guardian container to take them down. I really felt pretty unyielding, up until the wave of dread came by my character when Thadur went into the scene.

Combating this boss without messing up took all my shrewd and also ability – I was a rather bad MMO gamer back in the day, specifically playing _ LotRO _ at a paltry 20ish FPS on my not-well-equipped PC at the time. Managing the includes while still concentrating on Thadur, this really felt like some notion of what my friends explained from their days in _ WoW _ or _ Ultima Online _ also.

While the Great Barrow is not truly the peak of quest and dungeon style, absolutely still also today standing as a stronghold of that era of MMO development, it was the very first major dungeon in an MMO I kept up a group. It attracts attention in my mind as the one that truly lit the fire under me to look for experiences such as this one once more. It’s what prompted me to begin my own Kinship, one which still proceeds to now.

Existed a dungeon – either your first or just the very first one where things relatively clicked for you that made you love the MMO you were playing, or also the style all at once? Let us recognize in the comments.