Mirkwood, the latest Lord of the Rings Online expansion has been released (on-time!) and the game servers are busier than ever. I wrote a post a short while ago about Galadhrim reputation, and how to get enough to get into Caras Galadhon. You can read it here. At the end of that post I wondered how Mirkwood would affect the reputation process, knowing that access to that area would be through some part of Lothlórien. I’m pleased to say that Turbine have done two things,
- You need access to Lothlórien wood in order to gain entry to Mirkwood, and they haven’t lifted the restriction on reputation to get into Lothlórien wood at all.
- They have added a bunch of new quests once you’re in the wood which all provide reputation.
The result is that once you’re in the wood, there are more choices about how to get enough reputation to get into Caras Galadhon, but the process takes just the same amount of time as it used to (just more choice). Additionally there’s no ‘fast track’ to Mirkwood. If you want to go there at the moment, you have to earn enough reputation with the Elves to be allowed into the Lothlórien wood, and that suits me fine.