One of the things I like doing best in a new game is exploring and uncovering the map. I will run, train and die (often) to get as far as I can. So I decided that my lvl 7 hunter should visit Rivendell as I really wanted to go there. This was on the f2p beta so I maximised use of the 24hr standard horse.
I didn’t actually do too badly, given that a) I was lvl 7 and b) I had no idea where I was going.
Getting through the Lone Lands was fairly easy so long as I stuck to the road and gave enemies a wide berth.
I was very pleased with myself to see the zone line to the Trollshaws and took a deep breath for the next stage of my run.
This is about maybe halfway through the zone if I remember correctly. I was starting to feel rather cocky about my little lvl 7 ranger making it this far when disaster struck (as is often the case with me ;))
I had had a message saying that I was in a zone far too high for my level and enemies would attack from further away than usual bla bla bla. So I thought ok… even wider berth for nasty things then – bit of patience and skillful zigzagging and I reckoned I could make it. Well I expect I bloody well could have if I hadn’t been bloody well aggro’d by a bloody herd of bloody deer. Yeah you know, those bloodthirsty carnivores that are renowned for reigning terror on unsuspecting travellers*
ARGH! AFTER ALL THAT I WAS KILLED BY A BLOODY DEER!
so I pretty cross as I hadn’t thought to give DEER a wide berth. So I revived… back in bloody starter place *cry* Well a ranger (hunter) doesn’t give up that easily, so I then went on a mad run which took in Archet, Combe, Staddle, North Downs. I got very close to Angmar but had to run away from something in the wrong direction (I found some big trolls – *that* was a fun run) before I was finally killed and I … gave up 😉
*there is precedent sadly. I should have known better. See this 1 page comic from EQ2 FTW for details 😉 and yes… that happened to me then too 😛