Saturday, December 14, 2013
Winter Series - A Long Expected Yuletide
Why not kick off the Yule Season with a very simple and easily obtainable outfit? Well, mostly obtainable. The Fine Elven Circlet can only be earned from the Anniversary Festival gift boxes. If you don't have it, there's no need to worry! This cosmetic set still looks wonderful without it. With a little work for the upcoming Yule Festival, you can earn most of these easily without having to worry about instance grinding, leveling or endgame. Versus seeing these festival exclusives on stationary models found on the LOTRO forums and blogs, I wanted to give you an idea of how these look combined and in motion. And if you're a first timer to this season in LOTRO, you've got a wonderful idea of what to expect!
This year, the Yule Festival will run from December 18th, 2013 to January 14th, 2014.
I can't explain it, but this is just perfect for Hobbits! Or maybe Hobbits just make everything look adorable. Maybe I should just include my Hobbits on my blog more often. I've yet to even touch Dwarves...I can never get outfits to look right on them. Anyway, when outfitting a Hobbit, you've got to keep a few things in mind. First being, they're shorter and stockier than Elves and Men, which makes most armor pieces look fuller. Two, many of shoulder pieces found in the game don't do well on Hobbits--they'll clip more than other races with the cloak and chest pieces you equip. Three, don't be surprised if your boots/shoes disappear while outfitting. Plenty of pieces will reveal their hairy feet or show their toes poking out from under a dress!
One of the more disappointing aspects of Festival cosmetics is that they don't often feel right outside the appropriate time of year. When outfits go out of season, I generally replace them with another or I simply don't activate that outfit slot. I've even noticed that trend in other MMOs that I play. Harvestmath rewards suddenly vanish into the vaults or are sold on the auction houses around late November. Yule Festival pieces tend to disappear after late January or early February. Oh, if only some of these pieces could be used year-round and not feel out of place...I would be a very happy person!
Here's hoping this is a great start to a wonderful season! If I have time, I'll squeeze in a couple double posts between now and January 1st.
Head: Fine Elven Circlet (Default, Anniversary Festival gift box)
Shoulders: Yule Scarf (Crimson, Yule Festival token reward)
Back: Fancy Winter Cloak (Forest green, Yule Festival token reward)
Chest: Wintry Yule Robe (Forest green, Yule Festival token reward)