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Shamus Plays: LOTRO, Part 10

Shamus Young | 24 Mar 2010 09:00
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I don't own land, but there's some communal land I can use for the growing of crops. I decide to grow pipe-weed. Pipe-weed is always in demand, so that should be fairly profitable.

I may not like my current outfit, but I'd like it even less if it was stained with dirt, tobacco, and manure. So I get some work clothes.

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I love the dress-up system in LOTRO. You can equip an entire outfit cosmetically. For combat purposes you're still wearing your goofball clown suit of mismatched items, but outwardly you can appear to be dressed like a non-idiot. So you can look the way you want (within your financial means) without sacrificing your combat viability. I don't know how we ever got along in MMO games before they gave us this feature.

At the fields, I get the supplies I'll need for making pipe-weed crops. A bucket of water, some seed, and a handful of fertilizer.

Uh... handful? Why do they sell this stuff by the handful? Ok, I'm a big girl and I understand that being a farmer means dealing with animal feces. But is this an appropriate unit of measure? Not pound? Not kilogram? Not barrel, bucket, bushel, cart-load, cusec, dollop, dram, epha, hogshead, ounce, peck, pennyweight, scoop, shovelful, stone, or thirdendeal? I suppose it's better than measuring the stuff in terms of "mouthfuls", but still.

I tell the supplier he can measure it out and I'll just take his word for it.

I stride out into the field and plant my stuff. Now, I'm not a fool. I realize that growing crops takes time. Didn't expect this would be instant. I wait patiently for thirty seconds until the crops are fully grown and ready to harvest.

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