The first choice you will make in your new Lotro account is what server to create your characters in. This can be a tough choice for many people, but this following post is to help you make the decision easier.
There are a couple unofficial “Server Types” to keep in mind when choosing a server. First in the host country of the server. This will affect who you are playing with more than anything else. There is no reason that you cannot play in a server that is from a country different from your own, but with the change in time zones, expect different people to be online at different times.
North American Servers
Arkenstone, Dwarrowdelf, Gladden, Meneldor, Silverlode, Brandywine, Elendilmir, Imladris, Nimrodel, Vilya, Crickhollow, Firefoot,
Landroval, Riddermark, Windfola.
Fornost [RP], Mirkwood.
Eldar, Evernight, Gilrain, Laurelin [RP], Snowbourn, Withywindle, Celduin, Estel [RP], Sirannon, Anduin, Belegaer [RP], Gwaihir, Maiar, Morthond, Vanyar.
Another “type” of server is a dedicated Role Playing Server. Role-Playing servers are designated by the [RP] after the server name. Role-Playing servers are very new-user friendly, but also are very busy and tend to demand more of your computer than some of the less populated server. Although not an official Role-Playing server, Landroval is a very popular server for those who like to Role-Play. Overall, the different types of servers are only their to cater to your needs. The easiest way to choose a server, however, is to find a friend, assuming you have one in game, and join their server. Another thing to note is that it is possible to have a character on every single one of the servers listed above. When logging in, all you have to do is uncheck the Enter Last Played Server box when logging in and choose another server. On any given server, you can create up to your account’s maximum number of characters. It is worth noting that characters cannot interact between servers, so you might want to designate a server as your main server, so not to confuse yourself and accidentally create the wrong character on the wrong server.
One of the numerous services that turbine offers players is character transfers. Before you get all excited, character transfers are only open at select times, and when they are, they cost real money, not turbine points (Lotro’s in-game account currency). Character Transfers allow you to switch 1 character per purchase from server to server. Currently, International transfers are not available, so you cannot transfer from Elendilmere to Gladden or Firefoot to Snowbourn, so keep that in mind if you plan on creating characters on different servers.
How To Determine If A Server Is For You
Sometimes, you might not know which type of server you want. There are many ways to solve this dilemma. The easiest is if you have someone you know on said server to explain the atmosphere to you. If that is not an option, one useful tactic is to try out servers. Characters can be deleted, so you can create a test character on a server that looks interesting. Once you have the character in the server, you must complete the introduction quests (detailed in later posts) to officially enter the world. Completing the Introduction is fairly quick, and will give you a good grasp on the mechanics of the game. I have found that if you focus on finishing the Introduction, you can complete them in between one to two hours. In the official world, you will want to draw your attention to the lower left corner of our screen to the chat box. In the bottom-most left of the chat box, there is a dropdown menu automatically set to “say”. You will want to click that, and navigate to the “set output channel”, then find GLFF or Global Looking For Fellowship. When typing a message in this output channel, every character on the server, no matter how far away. In this channel, you can ask all of the questions you like. And if someone criticizes you for doing that, it is obvious that is not the right server for you.
There are so many options for servers that it is impossible to find a server that does not suit your needs. So go out, and find a community of fellow Lotro fanatics and start to create characters.
Question to the Reader
What Lotro Server did you choose and why?
(Reply in the comments)