LOTRO: Ranhold Goes A-Skirmishing!

Ranhold reached level 20 recently and it opened a new stage of game play in LOTRO – Skirmishes. Now I had a little bit of a hard time trying to understand what a skirmish was, but I think I’ve got it now.

Basically the game takes a location, copies it & seals it off from the ‘actual’ game play. Once sealed off it is populated with a battle scenario just for you (or you & your mates – skirmishes can be solo or group affairs) to fight in. That alone is an impressive feat but then the designers have also built in a rather cool system whereby each player gets a soldier, a computer controlled NPC, who will fight along side them. And if that wasn’t enough, they’ve then worked in a skills & training system for both you and the soldier. Bloody hell – there is no end to the intricacies of this game!

Anyhoo, if this sounds complicated, trust me when I say it isn’t as the game designers have included a really good tutorial quest that introduces you to all the aspects in a handy 30 minute blitz. I’m assuming that all four races have a different training location & scenario, but for Men you find yourself defending a snow-bound Bree from the traitor Bill Ferny and his band of brigands and orcs.
Skirmish Training in Bree 001

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Skirmish Training in Bree 008

I get the impression that skirmishing can either be ignored, treated as a fun diversion or become the main reason for playing the game which is a damn clever idea.


  1. Ah…nice preview. Still not as excited about zipping around killing folks as I am about exploring and crafting. Love the quests, but loathe being constantly surrounded and killed by goblins. I am great at picking them off from distance, but the whole melee thing just depresses me. I want a giant “stun” spell so I can disable the little buggers and just go hunt for the goodies 🙂
    And being an elf, no doubt that the “skirmishes” scenario would involve Dwarves and more damned goblins 😉

    1. Oh yes, more Dourhands, more goblins and more chaotic fighting as the screen explodes in a million MUST READ ME NOW!!! type notices. It’s fun if you are with people you can have fun with – I imagine it can be horrible if the group are taking it very seriously and you are a noob (like me). Luckily my matev Lirwen is very patient with me 😀

  2. BTW to be clear. every gets the same intro quest for skirmishes 🙂 AND YES I AM PATIENT :p:p:p

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