The summer festival is back in LotRO. There’s a lot of the same old stuff to do (the Tavern League is back again and the horse races). There’s also some of the fun things like the hobbit food race out by the party tree and the dwarf keg race by Thorin’s Hall. There is a new festival horse / pony this go-around so if you’re a collector, get to the races. Enjoy it while it lasts, folks. This is the closest we’ll see to new content in a while.
In other news, I’ve been trying out Facebook for giggles. A number of friends are on it and they badgered me into giving it a try. It’s not bad. It’s a nice way to keep in touch when you and your friends are separated by long distances (I’ve found some friends in Philly and Texas). Of course, I had to try out the games too.
Frontierville is a neat Flash game where you play a pioneer. There are a number of tasks players need to accomplish (like clearing a plot, building a house, planting crops, etc). The downside is that players generally do not have enough energy to accomplish much themselves past level 10 and they rely heavily on having neighbors to help them complete things. It’s Facebook, so a high social component is to be expected, but it’s a bit too much work for my tastes. A couple days away and my plot is overrun with trees and weeds.
I’ve also been trying Cafeville (many Facebook games seem to involve a noun followed by “ville”). In Cafeville, players own and operate a cafe. They prepare dishes to serve NPC customers via an NPC waiter/waitress. Dishes make money and also increase the “buzz” surrounding your establishment. The more buzz, the more customers. Just like in Frontierville, you can visit neighbor’s cafes and help them out.
Overall, I don’t care much for Facebook games. They’re too labor-intensive for me to get into them much. I like that they’re social but they’re not all that fun. I’d rather see something like an avatar-based meeting room a some simple Flash task-based game to get folks together to chat or adventure. Then again, it’s Facebook so I wasn’t expecting much going in.