Several circumstances conspired to allow Wrytune to write his first tale. It is located here http://wrytune.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-comedy-of-eorlingas_11.html if you want to read it before the rest of this post. There may be some spoilers here.
Wrytune is my minstrel alt, and I wanted to give him a personality. I have been thinking about doing music and writing for something like Ales and Tales.
Each fall, I see some plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival http://www.osfashland.org. Last October, one was The Comedy of Errors. It is a separated-twins story of mistaken identities. While driving back home, I thought that the “storms of chance” device that Shakespeare often used to shuffle characters around to set up his plays might more plausibly be accomplished in the chaotic environment of Middle-earth.
Over the recent holidays, since I was unable to be online much, I had some time to plot out the details and write the tale.
Wrytune is intentionally not telling the story of anyone known in the lore or the game, preferring to tell a tale of the “other people”. Although I couldn’t resist the title play on words, I was not trying to set it in any particular time or location.
Because of the... More
by Michaleo on 2015-01-11 07:36:21
How I started
My scholar is on a separate f2p account (technically, no longer f2p because of the free trial of VIP a year ago, but in the 2-1/2 years I've had her, I haven't spent any real world money on her). Quite a while ago, she used TP to eliminate the (2g!) currency cap and buy some auction slots. Besides the TP she got levelling to the mid 20s, I did a one-day grind of a disposable alt for around 300 TP, and got 250 TP before HD launched for following @LOTROSupport! (I can afford to buy TP for my f2p accounts, but I like seeing what I can do without it).
Getting serious about selling
She had sold dye, bow chants, books, scrolls, excess recipes, etc. on occasion for a while. Initially, she had only 5 auction slots, then 10, and didn't do it every day. Black Dye is usually in demand. It is a crit result from the rust dye recipe, but can also be made using a guild recipe to make 5 per day from a single Pile of Ancient Iron Oxides.
When Update 13 launched, there was a new Steel Blue Dye. It could be made from a guild recipe, but needed Bluebell Bulbs, which were crit results from growing Bluebell Fields, and that recipe was a barter recipe from Fangorn. (It can now... More
by Michaleo on 2015-01-03 05:07:22