I been taking screenshots in LOTRO ever since I started playing in November 2008. I decided to catalogue and archive them last weekend and managed to put them in some semblance of order. Whilst doing this I noticed just how much LOTRO had changed over the years. The UI, animations and the various regions of Middle Earth have all evolved over time. I got quite nostalgic revisiting key events in the history of the game and seeing players who have long moved on.
Now I am not as well versed in the art of screen captures as some players and I certainly cannot claim to own a cutting edge gaming PC. However, I thought it would be nice to share a selection of the screenshots that I have taken over the years. They centre primarily around my main character which is a Lore-master. There are also pictures of alts that have been long deleted, as well as iconic locations. I even found some relating to the infamous charge into Mirkwood, an event that I still consider to be my highpoint of playing LOTRO.
Screenshots may seem like a somewhat superficial indulgence, but they do serve useful purpose. LOTRO like many other games has changed with each subsequent expansion. There is no longer any online means to experience previous incarnations. Screen captures can fill this gap and provide a practical visual reference point, highlighting the changes that have occurred. I have often thought it would be useful to set up a central LOTRO screenshot library to showcase the games history. However, that is a complex task to undertake, so I will leave that to others.