|Playable instruments in LOTRO|
The music system in LOTRO is fairly easy to pick up, but can be a bit difficult to master. Essentially, all you need to do is equip an instrument that your race is able to play (the minstrel class is able to play any, and can train others to play a certain instrument), type "/music" to activate that mode, and utilize certain keys on your keyboard, which correspond to musical notes. Simple enough, right?
While it is possible to play a simple song manually using the keyboard, it would be a bit tough to manually play a more complicated tune. As such, the game utilizes a system that allows users to queue up a file, which will automatically make your character perform that song. These files (ABC files) are player-created, and uses the same keystrokes that are typed out on a text file for playback.
As LOTRO is a more story and roleplay-driven title, the music system was a perfect fit. Performances, especially on roleplay-encouraged/required servers, occur on an almost daily basis. One such group, the Lonely Mountain Band, has even created an annual large musicfest, Weatherstock, performed atop of Amon Sul (Weathertop, an important ruin in the lore).
|Hundreds gather annually for Weatherstock, a day-long performance of various LOTRO bands|
I would love to see more MMOs that offer a form of musical composition. I'm not that knowledge about SWTOR, but I'd imagine some players would enjoy to create their own Cantina band (permissions pending, or course). From what I have seen in LOTRO's success with music (even in the midst of other player woes these days), it certainly offers the opportunity to draw different crowds in the game - even those that are not specifically gamers. The roleplay aspects are apparent when it comes to music, and it fosters a creative audio flair.
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