Yesterday when the Farmer’s Faire opened, I posted the previews for the festival cosmetics, and one of the comments on that post states: “Nothing for male characters, once again”. I was highly surprised by this observation, mostly because I think this time around there is a lot of stuff that is nice for male characters. The Farmer’s Faire mount is rather male with its dark horse tack, the tunic & trousers works great for males and though I am not a big fan of masks, I think these “wooden, home made” masks are just awesome for mischievous male hobbits. More than anything though, I think the cloaks are very masculine, and to prove my point, I created a male outfit using the new Hooded Leather Cloak and the Gardening Boots.
Both cloak and boots were designed using traditional models. The boots were modeled after the Barrow-scout’s Boots, though this pair absorbs its dye colours more solidly which gives you more options when outfitting.
For the chest piece I used the Burglar’s Lesser Secret of the West Breastplate, available for Medallions of the Northmen in Harndirion. The OD pieces require a lot of grinding to obtain, so in stead you can just substitute it with a sleeveless Padded Cloth Armour from the Light Armour vendor in Bree or Combe.
The Festival is truly something new and a welcome break, though there still seem to be a few bugs to kill. Hobbits seem to have become teetotalers and don’t need any scolding and there’s something fishy about the assignments at the pond as well. I love the quests for the vendors and mayor and I really like the fishing quests but I know not everyone does. As a matter of personal preference I don’t care for the player competitive element of the egg scramble, but I guess that is a feature that many PvMP-ers do enjoy. Furthermore, I can keep a raid fully healed on the Pinnacle of Orthanc but I don’t seem to be able to escape the keen senses of Farmer Maggot’s dogs. I fail.
Back to trying again today as I still need to get my characters the horse!
Chest : Lesser Secret of the West Breastplate, umber dye (OD Burglar Set)
Hands: Elegant Silk Gloves, black dye (Dunland quest reward, light)
Legs: Westernesse Protector’s Leggings, black dye (Crafted T5, medium)
Feet: Gardening Boots, sienna dye (Farmer’s Faire, cosmetic)
Back: Hooded Leather Cloak, black dye (Farmer’s Faire, cosmetic)