I jumped on this site hoping to find some playing buddies but so far I have not found mention of LOTRO. LOTRO is a pretty basic game as to premise, after that 'basic' goes out of the picture.
It is NOT human to human PVP, instead they have something they call PvMP. PvMP is a zone type fighting area which are players of a particular level against monsters of an equal level created by players. Enough said.
The premise is simply to explore the world that Tolkien created and do quests that related to the story and it was relative to that zone. The zones follow the writings, most commonly the trilogy, but also the hobbit and simularian. (sorry about that spelling) We have Shire, Bree, Moria, Lothlorien, Wold, and places in between.
The most common draw, besides the young folks who should get an award in pestering, it the Tolkien adventure part. As you travel about a Tolkien fan will be noting the familiar places and how they look just as was imagined. I go into parts of the play knowing that such person would have his demise in the story and sure they do. It makes me sad.
I am the member of a kindred (guild) that is Tolkien fans. There are also kins for RPG, PvMP, Raiding, all that expected as other games. If you are looking for a less intense game with a storyline you might think of this one. Groups are called, what else, Fellowships (Fellows)
Liz Marr, aka Aleyne
LOTRO - Landroval Server (2 years)
Also past played WoW (5 year), EQII (5 year) Rift (few months this year) and Runescape and Guildwars (infrequent enough to remember)
(ps. how do I get rid of the fat guy who has been arrested for sex abuse? I see a few others waiting to pop up at me.)