A friend and I are going to start playing Lord of the Rings Online soon. I have been jonesin for some mmo gameplay, but the fiance has threatened to leave me if I go back to WoW and to be honest I don't want to play WoW anymore. I have been looking at LOTRO, which I have tried previously at launch, but now 5 updates later it looks completely solid. They have updated that game almost every 2 months for a year, not counting a Christmas layover. The updates are top to bottom some of the best I have seen in mmo gaming. Players housing, new "hobbies" like fishing, etc. and an expansion is on the way this fall. Most of the new stuff is accessible by the masses and not just the hardcore raiders. I am in love.
It looks awesome, plus I want to buy a house, catch a big fish, and plaque it on the wall. I have always wanted to do that. Now I can. Also, it will allow me and my friend, who I am moving away from, an interactive way to keep in touch. And now that I wont be depressed about my job 24/7, I can enjoy my free time.