In my quest to ignore the insidious whisperings of WoW, I've been sampling some other MMORPGs, mostly the F2P games. LotRO and GW have come highly recommended, the latter so much so that many think GW2 will unseat WoW on its debut by 2012.
However, specifically with GW, I have started two characters and have never been so bored. The initial quests and the opening world are so banal that WoW totally outshines them. I'm really at a loss to understand where all the love comes from, but I'm willing to admit that maybe I haven't played enough and that I expect too much.
LotRO is better, certainly, and I've advanced a few characters, but it all feels a bit stale and, once again, I keep thinking of WoW. Yet I remember that there were many players even before LotRO was F2P who preferred it to WoW. And again, I feel like I'm missing something.
Any advice or suggestions? Heck, it may just be that I'd be bored with WoW at this point, but I don't think so. I'm really eager to see what fans see in these two games.