Age of Conan is going to rock, you won't be forced to PvP by any means. If you want to spend your time crafting clothing for your guild or doing the PvE content, by all means you can do that.
Though personally if the only PvP I do is drunken bar fights (where the more drunk you are the better you fight, and you can use your environment as weapons.. IE bar stools, bottles of booze, and if you loose, your simply kicked out of the tavern,) I'll be satisfied with PvP.
But really, the whole idea of massive PvP battles using formations of cavalry, mage casting circles using the fantastic new spellweave system, with a great collision detection system that will will even mean if your group is run into by cavalry it will throw you to the ground most likely and also injure you greatly, unless your formation are pikeman and can repel them. I think it's great, no more grinding in WoW's pathetic excuse for PvP, no more DAoC were everyone bleeds into everyone else and PvP comes down to essentially what zerg can stun the other first. AoC is bloody, mature, sexual and barbaric, all in an MMOG that is gonna rock.
Oh and as to LotRO. I've been beta-testing it since last summer and it's definately the best Turbine has put out in years. I wouldn't say it's a great MMOG, but it's possibly the best PvE MMOG on the market, and does have a lot of RP tools, though Funcom, the makers of AoC, has the best RPers game on the market, Anarchy Online. With thousands of RP clothing, food, drinks, constant places to hang out from coffee shops to glass dancefloors to sports bars. Live DJ's all day long, contests, big parties, suprising environments for RP. The only game thats ever really given it any competition was SWG.
But yea, LotRO is good enough to hold you over till the next MMOG your looking forward to (AoC for me) and the last content push did add a lot of new stuff. Really the game is basically, I feel, WoW without any PvP, and more RP focus. Personally I think it 'feels' a lot like old DAoC.
This comment was edited on Apr 3, 20:57.