I solved my “d3dx9_30.dll” problem.
I skipped the discussion on the EverQuest forums regarding this error and went to DLL-files.com, downloaded the file, dropped it into the EverQuest directory, and off I went. EverQuest launched and all was right with the world.
I did poke around on some web search results after the fact and found that this particular DLL, or rather its absence, has been causing problems with a number of games.
I was able to log onto EverQuest in pursuit of my goal: Screen Shots of Faydwer.
It is a good thing that Faydwer is mostly lower level zones. Since my old EQ characters have been deleted, I do not have my mighty shaman to run around exploring with any more. Instead I have a level 18 Dwarf Paladin, mildly twinked by some friends, with which to conduct my recon.
I teleported out of the Plane of Knowledge (while I object to instant travel on immersion grounds, it sure makes life easy for an MMO tourist) and ran around Faydwer taking pictures. I thought I was taking pictures, anyway. Print Screen doesn’t take screen shots in EQ, the dash key on the keypad does. Ooops. Habits from EQII and WoW… and just about everything else I can think of… EQ pre-dates the standard I guess.
So I will have to cruise back through some of the places I thought I had captured already.
The wrong key for screen shots was not my only problem. I have grown very used to having a free moving camera view with which to capture pictures. EQ’s camera controls are very primitive when you are used to WoW or EQ2.
I decided just to go into first person mode, turn off the UI, and take pictures that way. Now I have to wonder if a dwarf is the best choice for this. Would a barbarian give me better camera angles?
My list of places to shoot:
The Chessboard (done, in the banner now)
Anything else I should shoot?