Norrath Without a Net

With Warhammer Online expiring for most of the instance group we began exploring game ideas for the ongoing Saturday night group.

Of course, World of Warcraft and the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King expansion was high on the list.  I think Blizzard would have to unleash actual zombies on the homes of their subscribers to keep that from being a hit.  But with Blizzard banning Potshot out of the blue, if only temporarily, we started to look further afield.  That brought us to EverQuest II.

Gaff was off like a shot at the mere mention of EQ2, with three account active again.

For me EverQuest II would seem to be a natural choice. I’ve played the game on and off since day one.  It is a good game with lots of play options.

But I have developed something of a mental block with the game.  I have had some trouble building any enthusiasm for the game.  I could have played it for free literally all Summer thanks to the Living Legacy event from SOE, but I logged on for not more than two hours total, and that was just to tinker with the market.  I do not think I took out a single mob or earned a single experience point.

The problem, I think, is that I have a full slate of mid-level characters with trade skill, half full quest logs, and no real goals.  Every direction I go with them when I log on seems to require three prerequisites.

So we decided to start with a clean slate and roll fresh characters on another server.  We chose Guk so we could hang out with Karen and Darren and Karen‘s guild, Revelry and Honor.

To further freshen things up, we rolled characters on the Freeport side of the world.

Of course, I had no free character slots for this, so I had to go with Station Access.  That isn’t all bad, as I want to check out some of the new items in EverQuest as well, like the mercenaries you can hire.  And, because I just got a “come back for 30 days free” offer for Star Wars Galaxies, SOE actually extended my month of Station Access to 45 days.  That is a new policy.  You used to just lose any free time if you had Station Access.

So Gaff, Potshot, Ula, and I have new characters on the Freeport side of the world.

I was calling Gaff obsessive for already having characters in the level 30 range, but after starting out myself, I can see that they have really lowered the experience curve for the early levels.  I have a lot of quests going grey on me before I can get to them.

So we’ll see if a fresh start will revive the spirit of Norrath with me.

7 thoughts on “Norrath Without a Net

  1. Jay-Ranger

    I recently returned to EQ2 after being away since DoF and was annoyed by the pitiful amount of exp required per level, now. I hate it when quests start greying out and you have to choose between playing solo, in a group, in this zone or that zone rather than just being able to do it all. Thank god for the exp cap feature, it’s great if you want to do two heritage quests in the same level range, too, which isn’t really possible without capping, these days, it seems. I suppose the optimal rate of exp gain is debatable, and I’m probably in the minority when I say I want to do every last quest when I’m leveling but I think it’s a shame EQ2’s changed its formula to better resemble WoW…it has no need to, it has a small but extremely dedicated player-base who aren’t going anywhere. EQ2’s far past the growth stage.

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  2. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    I get your point, having passed the 1,000 quest mark with at least one of my characters. On the other hand, you have a game with 80 levels with the average level in the mid-50s, which means most of the active population is probably much beyond that, so you want to get newer players up into the levels where they might find their friends or at least other people.

    I still find it odd the balance between kill exp and quest exp. I just rolled up a quest where I was getting at least 8% of a level per mob, but the quest turn in yielded 3%. If it wasn’t for the AA points, it would be worth it just to grind mobs and not bother with the quests.

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  3. Derek

    I find myself switching between EQ2 and WoW all the time. I know EQ2 is my true enjoyment, but I don’t have any other RL friends that are into it. I have a good friend that plays WoW, so that’s the only reason I’d ever pay to play it.

    And I guess those two things are the reasons why I can’t stick with one thing. RoK kinda got me bored with EQ2, so hopefully the next expansion will fix that. And I’m not sure about WotLK. I really enjoy logging on with my friend though. I don’t seem to make any progress on my toons either way… always seem to hit that mental block that you’re talking about. Is there any hope for indecisive MMOers like me with not a whole lot of extra time to give to games? :(

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  4. Gaff

    I am reserving judgement on the revised XP tables until I hit the upper tiers. If I get there and find it impossible to accumulate a decent amount of AAs without mentoring and doing low level quests, then I’ll be annoyed. If not, then it will be pretty cool to have gotten back up towards the endgame in a reasonable amount of time without grinding.

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  5. Laniala

    Ah, this would explain why noticed all 3 of you recently have been logging into eq2 :-)

    You should take a look into the Shades’ Guild hall, though, and see if you see anyone familiar ;-)

    Aaaand, to Gaff. You get AA exp from grey quests now. Although, not from grey named mobs.

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