I have to decide tomorrow what I should do about EverQuest II Extended. My 30 days of Station Access expires and I am not really keen to renew it. I got to poke around in EverQuest and EverQuest II Live, where nostalgia lay.
But I spent most of my time in EverQuest II Extended, which was fun because the world actually has people in it… people below level 50 who aren’t obviously alts being leveled up.
I had enough fun that EQIIx could very well be my “other” game. I can generally play two MMOs at a time, swapping between them.
World of Warcraft is obviously going to be one of them, what with the expansion and the instance group reforming yet again in Azeroth. And while I figured that Lord of the Rings Online would be the secondary game, we did have a good run with it over the summer and I could probably let it rest for a while. After all, I am a lifetime subscriber, so it will wait.
So I might stick with EQIIx for a while. But that leads to the subscription options… and there are a few.
Now, of course, there is a downside. I often have fun with the 1-40 levels. I have a lot of characters in various games who got to 40 or so, who were then were replaced with a fresh new alt… or with a new game altogether. So I am uncertain how “sticky” the game will be for me.
That is compounded by the fact that I have yet to bump into anybody I know. There is no guild of old friends or acquaintances, no pals looking to form any sort of regular group, just a bunch of strangers so far.
Granted, lots of them.
And I am sure many of them are very nice. And while I have grouped up a few times, I do tend to shy away from guilds that have such low standards that they would actually invite me. At least sight unseen.
With all that in mind I am going to put up a poll (we all love polls, right?) and ask for opinions.
For those that aren’t up to speed on the various options, here is the membership grid yet again.
The only thing missing from the grid is Station Access, which gives you a Gold level membership, but also allows you to play other SOE games. however, it comes at double the price of a Gold membership, so you really had better be playing two or more SOE games if you go that route. (And I’m not sure if I would get free vampires in EQII Live and EQIIx if I kept Station Access.)