Today the Fippy Darkpaw Progression Server has been live for seven weeks, depending on how you want to count things. The server launched on February 15th, but it wasn’t live for the full day, so I am not counting that day in my calculation, but SOE might.
The content on the Progression Servers is limited to the zones available at the initial release of EverQuest for 90 days, or approximately 13 weeks. So we are over the half way point now.
There are two gates to pass to be able to unlock the next expansion, The Ruins of Kunark at the 90 day mark.
The first gate is that certain bosses in the original content must be defeated at least once. I think we’re covered there.
You can click on the picture above to see the details, or you can read the less glamorous list below.
- Phinigel Autropos – Defeated Feb. 19, 2011 by Twisted Legion
- Lady Vox – Defeated Feb. 22, 2011 by Twisted Legion
- Lord Nagafen – Defeated Feb. 22, 2011 by Twisted Legion
- Innoruuk – Defeated Feb. 23, 2011 by Twisted Legion
- Cazic Thule – Defeated Feb. 24, 2011 by Twisted Legion
So, that was a busy first 10 days on the server for Twisted Legion.
I was still under level 10 out in West Karana when this was happening. I happened to be on when Lady Vox was defeated.
Things were more relaxed on the Vulak server. (I finally remembered the name!) The last boss, Cazic Thule, wasn’t defeated until March 1. Slackers! (Somebody else can crop together a picture like mine for Vulak.)
The second gate is a vote. To restrain the likes of Twisted Legion from racing through the game and opening all the content while a good portion of us haven’t hit level 20, there is a 90 day period from the launch of the server until the first vote on opening up the next expansion can take place.
Of course, this time period will simply force Twister Legion to prepare for 11 weeks for their assault on Kunark. They will all be level 50 and geared up.
And I am sure that, as a group, we will all vote to open up Kunark. It was, in my highly biased opinion, the only good expansion for EverQuest. Plus opening it up will spread out the population a bit more, as we all seem to be packing into the same lucrative locations.
Potshot and I have spent our last few sessions in Unrest, which is good experience when you can find a spot to camp, but finding that spot with 20-30 other people in a relatively small zone can be a challenge. We might have to start looking for a new place to hunt, if there is a place that isn’t quite so crowded. Crowding seems to be a common theme on the forums, and it seems to get worse the higher you get in levels.
Anyway, we have a ways to go until the 90 day mark, which should fall on May 16th, if my fingers/toes calculation is correct. And then we can probably look forward to votes every 30 days after that, at least until Twisted Legion gets too far ahead and we all start voting against unlocks.