Yesterday saw the next EverQuest expansion on the list, The Planes of Power, go live on the Fippy Darkpaw time locked progression server.
The picture above swiped from Giant Bomb, which has a good write up about about the expansion detailing the progression as well as a lot of screen shots related to the expansion, including the front and back of the UK version of the expansion, which I also stole and put together into a single image.
And then there is the US box art.
As usual, there was no acknowledgement of this update from SOE. I realize I say this every time there is an update, but it just mystifies me that a game that pays a good portion of the rent base on its nostalgia appeal spends to little effort talking up their key nostalgia event.
No, there was only the usual herald of a new expansion to alert me to the unlock. Somebody started off complaining about the exp rate.
SOE is on top of one thing this time around. They have already set up the PoP raid rotation in advance. No guilds are yet qualified, but I have no doubt some will be soon.
This expansion carries on the accelerated history of EverQuest as represented by the time locked progression server. The timeline so far:
Fippy Darkpaw time locked progression server launched, February 15, 2011
- Classic EverQuest competed, February 24, 2011
- Ruins of Kunark unlocked, June 6, 2011
- Ruins of Kunark completed, June 19, 2011
- Scars of Velious unlocked, August 29, 2011
- Scars of Velious completed, September 14, 2011
- Shadows of Luclin unlocked, November 21, 2011
- Shadows of Luclin completed, December 4, 2011
- Planes of Power unlocked, February 13, 2012
We are now a year into the Fippy Darkpaw time locked progression server, and the guild Twisted Legion is clearly dominating the first to boss fights aspect of the game. One day in and there are already bosses down to the guild.
From my own personal timeline, this is the first EverQuest expansion I know I did not purchase. I am actually hazy on whether I bought Luclin or not, but I was pretty much done with the game until The Serpent’s Spine expansion four years (and seven more expansions) down the road.
What I mostly recall about the expansion was complaints from friends of mine who were raiders about broken content and the burden of the whole flag/unlock system.
As always, there is discussion about the expansion over at the unofficial Fippy Darkpaw site.
Finally, there is one thing that makes the Planes of Power unlock on Fippy Darkpaw a little different than previous. The next two expansions, the Lost Dungeons of Norrath and The Legacy of Ykesha, are on timers related to the Planes of Power. According to a post over at Fippy Darkpaw, Lost Dungeons of Norrath will unlock 15 days after Planes of Power, which will put it at February 28th. The Legacy of Ykesha will unlock 15 days after Rallos Zek is slain, which will put it some time before mid March I would guess.
After that, it is back on the usual schedule. 60 days after the last boss is slain there will be a 7 day vote on the next expansion. That will almost certainly be a vote in the affirmative, at which time the Gates of Discord expansion will become available on Fippy Darkpaw.