The EverQuest team is prepping another nostalgia run with a new progression server, which will mean that there will be a total of five such servers in play with Fippy Darkpaw, Vulak, Ragefire, and Lockjaw still chugging along.
The nostalgia is strong in Norrath.
Named for Phinigel Autropos, the last known knight of the Kedge, this is going to be a special progression server according to Daybreak.
The Phinigel time locked progression server is aimed at addressing some of the more common complaints about the past round of servers, specifically Ragefire and Lockjaw.
To this end, you will only be able to log into the server with one client from a single computer. Multi-boxing a pile of characters from a single computer will be blocked. As the Daybreak team put it, if you want to multi-box you will have to do it the old-fashioned way.
(Real old-school would have had a half dozen scrounged 15″ CRTs.)
In addition to this, the whole open world raiding log jam will be addressed by having both open world and instanced versions of the big bosses. From Daybreak:
The big raid targets from each expansion will be instanced. While bosses like Lady Vox, Lord Nagafen, and (/cough) Phinigel Autropos (hey, THAT’S where we got the name!) will still spawn out in the world, groups of players will ALSO be able to have these targets available to them via Raid Instances.
The instanced raids’ targets have an account-wide 6.5 day lockout and will have the same difficulty as the non-instanced version of the raid target. Note that raid bosses on progression servers have had their difficulties increased since the launch of Ragefire.
So the bosses will be out in the open if you want to compete for them and hidden away in an instance on a timer if you just want to raid and not deal with external guild drama. (Internal guild drama is still on you.)
And, finally, voting will be dispensed with and expansions will unlock on a regular, 90 day schedule. People can just be angry about that schedule being too short/long rather than claiming vote fraud.
So what will EverQuest players find to complain about in the forums this time around? I have no doubt they will find something. Recruit a friend is always popular.
All of this kicks off on December 9th. We’ll see if the tradition holds and Daybreak has to open up a second server, though with all of the multi-zone instancing work they have done, I hope they can keep the population on a single server.
And, as always, in order to play on the Phinigel server you will have to have Daybreak All Access active on your account. I’ll have to see how I feel when the launch date arrives. I am currently not playing any fantasy MMORPGs at the moment and it is strange. Of course, Gaff is now trying to get me back to LOTRO, so we shall see…