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Thought I would give anyone who considers eq progression servers some info about what it is like. I play Vulak and have done since launch.
First, dont come back to re-experience the same magic, you will only find moments of it.. you are different and the game certainly is aswell. Trust me on this, go into the game beeing ready for something new, and you might stick. Most of the basics are the same though, but if you were the best blahblah class back in the days your tactics may not be the best now.
Alright, generally everything has gotten easier, all classes have been normalized (balanced) which means some classes which before were op now is up. Sk can now top the dps parses for example.. anyways, as I said things change so be open to it or you wont enjoy eq. No corpse runs, higher regen, new classic zones and much more, it is not the same and yet it mostly is.
90%+ of they players are veterans and that takes a bit of the magic away, and the world doesnt feel as immense as it used to (because you know it all). There is very high competition, and some raidmobs are pushovers because of the significantly higher dps of all classes - And that everyone knows what to do.
There is alot of boxing like it or not, so if you are very group dependent it is a must to find friends and guild, turning lfg on isnt enough anymore you really gotta be active.
It is no secret that population is falling, as I beleive most are here to experience the "good" expansions. You can say alot of not nice stuff about SOE, but the hacking has stopped and hackers are getting banned.
All I can say, when/if you return you will get reminded of why eq is the greatest mmorpg ever or why you quit eq - Or both.
Personally I am playing eq till I burn out again, and it has given me good times and bad times as eq has always done, these are just new times but I cant really think of any other so called mmo I want to play at the moment.
Feel free to add info I forgot, and see you in Norrath .. maybe.
"I am my connectome" https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HA7GwKXfJB0