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i just recently returned to EQ via Sony's generous 21 days of free EQ play offer. It had been a few months since i let my subscription lapse. Though i'm seriously tempted by other MMOs so far EQ is my only MMO i've played pass betas &/or trials. Why oh why did i quit EQ, not being able to progress despite a plethora of attempting makes my Monk sad. A sad Monk, like a fat Monk, in EQ is just wrong & will get others & you killed. It doesn't help FDing on a pull if the mob trips on your bloated beer-belly, hmm beer, but i digress. So during my appreciative return, yes for some things that deserve i'm thankful to Sony(SOE), i wanted to jot a few happenings & my perspectives while i ventured abound EQ. Though i hadn't been playing i had been trying to keep-up on EQ activities from time to time. i'm a casual player, 1 account 1 main toon, Platinum Edition, had been playing about 1 year & 1/2, 65 MNK w/ Cest. Fist, Morden Rasp orphan, about 190 AAs, 100K+ in plat because i use coupons, & despite Sony's very own Kytherea's Keepsakes 12/22/05 cute article: http://eqplayers.station.sony.com/news_article.vm?id+50050 i think EQ MNKs are worth mentioning! So without any further ado, roll that beautiful bean footage, @ the least for my own amusement & recollection.
i had uninstalled EQ since i hadn't played in many months. The reinstalling & patching-up wasn't a problem, but redoing the user-interface was frustrating since i had forgot all about the newish EQ interface. i still state the buff icons need to be more distinctive. Also, i'm in that Twilight Zone vibe where some things i remember & some things i forget, & some are autonomous where i'm like, "What the heck did i just do? Oh wait cool!". Remembering to replace fishing pole with a weapon, significant unless Fishing. Remembering to use the LFG function while waiting & watching the PoKnowledge pixel grass NOT grow, effective somewhat. Remembering to remake your Feign Death hotbutton, priceless for not only you but others!
Not even 5 minutes after logging on after a drought of time hiatus, a long-term ingame friend found me. A nice SHM that now has a MNK that is far better than mine. So SchanSHM/MNK logged to the SHM & allowed me to group & we went to BoThunder. Being my level & limitations with content BoThunder has been imprinted into my mind even though i hadn't played for a lengthy time. We did well, i was frantic trying to make sure i didn't screw up too badly & get us killed. i admit i was rusty not having fluent pulls & i even forgot to make a 'INComing %T' hotbutton. We even had a 3rd member join us for awhile, but after multiple extended leaves of absence without warnings, we decided to ditch the rude Gecko. Always interesting how while ingroup they don't respond & do nothing, but once disbanded they reply quickly. Anyway, this partnering Exp. was fun & appreciated by me. Alas, all good things must come to an end since the SHM had to switch to MNK to help out a guilder in a zone i cannot access. BoThunder did remind me how EverQuest is really 'EverGrind' @ times though.
i had already prepared myself before utilizing this (21) days that i would, attempt, the most dreaded past-time in Sony's EQ. No no, not LFGing, i like many have that skill maxed sadly. i mean the heinous art of Trade Skilling. Sure i've plucked @ a few of them throughout my EQ days, but not a focused effort. i'm starting out with baby-steps though. Let's continue my Angler license. my Fishing had been @ 112 & using my Collapsible Fishing-pole & an amount of 40 baits after about an hour my skill went up to, drum roll please, 2 skills! i had 124 WIS/INT so i'm not the smartest MNK by far but: Dear Sony(SOE), that type of Trade-skilling SUCKS. Needless to say, for now @ least, i've been discouraged from further Trade-skilling despite buying numerous Geerloks. & again Sony(SOE) needs to make a Geerlok device for languages even though it's a trivial concern.
Purchasing a few Geerloks reminds me i visited the haven of ingame commercialism, The Bazaar. Yep it's confirmed, the EQ economy is still greatly inflated by my eye. Since the majority of the remaining population are veterans &/or multi-accounters that have significant amounts of EQ wealth, i've heard some have multi-millions, EQ ingame is a higher cost of living. Also, though i thought frowned upon by Sony(SOE), rumor has it that the real-life $ for ingame $ flourishes sadly. It seems to only be getting worse too since fewer & fewer players are joining EQ & only the already rich remain. It took me 1 year & 1/2 to save a bit over 100K. Auggies are SO expensive, & i noticed 1 or 2 named vendors are still the main sellers of them in Bazaar. Sure some items are more expensive, some are cheaper, some about the same. my dream of returning to find my Bazaar selling trinkets all in great demand was thoroughly shattered though, hehe. There's also somewhat of a 2nd economy, a buyers/sellers market for items that power-level multi-accounters &/or alternate-toons, but that has always been somewhat present. It was fun viewing items that i had not remembered or hadn't seen before though they didn't seem that much better.
Now to my efforts to locate & use The Forgotten Halls. i'm a sight-seeing sucker! It's one of the many low-points of Sony's EQ that so many gorgeously designed zones nowadays are ghost-towns therefore not getting viewed & appreciated. Even if your fighting in a zone it's tough to find the time to take a look around & smell the flowers per say. Sony(SOE) needs something &/or a server that all accounts get access for 1 toon & it's NO mobs, but the structures & all zones accessible for viewing pleasure. Anyway, The Forgotten Halls is an instanced i read about some time ago that didn't need a group. It's off of Nedaria's landing & to my understanding was implemented to preview a bit of Omens, or Gates, i forget. Either way since i not have Omens & Gates is too higher-item/level for me this was my chance to peek @ a glimpse of the scenery. It is NICE. Looks TRONish like the 80s movie, but keeping the EQ-feel. Those malnourished people concern me & i hope they order a pizza. Those juggernauts look like a breeding of an Ogre & a Stone-Golem. i also see those bluish markings being similar to screens of those EQ2's Erudites' markings. i just wonder did the chicken or the egg come 1st in that example? Still cannot figure out what that big room with the energy is for though, & the bats & rats rooms seem broken quests or just filler. i like the bridge too, i tried jumping off so not sure what that indicates about my MNK.
i visited my old haunt from long days ago, Sol. B.(Nagafen's lair). Most my 50's lvling was there. He was up, since mostly underused ingame now matter of fact i only 1 in zone, so i jogged my way pass the FireGiants to the door FDing then opening door to gaze upon the 1st dragon i ever fought. i think Nagafen has lost some weight. i used to be able to get to midway on that little bridge but i got booted sooner this time. So i quickly CKed to see if Efreeti was up & some other named, but notta. @ least i can see Naggy, in PermaFrost cannot get close enough to see Lady Vox well @ all. Side-not i once heard & viewed a video where a MNK soloed Nagafen, COOL!
So besides the reacquainting with a couple of ingame friends, partnering with the Schan., benefiting from some kind MGBings, is the highlight so far of the 2/3 days return.
Out of the blue, i was CKing my stock of clutter in PoKnowledge, when i got a TELL about joining a LDoN. Some benevolent, great-geared, lvl 70s was requesting the aide of a couple lower lvls to round-off their group. i was thrilled to oblige, it would be my 1st full-group since returning, & i'm a LDoN sucker though they need to be recalculated per better rewarding i think. So, a DRU, ENC, BST, SK, & a wee MNK walk into a bar ... oops wrong story. There was one other too, i think another BST, but he/she went LD after 1 LDoN so we waited a bit & then kept plowing through them. When i say, "plow" that is exactly what i mean too. So quickly were we finishing the LDoNs we were time-locked-out a bit before we could do another. it was FUN! The SK & BST had bigtime HPs, thank goodness, & the DRU's mana was only tested a few times. The ENC & i being the lower lvls i think were just trying to keep-up with the pace but to toot the horn we contributed nicely. i asked, "Will i be pulling?" & was giggled @ with a reply of something about us just all charging the mobs. Well, the Zergs won this day. i think we even broke the 8 mob @ once limit a few times, hehe. No one died, & we won every LDoN waiting for that time-lock-out too. Not sure how many LDoNs we accomplished but as i've always stated, "Legends is how EQ should try to be" EQ should be more like this time with these players during this LDoNfest! Thanks to that group for much fun & exhilaration.
So that has been my 2/3 days back to EQ out of 21 so far. i think overall positive. There are boring lulls no doubt, but it's not due to the community which i think are keeping EQ viable as possible. Granted i had a day-off so i played more than my, used to be customarily, few hours a day/night. So far the tally is out of about 13 hours total play i been LFGing 3 approximately. my Fishing debacle is included in that LFG time too so not a total waste, freaking 2 skill-ups GEEZ Sony(SOE). For those that fell asleep while trying to read these ramblings you can wake-up now. i'll post more in a couple days. Take care & good luck out there in Sony's EQ & RL.
Q the MNK, Veiled One resider, (un)official pet class of Sony's EQ
http://www.magelo.com/eq_view_profile.html?num=1264967 since EQPlayers wont even let me see my own toons, LOL.