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I'm not new to EQ2, but I've never gotten beyond the mid 20's in level. It happens the same way every time, too-- I'll play pretty steadily and then I just peter out right in the middle of the 20's. I've never seen the higher level content in all the, oh, five or six times I've resubbed. So this time, I figured I'd do Extended, just to see the New Halas starting area. I've hit level 19, and am currently staring out the window of my house at the two bobbing icebergs. My interest is seriously starting to wane again.
But I have to ask myself, "why?" I've always been a storywhore, and it seems there's a lot of story in EQ2, but none of it has taken hold and made me want to dig further into the lore. The questing structure is also pretty wonky, even in what's supposed to be a new and exciting starting area with New Halas. Having to swim out to each island MULTIPLE times and likewise with the underwater cave is totally killing it for me. I know that MMOs in general artificially add these time sinks to extend the play time, but the fun and incentive to continue quickly fades when it becomes a "Oh FFS, not again!" chore.
So, I guess I'm posting to ask if anyone has any suggestions for helping me get the most out of EQ2. Let's just forget that I'm playing Extended so as to keep the known limitations out of the way. I'm not above resubbing to Live if I can figure out a way to make it fun and worth it.
If it matters, my character is a Half-Elf wizard with a heavy focus on the fire spells in the AA points distribution.
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