Good Ol' J-boots! The quest for them was epic and horrendous in EQ. There was a version available with one of the box sets. But they were awesome, like a twenty-percent-movement-speed increase. That was epic.
I remember them as well in EQ2. The Heritage quest for them still exists, I think. My Brigand did it back in the day and wore them for years.
See, J-boots, with their twenty-percent movement-speed increase, were awesome because mounts were higher-level items and a pain in the ass to get and use.
Now awesome, maintenance-free mounts are solo-quest rewards at twentieth level! Mounts double movement speed. Who need to bother with a Heritage Quest?
Yeah, sounds like I am whining. I am. I am also shaking my cane at those damn kids playing on my lawn...
More than whining, is observing of the trend, in which J-boots are a mile-marker sign. Remember when stamps were only six cents? As a historian, I love gages like that. They communicate consequential and correlative relationships.
So what are the J-boots telling us? They're telling us we don't have the time to jog through our favorite games. We need to gallop through them. We need to hurry through the zones and the quests and the hubs. We don't have the time to waste with walking ingame...
Huh, our game time is so valuable that we need it to be productive?
There are villages in Africa where washing laundry is considered a leisure activity. Here in the advanced and civilized world, we shouldn't even relax while recreating. Productive game time... I remember when that would be considered paradoxical. Now our need to squeeze the most out of our game time finds us riding to the broker and the merchant and the mender, even though they are now right next to each other.
What's really interesting is we'll still spend hours organizing our Raid, or perusing gear and stats, or running the same instance repeatedly. We don't have the time to /walk, /wave, or even /nod, but we can be found standing in front of the broker, mounted, for hours.
Yeah, I remember my first pair of Journeyman's Boots, in both EQs. I remember corpse runs and Looking For Group too.