My in-laws dropped in today. We moved 300 miles away, and yet they still managed to come by on short notice for a visit. Where's my eye-rolling emoticon when I need it?!
So, I just posted a request for server reviews in the "Beginner's Corner" section of the EverQuest forums here. I'm almost willing to put money on the table that someone is going to come by and recommend a certain emulated server that has been getting heavy promotion (and deletion) in the "Hogcaller Inn (General)" section. That's not the information I am looking for, though. I drop by the official forums fairly often, and "Returning player -- what server should I play on?" appears to be a very common topic in the newbie forum there, so I hope that my thread gets some serious answers and turns out to be useful to someone else at this site too.
I am planning on doing my 31 days of levelling without twinkage or powerleveling, so I am going to avoid Xegony. The urge to take advantage of my existing characters' funds and spare equipment would probably overcome me at about day 5. (That's about how long I can stay on a diet too. Better to just keep temptation for instant gratification away! I've been losing weight steadily without officially dieting since we don't have a microwave anymore.)
I had been planning to play a drakkin wizard, but I've been considering a necromancer or a mage, for the sake of soloability. I'd hate to get stuck LFG when I've challenged myself to just level a character up. But it is more complicated than that, at least in my mind. Am I going to just put my head down and grind the dickens out of this character single-mindedly for the purpose of the challenge, or will it be a "real" character that I might still want to play on November 1? Should I be thinking about what would be best for the long term? Should looking for a guild, either during the month or after, factor in to my choice? There's a fair chance that I'll remember why I quit last time and hit the cancel button after the first week to call it quits on the 31st, but what if I don't?
To be honest with you and with myself, I am looking at this as a sort of up-front investment in a character that I may be playing more fully later. The obvious and best answer then would be for me to play the class that I will enjoy the most. That's turning out to be a point that I am not so sure on. I'll make my final determination in the morning, but right now, the race for Levtober Class of the Month looks like this:
- Wizard (Ahead by a nose)
- Necro (Coming up hard on Wizard)
- Mage (Running solidly beside Necro)
- Monk (Coming up on the outside)
- Druid (Casting SoW on itself even as we speak)
- Zerker (Don't laugh! It may be an underdog, but it has heart!)
- SK (An old favorite, but maybe a little too old for this race)
- Everything else (Beastlord, Rogue, Ranger, and Shaman are falling behind. Warrior, Paladin, Cleric, Bard, and Enchanter haven't even gotten out of the gate.)
There's no betting on this race. It's a good thing, too, since even I don't know how it will turn out. We'll see what happens in the morning. Whatever I pick, I am going to stick with it for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, for at least 31 days.
I had been thinking about getting the Anniversary Pack (or a key for one from D2D, actually, since I have the game installed through DoDH from disks already) and using it to upgrade one of my long-abandoned accounts-- the ones my sons used to use, or another that hasn't gotten any new expansions added since Luclin. Those have very few characters on them, and few existing resources that I could exploit, but my main account already has all expansions through The Serpent's Spine, so I could just resubscribe without buying an upgrade. In the end, the uncertainty about what happens on November 1 turned me off of making the extra purchase.