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Author: neschria

And so it begins... (My month long journey into EQ)

Posted by neschria Monday October 1 2007 at 6:49PM
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My husband made a pretty strong case this morning for buying The Anniversary Edition and using the free trial month for my month of craziness. Since he was buying and we were going to go to Circuit City for something else anyway, I decided to go with that plan. I am pleased to have all the retail bonus items from all the expansions, if I decide to use them. I was surprised to see that it came with a buddy key. I may yet use my wit and charm to persuade my husband to join me in my folly.

I had installed EQ recently from the Platinum pack (the one that had everything up to and including Depths of Darkhollow), but that still meant that I had to patch in three expansions plus all the other changes that have come down the pike. Unfortunately, since they started using the standard SOE launcher, it seems that you can't patch without a subscription, so I couldn't pre-patch. So, the first thing I did after lunch today was start patching. That took a couple of hours (a far shorter time than its original estimate of 7 hours). After kids got home from school and got settled down with homework, I finally logged in.

The first thing I had to do was pick a server. I had narrowed it down to Stromm, Bristlebane, Druzzil Ro, or Xegony (which got added back to my possibilities when I decided to go with a new account).  I decided to go with Stromm in the end, on the basis of the recommendations it seems to get frequently on the official forums.

Presented with an actual character creation screen, I was tempted to go off in a completely different direction, but I stuck with my original plan and created a drakkin wizard. I made my character male, also, since I'd said so often in this blog that I'd do that the next time around. His "parent dragon" is Mysophar the White, so his breath/debuff is Cold based.

As you can see from the picture, his name is Ralutan. I was eating Quaker 100% Natural granola in my yogurt this morning, and while I was looking at the box, I came up with this anagram of "natural" and decided to go with it. It would have been a better for a druid or ranger, I suppose, but I liked it. Who knows? Perhaps he's a natural when it comes to blowing things up.

I was thinking that I wanted to write this in a roleplay/backstory format, but what I really want to do is get back to playing now that dinner is over. I'm so close to 5 that I can hear the ding already.

dancord26 writes:

here's an idea, all of us old timers could maybe restart with you? I would do it i think, because i want to play one of these drakkin races.

Mon Oct 01 2007 10:26PM Report
mwelliott writes:

Grats on getting up and running. Hope you are enjoying it ^^

Mon Oct 01 2007 11:29PM Report
ABRaquel writes:

I do hope you enjoy the game, unfortunately I didn't get like the game and in this day and age of MMOs with high end graphics it just doesn't cut it for me...I'm a sell out to the graphical side of things bandwagon.

I do admit that EQ has a lot of depth and more content that will entertain you for quite some time.



Mon Oct 01 2007 11:49PM Report
Arkonis writes:


Hey, gratz on your decision to start playing again. :) I suppose I'm old school, I started playing UO and EQ way back when, so the graphics don't mean much to me.

I've been playing Eq of and on now for the past few years. I have several toons, but my favorite will always be my DE Necro, Ammon Thull.

You'll find leveling a whole lot easier now, you should be able to get to 50 in no time. After 50 though it starts to slow down a bit. But I recommend for you to try to stick it out and try to get to 60, after that, you'll be able to really start enjoying the game with the whole community on whatever server your on. :)



Tue Oct 02 2007 4:12AM Report
Kalik-Kaotik writes: I just bought the Anni pack myself. First I ran around with my ole 55sk who was so much fun 6 years ago. The world is so huge... I realized I do need to start a new guy, just so I can regain my lost skills and to learn how everything works again. I DID download the WoW UI from eqinterface though.... it helps give it a newer look. Funny thing is compared to other Free mmo's I've played recently (Knight Online, 12 Sky, Regnum).. EQ1 still looks better graphically than them. What server are you on? I've read that Stromm is best for new/returning players. My so was on Tunare/Eci, but I'll make my newbie on Stromm. Tue Oct 02 2007 9:21AM Report
neschria writes:

I am playing on Stromm. I'd be happy to have some company to play with, if anyone decides to come along.

Tue Oct 02 2007 10:18AM Report writes:
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