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.