First, I want to thank everyone who commented on my entry last night. I always appreciate the warm wishes, feedback, commentary, and questions.
I left the tutorial at level 6 last night to go do some quests in Crescent Reach. I didn't make very much experience after that except for quest experience. I am almost 7 anyway. And I've got a nifty belt, mask, and cape to show for it. I ended up quitting earlier than I intended last night.
A few comments on the experience so far:
- I am having fun. The last time I played EQ, I found it frustrating. I think a fresh start was a good idea for me, personally.
- The population in the tutorial seemed a little low (10-12 people in the zone each time I logged in), but it was consistent at that level, and it seemed like a relatively nice crowd-- no public channel taunting, they answered the one question I had, and people were offering drops they weren't going to use in the out-of-character channel. There were more people than that in Crescent Reach when I got there, many of whom were low levels like me. The population seems healthy so far, from the limited parts of the server I've seen.
- There were a couple of guilds that /ooc'd all level recruitment messages while I was in CR. I got an unsolicited drive-by SoW from a ranger, which was a nice thing. Bottomline, I am happy with my choice of server. Stromm seems newbie friendly.
- I played a good amount of time scrolled out to third person, but then I tried playing first person for a while. When I'd been in Crescent Reach for a while, I started feeling nauseous, and it persisted even after I went back to third person (and for a couple of hours after). I am not sure if it was just exhaustion (from insomnia catching up with me, bad Chinese for dinner, or if it has been so long since I played a first-person perspective game that it was just gaming motion sickness (which I am very prone to having) from running around CR.
I haven't played in a while, so I have a lot of questions about features introduced with The Buried Sea. I am burning with curiosity about how a Fellowship works-- is it some half-step between a group and a guild or what?
I will be playing this afternoon again. I've got work that I should be doing right now.
(P.S. Drakkins have some weird/bad animations... but I find them more funny than irritating. )