Trending Games | Wizard101 | World of Warcraft | Pirate101 | Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

  Network:  FPSguru RTSguru
Login:  Password:   Remember?  
Show Quick Gamelist Jump to Random Game
Members:2,899,576 Users Online:0
Games:751  Posts:6,268,265
Recent forum postsRSS
Active threads
Cloud view
List all forums
General Forums
Developers Corner General Discussion
Popular Game Forums
Click a status to find game forum
Game Forums
Click a letter to find game forum
A-C
2029 Online 2112: Revolution 2Moons 4Story 8BitMMO 9 Dragons A Mystical Land A Tale in the Desert III A3 ACE Online ARGO Online Aberoth Absolute Force Online Absolute Terror Achaea Adellion Aerrevan Aetolia, the Midnight Age Age of Armor Age of Conan Age of Empires Online Age of Mourning Age of Wulin Age of Wushu Aida Arenas Aika Aion Albion Online Alganon All Points Bulletin (APB) Allods Online Altis Gates Amazing World Anarchy Online Ancients of Fasaria Andromeda 5 Angels Online Angry Birds Epic Anime Trumps Anmynor Anno Online Applo Arcane Hearts Arcane Legends ArchLord ArcheAge Archeblade Archlord X Ascend: Hand of Kul Asda 2 Asda Story Ashen Empires Asheron's Call Asheron's Call 2 Astera Online Astonia III Astro Empires Astro Lords: Oort CLoud Asura Force Atlantica Online Atriarch Aura Kingdom Aurora Blade Auto Assault Avatar Star Battle Dawn Battle Dawn Galaxies Battle for Graxia Battle of 3 Kingdoms Battle of the Immortals Battlecruiser Online Battlestar Galactica Online Battlestar Reloaded Beyond Protocol Black Aftermath Black Desert Black Gold Black Prophecy Black Prophecy Tactics: Nexus Conflict Blacklight Retribution Blade & Soul Blade Hunter Blade Wars Blazing Throne Bless Blitz 1941 Blood and Jade Bloodlines Champions Boot Hill Heroes Borderlands 2 Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Bound by Flame Bounty Bay Online Brain Storm Bravada Bravely Default Bravely Second Brawl Busters. Brick-Force Bright Shadow Bullet Run Business Tycoon Online CTRacer Cabal Online Caesary Call of Camelot Call of Gods Call of Thrones Camelot Unchained Canaan Online Cardmon Hero Cartoon Universe CasinoRPG Cast & Conquer Castle Empire Castlot Celtic Heroes Champions Online Champions of Regnum Chaos Online Child of Light Chrono Tales Citadel of Sorcery CitiesXL Citizen Zero City of Decay City of Heroes City of Steam City of Transformers City of Villains Civilization Online Clan Lord Clash of Clans Cloud Nine Club Penguin Colony of War Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances Company of Heroes Online Conquer Online Conquer Online 3 Continent of the Ninth (C9) Core Blaze Core Exiles Corum Online Craft of Gods Crimecraft Crimelife 2 Cronous Crota II Crusaders of Solaris Cultures Online Cyber Monster 2 Cyberpunk 2077 Céiron Wars
D-F
D&D Online DC Universe DK Online DOTA DOTA 2 DUST 514 DV8: Exile Dalethaan Dance Groove Online Dark Age of Camelot Dark Ages Dark Legends Dark Orbit Dark Relic: Prelude Dark Solstice Dark Souls 2 Dark and Light DarkEden Online DarkSpace Darkblood Online Darkest Dungeon Darkfall Darkfall: Unholy Wars Darkwind: War on Wheels Das Tal Dawn of Fantasy Dawntide DayZ Dead Earth Dead Frontier Dead Island Dead Island 2 Dead Island: Riptide Deco Online Deep Down Deepworld Defiance Deicide Online Dekaron Demons at the Horizon Desert Operations Destiny Diablo 3 Diamonin Digimon Battle Dino Storm Disciple Divergence Divina Divine Souls Divinity: Original Sin Dofus Dominus Online Dragon Age: Inquisition Dragon Ball Online Dragon Born Online Dragon Crusade Dragon Empires Dragon Eternity Dragon Fin Soup Dragon Nest Dragon Oath Dragon Pals Dragon Raja Dragon's Call Dragon's Call II Dragon's Prophet DragonSky DragonSoul Dragona Dragonica Dragons and Titans Drakengard 3 Dream of Mirror Online Dreamland Online Dreamlords: The Reawakening Drift City Duels Dungeon Blitz Dungeon Fighter Online Dungeon Overlord Dungeon Party Dungeon Rampage Dungeon Runners Dungeon of the Endless Dynastica Dynasty Warriors Online Dynasty of the Magi EIN (Epicus Incognitus) EVE Online Earth Eternal Earth and Beyond Earthrise Eclipse War Ecol Tactics Online Eden Eternal Edge of Space Einherjar - The Viking's Blood Elder Scrolls Online Eldevin Elf Online Elite: Dangerous Embers of Caerus Emil Chronicle Online Empire Empire & State Empire Craft Empire Universe 3 EmpireQuest Empires of Galldon End of Nations Endless Ages Endless Blue Moon Online Endless Online Entropia Universe EpicDuel Erebus: Travia Reborn Eredan Eternal Blade Eternal Lands Eternal Saga Ether Fields Ether Saga Online Eudemons Online EuroGangster EverEmber Online EverQuest Next EverQuest Online Adventures Evernight Everquest Everquest II Evony Exarch Exorace F.E.A.R. Online Face of Mankind Fairyland Online Fall of Rome Fallen Earth Fallen Sword Fallout 4 Fallout Online Family Guy Online Fantage Fantasy Earth Zero Fantasy Realm Online Fantasy Tales Online Fantasy Worlds: Rhynn Faunasphere Faxion Online Fearless Fantasy Ferentus Ferion Fiesta Online Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Final Fantasy XI Final Fantasy XIV Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Firefall Fists of Fu Florensia Flyff Football Manager Live Football Superstars Force of Arms Forge Forsaken Uprising Forsaken World Fortnite Fortuna Forum for Discussion of Everlight Freaky Creatures Free Realms Freesky Online Freeworld Fung Wan Online Furcadia Fury Fusion Fall
G-L
GalaXseeds Galactic Command Online Game of Thrones: Seven Kingdoms Gameglobe Gate To Heavens Gates of Andaron Gatheryn Gauntlet Gekkeiju Online Ghost Online Ghost Recon Online Gladiatus Glitch Global Agenda Global Soccer Gloria Victis Glory of Gods GoGoRacer Goal Line Blitz Gods and Heroes GodsWar Online Golemizer Golf Star GoonZu Online Graal Kingdoms Granado Espada Online Grand Chase Grand Fantasia Grepolis Grimlands Guild Wars Guild Wars 2 Guild Wars Factions Guild Wars Nightfall H1Z1 Habbo Hotel Hailan Rising HaloSphere2 Haven & Hearth Hawken Heart Forth Alicia Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Helbreath Hellgate Hellgate: London Hello Kitty Online Hero Online Hero Zero Hero's Journey Hero: 108 Online HeroSmash Heroes & Generals Heroes & Legends: Conquerors of Kolhar Heroes in the Sky Heroes of Atlan Heroes of Bestia Heroes of Gaia Heroes of Might and Magic Online Heroes of Thessalonica Heroes of Three Kingdoms Heroes of the Storm Hex Holic Online Hostile Space Hunter Blade Huxley Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Illutia Illyriad Immortals USA Imperator Imperian Inferno Legend Infestation: Survivor Stories Infinite Crisis Infinity Infinity Iris Online Iron Grip: Marauders Irth Worlds Island Forge Islands of War Istaria: Chronicles of the Gifted Jade Dynasty Jagged Alliance Online Juggernaut Jumpgate Jumpgate Evolution KAL Online Kakele Online Kaos War Karos Online Kartuga Kicks Online King of Kings 3 Kingdom Heroes Kingdom Under Fire II Kingdom of Drakkar Kingory Kings Era Kings and Legends Kings of the Realm KingsRoad Kitsu Saga Kiwarriors Knight Age Knight Online Knights of Dream City Kothuria Kung Foo! Kunlun Online Kyn L.A.W. LEGO Universe La Tale Land of Chaos Online Landmark Lands of Hope: Redemption LastChaos League of Angels League of Legends - Clash of Fates Legend of Edda: Vengeance Legend of Golden Plume Legend of Katha Legend of Mir 2 Legend of Mir 3 Legendary Champions Lego Minifigures Online Lichdom: Battlemage Life is Feudal Light of Nova Lime Odyssey Line of Defense Lineage Lineage Eternal: Twilight Resistance Lineage II Linkrealms Loong Online Lord of the Rings Online Lords Online Lords of the Fallen Lost Saga Lucent Heart Lunia Lusternia: Age of Ascension Luvinia World
M-Q
MU Online Mabinogi Maestia: Rise of Keledus MagiKnights Magic Barrage Magic World Online Manga Fighter MapleStory Martial Heroes Marvel Heroes Marvel Super Hero Squad Online Marvel: Avengers Alliance Mass Effect 4 MechWarrior Online Megaten Meridian 59 : Evolution Merlin MetalMercs Metaplace Metin 2 MicroVolts Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Midkemia Online Might & Magic Heroes: Kingdoms Might & Magic X: Legacy MilMo Minecraft Mini Fighter Minions of Mirth Ministry of War Monato Esprit Monkey King Online Monkey Quest Monster & Me Monster Madness Online MonsterMMORPG Moonlight Online: Tales of Eternal Blood Moonrise Mordavia Mortal Online Mourning My Lands Myst Online: URU Live Myth Angels Online Myth War Myth War 2 Mythborne Mytheon Mythic Saga Mythos N.E.O Online NIDA Online Nadirim Naviage: The Power of Capital Navy Field Need for Speed World Nemexia Neo's Land NeoSteam Neocron Nether Neverwinter Nexus: The Kingdom Of The Winds NinjaTrick NosTale Novus Aeterno Oberin Odin Quest Odyssey RPG Ogre Island Omerta 3 Online Boxing Manager Onverse Oort Online Order & Chaos Online Order of Magic Original Blood Origins Return Origins of Malu Orion's Belt Otherland Forums OverSoul Overkings Oz Online Oz World Pandora Saga Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Panzar Parabellum Parallel Kingdom Parfait Station Path of Exile Pathfinder Online Perfect World Perpetuum Online Persona V Phantasy Star Online 2 Phantasy Star Universe Phoenix Dynasty Online Phylon Pi Story Picaroon Pillars of Eternity Pirate Galaxy Pirate Storm Pirate101 PirateKing Online Pirates of the Burning Sea Pirates of the Caribbean Online Pixie Hollow Planeshift Planet Arkadia Planet Calypso PlanetSide 2 Planetside Planets³ Playboy Manager Pocket Legends Pockie Ninja Pockie Pirates Pockie Saints Pokémon X and Y PoxNora Prime World Prime: Battle for Dominus Priston Tale Priston Tale II Prius Online Prodigy Project Blackout Project Gorgon Project Powder Project Titan Forums Project Wiki Project Zomboid Puzzle Pirates Quest for Infamy Quickhit Football
R-S
R2 Online RAN Online RF Online ROSE Online Rage of 3 Kingdoms Ragnarok Online Ragnarok Online II RaiderZ Rail Nation Rakion Rappelz RappelzSEA Ravenmarch Realm Fighter Realm of Sierra Realm of the Mad God Realm of the Titans Realms Online Reclamation Red Stone Red War: Edem's Curse Regnum Online Remnant Knights Renaissance Repulse Requiem: Memento Mori Rift RiotZone Rise Rise of Dragonian Era Rise of Empire Rise of the Tycoon Risen 3: Titan Lords Rising of King Risk Your Life Rivality Rockfree Rohan: Blood Feud Role Play Worlds Roll n Rock Roma Victor Romadoria Rosh Online Roto X Rubies of Eventide Ruin Online Rumble Fighter Runes of Magic Runescape Rust Rusty Hearts Ryzom S4 League SAGA SD Gundam Capsule Fighter Online SMITE SUN Sacred 3 Sagramore Salem SaySayGirls Scarlet Blade Scions of Fate Seal Online: Evolution Second Chance Heroes Second Life Secret of the Solstice Seed Serenia Fantasy Seven Seas Saga Seven Souls Online Sevencore Shadow Realms Shadow of Legend Shadowbane Shadowgate Shadowrun Online Shaiya Shards Online Shattered Galaxy Sho Online Shot Online Shroud of the Avatar SideQuest Siege on Stars Sigonyth: Desert Eternity Silkroad Online Skyblade Skyforge SmashMuck Champions Smoo Online Soldier Front Soul Master Soul Order Online Soul of Guardian South Park: The Stick of Truth Space Heroes Universe Sparta: War of Empires Spellcasters Sphere Spiral Knights Spirit Tales Splash Fighters Squad Wars Star Citizen Star Sonata 2 Star Stable Star Supremacy Star Trek Online Star Trek: Infinite Space Star Wars Galaxies Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Star Wars: The Old Republic StarQuest Online Starbound Stargate Worlds Starlight Story Starpires State of Decay SteelWar Online Stone Age 2 Stormfall: Age of War Stormthrone Storybricks Stronghold Kingdoms Styx: Master of Shadows Sudden Attack Supremacy 1914 Supreme Destiny Sword Girls Sword of Destiny: Rise of Aions SwordX Swords of Heavens Swordsman
T-Z
TERA TS Online TUG Tabula Rasa Tactica Online Tales Runner Tales of Fantasy Tales of Pirates Tales of Pirates II Tales of Solaris Talisman Online Tamer Saga Tank Ace Tantra Online Tatsumaki: Land at War Terra Militaris TerraWorld Online Terraria Thang Online The 4th Coming The Agency The Aurora World The Banner Saga The Black Watchmen The Chronicle The Chronicles of Spellborn The Crew The Division The Epic Might The Hammers End The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing 2 The Legend of Ares The Lost Titans The Matrix Online The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot The Missing Ink The Mummy Online The Myth of Soma The Pride of Taern The Realm Online The Repopulation The Secret World The Sims Online The Strategems The West The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Theralon There Therian Saga Thrones of Chaos Tibia Tibia Micro Edition Tiger Knight Titan Siege Titans of Time Toontown Online Top Speed Topia Online Torchlight Torment: Tides of Numenera Total Domination Transformers Universe Transistor Transverse Traveller AR Travia Online Travian Trials of Ascension Tribal Hero Tribal Wars Tribes Universe Trickster Online Trove Troy Online True Fantasy Live Online Turf Battles Twelve Sky Twelve Sky 2 Twilight War Tynon U.B. Funkeys UFO Online URDEAD Online Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar Ultima Online Ultima X: Odyssey Ultimate Naruto Ultimate Soccer Boss Uncharted Waters Online Undercover 2: Merc Wars Underlight Unification Wars Universe Online Utopia Valkyrie Sky Vampire Lord Online Vanguard: Saga of Heroes Vanquish Space Vector City Racers Vendetta Online Victory - Age of Racing Vindictus Virtonomics Vis Gladius Visions of Zosimos VoidExpanse Voyage Century Online W.E.L.L. Online WAR (Warhammer Online) WAR2 Glory WYD Global Wakfu War Thunder War of 2012 War of Angels War of Legends War of Mercenaries War of Thrones War of the Immortals WarFlow Waren Story Warflare Wargame1942 Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium Online Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes Warkeepers Warrior Epic Wartune Wasteland 2 WebLords Wild West Online WildStar Wind of Luck WindSlayer 2 Wings of Destiny Wish Wizard101 Wizardry Online Wizards and Champions Wonder King Wonderland Online World Golf Tour World of Battles World of Darkness World of Heroes World of Kung Fu World of Pirates World of Speed World of Tanks World of Tanks Generals World of Warcraft World of Warplanes World of Warships World of the Living Dead WorldAlpha Wurm Online Xenoblade Chronicles: X Xenocell Xiah Xsyon Xulu YS Online Yitien ZU Online Zentia Zero Online Zero Online: The Andromeda Crisis Zodiac Online Zombies Ate My Pizza eRepublik

MMORPG.com Discussion Forums

EverQuest

Everquest 

Hogcaller Inn (General)  » Thoughts of a returner. (long)

4 posts found
  slowpoke68

Spotlight Poster

Joined: 6/19/08
Posts: 350

 
OP  3/27/13 9:32:27 AM#1

Copy of my post on the newbie EQ forum.

 

About six weeks ago I returned to EQ after a hiatus of many years. I see many people posting the exact same questions that I had before I took the plunge, and thought I would share my thoughts after playing for awhile.

I played from 1999-2001 on Brell Serilis server, leaving just before Dark Age of Camelot released. I returned for the launch of the Fippy Darkpaw progression server and played to the level cap of 50, then left at the time of the great SOE hack. I am an old timer by gaming standards and cut my teeth on UO back when it first came out.

Like many of you, I have played most of the major mmos that have released since EQ, but these days found myself missing what made the granddaddy of mmos so great. I got fed up with the antisocial solofests that most modern mmos seem to be.

Enough background, on to what I have experienced.

As to which server to choose:

When I first came back I decided to dust off some of my characters on the progression server and see if I could catch up. Then I decided to roll a fresh toon on that server. Personally, I did not care for the community on Fippy Darkpaw. I was able to get groups regularly, but they almost always had a high level bard, shaman, or druid box, buffing and helping the group.

I didn't care for most of the people I met on that server and I didn't like the focus on power gaming that I saw. Not to say I didn't meet some nice people, I just didn't like the community overall. I'm sure you all know what I am talking about. Servers have a vibe, either you like it or you don't, and I didn't in the case of Fippy.

I think it would be good for someone who wants to get to max level and start raiding the highest end content on the server as quickly as possible.

I was worried about rolling on a normal "blue" server, but took a chance and rolled up a character on Vox, which is the most recent server to launch.

I think I have found a home there. At around level 40 I joined a nice guild and am now level 79. I have been able to group reliably, both with guildies and in pugs. I have met many returners and old timers and highly recommend Vox to any returning players. With the exception of a few trolls in general chat, I really like the atmosphere and have had generally positive interactions with people I have met in game. Another bonus is that the economy isn't as inflated as some of the older servers.

This is my opinion only and serves as my answer to the question which server you should choose.

How the game is different:

Ok, there is a lot.

1. Experience gain -
You level extremely quickly in the beginning. You can go from level 1-45 in no time at all. I mean you just rocket through those levels. I also found the game to be pretty easy at the beginning.

You cannot judge the game in its current state by the entry levels however. XP starts slowing down around 45 and the game starts to become more difficult. At 75, the xp slows down substantially and starts to feel more like the EQ of old. It takes longer to level and the game becomes less forgiving with more severe death penalties and tougher mobs. I cannot speak to what its like from 80 to 100, the current level cap, but I do see that it seems to take people even longer to progress at the high end.

2. Mercenaries -
There are now mercenaries in the game and you can Molo. Moloing is soloing with a merc. At level one you can hire a mercenary to accompany you in journey. You can choose a tank, healer, or damage dealer. Up to 79 I have found them to be very effective.

I was not wild about this idea at first as I thought, gee if I want to solo all the time there are about a hundred newer games I can play. Mercs do make it easier to solo if you need to and you can now have a full group with three players and three mercs. All and all, I like the idea. I have been told at higher levels mercs become less effective.

3. Gear -
There is now something called Defiant gear. There are grades ranging from Crude, available at level one, up to Elegant, available at level 70. These armor and weapons drop from mobs or can be purchased from other players in the game bazaar and increase in strength as you level.

The stats on them renders basically almost all loot that you used to camp obsolete. For armor, it has been my experience that you are always better to equip level appropriate defiant gear. For weapons, I usually used defiant, except there are some items that drop that you are better off using because of higher dps. The stats are insane compared to launch and it is intended I believe, to help low level players catch up more quickly.

It is my understanding that post 80, it all changes and you will then start seeking out drops and upgrades just like in the old days.

4. Other -
There are no naked corpse runs. When you die you leave a corpse and you can recover it with a res to gain back experience, but your gear remains on your person. Also, there are summoners in the plane of knowledge if you want to get a corpse to res that was in a nasty spot. At low level it isn't worth rezzing. At higher levels it most certainly is.

There is an in game bazaar where players can sell their wares, so no bartering in ECL any more.

There are armor dyes. I was really happy about this as I always hated wearing multi-colored armor. You can now buy dyes off of other players through the bazaar and color all of your armor however you wish. Yay!

Plane of Knowledge, mounts, and maps. If like me, when you left, unless you were a druid or a wizard you spent a lot of time running around. Also, if you were like me, you spent a lot of time lost.

There is now something called plane of knowledge, which is accessible through a portal found outside all cities and a lot of zones. From this plane you can teleport to all cities and a fair number of zones throughout the world.

There are mounts available in the SC store. These increase your speed a ton and make getting around a lot more quickly.

Remember the days when you had no map, no compass and had to push the True North button til your finger was sore? That is a thing of the past my friend. There are now in game maps for many zones, you have a handy compass and even an in game "find" feature. I can't tell you how many hours I wasted in the old days being lost, or just looking for that darn cobbler in Freeport.

Graphical upgrades...there are new character and npc models you can turn on. Some people swear by the classic ones, but I think the new ones are really nice.

Also, some old zones have been redone, and the new ones actually look really good. I have commented to my groups many times how impressed I am with some of the newer zones..especially for a 13 year old game. If you want your classic feel though, switch on classic models and hit up Unrest, or any of the many many old time zones. Its like you never left.

How the game is the same:

As stated, you rocket through levels 1-45. Since that level, I have spent 95 percent of my time grouped. Grouping is far more efficient than soloing. In my opinion it is more fun, and one of the main reasons I came back. I'm not playing a single player game and I want to group with people. Like I said, I have had very little trouble finding groups and it feels good again to have a puller, a healer, a tank, people assisting, and using CC.

Post 50 the game gets pretty hard, post 75 it is downright difficult by today's standards.

It still captures the old school pen and paper feel better than any game produced, ever.

Community and reputation matters. There is no dungeon finder and you want to be able to find groups. This like in the old days, is the best incentive for people to behave and act considerately toward their fellow players. You will be seeing people again and they will remember how you treated them last time.

Conclusion

Well here are my thoughts, and answers to many of the questions that I had when I first got the bug to come back.

I am not all knowing and these are largely my opinions I have stated. I am still learning everyday and haven't even experienced content post 80. Please feel free to correct, contradict, or supplement anything I have offered.

As you can probably tell, I am really happy that I came back. This is still one of the best MMOs around. It has something that is missing in modern MMOs. I'm having as much fun playing a game as I have in years.

If you have the itch, I say go ahead and scratch it.

Cheers.

  Nadia

Elite Member

Joined: 7/26/03
Posts: 11552

3/27/13 9:55:28 AM#2
Originally posted by slowpoke68


I played from 1999-2001 on Brell Serilis server, leaving just before Dark Age of Camelot released.

I played on same server - Nadia, high elf enchanter  :)

  hMJem

Apprentice Member

Joined: 3/19/13
Posts: 468

3/29/13 1:56:19 AM#3
Nevermind editing post
  Vymm

Novice Member

Joined: 10/27/07
Posts: 113

"Spray paint the world" - Rerak. Quote regarding the waste of time of AOE DPS without kills.

4/07/13 8:01:02 AM#4

Very nice write up for players interested in some nostalgia.  I know I have come and gone with this game as you have said since 1999.  I always find myself wanting to come back.  I just know the time I have to invest to relevel and make a toon feel 'my own' in this game would essentially eat all my free time.  I am not opposed to that but in a game where many arent that involved. 

I wish you well on your journey back.

 

Vymm