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looks like this MMO Sale is only on US & UK pages of  direc2drive. US page has code joker, UK page has code batman. rest of eu has nothing there it seems :(

yes it should work with vista. worked for some years for me before i switched to win 7

Last expansion was a 2nd expansion with same level cap. it was a bit like eof in which the same things happened.  The raids in the 2nd expansion at same cap are harder than in the first one, which usually leads to raidleaders looking more at raidsetups and starting to min/max wherever possible to maybe kill a bit more.

This was even noticable in normal instance groups when  you see players just asking for specific classes even for the simplest instances. But especially for instance groups the problem is mostly the players that create them, i had much better runs with non optimal groupsetups, than in some of those perfect setup groups. (sometimes these perfect groups were that bad that my pally was highest dps in a troub, illu, wiz, group)

I was a guild leader of a casual raid guild for a long time, and especially for this sort of guild i prefer reliable players over the player with the right class. If i know i got a ranger or a necro (or any other class that is not on the most wanted list atm), but the player is doing his job good and he is a regular raider and knows his class then i prefer him over assassin x (who probably cannot even do half of the dps that he should do with his class and equip).

playing on the busiest server has also some disadvantages. the busier servers have most performance issues, like database lag, combat lag... especially in the times after expansions this can get really bad. But also seen posts about performance problems on these servers in between the expansions.

performance causes most problems in raids this and the bigger competition for contested raidmobs is why most high end guilds are on less populated servers.

Hard to say whats worse for a new player, the problems with groups or  problems with performance. But I guess people should just decide for them self what they prefer.

Originally posted by elocke

Normally I would agree with all of you. Enjoy the game as you level yadda yadda yadda. I did that with LOTRO, and still can. I did that with WoW, after having 3 max level characters it's beginning to get old. Was great fun. Then I tried the same with EQ2.


I got bored so fast, that leveling became a chore. I like the music, I like the zones, but something was/is missing from this game that I can't seem to put my finger on. I stopped playing my wizard once he got to 60 because I just felt like every level was more of the same, and the quests didn't really introduce me to each zone they just kind of ..threw me at random places with static placed spawns.


i guess it has to do with the order in which you played the games. after playing both eq2 and wow for years i felt exactyl teh same about LOTRO when it launched (and still do)  like you did about eq2. i cannot point out what exactly what caused it but i did not feel like beeing a path of a living world, it was more like following a preset path to me, which became boring fast. (i still have a lifetime sub for it, but never got past lvl 30 there, and i tried it a few times with longer times in between)

most players are in high level areas or in their guildhall. also with new expansion releasing next week a lot people are taking a short break now. next week will be more busy.

anyway runnyeye is a nice server (i am on it too) but its not one of the busiest servers so there might be servers where it is easier to get groups in lower level ranges.

about areas to go to at lvl 20: there is nektulos forest, thundering steppes and butcherblock mountains for that level range. shows a list of zones and their intended level range

i was in beta a long time, and i can still remember how much a mess the game was, when i originally got into beta (was more than a year before final launch). progress was really slow they kept revamping things all the time.

Most of teh final version that went live was revamped in the last 6 months before release, which most likely was the cause for the high amount of bugs and problems at launch since there was just not enough time to do everything before release.  In the end also some people form soe were helping to finish as much as possible.

Release date was that early since Sigil had no more money, no idea how the exact deal with SOE was when they took over publishing rights from MS (but i doubt SOE payed too much for it ).

As was said before SOE payed a rather big dev team after they took over Sigil, and over time when they noticed that they cannot keep subscriber numbers high enough to fund that team they started cutting positions. I doubt any other company would have done this much different.

The question is why it took so long to fix things that they lost that many players to start with, and there might be different causes like the game was really a so big mess that it took that long time, or that the devs that worked on it  were not good/experienced enough, or maybe also wrong prioritizing of work resources in management. No Idea whats the truth here. I just doubt any other company would have made a really successful mmo out of vanguard after this release.

Anyway i don't want to defend SOE, but i personally think most problems of vanguard are caused by the mess that happened during beta with nearly all  parts of the game being done twice or even more often, which used up a lot time and money resources that were missing in the end for polishing the game. Which means the management during development failed and the bad launch ruined most chances for the game.

In times before WoW you could maybe have turned the game around, but if you look at all recent releases in the post WoW time then they all have in common, that you need a good release to have a chance to gather a big enough playerbase and stay successful.  Most games with bad/failed releases end up on life support rather fast, there is no longer a real second chance for any mmo.

Originally posted by Zorvan01
I realize that. However, EA doesn't allow things like that. EA shuts shit down without warning or with very little when they decide it's a bust. Earth and Beyond would be a prime example. As well as The Sims Online. So I was only offering an alternative theory as to what they could be trying to accomplish. Doesn't mean you aren't correct in your assumption.


Yes EA has a great record for shutting down MMOS, there was also Motorcity Online. Also the different UO sequels that allways got canceled in developement.

the only successfull mmos that EA has or had  got developed by other companies that were bought by EA.

yes sk got a big boost with tso and are currently one of the preferred tank classes even for raids. guards lost most of their outstanding position till tso, pally and berserker are about in same postilion like they were before.

like always with these fotm classes is that this might change with next expansion and then another tank class might be the preferred one.

Personally i would always take tanking experience over being a special class that is currently the best tank. A good tank knows how to play his class for the best results and thats the only thing that really matters.

if you want to join raids in endgame then its usually best to have a non tank class as main char. in eq2 raids consist of 24 players and you usually need 2 tanks in a raid, and each guild usually tries to keep these tanks static.

From time to time there might be openings for tanks in raids, but thats rare and usually its easier to get into raiding with other chars. generally i think the most wanted classes in raids are chanters (coercer, illusionist), healers and bards(dirge, troubadour)  think then next on list is a mix of different dps classes that changes a bit with time rogues (brigand, swashbuckler) are allways wanted for debuffs, wizards and assassins tend to be highest dps in single target fights, warlocks are highest in multi mob fights, rangers and summoners usually rank a bit lower on the desired lists (good players of these classes with good equip can do nice dps and should be able to get spots, but they are often not the primary classes guilds are looking for if they want to fill dps spots).


for grouping i would say any class should be ok, but bards chanters and healers tend to be the ones finding group spots most easy again.  usually a group consists of a tank one healer one chanter or bard and 3 dps classes. for some hard zones its sometimes better to take 2 healers or both a chanter and a bard.

for melee generally assasins are on top, but swashies are not abd too.  a good swashy that really knows his class can easily beat an unexperienced assasin, even with same quality equip.

the top swashy in our guild allways gave the top assasins a good fight in the dps parses.

anyway in a good raid you want both and also a brigand or 2.



just wanted to say that at least in some eu countries these eula and tos have no legal base since you don't have to sign them before buying the game.
cause of this i also have to sign the extra license clauses for microsoft student licenses before buying the license.
so as far as i know you would have a good chance for legal action in these countries.

Originally posted by Varknyn
Originally posted by Xasapis

NCsoft support suggested you remove your security software? Interesting. 

I'm still waiting on an answer for my own query.

You must be new to PC gaming.

Game of all kinds have been asking this for years, it's extremely common and nothing new.

Anti-virus programs and firewalls can sometimes interfere with installation of programs as well as the operations of certain online games and programs.

If this is "interesting" to you, then you really need to get a clue.

its true that a lot games use the disable anti virus software during game installation in case of errors as one of the standard answers for installation problems.

disabling firewall temporary for a short problem diagnosis if the problem is caused by firewall is also commonly used, but asking you to completely remove firewall or anti virus is not usual. 

if you are connected directly to the Internet (no local router with NAT) this just means that you really want to be infected by some virus/worm... especially if you did not install all windows updates your computer might bge compromised in less than 5 minutes ( ), and even with all updates you are never  sure how many security holes are still open that noone officially knows about.

so if you have no router with NAT then best never disable the firewall while connected to the internet (and if you really have to make sure your system is as up to date as possible), or you will soon be a part of a botnet.

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