Thursday, October 21, 2004

Everquest 2

As many of you know, I am a long-time Everquest player. A month ago I was invited to the Everquest 2 beta, and now I can talk about it without having the non-disclosure agreement police chasing after me.

For the Non-EQ Initiated...

For those who have never played Everquest, the game is a massive online game that is a rough estimation of a role-playing game. Those of us that play it play almost nothing else, because the game takes so long to get good (chr level and player skill). My main character, Daynn, has been at it for three years. Those who have no clue about the game call it too addictive to play, and compare players like myself to crack addicts (evercrack is one common term for the game). It is hard to explain the game to someone who hasn't experienced it, but image a combination of chatroom, role-playing computer game and Elk's lodge. On a typical day I will log in to a "raid" where my guild (like a team) will be attacking a god. Fifty to Sixty people all working together can bring down a god, if everyone knows their job and performs well. The only thing I can really compare it to is a crew on a sailboat. Everyone doing their role to achieve a difficult goal. And we do it sometimes two to three times a night.

Everquest 2

The first thing you notice is that there is no computer around that will run it at full settings. The graphics are intense. Character avatars are totally customizable, much the same way they are in Star Wars Galaxies, though it is hard to make an elf that doesn't look prissy, and all Erudites look alike no matter what you do. I play with the graphic settings as low as possible and still lag out when there are a lot of PCs around (I have a p3 900mghz, 512mb ram, 256 GeForce graphics card, which is technically below the min. reqs..) But I can make it for now till I can upgrade my CPU.

I have Dainn (level 16 enchanter) and Longbottom (level 18 druid) both on Beta 1. My chanter is also a crafter and makes spells for my guild. Crafting is cool in eq2 because it is like a second class. You earn experience in crafting, have levels (my chanter is level 12 scholar), and even can take damage or die if you are not careful doing your work. The items you can produce will be vital to the economy of the game too, so I play on being a supplier of spells to my server when the game goes live.

The combat system is okay. I am still not sure about it, but I am relatively low level still. You have "heroic opportunities" that allow you to do extra damage when you do certain things in a certain order. But so far I don't see anywhere near the complexity of combat tactics you see in EQ1 (e.g., there is no kiting, and buffs cant be cast on you unless you remain in the group with the buffer)).

The real big deal is the end-game content, and so far very few peopel have been able to see it. That is what will keep me in the game, and was the reason I left Star Wars Galaxies. I have faith that it will be there though. Sony caters to the end-game crowd, maybe too much. Honestly, I can't wait to figure out how to do 50-person raids in EQ2.

I still plan on starting my own guild in EQ2 once it goes live. If you want to know more, comment to this post or send me an email.

Jim
Daynn (EQ1, Terris Thule)
Dainn (Star Wars Galaxies, Starsider)
Dainn (EQ2-beta, Beta-1)
Longbottom (EQ2-beta, Beta-1)





3 comments:

TheLilu said...

I'm glad to see a more insightful and raw honesty of what EQ2 has in store. Unfortunately, it has re-established my decision not to play EQ2. I cannot afford to get addicted to another EQ geared towards the high end. It just takes up too much time in Real Life. (If your not sure what Real Life is...yes, you too are an addict *grin*)

You may see me haunting EQ1 still, once I'm out of school :)

/Andrea
~Lilu, Tree hugger for life

Jim Duncan said...

OMG OMG

People will ask me, "what is the purpose of a Blog?" Now I can respond, "to get people who have fallen off the edge of the world to respond to your posts!" Hey Lilu!! Send me email if you have one. Jim.h.duncan@gmail.com.

I'm not playing EQ1 much these days. The only real reason I had been playing was shattered a while ago, and I am only really keeping my character in hopes that I will regain my will to play it. All my interent friends exist in EQ tho, so I don't see myself leaving. I am having fun in EQ2 tho, which is more than I can say for EQ1 most nights.

Besides, EQ1 has been positively Liluless for a while now :(

Hope you are doing well. If you go silent again, I'll have to send my cronies after you.

And we don't want that, do we?

Jim
(you know my number dammit)

TheLilu said...

As I'm sure you have someway of knowing when someone posts a message I'm leaving you a note here.

I did fall off the face of the internet world for the most part. Especially when it concerns EQ, and things EQ related. It's too hard to read boards of the guilds my friends are in and not be able to get to the Members forum where most people are talking and posting. I do however have a new love and it is called Neopets. It has become my replacement online addiction, and it does not require hours of play time. Infact I can get on with 15 minutes and still have fun :).

I miss EQ and the relationships I had, and it's great to see one person who remembers me. I do hope good things for your new guild in EQ2. Keep the info posted, for if only me, I like to hear whats going on still from an insiders view.

~Lilu