Posts Tagged ‘everquest 2’

/Ding 53 in EQ2

June 29, 2010

It’s been quite a while since my last /Ding report, but I wasn’t playing for a while there and I have a severe case of altitis at times. In any event, I have crested the lip of Tier 6 with Pidd the necromancer. I spent a lot of time from level 42 to 53 jumping around to various zones. I have tried to follow the suggestions of the Roger Goldie quest lines, but they really don’t seem very accurate since…well the beginning really. They are always just a couple of levels off in my opinion. At level 42 they suggested that I go to Lavastorm, which seemed a little bit too difficult of a zone for that level. Solo encounters were fine, but the zone is so crowded you rarely fight just one mob at a time. I instead opted to go to Everfrost which was a much better area for me. I gained a few levels there and then went to Sinking Sands.

Sinking sands is a really cool zone and there are plenty of quests to go around. It also has the coolest mode of in zone travel via magic carpets. The zone is visually appealing at first and then as you progress into it further it is pretty much just sand everywhere. I completed most of the quests in that area and then went back to Lavastorm and mopped up what I had missed there. It was much easier as most mobs were blue to me then, but the quests were pretty cool. I toured Solusek’s Eye to get to the other side of the zone and it looks to be a cool dungeon. I hope to get back there once my group character Piddleglum is high enough level.

Anyway, once I had enough experience to level up to 52 and advance the Roger Goldie quest in Lavastorm, the quest sends me to Sinking Sands!!!! What?!?! I already completed most of the quests there! I don’t get it. Anyway, now I have to level up to 57 to advance that quest further and then he is going to send me off to Tenebrous Tangle. I don’t know anything about that zone, but I’m sure I will. So what to do for the next 4 levels?

I am currently in Lesser Faydark either kicking the cans of the tree spirits pictured above, or getting absolutely pwned by some fairy dryad things. Lesser Faydark appears to suffer from the same problems that Greater Faydark does (at least to me anyway) in that everything is spread out all over the zone. Fortunately the travel system in the zone is pretty good, so at least I can go get a drink while Mr. Ed trots off to the next area I have to kill stuff. Hopefully I don’t have to stay here long. I think the trees hate me.

-Pid

The Many Faces of Pid

June 29, 2010

Stillwater posted some pics of all of his alts a little while back and it inspired me to do the same. Not to mention I wanted to write another post that made reference to all my alts, but not include pics of them all in that actual post. Anyway, welcome to the Altiverse of Pid, or for EQ2 purposes Pidd (minimum name length is four characters).

I have what I consider two mains in this game. The first of which is my highest level character which I do all my soloing with. His name is Pidd and he is a level 53 necromancer. You’ve seen him before in pictures, but here he is in his home in lich form. As soloing goes, he is awesome. I pony up for the expert tank pet when I am eligible for a new one and then use the research assistant to get a master one. The things are near unstoppable the way I have my AA’s specced. I can take on Heroic mobs that are my level or even 1-2 higher.

My other main, or my group character, is Piddleglum. He is a a level 43 Gnome Fury. Piddleglum has a dear place in my heart because he bears the namesake of my main from Everquest 1 who was a halfling druid. He has a tendency to get into trouble because when his group mate Sanlain and he are in dungeons, Piddleglum tends to run ahead and draw the aggro from the other mobs…he tends to forget that he is a healer first and a DPS guy second at times too which gets the duo into trouble!

Next up we have my two strictly crafting toons. They are Pidds the level 28 human tailor and Piddskrin the level 32 sarnak carpenter. I haven’t been keeping up on them enough, but I really have to be in a mood to craft.

This next guy I made just to test out the Halas starting area. His name is Piddrip and he is a level 21 froglok ranger. He was pretty fun to play through Halas, but is becoming more and more ranged DPS focused as he levels up, so I probably won’t do much with him. He may turn into a mule character.

The last alt that I have made is a relatively new one. Less than one week old. Here is Piddogre the level 10 ogre berserker. I have to admit out of all my characters I like this one just for the looks. He is the epitome of what a berserker should look like IMHO. I want to play this guy just for that reason alone! I’m going to have to find some time to work with this one.

So maybe I need an intervention from Altaholics Anonymous, but here they all are. My virtual alter egos.

-Pid

Double XP for You and Me

June 28, 2010

Word on the street is that EQ2 will be offering Double XP this weekend. Luckily I will be out of town camping and have no access to a computer for most of it. (Note the last statement is dripping in sarcasm.) Anyway, for the rest of you that are either not in the US or are terrified of fireworks, Good luck and happy gaming this weekend. I’ll probably be in game for a little bit, but most of that juicy double xp will go unused for any of the Pid clones.

-Pid

Something that Sparkles and Doesn’t Cost 25 Bucks

June 24, 2010

So I logged into EQ2 last night and noticed that Stillwater was playing his berzerker alt. I said hi and we exchanged pleasantries. I was getting ready to zone out of New Halas and head to Butcherblock Mts. When I noticed that the travel globe in the Halas docks now was shimmering and sparkled like crazy. I mentioned it to Stillwater and this is the conversation that spawned (I’m paraphrasing so pardon me if I misquote)

Pid: Hey didja notice that the travel globes are all sparkly now?

Stillwater: Yeah, they were really hard to notice before.

Pid: I know what you mean, I always have a difficult time finding the one in Timorous Deep.

Stillwater: There is one in TD?

Pid: Yeah down on the docks.

Stillwater: I never new there was one down there.

Pid: Exactly, see what I mean! :o)

Sorry, it made me chuckle. Anyway I never really have commented about the new travel system. I think it is a good thing overall for the game, but I almost feel a pang of loss with being able to travel all over now without having to unlock Griffon’s and riding boats. The first time you take the boat ride from Butcherblock Mts. to go to Nektulos Forrest or Thundering Steppes it is really quite neat. I admit, after the first time it is a pain waiting for the boat, but that first time zoning into Nektulos with all the fog and everything…really neat.

Given the choice of having the new travel system or not having it, I will 100% choose having the system. I do however appreciate having to jump through some hoops the first time around to unlock some travel options. I think they should keep the quests for Griffin access, but somehow link it to the account rather than to the character. This way, your first time through the game you have to tramp around looking for the Griffin eggs, but forever after and on every alt, the deed is done and you have free access to those amenities. I don’t think it is too hard core to want the immersion the first run through. Just a thought!

-Pid

Quote to Note

June 23, 2010

Battlegrounds is a really good feature and we will continue to support it, we like it a lot; it’s just under performing for the amount of effort we put into it.

Dave Georgeson, EQ2 Producer

Courtesy Call

June 22, 2010

…or more appropriately a call to courtesy.

I have never played WoW beyond the free trial, and thus never experienced some of the jerks that play the game. (I know, there are plenty of nice people who play WoW, but with a population that large, there have to be plenty of jerks too.) So never having played in a game where there was a huge population, I really didn’t bump into too many jerks.

The other night playing EQ2 however was a new experience in people not having any courtesy in games. Sanlain and Piddleglum were tromping through the Runnyeye dungeon Sunday evening and we were slowly moving our way through the zone. Apparently this is a fairly popular dungeon because people were flying by us pretty regularly. Obviously with that many people in a confined space it is hard not to run out of mobs to kill.

I get that. I really do.

What I don’t get is why people think it is okay to run into a small room and kill the three mobs that were in the room while Sanlain and I stood 3 feet away letting our mana regen. I mean they seriously had to run through our characters to get to the mobs the room was so small. They were in a group of 4 so they made very quick work of the mobs, and then ran through us again to leave the room as Sanlain and Piddleglum stood there agape. This may be common practice, but where I come from it is called rude.

When Sanlain sent a tell to one of the players they played dumb (not a whole lot of acting involved I bet) and replied “uh, I was just following my tank.”

Really? That is the best you have?

Anyway, please do the world a favor and help an aging man to keep from having an aneurysm and please have some common courtesy people.

-Pid

image source 234fly.com

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EQ2 the Pictorial

June 21, 2010

Just some neat pics from around the EQ2 neighborhood…

Excuse me sir, we are looking for the scenic grain mill with water wheel that is here on this brochure.

Really, we are just here for the bake festival. If you could just show us the way we would greatly appreciate it.

You wouldn’t hit a gnome with glasses would you? The elf called your momma a name…I heard him, honest!

You’d think with all the money we are paying for new mounts they could afford a nicer boat.

So should I continue with the story, or are you through listening?

Is it hot in here or is it just me?

A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I’m way up here
It’s crystal clear
That now I’m in a whole new world with you

-Pid

Some Other Views on the EQ2 Cash Kitty

May 20, 2010

As with most things with a $25 price tag, a number of other bloggers have chimed in with their opinion of the new EQ2 Marketplace Mounts.

  • Arkenor delivers some insight on the subject and coined the name Copykats. (Pid likes this one)
  • Syp thinks SOE is greedy … he may be in the minority here, but I highly doubt it.
  • Gordon Predicts the era of “see how much we can gouge our subscribers.”
  • Stillwater had a couple of quips.
  • Kaozz just wishes she had more money to buy both the sparkle pony and the cats.
  • Beau has a little video.
  • NPNM talks about the greater scheme of things with cash shops.

What’s Good for the Goose…

May 20, 2010

They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but in this case I would just chalk it up to greed. What do you do when the most prominent MMO in the world starts selling mounts in the cash shop for more than the monthly subscription fee? You offer three of them for your own game at the same price! Apparently SOE has learned from it’s younger, more prosperous brother WoW that people will pay an unreasonable amount of money to have the next shiny.

Enter the EQ2 Thunder Cats. Complete with a $25 price tag, 65% run speed boost, and three colors to choose from. I got an email about it today and thought, hey maybe I have something to spend those 500 points I received for buying Sentinel’s Fate…I was wrong. Even at $20 (with the 500 points I already have) there is no way I am going to spring for one of these. I guess I’ll be riding in the slow lane…I hope I remember to turn off my blinker. I hope Darren at CSG doesn’t blow a gasket!

-Pid

New Halas Prelude Quest

May 20, 2010

From the SOE site

Greetings Norrathians!

Halas Reborn is right around the corner. Seek out priests of Marr or harassed/tormented barbarians in your home towns to do the “A Vision of Valor” quest before the update! Once Halas Reborn comes to live servers, the quest will no longer be available.

Last night I heard that there was a strange barbarian on the shores of sinking sands via global chat. I was about to log off for the night, but decided to investigate anyway. I ventured to sinking sands to find a mob of players surrounding a GM in the guise of some dragon. The GM was doling out the “Vision of Valor” quest and randomly turning people into giants, dragons, giant crabs, etc.

After standing around for 5 minutes or so trying to figure out what I was supposed to do to get the quest as there was no tormented barbarian to be seen here, a quest window popped up and I received the vision of valor quest. I had to run back and forth between Commonlands and Everfrost a few times, but after a while I entered a dream sequence zone where Mithaniel Marr tells a story about how he and his twin have been neglecting Norrath for too long and that they are going to rebuild Halas. Honestly the quest was not all that interesting, but I did get a book out of it to put in my house and a neat little blue flower as well.

-Pid