Posts Tagged ‘Golden Path’

/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 Life Aquatic with Pid

May 12, 2010

I logged into EQ2 last night with the intention of doing some questing in Lavastorm. I saw one of my guildies pop online and said hi. He asked me what I was up to and I mentioned that I was trying to figure out Lavastorm. They replied “good luck with that, I never liked that place.” I asked if there was a better place and they mentioned that in a couple of levels I could go to Sinking Sands but for now Everfrost might be a little more reasonable. After wandering around confused in Lavastorm for a bit I decided, “what the heck” and headed to Everfrost. There I found a few quest givers on the initial island and started hunting sharks. They didn’t have any laser beams, so I made it through okay!

I finished up the few quests on the starter island and one of the quest lines pointed me in the direction of the next hub. Makes sense, no? So what is the deal with Lavastorm? I thought the previous area was a little too high level-wise when I had gotten there, but at least the Gnomeland Defense area was a big quest hub. Wasn’t Lavastorm just revamped an expansion or so ago? Why would you lead new EQ2 gamers (i.e. ME) there? I realize the Golden Path is a work in progress, but why not pick Everfrost? I understand it is an old zone, but it works! Anyway, if the devs are looking for feedback…there you have mine…make Lavastorm more user friendly…and put a big sign at the beginning that says “Hey Lowbee, don’t go left!”

-Pid

EQ2: Department of Gnomeland Defense

March 15, 2010

I finally made it, Adventure level 32! I decided to reward myself with a horse. I looked into my bank and found a bunch of rare resources that I could live without and sold them to make enough cash to buy Ol’ Blue here. As I mentioned in my last post, I had planned on starting to adventure down EQ2’s “Golden Path” this week. The requirement for doing so is to reach level 32 and then go talk to a quest NPC that lurks near the zone line to Lesser Faydark and Steamfont Mountains. From there he tells you to meet him near the Gnomeland Security Headquarters. “No sweat,” I thought. I was feeling pretty good about my ability to solo in Butcherblock, let’s move on. It was not long before I found the Gnomeland Security Headquarters via their graveyard!

Apparently, the Golden Path has a few kinks that need to be worked out. If Sony is intending on having this be an avenue to take new players from newbie status to level cap, they may want to alter this area a little bit. Essentially, Steamfont mountains is designed for characters level 35-36+. At first I thought, no biggie, I was kicking level 34 mobs in the tail in BB Mts. I can do this…I was wrong. I did a little research and via an EQ2 soloers timeline I realized that I could do some leveling in the Enchanted Lands and/or Zek. As it turns out, I had to go to these places to do some harvesting for a crafting quest anyway. So off I go to kill some badgers and fairies in Enchanted lands until I am beefy enough to follow that yellow brick road again.

Despite this little hiccup, I am still having a great time playing. I am moving along at a  nice pace where I can adventure some days, craft other days, and group up with a friend of mine once in a while when he is able. We just got our group characters up to level 17 and I am anxious to try a dungeon soon. The solo content is a little too weak for the two of us. We are also anticipating a third soon, so it will be ridiculous here soon to continue down the solo line of quests. One thing I will note though, is that while grouped last night, it seemed as though the Adept Spells were dropping like crazy. This rarely happens while I am soloing, so I can definitely see the advantage to doing the whole group thing! Hopefully I will have more to report soon.

-Pid