Old EQ has some new buz around it lately with the a new “progression” server opening in March. People are considering this server as an opportunity to enjoy the almost endless content the game has to offer – all together – starting from scratch. I found the idea too appealing to let go on. Lets admit – many of us thought about rejoining for ages. Just that our collective memories were mostly bitter sweet. And with years passing the bitter has slowly been forgotten, while nostalgic memories glorifying the sweet.
So I resubed to EQ two days ago. Took me 8 years to do it. And already I can tell you – this was a real surprise. A pleasant one.
EQ is NOT the game you remember. In many many ways its superior nowadays. EQ had two prominent characteristics back in March 1999. It was HARD to progress compared to the WoW fluf that you know today. And it was cruel – as it did almost everything it could to make your life hard *before* and *after* you have potentially failed with your progress. Which is usually just a matter of time before you do. So it was very nice to see that the direction that the game has taken over the past decade was to keep the first facet – meaning its just as *hard* today and require just as much planning and thought about what you are doing. But at the same time – the game became relatively less cruel. Corpse summoning, travel and other solutions have been incorporated into the expansions over the years, making the overall experience much more complete – and regrettably unique in today’s MMO landscape.
The community is also live and kicking. I get answers to my n00b questions usually within minutes on the newbie official forum. And in game most people dropped me an answer or two as well. You can also add to it that at least on my server it was amazing to see so many people logged even in very odd hours. Naturally, most if not all of them are level 80 and above. But then again the Fippy Darkpaw progression server is going to address that issue for us old-n00bs.
I will keep posting about my adventures in EQ, in between RIFT beta and other games that I am currently playing. But for now – this has been an *old surprise* for me. Definitely something I may want to keep on exploring. Fun fun fun. There must be elements from current EQ that other games can take … more on that in the future!