03-04-2010, 09:42 PM
Tonight really reminded me of why I dig this game so much. I can't think of another MMO (besides EQ1, maybe, though I never got to do dungeons in that one) where one could reasonably spend something like 6 or 7 hours (in total, of course) in a single dungeon and be accomplishing things besides gear grinding the whole time. Sure, the bosses are still mostly light on strategy beyond tank'n'spank, but they're starting to get fancier. And hell, WoW bosses were nothing special in the early levels.
Also, getting things like giant spoons, ale-stained bathrobes, and slop-bucket helms as (useful) treasure is a hoot.
03-04-2010, 10:04 PM
And you can find out here what we can buy from the city merchants now that we're guild level 20. Looks like we need at least 30 for the special faction mounts, though.
03-05-2010, 01:22 AM
Our revenge on the arena boss was indeed sweet. I only got knocked back into the spikes once!
There is a Neriak postage collection underway right now and I've started putting in the collectibles from it in the guild bank, bottom row underneath the Gorowyn postage collection. The reward is the same -- some XP, AA and a mailbox for your inn room/house.
03-05-2010, 05:41 AM
serious question: How casual friendly is EQ2? The first one truly wasn´t. Do I still have to spent hours to get anything done and Grinding days away to achieve anything?
I would define COH, STO and CO, maybe even Lotro to a lesser extent, as casual friendly. I am looking for an MMO where I can achieve something while playing in 1-2 hours bursts at a time.
I love EQ as I have fond memories of the world and Lore behind it and would love to try it out, but I really do not have the time to spend 4+ hours a stretch on something anymore. I figure this is the best place to ask as you guys are playing it atm.
03-05-2010, 06:09 AM
EQ2 in it's current state is very casual friendly. I remember back when EQ2 launched, I hit around level 22 and realized that it would take me over a week to get another level even though I was playing a lot. I quit around that point.
Originally Posted by ImaTarget
It's a totally different game now. I only played a couple of hours a week since January and I'm already level 40 with 55+ Alternate Advancement points (you can choose to divert your xp to level or AA). There is huge amount of content in the game (you can buy it all for about $20) and lots of things to do. I think the game perfectly fits your requirements.
03-05-2010, 06:11 AM
I thought you guys play on Thursdays? We play on Fri/Sat, thievery might not need to take place ;)
Originally Posted by Creole Ned
03-05-2010, 07:04 AM
EQ2 is very casual friendly, yup. We play an average of 3 hours at a time but my experience has been that we get a lot of individual stuff done in that time. If we weren't deliberately switching off exp on a regular basis I suspect we'd already be in the 60s or maybe even 70s as far as level goes.
03-11-2010, 08:17 AM
Everybody bored of Zek yet? :)
It looks like Everfrost, Lavastorm, and parts of Steamfont are the natural followups from here. There's also stuff to do in the Feerrott and Rivervale, but we're already on the high end of the appropriate level range for them, though maybe we could pop into Runnyeye just for fun at some point (I like exploring new dungeons).
03-11-2010, 09:07 AM
I wouldn't mind polishing off any remaining HQs at this level first, but I am certainly ready to move on to new zones for regular questing. Of note, there is a language we will need to know - Druzaic - which, unlike many languages, is learned by an actual proper quest and not just killing mobs for drops. It takes us on a whirlwind tour of several locations in several tiers, culminating in stops in both Everfrost and Lavastorm.
03-11-2010, 09:47 AM
The Brew Day holiday event is starting up today, too. Looks like all of the quests are soloable though, so I'll probably work on it on the weekend.
If we want to finish off some HQs, there are still the Bag of Sewn Evil Eye, Serrated Bone Dirk, and Stein of Moggok, plus a bunch of new ones that just opened up now that we're in the 40s (check the level 45 section here).
BoSEE requires you to find a drop near the start of the quest (edit: whoops, corrected as per malkav11's findings), so it's not clear if that's something that can be done quickly or if we could wind up spending a whole evening just looking for this item for everyone. Once you have it, it sounds like the rest of the quest is fairly short though.
The Serrated Bone Dirk sounds fairly easy, with just a bunch of running around to various fights. Same with the Stein, but around the Feerrott, which will be a bit unfamiliar.
And it looks like this is the Druzaic quest.
Last edited by Fugitive; 03-11-2010 at 01:38 PM.
03-11-2010, 09:59 AM
I would prefer knocking out the Stein of Moggok HQ this evening but would be open for anything. I would also like to do the BBC HQ at some point.
03-11-2010, 10:23 AM
Neither the Stein nor the bone dirk sound all that lengthy. I would be up for trying to complete both. (Though I will have to go do the crafting tutorial before I can finish the stein.) I would also like to do the bag in future but suggest that we individually grind for the required item sometime that's not group time if we want it as there's no specific mob that drops it.
Edit: Okay, a) stuck at artisan 7 because I can't craft the damn Shackle scroll and I don't want to grind more. sigh. b) the bag quest actually starts from a goblin near a farm and only once you have that quest will the monocle drop. I noticed this -after- genociding the entire valley worth of fairies, of course. Once I did that I got it in like five kills. So maybe that's a better group candidate after all, and a 20 slot bag is rather nice.
Last edited by malkav11; 03-11-2010 at 12:40 PM.
03-11-2010, 11:44 AM
Screaming Willies lead singer
I just hit 30 in my quest to catch up with you guys and would welcome a blinged out new spear if anybody feels like doing a bit of smithing.
03-11-2010, 01:58 PM
I'm up for whatever the gang likes for tonight. As a gesture to Ryan in his EverQuest to catch up to us, I suggest turning off XP again if we run HQs.
Paladin *might* be able to smith a pointy new spear for you, though I'm not sure if he has a weaponsmith. I plan on turning Iggo into one but he has a ways to go to be able to craft something of a level you'd find useful.
03-15-2010, 12:10 PM
If you're looking for a 'mount', this Brew Day quest rewards you with a 35% flying carpet. Of, uh, clover.
03-15-2010, 02:07 PM
Hmm, not bad speed-wise (compared to the 20% bear I can use at level 20) but I've never been a fan of the carpets. I may have to look into ponies again. Gnawbone has a fast mount already and about 35 plat.
03-17-2010, 10:14 PM
I've been craving a mount for some time now, but I only -just- got enough money/status for the lame entry-level horses and with a quest chain coming up in the mid-50s that rewarded a much faster mount I didn't want to blow my whole cash on something I'd replace in a few levels anyhow.
The clover carpet fits the ticket exactly. Just got it. Thanks for the heads up.
03-17-2010, 11:05 PM
A gnome on a flying bed of clover is another thing, entirely.
Any thoughts or preferences on what to do for this Thursday?
03-18-2010, 08:56 AM
Lavastorm, perhaps? It might still be a couple levels too early for Sinking Sands (stuff was yellow to me when I popped in, and Paladin is still a couple levels behind), and New Halas still hasn't been released yet so we might want to wait for that before visiting Everfrost.
03-18-2010, 10:00 AM
New Halas? And sure, I4 be up for Lavastorm. That or any level 45ish HQs (I think we finished off the l40 ones last week, no?). If we did HQs it would have the added advantage of keeping us a fixed level target for another week.
03-18-2010, 10:15 AM
It's a new city that'll be added in the next patch, whenever that is (it was supposed to be in the last one but got delayed). It'll be off of Everfrost, though I'm not sure if it'll affect anything in Everfrost itself.
Originally Posted by malkav11
As for HQs, we might be able to pick them up and then do bits of them as we're working our way through EF/LS/SS anyway; I'll have to look up more info on them.
03-18-2010, 12:05 PM
I wouldn't mind knocking the bone bladed claymore HQ. I could use a new sword for my paladin.
03-18-2010, 12:21 PM
Well, maybe we can get up to the point of starting that step, at least... :)
Originally Posted by Bone Bladed Claymore Quest
03-18-2010, 12:55 PM
Ryan, if you still need a mastercrafted spear let me know. I just got my crafting to the point where I could make you one.
03-18-2010, 03:37 PM
I must apologize for dropping of the face of, uh, Norrath. I am a procrastinator of the worst sort and I feel like owe you all an explanation of why I quit logging in on a regular basis. I intended to post this a few months ago, but obviously the procrastination thing got in the way.
My sleep schedule is totally borked. No, really. Most nights I am in bed my 9 p.m. and sometimes up at 3 a.m. This is not conducive to social games, but it is where I am these days. At first I was in denial that this was just a passing phase and I would be back playing soon. That hasn't happened. I anxiously await the reversion to a normal sleep schedule.
I really do feel like a heel for not saying anything before now. It’s the whole denial + procrastination thing. I truly enjoyed playing with you Paladin, Ned, and Fugitive. I wish I had run across you all earlier. Hopefully I'll be back in the game (or whatever game) sometime soon.
03-18-2010, 03:41 PM
Screaming Willies lead singer
I do! Please let me know (either here on in-game mail, etc) what I owe you. I have a couple of plat now and should cover your costs at the very least!
Originally Posted by Paladin
03-18-2010, 04:50 PM
Yeesh. Now that I look at them, the level 45 HQs all seem rather...grindy. I think I still want to do them, but I get the distinct impression that they were designed to fill time at endgame. back when endgame was 50.
03-18-2010, 04:51 PM
That's okay Clay, I think most of us will be glad that it didn't turn out that you'd been in a car accident or run afoul of the Mafia or something like that. :)
03-18-2010, 05:43 PM
Yeah, feel free to come on back anytime your schedule allows, clay. We were wondering why you had disappeared so suddenly.
03-18-2010, 09:55 PM
Definitely digging Lavastorm. The Lost Legend of Lavastorm HQ is going to require Mining 190 and, towards the end, knowledge of the Giant language, so these are things we should probably work on in downtime if we don't already have them.