12-16-2010, 05:54 PM
PS: 6:30 PST tonight for a quick bit of heroic questing?
12-16-2010, 06:05 PM
If the server cooperates... Permafrost's been 'LOCKED' the last couple times I checked recently.
EDIT: It's back up now. I'd forgotten that the server merges were today.
Last edited by Fugitive; 12-16-2010 at 06:22 PM.
12-27-2010, 06:53 AM
There is double experience until Thursday. The bonus applies to adventure, AA, and tradeskill exp. The bonus also stacks with the experience potions!
Paladin, are you still out there? Do we need to send the search and rescue to look for your avalanche pole sticking out of a snow drift?
12-27-2010, 09:36 AM
Hmm. Well, I get back late on Wednesday....
12-27-2010, 09:39 AM
I'm working this Monday to Friday till 11:30 p.m. so the only gaming I'll be getting in will either be post-midnight (unlikely) or late morning/early afternoon (somewhat more likely).
I'll be able to group again next week, though!
12-27-2010, 10:31 AM
Originally Posted by claybob
I'm still alive in the frozen north! My apologies for missing last Monday. My girlfriend stopped by and I forgot all about EQ2. Plus, I picked up a PS3 which has been sucking up all my gaming time.
12-29-2010, 06:20 AM
I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but it is the most active EQ2 thread on Qt3. My apologies if this isn't the right place for it.
We (that is myself, my husband and my daughter) have been playing WoW for the last few months, but are a bit fed up now and we want to take a break. We're also on a break from LOTRO :)
I played EQ2 for a bit a few years ago, but I never got much into it on my own, but I might get my family to join me this time.
How solo-friendly is EQ2? Can you quest and level on your own? We aren't always on at the same time, so while we can come and help each other if needed, we tend to solo a lot. Both WoW and LOTRO cater well for this playstyle, does EQ2?
Steam has an all in one pack with all expansions including Sentinel's Fate: http://store.steampowered.com/app/24190/
Besides buying this and eventually playtime, are there any other costs involved? I vaguely remember there being a Cash Shop, how vital to playing the game is the Cash Shop if you are already playing a monthly sub?
Does anyone know if buying through Steam is a good option? I have an account somewhere with SOE that has EQ2 and a few expansions on it, but my characters were very low level, and this would give me all the expansions that were released after I unsubbed, so I wouldn't mind starting all over. Can I add later expansions to my Steam account of I wanted? I have no idea how MMOs through Steam work.
Thanks in advance....
12-29-2010, 08:49 AM
EQ2 is incredibly solo-friendly; probably as much as WoW. Naturally, there are some quests that you will need a group for, but that's the case with most MMOs.
The cash shop is mostly for experience potions, appearance armor, special mounts, and other things like that. I wouldn't consider anything on there vital at all.
I've not purchased the game through Steam, but I would just buy from SOE directly unless the game is cheaper on Steam. New expansions always include the base game as well as all previous expansion packs. If you do decide to purchase through Steam, I'd guess that they just give you a key to add to an already existing Station account; someone can correct me on that if I'm wrong. Also, there's a new expansion pack coming out in February so you may want to just wait a couple of weeks, start up a trial account, and then pick up Destiny of Velious when it comes out.
12-29-2010, 09:29 AM
Thanks for the information, Douglas. The game is 3x more expensive via SEO themselves, and the difference between paying €13 per account for 3 accounts and €36 euros per account for 3 accounts is a bit too much. The Steam sales seems to be a nice introduction price :) I'm sure we won't need the expansion right away, we're slow levellers and altaholics, there should be enough there to keep us going for a while.
we can always pick up the expansion in a (much) later Steam sale, the EQ2 packs are up regularly for next to nothing.
It's good to hear the game is solo-friendly, we'll help each other through the group quests when needed. It's also nice to hear the cah shop isn't vital, if we really get into the game we might buy some cash shop points but I'd prefer not to right away.
12-29-2010, 10:04 AM
Buying through steam just gives you a standard Key that can be applied to any account. (When you click on install it takes you to a SOE page with your Key)
You can apply it to your existing account but you will not then receive the free 30 days, but if you are not bothered about the free 30 days you can apply to your exisiting and use existing characters.
12-29-2010, 10:34 AM
Douglas and Jonah covered things but I just wanted to point out another nice aspect of EQ2, which is mentoring. One character can mentor to another, which works well when duoing with two characters that are (sometimes many) levels apart.
12-29-2010, 11:09 AM
Thanks Jonah, I didn't know that you only got a key through Steam. I''ll start downloading a Free Trial from Sony then for the three of us while we wait to see if the game becomes a Daily Sale in the next few days.
I might start a new account and take the 30 free days anyway, my highest character is only level 14 according to my account information.
Creole Ned, that is a lovely system, I like that a lot! With the three of us rolling armies of alts we end up with characters that are all over the place levelwise, so I'm sure we'd use that a lot.
I'll have to look up info about guilds as well... I've been reading up a bit about this game this afternoon, and I have to admit I'm looking forward to playing because so far it all sounds really good!
12-30-2010, 01:18 AM
I have also found EQ2 to be very solo friendly. If/when you and your family decide to play don't make the mistake I made and overlook adornments in the early part of the game. The healing adornment for weapons was a massive game changer for my Berserker. With those adornments and master crafted armor (made from rare harvests) I was able to solo nearly all of the 1-60 content while catching up to the regular Thursday night group.
I have never purchased any Station Cash (SC) outside of what you get when you buy any of the software. So far the only SC purchase I have made was unlocking an additional character slot to accommodate my ridiculous alt tendencies. However, in a moment of weakness and financial irresponsibility I purchased a year subscription which gave me a spiffy mount.
I am sure you would all be quite welcome in the guild if you decide to play on Permafrost or Permamist as some refer to it since the merger. Characterizing our play style as laid back may actually be an understatement. Step one for playing on Permafrost is to put Elitenorrathian on ignore. Trust me on this advice. You will thank me later.
Last edited by claybob; 12-30-2010 at 03:31 AM.
Reason: I am a lousy typist
12-30-2010, 01:38 AM
I am going to hold off on doing tradeskill quests for a bit. The guild is 99% of the way through level 29. Woohoo!
12-30-2010, 11:23 AM
Thanks for the info claybob. I've been reading up a bit on AA and crafting and all three hundred races and five thousand classes (or at least that's what it feels like :D ) and now my head hurts, but I do think this will be a game we'll enjoy.
We'll be rolling on the EU servers most likely because of latency. Splitpaw seems to be the higher populated one, so we'll see what it's like there.
I've downloaded the client and made a SOE account for the three of us while we're waiting on the Steam sale. Funnily enough, I got acces to a 14 day trial with my new account, but my husband and daughter didn't :( No idea why that is.
So I'll pootle around on my own for a while until they have their key and we can play together.
12-30-2010, 03:38 PM
I know Ned's not available, but will we have the rest of the usual Thursday night crew around tonight? I'd love to work on that Sinking Sands epic quest. Otherwise I suppose we can skip 'til next year.
12-30-2010, 04:50 PM
I won't be able to make it tonight due to having made other plans. Sorry!
12-30-2010, 07:49 PM
That's fine. I kind of forgot I'd posted anyway.
12-30-2010, 11:56 PM
I have four days off starting from the 1st and the latter three should be open for gaming, if any of those nights work for anyone else (they are this coming Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, respectively).
12-31-2010, 12:01 AM
Monday and Tuesday should work for me providing I don't forget about EQ2 again.
12-31-2010, 12:24 AM
So we just need to hide your girlfriend and PS3.
12-31-2010, 10:01 AM
That sounds like material for a William Gibson knock-off.
Originally Posted by Creole Ned
Mirriam, I have to confess a gaping omission in my recommendations. I failed to include installing EQ2maps!
12-31-2010, 10:32 AM
You can have the girlfriend, but for the love of god, leave the PS3!
Originally Posted by Creole Ned
01-01-2011, 01:01 PM
Sunday or Monday would work for me. Tuesday...depends on how much of a mess things are once I get back to the office...
01-02-2011, 11:48 PM
Sunday is out since no one replied. I have to confess I did not get in until 9:30 p.m. myself so it would have been too late for me. Tuesday is looking the best for me, but Monday may also still work.
01-03-2011, 03:10 AM
Any day this week is fine for me.
01-03-2011, 11:03 AM
Tonight would be fine with sufficient notice, Tuesday would be a bit better.
01-03-2011, 11:06 AM
Looks like Tuesday should be okay for me too.
01-03-2011, 11:59 AM
Let's make it Tuesday at the usual time, then.
We just need someone on point to hide Paladin's PS3.
01-03-2011, 05:16 PM
Tuesday it is then. I will be there!