The Stream Team: Ode to EverQuest II’s past and future

Even though MassivelyOP’s MJ adores EverQuest II now, she’s looking forward to jumping into the upcoming progression servers herself and starting life over from scratch. After all, she occasionally gets paralyzed by how much there is to do after 10 years, so going back to a simpler time will be liberating! And although she can’t yet divulge them yet, she knows there are certain surprises awaiting players when the progression servers launch, and they have her even more excited. Join us live at 9:00 p.m. in game and in chat to share your favorite EQII memories and discuss the implementation of progression servers.

What: EverQuest II
Who: MJ Guthrie
When: 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

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Felleyes
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Felleyes

Vhalen MJ Guthrie WandaClamshuckr karmamule Denice J Cook 

I was really disappointed that the TLS didn’t include the old hoods. I always felt like I lived in FP but Longshadow Alley was my home.

I killed my first Q on the steps of The Destroyed Knowledge Portal.  /weep

SuppliesATK
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SuppliesATK

WandaClamshuckr SuppliesATK You know, you guys are right, I had fun when EQ2 came out. I used to joke around and call it the “Isle of Refuse” though. I’ve got some memories. The first time I smoked a joint, I thought it was a great idea to try to harvest crafting nodes in areas 20 levels above my character, and thankfully I was a stealth class. Then a few months in, they changed the way crafting worked – probably for the better, but I personally absolutely hated it and quit. Then I tried WoW after the fact.

But, you know, collector’s editions of EQ2 don’t sell for $1,500 on eBay. Or do they… I haven’t actually checked…

Actually I don’t even remember, was there even a CE for EQ2? Must have been that one joint…

Vhalen
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Vhalen

MJ Guthrie WandaClamshuckr karmamule Denice J Cook I am a former dev for SOE and I didn’t even know they got rid of the burbs and the hoods of EQII. (They never liked it when we called them hoods.) I can see why, but I infused a lot of lore into them. I wish they were still around.

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

WandaClamshuckr karmamule Denice J Cook True — I still wander the sewers plenty. It’s just the little suburbs that are mostly gone.

ToyFuzion
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ToyFuzion

EQ2 was my main MMO for 2-3 years, but quickly found myself lost whenever I tried to play it again. I’d log in, see all the new stuff, get excited, then immediately get lost and feel overwhelmed. So this server is perfect for seeing if I can jump back in again.

Darthbawl
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Darthbawl

Last night was fun.  I can’t remember the last time I died in game with MJ before last night. :D  Love how I got insta-promoted to tank as well. ROFL

WandaClamshuckr
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WandaClamshuckr

karmamule MJ Guthrie Denice J Cook The sewers are still there after they nuked the burbs.  I always made it a point to run my characters through both city’s sewer zones, mostly to complete books.

WandaClamshuckr
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WandaClamshuckr

SuppliesATK I joined EQ2 shortly after launch and had a love/hate relationship with it.  Mostly, at the beginning, the glaring issues for me were the initial iteration of crafting with all the subcombines, and the overland zones that had far too many ^^^ Heroic mobs to get through for basic questing.  So, I bounced over and did vanilla WoW for a year then went back to EQ2 after a patch addressed and fixed a lot of the community woes.  Over a decade later, I have to say that I really enjoyed my time in EQ2 for the depth and the community.

I’m tempted to check out the new progression server, but that means I’ll have to give Daybreak $$ and I’m not really keen on that prospect.  I still follow one of the fansites, and I really disagree with how they are handling a few items, customer support (or lack thereof) being one of them.

karmamule
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karmamule

MJ Guthrie Denice J Cook I can sadly make-do without the starter isle, but if they don’t have the boroughs then my enthusiasm would go WAY down, as they were a much more significant and longer-lasting part of my early EQ2 experiences.  

Those sewers….those endless sewers….

karmamule
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karmamule

Vhalen MJ Guthrie Yeah, that was a sad note for me too, I have many fond memories of oohing and aahing over the starter isle when I first switched from EQ to EQ2. Oh well…

karmamule
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karmamule

Radfist SuppliesATK Same here, I loved my days in EQ2, and will definitely be checking out the progression server…

Radfist
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Radfist

MJ Guthrie Denice J Cook Yassss…. give me back my Baubleshire!

Radfist
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Radfist

SuppliesATK I stand by my decision to go with EQ2 rather than WoW, up until TSO it was pretty much my favourite video game ever.  WoW has certainly aged better, but the early EQ2 community and experiences were far better.

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

FireBomberSeven I actually think there will be more new players on the progression server than you might think! And you can always sub for a month and see if your play time and experience is worth it, then decide after.  That gives you 30 days to try.
I can tell you for sure that I will be there and will make a Massively OP Minions guild.

FireBomberSeven
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FireBomberSeven

I’m really tempted to try this new server. I’ve dabbled a bit in EQ2 the past few years, but I always feel so overwhelmed with so many options and content. Starting fresh from the beginning would be a really interesting thing to see as a new player.

Though the only two things making me a bit hesitant are the fact that most everyone else will know exactly what they’re doing and whatnot, and that I’m already subbing to FF14 so I’m not sure if I want to dish out the cash for an all access pass sub on top of that.

SuppliesATK
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SuppliesATK

Dumbest thing ever did was pre-order EQ2 instead of WoW. Ok, maybe not the dumbest… but I do regret it on some level.

jesseschulkers
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jesseschulkers

Oh man. May jump back into this with that server. Depending though. I quit entirely because of AA. I just felt… too grindy. Got this experience bar, that experience bar, etc. I should take a peek!

Vhalen
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Vhalen

MJ Guthrie Vhalen That’s a shame. I recall the many hours developing that isle and how many forms it took before it became what it did. Taking that initial boat to the isle before we hit Freeport or Qeynos. Great little isle.

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

Vhalen Devs have already reported that the isle of refuge couldn’t be resurrected =*(

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

Denice J Cook I’ve thought about it, and I want the boroughs back more than anything. You could visit them longer throughout the game, whereas you obviously left the isle. Can’t deny that lots of vets would love to see both though!

Vhalen
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Vhalen

I am going to have to give this a go. I was going to do EQ Classic, but I really miss the depth of content in EQII. And it would be cool to see the Isle of Refuge again. Heck! I haven’t seen much of EQII in ages. It is time to return.

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

I’ll bet money that the Isle of Refuge starter island is back on the progression servers.  And quite frankly, it’s the #1 most-requested item for the TLs, so it had better be!  ;)

Starting in DLW or Frostfang would be stupid.  Nothing like a locked progression server beginning with zones that didn’t show up until five expansions in….Ugh.

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