EverQuesting: The absurd number of things to do in EverQuest II

If ever there was a game that gives me decisional paralysis, it’s EverQuest II. While it may technically be very much a themepark, there is no denying that EQII has plenty of things to do; so many things, in fact, that my mind spins trying to narrow down my choices whenever I log in. With so many variations of classes and races, and the opportunity to have a large number of alts, some days I just stare at my character select screen, unable to even get past that!

As much as having so much to do in EverQuest II is a strength, I have heard new and even returning players express exasperation and give up at the sheer volume of it all. Trust me, I understand. Beyond the standard fare people think of when envisioning an MMO — questing, raiding, crafting — there’s a plethora of other activities. There’s content (after all these years of expansions and updates, boy is there content!) as well as systems for players to create more content. Housing, collections, and festivals galore can eat up astronomical amounts of time as well. Many times these various activities are intertwined, and doing one will benefit another. I’ve gone on raids just to get a housing item, and crafted my gear to help my adventuring.

The trick may be to pick one aspect and focus on that even before you log in. So here’s the first half (yes, there is that much!) summary of some of the things that are available. We’ll focus today on that standard MMO fare.

EverQuest II

EverQuesting

I swear, under the entry “truth in advertising” in the encyclopedia there is simply a link to EverQuest II. Like the original, EQII has more quests than you can conceivably do in anything considered a reasonable amount of time. I’ve played the game for pretty much its entire 12-year lifespan — sometimes heavily, sometimes lightly — and I have yet to complete every quest. And that’s not even counting the new content I haven’t leveled into yet! I can confidently say there are sure to be more quests tucked around that I have never seen let alone done; in fact, I found one just the other day. So if you have a goal to complete every quest in EQII, it’s going to take you a long while (and not a few alts since there are class and race specific ones as well!). Even if you narrow it down and try to follow only one leveling path, there are so many quests in those zones alone that you will out-level the content before you finish up the zone.

Besides quests in general, there are specific sub-sets of quests that can be their own time-consuming goal. For EverQuest Two-sdays, a group of #OPTV viewers and I have been tackling the Heritage Quests in order; after all these months, we are just now in the level 40 ranged quests! There are the signature quest lines, both for adventuring and crafting. There are tons of Legend & Lore quests for all the various fauna, and volumes of book quests, which grant you a tome after you work through 10 pages of kill this or that. Each one of these would be a feat.

EverQuest IIDungeon diving

With 300+ dungeons, raids, and instances, you could take up a huge portion of gaming time just trying to run them all. Making this a priority would certainly require a sizeable chunk of gaming time. Each zone and each level range has a variety of options; there’s way too much to say here, so I’ll just point you to our dungeon guide for a full listing.

Another form of dungeon diving is the player-made dungeons. The dungeon maker is a feature players can get lost in as either a creator or a runner. Like housing (see below), there is an easy way to experience all of these dungeons: Select Dungeon Maker from the main menu and click whatever creation strikes your fancy to be transported instantly in. AS a bonus, you earn marks that can be spent in the marketplace for a variety of cool and useful things. (Need a portable repair kit for your gear? The best one is just 75 dungeon marks.)

Hand-made happiness: Crafting

Speaking of housing items, probably the most useful crafter I have ever made was a carpenter, who supplies me with many a decoration. I might have said my original armorer, but sadly the crafting revamp negated some of the usefulness and prestige of that profession. Regardless, crafting is still a very viable way to spend your time in game, even if yo are only supplying your personal needs. And if you really like crafting and want to do it all, you’ll have to make a small army of crafters — there are nine different professions to make everything from armor and weapons to potions, food, jewelry, skills, and (of course) furniture. On top of that, there are three types of secondary crafting skills: Tinkering, Adorning, and Transmuting. You can even prestige your crafting and try things like experimentation.

Thankfully, the crafting system is completely separate from the adventuring, so players can have adventurers that also craft without sacrificing one over the other.

EverQuest IIMy home is my castle… or jungle… or train depo…

While not technically standard MMO fare, housing really should be. What can I say about housing in EQII? It’s more like, what can I not say. Aside from the still-seriously-missed Star Wars Galaxies, I still find EQII’s housing system to be the best. It is intensely robust, both in decorations, housing types, and freedom to be creative. There are so many possibilities of what can be made, from castles to jungles to carousels to mighty ships… the list goes on and on. I’d fill this entire column just with a bullet-point list of all the various creative builds I’ve seen; some you’d never even know were an actual house.I personally have a minimum of 10 housing projects that are in various states of completion. And I am just am amateur! There are folks who do nothing but make amazing abodes, either for themselves or for others.

Speaking of awesome homes, besides losing years of your life to decorating, you can also spend an inordinate amount of time just touring the various creations of others. Thanks to the housing and leaderboards feature, each visit is just a click away; you can port between houses in an endless tour. It is astonishing to see how people use various items to create something completely unexpected. And lets not even get into how many decorating items there are available! Just acquiring those is a time sink I have lost many months to.

Only the beginning…

What? This list doesn’t seem so bad you say? Well you have only seen the half of it! Tune in next week for the conclusion, which dips into many other features that grace the game.

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BritoBruno
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MJ Guthrie Hanthos Oh, we got a mop guild?! NIIIICE
I’ll load up the game then. I’m a bit into ragnarok and ToS these days but i may have some EQII fun.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

Tatwi I would say LOTRO is a little bit better of a game, but nothing beats EverQuest for multiple races.  That remains its unbeatable feature.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

209vaughn melissaheather Hanthos MesaSage The world is so huge, remember, this is a decade-old game packed full of expansions, releases, content for years.
Check out the ice bay up in Halas and seek the enormous great white shark, a named mob, that lurks in the icy bay there.  :)

Hanthos
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209vaughn Crafting can take up a LOT of your time. EQ2’s system is not the typical click-once-go-make-coffee affair. Your presence at the keyboard is necessary. The gathering that feeds crafting can also be quite engaging, especially when gathering in areas beyond your level and having to be creative to not get killed. Decorating homes is one of my favorite past times. 

There is almost always an event or holiday celebration underway. Festivals are held each month, rotating throughout the different cities. 

A very good resource for the event calendar as well as the depth of the crafting can be found here: http://eq2.eqtraders.com/articles/news_page.php

I too enjoy a place to just “live”. It’s one of the reasons that even though my group stopped playing full time around 2010, I still have it on my machine and play. Started a new character last night :)

209vaughn
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209vaughn

melissaheather 209vaughn Hanthos MesaSage What about the world itself?  Probably my favorite thing about an MMORPG is just a huge, interesting, place to “live”.
How much non-combat stuff is there to do to pass the time in EQ?

melissaheather
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melissaheather

209vaughn EQ2 has so many cool features.  If you have a webcam, try SOEmote.  It maps your facial expressions to your avatar, and it’s utterly amazing.

melissaheather
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melissaheather

EQ2 remains one of the only games that give you actual working mirrors for your house.  I always wondered why other games didn’t have those.

jsmooth1
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jsmooth1

Dar n it MJ… Just when I thought I had written this game off; you go and write another article that makes me want to give it a second chance =P

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

Hanthos MJ Guthrie Doesn’t matter in the slightest =D We all have characters from both….and can play and group no matter what

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

chosenxeno Rozyn Hanthos ROFL..OMG what game have you played that “really matters” at all? I can’t stop laughing!!!

Hanthos
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Hanthos

MJ Guthrie Is the MOP guild primarily Freeport or Qeynos? I wouldn’t mind rolling a fresh character for some part time fun.

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

Rozyn chosenxeno Hanthos Yah…amazing that so many of us play those games because we have lots of fun and love it.  What a shocking thing!

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

chosenxeno Hanthos Runs great for me…and looks way better than WoW and many others to me.  I like the art style =D

Hanthos
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Hanthos

Tatwi My group and I lived off the Station Access Pass. EQ2, Vanguard, Pirates of the Burning Sea & SWG. No matter what mood you were in, there was a good game to log into and have a great time.

MJ Guthrie
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Rozyn BritoBruno Actually there is an add-on that makes placing super precise! The name just totally escaped me, but I use it for flooring especially.  Wat you can do in EQ2 is amazing…..sign up and let me take you on a housing tour =D  Or hmm I need to go find some of the housing tours I streamed…

Hanthos
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Hanthos

209vaughn EQ, while still good, really does show it’s age much more than EQ2 does. The cash shop isn’t real intrusive, the game is deep and there is plenty of content to keep one busy for a while.

MJ Guthrie
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BritoBruno NrthnStar5 Mohrea Yse many servers were merged — except Antonia Bayle.  An BitB, if you go to AB you can join the (mostly quiet ) MOP guild there or just look me up.  Folks tend to be pretty helpful there.

MJ Guthrie
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MJ Guthrie

Telos_ That is your opinion.  I find the quality much higher than most of everything that is out there. I think it is great.

MesaSage
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MesaSage

209vaughn Yes, I’d recommend you try it.

ziboo
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ziboo

EQ2 is great with the quantity and quality of things to do.  The best housing, and Everquest – you can’t run out of quests!

209vaughn
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209vaughn

I’ve never tried any EQ’s.  Is now the time to start?

TLOGuild
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Tatwi Yes that would be the housing layout editor and some people have worked wonders with it.
For those who have had difficulty placing items in EQ2, I personally have always found it pretty easy and intuitive.
Granted it could be a little tricksy to angle / rotate items exactly how you wanted them previously, but they made some improvements to furniture placement a few years back with an on-screen interface that lets you tilt / rotate any angle pretty much with ease to allow for many more creative possibilities without having to master the Housing Layout Editor.  It’s much better than it used to be, so worth looking into again for anyone who struggled previously.

Greaterdivinity
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wanderv15 Greaterdivinity Eh, I’ve looked in the LFG system as well but that’s almost completely barren for low level content when I’m on.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

McSleaz BritoBruno I don’t think it’s overrated. It offers you a crapload of options, even skies and songs.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

BalsBigBrother BritoBruno Yeah, I find Rift superior for building things and EQ2 superior for pre-made things you can simply place.

McSleaz
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McSleaz

BritoBruno WildStars housing was so enormousely over rated, EQII slays it.

MesaSage
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MesaSage

I haven’t played it very long and don’t even have alts, but I love EQ2.  Crafting and housing are my favorite.  There are some great zones and story lines that always surprise me.  This is why the stumbling of Daybreak and cancelling is so heartbreaking.  What might have been…

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

wanderv15 Greaterdivinity Non-working boy syndrome – complains about people not having time to spend when he has because he does nothing worth of note.

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

chosenxeno Hanthos So did i, and the movie looks like a piece of shit.
I’m extremely ashamed of that blockbuster piece of crap they’re going to release for WoW.
Congratulation. You played a game that millions of people played too. Aren’t you a trendmaker?

BritoBruno
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BritoBruno

NrthnStar5 Mohrea BritoBruno Did they finally merge everything? If yes, i would be willing to play a bit again.

Tatwi
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Tatwi

I have to admit that it is the primary reason I haven’t played much over the years. The other reason being it runs poorly even on good hardware. Bit of a graphics snob am I. :)

NrthnStar5
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NrthnStar5

Mohrea BritoBruno However, on populated servers (Which most are now since the consolidation), the two most popular starting zones often have two instances running.

Tatwi
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Tatwi

If you’re really into decorating there is an advanced way to place items using a client side tool that provides greater freedom of movement. It’s been years since I read about it on EQWire, so I can’t remember the details.

Tatwi
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Tatwi

Thanks for posting this, MJ. I have said for years that, content wise, EQ2 is the best MMO ever made. SOE really out did themselves with it and as primarily a SWG player, it seemed to me that EQ2 was SOE’s way of saying, “look what we can do when our hands aren’t tied by an IP owner”. It’s just too bad that the game engine for EQ2 was designed for the 10GHz single core CPUs the world never saw.
SOE’s Austin studio did a heck of a good job with DC Universe Online using the Unreal Engine. Makes me wish they weren’t tasked with making EQ3 by porting EQ2 to the Unreal Engine 4. That would have been awesome.
Man I miss the 2007 to 2013 era of SOE, when they were full of excitement and pumping out good content for everything from SWG to PS2. That was the time when a Station Pass really was worth $25/m. Ah well, all good things, eh?

Hanthos
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Hanthos

chosenxeno

Hanthos
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Hanthos

chosenxeno “That they will actually make movies for…” You must not get out much. But I’ll leave you to your delusion.

chosenxeno
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chosenxeno

BritoBruno Rozyn chosenxeno Hanthos Yep.

chosenxeno
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chosenxeno

wanderv15 Rozyn chosenxeno Hanthos  It’s not just the bad visuals. It runs like crap and is outright inferior to everything else. The numbers are THE NUMBERS!

chosenxeno
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chosenxeno

Rozyn chosenxeno Hanthos You’re Welcome. You. My Judgement isn’t “Supreme” but it is supremely accurate. This game stunk and that’s, that.

Sleepery
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Sleepery

chosenxeno Dude – no games matter. It’s just you sitting in front of your PC for hours on end. Don’t kid yourself that you time is more meaningful than theirs.

Mylicia
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Mylicia

Telos_ Rozyn BritoBruno I wish I could take all of the 3 systems and put them together, it would be the best housing. EQ2’s item variety, Wildstar’s useful plugs/ item variety, with Rift’s placement system (its so easy to use).
I tried to get back into Rift’s housing a while back after playing EQ2 pretty heavily and I was so disappointment by the variety of items. I mean how hard is it for the devs to make a couch, mirror, stove, etc? Granted it opens up a lot of “morphing” creativity but that eats your items count pretty quick.

Mohrea
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Mohrea

BritoBruno To be fair we should add: every MMo that has been around for 10 years has rather deserted starter areas :)

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

BritoBruno I prefer Rift for housing creation simply because the placement tools are easier to use.  It let me use my imagination as I want without having to worry getting thing just so.  EQ2 is good but I often  find myself struggling to p!ace things or line things up as i want them that i got frustrated in the details and gave up.

Telos_
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Telos_

Rozyn Telos_ BritoBruno Thanks. It’s been so long since i’ve looked at EQ2 housing.

Rozyn
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Rozyn

chosenxeno Rozyn Hanthos Well, thank goodness we all have your Supreme Judgement and Wisdom to enlighten us on our wasted hours. Here, I thought I was enjoying a video game, little did I know I was disappointing you, oh glorious culture tyrant Chosenxeno. I humbly beg your forgiveness. I now understand what you mean: Angry Birds is the best video game because it has a movie coming out. Thank you for unveiling the truth!

chosenxeno
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chosenxeno

Hanthos chosenxeno Call it ignorance all you want. I’m sorry you wasted your valuable gaming hours on games that 10 people enjoy. I wasted mine on games they will actually make movies for.

chosenxeno
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chosenxeno

Rozyn chosenxeno Hanthos Yes. WoW, Rift and FFXIV are technically and Visually superior to EQ2. I can’t believe people dumped so many hours into such an irrelevant failure of a game. They wasted thousands of hours of their lives on something that will be rember as a abnsolute failure by the people, like myself,  who spent time playing games that actually matter. I don’t care if I sound mean. You will get the truth whether you want it or not. While you were playing this garbage the rest of us were playing better games. While you were playing this you missed out on a gaming and pop culture phenomenon. Whens the EQ 2 movie? Exactly. That “baby game” beat them all!

wanderv15
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wanderv15

Rozyn chosenxeno Hanthos Nope people play these games because they are very good and have TONS of content. Though yes, both are quite ugly. Some people just ignore bad visuals.

wanderv15
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wanderv15

Greaterdivinity Wowboy syndrome – can’t do a step without a finder. What a shame…

Rozyn
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Rozyn

Telos_ Rozyn BritoBruno Have done housing in both Rift and WS – currently playing Rift actually and they both have really great housing. EQ2 doesn’t have a skybox changer but it has custom NPC’s you can puppet around, teleporters, you can ‘break’ out of your housing area and use teleporters to basically decorate entire areas of cities. There are placeable interactive items like doors that actually open and close, crafting tables, toggleable fireplaces. Rift doesn’t even have a couch furniture item, EQ2 has years and years of the stuff. I definitely wish EQ2 had Rift and WS’s placement tools though, most people use a third party program to mathematically align things and I’m terrible with it.

Here’s one of many websites dedicated to it: http://www.eq2designgallery.com/

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