Here’s what’s happening in EverQuest for the next few weeks

    
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What’s on tap for EverQuest over the next few weeks? Quite a bit, according to a forum post by Daybreak’s Johnathan “Prathun” Caraker. EQ’s 16th anniversary events are ongoing, and Prathun provides a loose schedule through the end of April.

The dev team is also tweaking experience gain relative to EQ’s heroic adventure system. Finally, Prathun thanks players for poking and prodding the game’s new loot system and player-designed missions on the test server. “The system will be releasing soon(tm), very soon(tm),” he says.

[Source: EQ forums]
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agemyth Zariarn Greaterdivinity Firiona Vie is the RP server of EverQuest and has a different set of rules than a standard server. Most items on this server can be traded. (Items that aren’t trade enabled on other servers.) While in most games RP servers have a better community, you would be hard pressed to find an immature and foul community anywhere in EverQuest. Any server would provide you with a great community, but finding people to play with at low levels is very difficult at this stage of the game.
Vox server, while definitely being the newest of the standard servers, is effectively low population at all times. (You can see a little chart on EverQuest.com on the right side that shows each server’s population.) I was confused why Vox was started at all, since even the progression server populations dwindle when they reach current content and effectively become a standard server. It seemed like that poor server was doomed to be empty when it was started. But, Trakanon has been low population since it started (a couple years ago) and it’s still going.
For a new player though, I definitely would not suggest starting on Vox or Trakanon. Those servers are for very experienced players that want to start over and rough it. The entire server is basically a ghost town and there aren’t really any guilds doing raids or anything of merit there. You also can’t buy the cash shop item to transfer servers off of these two. That means you’re locked in for the long haul if you choose either of them.
The only real chance that a new player has is with progression servers, when everyone starts out naked and on an even playing field. (On established servers, people give higher level items to their level 1 alts to jet through low level content. This is called twinking and isn’t an option on a brand new server.)

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Why could they not do a progression server where only the content is phased in a bit at a time but keep the newest UI?

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agemyth Zariarn Greaterdivinity The Rathe server has a guild named “Eternal Darkness” that is very welcoming to new and returning players. Always tons of people on.

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Zariarn Greaterdivinity  My preferred server is Firiona Vie since RP server usually have better communities. The Vox server probably has the most new players to progress with though.

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vemerce Zariarn Greaterdivinity Great point.  Thank you for the clarification.  I think I will wait and test the waters of the progression server.

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Zariarn Greaterdivinity That’s not entirely true. The progression servers use a current build of the game, they just disable expansions until they are unlocked (usually by defeating the raid content in release order) but they do not use a retro build for the game. You’re basically playing on a modern server as if you haven’t bought any expansions.

I would recommend starting on the progression server when it launches because you’ll have actual players there around your own level. Using any current server and trying to level up will be a literal ghost town and there won’t be anyone at the lower levels to help teach you. Progression server launches are amazing because people are everywhere and the EQ community is one of the most friendly MMO communities out there. :)

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Greaterdivinity Zariarn  Great, thank you for the heads up!  Do you have any recommendations for a NA server?  Preferably one with a higher population.

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Zariarn No, you’ll be even more lost, there. Progression servers are basically time capsules. They take the game as it existed say, at launch, and then proceed to go through the content patches as they were released, that means that things like improvements to the UI phase in over time and aren’t there at launch.
Stick with one of the established servers if you’re going to play. The improvements over the years make it much more approachable for a new player, and some of the servers have pretty good communities on them.

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I really want to play this Legendary game but the graphics, combat, and UI are a real turn off.  I think I’m just going to look past that and really give it a go.  Should I wait for the progression server?  (I’m honestly not sure what that is)