When I heard a couple of weeks ago that Sony Online Entertainment was going to make EverQuest free to play in March I got excited. I was acting as if I was going back home after my five-year absence, as if the game were my long-lost family.
Last night I installed the game from my old discs and ran the game so that it could start downloading updates so when March 11th came, I could just go ahead and login to the game without having to wait for a huge download. It took me about half an hour or longer to install all of the discs. When I finished installing, I clicked the link on the desktop and got a message saying this:
“Could not establish a connection. Please check your network connection or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Naturally I was peeved and immediately went to Facebook to find out what was wrong without going to the EverQuest website first. I couldn’t wait for a response so I decided to go to the website and found that they had a new launchpad. I downloaded and installed it and because it was a tiny file, it didn’t take more than a minute. Unfortunately since my EverQuest account wasn’t active I couldn’t download anything.
I was going through the website last night and I clicked where it said it was going to be free to play in March and saw what you get when you don’t pay and I didn’t like what I saw. You get free access to all of their expansions which was great news since I haven’t bought an expansion pack in more than 5 years. Unfortunately everything else is restricted.
You only get 4 races and 4 classes, you have to purchase the rest. Well, I have many races and classes with 8 characters which is the max you can have so I didn’t think I was going to make another one. That reminds me, I would only be able to play with 2 of my characters. They only give you 2 character slots. So what if I had 8 characters? Would they black them out or delete them? I’m sure they wouldn’t delete them, they would probably just make it so I can’t play with them. Well, Xanapus was at the bottom of the list, would I be stuck having to play with the top two on the list? I wouldn’t like that at all because those two characters are both newbie characters that I never leveled.
You only get 250 alternate abilities, I have over 350 which isn’t a very high amount but would I lose all of those last 100 that I had already earned?
They would take 6 of my bag slots away because they only allow you to use 4. Well, I have 10 bags and I would hate it if they took those items away from, or blacked them out so I couldn’t use them.
They have a platinum limitation of 100p per level. My character is level 74, so does that mean I would be allowed to keep 7400p? Well, I have over 100k in the bank, would I lose all of that? That would suck big time.
The last ones are minor. I wouldn’t be able to send in-game email, only receive it which isn’t a problem since I don’t know anyone anymore. I would be allowed a house but not a guild hall. Does that mean if I were in a guild I wouldn’t be allowed to go into the hall, or I wouldn’t be allowed to create one? Houses? What? They have houses now?
Ok so today I decided that I couldn’t wait until March 11th to play. I certainly wasn’t going to do the free account because I did not play all those years so I could lose it all. I decided I would just go ahead and pay for a subscription of $14.99 next month when I had some more money and go back to the game that I missed so much. After thinking about it I looked at my bank account and discovered that I have more than enough money for us to get by for the rest of the month. I could just go ahead and pay for it and start playing again today.
I went to log into the new launchpad and it started the download. More than 8GB of data had to be downloaded for me to play. I figured that with my cable internet it wouldn’t take too long, but just in case it did I would probably just log in tomorrow. It only took 3 hours to download/install all of the files.
It took longer than I thought to load the game, but I figured it was because it had to load all of the textures and whatnot. When it finally let me in, I was back to the world that I had missed for such a long time. The graphics were as horrible as I remembered them. I started thinking that the Lord of the Rings graphics are so much better, but I don’t care, this is where I want to be. Of course I’m not quitting LOTRO, I will play both.
The guy from Sony Online Entertainment told me on the phone that it is possible that some of my characters names might have a “1” after them since it has been so long since I played. It is possible that someone over the years created a character with a name that I used. If my Xanapus had a 1 after it I was going to be one pissed off gnome, but it didn’t WHEW!
When the game loaded I was in the Plane of Knowledge. Nothing had changed at all. I clicked the Guild button and was shocked that I was still in my guild “Regnat Populus”, I thought for sure they had disbanded. I ran to the guild hall and it was just as I remembered it. I gated to Greater Faydark and ran to the Steamfont Mountains and then to Ak`anon. Steamfont was different, but they had upgraded it before I left so it was the same. Ak`anon on the other hand was the same as it was in 2002 when I first started playing the game. I was a little disappointed that they had upgraded all of the zones, but they left that one, at the same time I shed a tear for old times.
All of my friends were still in the friends list. I clicked the button to find out who was online and one of them was. His name is Mezmar. There was a time when I was forbidden to talk to him because he betrayed my guild, but that is all in the past, water under the bridge. It was a guild that I hadn’t been in for a very long time, I believe it was “Blades of Veeshan.” I sent him a /tell and he didn’t even remember me. I tried to jog his memory but he just couldn’t remember. 😦
I ran around looking at things but I was alone. No friends, no guild members online, nobody to talk to so I just signed off. Tomorrow is a new day so I will get back in the game and start exploring again. I can’t wait to get back in the game and see what is new.
My main reason for wanting to go back to the game was that I wanted to play the game again because I missed it. My secondary reason was because I want to do research. I want to write a fiction novel based on my main character. It won’t be an EverQuest novel or fan fiction though. If I make a novel with the EverQuest trademarked name, zones, characters etc. and then try to sell the book they will sue me. Instead I will have to make up a whole new world of my own.
I don’t know if I will even get to write a book based on him, but wouldn’t it be fun if I did? My research will be a combination of the EverQuest and Lord of the Rings games, but with my own added imagination and storyline which I will obviously make up as I go along. I already have many ideas for a storyline, plot, characters etc., I just need to write them down. I think it will be fun, but we will see if it even happens. I hope it will.
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Thx to your feedback, you totally dissuaded me to join the F2P EQ. Once in a blue moon I pay my subscription for a month (I might do it this year, sometimes during summer), just so I can visit the old zones with my 70 lvl warrior.
That brings back so many many sweet memories (the auctions in the Commonlands, the corpse runs, trying to find your way using /loc when you get lost in the middle of nowhere, and for the casters, the freaking book that covers the whole screen when you meditate etc..).
I don’t like what they have done to Freeport and Nektulos though. I like the old school environments much better.
What server were you on? I remember way back when in like 2002 when the auctions were in Greater Faydark at the spires lol. I’m on Xegony server. I love the old EQ too, I mean sure the graphics were bad, but they were awesome to us back then.
I joined Karana server in 2001 (or was it 2000 ? Ah, I don’t even remember). Anyway, I know that Karana merged into another server (Rathe, I believe).
Back then, I was totally addicted to the EQ lore. I printed off so many sheets about the background stories. Heh.
Heck, even last year I read “The Rogue’s hour” book. 😀
I have yet to read the Rogue’s Hour book because I’m waiting for it to be on the Nook. My eyes are really bad so I have trouble reading little print. I like my Nook because I can make the text really big lol. I was addicted too so I know what you mean. I would wake up and the first thing I did was turn on the computer and load EverQuest. I typically played for 16 hours a day. I ate breakfast lunch and dinner at my desk lol. I think about that now and think what a loser, but EverQuest or not, I do the same thing, except now I’m just on this site, Twitter and Facebook lol. Nothing has really changed, I’m still a loser lol.
Heh, I hear you! Back then, the game was a terrible addiction. Really. I skipped so many nights because of it. I have never felt anything like that since I quit playing it.
Once, a friend and I even played 48h straight to farm tradeskill ingredients in Hollowshade Moor. Ah, Fools!
My gosh, I won’t be able to play like that today, but I have NO REGRETS at all! 😀
I know what you mean. I have been playing for maybe 1 or 2 hours at a time, which is nothing compared to 16 hours. I guess I have just fizzled out of games. I would hate to think that at age 41 I’m finally maturing enough to where I don’t play video games anymore LMAO.
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