Played EQ2 using 3-Day Consecutive Sub Plan
After RDR, I did two rounds of EQ2 using the 3-day sub payment model. As always, I wish I enjoyed the questing more. I might have re-subscribed for the PVP which was actually entertaining, except for two things. First is a regular complaint from me – the graphic animations are over-the-top in an intrusive way. In group fights, I can never tell what the hell is going on because of the game’s particular style of doing combat animations. I’m just pressing buttons in the order that makes sense. I can’t actually tell what’s landing because the combat zone is completely cluttered with animations. And yes, I've played games with lots of combat animations but there's something about EQ2's that clutter up the screen in a fashion that the other games don't. Hard to explain - they look like they happen in a 2D space so that they're all stacked over each other, not actually occurring "over there" where that player is that is executing the move. Strange.
Considered other MMOs but Returned to WOW
After my last consec-sub ran out I returned to WOW. I considered W101, AOC, ROM and EVE. In the end, it was the long history, variety of existing characters, access to gold, access to high level crafters, instant PVE with LFG tool, instant PVP with Random tool and the ever present player-base that makes WOW the easy choice for a player wanting a casual return to the MMO scene.
When I returned, I thought I’d two-box 70s but I-just-couldn’t-do-it. I could not force myself to level anything to 80. The Tri-box was also abandoned because I couldn’t muster enough interest to box through TBC either. I closed all accounts except for one and picked up the abandoned Death Knight. It was a character started by my son, finished by my nephew and left sitting shortly after it reached max level. I can see why. My nephew isn’t mature enough yet to do anything beyond the 5-mans and with everyone wanting Gear Scores and Achievements before allowing you into a group, he can’t get very far. Besides which, the DK is rather complicated to play. You really have to understand the Talent Trees and choose a good spec. His spec was all over the place and he had every single spell on the hotbars. Insane!
Playing a Death Knight
I’ve always enjoyed PVP. All of our initial characters went from 1 to 70 on PVP servers. It wasn’t until I decided to multi-box that I went PVE. The DK was sitting in moderate gear with no professions. Grrr!! I researched some PVP builds. I tried Frost/Unholy, Unholy/Frost, Frost/Blood before settling on Blood/Unholy. Since I often find myself guarding ALONE, more on that in a second, there's an advantage to being able to hold out until help arrives when under attack.
With better gear and more +hit and + expertise, she’s do very well in the damage department. As it stands, I’m alive way more than dead and am always in the top 40 to 50% on damage. I’m always higher in the Honorable Kills stat than over all damage. When I get heals, she’s something special. I can survive crowds of people trying to get me off their healers, kill the healer and then kill them. Good times when that happens. She won’t burn up the DPS charts but she’s self-sufficient, in that she has self-healing and can do moderate DPS. I find Alliance often lacks healers so being able to heal myself is very helpful.
I shouldn’t be surprised but I am, that after all this time you still have to BEG ALLIANCE PLAYERS TO DEFEND in BGs. If you can’t run willy-nilly killing red-dots or zerging your way through it, many Alliance players can’t cope. Sure, chasing people down the road appears fun on the surface. However, doing that and leaving nodes completely undefended is idi-fucking-otic!
On the positive side, at least 1/3 of the time a good group arises and I have a blast playing competitive, hotly contested rounds of PVP. In the time that I’ve been on the DK, I’ve upgraded all of her gear to PVP epics except for 3 slots – weapon, gloves and belt. Two will come soon enough. Unfortunately for the weapon upgrade it’s PVE or Arena, neither of which interest me at the moment.
Picked Two Gathering Professions
I’ve done all of the professions I’m interested in multiple times at this point but I always feel like the chars should have them. On the DK I picked herbalism and skinning. I know mining is probably more profitable but I have a miner at 300 on the same account. I started cooking and fishing but not sure I’ll finish those when the same char that has mining has those too sitting at 300. While I prefer for each character to be self-sufficient, I'm not sure that preference warrants the additional grind when I don't know how long I'll stay.
On the most recent Van Hemlock podcast he mentions that they might try the EQ2 F2P. If they do, I'd give it try with them. There's something that I do like about EQ2 perhaps a regular group would fix or detract from what I don't like about the questing.