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Flame On!

Posted by revenants on November 28, 2007

 Kylong plains

 Kylong Plains, near Highton you can find Jurrasic Park.

 

I am quite an avid reader over at EQ2Flames.com.  Not that I agree with everything posted there obviously and not that I have exercised much constraint in language or expression when I have felt it necessary to post there.  As my time is limited online (so annoying that work get’s in the way), usually when I visit EQ2Flames I will stick to the juicy stuff in the Center Stage forums

Last night however, I had a little extra spare time while waiting for some photos to upload and I delved a little deeper in to the site.  I really was surprised at how much useful information is available there. Granted, a lot of posts are for the pleasure of beating on our fellow humans behind the toons, but the wealth of information in the General Discussion, Information & Resources, and Class Discussion forums is quite staggering. As is typical of a site with the ‘hammer a nail in with a JCB’ attitude, the posts are usually straight talking, to the point and useful…and if they’re not, the fact is very quickly pointed out in reply to the posts..usually quite brutally! So it’s easy to sort the wheat from the chaff..see a post topic that is useful to you? Check it out, if the information is incorrect or a load of codswhollap just check the first few replies, that will usually give you an idea if the information is worth digesting. 

The beauty of such forums..well, we get a chance to express ourselves, have a little fun, but also have the beauty of discussing important issues concerning the game, gameplay, mechanics etc…and here is the important bit…without the sometimes harsh moderation of the official forums. You may not agree with some of the posts there. You may have disdain for some of the language used or the simple brutality of it all. However, never forget this.. true freedom of speech is a double edged blade. For sure you get the ‘fun’ stuff as I call it (others may call it offensive), but more importantly, if you are not too fragile… you get a point of view, expressed exactly as it was meant to….without intercession from an angry game Mod. 

So a shout out to the crew at EQ2Flames, LFG and minions do a fantastic job. Thanks for all the laughs, tears and wealth of information your site provides to us. Most importantly, thanks for the freedom of expression it offers.   

Personally, sure I have fun joining in the witch hunts when I need to vent a little, but now in the other forums I have discovered the yummy topping of actual useful information from people in the know, and I plan on pigging out.  

In game it has been much of a muchness for the Revenants crew. Although due to a few unforeseen circumstances in the last few days, I have had the opportunity to hunt with my wife quite a bit more than I usually do. It’s been great fun.  One of the beautiful things about it is that my wife is a pretty amazing person and a superb wife, (she doesn’t bitch at you, you mean?-Ed) so I get to have all the fun of her company but no stress, no nagging, no arguments. Just a load of laughs and giggles. Very importantly…hardly any deaths.

Now I know I am probably a little biased here, but wow! For someone who thinks auto-follow is a necessity to play or getting lost in Freeport is likely (you’re in for it now!-Ed), the quality of that girls healing is stunning.  It’s everything you could want from a healer doing their job absolutely spot on.  How do I know this? Well, obviously from experience of healers from day one.  I can’t even think of the amount of groups I must have been in since I started this game from it’s Euro launch 3 years ago. I can safely say, without a doubt in my heart that Emarald Green, Warden of Neriak is one AWESOME healing goliath (in a tiny iccul package).  So not only have my adventures recently with my better half been a huge amount of fun, but also cheap in repair bills and quick in progression.  We are both currently doing quests in the Fens (only at Sathirs Span so far) and Shadowraethe and Ema are having a ball. 

As for the other parts of the Revenants hunting crews, well. Poor old Konador has had a serious case of the wife aggro and his play time has been cut well down.  Daltieri is always around and has joined Ema and I quite a considerable amount this last week on quests and instance runs (mainly EoF instances). Buckleton, Morriana and Killzum are unfortunately taking a bit of a back seat so I don’t drop too far behind in levels from our group by trying to level all my toons. At the moment it is pretty much just Shahlai and Shadowraethe. Not a chore from this end though. Both are extremely good fun to play. 

To finish off, I want to mention something that happened when I quickly logged on Morriana the other night and checked the broker. Well, it appears that she sold a kobold paw …for 3pp. Not bad seeing as they retail for around 9 gold.  Big problem for me though. I’m a pretty moralistic person and I can’t quite believe I have done that to another player.  Why was the (usually cheap) kobold paw up for 3pp you ask? Very good question really, and not one I have any great answers to.  I can’t even recall putting it up for that. My broker boxes are ..well very much like my shed..a right old mess.  I can’t even think of one reason I would do that.  So the only conclusion I can come up with is stupidity on my part.   

Anyhow, Koromis  worry not..you and all your alts are now on my friends list and as soon as I see you log on…I’m coming to give you 2pp and 90 gold back.  I was going to send it by post, but then had the thought that it may be an alt they play infrequently and as such may not pick up the mail for ages..so..yes..a personal visit and apology is required.

 

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Perceptor Daltieri…exposed.

Posted by revenants on November 27, 2007

Sitting down to play a session at the weekend, I logged in and immediately got shouts over Vent and in game from some of my regular friends (in this case Daltieri<<RL Buddy and Emarald<<the Wife).  Within 15 minutes we were off and away on a Valdoons run then off to Kylong Plains to catch up some alts with the quest lines.  As I was sitting on the boat to Kylong, it dawned on me how lucky I am to have a set group of friends who are pretty much all online at the same time, and always up for a group thang. (Really??- Ed) 

I actually realised how much I take our hunting groups for granted and how because of them I have very little down time where I find myself just standing around looking at the scenery.  Now I know I mention them on Revenants, but apart from the odd mention or joke at their expense I realised not many of my readers have much of an idea who they are.  So this is it…a new ‘add’ to the webby…an in game expose on my regular hunting partners.  I am going to try and get at least one a week done before I run out of friends (be this week and next then – Ed). 

Today it’s Daltieri, 73rd Conjurer Extraordinaire. 

Our intrepid reporter headed out to Kylong Plains to grab a few minutes of his time…over to Shadowraethe.. 

Daltieri

Daltieri. “Want ketchup with that burger?”

Sitting in the main square in icy Terens Grasp, and before long Daltieri approached. A medium sized  Human, his swagger as he walked spoke of a man of confidence. As he joined me, his warm smile and a wink eased my first impression of an over confident peacock. He joined me for a drink and sipping at our Halasian Wines we sit, quiet for a while, enjoying the peace (strangely enough though we both commented on how we did not so much enjoy the smell of Rhino).  Daltieri is a calm figure and it surprised me how easy he is to be around. Even in the silence the confidence and relaxed aura was effortlessly absorbed from Daltieri.. 

A flamboyant character and good looks make it easy to believe that Daltieri is indeed an interesting personality.  Comfortable in his surroundings, his relaxed demeanour belie the power behind the man with the warm smile and wink.  One would not think such an approachable and easy going person could wield such devastating magicks.  Commenting on the group he usually hunts and quests with, he showed his respect for the team; 

“We always stick together. Totally focused, one hundred percent of the time. That’s us alright!” 

I thought the group dynamic to be an interesting one so I pushed the point. Asking Dal if he had any particular favourite in the group, and who was most integral to the group.. 

“I’m not sure there is a clear cut leader. We all chip in and do our best to cause complete mayhem, er..smooth sailing” 

It seems to me that particular group works without even trying and it’s always nice to hear of a group of individuals grouping with no power play influencing the politics of the group. Thinking to get things a little more personal, he was asked how he saw himself. 

“I’m a Magician, a wondrous one at that. I sometimes do clubs, but mainly dish out the mighty powerful spells.  I mainly grill and chill things.  I go down a storm at barbeques. I’m great there…char the meat…cool the drinks.  Out in the field…well. Then I can really show off, and with the rest of my illustrious friends, I just know we can…oh hang on.. the pot of water is boiling” 

So I wanted to get a few impressions from him of how he saw the new continent discovered recently.. 

“Yeah, it’s good. There was some ever so friendly guides at the docks when I first arrived who took me in and showed me the parties, err ropes..and I must say…This new land that we have discovered under the auspices of the Queen..it’s magnificent. We had a mixed reception of the locals I guess. At first it was all smiles and can you help us with this and that, then I came up here to Terens and the jumped up lot wouldn’t give me the time of day until I had done a load of running round for them…and the Iksar around here *mutter mutter*.  Usually though, a good word put in here, a favour there and the locals will come around.”

Daltieri was turning out to be a most interesting person and I really did enjoy his company, which surprised me considering his roots in Qeynos.  I thought I would take a look at his origins, try to get a window into his history and past.. 

“Well, it all started when I was born. And it will probably end when I die. Which I don’t seem to do like EVER! It’s great! Anyhow, is this one of those tabloid interviews? Are you with the Nettleville Enquirer? Look I didn’t know the girls age. Err *blush*…next question”. 

I thought this was a good time to leave Daltieri, as it most certainly seemed a madness was soon to overtake him and I certainly didn’t want to be around when that happened.   

A huge thank you to Daltieri for your time and this ‘special’ insight into ‘The man who is Daltieri…wondrous Magician, and BBQ host extraordinaire.

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Immersion Protocol = Satisfied.

Posted by revenants on November 20, 2007

Now that everyone has had at least a little time to get used to Kunark, including myself…I thought I would give a bit more of an in depth look at my experience of the new zones I have visited. Not that I have been many places yet.  That’s one mistake I don’t want to make. I don’t want to rush round and go exp crazy getting levels and disco exp all over the shop. No.  I want to immerse myself in the content and savour it. I want to establish an affinity for a place before I move on to somewhere new. I want to forge memories, that when I look back on my time in EQ2 I can say…”Great, see…I didn’t waste my time! All those hours online were constructive”. I want to enjoy it.

 

So, am I enjoying Sonys fourth offering?  More than any other! And that’s a fact.  I’ve been keeping a close eye on the chat channels to see if that is the general consensus.  I soon gave up on that idea when I established that people who want to moan, like to voice their angst.  Those who are having fun apparently stay quiet…probably as they are so engrossed in what they are doing.

 

And that’s the way the new expansion has been for me.  As a lover of soloing and duo’ing the new expansion has been a godsend. The thing I am really impressed about the expansion, is the look….the ‘feel’ of the place is right. For me it tips its cap to EQ1 with the wide open spaces, a feeling of size. Even in the overgrown areas, like certain part of The Fens, the scrub is intermittent enough to be able to see further than 5 metres but also lush enough to get its point across…yes…I am in a swamp.  In comparison, although zones in EoF are beautiful, for example Lesser Fay..wow do those roots and huge mushrooms make it a pain to get around when you don’t stick to the path.  So the size, openness and ‘airy’ feeling Kylong Plains, and Fens give is amazing. It stuns me how much sometimes I am reminded of the feel of EQ1. For that I am very grateful. I like a bit of nostalgia in my gaming.

 

The other thing I am very impressed with is the flow of quests.  Now I know a fair few have moaned about this. Saying the quests are mechanical, monotonous, not group orientated enough.  Well, I can see the point of view where groups are concerned..but the others…nah.  If you are doing quests and you don’t need to rush…’read the dialogue boxes’ from the NPC’s. Don’t just go on a click fest trying to progress a.s.a.p..Indulge yourself (there’s no rush now…someone made level 80, 36 hours following release!- Ed). Go on..have a read of what the quest giver is actually saying to you.  You will find the quest lines funny, remarkable, intense, interesting, and full of bits of lore references.  It really does change the overall emotions you experience when questing. Instead of mechanically collecting Leeks near the Teren’s Grasp Druid ring, who actually paid attention? You at the back…why did we need the Leeks?

 

My questing has taken Shahlai into the Fens and she has so far completed all of the Sathir’s Span, Omen’s Call and most of the Bathezid’s Watch quests.  I have completed them all solo without any problems at all.  OK so I have died a few times when having a sip of coffee and a biscuit seemed like a more important thing to do than remember to stealth up, but aside from that I haven’t struggled. I have been challenged but just enough so I didn’t lose interest.  I started in The Fens on Sunday morning and spent most of the day following the quests, not rushing..just enjoying.  I got so immersed in what I was doing Shahlai dinged 72 without warning and I decided to stop what I was doing as I was starting to get too far ahead of my regular adventuring groups level.  I was gutted. I spent 10 minute deliberating the pro’s and con’s of out levelling my hunting group, when as usual the only word of wisdom came from my Wife who suggested I play another toon for a bit. I mean come on I have enough to go around. Well I couldn’t bear to leave Kunark behind and move to a lower toon, so I played Shadowraethe. Which caused a problem as Shah is my (main) main but being able to do everything with Shadow made me wonder if she shall always remain so. Obviously Shadow is much more adept at solo’ing, her being a Necro.  And I really enjoyed it. Yes, I was doing the same content I had done hours earlier..but I didn’t care. I was having fun.

 

I guess that’s what I wanted from the expansion. A place to have fun, be a little nostalgic, and of course new lands to explore and discover.  I have to say I am loving it.  Even grouped at one point with a full group of my RL buddies, doing some quests with friends, and ok the exp was poor apart from quest hand in’s..but we didn’t care. We were amongst friends, enjoying this new content together…exp was not on our minds…good company and adventure was.  OK so the group content so far is poor..but only if you want a crazy exp fest group. In reality, moaning about the lack of group content is valid…only if you want challenge and great exp though.  The old idea of spending some time with friends to enjoy content together is as strong as ever. And that’s what we did.  Had a laugh, messed about, we did the quests.  OK the exp was not good at all. But I am not in a race…oh no…I’m in the entertainment game and it was certainly entertaining.

 

More visual loveliness from Kunark..

Karnors

Karnors Castle, Kylong Plains

Dreadlands, Kylong Plains

Lake view

Karnors Castle (again…I love the look of this place), Kylong Plains

Varis

Varis, Kylong Plains

'cause I can..

Because, I still can 😛

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Showing the Kunark love….

Posted by revenants on November 15, 2007

Hi all.  Yes, yes. I know it’s been a while since my last post.  Not much has happened in game for me until RoK release.  All that I seem to have had time for is a bit of Hoo’Loh hat chasing with Morriana. It’s a nice change to do that quest with a set group that are all on the same page. I have done it three times before but always with PUGs and it is a real pain trying to get updates when not everyone needs them.  Anyhow this time we did it as a group. There was of course Konador, who was tanking for us, Emarald, Daltieri, Ysabella and Dwimmerlaik. Of course Morriana also. We managed to get the first few quests done and then moved on to HoF to get those updates. We unfortunately only got two and still need the formless abominations from there due to the late hour. We did however get our Skarize and Sothis updates. It was nice taking down Sothis with our relatively low level group for that fight. Daltieri was our highest group member at 67. Konador tanked it at 66.  We were all quite pleased we got Sothis, first pull, no deaths.

Anyhow, on to more important business! RoK!! Wow. Loved it last night. Although I had to wait a full day to play it after release due to crappy download speeds and my wifes computer and downloads going awol..eventually I got sorted and logged Shahlai in. Shahlai was my very first toon I persisted with in EQ2 and as such she is going to be, (alongside Shadowraethe) one of the first two toons I get to 80. I’ll drag the others up slowly later.

So I met up with Konador and Daltieri at the docks in Kylong Plains. We did a clean sweep of all the quests that are available and slowly but surely worked our way through them.  Myself, I am in no particular rush to 80. Of course I want to get there but as long as it happens, I am in no rush.  But by the time we had done a couple of hours of questing, Shah was already 40 % into 70. 

Exploring the new zone I cannot explain how excited I was.  Exploring in EQ2 is one of my first loves in the game. I love to see new content and geographical locations that they create so wonderfully at SoE.  Although Kylong Plains is the only zone I have visted so far, I can make only a few comments on what I thought as one word describes it …Marvellous! What I am not going to do is give a walkthrough of the original few quests in the zone. You see I really do not want to ruin it for anyone. Let me just say this…you will have fun…incredible fun!  So if I am not going to talk about the quests or what to do there..what shall I discuss. Well, in all honesty I think a picture speaks a thousand words..so I am just going to post some of my screenies from last nights session. That way you can get an idea of how wonderful this new zone looks. The content is just as good as the scenery!

Just as an aside..one reason I throughly enjoyed my time last night was the freeby claim items on my account. Imagine my surprise and glee when I opened my free LoN booster pack and found a nice little loot card. Woohoo! We all love loot cards….but I love mine a little more than normal..see the piccy below to see why…and it was free! Well that’s my luck used up for this year.

 I hope you enjoy the piccies as much as I enjoyed exploring Kylong Plains and taking them. Until next time.

Warg Drum

Shahlai in Dark Elf form on her new LoN loot toy! I’m speechless! (Karnors castle in background)

Flying Mounts

What all the cool kids are riding nowadays..this is the griffon replacement.

Buzzin’ some Rhinos on Arctic Safari

Brrrrrrrrr….

Just because..

 Just because I can !

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Stinky Swamp..

Posted by revenants on November 8, 2007

Feerrotts

The Feerrott (s) and Bouncer Hurd muscling in! 

 

The Feerrott. Even the name creates an aura of dark mystery. Without even visiting the place you have an image of a stinky jungle/swamp. Not surprising really when most of us read the title as Fear- Rott.

It’s time for the zone review again. Over at SoE they have invited the community to once again give their guides and comments on the selected area. As usual, I am going to travel back in time (you told me you had lost that ability! – Ed) and give my impressions, memories of the old EQ original zone and compare it to the new.

 

The Feerrott was one of those zones that I rarely visited simply for its own content.  It was a corridor to get to Cazic Thule and Rathe…a place to dodge bouncers.  I guess I did spend a bit of time there hitting the temples (huts) around the Cazic entrance trying to get the Ravenscale Armour that used to drop of the mobs there as a rare. Lizardscale was the common drop. That was probably the most time spent in the zone to be honest, and that was to help a friend out.  So what do I remember about the zone?

 

After being spoilt with nice open zones like the Commons, the Deserts, Mountains etc etc…I must say I was pretty scared every time I was required to run across The Feerrott, because of the enclosed dark and dingy feel. I really did feel (originally) that I was running round a jungle and yes until I hit the river I was usually hopelessly lost. I would even go as far as to say before I got my navigation down, I felt pretty claustrophobic in this zone as a noob. Kinda the same feeling I got when negotiating Kithicor.  That was one reason why I felt a little apprehensive whilst running around The Feerrott but mainly it was because of the Bouncers. Until I had met them, I don’t think I had met a meaner, faster, tougher mob and the worst of them all was indeed Bouncer Hurd (as suggested in EQAtlas). I have to say it really was a pleasure to give him a right bashing in EQ2’s Feerrott whilst doing the Stein of Moggok HQ. Revenge did indeed taste sweet.

 

So yet again another zone that really was pretty much a by word for ‘I’m omw’. Another zone I spent most time in when I was travelling to somewhere else.  That has happened a fair bit now, with the zones SoE want reviewed. When I think back at the ‘old’ zone, it didn’t really mean that much to me. Maybe soon they will ask for a zone that correlates to an old EQ zone that I have plenty of play-time in.

 

What does strike me looking at the maps and comparing them, is again how small the old zone is compared to the new, and the HUGE amount of extra content the new zone holds.  Not only that they have turned it in to a much more demanding, visceral, sensual, mob / quest full zone, but they have made it a place to visit in itself.  I hunted in the new Feerrott before I went to Cazic Thule . I actually used the zone for some HQ’s and quests. The first time I entered The ‘old’ Feerrott was to travel through to get to Rathe (can’t for the life of me recall why!! I was way too low).  It seems the new might as well be a completely new zone and kin to its older brother in name only.  Nowadays I hardly ever visit The Feerrott, more due to being too high level than anything else. 

 

I can tell you one thing though..even though the new zone is far and away superior…I still hate them both.  Too cramped you see…I hate being enclosed. Gimme an open plain or a desert any day!

 

As for The Revenants, not much has been going on apart from writ bashing over the last couple of days. I am hoping to get some decent adventuring time tonight as my Dad is flying over to visit for the weekend, so my play time will virtually nil. Will be great seeing him though!

 

Oh, congratulations to Konador for 63 and Daltieri who is more than likely 67 by now. Well done guys.  You can tell you two are part time slackers or unemployed 😛

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A Storm in Lava Cup..

Posted by revenants on November 6, 2007

Lavastorms

Lavastorm, Old and New. 

 

Lavastorm as it is now called. Lavastorm Mountains of old. Yes, it’s another one of my ‘old & new’ zone reviews.  You may recall some of my comments on the new zone back in this post..but today I’m going to be looking at the ‘old’ original Lavastorm Mountains, and comparing it with the new.

 

As you can see from above what started off as a fairly basic zone with mountains and valleys, some of the latter filled with Lava pits…ended up as the current zone we know and love (or loathe) with separate hunting areas and several instances, dungeons and a pretty impressive vista.  Obviously the new zone is much more pleasing to the eye, but I am not going to dwell on that as that is as it should be.

 

Memories of the zone…well I actually have plenty. Probably the most prevalent was my first regular excursions through the zone on my way to the dungeon of  Najena.  There was some Warrior item Udrath wanted from a mob in that particular dungeon, but I’m stumped if I can recall what that was.  What stuck with me was how nasty the zone could be for one of moderately low level.  If the wandering mobs didn’t get you, then more than likely I was going to be the victim at least once, of a laggy lava death.  The very first time I zoned in to LM, I was playing my 19th level Warrior and recall zoning in to a set of higher level toons duelling (think they were, or maybe they were just hanging around) next to the zone entrance. I checked my printed out map from EQ Atlas, to make sure I was headed in the right direction for Najena, then I set off backwards, watching the higher levels admiring their armour and in particular the Rangers bow. Only to find I was dead before I knew it, having stepped backwards in to some lava!  Yes, this is where my EQ Lava hatred began!  So I thought I would try again. This time I almost made it to the Najena cave entrance, but I aggro’ed and in a blind ‘run around like a headless chicken in panic’ moment, it ended very quickly with another swim in the lava.

 

Comparisons…well from what I can remember the old LM was more barren but the very basic premise of The Temple of Sol being at the top with Sol’s Eye and the main Lava pit has remained.  Obviously now though, one is required to travel a whole lot further to get to Sols Eye, if you haven’t already picked up the teleporter that is.  Later on when playing my Druid, I obviously visited the zone a fair amount due to the Druid rings there, and to fight the Shadowed Men (around level 30 I think), then later to go to Sol A and Sol B. Actually have some happy memories of my groups forming up outside the Sols in the tunnels overlooking the Lava Pit of Sols Eye and the mucking about we used to do…which inevitably ended up with at least one Lava death.  One thing that always struck me a little strange about the zone was the gypsies along the west wall with whom all good characters could trade with…and who do the evil toons have to sell/trade with…that’s right…the Druid at the portal??!!?? Of course we all know the famously wonderful relationship druids have with Evil in Norrath right…*sigh*.

 

Overall LM was another zone that I didn’t spend a huge amount of time in..but funnily enough my most prevalent memories of the zone are the same as the current one…Oh look, there’s another place I fell in the lava..

 

On a completely separate note, Killzum tanked The Vaults last night in a bid to try and get Buckleton his Brigand class hat from there.  Was a load of fun and was joined by Emarald, Ysabella, Takoul, Bloodymary and Incendio.  No great problems at all throughout the zone, until we got to the end and the last named only dropped a Treasure Chest. Sometimes that’s how it is though. I think I was still spoilt from my run through Acadechism the other night where nearly every other drop, even off the trash mobs, seemed to be Ornate and even a couple of Exquisites from trash too.  So getting a Treasured from the last named cheesed me off a bit.  Yes, I am more than aware ‘greed’ is one of the Seven Deadly sins, LoL.

 

To finish the night off Morriana got together with Konador and they knocked out a couple of sets of sentry writs.  The effort we are both putting in to the 60 to 64 Sentry Writs is quite impressive and Revenants are already well on our way to getting our next guild level…watch this space…

 

Kon reckons GL60 before long, haha..Yeah, sure.

 

 

 

 

 

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Nothing to Do? …Immerse yourself in tier 6.

Posted by revenants on November 5, 2007

 Fist fighting

Minotaur Pugelism. Konador,  Buckleton & Daltieri get down and dirty.

 

It seems like it has been one hell of a hectic week here.  The reason I have no updated the posts yet?  My friends and I are currently at that great period where all of a sudden it seems that loads of our toons are all around the same level. This means that pretty much every spare moment of computer access tends to end up with me logging in to Ventrilo to shouts of  “Come on we need you!”, and getting absolutely no time to do anything else.  Of course…not that I minded!  We have had a riot pretty much all week. Every day.  You see this week we have all been lucky enough to be off work for most of the time..I dread to think how many hours collectively we have spent online.  The figures must be mind boggling.

 

Guild Level 23

 

So, what was achieved with this goodly amount of online time? Well, breaking it down very basically..Revenants hit guild level 23, Morriana hit 62, Buckleton 55, AA’s galore (still no-one at 100 though – Ed), Konador (guildie) romped from 52 through to 60 in just 4 days and also assisted Bucky and Daltieri in some Minotaur fist fighting, endless dungeoneering for all of us, SoS, Vaults, Ancient’s Table, Nest, Breeding Grounds, Writs, MoM, CoI, Klak, Basket and Box quests from Hidden Refuge, some in house duels, Acadechism, Den of the Devourer, OOB, Ivy Shrouded Orb of Tunare (first 4 quests completed) and of course more SoS!

 

Out of that huge amount of online achievement, what shall I talk about? What shall we discuss?  One of the things that I seem to have become a bit of a victim of this week, (which is unusual as I never really seem to have too many problems in this department) is the struggle to find interesting things to do. Did I mind? No, not one bit and I’ll tell you why later….  I honestly do think the problem is indicative of how many players experience and view the ‘50’s’.  A lot of my friends and acquaintances seem to think that from 50 to 60 is a terrible grind and that’s that! Thing is though, I hate to burst your bubble but there is simply a ton of stuff to do during any tier. Anything different and those that complain about this simply aren’t looking hard enough.  Let’s take the dreaded 50 to 60 dash.  I may be all on my own here, but this appears to me to be the most complained about tier…..and I have no idea why. This is the first tier where we had updated content and new zones in the form of Desert of Flames. So lets take a look at just a sprinkling…Quests…The whole Peacock Club line, guaranteed to keep you busy. Carpet Quests, a must for those without twinked transport, the whole Ashen Order/Disciples questlines, Courts quests and factions, bug zapping…all to name but a few.  So, plenty of quests..what about interesting zones? SS, Maj’Dul and PoF themselves..all very good zones for quests and hunting. Clefts, Shimmering Citadel, Living Tombs, Silent City to name but a few. Then there is always the Roost and The Ancient’s table. Poet’s Palace? Too right, all great great fun and xp. 

 

But you know what?  That’s not it! Much of the early part of the Kingdom of Sky expansion is do-able with a group of higher level 50’s especially if you manage to wheedle your way in to a Breeding Grounds group or the like.  I am not even going to get started on the quests available in T.T…way too many to mention, but think Baskets and Boxes then move on from there.

 

So, if there is so much to do, how come I became a victim of this phenomenon? Thing is I wasn’t alone.  If you recall I mentioned that I have spent most of the week getting dragged round by my friends and have had a fantastic time doing it.  Problem with that is though, that even though we are all very good friends both in real and game life, we are all separate entities and as such wanted to do different things at different times. So there have been times this week where we’ve all stood round wondering what to do, some complaining about the 50 to 60 run, getting frustrated.  Good thing is though, because of the plethora of good stuff to get involved in it never took us long to find something new and move on. That’s the problem when grouped you see, even with friends..we all have our own agenda and sometimes we aren’t going to be able to agree on what to do.  We are Human, and our attention spans all differ. We could have sat round and complained about the supposed ‘lack of content’ all day….but instead we got off our arses and decided to go check some out.  And you know what..….we hardly scratched the surface of content available..oh, and most importantly..we all had a really great time.

 

Poor content from 50 to 60?? ..a terrible grind??

 

Pish-Posh Sir! Immerse yourself in Tier 6!

 

 

 

 

 

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