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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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Betrayal, Crab Sticks & The Return of the King..

Posted by revenants on October 29, 2007


 Pirate Buckleton, the Brigand

Super super busy week for me folks!  Both in and out of game. Unfortunately this week my wife has been very poorly (she still managed to log on though eh? – Ed) with Bronchitus and as such some of my game time has been cut down being nursemaid / slave.  Not that I mind really, it’s always fun looking after those we love.  Get better soon hun.

In game..phew busy week…to name but a few things I have done since my last post…raided Crab, betrayed Buckleton to FP and a Brigand, basket quests, tanked a dynamite session in Breeding Grounds, a bit of harvesting, DoF instances with the uber-group, Village of Shin timeline, Court of Innovation, Sanctum of Scaleborn, Klak A’non, and writs.  Leaving the best until last…I finally met Brackishwater on Nektulos Docks! It was really great to see you! Always good to put a name to face, or a face to a…nvm, lol. I hope you got the feysteel cluster I sent you. Sorry it was late, I didn’t get around to sending it until a couple of days after we met. 

To top the weekend off tho, two of my mates returned to EQ2. One from Runnyeye server where they have been living for a few months and one back from retirement! Kaelkardan….welcome back buddy…glad to see you have returned to your roots !  I have known Kael only through game, but have known him for quite some time.  He is one of those guys that is golden, if I knew him in RL I just know we would all get on like a house on fire. Also good to see his better half great to see you folks back.  And one of the Stafford crew has returned to us from retirement!!  Close personal friend of mine and Daltieri since we were kids, the King Hurakahn – Konador has returned!   /kneel.  Awesome to have your godly tanking ways back amongst us buddy.

So the most fun thing this weekend..well it has to be Saturday evening. We all got together about 8pm and the group was Kondor tanking, Emarald healing, Sashka (Aurale) warding/healing, Buckleton & Daltieri dps’ing and Kaelgaiden on crowd control.  It’s always a guaranteed good night when the whole gang gets together.  We started off with a run through the Hidden Cache, which was a load of fun. Time to apologise to Konador, who I purposefully got killed by Mullok during an extended AFK he took. Sorry mate, I just couldn’t resist it. The funniest part was the inquisition that was held on his return to finding Konador eating the dirt and the rest of us just standing around innocently.  We followed up with a run into The Sanctorium which was a bit of a wash out, as we couldn’t work out how to get the last mob active. Always fun dodging epic x4 mobs though. From there we headed to The Court of Innovation. In the advent of druid ports it was just a very short hop to Steamfont then on to the dungeon.  For this one Kael sat out and I two boxed Buckleton and Shadowraethe who mentored down.  Sods law that when we got to the end mob I had to rush off due to RL stuff and missed the opening of the ornate chest…which dropped a very nice one handed piercing that Bucky would have loved…oh well, you win some, lose some.  All in all an amazing night really.  Not just for the pleasure of hunting with a group that gels so well no one has to ask questions at all we all just know what each other are going to be doing, but for the hilarious company on ventrillo and in game.  The downtime enforced by uncontrollable laughter was at an all time high.  Thanks for a really great night all, it will go down as one of those MMO memories that is not easily forgotten.

So what else…well Shahlai took part in a mini, ad-hoc Elven Blades raid on the Crab in Village of Shin.  It only took a very short time, but as ever it was nice to hang out with Shahlai’s family at the Blades.  Crab went down second time of trying. the first time, I messed up as I was supposed to be calling the DPS over TeamSpeak and was pressing the wrong button to transmit so no one heard a thing..consequently DPS went way too high and we wiped to the adds.  A valiant effort though as we very nearly did it even so.  Second pull was a lot better as I finally got my act together and the DPS stayed perfectly hovering around 3.2k… the Crab was turned into crab sticks in short order.

Lastly Buckleton decided that it was time to get to know his ‘bad self’ and the betrayal to Freeport and the journey to becoming a Brigand began.  On my various toons I have done the betrayal quests about 5 or 6 times now.  I have betrayed from Freeport to Qeynos, Qeynos to Freeport and Neriak to Qeynos.  never done the Kelethin ones though or betrayed to Neriak.  One thing I can say though, is wow…tedious!  The parts of any of the betrayal quests where you are questing to leave the city, or gaining your citizenship are usually quite good fun. It’s that bit in the middle when you are doing the faction quests so your new city will accept you and give you the citizenship quests.  I find it very monotonous.  Now I am not going to moan too much about it though. I did do the original betrayal quest back in the day and I can still recall the pain of it.  The new ones compared, are a walk in the park.  So Buckleton is now a Brigand sitting at 53rd level. He is only equiped with adept 1’s, as buying a whole new load of adept IIIs was not financially any way..phew even just buying adept1s it cost me a fortune!  He has taken up residence in Stonestair Byway, which is appropriate seeing as he is Kerran and I didn’t want to fork out anymore cash than I had too following the adept expense.  Reasons…I have already been asked a few times why I decided to move from swashy to Brig as Swashies do seem to dish out more DPS.  Well that is part of the problem. My main toon has always been Shahlai. She was the first toon I stuck with and the first to 70. She is just pure DPS though and I wanted a little of something else. The Brigands debuffs and spells like Dispatch add that little extra something for me.  A different focus, and I can relax a little later on and not just chase a parse top slot.  Anyhow, Buckleton decided to celebrate by doing the Far Seas quests in Village of Shin to get a new bed for his hovel!

Finally, I would just like to make a quick comment about the zone review. I did say i would do an EQ1 memory session on each EQ2 zone they request…well the most recent is Nektulos Forest.  I can’t really do a review of the EQ1 zone and my memories there, as they consist of 3 levels at newbie log before I got bored of my dark Elf and using it as a highway to Lavastorm.  So apologies…I really haven’t any memories of the origianal Nek Forest worth mentioning.  It does highlight the difference between the old and new though. The new Nek forest in EQ2 is pretty much the same in name only…it far outweighs what was pretty much a corridor that was used to get to other places.

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Catching the Band Wagon to Living Tombs.

Posted by revenants on October 16, 2007

First things first I’d like to jump on a bandwagon. I normally do not like to do things like that, but in this case I really do think it is warranted.  I’m talking about a couple of interesting pieces, initiated by Average Joe and then picked up by Clockwork Gamer.  Basically, they hit upon the fact that we grief SoE so much, but we tend to forget what the workers there have brought to us.  I really cannot express how much I agree with them. How often do all of us go to work, spend 8 to 12 hours slaving away, stressed beyond belief because we have hit problem after problem?  It’s not going to be any different for all those responsible for bringing us EQ2. They have families, lives, goals, dreams, and a working life.  It is because of these hardworking folks that I can finish work and go home to my stress relief,  the haven that they have created for us.  Without them or ‘it’ would my life be any worse off? In the long run probably not. But it does remind me of something I was told by a blind teenager once, who had been blind his whole life. I asked him if it made him unhappy, depressed. To which I got the reply with a big grin “Why would it dude? I have no idea what I’m missing”. Now obviously no where near that on the ‘important’ scale, but the theory is the same.  If I had never played an MMORPG, I of course would not miss it.  But because the staff who work at SoE work so tirelessly and relentlessly to bring us the gaming nirvana that is EQ2, now I have tasted it, I wouldn’t ever want to give that up.  And we have all those at SoE to thank.  Clockwork Gamer got it right with the quote they used.  I am sure we are all often appreciative of the game given to us, but without voicing that gratitude our appreciation is largely worthless.  So shout it loud and proud, stop complaining about the downtime, bugs, things about the game you don’t like and assist us all in laying a HUGE amount of thanks to ALL the staff at SoE who work so hard to bring us this world where we can escape. THANK YOU.

Living Tombs Gang

Outside the Silent City

(from left) Sajia, Rissstan, Wifey Arasai, Sephreo, Ysabella and Buckleton (in elf form)

 So, I jumped off the bandwagon just outside The Living Tombs.  Mmmm, The Living Tombs.  Even the name creates a little mystery.  I can imagine sitting down on the couch with my 5 year old daughter and when asking her what we are watching, she replies “Scooby Doo and The Living Tombs”. Sounds exciting?  If you have never been there (and I suspect a fairly large percentage have) then it doesn’t ever seem so busy as PoF, Clefts, Klak. But Living Tombs and the Silent City are all around the same level, and in some ways I feel create a much better atmosphere to get your ‘adventure’ on.

So my wife and a couple of friends were heading there and I haven’t been to Living Tombs for so long it was a chance I couldn’t miss.  As most of the group were in their early 50’s i decided it would be best if Buckleton joined the fun.  Sitting at 51st level for some time now it wouldn’t hurt to dust off his weapons and head off with the scent of adventure heady in his nose.  Joining us were a few I already know (my wifes Arasai a 52 Warden, and Ysabella- a 52 Swashy -Dwendalyns alt, and Sajia a 52 Illusionist -Ddrows alt) and two others I had never grouped with before.  It’s always a little touch and go when you get a few you don’t know joining a group who are experienced at playing together. You really never do know the quality of player you are going to adventuring with.  Normally, unless it causes constant death I am not bothered either way…as long as the players seem nice.  But with this group it looks like I was lucky enough to get the whole package.  They were a lot of fun and not one of them were bad at their class.  Jackpot!  I love it when a plan comes together (OK stop it now..that isn’t a bandwagon..thats just plain plagurism-Ed).  We had a 52 Shadowknight – Rissstan, and a 54 Coercer – Sephreo.  Both Rissstan and Sephreo were admirable in their abilities and with Rissstans tanking and Sephs mezz fun they both proved more than their worth.

When we zoned in it was discussed what we should do as a few had never been to LT before, and those of us that had, hadn’t been here for a very long time.  So I encouraged everyone to inspect Jinja the Monkey (who btw is probably the best behaved monkey I have ever met) and we all picked up the access quest for the Silent City, ‘Searching for the Silent City’.  Now the last time I had done this quest was over a year and a half ago. It may even have been longer.  But we all thought it was worth doing as we were all approaching the time when we could make good use of the Silent City.  I am pretty sure you don’t actually have to do the access quest anymore to get in to the Silent City, but I am one for doing things the old fashioned way. I like the fact that that I have to work to gain entrance to a dungeon. That way, the first time I zone in, I can sigh with satisfaction of a job well done. It gives me a sense of progression beyond watching the exp bar.

The quest went fairly smoothly really. The basis of it is that we needed to find the right incantations from the Priestess’s in the Living Tombs.  This of course means slaying them. There are three of them (Sul Priestess of the Fyr’Un – Ara Priestess of the Fyr’Un – Rin Priestess of the Fyr’Un) and each one can be found in a separate part of The Living Tombs.  The four parts are Trade Court, Residence Court, Priestess Court and Statue Court.  The three Priestesses can be spawned by completing the small ring events in each of the first three sections.  The third ring event can be a pain in the arse, with having to move an urn about to get a PH to spawn before the Priestess will even show her face. Luck was on our side though and when we arrived in Priestess Court, she was already spawned and waiting to die….which was nice. The last section Statue Court, is where you utter the incantation the Priestess used. This turns the large statue in the middle of the area into a bridge to cross and hence get access from the Tombs in to The Silent City. Clicking on the entrance to SC completes the quest.

 The biggest problem we had was me getting us lost.  As I said, it had been quite a while since I had been there, but like any man I found it hard to admit I didn’t have a clue where I was going.  The first Priestess went well (until my wife fell off the snakes head statue and we had to go get her and do it all again *grin*) and after venturing in to the tunnel to Residence Court I was kinda lost. All I could recall was that we had to climb a wall at some point.  From that point on, I was thanking my lucky stars that I use the UI mod Fetish Nightfall. The clickable icons next to my mini quest updater put me straight through to the relevant page on the ‘guide’ websites (either EQ2i or Allakazham) so the downtime whilst I found out what the hell we were supposed to be doing was minimal.  Even so, I have to thank everyone for their patience and also Rissstan for not just standing around while I checked, but for keeping the mobs and exp flowing nicely.

Perhaps the most memorable part of this quest is always the statue you have turn into a bridge to cross. It is always a gamble who is going to miss the jump (yes there is a small gap to traverse). This time it was myself and Sajia took the plunge. A quick consultation of the map on how to get back up to the bridge and we were off again. No worries on the second jump for myself. Sajia obviously decided that she needed another bath in the green goo as she took the plunge again! Oh how we laughed.

 Thanks again to everyone who needs thanking..

All at SoE for bringing us this beautiful game. Wifey, Ysabella (Dwen, Diangelo etc), Sajia (Ddrow), Risstan and last but most definitely not least..Sephreo…all for a great night fondly remembered.

NOTE:- I have added the screenshots of the main Guildhouse at 5 Erolissi Lane, SQ.  For more screenies of The Living Tombs please check out the Gallery (Adventure) page.

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