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RoK quest fatigue?..expand your horizons..

Posted by revenants on December 4, 2007

 Shard of Fear

The Shard of Fear (more screenies in Adventuring Gallery)

 

Fed up of questing yet? Quite a lot of people I know do seem to be getting bored with the questing in RoK. Personally I am still loving the feel and lore behind the constant quest lines. For sure, if I had been doing them non stop in a crazy race to get to 80 then, yeah, maybe I would be getting jaded with them, and I think that is what a lot of the complaints about the new expansion revolve round.  There are many who DO just want to power to 80, and of course their game choice is as valid as my own.  It is these people who are finding it a pain I guess. 

Now, don’t get me wrong. I seriously think that getting to 80 via only questing in RoK is totally do-able, in fact I am sure they designed it that way. The problem is though that it’s not super quick and if you are doing it to level and do not soak up the stories or quests and just have a clik frenzy, then yeah..it’s gonna get boring and it’s gonna get boring fast.

So what to do? How have I kept my interest in the new expansion? Well, for one I haven’t even scratched the surface of the available content in RoK and am still excited about all I have yet to discover.  Secondly, I haven’t been concentrating on RoK exclusively. Now I am absolutely sure no one needs telling this, but when I have had enough of solo adventuring I have headed back to EoF or KoS for some raiding or group instances, and even tried out Karnor’s Castle in Kylong Plains.  I have found that doing this has kept me hooked. Interspersing grouping and solo questing means I am still getting the best out of the game both on my own and with the usual mad cap group.

Some examples? Along with the usual group of outcasts we headed to The Shard of Fear for the first time this week.  Having never been there it was yet another brand new experience for some of us. So, The Shard of Fear, or SoF.  Even though we didn’t have enough time to complete the zone (even though it is totally do-able..Did you know Emarald, Konador, Daltieri and a group cleared the whole zone including epics just 2 days prior? –Ed) I personally really really had a soft spot for the place and it seems like the rest of the group was the same. I loved the look and the atmosphere SoE have created. The constant red haze and heat waves that envelop the zone certainly give the feel that you are no longer on Norrath but in some God forbidden burning hell.  The quests in there seem to be a lot of fun from what I managed to complete during our time there and the mobs are certainly a challenge.  Overall everyone who is a little bored of RoK questing should give this zone a go, or another go if you have been there before.

We’ve been up to quite a bit actually in the ‘old worlds’… hitting Unrest, OOB, Valdoons, and Mistmoore Castle for the sage (Shadowraethe got her class leggings woohoo!). It’s all been the usual amount of great fun.  That’s the difference you see between soloing and grouping with your usual crew..when soloing you rely on SoE for the fun, content, lore etc. But when grouped with the crew, the content needs to be interesting, but is much more on the sidelines..the group provide the entertainment instead.  Whatever you like doing, as long as you intersperse your experiences in EQ2 you will likely never get bored. I know RoK is there and all enticing, but it’s ok to give it a break every now and again. Don’t forget the huge amount of development that has gone in to the already existing content and head back there. Enjoy some of it again in good company.

 You’ll have a riot.

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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.

Posted in EQ2, expose, interview, Kunark, Kylong Plains, MMORPG, Revenants, RoK, Roleplay | Tagged: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

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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