Monday, November 27, 2017

Everquest 2 - Planes of Prophecy

So as I write this the new Expansion for Everquest 2 called Planes of Prophecy is suppose to launch tomorrow November 28th.

This is the first expansion where I actually gave up on the beta test and I'll explain why.

The main issue I had with the beta is the grind, I have no problem doing repeatable quests when its my own choice to do them, I do have a problem when I have to grind them to advance the story and with having three different factions to grind after I got thru one, I just did not feel up to grinding thru the other two.

Next I found that the crafting quest series will be added later, while not a huge deal it does mean the only way to level a crafter to 110 is to grind writs. So this makes the expansion feel unfinished.

Lastly is the solo zones, once again your going to need to do a lot of gearing up depending on your class. I play a Ranger currently wearing T3 Raid Armor and I had to go and completely regear with the beta armor to even have a chance to survive. Now most people are going to say well of  course your going to need to regear this is a new expansion, to that I'm going to have to say that is true if the gear that was given to you during the quest lines was better than the gear you were already wearing. Most of the gear that dropped while running the zones was jewelry and the odd time a piece of armor, only it was never chain armor.

The other issue with the solo zones is that they feel to much like a grind and less like a dungeon, once I have gone thru the dungeon once I probably won't be back unless I need collection pieces.

Lastly is the fact you can't depend on your merc. I would strongly recommend carrying anything that can help you self heal because if you don't your most likely going to die.

Mercenaries were first added with the expansion Age of Discovery back in Dec 2011, in all that time they still haven't been able to come up with an ai fix that will actually make healer merc heal.

Hopefully some of the issues will be fixed before the expansion goes live, but right now I just can't get excited about the new expansion.

RGX

Thursday, October 19, 2017

EverQuest 2 - Planes of Prophecy

Hello to all my fellow EverQuest 2 players, with the shut down of EQ2 Wire there has been no place that has a rundown of the new expansion.

While I won't be able to do as fantastic job as Feldon did with EQ2Wire I am going to try.

I'll start with a breakdown of the Livestream and will add more information as I play thru the beta.

RGX
Tulvarus Elventree – Maj’Dul

Preorder / Beta  begins October 17th, 2017

Pre-Order
    includes all previous expansions

Beta Rewards

Release Date - November 28, 2017

Live Stream Replay

Highlights from the Livestream

Level increase to 110 including Tradeskill

Ascension Levels will increase to 15 with new spells, no previous spells being replaced

Mercenaries can be leveled up to Level 10

Class abilities are being revamped

Certain weapons will now be able to gain levels as well

No prerequisites besides being level 100 are required for the expansions

Level 100 characters will be able to buy starting gear in the new starting zone

Clockwork illusion you receive with preorder includes stat buffs that stack will statue buffs from previous expansions.

First half of the video talks about items that are included in the collectors and premium editions

Crossbows have been added to the game, usable by all classes

Starting Zone - Plane of Magic (overland zone)

Valor's Roost - Entrance to the plane of Valor Hub for all the instances (Solo, Heroic, Raid)

Plane of Innovation - Dungeon

Sol Ro's Tower - Raid
    Sol Ro is the final Raid Boss Tier 4

Raid Zone all Tiers 1-4

1 Raid Zone is Tier 3 only

Overland all Solo Content

Solo and Duo Dungeons

3 Different competing factions with different quest lines

Epic 2.0 not required for 99% of content

Raids are Keyed, will need to kill certain bosses to progress

Thursday, March 9, 2017

I'm Back

 
It has been a while but lately I have wanted to get back into writing about games again. Well not only writing, now that I upgrade my internet to fiber I have also started streaming on Twitch.

RandomGamerX Twitch

At the moment is mostly going to be EQ2 and GuildWars2, but I hoping to add a number of other MMO's as I get use to streaming.

Will have a lot more to post this weekend.

RGX

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Is EQ2 Dying?

Now before you say I'm just bashing EQ2, let me explain my headline.

 Just before the new year we had some server merges, and some of those servers had a low population so I'm not arguing against them, now in January they announced another server merge, and thats Lucan D’Lere with Crushbone, a RP server merging with a nonRP server that has the second highest number of players after Antonia Bayle.

Now this move doesn't make a lot of scene to me, why do you want to increase the server load on a server that already has more than enough issues with lag? I play on Crushbone and see the lag issues first hand, and if SOE server population are to be believed, Crushbone has 252,013and Lucan D’Lere has 201,987 after the merger that would give Crushbone a population of 454,000 which would make it the largest population server.

So my first reason for my opinion is the server merges.

Next  up is the expansion. According to SOE the next expansion for EQ2 is set to be released on February  8, 2011, however I have yet to see any advertising, or anything at all that EQ2 has an expansion coming out. Even EQ had emails going out well over a month before the expansion was set to be released. We don't even know if it will be download only or a retail version.

So my second reason, no real advertising for the next expansion of EQ2.

Last but not least is EQ2X. The free to play version of EQ2 has been out for a few months, but nothing has been said on how well it's actually doing, no press releases saying we seen this large an increase in subscribers or a huge influx of money from microtransactions.

We've seen Turbine announce increases for both DDO and LOTRO but nothing from SOE, it sort of makes you wonder if the F2P wasn't that succesful after all?

So my third reason, no announcement from SOE on how well EQ2X is doing.

So there are my reasons I think EQ2 is dying, it may be a slow death, but EQ2 is unlikely to last as long as EQ.


RGX

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Do we need the box?

Tomorrow, September 22nd, is the release date for Final Fantasy XIV for those that bought the Collector's Edition. My question to everyone do we really need a box for MMO's anymore? The reason I ask is, when you get the box copy, install the game, you normally have to install a huge patch before you can start playing the game, sometimes it maybe even be the entire game.

Now my main MMO is EQ2, and every time an expansion is released all I do is insert the serial code and let the patcher do the rest.

So do we really need a box release any more, or should the box just contain the manual, serial code and a map, and maybe some extra stuff for the collectors edition?

RGX

Thursday, July 22, 2010

My theory on why SOE announced a lifetime membership for Free Realms.

As people have heard Free Realms is offering a Lifetime membership for $29.99us until Aug 2, 2010. Now I don't think this will be the last time we see a lifetime sub offered for Free Realms, but next time its offered I think its going to be higher, and the reason I think this is because of the PS3 release.

When Free Realms is released on the PS3 I believe its going to come out in a box for 50-60$ and thats going to include everything that's currently offered in the membership. This gets away from having to worry about having to sell memberships and having restrictions for people without, and eventually we may see memberships phased out for the PC as well. This will than also allow them to sell new areas in the marketplace, instead of adding more restrictions against non-membership players.

The other thing we may see with the release on the PS3, is Sony standardizing the payment methods used in all its games. Right now you can buy cards for the Playstation network and they are separate from the StationCash used in the Marketplace for SOE games. This will allow Sony to just sell one type of card, and its probably easier to release just one type internationally as well. 

Living up in Canada I can't get StationCash cards, I can buy StationCash with my Credit Card, but I prefer buying the actual cards, since you can get a better deal when the have double StationCash weekends. I can however go to my local Walmart, Gamestop, etc and buy a Sony Network card, but Only in 20 and 50 denominations not the 5, 10 and 25 like SationCash. Having cards in smaller amounts also opens up more people buying items from the marketplace, since a 5$ card is much easier for people to buy.

Well that's my theory

RGX

Confesions of a single character player

Hello My name is RGX and I am a single character player.
My current game of choice is Everquest II, where I currently play a Half-Elf Ranger.
Who is currently at max lvl (90) with a Maxed Tradeskill (Woodworker) and Maxed AA's Points (250) Tinkering and Adorning is also maxed (450).
But I can't switch to playing an Alt.

I do have a lvl 82 Dirge Alt, that I built up when I had some friends rejoin the game, but since the expansion was released he has been sitting on the sidelines, and only bringing him out to work on crafting.

However I'm not bored.

Currently I'm working on working on going thru and working on slayer achievements, trying to get all the Destroyer titles, and when I don't feel like slaying gray mobs, I run sets of writs, run BG's, Gray quests, and completing other achievements. I also raid at least 2 nights a week in an alliance and spend a number of hours setting up my house in Halas.

While most players would start working on an Alt at this point, I spend my time trying to improve my Ranger to get as much DPS from him as possible, (hoping to release a DPS AA guide in the next few days),

While many rangers betrayed over to assassins, that's not for me, I intend to make my Ranger the best he can possible be.

Now you'll excuse me I have to get back to grinding faction in the Hole, those quests wont do themselves.

RGX