In my last post I pointed out that "LFG" is still very much a thing in modern MMOS -- even the most "accessible" ones. The interfaces have been updated, but the concept is still 100% there.
Today I want to point out how this idea of solo-friendly gameplay is also largely an illusion. When people look back on MMOs from 1997-2003 they often think of how those games were really not solo friendly at all. Then they look at modern MMOs as a bastion of "play by yourself all you want" which is completely false.
Let's compare the old school games like EQ (circa 1999), SWG, UO, etc., to today's accessible giant.
Daybreak’s recent layoff shakeup caused a lot of people (myself included) to sincerely doubt the future of their portfolio. Inevitably, whenever layoffs like this occur, some people take to the internet and do a little “tell all” — usually on Reddit. This has been no exception.
An unnamed ‘leaker’ took to Reddit with a post about what’s happening with EverQuest, Planetside, H1Z1/Just Survive, etc.
Here are the highlights:
Okay. Let’s get real here for a second.
This weekend got away fast. I had lots to do on Saturday and Sunday, so I ended up only getting in a little bit of time on the one game I played a bunch of: EverQuest.
Yep, I played EverQuest again! That shouldn’t come as a surprise, seeing that I posted about it several times recently. We’re on the Coirnav progression server having a good time. It’s exactly the same as every new progression server, though. If that hasn’t been your thing in the past, no reason to expect it to be any different this time around.
Coirnav progression server is live! Day one went pretty well, all things considered. The day started a little rough at 11am pacific when the servers were throwing an “unknown error” for about an hour. That’s code for “we don’t have a queue, so spam the server to get in.” Things did eventually clear up, and as long as you didn’t log out you could stay in indefinitely.
Experience is pretty slow, but when you get into a group and kill yellow/reds you’ll still level at a nice clip (with this 50% bonus exp through March). I made it to level 7 before logging out. Not bad! Tomorrow I’ll be able to go into Crushbone and cry as I can’t find a single orc to kill.
Our guild formed as well! We call ourselves “Three Monthers” … quite proud of that name. Thanks to Gringar for the idea. If you’re wanting to join a group of casuals, hop onto Discord and introduce yourself. We’re always welcoming to people with good people with the right attitude.
Looking forward to having more fun this weekend!
Welcome to our beginner's guide to EverQuest progression servers! The point of this guide is simple: Help new(er) players start and have fun on a new Everquest progression server.
This guide is not crunching any numbers or going into end-game mechanics. We won't even be min/maxing. This is for beginners, and meant as a starting point to begin your adventure. To several of our friends who are playing for the first time on the Coirnav server, we hope this helps!
Updates will be made regularly to the guide as we update info.
The Coirnav server FAQ is up.
TL;DR – Same things we’re used to from all of the other progression servers.
A couple of important points for Coirnav:
Anyone planning to play? I know there are 3-4 of us in the Keen and Graev Community who are going to be playing. We have a Cleric (me), Paladin, Monk, and Enchanter. I know a few others have expressed interest in playing, but their commitment and class choice remain ambiguous.
I’m going into this one a little more relaxed than in the past, but I still plan to actively play. In fact, I suspect that I will probably play more than I did on Agnarr. I work remotely now, and operating my own business affords me the freedom to play at more open times.
A lot of my frustrations with EverQuest TLPs came as a result of only having a 3-4 hour window to play in the evenings/prime time. This often meant never finding a group because I played a Shaman and Necromancer. At one point I rerolled Enchanter and found that grouping was a little easier.
Playing a Cleric, I suspect when I’m not grouping with my friends it’ll be easy to be invited to do something somewhere.
I won’t raid unless I somehow fall bassackward into one. I have no desire to join a raid guild or be in any form of progression. I joke with friends that I’ve spent more time leveling in Unrest than I’ve played other MMOs all combined. I enjoy it. A lot.
Two days ago I sounded really hesitant and said I was 50/50 on whether or not I would play again. I told the K&G Community I’d play again if others played with me, and before I knew it there was a team of people assembling once again.
So unless something changes and everyone backs out, I’m playing a Dwarf Cleric. The rest of my team consists of a Monk, Enchanter, and Paladin. If you’re wanting to join us in 3 weeks, be sure to make yourself known in our Discord.
We’re pretty much casuals. Some of us are uber casuals with young kids and only play at night while others are casual but will play throughout the day. We’re not hardcore. We won’t be power-leveling like the pros — meaning we won’t be level 50 in less than a week. We won’t be raiding. Right from the start our plan is clear that unless we stumble bassackward into a raid, we won’t be aspiring to do any. I don’t even know if we’re forming a guild. We’re grouping and showing up to the fun.
It's that time again! EverQuest recently announced their newest progression server. The details of this progression server are only slightly different from the previous iterations.
Now to answer the question many of you have already asked...
I don't know.
I'd say I'm evenly split 50/50 on whether or not I will play on Coirnav. If I do, I'm playing a Cleric. But I don't know if I have it in me to grind in Unrest and Guk again through the pre-Kunark era. Perhaps not this soon.
I have until March 16, 2018 when Coirnav progression server launches.
Playing an Enchanter on EverQuest’s TLP Agnarr server has reminded me of how much the art of the Enchanter class has been lost on modern MMOs.
Enchanters fill a role that doesn’t really exist anymore. It’s the role of crowd-control spells and support. The class also fills a strange role of jack-of-all-trades with its charm spells to make enemies fight each other, thus creating quite a DPS boost for the group.
Content in EverQuest, and pretty much all older MMORPGs, relied on someone in the group making it so that “adds” wouldn’t overwhelm and kill the group. The role was crucial because monsters in the game were actually a real threat and couldn’t (under normal, non-twinked, non-powerleveled circumstances) just be AoE’d and DPS’d down imemdiately.
I’ve really enjoyed the past few days of felling like my contribution to a group is more than just DPS rotations. I like that there’s a feeling of coordination.
I like classes that fill a vital role. I’m a believer that a game should really support all classes fulfilling a unique role, and most if not all of them a vital role to some extent. The Enchanter is that class. It can be a DPS indirectly by charming, it can provide the best mana regen buff and a great attack speed buff, and it can mesmerize the adds that come so that the group can focus one down at a time.
This weekend is DOUBLE exp weekend in EverQuest! To put that into perspective, I gained 10 levels today. To go from 28-38 took my Necro and Shaman MORE than twice as long because groups are lasting longer for me as an Enchanter. We’re talking over a week longer.
People are now also way more spread out. There weren’t 30 picks of Unrest and Guk — in fact there were only 2 or 3 at most.
That means there are fewer people, which also means more mobs per zone. Today we were pulling gain pulls non-stop and I able to rake in an hour every 20-30 minutes until things slowed down in the mid 30s.
I can often be quoted for saying the best part of EQ is the journey — the leveling experience. I find it noteworthy that this journey is fun whether it’s 10 levels in a day, or a 6 month endeavor. Time seems to play almost no part in my enjoyment beyond the excitement of watching the exp flow in very fast.
Something about succeeding in EverQuest gives me the urge to keep going.
Our goal (my friend and I leveling characters together) is 50 by the end of the holiday weekend. Anyone else enjoying EQ this weekend?