Traveling in Everquest 2

I haven’t posted a lot about Everquest 2 lately, but after reading some recent posts about how good Everquest 2 is becoming recently and all the fun other bloggers are having with the game, I have found myself playing EQ2 quite a bit lately.

I recently dinged thirty and decided it was time to find some new stomping grounds. But, since I suffer from RPG-OCD, I had to make sure I left no quest unfulfilled. I decided to take a look at my quest journal and worked on wrapping up any quests I have left over in the Commonlands. Now that I’m heading north of level 30, I figured it was time to bid farewell to the open plains of the Commonlands with one last quest clearing hurrah. The first thing I did was to get my first mount:

My new mount

I figured getting my mount would facilitate all the running around I’d need to do to wrap up my quests. For the most part, I like traveling by horse, but I do have one nagging issue — horseback combat. If I was some kind of ranger-like character, shooting my bow from horseback or if I was a caster, throwing fireballs from the saddle, I would be fine with it. But I am a bruiser, with attacks like “Flying Kick” and “Haymaker.” My hands and feet are my weapons of choice. In fact, I don’t even have a weapon equipped. So when I attack something from the horse, it looks really lame as my arms are flailing around all crazy-like. Not very cool, so I usually dismount to smack around the bad guys.

After I finished up almost all my quests in CL (EQ2i.com rocks!) I had a good session of exploring. Finding new areas, seeing new sights and uncovering the fog of war on a new map is one of my favorite things to do. I guess I’m an Explorer (actually, I’m: AESK (Achiever 60.00%, Explorer 53.33%, Killer 40.00%, Socializer 46.67%)). I had already explored most of Nektulos Forest, so I moved on to the Thundering Steppes, exploring most of that map and finding the Griffon Stations. Then I ventured to The Enchanted Land. At level 30, that area looked a bit out of my league, but I did find the next tier of harvesting nodes, so I spent some time harvesting some items so I can work on my Provisioner skills during my next crafting session. I’m pretty excited about that.

Last night, while wrapping up my last couple quests in the Fallen Gate, I decided to join a PUG and head deep into the bowels of the FG and make our way to “the Vault”. It was also an excellent time, as all the guys I grouped with were pretty cool guys and we kicked 7 different kinds of butt. It was pretty awesome. Two barbarians led the way (my bruiser and a paladin) and we pretty much tromped everything in our path. The loot wasn’t great, but since I had never been that far into that area, there was much Achievement experience to be had.

All in all, a good couple weeks of EQ2. Everquest 2 is firmly ensconced as my #1 game. I initially thought it would be a game I would play 1 or 2 times a week at most, but I don’t see myself slowing down anytime soon. I’m already making plans for my first alt!

Comments

  1. What are those thirty-six squares in the lower-left corner? Are those skills? Holy cow! I’m glad Guild Wars kept me to eight.

    I hear in WoW they could cover over half screen?

  2. Yeah, I have three hot bars. They’re not all skills, though. They’re also for items like potions and other quest-related items.

    There are quite a few skills, though. I use them all, though. GW always frustrated me with only eight šŸ™‚

  3. If you have not checked it out recently eq2i has a visual quest map now for the solo quest now, which is very helpful

    http://eq2i.com/articles/Soloing_Timeline

  4. ogrebears – yes, I really dig the timeline. Very helpful.

  5. Bobster says:

    If you want to see yourself flailing around like a spastic with a hornet in his undies you should /dance while on horse back. Funny stuff.

  6. I am glad that you are liking your reintroduction to EQ2. I too have recently come back to this game (at the launch of Echoes of Faydwer). It is such a good game now. There is so much to do now.

  7. @bobster – No need for me to dance on my horse. As you saw last time we played, I get quite spastic using some of my skills.

    @Fred – Yeah, EQ2 is pretty much monopolizing all my game time. There’s almost too much to do.

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