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#31 MasamuneNKX

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 05:14 AM

EQ was my first "real" MMORPG (as in, how we know them now, not games like Diablo and Phantasy Star Online, and, uh... Legend of the Red Dragon on the old BBS systems!). I only played it for a month or two, lanning with a bunch of friends who were a lot more experienced and basically held my hand the entire time; I had no idea what the hell I was doing on my own, being new to that style of play.

There were a LOT of things that I really hated about the game (de-leveling, having to memorize spells, sitting down for ages to get your mana/health back, not being able to do much of anything by yourself, etc etc.), and overall didn't really like the game then and certainly wouldn't like it now. That being said though, it still stands out as being a pretty memorable experience, and I can recall a lot of fun (and not so fun...) stories and situations that played out during my time with the game. Part of that came from the huge, interesting, fully-realized world (which was MUCH better than anything I've seen in MMORPG's since, with the exception of WoW's story and style), but also from the fact that we were on a PVP server, leading to all sorts of crazy fights.

My first reaction with this deal was "Man, that's probably the most content and play time you could ever get for $2.50!", but as others have said, the real cost is in the monthly fees and the time required to play. Was definitely interesting for it's time, in spite of frustrating design, and although I can't say anything about how it really stands today, I would guess it doesn't hold up very well at all. For 30 days, this might sate the curiosity of those who've never played it at all, but don't expect to have much fun with it...

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 05:25 AM

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 05:29 AM

Can anyone who purchased this, confirm that the only two Everquest titles to be placed into your library are Secrets of Faydwer, and Seeds of Destruction?

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#34 plutoknight

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 06:11 AM

Can anyone who purchased this, confirm that the only two Everquest titles to be placed into your library are Secrets of Faydwer, and Seeds of Destruction?

Thanks. :)

Yep, its that way for me, too!

Secrets of Faydwer and Seeds of Destruction both say their install size ie 6.5 GB too. I certainly HOPE not..

#35 gnargnargnar

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:21 AM

Tempted to get this at this price. Even if I only play one evening, that is pretty cheap entertainment.

Played EQ from 1999 until towards the end of planes of power. Then picked it back up and played for about a month a couple years ago. Leveling is soooo much faster than it was in the olden days.

Myself and two friends (all dual boxing like the old days!) got from level 1 to level cap (70 at the time?) with 200 aa in less than a month.
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:21 AM

Did they get rid of de-leveling? I read that you can hire "mercenaries" now so you can basically solo.
But deleveling was by far the worst.


Ah yes, I remember the good ol' days when it wasn't having to hit a level before going to bed, but "Just need some buffer exp before I go to bed!"

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:28 AM

I remember when I played EQ back in beta 0.5. I started in early 98 I think and stopped shortly after Kunark. The one thing that made me rage quit and ebay was the fact that I was stuck in a death loop. De-leveled from 52 to 47 in a matter of minutes. Partly my fault for being AFK and getting trained on, but still back then each level after 50 took a ridiculous amount of grinding time.

Like the posters above, it had its memorable times, and it's not so much memorable times. The not so memorable times > the memorable times. Hated camping for the SoW boots in Najena. Hated camping for the FBSS (Flowing Black Silk Sash). Hated camping for days.. period.

For $2.50, I rather go to McDonalds.

#38 Gamelore

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:52 AM

Yeah, that only equates to 720 hours for $2.50.

I've never played this game, but that $15 subscription fee turns me off. If I got into it within 30 days, I'd want to be able to play some more (unlimited), but not for the price of $15 per month; I don't want to risk liking this game and then having to pay 6 times as much as I initially paid to keep playing it.

Really, when you get into it as much as some of us did, the monthly fee feels like $0. It gives so much relentless entertainment for less than the electrical cost of running the PC. :)

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 08:13 AM

Man I played Everquest for years. I nearly consumed my soul lol. Definately some great memories, but of course some not so good memories either. Old school EQ is definitely one of the hardest MMO's and probably games around. Nothing like hours of grind lost in 1 death or de-leveling was the worst...
I would be all down if they had classic servers. Like nothing past Velious. And holy crap 15 expansions lol.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 12:52 PM

Does anyone know if the 30 days included starts as soon as I buy it or does it start from when I actually register? I'd like to pick this up now but I won't have time to play it until summer.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 01:04 PM

Played at or around release time for 4 years thereafter - great game, and I even got it as a wedding present from my best friend. How about that? :)

My wife burned out before I did, but like others have said, I grew tired of game's design and quit - haven't been back.

But this is an incredible deal for anyone who's somewhat curious about this MMO classic.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 01:08 PM

Does anyone know if the 30 days included starts as soon as I buy it or does it start from when I actually register? I'd like to pick this up now but I won't have time to play it until summer.

30 days from when you register.
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 02:11 PM

Me and 3 others have created a topic at the PC board for this deal. We are creating our own little group and still have a slot open if someone else is interested in buying the game and playing with us.

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#44 namehater

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 02:45 PM

i played for about 5yrs, the game was a solid one. as mentioned before, in this game there was a lot of pride to be had in what you accomplished because it wasnt just handed to you. i would consider giving it another whirl, but the monthly fee is rediculous. their subscription numbers are down, bandwidth is cheaper these days, how can they NOT afford to lower the monthly subscription fee?

if the monthly fee was under $10 a month i would jump right back in and play casually, but theres no way that this outdated game is worth the same monthly price as a new title.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 02:47 PM

I loved EQ1, I played for a good 4 years or so. I started slightly after Kunark cameout, and quit sometime during whatever came after PoP. I love, i mean LOVED high end raiding that WoW and high end gaming that I felt WoW lacked when I quit that as well.

I don't want to restart EQ, but this is quite tempting to give it a whirl again.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 03:20 PM

I loved EQ1, I played for a good 4 years or so. I started slightly after Kunark cameout, and quit sometime during whatever came after PoP. I love, i mean LOVED high end raiding that WoW and high end gaming that I felt WoW lacked when I quit that as well.

I don't want to restart EQ, but this is quite tempting to give it a whirl again.


Like I said a post or 2 up we have a group of 4 going. Would be a pretty good time to give the game a shot.

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#47 dave19067

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 03:36 PM

This would be a good deal if you didn't have to pay a fee each month.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 03:38 PM

So conflicted, I know if I play I'll be hooked and I'm a power gamer in EQ. I have other responsabilities now.

This just was odd because just on Monday I was talking with my friends on how EQ was so much better then WoW.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 03:57 PM

I don't think you will be hooked now. I watched my wife try to get back into it late last year, and I saw nothing to pique my interest, hers either after she found characters long gone, servers gone or merged, etc. If its been at least 2 years since you played, I'd say you are safe from the pull.

The graphics at this point are soooo bad. Stretched on the HDTV at 1920 x 1080, my eyes wanted to bleed. Looks like they redid the graphics on some of the original zones, and it wasn't an improvement, I don't think :)

There is a reason that many of us skipped one or even the better part of two console generations and that reason is Everquest.

By the time I quit, I had a stack of computer games to catch up on and play, didn't get back to consoles till the last year or so of the original Xbox's run. By that time I decided the PS2 was old enough to skip it and the Gamecube as well.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 04:58 PM

I don't think you will be hooked now. I watched my wife try to get back into it late last year, and I saw nothing to pique my interest, hers either after she found characters long gone, servers gone or merged, etc. If its been at least 2 years since you played, I'd say you are safe from the pull.

The graphics at this point are soooo bad. Stretched on the HDTV at 1920 x 1080, my eyes wanted to bleed. Looks like they redid the graphics on some of the original zones, and it wasn't an improvement, I don't think :)

There is a reason that many of us skipped one or even the better part of two console generations and that reason is Everquest.

By the time I quit, I had a stack of computer games to catch up on and play, didn't get back to consoles till the last year or so of the original Xbox's run. By that time I decided the PS2 was old enough to skip it and the Gamecube as well.


Getting an Xbox but skipping the GC and PS2 = Big mistake.

Anyways I think that the game is still good, iv gone back to it once or twice in the last year and had fun. Just not as much fun as in the past and its too hard to get into as a new player unless you have an old guild still active or friends rejoining with you. This is why SoE needs to try and drop the price on the game and advertise that its doing so. If they charged $5 a month for the game id be seriously tempted to play more regluary....but $15 is just a joke. Realistically though it would be even better if they could find a model to make it free to play and make money off advertisements or in game items or something. Even better though id love to see one last attempt at this franchise and make EQ3 but make it cross platform with the PS3 like FFXI was. Make it $15 a month but give a REASONABLE price for playing all three games at once. If I could play EQ 1,2 and 3 all for $20 a month id be very tempted to bite!

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#51 Enlityn

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 05:37 PM

I don't believe this violates any ToS here and it's definitely worth posting. For anyone who used to play old school you should definitely check out Shards of Dalaya - http://shardsofdalaya.com. It's an incredibly well-run emulator of the EQ with a player base comparable to some of SOE's servers.

Though it uses many of the same zones files and basic rules of Everquest it has a different set of class roles, spells, quests, stories, etc. And it's run like a professional server; you don't get people running around exploiting glitches or using GM powers. It's free to play as long as you have a legitimate copy of Everquest and find it a lot more comparable to what the game was for me years ago than what EQ is today. If you loved what Everquest used to be this is worth a few minutes to check out their website.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 06:02 PM

I don't believe this violates any ToS here and it's definitely worth posting. For anyone who used to play old school you should definitely check out Shards of Dalaya - http://shardsofdalaya.com. It's an incredibly well-run emulator of the EQ with a player base comparable to some of SOE's servers.

Though it uses many of the same zones files and basic rules of Everquest it has a different set of class roles, spells, quests, stories, etc. And it's run like a professional server; you don't get people running around exploiting glitches or using GM powers. It's free to play as long as you have a legitimate copy of Everquest and find it a lot more comparable to what the game was for me years ago than what EQ is today. If you loved what Everquest used to be this is worth a few minutes to check out their website.


I tried that a few months ago and couldnt get the damn thing running.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 06:10 PM

The actual price (and this applies to any MMO) is the dollar amount plus YOUR SOUL.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 06:17 PM

I played EQ from release up until the end of planes of power. Then I came back about 2 years ago, and maxed out a monk and did most of the high end raids. I got bored with it after my character was one of the best on the server.

Its a fantastic game, with a RIDICULOUS amount of things to do and accomplish. However, the playerbase is so fractured right now and sometimes desolate that, unless you have a group of people, its very very hard to level up.

EQ is one of the greatest games ever made (and sergeant slate is the most evil man on the face of norrath).


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Posted 17 March 2010 - 06:19 PM

I remember when I played EQ back in beta 0.5. I started in early 98 I think and stopped shortly after Kunark. The one thing that made me rage quit and ebay was the fact that I was stuck in a death loop. De-leveled from 52 to 47 in a matter of minutes. Partly my fault for being AFK and getting trained on, but still back then each level after 50 took a ridiculous amount of grinding time.

For $2.50, I rather go to McDonalds.


Is this still present in the game? I don't see why any MMO nowadays should even have deleveling. Its one of the most annoying mechanics present in a game, and I refuse to play any modern MMO that has it. (Plus it makes for some lame parties. Me: "Let's go explore new areas!" Party: "No! We might die and delevel!" /facepalm)
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 06:35 PM

Anyone interested in a non-GM COMPED account (read TOTALLY FREE = NO MONTHLY FEES) with a ~lvl 44 Erudite Wizard including Staff of the Wheel among other things. PM me an offer. I haven't logged in in years, so it's obviously not as epic as it was back then (pre-WOW) but I'll verify the account is active if there is interest... I think I was on Bristlebane server, not sure that server is still active.

And before anyone tells me there is no such thing as comped player accounts. I've heard it all before. This is legit, I played on and off for 3 years without paying. I had an inside connection to Verant when I got my account comped. NO ONE can tell the account is free (I even got in trouble with a GM once for boosting on a glitch).

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:13 PM

Like some who posted I played after Kunark came out until around the end of PoP and then went off to SWG and WoW. I agree that the sense of pride and accomplishment from EQ when compared to say, WoW, is worlds apart. The raids were often intense, the players were all very good and knew what they were doing, and everyone was really dedicated. Almost the opposite of many WoW players who are having 5 cyberchats while raiding (in EQ, maybe just one cyberchat :P ). I look back on those EQ days as my fondest memories and also the biggest waste of time ever. I missed half of the PS2 era and I'm still trying hard to finish that backlog. It's really not happening though :(

I would never bite on this deal with the monthly sub being required. Not worth it at all. Even to take a peak at the horrendous graphics.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:14 PM

ah Eq my first true 3D MMO game.. nothing compares to the first, I think my memories are far better then the actual thing, but the 7 years... ya I said 7years i spent playing it where all good. I actually quit when i totaled the time played on all my characters and seen i had spent 1/5th of all my awake hours in a virtual world,. How the heck did i keep a GF for all those years, wish I knew (cant keep one now for more then a few months).

EQ is what all the others copied, sure you can say it copied muds (it did) but it was the first HUGE (it was huge and still is from what i see in print) 3D world. There was never a battle in EQ (that you got exp from that was trivial).. nowdays, sure, way easier game, but back then... there was a real rush living throuhg a battle with 2 even cons, running for a zone line with 20 mobs on your back and "just" making it.. killing nejena 35 times in a group with people who had been there for 48hours plus... lotta fun talking in thos groups (never did get my Sow boots! feel asleep at about 52 hours... (yes straight)). playing Human whent he game started, night was really night, you couldnt see crap without a light source.

I played WoW (err liked it alot when i did play it, still do in very short bursts) and its a much better game for the player, but sometimes its about challange and not ease.

EQ did it right at least for the time it came out.

I may just bite and releive some old days.

one huge difference in WoW to EQ (at least in EQ old days), WOW, anybody can raid and see everything, anybody who wants too.. In EQ 50-75% of the "general" gamers never seen the big raids, it took hours to get um set up, and the AFK or drops copuld wipe a raid and require hours of work to get going again.. I know that sounds horrible... it was.. but those that did it... Those where gameing gods (in those days).. no light weights like WoW.. I'm sorry WoW raid can be tricky, but they are nothing like Old world EQ raids.. nothing remotly like um, no where near as challangeing (and annoying, wont deny it).. but as I said, those who completed um.. showing off that cool shield or weapon.. you knew there would never be 10 people in front of bank with um.. they where HARD REALLY HARD to get.. if thats good or bad, well thats up to you (korean games make millions with this strategy)...

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:41 PM

Anyone interested in a non-GM COMPED account (read TOTALLY FREE = NO MONTHLY FEES) with a ~lvl 44 Erudite Wizard including Staff of the Wheel among other things. PM me an offer. I haven't logged in in years, so it's obviously not as epic as it was back then (pre-WOW) but I'll verify the account is active if there is interest... I think I was on Bristlebane server, not sure that server is still active.

And before anyone tells me there is no such thing as comped player accounts. I've heard it all before. This is legit, I played on and off for 3 years without paying. I had an inside connection to Verant when I got my account comped. NO ONE can tell the account is free (I even got in trouble with a GM once for boosting on a glitch).

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Id be interested in this depending on the price...but it really doesnt help that iv never heard of such an account and you have no feedback here. How did you even get an account like that?

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 01:21 AM

...big raids, it took hours to get um set up, and the AFK or drops copuld wipe a raid and require hours of work to get going again.. I know that sounds horrible... it was.. but those that did it... Those where gameing gods (in those days).. no light weights like WoW.. I'm sorry WoW raid can be tricky, but they are nothing like Old world EQ raids.. nothing remotly like um, no where near as challangeing (and annoying, wont deny it).. but as I said, those who completed um.. showing off that cool shield or weapon.. you knew there would never be 10 people in front of bank with um.. they where HARD REALLY HARD to get..


Plane of Fear *shudder*

And to the poster who said after two years away you won't get sucked back in, don't be so sure. I was away for three years between Luclin and (roughly) Depths of Darkhollow. Came back to say hi to some friends and see what things looked like. Wound up putting in another two years with an end-game guild and only leaving because I had some medical issues come up.

EQ is one of those games where if you enjoy it - and that's a big if - it's very addictive. I can't believe how much time I spent (wasted?) playing EQ, but at the same time I have a lot of fond memories.

Man, now I miss my Epic 2.5 Level 75 Wizard.

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