On Saturday night, I loaded up EQOA for the first time since 2005. While my old characters were on Hodstock, I opted to go straight to CLW and roll a human alchemist named Stonee.
For the first 8 levels or so, I did the opening quests and then killed random critters. Alc’s have no problem soloing. What I did find is that in front of each city was an npc you could pay 50 tunar to buff your character. I mainly bought HoT and SoW buffs.
By level 9ish, I decided to check out the boon. After reading a ton of forums just to find the thing, I killed greens to collect the needed 1k tunar. Using the boon throughout the level 10 quest, I managed to ding 3 times to level 13. So I did the level 13 quest… and dinged twice to 15. And again, the level 15 quest to ding to 17.
This is where stuff started to get frustrating. I probably should have just skipped the 17 armor quests, but for the sake of nostalgia, I ran them… on pure memory. This meant a lot of re-running and wasted time.
I first made my way to Forkwatch, killing the shadowbandits and Uliria (Highbourne) mobs for their lore items. I also ran to DM and Highpass for the sake of saving time. After completing the quests at Qeynos and HB, I ported through Arc to Freeport.
Running south to MTG, I picked up the mummy’s blood along the way, coached back to FP, and completed that quest. I attempted to get to Hazinak via the FP dockmaster but was told I didn’t have the factions for that. Thus, I have yet to complete the Fayspire quest.
From FP, I ran north to BBW, then on to Klick, killing DriedleIV before entering the city. After finishing Klick’s quest, I ran west to Fayspires just to get the coach. Then south to kill the erolesian viper, through the orc tunnel, and to Moradhim to finish that quest.
This is where I realized how much I liked QuestHelper in WoW. I then ran to find Bloodmaw… and ran… and ran… for about 30 minutes. After finally finding him, I made my way to Halas to complete that armor quest.
Rivervale was completely out of the question. I hate that run.
After all of this, I called it quits for the day and logged off in FP just 2 yellows from level 20. I did log onto Hodstock and was astonished to not see a single person in FP, BW, HP, or anywhere else. Finally a cleric named Matoc spawned in the city. I spoke with him for a bit about the server and he said that most people log on around 6pm central. That’s when I realized that the sign of a dead MMO is if there’s an exact time that the entire remaining population logs on.
Altogether, I’d say the game has changed a considerable amount. They made leveling much easier with boon and pickaxes. Though even at level 19, I’m ready to group with people and get away from this soloing mess.