Playing Catch Up

I’ve been away from EQ2 since 2016, so of course I’ve missed out on a few expansions worth of content. One of my broader goals while I’m playing is to get my crafters caught up; including the quest chains (signature) that they’re missing. I had a few characters who were not quite 100 crafter (that was the cap when I played last) so my initial goal is to get them all to 100 through guild writs. Then after that, they’ll start signature quests. It’s a long and tedious process, but one that I actually find quite enjoyable. For each character that you have at cap, you gain a 20% bonus for the alts. I know that there’s probably going to be an expansion coming up that raises the level cap (again) and I’d like to be ready for it. I am not 100% sure that I’ll be playing, but I’d like to be.

Thing is, almost everyone I know is playing FFXIV. I also want to be playing FFXIV. I think that game is incredible – but I also don’t want to be paying for more than one subscription at a time, and I’m not ready to bail on EQ2 yet, having just returned and invested in the current expansion. I’m fighting off the urge with all of my being. There was a time when I might have subscribed to 2-3 maybe even 4 MMO at once, but these days I’m a lot more realistic about where I put my money. After all, I could subscribe to one MMO and have some play money left over for yarn, or.. well, you see what I’m getting at here. Yarn > all.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

My First Celestial

I finally got my very first celestial loot today! I think it was from a chest as I was going around clearing out quests, and I’m tickled that it was such a nice upgrade over what I was wearing previously. I’ve been working on the Reign of Shadows signature quest line, and slowly unlocking zones and dungeons for my account(s). A real life friend has also returned to Antonia Bayle, so we’ve been clearing out some old raid zones that used to smack us around back in the day. Thanks to the ability to mentor down using a chrono feature, the encounters were worth loot, and a lot of awesome guild status. Our tiny guild of three is almost level 97, which I’m quite proud of after all of these years!

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Older Halfling Homes

My inquisitor (who happens to own a room in Qeynos) has an adorable halfling sized home that I’m quite proud of, even if it has aged a bit. She has all of her comforts, as well as a nice fulfilling kitchen. What sort of halfling would she be if she didn’t have an impressive pantry, after all! It was lovely to go back to her home and tour through her collection of items. Each character of mine has their own home decorated to suit their personalities. I’ve always loved that EQ2 gave me the opportunity to do that.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Searching for a Halfling Home

This week I created a new character over on the Maj’dul server, and joined a small group of friends who are going through some older content. I decided to go with a Halfling coercer – sometime between when I played last in 2016 and now, they moved enchanters over to the ‘neutral’ category so that you could be either illusionist or coercer with any race available. In the past, coercers were limited to evil races. Illusionists were limited to good races. I love coercers. It’s my favourite class. I also love halflings, they’re my favourite race. It made sense that I went with this combination.

I made it to level 30 pretty easily and that’s where I turned all of my adventure experience to AA so that I could stay at this level for a while. I also decided to go down the jewel craft line for crafting, and I made it to level 55. That lets me get some mount quests out of the way and unlocks some things that would be unavailable unless I raised my adventure level.

Next was to find a home. I’m using my second account for this character, so I don’t have a lot of the bells and whistles that my main account has. I did have a few veteran bonuses to claim, and after touring through a number of different prestige homes, I settled on the Isle of Refuge.

I plan on creating a farm / garden type home for my halfling coercer, and refurbishing the basement that comes in the mage tower into some sort of bedroom. These days there are tons of building blocks and other items you can use to completely build your dream home from scratch, and I’d like mine to be halfling sized. There’s also an editor you can use to make sure your items get placed exactly how you’d like them, flipping and rotating them and all that good stuff. The homeshow channel (/join antonia_ bayle.homeshow) is as active as ever, with competitions and events being posted on the forums, and once again I’m reminded of how hands-on this community is (and how much I love it). For now, there’s very little in the home, but I’m sure that will change with time.

As always, happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!

Leveling up a Berserker

I recently started (another) new character, this time a gnome zerker on my second account. I tend to power level using my husband’s 120 zerker, and I follow zones that I’ve done for years now. We start in Commonlands, head to Wailing Caverns, then go over to Enchanted Lands, Runnyeye, and then Feerrott and Cazic Thule. This time when we showed up Venekor was there waiting, too. Even mentored at level 45 he posed zero threat, and dropped a nice bunch of fabled gear along with a handful of master spells. I am not sure if that stuff sells any more, but I put it all up on the auction house in any case. The zerker is now level 46, and I’ll head to the Sinking Sands to complete the dungeons there some time tomorrow.

I know the popular method of leveling these days is to run Agnostic Dungeons until 96 when they become pointless (and at 100 you can no longer run them at all) but I love exploring the ‘regular’ zones.

Happy gaming, no matter where you find yourself!