Everquest 1–Trying the “extended trial”

.. and by extended trial I mean the new free to play version.     The one that, yes, allows you to try everything up to the current expansion by limiting you to your character slots, races, classes, money, and no access to the market. 

But, what the hell, it’s free right?   So after spending about 6 hours updating (it’s about an 8.3 gig download) I booted it up this morning and created a toon.     My first thoughts with this 13 year old game?   OH yeah.. it’s 13 years old..  and you can tell.

I’m fond of EverQuest 2.  It’s the one MMO that I keep returning to even if I get bored of it every few months.   No other MMO (besides, perhaps, Istaria) keeps me coming back for to see what’s changed and dig into the depths of the world and lore.   So I’m curious about how EQ1 has progressed into EQ2 and what design changes where made between the two worlds.    What secrets can be found in EQ1 that lay the foundation of lore in EQ2?   What did Sony think sucked in EQ1 and didn’t bring over to EQ2..    Curious minds want to know!

So far though it seems to be more ‘pen and paper’ than most of the other RPGs.   Having to interact with the NPCs in order to progress quests, forcing you to dig into your inventory in order to give an item to an NPC are nice touches that pull you deeper into the game.  yet, I’m left thinking that the programmers where lazy for not automating that process like we see in newer MMO’s.

Have I really become that much of a lazy gamer that I want my game spoon feed to me?     Don’t know.. let’s see what happens in the world of EQ1.

AION–Even free is it worth it?

So as any gamer following the scene knows, AION went free to play on Monday (2/27/12).   I Beta tested AION, bought the collectors edition, promptly played for a couple of months and switch to some other game (RIFT I believe).   So now that AION is free I thought I’d give it a shot last night.  So after spending the better part of 6 hours to download the client, and a little while longer to remember my password and  pin (PIN!? when was that added?)  I was treated to a new character select screen and all my renamed toons.   Renamed?!  must have been a server merge.

So I load up PogoWolf, and look at my screen with a look of horror.  It’s been long enough that I can’t remember how/why I set up my toolbars
like I did.   Playing a mage it’s all about the timing of firing off a spell and when to fire them off.   I can’t remember any of the timing and promptly started getting my ass handed to me by a a MOB 7 levels below me.    O.o

About 15 minutes later I’m started to get the hang of the toon again, and starting to see that the mages aren’t as overpowered as they used to be (darn it) and just about that time some idiot comes running over for a ‘quick’ pvp kill.   I don’t think he noticed that I was like 10 levels above him and three hits later he was running off with hit tail between his legs.   I was thinking sweet!  perhaps I could get back into this game.

then I played for another hour.  Not really doing anything because my toon isn’t powerful enough to solo the mobs/quests that are for his level. I suspect that I need to re-gear and pretty much relearn the game.  But for a level 30 mage, is it even worth it?

Perhaps I’ll just roll a new toon (an archer.. I’ve been liking that class type as of late) and start over.   I would assume in the few years that I’ve been out of the game that a number of things have changed.

But then again, I have really been enjoying Fallen Earth again after it’s gone free to play.

The Pogowolf

LEGO Universe Goes Free

A Tiny Slice of LEGO Universe Goes Free

Bright, colorful, and charming, the massively multiplayer LEGO Universe has attracted droves of players willing to spend $10 a month to experience everything the block-built world has to offer. For everyone else, there’s LEGO Universe: Free to Play.

Kicking off today, LEGO Universe: Free to Play gives new players the ability to download the client and explore a limited portion of the game without paying a single cent. They’ll be able to create their own LEGO minifig character, explore starting areas The Venture Explorer and Avant Gardens, join the heroic Nexus Force, try of some role-specific faction gear, and play a few mini-games. Free to Play players will also be able to claim their own Avant Gardens property, where they can experience the joy of creating their own LEGO constructs and sharing them with thousands of friends.

Free players can tool about the limited world for as long as they please, or upgrade to the full version for $10 a month, the initial purchase price for the game no longer applicable.

[Official Website]  via kotaku

Star Wars: The Old Republic preorders now available | Crave – CNET

There’s little doubt this will be one of the biggest Star Wars games in recent memory, picking up the pieces from the recently marked-for-death Star Wars Galaxies MMORPG. Galaxies, run by Sony Online Entertainment, had an incredible rise in popularity, only to fall from grace after a series of changes to gameplay. Could SW:TOR refresh a stagnant MMORPG market, one that has been dominated by World of Warcraft for years?

via Star Wars: The Old Republic preorders now available | Crave – CNET.

“Fallen Earth” going F2P

GamersFirst Reloaded Productions Studio has acquired Fallen Earth LLC (and it’s 12 employees), and plans to make the game Free to Play over the next few (~5) months.   After the change it’s planned to allow freebie accounts to access everything in the game with some items and services being held for the paying players by using an in game store.

Looking for a Free MMO?

You might want to check out… ‘Perfect World


In the beginning of time, the first God of the universe, Pan Gu, lived an immortal life. But with no subjects to lord over, Pan Gu grew tired of his solitary existence and decided to decompose his body into five elements-fire, metal, wood, earth, and water. With his divine power, Pan Gu forged these elements into air, land, mountains, rivers, seas, and plant life—and laid the foundation for a new world. It was then that Pan Gu made his first attempt to fill this new world with life. From his shadow he formed the first sentient beings. These unnamed creatures were uncivilized, and before long, they began turning on one another and corrupting the world around them. Pan Gu saw that what he had created had become an Imperfect World, and moved quickly to rectify his mistake. He built a floating city known as Heaven’s Tear, and placed within the city the few creatures that had yet to be corrupted. Then, with the power of water and wind, Pan Gu created a massive flood, which swept through the land and destroyed all life in its path.

The world now cleansed, Pan Gu set about creating a new world, one filled with beings who were capable of Spiritual Cultivation. He created three races that possessed the traits he most treasured in himself. The Human race was born of Pan Gu’s spirit, and demonstrated morality, honor, and an unlimited imagination. The race of the Untamed, born of Pan Gu’s body, embodied freedom and peace, and possessed a unique connection with the natural order of the world. And the third race, the Winged Elves, were born of Pan Gu’s own blood, and exemplified beauty, grace, and purity. Between the three races, the Perfect World was created.

The chief quality that Pan Gu gave all three races was free will. He vowed never again to eradicate an entire species, so all conflicts between the races were to be resolved amongst themselves. One such conflict arose between the Humans and Winged Elves when the two races discovered the city of Heaven’s Tear. A war erupted as they fought for control of the great city, bringing out the worst in both races. The Untamed remained neutral, as they were content with living in harmony with the natural world. As the war intensified, and neither side relented, a new threat emerged.

The race that was thought to have been eradicated in the great flood returned in full force. These creatures were not quite living, but not quite dead, and thus came to be known as wraiths. The wraiths appeared to possess a singular objective: to destroy the other races and corrupt the beautiful world around them. Rumors swirled that the wraiths were capable of possessing other living things. Not much is known about the true nature of this evil, but one thing is clear. The three races—Human, Untamed, and Winged Elf—must set aside their differences and unite to preserve their way of life, halt the spread of corruption, and above all, protect the Perfect World.

Enter the Perfect World, choose your alliance, and join the adventure!