Like last year’s, this year’s Beast’r Eggs are found hiding throughout the starting cities (with the exception of Gorowyn, where the eggs can be all over that whole starting island!). You’ll find players zipping around checking into all the corners, trying to collect the eggs. Instead of five eggs, however, players will be seeking a total of 11; the six new Beast’r Eggs Bouncy, Fiesty, Bubbly, Peppy, Zesty, and Lively joined last year’s Frisky, Lovely, Cheery, Cheeky, and Bumbly. Collecting the original five completes the hidden achievement Beast’r Egg Hunter and grants the suffix title the Eggcelent Adventurer. Grabbing all of this year’s new additions will complete the Accomplished Beast’r Egg Hunter achievement and bestow the title the Eggceptional Adventurer. (Note: Even though the eggs themselves are heirloom and can be traded among your alts, the achievements are only completed by each alt physically picking the egg up in the … [Read more...] about EverQuesting: EverQuest II breaks into spring with Beast’r eggs and Bristlebane
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7. Partake in Planes of Prophecy Perhaps I shouldn’t have saved this until last, since it is the only time-sensitive must-do. And you might have spent all the time on all the list above! But just in case you didn’t, take advantage of the temporary opening of this expansion. Through June 7th, you can not just poke your nose into Planes of Prophecy for a peek but you can actually adventure through it as far as you can. Quest away, explore, get the rewards, and level all the way up to 105. This is a perfect opportunity to see if the expansion is worth buying for you. How often has EQII had a free trial period for an expansion? I can’t recall one. If you love PoP, you can purchase it and continue your adventures. If the week’s taste was good enough, then you save some cash you can use on this year’s expansion. … [Read more...] about EverQuesting: Seven must-dos with your free EverQuest II level 100
To a lesser degree of forgetfulness sits Sentinel’s Fate and Rise of Kunark. These never immediately ring a bell for me by name and I have to grasp at wisps of memory and look at notes to be reminded about them. I know that I purchased them; I have the RoK box — it was the last physical box I purchased – as well as the in-game rewards. And I know that the Sarnak were introduced then. Once I jog my memory, I remember my friend creating a Sarnak and us playing through beginning content together. I also do like the Kunark lands (fire! lava!) and have done a share of its content (who hasn’t done the plat grind in Sebilis?). With Sentinel’s Fate, while I never remember it by name I have played through the content and continue to return to The Sundered Frontier and The Stonebrunt Highlands (they are great places to grind writs for guild status!) … [Read more...] about EverQuesting: Ranking our favorite EverQuest II expansions
Here’s a thought: You don’t even have to use premade NPCs. Take the awesome races and classes of the two EQs and let folks pick their favorite to make a customized character. Let folks cosmetically alter their champion however they want to, and just have a set skill set attached to each class and perhaps a racial bonus to each race. That would certainly keep the spirit of customization alive. You could do race/class combos that are locked like in EQ, or have very few restrictions on which races can play which class like in EQII. … [Read more...] about EverQuesting: Could Daybreak’s new FPS be an EverQuest?
7. Gates of Discord (February 2004, Metascore: 85) As SOE was preparing for the launch of EverQuest II and facing a serious challenge from World of Warcraft, Gates of Discord came out and stumbled hard. The sheer number of bugs and broken content kept some players from enjoying it as much as they might’ve, and even SOE President John Smedley admitted that the expansion was the worst mistake the company made since EverQuest’s launch. That said, Gates of Discord added 20 new zones, a hundred AA abilities, the Berserker class, leadership AAs, a better tradeskill interface, a casino, and the personal tribute system. … [Read more...] about The Game Archaeologist: A history of EverQuest’s expansions