With a surfeit of pent up sword and sorcery angst, I have waded into EQ2 with an eye towards progression, master chests, and AA advancement, in that order. In a little over a week, I’m sitting at level 28 on my three toons, and have started my old master chest farming circuit–Stormhold, Varsoon, Runneye, and on to Cazic Thule and other T5 dungeons. I chose a bit different setup than my old Crushbone trio this time–a sarnak guardian tank, a sarnak defiler for heals, and a ratonga dirge for the dps/utility spot.
I think I completed all the Timorous Deep quests along the standard progression track and moved back to Norrath before the weekend. My weekend goal was to finish the class-specific armor quests for the three toons. This was the first time I had worked on the Freeport version of the armor quests, and the first serious attempt I had made to complete them at all since the launch of the game in ’04. Once you have an armorer and access to steel, the quest rewards just don’t compare.
There has been somewhat of a revamp to the quest line. For my dirge and guardian, they worked the Custom Fitted Armor quest starting in the bowyer shop of East Freeport. The defiler quest originates in the inn of North Freeport, Vassi’s Orders. Reading what posts are still in tact under each step, I think these quests must have originally required a lot of grinding in Fallen Gate. However, now all the quests were coordinated. It is a huge improvement. Despite different quest names and instructions, each toon needed basically the same mobs for all six steps. It was a huge time saver. I went from the Commonlands, into Edgewater Drains, and to Nek Forest for the last two steps. No Fallen Gate or Stormhold, although I don’t know if or how the Qeynos versions of the quests pan out now. In the course of working the quest I went from 23 to 27 and earned several AA points, bringing me to my Dungeons of Norrath circuit. I only wish they had a weapon and helmet step to the quest line.
The armor looks great, which to me has always been a strongpoint of EQ2. Unfortunately, I can’t play my three toons at the above resolution, but it sure is impressive in a screenshot. Now I need to work the named mobs and the tradeskill instances. Tier 4 will be here soon, and the equipment will be obsolete.