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#1 Dec 19 2010 at 1:48 PM Rating: Decent
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I recently bought EQ2 Sentinel's Fate CE and am just waiting for it to arrive. But I am hearing about this EQ2X, I am not totally sure what that is, and what effect it will have on the game. Also I am hearing that the game is losing people to the new WoW. Will I be able to start the game and have something to play for a decent amount of time? I am not trying to sound ignorant, though after reading this I am sure that some people may think I am. I just think the game looks great and would love to try it. Thank you for your time.
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#2 Dec 19 2010 at 2:03 PM Rating: Excellent
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EQ2X is a different service of EQ2.. boiled down, the game is the same, however on Extended there is a F2P option (which has many limitations) with subscription options, as well as some RMT-type options in the Marketplace. For a full comparison we have a guide explaining it: EQII Services.

To be honest I didn't notice any loss of people to WoW once their latest expansion launched, and the current server merges that are close to finishing up have greatly helped server populations. Before WoW's expansion launched there were new people daily on my server (and I'm sure others) trying out and enjoying the game because WoW had gotten boring for them. Yes, EQ2 doesn't have the millions of people that WoW is said to have but there is a population and many different types of people (casuals, groupers and raiders) to play with. :)

There's so much content that it would take a very long time to run out of things to do. My main char that I've had since 2005 still goes back to work on content I missed or has been revamped since I was originally there, and still hasn't done everything for the higher level content. And that's from a solo perspective--groupers and raiders have a lot more on top of that available for them.

Currently Frostfell is going on, which is EQ2's winter holiday event, and that runs through 1/6/2011. It's once of the most-loved events of the game and there's many quests, crafting, armor upgrades and so forth to be had from it. The new expansion, Destiny of Velious, is set to launch in early February, and that will add more content for the higher level gameplay (no level increase this time but an AA increase).

I'm very biased of course, but I think the game is well worth the time to get into. Smiley: nod Let us know if you have any other questions!
#3 Dec 19 2010 at 2:21 PM Rating: Decent
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Thank you so much, I do have one more question, for now, I was looking at the Swashbuckler class, is it good for soloing?
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#4 Dec 19 2010 at 2:32 PM Rating: Excellent
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SilentNightKitsune wrote:
Thank you so much, I do have one more question, for now, I was looking at the Swashbuckler class, is it good for soloing?

That's actually what my main is! :)

I think it's quite good for soloing. There are alternate advancements you can get that will raise your defense as well as a defensive stance, and both help a lot with tanking. Swashbucklers also put out a lot of DPS and their poisons really help give an edge in combat.

That said, I will admit there's no way I can go toe to toe with ^^ and ^^^ heroic mobs (normally group content) unless they're almost trivial in level to me. However there's so much available to a soloer that this really isn't an issue (I have little to no issue with solo mobs and ^ heroics), and if you ever decide to focus more on grouping you can easier respecialize your alternate advancements to that as well.
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Are there things like the talent trees of WoW? Sorry I have so many questions.
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#6 Dec 19 2010 at 3:46 PM Rating: Excellent
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SilentNightKitsune wrote:
Are there things like the talent trees of WoW? Sorry I have so many questions.

Unfortunately I only played WoW for a few hours, so I'm not sure what talent trees are, but it's possible that it's similar to Alternate Advancements and/or Racial Traditions. We have nice guides covering both of those topics that will hopefully help for a comparison:

http://eq2.zam.com/wiki/Alternate_Advancements_%28EQ2%29
http://eq2.zam.com/wiki/Racial_Traditions_%28EQ2%29

Don't feel bad about having questions, we all did at one point! Smiley: smile
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Sorry I should have said more, talent trees are like specializations for a character, at level 10 you get a point, then one point every level and there are 3 specializations you can put them into, like for a mage, fire, frost, or arcane, making those spells stronger, and thank you i'll check out the guides.
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#8 Dec 19 2010 at 4:54 PM Rating: Good
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Yes, Alternate Advancement is similar to WoW's talent trees. But unlike WoW, you really don't have as many "cookie cutter" builds in EQ2. Lots more room to be flexible and create your character the way you want it.
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Is taking up a craft worth it? I know in WoW it felt like a waste of time because by the time you could make anything useful, you could find things in dungeons that were better, except for engineering, thanks.
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#10 Dec 20 2010 at 1:25 AM Rating: Excellent
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SilentNightKitsune wrote:
Is taking up a craft worth it? I know in WoW it felt like a waste of time because by the time you could make anything useful, you could find things in dungeons that were better, except for engineering, thanks.

Crafting levels and adventure level are independent of each other, so you can get ahead of your adventure level to make stuff. However, if you plan on raiding, you'll get much better stuff that way. The Mastercrafted gear and rare spells are a good stepping off point tho.
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Is taking up a craft worth it?

It's certainly worth trying. There is a lot more skill involved crafting than in WOW, so it is more rewarding in that respect. Most trades should be able to sell stuff on the broker. There is a lot of run-of-the-mill stuff people use like food, storage boxes, arrows, etc. Soloers will mainly wear mastercrafted (think purple gear in WOW?) armour, weapons, jewellery, etc. - stuff that takes a rare component.

There are a whole series of crafting quests, and many players have tradeskill-only characters. If you're interested, check out the EQ2 Traders site, which as you've probably guessed is a web site devoted to all things crafting...
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#12 Dec 20 2010 at 9:14 AM Rating: Decent
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What is a trade skill only character?
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#13 Dec 20 2010 at 10:07 AM Rating: Good
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SilentNightKitsune wrote:
What is a trade skill only character?


A character that only does trade skills. You don't have to adventure (kill, quests involving killing, etc.) if you don't want to. Your character could never leave the cities, houses or guild halls if you didn't want it to. Your character could just craft the entire time. Crafting level works independently of adventure level. You could have a level 3 warlock that could be a level 70 sage. You could theoretically get all your supplies from other players (an alt or off the broker) and level up that way. Or your non-adventurer could venture out just long enough to harvest in a few of the safer spots in the world.
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