12 Games of Christmas: 9 EverQuest II Expansions

From Desert of Ro to the Ethernere, EverQuest II keeps expanding.

Sequels are hard: everyone brings expectations to a sequel to a best-loved game. Even more ambitious is a sequel that was designed from the start to forge its own ground. Set 500 years in the future from the original EverQuest, EverQuest II has managed to embrace the lore, creatures and nostalgia of Norrath-that-was while moving down its own path and maintaining a separate identity from its predecessor.

Desert of Flames

In Desert of Flames we rediscovered the Desert of Ro. At this time good and evil factions were still held separate, and the Sinking Sands became the meeting place for people crossing faction lines for business or pleasure. The contested city of Maj'Dul gave faction meaning and djinn, orcs, and undead vied for our attention while we herded beetles. The level cap was raised to 60.

Kingdom of Sky

In Kingdom of Sky we took to the air, literally, as we ventured into the Overrealm. Here we rediscovered the Awakened, dragonkin with a fierce history. The Aviak race has been here all along, and we discover the hat-bearing Hooluk. The Gnomes have crashed a ship here (should we be surprised?). Transportation via Spires is introduced, and the level cap is raised to 70.

Echoes of Faydwer

We rediscovered a huge part of Norrathian history when Echoes of Faydwer brought us back to the continent of Faydark. EQ fans rejoiced at the rediscovery of Butcherblock, the dungeon formerly known as Ak'Anon, and the Estate of Unrest. The Gods returned to Norrath and we could both worship them to our benefit or kill their avatars. From unicorns to werewolves, clockworks to vampires, Echoes reminded us of our legacy. We also got new yet familiar starting cities: Neriak and Kelethin.

Rise of Kunark

Another expansion full of EverQuest lore, Kunark raised our level caps to 80. Besides a new playable race (the Sarnak) with their own starting city, we started seeing the introduction of new features that took advantage of improvements in technology. These features included larger zones with “smooth zoning” between areas and dynamic combat music. Complicated Epic Weapons quests for all 24 classes were introduced along with new deities and mounts.

The Shadow Odyssey

While the Shadow Odyssey only gave us one overland zone, new mechanics were introduced which allowed for scaling dungeon zones. Dungeon rewards here fully embraced the idea of token loot, eliminating a lot of complaining about mis-matched loot. Adventurers and tradeskillers could now both do missions which would get them tokens for desirable rewards. A whole bucket of Heritage Quests were added for additional fun.

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# Jan 03 2013 at 4:48 PM Rating: Default
I've been playing Eq2 from the beginning when you were washed up on the shore, to the present Plight of Drinal, To save the Silver Reaper. . . But to pick only one seems Ludicrist. And I for one, refuse to do it. Mainly because I love the game as a whole. There is absolutely no other game out there that could have kept my interest this long of a time. And I've played a few... Wow, Anarchy Online, C9, Diablo III & all Previous games of this line......... Just to name a few. In the End, EQ2 has been the one that I've never lost interest in, and can enjoy for vacation weeks at a time. There is no other (Game) love out there for me.
BizyKizat, lvl 95 Dirge of Bristlebane, lvl 95 Master Provisiner (Butcherblock) - EQ2
DeathSpank, lvl 95 ShadowKnight of Inoruuk, lvl 95 Master Woodworker (Butcherblock) - EQ2
NumbSkull, lvl 52 Monk, lvl 11 Outfitter (Butcherblock) - EQ2
OneBizyCat, lvl 73 Cleric of Inoruuk (Firioina Vie) - EQ (No longer plaid, But Never Forgotten)

To Die in the service of others, is the Nobelist thing one can Ever do.

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