I’ve finally found got some free time back for gaming and blogging, just in time for the launch of Everquest 2’s latest nostalgia server, Fallen Gate. Almost a year ago, I was dipping my toes into the old-school Isle of Refuge starter zone for the first time on a similar server.
I created a Defiler cleric this time, yes another cleric, I’m rather obsessed with self-healing characters in my MMORPG gaming. As I plowed through the vaguely familiar quests, I unfortunately did not remember my conclusions from last year in terms of finding the Isle of Refuge to be frankly underwhelming. The questing is ok, but the gear progression is poor and some of the monsters that you are asked to kill seem rather sparse.
There were plenty of other players on the Isle for the launch, always nice to see, but practically speaking an issue in any game with mob ‘tagging’. Laying down a little creature to tempt down a hawk, only for another character with faster skill execution to tag said hawk from above my head was pretty annoying. Ultra-competitive mob camping isn’t my idea of fun in 2017.
It was then that I remembered I could go to any other starter zone by speaking to an NPC. I chose to go to Darklight Woods since this character is a Dark Elf. I jogged over to the starter area and almost immediately I was getting gear upgrades, despite having quested on the Isle up to level four, the gear upgrades in this starter zone were much better. Also the Isle lacks the now-standard gathering and crafting intro quests. Apparently there’s something old-school about crafting on this nostalgia server, so that’s definitely something I will look at next session now that I’m in a city (Neriak) with proper services.
Unlike last time, I have no interest in the ‘mount’, this server offers for the reaching level 10 achievement. But it is always fun to play through low-level zones, especially on a server where they’re crammed with players, so I’ll play for a couple more sessions at least, maybe even try to get a group for a dungeon to experience low-level healing…