At this point I am convinced that the ‘cold’ I have is actually the flu. Nevertheless, I am feeling better; not 100%, but considerably better.
I switched citizenship on my Bruiser last night, from Neriak to Freeport. As well-designed as the newer starting zones are, I prefer the launch areas of Qeynos/Antonica and Freeport/the Commonlands. Aside from that, I find crafting more convenient in Qeynos and Freeport due to easier access between banks, crafting instances and apartments. I haven’t decided on a Tradeskill for the Bruiser yet; I’m wavering between Carpentry and Tailoring. In any event I will be making alts to cover other tradeskills.
I have not yet mentioned it, but the lastest patch brought with it a significant map upgrade. I think the new maps a bit too busy, visually, but there’s no question that they’re a tremendous imrpovement over the old maps, which were both ugly and not very useful. The new maps are visually much more appealing (although, like I said, maybe a bit too busy) and far more useful. Something else that EQ2 has had for a while is a built-in web browser. I knew it was there but never really used it before. But now I’ve set up a macro button to bring it up and set the default homepage to the EQ2 wiki, and I’m finding this very handy for getting information on quests and such. While I’m at it, I might as well mention the Beginner’s Guides there, which are really well-done.
I have not yet picked up The Shadow Odyssey and do not feel any compulsion to do so immediately, given the expansion’s focus on level-cap characters. Is there anything worthwhile for lowbies in the Shadow Acheivements? Certainly I will pick it up, but maybe not until early next year.
I’m not sure why, but EQ2 is the game I have the highest comfort level with. This may have something to do with the fact that it’s so feature-rich, and that there’s always a variety of things to do even at surprisingly low levels. Even after having been gone for most of a year, I slipped right back into the world and the gameplay.