After the expansion launch-day problems, SOE managed to get the EverQuest II serers back up and running somewhere around the planned time. I’ve been in and out a couple of times and like what I see.
The Freeport revamp is splendid, from what I have seen of it so far, and I can’t wait to explore the rest of the city. There is also a Public Quest in the Commonlands that runs on the hour for levels 20-30 and it’s pretty fun, but the loot at the end was bugged the one time I ran it. And I do not like the Brigand for big encounters, but that’s just me – he’s who I had in the area already.
Most of my characters, as anticipated, were locked when I got in, either due to not getting enough slots to cover them or due to class/race restrictions on free accounts. I did spend some points I had laying around to unlock my Iksar Brigand and Ratonga Defiler, but given that my current main is a human Warlock anyway I am in no rush to unlock anything else. I did file a ticket on the character slots issue, though. I have access to five of my nine characters: A Barbarian Berserker on each of Freeport and Antonia Bayle (27 and 50, respectively,) and a Ratonga Defiler (14), Iksar Brigand (27) and Human Warlock (38) also on Antonia Bayle. The Defiler is low level and my only EQ2 healer, ever.
As I have stated before, I did not buy Age of Discovery and probably will not do so soon. I will live without mercs or Beast Lords for the time being, and although I am tempted by them, I will want to unlock all my current stuff before paying to get another slot to create one in. I did see mercs in action in the PQ, and that tank guy held aggro on the final boss like a hydraulic vise.
I have a points card somewhere that I will probably burn once there is a double station cash weekend in the works. That’d get me enough points to unlock some more stuff and have a bit left over besides for things like bag and gear unlocks.