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Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 9:38PM Krelian said

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EQ, you were, are and will forever be the greatest game ever made. I will never forget you. Those times in Gfay, the first time you step into Crushbone, the bottom rooms in High Hold Keep, the spiders in Dreadlands, the giants in Desert of Ro, the first time you join a raid for Nagafen/Vox, the times you grouped in Old Sebilis... and i could go on for hours.

EQ, thank you. Thank you.

Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 10:09PM Vgk said

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New maps implemented into Eq, all I can say is about time, the game is great but it's map system and the maps in general were pretty sub-par

Posted: Feb 24th 2012 12:58AM Yellowdancer said

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@Vgk

Well, that was because the vets didn't want maps in game. They liked the old exploration system. SOE is now going to hold the hands of all the new players coming in.
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Posted: Feb 23rd 2012 11:01PM Jenks said

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Such cool coverart for EQ and its first few expansions.

RIP Keith Parkinson

Posted: Feb 24th 2012 7:32AM (Unverified) said

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@Jenks

Also great art for Vanguard. He was a wonderful artist and I have a selection of his art on my wall.
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Posted: Feb 24th 2012 4:17AM Miffy said

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I really doubt making this game Free 2 Play will make new people want to play it as it's just too dated.

Posted: Feb 24th 2012 6:03AM Seffrid said

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@Miffy "I really doubt making this game Free 2 Play will make new people want to play it as it's just too dated."

No, but on the other hand with EQ2 currently in danger of going up in a puff of smoke there are an awful lot of SOE customers likely to be looking for something else to play, and for a good many of them EQ will be a lot more appealing than any other current MMO.
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Posted: Feb 24th 2012 8:08AM (Unverified) said

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@Seffrid Talking out of your arse or do you have proof that EQ2 is "going up in a puff of smoke"?
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Posted: Feb 24th 2012 8:21AM (Unverified) said

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@(Unverified) he's probably talking about the splitting of the community issue that SoE is currently trying to resolve so that it does not happen.
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Posted: Feb 24th 2012 10:20AM Seffrid said

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@(Unverified) "do you have proof that EQ2 is "going up in a puff of smoke"? "

First of all, I did not say it was going up in a puff of smoke, I said it was in danger of doing so.

Second, I was indeed talking about the haemorrhaging of accounts on both sides of the Atlantic since the decision to sell off the European playerbase to a cowboy German outfit and its associated ramifications for American and other players too.

SOE are trying to repair the damage but remain silent as always in such situations and whether they will be able to save the game this time around or whether it will go the way of SWG before it is far from clear.

It isn't just a few digruntled "rage-quitters" in the usual way of these things, it is multiple accounts being closed and whole guilds being disbanded, not a single poster has supported the action by SOE and virtually every poster has either cancelled and/or knows people who have done so.

The future of EQ2 is looking far from certain at the moment, and the longer that SOE remain silent the harder it will be for them to bring people back. As independent MMO journalists I'm surprised Massively aren't making more of the story to be honest, it's the biggest one they've had since the launch of SWTOR!
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Posted: Feb 24th 2012 1:34PM Lateris said

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I wonder why they never ported this game over to the EQ II engine?

Posted: Feb 25th 2012 8:49AM chuckasucka said

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What about Vanguard F2P? /boggle

Posted: Mar 5th 2012 3:08PM (Unverified) said

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Everquest going F2P will indeed bring in more players. New players? maybe not that many, other then those who have heard so much about the game, that they want to give it a try - although it wont be the same as it was when it first release.

However, definitely a lot of people who had once played EQ and went off to other MMOs will want to load it up and revisit old characters. My friends and I are doing so, that's ten more players right there.

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