I want to adjust a bit what I said about the Living Legacy promotion. I said I was bitter because they didn’t list any rewards or incentives for current players – their loyal fanbase. I am sticking with that assertion, but based on this reply on the official forums from Grimwell, it does sound like there will be more cool stuff to be unveiled, perhaps some of it for the active players. The part that stands out for me is:
It’s a long summer, and a long promotion. This is just the first blush, and the first reactions… as things progress and more information becomes known opinions will likely change (in both directions). That’s OK.
/exhale. I’m going to swallow my bitterness – for now – and assume that the “progress” part will include cool stuff for actives. I still can’t for the life of me understand why they didn’t list at least some of it upfront though. Why hold back? It’s not accomplishing anything other than ticking off the loyal fanbase. Maybe there’s a really good reason for it – I hope that’s the case. In August I want to be able to admit that my bitterness was jumping the gun.
Above: Sokokar mass transit. Fuel is expensive!
I took a longer look at the list of planned events that have already been publicized, and there are a few that jump out at me, which has also helped curb my bitterness. The following are really cool, and while some are a bit unclear, I’m really eager to see what exactly it means:
Dynamic Events -
It’s been raining non stop in Qeynos and the smaller towns, at least for me. I have no idea if that’s related to the live events, but I can’t wait for the next live update, to see it all unfold. It looks like there are two dynamic events related to the invasion of the void – one involves the strange energy clouds all over Norrath, and the other will be an actual battle against the invading shadowmen. There looks to be a culminating event in August (see below) as well as some kind of murder mystery involving the death of one of the prophets and opportunity that presents for another prophet. EQ2 has done a nice job with dynamic events overall, but these look like these will make the others pale in comparison. Hopefully I’m not getting too much into the hype.
Guild Recruiting Fair -
Right now in game there is a guild recruiting window. Hit the U key and you can get a full listing of all guilds that have a guild recruiter online and are looking for more. Guilds can write up a quick summary of their guild and check off what classes and playstyles they are focused on. So what will the Fair offer that the guild recruiting window won’t? This is one that I’m really rooting for. If they are setting it up in the same fashion as those good old college fairs, with little booths and stuff, I think they’ll need to have something else going on at the fair that attracts all those returning players, like game booths with fluff prizes. I hope they do this one well, and not just because I’m a guildleader that’s seeking a few more good people!
Above: I’ll give you platz to join my guild!
Bonus Mentoring System Event -
They actually list two events where mentoring is the focus. One is some type of guide program, and it looks like veteran players will be encouraged to be guides and show new players around. But there is also an event that will grant some kind of bonus to those who mentor. Since I have done a lot of mentoring, and absolutely love the system, I’m really glad they’re choosing to give an incentive to those who use it during this promo, even if it’s for a short time.
Evolution of Everquest Event – Massive In-Game Experience.
“An event of tremendous magnitude and a first ever for the MMO world.”
I can’t wait to see what this “first ever” will be. Will they destroy certain areas of Norrath? Will the players actually lose to the invaders? (That one would definitely be a first) For some reason, when I see “tremendous magnitude” and “first ever for the MMO world,” my spidey sense tells me it’s not going to be pretty. I am also very curious why they titled it “Evolution of Everquest” and left off the II part. Is there a specific reason for that? And “Evolution” – that makes it sound like the game is about to enter a new phase it its life. What’s going to be different about it?