Work has been absolutely crazy this week, which is why there haven't been any big blog updates for the last few days. It's likely to continue like that for the next few weeks too as I try to get everything done before I finish early for Christmas holiday on the 17th of December. Oh well, it pays for the subs!
I've been continuing to play EQ2 in my spare time and have now reached level 36 with Merecraft and got his crafting level up to 41. I've made 20 plat on the broker, which is a huge change since I last played. I only managed to raise 9 plat on my original character in all of his 70 levels. That's inflation I guess.
I spent last night duoing through the Dwarven Work Boots heritage quest with Udrath, which was a lot of fun and raised a couple of interesting insights.
First of all it did show that the game has become easier and more streamlined over the past few years. I distinctly remember running this quest with previous characters and finding that I had to camp several mobs for hours to get the drops (mainly the caveroot horrors, mature antelopes and Bloodtalon). Back in the day it was very, very unlikely that we would have been able to complete the quest in couple of hours one evening.
This time the caveroot horrors were already up and we got the drop on the first kill. Likewise with the antelope. We had to kill Bloodtalon's placeholder once, but five minutes later we had the hide. Which brings me on to the other noticeable change.
Previously it was highly unlikely that a duo would have been able to take down Bloodtalon when he conned blue (at least as I remember it). This time he went down easily.
So I now have a nice shiny pair of new boots. The more streamlined questing was fun, and I certainly didn't miss camping things for hours at a time, so I'm hoping that the other heritage quests have been similarly altered.
The other thing that surprised me is that almost four years after last doing this quest I could remember each stage and exactly where to go with no difficulty. I'm not sure if that's something to be proud of or worried about! I have trouble remembering work stuff on a Monday morning, but where to go to get the keg of Blackburrow Stout four years later seems to pose no problem! It probably says more about me than the game.
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