My Enchanter hit level 50 on the weekend and it felt like an accomplishment. Which, of course, sounds completely ridiculous to say out loud. Or type out loud. Whatever, you get it. It is only the second character I have ever topped 50 with in any iteration of EQ. The other being my 55 Troll Warrior on the Test Server.
It was semi anti-climactic. It felt great. But I was solo, and none of my EQ friends were on to share in the news. There were 6 Anon characters in the zone so I OOC’d the news and they were happy to congratulate me. Funny how much people respect getting to 50 as the first big stepping stone.
I did so at the Entrance to the Hole which has been a really fun and challenging soloing spot. More fun and less dangerous in a duo+ but my time has been sparingly spent on gaming and with very little opportunity for me to group currently the Enchanter in some sweet spots has just been fantastic. Due to the nature of the dungeon it’s not a very popular spot (need to Port / Gate out, is in Paineel, etc. etc.).
The fun thing about leveling to 50 this time was that I did it in many places that I didn’t the first time around. Kaesora was a new adventure for me. City of Mist. And of course, the aforementioned The Hole. My new, not so easy goal is to get Clarity 2 which comes at level 54. I feel like that will take some time. I can’t recall how bad the post 50 leveling game is.
All this being said, there is a new(ish) conundrum in the Project 1999 Community. In October they are launching a new server. Currently there are Blue (PVE) and Red (PVP – largely empty) servers. Green will launch on the same timeline and restrictions that EQ launched back in the day.
What this will do to the community is anyone’s guess. And what that server does at it’s maturity is also an unknown. There have been rumours of recycling it – dumping everything on the server to the existing Blue server – but that would be disastrous. Manastones, Jboots from Delzna – basically it would be a 24/7 campfest of things you can’t get on that server anymore, and with more cash and time on Blue it could seriously upend the economy.
Another rumour is that it just wipes and starts a new – and many people say the true joy of EQ Progression servers is starting fresh. That is not true for me, I like having a character exist for as long as I want it to. So that would count me out.
Most likely, I think, it will just exist alongside Blue for those who missed the launch of Blue. It is a conundrum, though, as having well established high level characters able to farm and provide for your alts makes the game much more manageable.
I know one thing : my next character will be a Necromancer. I have never played one and they are similar enough to Enchanters in terms of solo-ability that it would work for me that way. The one thing I DON’T know is if I will do this on the new server, or in the comfort of the Blue server where I already have good capabilities. I am struggling leveling my Druid (29, not really fun but Porting and supporting the community is) and my SK is at a standstill at 27. I am toying with stripping her down and rolling a Ranger, only because the tracking skill i get to use while Druid-ing is my most favorite thing.
Still enjoying the journey in Project 1999 and all the good and the bad that goes with it.