I know we have a few here that really enjoyed Everquest back in the day and I wanted to inform everyone of the new Progression Servers they just launched a week or two ago in case there was any interest either to play or to just read about and reminisce of old times.
Lots of info will mention Ragefire only as a server name, but they added a second server called Lockjaw a week ago that is the same ruleset and has a bit less pop and so far no queues like Ragefire has at times.
They start with just the initial zones that Everquest released with, with some changes as detailed below, and will roll out the expansions starting with Kunark every 3-6 months after that.
One unfortunate detail is that this server falls under their premium content which does require a subscription, but the standard $10 to $15 a month gets you access to the premium features of EQ, EQ2, PlanetSide2 and DC Universe Online.
Some pertinent links:
Early FAQ on Server rules:
Ragefire and Lockjaw now available announcement:
Post at launch on server details and differences from launch and live:
Some of the big ones that may bring more people back that want to experience the game again or for the first time:
No corpse runs (on death you automatically spawn back at your bind point with all of your gear and items intact).
Out of combat regen that significantly speeds up progress.
Double XP from release.
Instanced zones for some early zones and a means to instantly switch between them at will with a small (5 minute?) cooldown.
So far I know that Ultrazen and I are playing and I joined Oghier’s guild, The Old Timers Guild, and we have at least a handful playing so far. I believe Ultrazen joined a guild with well over 200 people so there is a fairly significant population at least this early on. They started with Ragefire and quickly had more people than they could handle and opened up Lockjaw just last week. Ultrazen and I are playing mainly on Lockjaw so far, I believe.
If there are any folks that either want to relive some of the old experiences and are looking for friends to group with or want some assistance in learning and seeing the game for the first time, I am offering my assistance in that as best I can either offering groups when I can or offering help on quests and answering questions. I hope to be playing for a while as this sort of game play still seems to suit me better than the modern attempts and with no corpse runs now and less time commitment due to that, I am really looking forward to doing this again.
Feel free to look me up as Kelan, the Dark Elf Enchanter, on Lockjaw. Hope a few of you give it a shot!
I figure we may either get a little activity here or it may fall off page one into oblivion, but I at least wanted to offer and let people know in case there was some interest :).