The Sleeper awakes! (again)

Today, there’s a new Game Update in EQ2, Darkness Rising. In it, we see the return of Kerafyrm. He’s looking very badass these days.

Aside from furthering the storyline of the Age’s End Prophecy, we also get some nice toys in this update. Character Advancement Templates (CATs) have been added, which allow for easier management of Alternate Advancement Abilities. Prior to this update, you could only change your build at home. Now, you can do it anywhere and you can hold 3 at a time, as well as share them easily with friends.

Stay-at-home crafters finally got their wish granted with the creation of new personal depots, including the much sought-after fuel depot. I’m one of those people with a small army of crafters (one of each). I and others have been begging the devs to add this for the past couple of years. It took some time, as they had to make a guild hall version first and test how the game would handle these depots, but that day is finally here. 😀 The most exciting part of this is my Carpenter main doesn’t have to lug around 30 different fuels. That’s about 3/5 of one bag.

In an effort to provide everyone with more content at the top levels, a few dungeons from the Desert of Flames expansion were updated with level-appropriate content. Their plan is to go back every so often and update more old content that generally sits around unused, while also providing new content. I think it’s a great move on their part, as one of the biggest problems in MMOs is content being outdated and out-leveled too quickly. With new players showing up all the time, it also gives them something they may have missed out on while coming up in the levels.

New avatars will now be roaming the world, as Prexus, Solusek Ro and Drinal were added. There’s also a practice area called the Arena of the Gods, where guilds can practice fights against weaker versions of all avatars and gain some loot in the process.

Finally, there’s the addition of Loyalty Rewards in the form of a simple set of Daily Objectives. Complete two of seven simple tasks that are generally part of your everyday routine and you get a token reward for that day. Tokens are good for purchasing various house items, a couple of houses, level-appropriate gear (nothing too powerful) and a few items from the veteran rewards pool.

As if that isn’t enough, Friday is the start of Tinkerfest, my favorite holiday where I build crazy contraptions. Next week is SOE Live, where we get to see what’s next for EQ2 and finally get a peek at EQ Next!

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