This is Qae Zhynn, which I’m realizing now sounds like “Cajun”, (oops), my Kojani Disciple in Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. At the moment, this means two things; first, I’ve finally decided to crack open my retail box of Vanguard, purchased on launch day, and give it a go. Second, it means that after three and a half years of playing in Norrath, I have cancelled my EverQuest II account, which will officially close on March 17. It’s been over a week since I’ve even logged in to EQ2, and in fact, I haven’t really had any great desire to play it for some time longer than that, so it was with a tiny bit of trepidation that I logged in to my station account and cancelled my EQ2 subscription while my wife did the same on her account.
I’ve outlined my decreasing interest in EQ2 in a few earlier posts. The long and short of it is I just don’t have the time to play it any more. I don’t have the time to dedicate to leveling my characters up to 80, nor was I finding that process all that fun. There’s just something about RoK that killed the experience for me. To prevent myself from typing fifty pages worth of stuff about the subject, I’ll just say that the move to solo questing in RoK put the final nail in the coffin for me. When I was max level at 70, it was easy to log in, join a group and hit an instance for two hours then log out. I just didn’t find that experience in RoK, and it didn’t take long for all those solo quests to get really boring for me. Again, I don’t want to go into too much detail about it because it’s been outlined here before and on a few other blogs. I have no doubt at all that at some point I’ll return to EQ2, just not for a while.
With that said, why Vanguard? Obviously the whole lack of time issue will still apply, but this is a new game to me (aside from my short experience in the beta), and the world will be all new to me as well. The thing I like most about MMORPGS is exploring the world, and from a “world” viewpoint, I’ll argue that Vanguard has one of the best. The other reason for giving Vanguard a shot is because I bought the game for $60 way back when and hadn’t even installed it. If I’m going to spend that much on something, I may as well use it. So I figured I’d give it a play for the initial 30 day trial period and then reevaluate after that time. I’m leaning towards taking a break from MMOs altogether for a while, so Vanguard’s going to really have to knock my socks off for me to continue the subscription.
For the thirty days of Vanguard, my only goals are to have fun and enjoy the experience. I’m not going to take it seriously. I haven’t consulted any web sites to check which race is best suited to which class, which stats I’ll need to work on, etc. I just selected a race and class that sounded interesting to me, and I have to say, this game has a lot of interesting sounding classes. I haven’t checked any forums to see which classes are “good” or “bad” but just from reading the class descriptions in game I feel that Vanguard has some of the coolest sounding classes that I’ve seen in any game. I chose the Disciple because I liked the sound of a monk type fighter that can heal. I’m hoping it’ll serve me well as a solo’er. I have no plans to join any guilds, and will spend most of my time on my own, so the solo-ability will be important. I’ve also decided I’m going to read all the quest text I come across, and do all the quests without consulting any online databases. I think I ruined a lot of the EQ2 experience by just rounding up all the quests I could find and then using EQ2 Wiki to blast through them as quickly as possible, so that will be strictly forbidden.
With all that said, I’ll try to post my initial impressions of the game within a day or two. I will say though, that after just an hour or two of playing, I’m really enjoying the change; it’s very refreshing. Anyway, more details to come!